Staff Senate
May 2003

Present: Sharon Banker, Scott Beck, Leslie Bowen, Paul Cade, Gary Carman, Pam Cash, Shirley Cowley, Debra Cummings, Dianne Day, Francis Frazier, Brad Frewin, Linda Harris, Jean Honey, David Horan, Pamela Horvath, Jean Honey, James Hudson, Diana Humphrey, Carol Laney, Lonnie Latham, Amy Martin, Nancy Matthews, Steve Mosley, Shelia Ogburn, Virginia Reed, Julia Rhodes, Dee Roberson, Hikmat Samaha, Marcy Sanford, Arlene Savage, Hope Smith, Calvin Strong, Marcia Taylor, Mike Ward, Melody Weldon, and Faye Wilson

Absent: Diane Cooper, Sherry Crone, Senese Duhart, Laura Edwards, Laruth Lofties, Lynne Owens, James Rose, Linda Sandford, and,  Tommy Towery.    

1. Call to order at 9:34 a.m.

2. Roll call

3. March minutes were approved as amended with a 0-no and 0-abstention vote.

4. Committee Reports:

Election:      Senese Duhart     No report.

Finance:      Hope Smith      Current balance is $8,185.74.

Issues Review:      Ginny Reed and David Horan      No report.

Membership:                  Leslie Peach   No report.

Public Relations:      Sherry Crone      No report.

Web Site:      Carol Laney No report.

            AD HOC COMMITTEE:

            Legislative Advisory Committee:      Diane Cooper        No report.


Bookstore – Lonnie Latham –  No report.

Campus Safety and Security – Steve Mosley – No report.

Facilities and Services Committee – Gary Carman

  • Met and voted on the Physical Plant Employee of the Year.  Discussed Wilder Tower staffing (custodial staff in place) the moves.  There is a web site for Wilder Tower.

Fee Refunds and Appeals – Pam Horvath –  No report.

  • Food Services and Dining – Senese Duhart – No report.

    IT Administrative Advisory Committee – Julie Rhodes – No report.

    IT Planning and Policy Council – Tommy Towery – No report.

  • Presidents Council – Calvin Strong – No report.

    Public Records and Forms – Hikmat Samaha – No report.

  •       Purchasing (Special Committee only activated when needed)

    Space Planning – Dianne Day – No report.

    Special Parking (South Campus) – Dee Luna – No report.

    Traffic and Parking – Diane Cooper –  No report.

    6.   Old Business:

          Central Avenue Walkways – Speed limits – postponed until June 19th meeting.

    Lifeblood Blood – The goal of Lifeblood is to have an on-campus training program to train 1 employee for every 100 employees in order to encourage people to donate on a regular basis. 

    7.      New Business:

    President Strong read a letter from Ms. Harriet Montgomery advising the Senate that effective June 27, 2003 the Employee Wellness Program will be eliminated due to budget constraints and low participation.  Employees can become member of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center by calling 2811.  If you have any questions you may contact Harriet Montgomery at 2884 or Gary Fortner at 2256.

    President Strong read a Legislative Alert provided by Senator Cade advising that the language, which would have allowed the Finance Commissioner to change the State’s obligation for health care premiums, was deleted and will remain at the 80% rate.  Also, the notice for lay-off has been changed from 90 days to 30 days notice if the Rainy Day Funds falls below $100,000,000.

    Senator Taylor advised the Senate that the Commercial Appeal falsely reported that the Chucalissa Museum is closing.  The University is in the process of hiring a new Director.

    8.   Motion was made to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 9:58 a.m. 

Next Meeting: June 19, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. in UC 404
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