Present: Scott Beck, Paul Cade, Pam Cash, Diane Cooper, Shirley Cowley, Sherry Crone, Debra
Cummins, David Doyle, Caryl Ann Gray, Linda Harris, David Horan, Carol Laney, William
Jason Jr., Barbara Marese, Nancy Massey, James Montague, Ginny Reed, Julia Rhodes,
James Rose, Hikmat Samaha, Marcy Sanford, Arlene Savage, David Schmitz, Melody Weldon,
Absent: Senese Duhart, Laura Edwards, Brad Frewin, Jean Honey, Pamela Horvath, Samuel Hurst,
Mary Lanier, Benjamin Moore, Stephen Mosley, Flo O’Connor, Candy Richardville, Nancy
Stewart, Martha Woods
- The meeting was called to order and the sign-in sheet was passed around. The minutes
from the February meeting were approved
- President Rose introduced Dr. David Cox who is working directly with the President
on the proposed Mission and Value statements for The University. Mr. Rose had sent
these statements as attachments in an e-mail to all Senators. Dr. Cox reported that
the committee has reviewed and revised these statements incorporating as many suggestions
from the Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, and Student Government Association into the
final document. The Executive Board has approved the document and it will be forwarded
to the TBR for review and approval. The Mission statement and Value statement will
be on the web site after TBR approval. Dr. Cox voiced his appreciation and sincerely
thanked the Senate for the input. There was a short question and answer session.
- Finance: Senator Cooper reported that there was a balance of $10,915.72.
- Public Relations: Senator Sanford, Chairman of Staff Appreciation Committee, reported that she had
reserved the date of May 19, 2004, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for the Plaza, the
Alumni Mall, or the UC Ballroom. There was a lengthy discussion including ideas and
comments on the food to be served and the cost. There was nothing new to report from
the February meeting. The committee will meet in the next couple of weeks to begin
finalization of the event, and if you have any suggestions or want to help, please
Mr. Rose reported that he had talked with President Raines, the Faculty Senate, and
the Student Government Association in participating in the funding of Staff Appreciation
Day. They would get back in touch with him. President Rose informed the Senate that
the Finance Committee had recommended $1500 to the Executive Committee for the event.
The Executive Committee is recommending $2000. Discussion was that if the Staff Senate
is hosting the Staff Appreciation Day we need to proceed with more funds. Since it
was reported that there would be very few expenditures for the rest of the year, it
was moved and second that $4,000 be used from the budget for Staff Appreciation Day.
The motion carried with a majority vote. As information is received, Mr. Rose will
follow-up with e-mail.
- Issues & Review: Senator Horan gave an update on the progress of several issues the committee has been
o The issue on lateral moves for employees has been resolved to a certain degree after
reviewing Human Resources policies. A letter will be written to Human Resources addressing
the issues and for clarification of the policy and ask for them to reply.
Childcare is still being investigated. A survey will be sent out to the staff on
whether they would utilize a childcare on campus.
Background checks on new employees is ongoing and Mr. Horan deferred this issue to
April, when Mr. Charles Lee will be our guest.
- Legislative Advisory: The legislature is in session. Senator Cade distributed a handout. He encouraged
all to get involved and participate in our government. Know your representatives
and communicate with them. It was suggested that the TSEA be a guest at one of the
- Elections: Since Senator Duhart was absent; President Rose reported that he has asked her to
have the elections completed by April 30th. Confidentiality of e-ballots was discussed and it was suggested to have paper ballots
available for those who did not want to vote e-ballot. Discuss the elections with
- President Rose gave a follow-up report on the Staff Senate Office located at the Health
Center 104. He has hung pictures and made it presentable for small meetings and a
general work area. The Provost has given President Rose another proposal for office
space for later in the year possibly.
Mr. Charles Lee, Vice President for Business and Finance, will be our guest on April
15, 2004. Bring your questions and suggestions. May 20th meeting will be New Senator Orientation; and June 17th new officers will be elected.
The meeting was adjourned.