Staff Senate Minutes - July 18, 2006
10:30 a.m., Sandhills Room, Nebraskan Student Union
Administrative: Kauders, Schroeder
Managerial/Professional: Benitz, Morehouse
Service: Geiger, Gilbertson, Uden
Office: Beerbohm, Meier
Recognition of Employee of the Month– Karen Atteberry, Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Recognition of the Department of the Month – UNK Commencement Committee
Guest Speaker: Vice Chancellor for University Relations - Curt Carlson introduced himself and gave a personal overview of reasons he chose to come to UNK. Warmth of the people and a sense of genuine caring of the university community was a huge factor in deciding to accept the position. He views the Staff Senate body as an intricate part of his plan for continued improvement in communication, utilizing the organization as an advisory board representing a broader scope of the University community. The events calendar is a high priority and members filled him in on efforts that have already been attempted. He challenged each member to submit six unique strengths of UNK to email@example.com. Vice Chancellor Carlson emphasized building on our uniqueness as an institution, welcomes any comments and looks forward to meeting with the Staff Senate again.
I. Call to Order & Introductions- Benitz
II. Adoption of Agenda – (With additions) Kauders/Uden
III. Minutes of June 20, 2006 meeting – Kauders/Schroeder
IV. Financial Report – Approved - Geiger/Morehouse
V. Correspondence - Thank you cards from Office/Service Scholarship Recipients (McKenzie Mitchell, Sarah Marshall, Allison Copple)
VI. Unfinished Business
EOM Plaque at the Nebraskan Student Union - Moorehouse will see that the display is rearranged to accommodate another plaque. Weed will order a new plaque.
VII. Committee Reports
A. Election Committee – No Report
B. Employee Recognition Committee – Jolene Williams - The breakfast to celebrate the transition from KSC to UNK was held June 30th. Approximately 100 employees enjoyed a hot breakfast, (biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee and juice), background music (provided by Bonnie Payne). Chancellor Christensen spoke, thanking everyone and reminiscing of events from 15 years ago when William Nester was Chancellor. Everyone had a good time.
C. Performance Management Committee – No Report
D. Procedures Committee – By-laws will be tabled to unfinished business for the August 15th meeting.
E. Professional Development Committee – Kauders - Poker walk will be held August 3rd. Asked for members to sign up to help. Kauders indicated that Diane Holcomb has worked very hard on this project. Kristi Anderson's parents will be in attendance, so we need to have good attendance.
1. Making a Difference Subcommittee - Committee will be dissolved.
2. Mentoring Subcommittee - Uden - Committee not meeting in summer, but still maintains calling tree, when new employees are hired they take them a packet.
This subcommittee will more than likely be promoted to Committee status.
F. Office/Service Dependent Scholarship Committee – No Report
G. Information Technology Advisory Committee – No Report
H. Strategic Planning Committee – No Report
VIII. New Business - Goals for 2006/2007 Year -
A. Ex-Officio Member - Lakey - Concerning his Ex-Officio position on Staff Senate and his recent appointment as interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. Because of the time constraint during this time he will not be able to serve, suggested Bressington be appointed as ad hoc ex-officio. Kauders moved that Cheryl Bressington be appointed as ad hoc in John Lakey's absence. Moorehouse seconded. Motion Carried.
B. Phone Directory – Schroeder - Phone Directory is working nicely, can even search by first names now. Concerning listserv, she suggested that we use announce at this time.
A. Dee Ellingson is making good progress after her knee replacement.
B. Next Meeting – Benitz reminded the members to be prepared to share four things our departments are doing for the August 15th Staff Senate Roundtable
X. Adjourn – Meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.