Staff Senate
July 2006

The University of Memphis

Staff Senate Minutes for

Thursday, July 20, 2006

University Center - 404

9:30 AM

Senators present: Beacham, Melody; Bekis, Barbara; Bell, Karen; Brown, Annette; Cantler, Ed; Carman, Gary; Channell, Jessica; Colburn, Dorothy; Fair, Angela; Fitzgerald, Peggy; George, Elise; Harbin, Bill; Hudson, Rika; Hurley, Nancy; Laney, Lee, Bernadette; Carol; Lim, Lorrean; Moses, Sheila; Muldrow, Vanessa; O’Bryan, Kathy; Prahalathan, Pat; Swinger, Sandra; Taylor-Strowder, Ora; Turner, Debra; Turner, Gary; Wheeler, Helen; Wilson, Deborah; Wilson, Faye; Young-Taylor, Geraldine.

Senators absent (Excused): April Harrison, Roy Hawkins, Yolanda Hawkins, Mary Johnson; Elaine Walsh, Clay Woemmel,

Senators absent (Unexcused): Ballard, Evell; Boyce, Susan; Claunch, Reba; Cogdal, Pamela; Cox, Thomas; Dimond, Joellen; Farrior, Deborah; Magueyal, Christina; Mayer, Elaine; Patey, Renee; Tolson, Talmadge; Underwood, Bill;

Minutes from the July 20, 2006 Meeting: President Hurley assumed her new role as Staff Senate President and called the meeting to order welcoming the new and returning senators. The first item on the agenda was her request that anyone wishing to speak to please wait to be acknowledged and to use the hand microphone as it is difficult to hear, depending on the location of the speaker.  Also, the tape recorder does not pick up without the use of the microphone.  The sign-in sheet was passed around and President Hurley announced that if a senator fails to sign in they are automatically marked as absent.

President Hurley will contact Ruth Lofties about space for future meetings as the UC will not be available after October.

 Before the end of the meeting we had 26 senators present which made quorum, so new officers were nominated and voted on.  Senators were asked to volunteer for the remaining committees.

Executive Committee Reports

President’s Report: President Hurley met with President Raines and was informed that she is very supportive of the Staff Senate and Staff Appreciation Day.  She is also looking into the possibility of the Staff Senate sharing a room with the Faculty Senate as they have a staff person whose responsibility includes working with the Staff Senate.

Vice President’s Financial Report: President Hurley gave the financial report in the absence of Vice President Johnson. We have a balance of $1,347.33 as of June 12, 2006. Normally the Staff Senate is given approximately $3,300 from the University pool.  We haven’t received money yet, but are expecting to receive a stipend soon.  We spent $6,150 on the last Staff Appreciation Day activities and food. 

Secretary’s Report: Senator Wilson encouraged every senator to be present for the future meetings, but if unable to attend, please notify her at # 2302 or e-mail: afwilson or President Hurley, e-mail: abhurley.

New Business:

Election of Officers

The following senators were nominated and elected as officers for the following positions:

Membership Coordinator: Annette Brown, with Loreann Lim assisting

Public Relations Coordinator: Jessica Channell

Website Coordinator: Debra Turner with Carol Laney assisting

Volunteers for Senate Committees

Election Committee: Lorrean Lim, Chair; Vanessa Muldrow, Annette Brown

Issues and Reviews: Gary Carmen, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peggy Lorrie, Joy Hawkins

Legislative Advisory Committee: State and Federal legislature, Dorothy Colburn, Ora Taylor-Strowder

By-Laws Committee:  Rika Hudson

Volunteers for Standing University Wide Committees

Bookstore: Helen Wheeler

Campus Safety and Security: Gary Turner, Sheila Moses

Facilities and Services: Gary Carmen, Bill Harbin

Fee Refunds & Appeals: Angela Fair, Bernadette Lee

1st Year Experiences: Debra Turner

Food Services/Dining: Karen Bell

IT Administrative Advisory:  Pat Prahalathan

Public Records and Forms

Space Planning: Elise George

Traffic & Parking: Ed Cantler, Annette Brown

Old Business:  The recycling program was discussed and President Hurley explained that President Raines is very interested and supportive of this proposal and a copy will be given to Calvin Strong, Rosie Bingham and Dr. Porter for their input. The question to the Senate is whether or not we are interested in supporting this effort and getting involved with this student group. Copies of the Proposal for the Expansion of the U of M Recycling Program were given to each senator and everyone was asked to read this and was given a few minutes to look at the proposal.    A survey was recommended to determine where bins are presently located and where they would be helpful. 

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Faye Wilson

Staff Senate Secretary

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