Staff Congress
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March 7, 2005


Darlene Allen Rhonda Crisp David Jessie Rhonda Mackin Belva Sammons *Willis Taylor
Ed Beam *Ray Crum Linda Kegley Amy Moore Dallas Sammons Cindy Thompson
Lisa Caskey Kim Fultz *Donna King *Pam Moore Rhonda Sloan Jonell Tobin
Joy Cecil Phillip James M. LaFontaine April Nutter Doug Snedegar Terry White
Gaylena Cline Kristie Jenkins Jeffrey Liles *Darlene Ramey Stephanie Stewart *Elizabeth Williams

*Denotes member was absent

Guests: Roger Barker, Director of Human Resources

Chair Jessie called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  A quorum was present.  

Motion: To approve the February 7, 2005 meeting minutes.
  Proposed:  Rep. Stewart Seconded:  Rep. Tobin
Called for Vote: Motion was passed.


Chair's Report Chair Jessie reported that he had met with Dr. Andrews last Friday and formally invited him to a Staff Congress meeting.  President Andrews will be attending the April 4 Staff Congress meeting.  Chair Jessie discussed with President Andrews the rumor of eliminating Spring Break and Christmas Break by 2006.  President Andrews assured Chair Jessie that these were nothing but rumors.  President Andrews told Chair Jessie that these issues have not been discussed.  Chair Jessie and President Andrews also discussed health insurance rates for the coming year and talked about a 3% pay raise, which would be comprised of 1% merit and 2% across the board.  Chair Jessie also reported that Staff Congress now has a computer which has been given to Secretary Caskey.  He also reported that all of Staff Congress' files have been moved to Waterfield Hall 136.  He also informed members that Waterfield Hall 136 can be used as a meeting room if tables and chairs should become available.
Vice-Chair's Report No report.
Secretary's Report Secretary Caskey reported that for the month of February $62.06 was spent on refreshments and $7.00 was spent on cassette tapes to record minutes of meetings leaving a balance of $2,094.94.


Committee Reports

Credentials and Elections Rep. LaFontaine reported that a call for nominations for Staff Congress elections in May had been sent out to all staff members.  She also reported that reminders regarding Staff Congress elections would be sent out the end of the week or early next week.  Rep. LaFontaine announced that the deadline for nominations is March 18.  She also reported that a sample ballot for elections will be sent to all staff members after Spring Break.  Rep. LaFontaine reported that Staff Congress elections will be held on Wednesday, May 18.   
University Standing Appointments No report.
Fiscal Affairs No report.
Personnel Policies and Benefits Rep. A. Moore reported that the University Committee met last month to discuss a wellness initiative and to discuss drafting a health care survey for staff members to complete.  They are going to try to send survey out in April.

Old Business

Rep. Crisp asked about the on-line faculty/staff directory that was discussed at the February meeting.  Rep. A. Moore said that she had discussed this with Drew Henderson and that the on-line directory was slated to go out in the next few weeks.

Rep. B. Sammons asked Rep. A. Moore to discuss, in further detail, the wellness plan.  Rep. A. Moore reported that one item that Staff Congress requested with health insurance was an wellness initiative.  Rep. A. Moore reported that David Hoke from University of Kentucky attended a University Benefits Committee meeting and discussed what UK is doing with their wellness program.  Presently MSU is considering an on-line survey regarding health issues.  This survey would be used to encourage staff members to start thinking about their health.  Rep. A. Moore explained that once a month staff members would go on-line to answer these surveys.  Based on staff members answers, the survey would be able to detect if one was ready to make changes regarding their health.   If so, the program would then tailor a health program for one to begin.  Rep.. A. Moore also announced that a third party would be conducting these surveys.

New Business 

Rep. Tobin discussed the three MSU students who were killed in a car accident this past weekend.  She went on to commend Dr. Andrews for attending the visitation for Whitney Allen and asking about the visitations for the other two students.


Rep. Stewart reported that she appreciated the changes that OHR had made to their OHR Bulletin.  The change included printing where the new hires and transfers would be working. 

Rep. Crisp asked if Staff Congress had received any information from President Andrews regarding health insurance.  Chair Jessie said no, but it had been suggested that if the rate increase is no more than 8%, the University might consider covering the increase 100%.  This would mean that this increase would not be passed on to faculty/staff.

Regent's Report  - No report.


Chair Jessie announced that the Board of Regents would be meeting on  Thursday, March 10.

Rep. D. Sammons announced that the new Dean of Students, Kevin Koett had been hired and would be on campus this week for three day.  He will officially be on board in May.  Kevin Koett comes to MSU from Carson-Newman College.

Rep. LaFontaine announced that the bell tower will toll at 2:00 p.m. today for the three students who were killed in a car accident this past weekend.

Chair Jessie announced that there will be an Open House this Saturday, March 12.

Chair Jessie announced that the Boys 16th Region Basketball Tournament begins tonight at the AAC.

Chair Jessie announced that the next Staff Congress meeting will be Monday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Riggle Room.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:17 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Lisa Caskey, Secretary