March 7, 2002 Minutes

1. Call to Order - A regular meeting of the Staff Senate of Missouri State University was called to order at Plaster Student Union, Room 313 at 1:30 p.m.

2. Roll Call -

Present - John Avery, Kelly Brown, Sara Clark, Belinda Davis, Ed DeLong, Mary Lynne Golden, Betty Lewis, David Liss, Lisa McEowen-Levangie, Steve Mills, Fran Phillips, Lisa Reed, Alan Roland, Edie Sartin, Myril Stewart

Absent - Mark Barton, Chuck Donald, Patrick Byers, Chris Strodtman, Gary LR Smith, SuzAnn Ferguson, F. Chris Brown

Guests - Steve Koehler, Dory Holmes, Leslie Dingman, Bob Barnett, Phyllis Kenney, Mark Brixey, Concha Marbut, Anne M. Baker, Deborah Williams, Angie Cockrum, Cliff Davis, Linda Wilson, Diana Garland, Shannon Conlon

Mary Lynne Golden, Chairperson, presided and Edie Sartin recorded the proceedings of the meeting.

3. Guest Speaker - Cliff Davis - Cliff Davis, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, spoke on the new Clinique Counter in the Baker Bookstore. The expense of the new counter to be built and the salary of the new position of Clinique Manager have been a recent controversy on campus. Cliff addressed questions and concerns in an email to Staff Senate prior to the meeting regarding the efforts to bring Clinique to campus. Also addressed were the auxiliary operations at the Baker Bookstore in regards to revenue, and the justification of determining the salary for the Clinique Manager position. He answered questions regarding the factors used in determining salary and education requirements for the Clinique Manager position, and suggested that Human Resources take part in future discussions concerning salary disparities on campus.

February minutes were approved.

4. Issues and Concerns - Sara Clark - Sara Clark, Issues and Concerns Committee Chairperson presented the recommendations from their last meeting held February 12, 2002. The uses of each vice-president's discretionary fund for step nine classified employees and the current funding of the University pay system was discussed. The issues of the short-term disability proposal and the funding priorities of vacation accrual, tuition benefits and staff awards were also discussed.

5. Benefits Resolution - David Liss - David presented the Benefits Resolution, it was seconded and passed. The idea to have a web site with links to Human Resources, Fringe Benefits and other sites listing all staff benefits was discussed.

6. Health Committee - David Liss - David reported that the Health Committee discussed the upcoming negotiations of the University medical and dental insurance coverage contracts. He mentioned the increase and decreases of medical and dental expenses and number of claims over the past five years. While being more aggressive on bids, the hope is to keep the increase of rates down for insurance coverage.

7. Faculty Senate - Lisa McEowen-LeVangie - Lisa attended the recent Faculty Senate meeting where concern was expressed by some that the personal information (home address, home phone number, spouse) for faculty and staff was no longer available in the campus phone directory. Greg Burris, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services/Information Technology Services spoke on identity theft and the release of personal information that is published and available on the web. An action was passed
basically stating that personal information should be made available on an "opt in" basis-- meaning that individuals would have to indicate that they wanted their personal information available before it would be published in the phone directory.

8. New Business - Sara Clark - Sara mentioned the lack of attendance at Staff Senate meetings. The idea to encourage supervisors on campus to allow employees time to attend Staff Senate meetings was discussed. Myril Stewart will work on a resolution.

9. Announcements -

The next meeting of the Staff Senate will be held Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 313.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed. Staff Senate adjourned at 2:45.

 

Respectfully submitted:
Edie Sartin
Staff Senate