The University of Memphis
Staff Senate Minutes - Thursday, Nov 16, 2006
Panhellenic - 101
Senators present: Bekis, Barbara; Bell, Karen; Busby, Hugh; Cantler, Ed; Carman, Gary; Channell, Jessica;
Colburn, Dorothy; Dimond, Joellen; Fair, Angela; Harbin, Bill; Harrison, April; Hawkins,
Yolanda; Hawkins, Roy; Hudson, Rika; Hurley, Nancy; Johnson, Mary;; Lim, Lorrean;
Muldrow, Vanessa; O’Bryan, Kathy; Prahalathan, Pat; Sirignano, Eric; Swinger, Sandra;
Taylor-Strowder, Ora; Turner, Debra; Turner, Gary; Wheeler, Helen; Wilson, Deborah;
Wilson, Faye; Woemmel, Clay; Young-Taylor, Geraldine
Senators absent (Excused): Brown, Annette; George, Elise; Lee, Bernadette; Moses, Sheila; Walsh, Elaine;
Senators absent (Unexcused): Ballard, Evell; Boyce, Susan; Cogdal, Pamela; Laney, Carol; Underwood, Bill;
The November meeting was held in the Panhellenic Building due to the demolition of
the University Center. President Hurley called the meeting to order and asked if there
were any questions/corrections/amendments to the October minutes. The minutes were
Executive Committee Reports
President’s Report: President Hurley gave an update on Paul Fitzgerald and asked for input on helping
with the Paul Fitzgerald fund. The suggestion was made that the address/phone number
be e-mailed to each senator and they can make the decision as to how they would like
to help. President Hurley met with David Cox, Ed Stevens, and Janet Mitchell about
combining Faculty Senate and Staff Senate office space. This was determined not feasible
at the present time, but Janet met with Ruthie Bassford and if the money can be found
there may be an alternate solution. The space behind the Faculty Senate office might
possibly be restructured to accommodate the Staff Senate. Pres Hurley gave the following
brief report on the Admin Retreat she attended. The main thrust this year is increasing
retention and graduation rates and the amount of funded research. The good news is
that, per Charles Lee, the 2007 budget has no negative balance and state funding is
up 3.8 %. Tony Poteet presented the new Master Plan and a light at Innovation Dr
and Central is being investigated.
Vice President’s Financial Report: No financial report.
Secretary’s Report: Senator Wilson made one correction to the October minutes concerning the report on
the First Friday Forum. The first paragraph should read Senator Debra Wilson rather
than Senator Turner.
Membership Committee: Senator Fitzgerald reported that we currently have 41 senators. After a brief discussion
concerning the vacancies, the consensus was that the vacancies not be filled until
the next election as every cluster has adequate representation.
Public Relations: Senator Channell reported that she sent a thank you note from the Staff Senate for
the offer and use of the Presidents Sky Box for the Tiger basketball game tickets.
Sen Channell announced the Food Drive would take place Dec. 4 -15. Collection bins
will be placed in several buildings; she asked for volunteers to monitor the bins.
She also gave a report on the search for Staff Senate pins with the new University
logo, but as of yet a good quality pin with a legible logo and reasonably priced hasn’t
been found. She brought a couple of samples of pins to the meeting and after some
discussion it was decided more intensive investigation was needed. Senator Channel
made the motion to table the search at this time; the motion was seconded by Senator
Lim and carried.
Website Report: Senator Debra Turner reported that the website should be updated. She asked that
the Senators look at the site and, if any modification/corrections, to please contact
Election Committee: Senator Lim gave a report on the seats and the openings in different clusters.
Issues and Reviews: Senator Bekis reported a meeting has been scheduled for the 20th of November.
Legislative Advisory Committee: No Report
By-Laws Committee: Committee meeting is scheduled for next week.
University Wide Committees
Bookstore: No Report
Campus Safety and Security: No Report
Facilities and Services: Senators Harbin and Carman reported that campus construction and additional parking
was discussed at the meeting. Sen. Harbin has created a map showing a walking trail
and construction fencing around the U.C. and will e-mail to any senator per request.
Fee Refunds & Appeals: Brief report on the Nov 8th meeting, only had one appeal which was denied.
1st Year Experiences: No report
Food Services/Dining: Senator Bell reported via e-mail that the committee met Oct. 26 and the quote for
the remodeling of tiger Den has been received. If the quote is approved promptly,
renovations will take place over Christmas break. Dining sales are up over last year
and kiosks are in demand. Einstein’s Bagels (a gourmet coffee shop with breakfast
and lunch food) is being considered for the Library Learning Commons. There will no
vending machines in the new UC.
IT Administrative Advisory: No report
Policy Review Board: Senator Woemmel and committee met in Oct. and several policies were discussed: the
Compensation Policy, Building Access, Key Control Policy and the Acceptable Use of
Info Resource Policy. These policies are being reviewed. There will not be a Policy
Review meeting in November.
Presidents First Friday Forum: Senator (Debra) Wilson attended the meeting and the main discussion was parents concern that some
of the 3 hour classes were not being kept for the full duration of the class. The
feeling was that classes could be compromised if that time span is not needed, but
the primary concern of the parents is that academics not be compromised. Instructors
were urged to investigate and follow through with this concern. The entrance to the
University and Highland Street revitalization was discussed, along with the suspension
policy which will be reviewed.
Space Planning: No report
Traffic & Parking: No report
New Business: Pres. Hurley announced that the Executive Committee met and after discussion the
decision was made to take a vote at the monthly meeting to cancel the December Staff
Senate meeting as it falls right before Christmas break. This was presented for feedback
from the Senate and Senator Yolanda Hawkins made the motion that the December meeting
be cancelled. The motion was seconded by Senator Colburn and the vote was unanimous
to cancel the December meeting. The next meeting will be January 18. Senator Sirignano
suggested we have the January meeting in room 220 of Brister Hall. Senator Johnson
will check on the availability and notify the Senators before the January meeting.
Noise in Tiger Den was discussed but Sen. Carman talked with the Food Services Director
and until the new UC is completed this will be an on-going problem.
Congratulations was extended to Senator Gary Turner on his graduation in December!
Senator (Faye) Wilson will invite Tony Poteet to present the Master Plan at the January
There were no further reports and the meeting was adjourned.
Faye Wilson, Staff Senate Secretary