STAFF SENATE MINUTES
III. Chair/Committee Reports
a. CUSS – Janine Vienna and Clacie Hubbard attended a meeting at Frostburg University yesterday. No other report.
For more details on this CUSS report and the CUSS meeting minutes, please see the following website: http://www.usmd.edu/Leadership/Workgroups/SystemStaff/index.html
b. Membership - Becky Rosing-Johnson stated nothing to report. Melissa Thomas wants to put a call out for a Non-Exempt NCBCB for CUSS. (Item (b) under old business for the agenda today) Melissa also stated that Tom Lowe has resigned as staff senator. Katie Melton made a motion to call Amy Sine to fill his vacancy. (Amy was 2nd in voting) Jeff Canada 2nd. Melissa also asked that the open positions on the forum committees be resent and have a mini election for the remaining openings.
c. PR/Communications – The committee met on October 14. They are going to send out a flyer for staff that does not have email on the Board of Regents award. They discussed surveying staff for suggestions on improving moral. They also discussed how to get the minutes out to staff once they are approved by the staff senate.
d. HR/Payroll –Karen Wilson reported that the committee will not be asking to meet with Donna Keener or Greig Mitchell individually since the matter has been turned over to the Employee Relations committee of the SU Forum. Instead the staff senate group will focus on issues regarding the policy manual for staff.
e. President – Melissa Thomas reported that at the last President’s Advisory Team meeting tuition and funding was the major topic. These minutes are also emailed out to everyone on campus and Melissa encourages staff to read these minutes when they come out to see what is going on at these meetings. The Board of Regents was on campus last week. They had a lot of questions for SU representatives. They delivered their Effiency and Effectiveness report. Melissa asked them about the status of contingent conversions and she seemed optimistic that some conversions may still occur this fiscal year. Becky Rosing-Johnson attended the presentation itself and said it encourages students to graduate in four years. If not there would be a penalty or surcharge placed on the cost of their tuition. Melissa then spoke about the Employee Relations Committee of the Forum. She said they have now been tasked by the Executive Committee of the SU Forum to look into the issues involving Human Resources. The SU Forum has received concerns regarding the Human Resource Department and in light of this feel the correct process to address these issues would be to charge the Human Relations committee to investigate the matter.
IV. Old Business
a. E-Mail Policy- Discussion was held on the e-mail policy that was up for
review. Someone asked who the Chief Information Officer was? It was
answered that he is Jerry Waldron. Discussion was held that if this is the
official form of communication than all employees should have an SU
Email account. Perhaps one could be given to them at the date of hire.
b. Non-Exempt NCBCB representative on CUSS – (covered under membership committee report)
c. BOR staff award – The committee to review nominees will be Becky Rosing-Johnson, Katie Melton, Clacie Hubbard, Melissa Thomas, Linda Abresch,
d. Open staff meeting- The group discussed when to have an open staff meeting. Some suggested before Thanksgiving.
V. New Business
a. Middle States Evaluation Process-Dr. Ron Dotterer asked if we could meet another day so he could meet with us or he could send a representative to discuss the Middle States Evaluation Process with the staff senate. The group will meet with a representative at our normal meeting date and time.
VI. Open Discussion/Other Issues:
Motion to adjourn made by
Lucy Hearn, Secretary