Staff Congress
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JANUARY 9, 2006


Ed Beam R. Hinton *M. LaFontaine *April Nutter S. Stewart E. Williams
Lisa Caskey *Phillip James Jeffrey Liles Darlene Ramey Todd Thacker Kristie Williams
Rhonda Crisp David Jessie Rhonda Mackin *William Salazar Cindy Thompson  
*Ray Crum *Linda Kegley Amy Moore Dallas Sammons Jonell Tobin
Shannon Harr Donna King Pam Moore Doug Snedegar *Terry White

*Denotes member was absent

Guests: Roger Barker - Director of Human Resources, Lloyd Hammond - Building Services Technician

Chair Jessie called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m.  A quorum was present.  Guests were welcomed.

Motion: To approve the December 5, 2005 minutes as submitted
  Proposed:  Rep. P. Moore Seconded:  Rep. Hinton
Called for Vote: Passed


Chair's Report Chair Jessie met with VP Walters and had the following to report: 

1.  Process of Evaluating Upline Administrator's Issue - VP Walters will get back with him about the suggestions Staff Congress submitted
2.  Tuition Waiver Issue - will go to the cabinet next month
3.  Firm looking at Classifications Issue - they are beginning to get started on this, probably will get started mid-January
4.  Educational Stipend Issue - VP Walters will look into this
5.  Review Classification Committee Issue - Roger Barker and Chair Jessie need to get together and talk about this.  Chair Jessie is also waiting to hear back from the Faculty Senate Chair.

Vice-Chair's Report No Report
Secretary's Report Secretary Crisp reported that $62.06 was spent during December for refreshments, leaving a balance of $2,330.19 in the supply account.


Committee Reports

Credentials and Elections Rep. Snedegar reported that Lloyd Hammond will replace Kim Fultz on Staff Congress.  She changed jobs and is now in a different EEO Category.  She has resigned from Congress.  Mr. Hammond ran in the last election and was the next highest vote getter.  The committee appointed him to Congress and he accepted.  According to the by-laws, no vote is needed.
University Standing Appointments No Report.  Mr. Hammond will be added to a committee.
Fiscal Affairs No Report
Personnel Policies and Benefits No Report.  Rep. A. Moore said Employee Benefits was scheduled to meet before the holidays to discuss the process by which the sick leave pool is administered, but due to a death in her family the meeting had to be canceled.  They will meet within the next week or two.

Regent's Report - No report.

Old Business - None

New Business 

Rep. Stewart said it was brought to her attention that on the Wellness Center Web site it says that if MSU employees do not carry MSU health insurance, it costs $120.00 to be a member.  She thought membership in the Wellness Center was free to full-time employees.  Roger Barker said this was the first he had ever heard of that.  Rep. A. Moore said the Personnel Policies & Benefits Committee will check it out.

Rep. Caskey asked when the debit cards for the CDHP will be received.  Roger Barker said they should be here in two weeks.  There were a few glitches, but they should be cleared-up by now.  CHA did not receive the bank information that was sent in November.

Rep. Stewart asked who the new secretary for Faculty Senate is.  Rep. A. Moore said it was her understanding that they are not able to hire someone at this time.  Chair Jessie will try to find out.


Rep. P. Moore was asked to bring back up the possibility of moving the Staff Congress elections to March or April instead of May.  It would be better if new members attended a couple of meetings before officers are elected in July.  This would be a change in by-laws.  Rep. Sammons said the by-laws are supposed to be revised every three years anyway.  The last time the by-laws were revised is when Madonna Weathers was Chair.  Rep. Sammons suggested there be an ad-hoc committee to review the by-laws.  To change the by-laws, the committee would review them and make a proposal for change.  The proposal must be signed by five members of the committee and Staff Congress must vote on it twice.  The proposal would go to the board for approval.  Chair Jessie said we would need to move back into 'New Business' to make a motion to have an ad-hoc committee.

Motion: To move back into 'New Business'
  Proposed:  Rep. P. Moore Seconded:  Rep. Stewart
Called for Vote: Passed

New Business

Motion: That Congress form an ad-hoc committee to look at and revise Staff Congress by-laws
  Proposed:  Rep. P. Moore Seconded:  Rep. Liles
Called for Vote: Passed


Rep. Sammons has a copy of the by-laws when the last revision was done.  The committee can look at this if they want when they begin work on the by-laws.


The Residence Halls open at 8 a.m. on Thursday.  The RA's are here today to start training. 

There is an MSU vs. EKU game on Thursday.  Girls play at 5:30 p.m. and boys play at 7 p.m.  There will be a bonfire at 5 p.m. at the old trailer park lot by the AAC. 

There will be a Talent Show in Button on Saturday.

The Housing Office has moved back to Thompson Hall.

Motion: To adjourn
  Proposed:  Rep. Thacker Seconded:  Rep. Stewart
Called for Vote: Passed

Minutes submitted by:  Rhonda Crisp, Secretary