The University of Memphis
Staff Senate Minutes for
Thursday, July 20, 2006
University Center - 404
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
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,
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
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.
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.
Staff Senate Secretary