Diana Garland, Chair, presided and LaDonna Hansen recorded the proceedings of the meeting.
3. Guest Speakers
President Michael Nietzel began with an overview of the goals he set in August and the work that has been done to complete those goals. He extended an invitation to Staff Senate to attend his presentation to Faculty Senate on the FY07 Budget.
Dr. Nietzel spoke to Staff Senate concerning a Work/Life Concept. This type of program would lead to a better balance for Staff and Faculty between personal and professional responsibilities which would lead to a more productive employee. Dr. Nietzel is in favor of pursuing this concept and asked for support from the Staff Senate.
An adhoc committee was formed with Dale Moore as chair to look further into and report back to the Senate.
Diana Garland presented Phil Nichols with a certificate of recognition for this time on Staff Senate. Phil has retired to pursue other opportunities. Other Past Chairs of Staff Senate, who were present at the meeting, were presented with a photo taken during the centennial of all previous Senate chairs.
Diana also announced that effective April 6, 2006, Ben Boslaugh is taking over as chair of Staff Senate. Because of the six month extension of Senators approved with the By-laws change, Ben and Diana decided to split the extra six months, with each taking on an additional three month Chair responsibility.
Barb Jones presented Staff Senate with two set of tickets to attend the COAL fundraiser, these will be distributed by drawing of current Staff Senate members.
The minutes of the open, regular meeting of March 2, 2006 were approved
Officers met with President Nietzel on March 14, 2006. Diana attended and reported to the Board of Governors at the March 10 meeting on the West Plains campus. Ben has been meeting regularly with the University Budget committee representing staff interest.
Health Care Committee indicated they are still looking into consumer driven plans including high deductible. There is also the charge to address employee contribution and how to implement.
6. New Business
Dale Moore presented a resolution in support of John Q. Hammons and his support of the University and the new JQH Arena. the resolution passed unanimously.
Diana Garland will replace Phil Nichols on the Budget & Planning Committee.
Ben Boslaugh will replace Phil Nichols on the Compensation Committee.
Steve Mills will be replacing Diana Garland as chair of the By-laws Committee.
Ben would also like a Membership Committee to be formed to help with recruitment of new senators along with the duty of making sure that staff is represented on all university committees.
Diana Garland indicated that our initial budget request of $5000 was denied, however, we did get approval of $2200 which is $1000 more than our previous budget.
The next regular meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on May 4, 2006 in Plaster Student Union Room 313.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.