GCSU Staff Council Minutes April 28, 2009

Staff Council

These minutes submitted by: Joe Windish on 5/20/09 at 3:42 PM.
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 26 at 3 p.m. in the Bobcat Dining Room

Staff Council • April 28, 2009 Minutes

Attendance: Clyde Boone, Jr., Liz Havey, Karen Higgs, Erin Lineberger, Jen Maraziti, Stacey Milner, Suzy Michel, Gina Peavy, Judith Sanders, Monica Starley, Lori Strawder, Lori Watson, Patti Weimer, Erin Weston, Joe Windish.

Regrets: Toi Franks, Mandy Peacock,

Guests: Greg Brown, Bevan Burgamy, Jennifer Graham Stephens,

1. Karen Higgs called the meeting to order at 3:03 p.m. and introduced guests.

2. Minutes were approved unanimously.

3. Treasurer•s Report • tabled.

4. Committee Reports

a.) Retreat Committee sign-up: The committee traditionally includes the past chair, incoming officers, and any interested delegates. Joe Windish circulated a sign-up sheet and asked those interested to sign. The 2009 Retreat Planning Committee will be:

Clyde Boone Jr.
Toi Franks
Kim Gore
Liz Havey
Karen Higgs
Jen Maraziti
Susy Michel
Mandy Peacock
Lori Strawder
Lori Watson
Joe Windish

b.) Communications Committee: The committee reviewed the websites of all Staff Councils in the state and is recommending two additional sections: A history of staff council & an elections section. In addition, the committee suggested a front campus photo of Staff Council that can be used on the website. The idea of an all staff photo was also discussed. A proposal was brought forward to start a Staff Council newsletter. The newsletter option will be pursued in the new year.

c.) Staff Development Funds: Karen asked delegates to poll our divisions to find if there are projects that could funded by funds remaining in the staff development account. Projects should be forwarded to Karen by Wed, 5/12.
A delegate raised the idea of buying a camera for Staff Council to document our activities. Joe Windish moved that we allocate up to $500 to purchase a digital camera. The motion was seconded by Lori Strawder and passed unanimously.

d.) Staff Achievement: Erin Weston reported on the staff appreciation week activities that were underway as we met.

- Permanent plaques acknowledging those recognized in the Staff Achievement Awards are on display in the Bobcat Dining Room.

- The President•s Faculty Staff Picnic will be held on Wednesday. Delegates are encouraged to attend.

- 29 •Superlative• recipients have been nominated by their colleagues. Each will be recognized with a certificate and a $5 gift certificate. These will be distributed on Thursday.

- The Annual Staff Awards will include:

• Bobcat Spirit Award (1)
• Innovation Award (1)
• Customer Service Award (1)
• Public Service Award (1)
• Outstanding Service Awards - 5 recipients, 1 from each area.

Karen will open with welcoming remarks. The president will offer her remarks and awards will be presented by the supervisor of each area. University Communications has offered to do a presentation for the large projection screen during the presentations.

- The Ice Cream Social will follow in the plaza between the library, Lanier Hall and Chappell Hall. Sugar Free Ice Cream and Sorbet will be available for those who prefer.

5. Report from the Chair: Karen reported on the cancellation of the State Staff Council Conference. She also reported that the proposed Smoking Policy was not passed by University Sentate. The policy will go back to RPIPC next year for further consideration. The existing policy will be enforced. There has been a directive to move cigarette receptacles 30 feet from building entrances.

The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Next Meeting: The next Staff Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26 at 3 p.m. in the Bobcat Dining Room. All regular meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3.

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