GCSU Staff Council Minutes August 20, 2009

Staff Council Minutes August 2009

These minutes submitted by: Mandy Peacock on 9/1/09 at 9:37 AM.
Next meeting: Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:00 Chappell 113

Staff Council • August 20, 2009 Minutes
Attendance: Clyde Boone, Tammy Burke, Danielle Fields, Jennifer Graham, Liz Havey, Jack Hill, Toi Franks, Jen Maraziti, Janey McDade, Suzy Michel, Mandy Peacock, Lori Strawder, Patti Weimer, Erin Weston, Joe Windish
Regrets: Kim Gore
Guests: Greg Brown, Bevan Burgamy, Amanda Hall, Jenny Harris, Judith Sanders
1. Joe Windish called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m. and introduced Amy Amason, Vice President of External Relations and University Advancement
2. Amy Amason spoke about the role of her division that includes Development, Alumni Relations, University Advancement, Communications, and University Television. She explained how all of these departments work together in raising funds as well as building friendships within the community and alumni groups.
3. Lori Stawder introduced Ed Averette from early college. Mr. Averette explained the role of early college and the need for mentors for these kids involved with the program. Lori Strawder suggested GIVE Center, Jen Maraziti suggested RSA, and Jennifer Graham suggested SOAR as possibilities for mentorship. Mr. Averette asked that Staff Council support the need for mentors by asking anyone that may be interested to contact Camille Tyson.
4. Minutes were approved unanimously,
5. Treasurer Report • Toi reported there is currently a balance of $9457.74. Toi asked that everyone turn in any outstanding receipts.
6. Committee Reports
• Communications • Erin Weston reported this committee will review Campus Connections as there is no participation. A Facebook group for Staff Council has been formed. Erin also stated this committee is developing a newsletter each semester that will include spotlight, division updates, and events. October 5 is the goal date for the first issue. Volunteers are needed to assist with the newsletter.
• Staff Development • Toi Franks stated this committee is currently looking at ways to revise guidelines for staff development. She would like to find a way to get the word out to staff about funds that are available to them for development.
• Special Projects • Jennifer Graham stated this committee was compiling lists of resources in the community that could help various staff members during the economic crisis. She also spoke of events that are being planned to boost staff morale including Movie Night to be held tentatively on September 25.
• Bylaws/Elections - Lori Strawder stated that our bylaws and University Senate Bylaws do not match. A request was made to vote on changing our bylaws to match that of University Senate to ease the confusing on elections for delegates. The request is to change the elections from March to February. This motion was entered for a vote and passed unanimously. A request to add to the bylaws a statement for new delegates to serve 1 year before being able to run for office. This item was tabled.
7. Report from Chair • Joe reported a task force has been formed to meet with Dr. Jordon and Dr. Jones regarding the budget and furloughs. Karen Higgs had contacted Joe earlier and stated many felt there was not enough representation of staff on this task force. Vice Presidents from each area were asked to nominate delegates from their area. Those named were Lori Westbrook, Mandy Peacock, Mike Chambers, Clyde Boone and Cindy McClanahan. A motion was made to approve the selection by Danielle Fields, Lori Strawder 2nd. This motion passed unanimously. Joe also spoke of Fridays at The Fountain as being great gathering place for suggestions for the resource list put together by the Events Committee. These lists will be made available on the website and in the newsletter. Joe also reported he and Kim Gore met with Carol Ward in Human Resources to look into how representation can be changed to clarify lines of delegate representation.
8. Old Business • Lori Strawder stated University Advancement has given up one position on Staff Council. The only delegate representing this group is Mandy Peacock. This is being tabled until a review by the Bylaws Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15
Next Meeting: The next Staff Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday September 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Chappell 113.


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