Staff Senate Minutes - January 18, 2000
Employee of the Month: Gloria Mason, Help Desk, Computer Services.
Present: Dennis Choplin, Dee Ellingson, Terry Gibbs, Carol Hines, Dannien Jones, John Lakey, Kathy Livingston, Tim McMullen, and Bonnie Mumm.
Absent: Dave Bargen, Tim Danube, Deb Huryta, and Ron Roth.
- Call to Order
- Agenda Adopted. Livingston (Choplin).
- Minutes and Correspondence
- Minutes of the December 14th meeting were approved as printed.
- Unfinished Business
- Annual Report
Mumm asked if anyone had any comments on the report. The question was raised if it is on our web site. She noted that most of the information is on there, such as members, committees, and reports. Ryan Samuelson is in the process of getting the minutes, etc. on also.
- Reminder - Attendance
Mumm reminded everyone that if they can not attend the meeting, they are to get in touch with one of the officers in order for it to be an excused absence. Two or more unexcused absences without cause within one Senate year, are grounds to ask for your resignation.
- Procedures Issues
McMullen noted at the last meeting it was recommended to add a sentence to the bylaws to deal with tie votes. It was decided the sentence presented needed further clarification. The revised sentence reads as follows: The President will refrain from voting except in the event of a tie per Robert's Rules of Order. When a tie occurs, a revote will be taken which includes the full Senate and the Senate President. It was noted that the president is part of the full Senate, so that also needs to be rephrased. Ellingson/ Hines moved to adopt the following sentence to be added to the officer's section of the bylaws: The President will refrain from voting except in the event of a tie per Robert's Rules of Order. When a tie occurs, a revote will be taken which includes the president. Motion carried unanimously.
- Committee Assignments
Mumm passed out the committee assignments for 1999-2000 Those are:
- Employee Recognition - Dave Bargen (Chair), Dennis Choplin, Carol Hines, Dannien Jones, Kathy Livingston, and Bonnie Mumm. Tae Bargen will be the OSAC representative.
- Election - Kathy Livingston (Chair), Dannien Jones, Tim McMullen, Deb Huryta, and Ron Roth
- Performance Management - Kathy Livingston, Dave Bargen, Tim Danube, Dee Ellingson, and Ron Roth. Jim Lange is the OSAC representative.
- Procedure - Dennis Choplin, Tim Danube, Dannien Jones, Tim McMullen, and Terry Gibbs. Billy Rayburn is the OSAC representative.
- Professional Development - Dee Ellingson, Terry Gibbs, Carol Hines, and Deb Huryta. Wilma Heinowski will be the OSAC representative.
Mumm requested that all committees meet before the next meeting and set goals and elect the chair.
- Committee and Search Reports
- Child Care
Lakey stated there was a needs survey conducted on childcare. It was setup so that when students accessed their grades on-line in December they were asked to fill out a survey which was linked to that screen. There were about 200 responses and this process saved about $800 in postage. Currently they are working with the YMCA, which is very interested in providing childcare. They will go to their board in March. Lakey noted it would be a good partnership since they could provide services that would not be available on the UNK campus only. If approved, both facilities could be utilized. Also since they are a non-profit organization, they look at providing childcare differently. If things continue to move forward, there could be childcare in place by the fall of 2000. Lakey estimated there are about 200 children under the age of five whom could be eligible for the services.
- New Business
- Chancellor's Strategic Plan Presentation
Mumm noted this power-point presentation was given to the Board of Regents at their October meeting. All campuses did similar presentations. For this viewing, Livingston read the Chancellor's script. Three important ideals include:
- our mission as Nebraska's undergraduate residential public university.
- our vision to be a premier institution of this kind.
- sustaining campus values of the past will continue to shape our programs and activities in the future.
Strategies which will result in the achievement of that vision are focused around four areas:
- vision and values
- strategic planning
- actions and accomplishments
- tomorrow's imperatives.
The presentation elaborated on these areas.
At a later meeting, the Senate will view the Chancellor's Facilities Master Plan Presentation, which was also given at the same Regent's meeting.
The next meeting will be February 15, 2000, 10:30 a.m., Art Gallery, Student Union
The meeting was adjourned at 11:17 a.m. Livingston (McMullen).