Staff Congress
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May 6, 2002


Sharon Beller

Larry Besant

*T. Bumgardner

*Vincent Butler

*Gene Caudill

Joy Cecil

Rhonda Crisp

Lana Fraley

*Patty Eldridge 

Michael Hopper

David Jessie

*Linda Kegley

Rhonda Mackin

Jackie McCleese

Zach McClurg

*Pam Moore

*Carole Morella

Lora Pace

Darlene Ramey

Belva Sammons

Dallas Sammons

*Tim Smith

Jeannine Stevens

Stephanie Stewart

*Willis Taylor

Todd Thacker

Jonell Tobin

Madonna Weathers

*Rick Williams

*Denotes member was absent


Guests:    Roger Barker, Human Resources Director


Chair Weathers called the meeting to order at 1:05 pm in the Riggle Room of ADUC.  A quorum was present.



To approve the April 1, 2002 minutes with the following corrections:  Change 'that' to 'then' under old business on page 3.


Proposed: Rep. Stewart

Seconded:  Rep. B. Sammons

Called for vote:



Chair report:

Chair Weathers announced that President Eaglin will attend today's meeting.  The Legislature has made some changes to KTRS.   Any questions should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources. 


Vice Chair report:


Secretary report:

No Report


Committee Reports


Credentials and Elections:

Chair Hopper informed the Congress that the on-line election process/instruction memo will be going to all staff members.  Representatives were asked to sign-up for "Poll Time" to assist with the on-line and paper ballot election day.  It was suggested that a blurb be put on the memo to encourage staff members to check their EEOC category prior to the election.  As of today (5/6/02) only one person had requested an absentee ballot.  Paper ballots/Absentee ballots will be counted after the poll closes for the on-line election.

Standing Appointments Sub-Committee:

No report.

Fiscal Affairs:

Chair B. Sammons reported that the Fiscal Affairs Committee had a meeting scheduled with Roger Barker at 9 am on May 7th in the Career Library to discuss the survey for upper level administrators.

Personnel Policies and Benefits:

Chair Thacker had received email from Roger Barker that President Eaglin and the cabinet had turned down the tuition waiver for retirees proposal due to financial concerns.

University Employees Benefits:

No report.  The committee has not meet.




Director of Human Resources, Roger Barker reported the OHR office is working with Marilyn Moore to develop an on-line test for keyboarding and computer literacy.



Vice-Chair Jessie noted that Roger Barker was to check about retirees with 15 years service having a portion of their health insurance paid.  He will email Vice-Chair Jessie the information.


Human Resources Director Roger Barker commended Rep. Hopper and the members of the Job Reclassification and Review Committee for the excellent job they have done this year.  Mr. Barker felt the committee is as knowledgeable as the Office of Human Resources regarding reclassification of employees.


Chair Weathers expressed appreciation to the Office of Human Resources for the employees appreciation picnic.


President Eaglin expressed his appreciation to the congress members for their accomplishments and the work they do above and beyond the expectations of their regular jobs.  President Eaglin explained the employees benefit compensation package that he is presenting to the Board of Regents.  The packages are the same for both the faculty and staff.  Budget for the base (take home dollars) will be 3.2% to be distributed to non-exempt (hourly) as a straight 3.2% across the board.  Non-exempt staff will receive 2.4% across the board and .8% merit pool. Benefits go top of the base. This is effective July 1, 2002.  There is a .4% pool of money for adjustments (career ladders, reclasses, etc.)  The university will have less money to operate with next year.  Some of the construction projects and the computer replacement program have been slowed down in order to meet this years budget.  The university needs to grow in order to maintain the budget. President Eaglin asked that employees complete the EEOC questionnaire if they have not done so. 



The June 3rd meeting will be a luncheon for old and new members in the Eagle Dining Room.

Commencement will be May 11, 2002

The MSU Office of Human Resources received their first internet application on May 6, 2002.



To adjourn


Proposed: Tobin

Seconded:  Stewart

Called for vote:


Minutes submitted by:  Dallas F. Sammons, Secretary