Staff Congress
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December 6, 2004


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: Gene Caudill, Staff Regent and Director of Physical Plant

Chair Jessie called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m.  A quorum was present.  

Motion: To approve the November 8, 2004 meeting minutes.
  Proposed:  Rep. Jenkins Seconded:  Rep. LaFontaine
Called for Vote: Motion passed with corrections on page 2.


Chair's Report Chair Jessie spoke with Payroll office and Vice-President Walters regarding employees being paid every week.  They both said that this would be of no financial benefit to employees.  Therefore, this will not be done in the near future.  Chair Jessie reported that the Staff Congress Executive Council met and decided to have a welcome reception for Dr. Andrews.  All staff on campus would be invited.  Due to this reception the January 3rd Staff Congress meeting will be moved to January 10th.  The reception for Dr. Andrews will take place on Monday, January 10 from 2-4 in the Commonwealth Room. 
Vice-Chair's Report No report. 
Secretary's Report Secretary Caskey reported that for the month of November $57.42 was spent on refreshments and $38.00 was spent on printing for the Staff Congress Newsletter leaving a balance of $2,560.27.


Committee Reports

Credentials and Elections No report. 
University Standing Appointments No report.
Fiscal Affairs Rep. P. Moore reported that she had checked with Faculty Senate regarding the budget committee.  They told her that their Governance Committee was looking into this and would get back to her once a decision has been made.
Personnel Policies and Benefits No report.

Old Business

No old business was brought forth.

New Business 

No new business was brought forth.


Rep. Liles reminded Staff Congress that the University was in the last two weeks for the Campus Giving Campaign.  He asked members to remind their constituents of this.  He also informed Staff Congress that Dr. Andrews will be introduced as MSU's President at Spring Convocation on Wednesday, January 12.  Rep. B. Sammons asked if there was no inaugural ceremony being planned.  Regent Caudill stated not at this time.  Regent Caudill said that the Board of Regents would be presenting Dr. Andrews his Presidential Medallion during the Spring Commencement.  Rep. B. Sammons asked if this was a national trend, not having inaugurals for University Presidents.  Rep. Liles said, yes, that due to cost constraints, many universities were opting not to have inaugural ceremonies for incoming presidents.  Rep. B. Sammons asked if the job evaluations were the same as last year.  Chair Jessie said yes, he was aware of no changes being made.  Regent Caudill stated that he was unaware of any changes and has already started doing his evaluations in Physical Plant.

Regent's Report  - Regent Caudill reported that the Board of Regents would be meeting on December 16.  This will be Dr. Eaglin's last meeting with the Board of Regents.  The meeting will begin with a budget meeting at 9:00 a.m.  Rep. B. Sammons asked if Dr. Andrews would be attending this meeting.  Regent Caudill stated no; however, Dr. Andrews will be on campus two days next week to work with Dr. Eaglin.


Rep. D. Sammons announced that residential halls will be closing on Saturday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Friday, January 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Regent Caudill announced that there will be a commissioning ceremony for the new satellite after the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m.

Rep. Nutter announced that there was one more training session on web development for MSU's new web system.  She asked that if anyone was interested in attending this session to e-mail her.

Chair Jessie reminded everyone that the next Staff Congress Meeting will be on Monday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Riggle Room.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Lisa Caskey, Secretary