Staff Senate Minutes - October 11, 2005
10:30 a.m., Room 310, Nebraskan Student Union
Employee of the Month: : Karla Bauer, Accounting Technician, Finance Office
Department of the Month: The Antelope Newspaper
Administrative: Bressington, Schroeder
Managerial/Professional: Benitz, Morehouse, Newton
Service: Asay, Rinaker, Uden
Office: Beerbohm, Larson, Weed
Presentation by Dr. Joan Lewis – United Way – Dr. Lewis brought to the attention of the Senate that not only is the United Way low on its resources so are the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and other organizations assisting with the devastations the United States has experienced these past few months. She asked that we remember not only are the needs far away but also close to home and that many here in Central Nebraska are in need. Dr. Lewis distributed the “211” handout which represents a 24/7 connection between individuals and families in need with appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. She also distributed a flyer with Agencies and Services available to those in the community and surrounding areas.
Update on Campus Safety - Chancellor Kristensen wanted to update the Senate on the status of the two assaults that occurred recently. Chancellor Kristensen wanted to dispel any rumors that there had been multiple assaults occurring. He wanted to let the Senate know that there are a number of ways that the campus, as a community, can not only learn but also teach our staff and students, ways to better improve their safety. Through seminars such as SHARP, and the Buddy System, the campus is already on its way to better promoting safety. To be more aware of our surroundings, report incidents as soon as they happen, etc. The Chancellor mentioned that the Kearney Police Department has been supportive and helpful to the campus. There is more foot and bike patrol occurring on campus to assist in prevention. There will continue to be programs offered to assist staff in awareness and prevention.
Chris Frazier – Publications and Printing – Dusty’s guest today – We welcome Kris to our meeting today – Kris was helpful in helping design the new materials for Admissions and we look forward to working with her and her staff.
I. Call to order - President Newton
II. Adoption of Agenda - Benitz/Bressington
III. Minutes of September 20, 2005 meeting approved - Morehouse/Rinaker
IV. Financial Report – Newton reported for Kauders on balance of accounts –noted that there is still an outstanding bill from Bookstore for $10.99 and a bill from CashWa. Newton noted that Audrey needs explanations of charges when she receives bills. Also, there is an addition in revenue – a flag was sold ($10.00) since last printed. Bressington/Benitz
V. Correspondence - Weed handed out Student Government Gifts Cards from the Student Senate - a promotional product. We will be working with Human Resources to distribute to the whole campus. Mr. Lakey mentioned there is a spot on the HR website that lists Employee services and discounts available to them.
VI. Unfinished Business
A. Homecoming Parade Float - Bressington wanted to say THANK YOU to all who helped. It was difficult locating volunteers. Will we continue a float? Yes! Thanks to Jan Beerbohm who has offered to chair next year's float!
VII. Committee Reports
A. Election – No Report
B. Employee Recognition Committee – No Report
C. Performance Management Committee – No Report
D. Procedures Committee – No Report
E. Professional Development Committee – Bressington advised that Loper Office Makeover and Personal Makeover Information deadline is October 19. Bressington reported that once again Phyllis Markussen and students will be working with the design for the chosen office.
F. Office/Service Dependent Scholarship – Lakey encouraged members to contribute to the Faculty/Staff Campaign. Contributions are due soon!
G. Making a Difference – Bressington reported that Julie Burney will be speaking at a morning and afternoon session on October 18th and invited everyone to come.
H. Mentoring – Benitz - November 9 is the date scheduled for a Mentoring seminar with John Hanson as the speaker - watch for more details coming soon!
I. Information Technology Advisory Committee – No Report
J. Strategic Planning Committee – Schroeder reported that the committee met two weeks ago and members asked to developed goals and objectives for the next meeting. Both Central Administration and UNO have strategic plans on their website - possibly model after theirs?
VIII. New Business
A. Faculty/Staff Campaign Reminder - Contribute to Office/Service Dependent Scholarship.
B. Fund Raising - Deb Schroeder thanked all who helped in and contributed to the fund-raising for the family of Doug and Sandy Johnson successful. They were able to raise $800.00 for the cause.
C. Homecoming Participation - a. Benitz was approached by staff member about the participation of faculty and staff during Homecoming festivities. Possibly lawn displays, and other events during the week. This will be addressed for next years' event.
A. Next Meeting – November 15, 2005, 10:30 a.m., - Nebraskan Student Union 310. Meetings are open to all UNK employees.
X. Meeting Adjourned