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UNIVERSITY STAFF ASSEMBLY MINUTES
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:45 a.m.
President’s Conference Room
Called to Order by: Chair Penny Merritt
Mission Statement: Read by Penny
Roll Taken: Yes
Approval of Minutes:
Will approve at next meeting
Announcements/Remarks from Chair/Executive Board Report:
Dr. Morris canceled her monthly meeting this Thursday, the 21st, due to the breakfast scheduled for the same morning at the Welcome Center. Dave Todt, Acting Provost, covered the expenses for SSU staff to attend.
Dr. Morris spoke on the University Systems and mentioned the new push to enroll high school seniors into the postsecondary program so as to allow them to start in as sophomores when they are enrolled at SSU.
There will be a change in how degrees are offered.
The Capitol Campaign has attained 95% of its goal.
Announcements from the USA Floor
Bane Sylvia, HR Director, was asked to speak to the USA Open Meeting, but had just gotten back to work from bereavement leave and could not attend.
Penny will invite Attorney Marc Cardinalli, the new Legal Counselor, to speak to the March USA Open Meeting, but she suggested that perhaps we should invite Chuck Warner, UIS Director, to speak instead concerning internet safety. It was agreed that we invite Cardinalli at another meeting. Penny will invite the new library director to speak at one of our summer meetings if one has been chosen by that time.
Brenta Childers, Success Center Student Representative and longtime SSU employee, passed away at her home this morning, the 19th. Lori Perry will see that flowers are sent on behalf of the CWA.
Elections for new USA Officers will begin in April. Jacque Allen will send out an email notifying members of the coming elections and will update the committee spreadsheet to reflect 2008 officers.
Professional Development: None
Debra Schwamberger said there have been no meetings called. Other members include Gina Bradley and Sandi Delabar. Debra reminded attendees that USA Newsletter needs news. Cindy Hopkins suggested they include Brenta Childers’ death notice, and the newsletter could spotlight Marcia Tackett’s retirement. Several other suggestions were mentioned.
Penny stated that the new committee
coordinator, Nikki Montgomery, was doing an excellent job.
UNIVERSITY WIDE COMMITTEES
ADA Compliance None
Affirmative Action None
Athletic and Intramural
Cindy Hopkins said they have not met since before the Christmas holidays. There was talk about tiered sports and was asked about the possibility that football would be added to SSU, but Cindy denied that rumor; said football was too expensive a sport.
Budget and Finance None
Lori Perry stated the committee discussed safety issues with the street behind the Athletic Center near the old tennis courts and around the corners of the Health Sciences building and pedestrians crossing 3rd Street. She stated that crosswalks and speedbumps have been suggested.
Those who attended the breakfast at the Welcome Center acknowledged it was an enjoyable event and appreciated Dave Todt’s generosity.
Leah Campbell asked if any staff had looked at the Atomic Learning sight. She iterated that it was a good opportunity for free learning; some have used the site.
Records Commission None
Special Events None
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
Insurance Committee None
Parking Review & Appeals Committee None
Veterans Committee None
Unfinished Business: None
It was suggested that USA commemorate Brenta Childers’ 19 years as an SSU employee. Penny said she would ask Dale Taylor and Denise Brockett about a scholarship in her name. It was suggested that a brick with her name would be appropriate, or perhaps a plaque could be placed in the Success Center with her picture and name as a memoriam.
Penny stated that it had been decided at the executive meeting to ask for volunteers each month for refreshments for USA Open Meetings to try and encourage attendance. Judy Morrow and Cindy Hopkins volunteered to supply refreshments for the March meeting.
Penny Merritt adjourned.