THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
STAFF SENATE MINUTES
FEBRUARY 17, 2005
Present: Sharon Ammons, Jeanett Ballentine, Scott Beck, Barbara Bekis, Karen Bradley, Paul
Cade, Amanda Clarkson, Ruby Copeland, Carolyn Featherstone, Virginia Huss, Penni Istre,
Lorrean Lim, Patsy Krech, James McArthur, Beverly McMillan, Barbara Marese, C.E. Mason,
Nancy Massey, James Montague, Benjamin Moore, Sheila Moses, Stephen Mosley, Melodie
Patterson, Ginny Reed, Nancy Stewart, Melody Weldon, Faye Wilson, Martha Woods
Absent: Mitch Barham, Brenda Butler, Shannon Diamond, Rebecca Cameron (Scott), Caryl Ann
Gray, Flo O’Connor, Vickie Peters
Un-excused: Susan Acerra, Ashley Cates
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The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. with the approval of the minutes. The
roll call sheet was circulated for attendance.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
- IT Report (Scott Beck): No Report at this time
- Membership Report (Shelia Moses): Senator Moses has contacted certain senators by
mail that are either no longer in their departments or no longer employed with the
University of Memphis. Senator Moses will continue to contact others that have not
been involved with the senate.
- Public Relations Report (Amanda Clarkson): Senator Clarkson reported that we have
set a date for the Staff Appreciation Day. The date is May 24th, from 10:30 am to
1:00 pm in the Student plaza center, and the rainy day location will be in the University
Center Ball Room. We have a committee that is working on door prizes, booths, etc,
to help with the program.
- Secretary Report (Caryl Ann Gray): There was no report.
- Vice President/Treasurer Protem (Virginia Huss): Senator Huss reported that there
has been no change to the budget.
- President Report (Virginia Huss): President Huss inquired if there was a problem with
the time set for the Staff Senate meetings. There were no problems or issues raised
about the time.
Election of the Vice-President: The election of a Vice-President was held. Senator
Faye Wilson was elected for the remainder of the term.
Staff Senate Open Seats: We are trying to create a list of employees currently in
each cluster with the help of Human Resources. This will be a hard task but it needs
to be done in time for elections.
Bylaws Committee: A By-laws Committee will be formed and will meet as needed in order to modify the
current Staff Senate By-laws.
Guest Speaker Dr. Doug Hurley, Vice President for Information Systems & CIO spoke
to the Senate about the changes that will occur in the IT department, as well as across
campus. He discussed how the campus would soon convert to a new e-mail system, as
well as a new protection against spam. We have all received an e-mail regarding these
changes, especially about the SPAM blocker and have possibly experienced some of the
effects of the changes. There is also a plan for the Enterprise Resource Planning
System, which is a three-year process to upgrade the computer systems across campus.
This will include student records, payroll, and the financial systems.
The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Melodie Patterson, Secretary Protem