GCSU Staff Council Minutes November 29, 2007

Staff Council

These minutes submitted by: Maria E. Gordon on 12/3/07 at 9:09 AM.
Next meeting: Thursday, 12/20/07, 3:00 p.m., Bobcat Dining Room

Staff Council Minutes
Thursday, November 29, 2007
3:00 pm, Bobcat Dining Room

Present: Clyde Boone, Jr; Toi Franks; Karen Higgs; Julia Huprich; Neil Jones; Jen Maraziti; Stacey Milner; Gina Peavy; Judith Sanders; Lee Snelling; Monica Wood Starley; Bessie Storey; Lori Strawder; Lori Watson; Keeno Weaver; Patti Weimer; Joe Windish

Regrets: Maria Gordon; Jamie Wright

Absent: Erin Lineberger

Guests: Greg Brown; Joyce Dorsch; Mary Moore Jones; Dave Terrell; Erin Weston

Call to order: Gina Peavy called the meeting to order at 3:07 pm.

Approval of the minutes: A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the minutes of the October meeting as written.

Treasurer•s report (Gina Peavy): The balance in the general account is $5828.87. The balance in the foundation account is $2883.52.

Reports from the chairperson:
a) Staff now get into basketball games for free with their Bobcat Card. Anyone needing a Bobcat Card should see Keeno Weaver for assistance. Everyone is encouraged to attend the games to support the teams.
b) Gina attended a recent SGA meeting and complimented the group on their efficient handling of business.

Old business:
a) Staff Council Website (Julia Huprich): The Staff Development & Communications Committee has been working to revise the Staff Council website. Julia will email the address of the new site to the council for feedback, suggestions, and revisions.

New business:
a) Chair, Staff Development & Communications Committee: Julia Huprich, the current chair, has tendered her resignation from GCSU, effective January 11, 2008. Toi Franks and Lori Strawder were nominated to serve. Toi was elected the chair of the committee and will assume responsibilities when Julia•s resignation is effective.
b) Delegate, Academic Affairs: Virginia Simmons has resigned from her position on Staff Council. Patti Weimer, as chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee, will conduct the election. She will contact Dr. Gormly as a point of information.

Committee Reports:
a) Nominations & Elections (Patti Weimer): no report at this time.
b) Staff Development & Communications (Julia Huprich): Approximately $3,392 has been encumbered in fall 2007 for staff development purposes.
c) Staff Excellence Award (Stacey Milner): Nominations for approximately 10 nominees have been received. The selection of the winner will be on December 4 at 3 pm in 205 Parks. Judith Sanders, Julia Huprich, Neil Jones, Lori Watson, and Monica Starley will assist Stacey Milner in the selection process. The ceremony will be held December 14 at 9 am in the MSU Lounge, which will be decorated at 8 am. Volunteers are needed for decorations. An emcee is also needed; Julia Huprich nominated Keeno Weaver for his excellent speaking voice and positive energy. Keeno Weaver declined, then accepted the nomination. Other nominations are welcome.
d) Adoption of Holiday Family (Judith Sanders): The committee will continue to send out emails to the campus about the campaign. Gifts will be collected until Thursday, December 13 and will be delivered December 19. Lori Watson and Monica W. Starley volunteered to assist with the delivery.
e) Campus Connections (Lori Watson): The Connections program is on hold pending the hiring of training personnel in HR.
f) Special Projects (Neil Jones): The committee recently completed the Cans Across America campaign. Future projects will be announced at a later date.
g) PTAC (Lori Strawder): The Bell Hall Parking Lot will be completed in early 2008 and will be an employee lot, with limited spaces. The majority of the lot will have handicapped spaces. Greg Brown added that a reserved space would be given to the winner of the Staff Excellence Award. He also announced that a shuttle stop shelter donated by Vought would be installed at the A&S stop.
h) Bylaws (Monica Wood): The council voted to accept the changes in the document with the exception of Section V; the council unanimously approved the new bylaws (with the exception of Section V). The council approved the inclusion of option 3 of Section V in the bylaws, which would require all Senate and Senate Committee seats to be filled by Staff Council members. The Council thanked the committee for their tireless work on the bylaws revision process.

a) Homecoming and Alumni Weekend (Gina Peavy): Alumni Weekend is March 1-2; Homecoming events will be scheduled during the week before Alumni Weekend. Everyone is encouraged to assist with the Bobcat Ramble, which raises funds for a Baldwin County student to attend GCSU.
b) Sodexho (Keeno Weaver): Staff Council was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in the Cans Across America campaign.
c) Hanging of the Greens (Gina Peavy): The campus will be decorated November 29, 2007.
d) The President•s Holiday Celebration (Monica W. Starley): The President•s Holiday Party is December 14 from 5:30 pm • 7:30 pm in the Old Governor•s Mansion.
e) Congratulations (Gina Peavy): Congratulations to Mrs. Monica Wood Starley on her recent nuptials.
f) Going Away Party (Julia Huprich): Everyone is invited to attend Julia•s party at 2:30 pm in the Museum Education Room on January 11, 2008.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:13 pm. Regularly scheduled meetings are: December 20, January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22, and June 26. All meetings are scheduled at 3:00 pm in the Bobcat Dining Room. Other meetings may be added as needed and regularly scheduled meetings may be changed in the event of scheduling conflicts.

Minutes recorded by Julia Huprich.

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