GCSU Staff Council Minutes November 19, 2009

November Staff Council Minutes

These minutes submitted by: Mandy Peacock on 12/1/09 at 1:51 PM.
Next meeting: December 17, 2009 3:00p.m. Chappell 113

Staff Council Minutes
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In attendance: Toi Franks, Kim Gore, Jennifer Graham, Liz Havey, Jack Hill, Janey McDade, Suzy Michel, Mandy Peacock, Lori Strawder, Patti Weimer, Erin Weston, Joe Windish
Guests: Michael Andrus, Greg Brown, Bevan Burgamy, Jessie Cox, Jamie DeFoor, Diane Kirkwood, Ellen Paulish, Amy Whatley
Regrets: Jen Maraziti
1. The meeting was called to order at 3:01 p.m. in Chappell Hall 113.
2. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved unanimously.
3. Treasurer Report:
Toi Franks reported that there is currently a balance of $8086.74 in the State Funded Account. Foundation account currently has a balance of $3141.81.
4. Committee Reports:
Communications • Erin Weston reported that the website had been updated with pictures of Staff Council delegates thanks to Erin Warnock. The newsletter should be up and running soon. Holiday activities include a Black Friday Workshop and a craft day. There will also be a Staff Recognition night at the basketball game on December 3 and a holiday social will be held in the Library atrium on December on the same day.
Staff Development • Toi Franks was not available to discuss the progress of any developments with this committee, however Joe Windish was able to fill us in on a few of the developments. Artis Williams stated that there would be no feasible way to have continuing ed classes available for faculty/staff during the day. Administrative efforts and requirements would outweigh the benefits. Karen Higgs is looking to adapt a format for grant proposals for professional development. A motivational speaker is still being considered for Russell Auditorium.
Events • Jennifer Graham reported that this committee is still working on budget ideas, coupon links and helpful information that will be accessible through the Staff Council website.
Bylaws/Election • Jen Maraziti is working on a list of staff that would be eligible to fill the vacant position left by Danielle Fields. Lori Strawder made a motion to hold off on electing anyone to Danielle•s position until January when the other elections are held. The motion was seconded by Suzy Michel. Liz Havey mentioned Danielle served on Senate as well and her departure has left a vacancy. Lori Strawder asked for volunteers to fill that position. Patti Weimer volunteered.
5. Old Buisness: None
6. New Business:
• Mandy Peacock spoke briefly on the postponement of the Faculty/Staff Campaign due to furloughs and low morale. The campaign is expected to resume in January.
• Toi Franks spoke of concern from colleagues regarding raises this year. She stated several co-workers had asked that staff be formally told that no raises would be given. Diane Kirkwood stated that the State Legislature actually approves raises and considering we are currently being furloughed and are looking at another 2% cut, raises were out of the question. The possibility of raises for FY11 has not yet been decided on. There is still concern among faculty that a 6 day furlough for 10 month employees is more costly than that of a 6 day furlough for 12 month.
• Lori Strawder stated that employees are unhappy with the parking situation. The construction at Herty and the opening of Parks Memorial has made it impossible to park. Greg Brown stated that PTAC has recommended to VP of Business and Finance two possible solutions. 1) Classify Kilpatrick as an Employee only lot and gain 36 spaces for employees. 2) Classify Peabody as an Employee only lot and gain 72 spaces. Both options take away commuter spaces and will require the overflow to utilize the Irwin Street and Centennial Center lots. A decision is pending. The construction of the new Wellness Center on West Campus and parking is an issue as well. Lori stated approx 350 spaces will be lost as a result. Patti Weimer stated that there is a possibility that one of the softball fields might become a parking area.
• Amy Whatley spoke of the Annual Bobcat Ramble. The goal of the ramble was to be able to endow a scholarship to a student in the Baldwin County school system. After 5 years, $10,000 has been raised finally allowing for an endowment. Amy asked for financial support from Staff Council. It was recommended that Staff Council fund $300 as in the past. Patti Weimer motioned and Lori Strawder seconded for approval.
7. The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.


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