The University of Memphis
Staff Senate Minutes for
Thursday, September 21, 2006
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Senators present: Bekis, Barbara; Bell, Karen; Busby, Hugh; Cantler, Ed; Dimond, Joellen; Fitzgerald,
Peggy; George, Elise; Harbin, Bill; Hawkins, Yolanda; Hawkins, Roy; Hudson, Rika;
Hurley, Nancy; Johnson, Mary; Lim, Lorrean; Moses, Shelia; Muldrow, Vanessa; O’Bryan,
Kathy; Prahalathan, Pat; Swinger, Sandra; Taylor-Strowder, Ora; Turner, Debra; Wilson,
Deborah; Woemmel, Clay; Young-Taylor, Geraldine.
Senators absent (Excused): Boyce, Susan; Brown, Annette; Channell, Jessica; Colburn, Dorothy; Lee, Bernadette;
Harrison, April; Laney, Carol; Patey, Renee; Sirignano, Eric; Turner, Gary; Wheeler,
Helen; Wilson, Faye.
Senators absent (Unexcused): Ballard, Evell; Beacham, Melody; Claunch, Reba; Cogdal, Pamela; Cox, Thomas; Fair,
Angela; Magueyal, Christina; Underwood, William; Walsh, Elaine
President Hurley called the meeting to order. The minutes of the August 17 meeting
Executive Committee Reports
President’s Report: President Hurley announced that Dr. Raines will be the guest speaker at the Staff
Senate meeting on October 19. James Hudson, who is heading a committee to develop
an appeal process for non-faculty performance reviews, asked to address the Senate
in October. He will be rescheduled for sometime after the October meeting. President
Hurley received an email from Tanya Groves stating that the Staff Senate can only
endorse a policy from Human Resources. Senator Clay Woemmel volunteered to represent
the Senate on the Policy Review Board, which is a standing committee. The Issues
& Review Committee has been asked to look at campus parking and traffic, specifically
the lanes/markings on Innovation Drive. A TBR policy prohibits smoking within 20
feet of building entrances, air intakes, vents, and windows.
Vice President’s Financial Report: Vice President Johnson reported that the Senate has a balance of $4,330 and that
no monies have been spent since the last meeting. Janet Mitchell stated that the
Senate is budgeted $3,000 each year. In past years, there has been a substantial
balance carried over from the previous year. The Senators discussed staff appreciation
and the budget for this event, including a combined faculty/staff appreciation event
and something besides BBQ for lunch. Ms. Mitchell suggested that a proposal with
budget for staff appreciation be submitted to Dr. Raines.
Secretary’s Report: No report-absent
Membership Report: Renee Patey from Cluster H is leaving the university. Senator Lim reported that
there are open seats in Clusters D and I.
Publicity Report: No report
Website Report: No report
Other Committee Reports:
Election Committee: Senator Lim reported that there are seven open seats.
Issues and Reviews: No issues yet for this year. President Hurley had previously forwarded Draft Proposals
1 and 2 and Helpful Hints from James Hudson to all senators. These issues were discussed
at length. President Hurley will notify Mr. Hudson that this must be brought before
the Issues & Review Committee for consideration. If warranted, this information will
be presented to the entire Senate. A motion was made, seconded and approved that
Mr. Hudson’s appearance before the Senate be deferred until the Issues & Review Committee
has completed work on this. Any other issues will be handled in a like manner.
Legislative Advisory Committee: No report
By-Laws Committee: No report
University Wide Committees: No reports
New Business: Deborah Wilson attended the September First Friday Forum and gave a report including
the following: freshmen had a smooth move in experience; the Freshmen Convocation
was successful for the third year; Living Learning Communities were opened on August
31; fall enrollment figures are in with a gain of 300 undergraduates and a loss of
177 graduate students; no merit raises were approved by TBR due to the previous year’s
lost enrollment; parking issues including oversize vehicles in the parking garage,
additional crosswalks and a light at Deloach were discussed; and recycling concerns
Policy Review and the First Friday Forum will be added to the University Wide Committees
for Staff Senate.
Erica Altuve, Director of Annual Giving, spoke to the Senate about the 2006 Employee
Charitable Giving Campaign. The goal is for 25% participation across campus. Last
year saw 16% participation. The employee may choose to donate to his/her own department.
President Hurley received two tickets for each home football game. Since she will
not be attending the games, a drawing was held. The following senators received tickets
for one game: Roy Hawkins, Sandy Swinger, Peggy Fitzgerald, Elise George, Yolanda
Hawkins and Vanessa Muldrow. Each Senator may contact President Hurley a few days
before the game to pick up a parking pass.
Janet Mitchell asked for an old t-shirt or polo shirt from departments/areas for a
project for Dr. Raines.
There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned.
Staff Senate Vice President