Absent: Carol Brown, Gracie Cato, Ray Craft, Frank Dyer, Kimberly Edgar, Janice Hines, Addie
Hughes, Richard Jones, Lonnie Latham, Robert Marczynski, Ethel Moore, Vernon Spence,
and Jeanne Tutor
Excused: Ginny Davis, Hope Eubanks, Joanne Lippy, Ronnie Logan, Michelle Stout, and Patricia
Present: Glenda Barton, Charlie Black, Sam Brackstone, Steve Canaday, Gary Carman, Pam Cash,
Steven Conlee, Diane Cooper, Sherry Crone, Connie Diffee, Patricia Ehrlich, John Farrell,
Verlinda Franklin, Lanelle Gay, Pat Green, Linda Hall, Hazel Haywood, Kathy Kolby,
Bill Lansden, Larry Mayes, Janet Mitchell, Lavonnie Perry-Claybon, Norma Price, Ginny
Reed, Bernice Richardson, Marcia Taylor, and Maurice Williams
1. Roll called.
2. Committee reports:
3. Standing Committees:
Pam Cash gave a summary of the election results. (See attached list of senators
AD-Hoc Bylaws Committee:
Issues Review Committee:
Will have a draft letter ready for the next meeting on the Snow Day issue. The committee
met with Linda Clark and Harriet Montgomery on the Child Care issue. They are sending
a letter to Dr. Carson proposing to use the down time at the Child Care Center for
after-school care for children of faculty and staff.
Traffic/Parking Authority: None
Safety Committee: Eyewash stations are being installed in labs and the ramp at Mitchell
Hall is being replaced. Patricia Ehrlich will be the new senate representative for
Facilities and Services Com.: None
IT Policy Committee: None
IT Admin. Advisory Com.: None
Bookstore Committee: There is a problem with placing book orders on-line, you do not
receive a confirmation number. They are revising the system.
Food Services Committee: None
4. Old Business
Maurice Williams gave a report on the Operation Feed results.
Ginny Reed read a memorandum received from Mary Ann Camp, Assistant Vice President
for Human Resources concerning "Notice to Employees Claiming "Exempt" from Federal
Income Tax Withholding"
5. New Business
The following issue was received and read by Ginny Reed:
I am not sure whether or not anyone else has mentioned this, but after the employee
performance appraisals were complete, the comments I received were that overall the
employees were very displeased with the new appraisal forms. It seems that an employee's
score will be less with the more categories that are rated. An employee can have the
minimum of 8 categories listed and receive one score, but if two or three additional
categories are ranked, the employees total score will fall, even if the employee has
high ratings. There is also a wide range with the rankings except for the Distinguished
performance area, where there is only a 4 point range. I would like to have the Staff
Senate look at giving this to the Issues Committee to investigate with Human Resources
and see if they have any comments or plan to adjust the form again.
Ms. Camp, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, will be invited to attend
the next meeting to clarify.
The following issue was received by Diane Cooper and read to the senate:
This morning my supervisor mentioned that the President of the University of Tennessee
had announced that the increase in tuition (fiscal year 1998-1999) for the UT system
will go specifically for upgrading faculty salaries. No mention was made of increases
for staff members.
My concern is President Rawlins thinking along these lines to follow the lead of the
I do realize that the increase is directly tied to enrollment but am sure there are
indicators of enrollment numbers this fall at UT as well as at The University of Memphis.
The last seven years the staff as well as faculty have shared in "lean" times and
if said money is indeed earmarked for salaries it should be for faculty and staff across the board.
Any assistance you could offer will be appreciated.
The senate voted to put this issue on hold at this time.
7. Next meeting Thursday, August 20, 1998.