Senators present: Andrews, Margaret; Ballentine, Jeanett; Barham, Mitch; Beck, Scott; Bekis, Barbara;
Boyce, Susan; Butler, Brenda; Carman, Gary; Channell, Jessica; Clarkson, Amanda; Claunch,
Reba; Tucker, Ruby; Fullwood, Ann; Hawkins, Roy; Hurley, Nancy; Johnson, Mary; Lim,
Lorrean; McMillan, Bev; Mosly, Stephen; O’Bryan, Kathryn; Patterson, Melodie; Swinger,
Sandra; Turner, Debra; ; Wheeler, Helen; Wilson, Deborah Farrior.
Senators Absent (Excused): Bragdon, Rebecca; Cantler, Edwin; Fair, Angela; Hawkins, Yolanda; Laney, Carol.
Senators Absent (Unexcused):
Minutes from the February 16, 2006 Meeting:
The meeting was called to order at 8:40. All senators were asked if they had received
the minutes, which were revised due to a change in the date for the minutes from the
January 19th meeting. All senators that were present had received the minutes. There was a motion
to approve the minutes, and the motion was seconded, with the minutes being approved.
Executive Committee Reports
President’s Report (Scott Beck): Present Beck reminded the Senate that he was still working on the Spectrum Survey, but had since approached the committee
in charge of the Spectrum Mardi Gras Celebration (which was held on February 24th) about including a few questions on the survey, which were to be handed out at the
end of the tour in the Rose Theatre. There would possibly be two questions on the
survey that the Staff Senate would present pertaining to Spectrum. Several Senators
gave ideas as to what should be asked. Senator Swinger asked if we, as the Senate,
could do anything about common problems between the employees and their supervisors,
such as the difference in training.. Senator Andrews mentioned that the supervisors
are being trained as well, but is it as detailed as what the employees have received.
Senator McMillan posed the question “does the management have a working knowledge
of what they are training on?” Some managers may be in that category of those who
do have a working knowledge, and this question would be important in the communication
process between employees and managers. Senator Channell asked if there was a liaison
for the implementation team, and President Beck assured that the Faculty Senate and
Staff Senate President were those liaisons.
The questions arose as to where the Mardi Gras Celebration would take place, and it
was more than likely it would be in the Rose Theatre, starting at 11:30 am to 1:00
pm. There would be demos pertaining to the Spectrum program, and other information
for those who may not be familiar with Spectrum. There was more information about
the celebration online. The concept was to have people go through the entire tour
and the survey would be their “ticket” to receive the red beans and rice available.
Some suggested revisions to the questions that may be asked were to add does the supervisor
“have a working knowledge of Spectrum?” There was also the suggestion to the leave the question as is.
Vice President’s Financial Report (Mary Johnson): Senator Johnson reported that there is still $7,586.49 in the budget. There has been
no change since the last meeting. President Beck suggested that since the outgoing
and incoming Senators should be present at the June meeting, and based on our current
budget, it would be a good idea to have a breakfast welcoming, congratulating, and
send off Senators who are and will serve the University.
Secretary’s Report (Melodie Patterson): There was no report at this time.
Membership Report (Mitch Barham): There was no report at this time.
Public Relations Report (Sandra Swinger): Senator Swinger announced that there will be a meeting about the Staff Senate Appreciation
Day. She will send out an e-mail asking for volunteers and give a date for the initial
Web Site/ IT Report (Debra Turner): Senator Turner reported that she was having issues with logging onto Luminis from
her computer, but will try to get the information onto the new U of M server. There
will be a new URL for the web page. If the changes take affect, everyone will be notified
by e-mail. Senator Turner also mentioned that the Staff Senate tab on Spectrum, and
it was asked if all of the Senators should have access to the page. At the time of
the meeting, only the Executive Committee members had access. It was agreed that all
senators should have access. The page contains a calendar, a bulletin board where
the Senators could post information for the Senate. The Senators may access the portal
on the U of M web page, and by clicking on the tab marked “Staff Senate” once they
have entered the Spectrum web page. President Beck just wants this information, as
well as all information contained on this page, to be consistent.
Election Committee Report (Lorrean Lim): No report at this time.
Issues and Reviews (Barbara Bekis): Senator Bekis reported on a concern about the Recreational Facilities’ hours of operation
and availability. Currently, the facility is opened Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm,
and on Fridays until 6 pm.
There was also the question as to if it was known that there were more items to be
presented to employees for their Years of Service to the University. There are more
items, other than the usual pens or clocks that are usually given out during the awards
Legislative Advisory Committee (Peggy Fitzgerald): No report at this time.
University Wide Committees
Bookstore: No report at this time.
Campus Safety and Security: The committee reported that there is currently a class being offered for people being
prepared if a natural disaster was to occur. Several people in Physical Plant, Campus
Police, the Fire department, and other groups, are being trained in case there is
ever a disaster to occur in the Memphis/Mid-South area.
Facilities and Services: There is no report at this time, but there have been reports that the scheduled construction
on the UC has been pushed back to December.
Fee Refunds & Appeals: No report at this time.
1st Year Experiences: This group has not met yet.
Food Services/Dining: This position had an empty seat. Senator McMillan, however, has volunteered to step
into this position.
IT Administrative Advisory: The Committee reminded the Senators about the Mardi Gras Celebration set for February
24th. Also, there have been talks about attempting to create 50 new smart labs across
campus. There has also been an issue about all e-mails that end with “edu” being blocked
by AOL as spam.
Public Records & Forms: No report at this time
Space Planning: No report at this time
Traffic & Parking: No report at this time.
Old Business: No old business at this time. The question about where the Faculy Senate met (which
was brought up in the January 19th meeting) was answered. Currently, the Faculty Senate sometimes meets in Rm. 201 in
the Psychology Auditorium, or in small lecture rooms.
New Business: No new business at this time.
Guest Speaker - Linda Harris, Human Resources: Linda Harris came before the Staff Senate to discuss information about sick leave
information, the Family Medical Leave Act, and any other questions about annual leave
for employees. Currently, the Family Medical Leave Act allows for up to 12 weeks for
any major medical problems. The problems may apply to the employee, or an immediate
family member that may require the employee’s assistance. The 12 weeks equals up to
450 hours for doctor’s visits (for serious health conditions), children, spouse, or
parents with serious health conditions. This Act allows for you to be paid during
your time away from work if you have leave time available. If there is no time available,
then you will not be paid. In order to receive the benefits of the Act, would have
to have been working for at least 1,250 hours. This benefit is only available once
a year. If all of the time is not used, can use the benefits until all of the allotted
time has been used (don’t have to use it for three months in a row). The Sick Leave
bank only allows for three months of use, and any time in the bank can be donated
to other people. If you are not a member of the Sick Leave Bank, you may donate your
time to other employees, but they must be a member of the Sick Leave Bank. Also, non-faculty may donate to faculty members.
For more information on the Sick Leave Bank, or any other information about your leave
history, you may contact Linda Harris in the Human Resources Department in Admin 167
at 901-678-3257, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were no further reports following Ms. Harris’s presentation. The meeting was
Melodie V. Patterson
Staff Senate Secretary