September 4, 2008

I. Call to Order - Meeting called to order on September 4, 2008 at 1:35PM by Staff Senate Chair Casey Comoroski

II. Roll Call

Casey Comoroski Konya Knackstedt Lenord McGownd Cathy McFall John Avery
Cindi Barnett Kelly Barnts Ron Boaz Debbie Branson Corbin Campbell
Patrick Day Marian Green Norm Griffith Tabitha Haynes Lisa Langston
Steve Lowery Janelle Melton Dennis Perry Terry Plank Teresa Steele
Jaimie Trussell Lynette Walker Christopher Herr
Troy Black Donald Clark SuzAnn Ferguson Sue McCrory Orlando Hodges

III. Approval of Minutes - The Senate approved the June minutes and made a correction to the August minutes. Both June and August minutes were approved.

IV. Meeting

Executive Committee Report - Casey Comoroski reported on the Executive Committee's meeting with Dr. Nietzel, Paul Kincaid and Greg Burris. We updated the group about:

  • the very successful Staff Picnic in July
  • looking at a smoke free campus
  • the Staff Senate Scholarship
  • the 2008-09 initiatives

In regards to initiatives, Dr. Nietzel brought up some concerns about the smoke-free campus. He indicated that Legal Counsel and others had been looking into this issue and discovered a State law stating that a smoking area would need to be set aside for smokers to use. It appears that this issue is a complex one and we look forward the Smoke-Free subcommittee's report in the near future. Dr. Nietzel indicated that the Administrative Council has already examined the issue of increasing fee waivers for staff and faculty. The Admin Council has approved an increase from 12 to 15 credit hours for staff and faculty. They also have approved that up to 6 hours of that waiver could be used to offset the fees associated with Greenwood Lab School. Dr. Nietzel was pleased to hear that a plan had been worked out with Sodexo to provide discounted meals in a package of 10 meals. More information to follow...

Website - Casey wanted to thank Tabitha Haynes for stepping up and taking charge in updating the Staff Senate's website.

Committee Reports

Work-Life - Konya reported that the committee's final report should be issued soon and delivered to Dr. Nietzel and the Admin Council

Campus Rec Center - They have hired an architect and focus groups will be formed in the upcoming months to get input

Staff Senate Scholarship - Jaimie gave an overview of the finalized wording of the Scholarship. She brought to everyone's attention that the wording originally stated that an employee had to be at Missouri State for 2 years before they could apply for the Scholarship. Most scholarships require only 1 year of employment and you can be a Senator after only 1 year of employment. A motion was made and seconded to change the requirement to be 1 year of employment.

Denim Day - Cathy McFall gave a report about Denim Day. Below is a calendar of events:

Date Time Event
September 24 1PM "Locks of Love" Tressa Arnette, staff member, donated her hair for cancer patients
September 27 1PM "Paint the Campus Pink" by tying ribbons on trees and lightposts
September 28 4PM Missouri State Making Strides for Cancer 5K Run/Walk at Nathaniel Greene Park. T-shirts and awards will be given, and all participants completing the race will receive a free admission ticket to a home football or volleyball game.
September 29-October 2 11AM-1PM Donate $5.00 at the collection table located on the 2nd floor in Plaster Student Union and receive a coupon for a free slice of pizza
September 29-October 2 All Day Pay to wear jeans on Friday, October 3 - see a collection coordinator to make a donation
September 29-October 2 All Day Collection containers will also be located at all Union vendor locations
October 1 11AM-1PM University-wide luncheon sponsored by Sodexo in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom
October 1 All Day Kaldi's Coffee, Union and Library locations, will donate 10% of sales to the philanthropy
October 3 All Day Lee National Denim Day - wear your pink ribbon and jeans to show your support
October 15 & November 4 The St. John's Wellness Bus will be here to do mammograms.

Cathy and Casey will be working with some student athletes to collect donations at the home football games. Last year's goal was $3000 and we made $8000. This year the goal was moved to $10,000. Cathy is hoping to have A Cub Bella, the women's acapella group, perform during the luncheon on October 1.


A question was brought to the floor about what measuring will be occurring this year for staff to offset their contributions to their health insurance. Casey was going to look into this issue and report back to the Senate next meeting.

A reminder was given for Greg Burris' going away party on September 9 from 3-5 in the Union Club.

A motion was made and passed to adjourn the meeting at 2:05PM

Submitted by Lenord McGownd