June 2006 Minutes

1. Call to Order - A regular meeting of the Staff Senate of Missouri State University was called to order at Plaster Student Union, PSU 313 at 1:35 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Ben Boslaugh, Sherry Adams, Guy DeVault, Norm Griffith, Dale Moore, Scott Walker, Sue Alvers, Darlene Bailey,Earle Doman, Tara Horton, Sheila Morris, Steve Mills, Sara Clark, Marline Faherty, David Liss, Dennis Perry

Absent: Diana Garland, Patrick Byers, Wendy Ferguson, Terrill Harvey, Jason Rhea, Veronica Adinegara, Edward DeLong, Glen Fletcher, Barb Jones, Tami Sutton, Carter Allen, Roger Duclos, LaDonna Hansen, Thomas Norrell, Tami Sutton

Guests: Lisa McEowen-LeVangie, Cindy Barnett, Steve Lowery, Janet Wight, Howard Berriman, Ron Boaz, Virginia Andrews, Sheila Ponder, Lynn McKenzie, Pat Day, SuzAnn Ferguson

Ben Boslaugh, Chair, presided and Sue Alvers recorded the proceedings of the meeting. Next we the introduction of senators and guests. Request to change the agenda by moving new senator voting to beginning of meeting was passed unanimously.

3. Guest Speakers

Howard Berriman, Assistant Director, Human Resources, explained the new revisions to the Staff Employee Handbook that will go before the Board of Governors on June 16, 2006. Some of the changes are about salary increases, starting salaries, promotions, transfers, evaluations and vacation accruals.

4. New Business (moved up in agenda)

New senators were voted on and received information packets. New senators are: Lenord McGownd, Nancy Harris, Virginia Andrews, Steven Lowery, Patrick Day, SuzAnn Ferguson, Cindy Barnett, Casey Comoroski and Kelly Barnts. Certificates of Appreciation were handed out to all outgoing senators: Diana Garland, Sherry Adams, Veronica Adinigera, Sara Clark, Earle Doman, Tara Horton, David Liss, Tami Sutton and Scott Walker. Ben encouraged everyone to attend July's meeting since a quorum is needed to vote on officers.

5. Minutes

The minutes of the open, regular meetings of April 6, 2006 and May 4, 2006 were approved

6. Officers Report

  • Ben reported:

    • Health Care for the university is moving more toward employee contribution.

    • JQH Arena is moving along. Hope to break ground in December. Discussion is ongoing on what will be in the arena. Building funds to be used are designated and will not effect salaries, etc. The complex will not exceed $60M. Groundbreaking will be in November and the building will open November 2008.

7. Committee Reports

  • Public Affairs Committee - Sara Clark

    • Sara reported that the Lunch Hour Lecture Series is over for the year. The committee decided to stop the series due to the light attendance by staff. The committee is asking ideas on how to engage the staff in Public Affairs. The committee also needs more members.

  • Bylaws Committee - Steve Mills

    • The committee recommended a couple changes pertaining to absentee voting and making sure all cost centers have representation on the senate. The committee's waiting to see if other changes are necessary, so that all revisions can be made at the same time.

  • Work/Life Committee - Dale Moore

    • The Senate unanimously passed a resolution asking the President to create a work/life committee.

8. New Business

The Senate was asked it's thoughts about an "opt-in" plan for an employee's home address and phone number to be added to the directory. Responses to that inquiry were generally negative.

The next regular meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on July 6, 2006 in Plaster Student Union Room 313.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted:

Sue Alvers, Staff Senate Secretary

Work/Life Resolution

Employee Handbook Changes Handout