Support Staff Council
Support Staff Council Minutes
December 13, 2011
1:30 P.M. - UN 304
Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Cindy Merryfield, Diana Summers, Joyce Stephens, Suzan Brown,
Keri Busker, Tia Milburn, Bettie Moore, Virdia Stevens, Jo Greife, Teresa Alewel, Beth Rutt,
Becky White, Judy Kenney, Helen Mills, and Ardith Sampson.
Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the December meeting to order. We each
introduced ourselves and told where we work. Brenda thanked Teresa Alewel for filling in for
Dr. Sluder who was unable to attend the meeting.
Brenda asked if there were any corrections or additions to the November minutes. Cindy
Merryfield made a motion to approve the minutes. Tia Milburn seconded the motion. Brenda
called for questions. With none, a voice vote was taken and the November minutes were
Teresa Alewel, Career Services, shared updates from Dr. Sluder.
• Word from Jefferson City would indicate that we should plan for a 10% reduction from
the state. This time of the year tends to have higher estimates than the final outcome.
Administratively, they are planning for the worst case scenario.
• The Provost search has been narrowed to 12-15 candidates. Currently references are
being called. They hope to narrow the field to 8 for on campus interviews.
• The position of Director of Military and Veteran Services will have interviews before
break. They hope to have someone in place for a January 3, 2012 start.
Professional Staff Council Report
Beth Rutt thanked those who had participated in the success of the Turkey Bowl. They were
able to contribute over $340.00 to the Warrensburg Food Pantry. Beth encouraged us to support
the food pantry any time we can.
The Professional Staff Council had their meeting the first week of December. Items discussed
• UCM Tobacco Policy Committee – The committee has asked for an extension on making
a recommendation and will wait until after the 1st of the year. The students polled did
not see a need for a new policy but for enforcement of the current policy.
• Google Aps – There is concern about the lack of a campus-wide mechanism such as
gwusers. We have been told to each manually check the appropriate categories on the
UCM website a few times a day to keep up with information updates.
• Fit Community – There are currently 16-18 teams. Iit should be a lot of fun. Beth
expects and encourages some smack talk. The University Recreation Center will waive
the semester membership fee for UCM employees who are signed up for Fit Community.
Your participation will accumulate the visits needed for you to use the Recreation Center
the following semester.
Parking Committee: Ardith Sampson reported the committee had a short meeting earlier that day.
• The back of parking tickets will be changed from 5 business days to 15 business days
before the ticket cost escalates. This will make the verbiage coincide with other wording.
• Web site is scheduled to be improved my January 1, 2012.
Election Committee: Becky White reported they had made suggested changes in capitalization
and asked if there was any discussion on the Bylaws as provided to us via email. A question
was raised about the need for “special area meetings” since representation would no longer be by
area It was agreed to remove item B under Section IX Freedom of Action and Assembly. Item
A will be changed to paragraph form. Cindy Merryfield moved to accept the new Bylaws with
changes noted. Tia Milburn seconded the motion. A vote by show of hands was taken and the
new Support Staff Council Bylaws were unanimously accepted.
A motion from the Elections Committee was passed out, read, and opened for discussion.
The only questions involved the term status of the current Support Staff Council members.
A voice vote was taken to accept the motion and was passed. See attached addendum.
Shelia Schneider has moved to Professional Staff.
The Elections Committee will be contacting individuals in January to identify individuals to run
for a one-year term.
Diana Summers, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council balance as $1,227.16 but noted
that $275.18 of dedicated funds were included in the balance because of money raised for the
Outstanding Support Staff Award. The Support Staff Council Education Award has a balance of
$804.48. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund balance is $2,292.04.
$238 was raised as a result of the chair massages.
Brenda also noted there will be a masseuse service available at the Wellness Center starting in
The Support Staff Council and Professional Staff Council sponsored Community Coffee
collected $66.00 in cash or checks for Survival Adult Abuse Center; 75 items were collected for
the food pantry; and 2-3 large bags of winter wear was delivered for the internationals.
Brenda adjourned the meeting at 2:10 pm.
Our next meeting will be January 10, 2012 – 1:30 pm – UN 219
Joyce M. Stephens
Support Staff Council Secretary