The University of Memphis
Staff Senate Minutes
Thursday, October 19, 2006
University Center - 404
Senators present: Bekis, Barbara; Bell, Karen; Boyce, Susan; Brown, Annette; Cantler, Ed; Carman, Gary;
Channell, Jessica; Colburn, Dorothy; Fair, Angela; George, Elise; Harbin, Bill; Hawkins,
Yolanda; Hudson, Rika; Hurley, Nancy; Johnson, Mary; Lee, Bernadette; Lim, Lorrean;
Moses, Sheila; Muldrow, Vanessa; O’Bryan, Kathy; Prahalathan, Pat; Sirignano, Eric;
Swinger, Sandra; Taylor-Strowder, Ora; Turner, Debra; Turner, Gary; Walsh, Elaine;
Wheeler, Helen; Wilson, Deborah; Wilson, Faye; Woemmel, Clay;
Senators absent (Excused): Dimond, Joellen; Fitzgerald, Peggy; Hawkins, Roy; Laney, Carol; Young-Taylor, Geraldine.
Senators absent (Unexcused): Ballard, Evell; Claunch, Reba; Cogdal, Pamela; Harrison, April; Underwood, Bill;
Minutes from the Oct 19, 2006 Meeting: Minutes approved.
President Hurley was scheduled to meet with David Cox concerning the staff senate
and faculty senate combining office facilities, but the president of the faculty senate
could not attend, so the meeting has been rescheduled and there is no report.
Last week a rally against racism was held on campus. President Hurley was contacted
by the Provost for a statement from the Staff Senate. Due to the fact that there
was about a 45 min time frame for preparing a statement, there was not enough time
to contact every senator so Pres Hurley submitted the following statement from the
“The Staff Senate of The University of Memphis feels strongly that racial slurs are
totally inappropriate on our campus and organizations associated with our University,
and in society. We support all efforts to eradicate such behavior by anyone associated
with the university both on and off campus.” President Hurley asked if this statement
could be approved by the Staff Senate, after the fact. The motion to approve this
statement as expressing the feelings of the Staff Senate was made, seconded and accepted.
Executive Committee Reports: No Report
President’s Report: President Hurley brought up the matter of Issues and the proper way for these to
be handled/channeled. In the past issues were brought before the Senate, but should
first go to the Issues and Review committee. There is nothing in the by-laws about
procedure. But according to Roberts Rules of Order, issues should be brought before
full body and then the full body refers the issue to the committee. She suggested
forming a committee to review the Staff Senate by-laws as they need to be refined.
There were no objections from the Senate, so Senators Channell, Hudson, Woemmel, Boyce,
and Harrison will meet with President Hurley on Nov. 13 to study, and possibly redefine,
some of the by-laws. An e-mail will be sent as to place and time of meeting. Senator
Bell of Dining Services asked that any dining issues be e-mailed to her attention
Vice President’s Financial Report: No financial report. But Senator Johnson announced that the October meeting is the
last time the Staff Senate will be meeting in the UC. An e-mail will be sent as to
the location of the November meeting.
Secretary’s Report: Senator Wilson and asked patience in removing resigned senators from the list. She
asked if everyone was receiving the minutes and Senator Sirignano did not receive
his. Senator Lim stated she sent out a revised list of senators today so this should
resolve the problem.
Membership Committee: No report but Pres. Hurley announced that membership is down to 42 senators out of
50, have had several resignations due to work schedules, etc. Due to shortage of
time Senators Channell and Lim will meet to discuss these vacancies.
Public Relations: Senator Channell needs 3-4 volunteers for the food drive; she has been in contact
with Mr. David Biggers of the food bank, who would like to double the amount donated
Due to the closing of the UC, alternatives for Appreciation Day are being considered
for next year.
Senator Channell is also working with Marketing/Communications to get the new design/logo
for the Staff Senate pins.
Procedures to follow when asked for campus information by media will be given to next
Website Coordinator: Senator Turner has posted/updated our Web Site. She asked that she be notified if
changes need to be made.
Election Committee: Chair: Senator Lim discussed the senate vacancies and decision was made to wait until next
term to fill the seats as we have adequate representation.
Issues and Reviews: Staff Evaluations are still in investigation process. Senator Cantler will check on Innovation Drive approach lanes to Central.
Legislative Advisory Committee: No Report
By-Laws Committee: No Report
President’s First Friday Forum: Senator Turner reported that the issue of the danger of oversized vehicles in the
parking garage was addressed by Edwina Washington who said additional manpower would
be needed and the garage would need to be reconfigured to safely accommodate these
vehicles, but this will be put in the planning for the future. Another issue discussed
was insurance for Faculty International Travel. Calvin Strong addressed the recycling
issue and noted that the University no longer offers canned drinks, everything is
bottled. The Provost’s Office has some funds available for promoting use of the FedEx
Institute of Technology for holding conferences, etc., so if anyone is interested
in taking advantage of this offer please contact his office.
Pres Hurley received notice from Jean Rakow that on Wed., Oct. 25th there will be a Campus Environmental Sustainability Day Web Cast from 11:30 A.M.
to 1:30 P.M. and she would like a volunteer representative from the Staff Senate to
attend. Sen. Turner will contact Jean for more details.
University Wide Committee Reports (Standing Committees, volunteers)
Bookstore: No Report
Campus Safety and Security: No Report
Facilities and Services: Senators Harbin and Carmen attended the monthly Facilities and Services meeting and
were given lists of current and proposed projects. Nothing major going on. The realignment
of Central Avenue was briefly discussed, but we have no start date on this. Senator
Harbin volunteered to give the electronic reports of this committee to Senator Wilson
to be attached to the minutes.
Sen. Carman said department personnel will be allowed to choose desired salvageable
furniture, fixtures, etc. from the University Center before demolition.
Introduction of Dr. Raines
Dr. Raines thanked the Senate for inviting her to speak. She asked if anyone had
seen a presentation on the Master Plan and suggested contacting Tony Poteet to do
the presentation. She emphasized that the Vision for 2012, which will be the 100th anniversary of The University of Memphis, is to embrace Research One University, which is a Carnegie classification. The goal is to award over 100 PhD’s yearly
and have an active funded research program. She stressed the importance of everyone
working together to run/promote the University. She also highlighted University achievements,
partnerships, and recognitions accomplished since her arrival as our president. She
recognized each department represented and again encouraged, and thanked the senate
for their part in helping to make the University what it is today.
Fee Refunds & Appeals: No-report
1st Year Experiences: No report
Food Services/Dining: No report
IT Administrative Advisory: No report
Public Records and Forms: No report
Space Planning: No report
Traffic & Parking: No report
There were no further reports and the meeting was adjourned.
Staff Senate Secretary