Support Staff Council
Support Staff Council Minutes
April 10, 2012
2:00 P.M. - UN 235
Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Diana Summers, Joyce Stephens, Annette Charles, Nancy Gieselman, Jo Greife, Barb Hicks, Ginny McTighe, Tia Milburn, Felicia Morley, Virdia Stevens, Victoria Swope, Tina Walker, Lynn Lowder, Keondria McClish, and George Clossin.
Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the April meeting to order and welcomed the newly elected council members and Lynn Lowder, who represented Dr. Sluder. Each person introduced themselves and told where they work.
The March minutes were presented for approval. A needed correction was noted in the fifth paragraph. “Call” should be changed to “called.” Brenda then called for action on the March minutes with the correction as noted. Ginny McTighe made the motion to approve and was seconded by Diana Summers. A voice vote was taken and the March minutes were approved with the correction.
Diana Summers, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council balance as $1,293.54 which includes $275.18 that is dedicated to the Outstanding Support Staff Award. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund balance is $2,046.29. The Support Staff Council Education Award has a balance of $940.48. Brenda asked for any questions. Ginny McTighe made a motion to approve the report and Virdia Stevens seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken and the Treasurer’s Report was approved.
Lynn Lowder, Director, Military and Veteran Services spoke to us in place of Dr. Rick Sluder.
The Office of Military and Veteran Services is working aggressively to bring as many veterans as possible to the academic process and to get them jobs. Their office area serves as a clubhouse for veterans to be able to have a safe, secure environment where they can talk with others who have been in combat situations. Mr. Lowder emphasized that no-one who has been in a battle situation ever comes back the same person they were before. The goal of the Office of Military and Veteran Services was originally to meet the education and employment needs of veterans, but the office has also been able to assist veterans with healthcare services. The Veterans Administration office out of Kansas City has representatives on campus twice a week. Mr. Lowder felt there is a good possibility of being able to establish a full-time VA office on campus to meet veteran needs without the drive to Kansas City.
The campus as a whole has been very open and encouraging for our veterans and this office.
Professional Staff Council Report
Beth Rutt was unable to attend
Tobacco Policy Committee – George Clossin
The agenda for the next meeting is to draft a report to present their recommendations to President Ambrose.
Parking Committee – no report
Support Staff Breakfast Committee – no report
Brenda reminded us that the Breakfast is Friday morning, April 13.
Survival Adult Abuse Center Committee – no report
Fundraising for Habitat for Humanity – Brenda reported that our “non-raffle” Easter Baskets brought in $245.00.
It was also announced that the Union Bookstore is taking pre-orders for gray T-shirts – the cost will be $13.88 + tax of which approximately $9.00 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Since it is a bookstore fundraiser, no discounts can be taken.
The newly elected council members were introduced again. Election of the Executive Council members will be held during the May meeting.
Brenda thanked us all for coming and adjourned the meeting at 2:35 pm.
Our next meeting will be May 8, 2012 – 1:30 pm – UN 229
Joyce M. Stephens
Support Staff Council Secretary