Staff Senate Meeting Minutes
Present: Scott Beck, Paul Cade, Shirley Cowley, Debra Cummins, David Doyle, Laura Edwards,
Brad Frewin, Linda Harris, David Horan, Pamela Horvath, William Jason Jr., Barbara
Marese, Nancy Massey, James Montague, Benjamin Moore, Stephen Mosley, Sheila Ogburn,
Barbara Pugh, Ginny Reed, Julia Rhodes, James Rose, Hikmat Samaha, Marcy Sanford,
Arlene Savage, Nancy Stewart, Faye Wilson
Absent: Leslie Bowen, Pam Cash, Diane Cooper, Sherry Crone, Kelly Daniels, Senese Duhart,
Caryl Gray, Mary Haddock, Jean Honey, Samuel Hurst, Chris Kilpatrick, Carol Laney,
Laruth Lofties, Flo O'Connor, Cathy Philpot, Candy Richardville, Denetta Roberson
, David Schmitz, Melody Weldon, Martha Woods
Call to order at 9:30 a.m.
Sign-in sheet passed around
November minutes were approved with one correction made: U.T will be taken off the
Dr. David Cox (Public Administration) spoke on the Mission-Value and Vision Statements
drafted for the University by the Executive Council to be used as a process to move
the University forward.
Handouts of the draft were passed around and Dr. Cox asked Staff Senate members to
read this, share with constituents, make suggestions and encourage feedback.
The draft will also be made available to the University Staff and students for comments/suggestions
Dr. Cox will post the draft on-line and e-mail response can be sent to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The response to the statements will be assembled and made available to the University.
Finance: port skipped in absence of Diane Cooper
IT Policy & Planning Council: Cathy Philpot has resigned from thecommittee and we are in the process of finding
a replacement. This is an active committee that meets monthly.
Public Relations: Marcy Sanford is our new PR Coordinator and she and the committee will begin work
on a Staff Appreciation Day.
Legislative Advisory: James Rose, Paul Cade and Laura
Edwards met with Todd Richardson (Coordinator of Gov't Relations) on Dec 8. Main
issues coming up in the legislature this year: construction-budget - raises. The
main function of this committee is to keep constituents informed.
Election: James Rose announced we have a new Senator on this committee and will be presented
at our January meeting.
Safety: Steve Mosley gave some safety tips for the holidays and reported that Memphis is
the 4th most dangerous city in the U.S.
Issues: David Horan gave update on several issues the committee has investigated the past
year. Computer accessibility, handicap parking, background checks, raises, child
care for faculty/staff and the sick leave bank are some of the issues and many of
these have been resolved with results posted on the web site. Those not resolved
will be addressed in the near future.
Fee Refund: Senator Jason reported that 2 cases were reviewed and the committee will meet once
VII. Additional Business:
President Rose gave an update on the Faculty/Staff Feedback Survey. Participation/discussion
was encouraged among constituents. The response to the surveys is completely confidential.
President Rose addressed the 'staff office' eviction and after talking with Janet
Mitchell he met with President Raines and was assured that the mix-up was a major
miscommunication. Ralph Faudree is looking into finding available, suitable space
for the office.
The bylaws amendment vote was forwarded to Jan, 2004 meeting.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn and the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.