Present: Sally Andrews, Regina Ayers, Glenda Barton, Gary Carman, Sherry Crone, Marie Dockter,
Lorene Flowers, Gary Fortner, Brenda Gray, Mary Harris, Nancy Hollingsworth, R. C.
Johnson, Jennifer Joyner, Kathy Kolby, Ronald MacDonald, Amy Martin, Jann Mayes, Becky
McCoy, Beverly McMillan, Jane Perrello, Cathy Philpot, Jim Selbe, Patty Simonton,
James Singleton, Vanessa Smith, Michelle Stout, Maurice Williams
Absent: Johnny Barnes, Charlie Black, Oscar Collier, Jimmy Craft, Larry Mayes, John Melton,
Bernice Richardson, Leslie Smith
Excused: Kathy Atkinson, Helen Awsumb, Devonia Cage, Verlinda Franklin, Barbara Harris, Hazel
Haywood, Diana Humphrey, Janice Morganfield, Edward Orio, Lynn Owens, Veronica Vinson,
Meeting was called to order at 9:33 AM
Linda Michael from the Development Office did a presentation of the various aspects
the University is using for marketing. There was an Image Assessment Benchmark done
in October prior to the Celebrate 2000 advertising campaign on Channel 3. Steps are
being taken to redesign the University website with a virtual campus tour of the University.
Dr. James Penrod, Vice President of Information Technology, was present to take questions
from the Staff Senate. Dr. Penrod addressed the question regarding faculty and staff
being able to obtain old and out-dated computers from student labs when the machines
are replaced. Dr. Penrod stated that these computers are renewed at least on a three-year
basis and are paid for by the Student Tech Access Fee. This money must go for direct
student support and the computers can not be moved to faculty or staff. Dr. Penrod
has asked a committee to look at the problem or staff not having adequate computers
and the possibility of supplying these out of operating funds. Information Systems
tries to have a person available for Macintosh support; however, the LSPs for specific
areas need to have this experience. There is a free Microsoft site license for employees
of the University for use anywhere.
Approval of the December minutes was tabled.
Jane Perrello announced that the opening ceremony for Student Recreation is
- Election: Glenda Barton reported there have been two resignations: Linda Clark and Jacqueline
Driver. We are still working with Human Resources to resolve the issue of Staff Senate
- Finance: Maurice Williams reported that the Staff Senate currently has $3,424.30 on hand.
- Issues and Review: Jennifer Joyner reported that the issue of the discrepancy of non-exempt employees
transferring to other jobs on campus prior to six months in a current job with the
supervisor’s approval and exempt staff has the ability to waive supervisor’s approval.
Human Resources is looking at changing this policy. Human Resources was also contacted
regarding the process of advertising job openings to University employees prior to
advertising off-campus candidates. The problem with this, was that University employees
were not applying for these positions and process for hiring and filling positions
was taking too long.
- Standing Committees:
- Facilities & Services--no report
- Traffic & Parking--no report
- Safety--James Singleton reported that the Training Schedule is out and copies will
be distributed at the next Staff Senate meeting.
- IT Planning & Policy Council--no report
- IT Administrative Advisory Committee--no report
- Bookstore Committee--no report
- Food Services--no report
- Public Records--no report
- Fee Refunds & Appeals--no report
- Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning--Jim Selbe reported that Tennessee Board of
Regents has set new guidelines for goals and objectives. This has been sent to the
President. There will be two public hearings to review.
- Ad Hoc Committee on By-Laws-no report
President’s Remarks: A letter has been drafted to President Rawlins requesting space
for an office for the Staff Senate.
Meeting was adjourned.
Next scheduled meetings: February 17, 2000