Staff Senate Minutes - August 9, 2005
10:30 a.m., Room 310, Nebraskan Student Union
Employee of the Month: None
Department of the Month: None
Managerial/Professional: Newton, Morehouse, Benitz
Service: Asay, Rinaker
Office: Beerbohm, Larson, Weed
Administrative: Kauders, Schroeder
I. Call to order
II. Adoption of Agenda - Benitz/Bressington
III. Minutes of July 19, 2005 meeting approved- Bressington/Beerbohm
IV. Financial Report – No Report
V. Correspondence - Weed distributed a thank you from one of the recipients of the Office/Service Dependent Scholarship.
VI. Committee Reports
A. Election – No Report
B. Employee Recognition Committee – Mark reported that there will not be a DOM/EOM for the month of August. There was a transition of Chairs during the summer and each thought the August EOM had been approved by Human Resources. Since this did not happen, it was decided not to do either award. The ERC is in need of more nominations for both EOM/DOM, as well as additional recruitment of new members. The committee will review the nominations received from the SAFE award and review for possible selection as EOM.
C. Performance Management Committee – No Report
D. Procedures Committee – No Report
E. Professional Development Committee – Cheryl reported that the committee is geared up for the next Loper Office Makeover as well as the "Extreme Makeover. Again this year Dr. Markussens' Interior design class will be involved with the office makeover. The Extreme Makeover will be an extended period of time (6 months) so that the individual selected will be able to participate in a free fitness/nutrition package. The makeovers will be revealed at the July picnic.
F. Office/Service Dependent Scholarship – No Report
G. Making a Difference – Cheryl reported to the committee that the fall conference is scheduled for October 18, 2005 (Tuesday). The speaker this year will be Juli Burney on Gender Benders. Flyers will go out later this month.
H. Mentoring – Brandon reported that two new events are planned. November 9 has been set aside for John Hansen (former Chief of Staff for Tom Osborne - now candidate for 3rd District). Mr. Hansen will speak on Mentoring. The second item the committee is planning is a fund raising- selling non-slip coffee mugs.
I. Information Technology Advisory Committee – No Report
J. Strategic Planning Committee – No Report
K. Centennial Committee – No Report
VII. New Business
A. Staff Senate Survey – has been forwarded to the Chancellor and the Administrative Council. It is the hope of this committee to meet with these individuals discussing the issues brought up from the survey (in particular salaries). The Executive committee has been invited to attend the Faculty/Senate Retreat on Tuesday, August 16. Hopefully the Executive committee will be able to meet with Mr. Kristensen some time in September.
B. Faculty/Staff/Student Senates: – Dusty acknowledged a request from both Faculty and Student Senates to invite a representative to meetings to learn more about the concerns and issues and how we can work together on some of the issues.
C. Coffee/Donut gathering – Dusty was approached by Dee Ellingson about hosting a coffee for the new staff sometime in the fall. Since the office/service staff are not recognized at orientation it was felt that this committee needed to recognize those individuals and welcome them to participate in activities and committees. It was recommended by Mr. Lakey that we used to host an event just after the holiday break in January and that might be a good time to accomplish our task.
D. Committee Lists The Committee lists and a “brief” description of those committees will appear in the next email with the newsletter. A committee will also be featured in the newsletters.
E. Homecoming – Cheryl mentioned sponsoring a “float” at the Homecoming. The committee decided to do the same thing as last year with the Child Development Center having the children ride in the “float”.
A. Next Meeting – September 20, 2005, 10:30 a.m., - Nebraskan Student Union 310.
B. Faculty Staff Orientation – Thursday, August 18 - 9:00 a.m.
C. Opening Convocation and Blue & Gold - August 19
IX. Meeting Adjourned