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Assembly 10:00 a.m.
June 22, 2004 Mas208
The meeting was called to order by new chair Marcia Tackett. Roll Call lists 16 members in attendance. Minutes from the May 25th meeting were reviewed. Motion to accept made by Steve O’Rourke. Second by Sherry Scott. Motion carried.
Announcements/Remarks from Chair/Executive Board Report: Marcia asked for a volunteer to attend the June meeting with Dr. Morris. Elsie Shabazz volunteered. These meetings have been helpful in establishing a good rapport with the president and she is happy to meet new people each month. Marcia reported on the meeting with Dr. Morris. A new capital campaign is being planned. Dr. Morris expects the change to semesters to take 2 years with the first semester courses being offered in the Fall of 2007. SSU will begin the AQUIP accreditation process in the coming Spring 2005; and honing the strategic plan will start now and get us started on the AQUIP process. The president has met with state legislators about SSU’s budget. She reported that the state-wide revenue is near target, there is again a cap on tuition increases, we can expect a cut in our subsidy and we’re getting ready for the worse case scenario – with Doug White going out as the Senate leader we’re losing a good friend at the state level. In light of all that, Dr. Morris still reported that SSU is healthy financially and she thinks we’ll be fine. She also reported that the video cameras on campus have helped with security: there are fewer car break-ins and the person who did the graffiti on the sidewalks was identified by the video camera and is now cleaning up the mess. We talked some about the cafeteria and the limited opportunity to meet friends and eat together in the cafeteria, along with the high cost. She reminded us about the Internet Café and said they could make anything that the cafeteria has if we just ask.
In announcements from the USA Floor, there was discussion about food in the Internet Café. Some of our members know that the cafeteria uses leftovers in the Café and sometimes the food is stale or molded. We’ll bring this to Dr. Morris’ attention. We got an update on Jeff Taylor. It seems he’ll be taking a disability retirement; he seems better, but not able to return to work. Denise Brockett announced that a night hawk has nested outside her office window and invited people to come by and see it.
CWA News: Kathy wasn’t available for remarks, but a question was asked about those who are in grant funded positions. If the grant doesn’t have enough money or doesn’t allow for tuition costs, how does a person in a grant funded position use the tuition waiver? We’ll have Kathy check that out and report at the next meeting. This is a benefit for all CWA members and the University must have some way to cover the cost of the benefit regardless of how a position is funded.
Election Committee: Ballots were collected and counted and the slate of officers and committee positions was confirmed. Carol will take office next month as the new Chair.
Newsletter Committee: No report. Always gathering information.
Spirit Committee: The Spring Cookout will be held Friday, July 16th, from 11am to 1pm. Fred Powell will provide karaoke services so entertainment will be provided by anyone who wants to sing.
University Wide Committees – no reports available.
Unfinished Business: In unfinished business we just talked about wrapping up another year of USA. There was a discussion about our meetings with Dr. Morris and someone brought up the fact that they don’t see her around campus much. We agreed that she needs to become more visible and talk to all employees as she walks through offices and work spaces. Marcia will talk with Dr. Morris and make those suggestions to her.
There being no new business, the meeting adjourned.