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Support Staff Council

President: Annette Charles
Vice President: Barb Hicks
Treasurer: Alice Dempsey
Secretary: Tina Walker


March 2012

Support Staff Council Minutes
March 13, 2012
2:00 P.M. - UN 235

Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Cindy Merryfield, Diana Summers, Joyce Stephens, Suzan Brown, Keri Busker, Ginny McTighe, Tia Milburn, Bettie Moore, Virdia Stevens, Rick Sluder, Keondria McClish, Ardith Sampson, Sandy Christ, Jody Ritter, Marcia Clemens, Trish Hubbard, Becky White and George Clossin.


Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the March meeting to order and welcomed those attending.  


January and February minutes were presented for approval. It was noted that Brenda was misspelled in the “Other” section of the February minutes.

Brenda called for action on the January minutes. Cindy Merryfield made the motion to approve and the motion was seconded by Keri Busker.  A vote voice was taken and the January minutes were approved.

Brenda then called for action on the February minutes with the correction as noted.  Cindy Merryfield made the motion to approve and was seconded by Diana Summers.  A vote voice was taken and the February minutes were approved with the correction.

The minutes for the February 22 special called meeting of Support Staff Council representatives was distributed to voting members to review. Brenda discussed the purpose of the meeting and what we accomplished to those present. Brenda called for action on the February 22 minutes. Keri Busker moved to approve the minutes and was seconded by Cindy Merryfield. A voice vote was taken and the minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Diana Summers, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council balance as $1,391.53 which includes $300.00 from Administration & Finance to help pay for the 2012 Support Staff breakfast and $275.18 that is dedicated to the Outstanding Support Staff Award.  The Support Staff Council Education Award has a balance of $911.48. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund balance is $2,024.29.  Diana noted a couple of expenditures had been made in support of the Girls Night Out event held on February 28, 2012. Brenda asked for any questions.  Cindy Merryfield made a motion to approve the report.  Ginny McTighe seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken and the Treasurer’s Report was approved.

Administrative Liaison

Dr. Sluder reported on:

  • Selection of Dr. Deborah Curtis as our new Provost and Learning Officer
  • General Faculty meeting being held on March 14, 3:30 pm  in the Union Ballroom
    • President Ambrose giving information update for campus as a whole
    • Encourage members of the Support Staff Council to come as schedule permits
  • President’s Cabinet has 6.7 million gap for FY13
    • President understands budget
    • Very methodical
    • Least pain – lock down on positions
  • Other core areas
    • Innovation campus initiative in Lees Summit
      • 30-40 10th grade students will be starting this fall
      • New CSC location is 291 S and 50 Hwy
      • Mid way in the building design process
    • Filtering through the Strategic Plan
      • Looking at Enrollment
        • Admits
        • Transfers
        • Retention
    • Housing contracts are up
    • Campus visits and Orientation numbers are up
  • Contact Dr. Sluder by phone or email if you have specific questions

Professional Staff Council Report

Beth Rutt was unable to attend.

Committee Reports

Tobacco Policy Committee – George Clossin

  • Group divided into 3 sub-groups
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Policy and procedure
    • Time line
  • Split 50/50 on a tobacco free campus vs. a smoke free campus
  • Next meeting will be April 11
  • Future date present their recommendation to the President
    • President will take to the Cabinet.

Parking Committee – no meeting

Support Staff Breakfast Committee – Jody Ritter and Becky White

  • Support Staff does not have enough funds to have the breakfast
    • Committee solicited funds
      • Dr. Wilson
      • Dr. Bax
      • John Merrigan
      • President Ambrose
  • Breakfast is set for Friday, April 13
  • Invites will be sent out the same as last year
    • Those responding Yes-will attend will receive a name badge via campus mail
    • Must have this name badge to be admitted
    • Name badge will be turned back in after the breakfast in order to recycle and reuse next year
    • If unable to attend, contact a committee member at least by April 12

Survival Adult Abuse Center Committee – Ginny McTighe

  • “Girls Night Out” fundraiser event
  • Event was very successful
    • Cleared $15,000
    • Replacing all beds, mattresses and bedding
  • Lots of vendors
  • Change of venue from Players to the UCM Union Ballroom
    • More room this year
    • Tickets oversold
    • Still concerned about capacity and city codes

Support Staff Scholarship Committee – Brenda Dooley on behalf of Susan Malott

  • Packet of applications received
  • Turned over to Susan Malott and her committee
  • Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Support Staff Breakfast

Old Business:

Election Committee – Becky White

  • Ballots have been sent out
  • Voting window closes Tuesday, March 20

Outstanding Support Staff Award Committee – Brenda Dooley reporting for Peggy Harrison

  • Chair massages will be on May 2nd

New Business:

Fundraising for Habitat for Humanity President’s Initiative

  • Funds need to be raised by end of semester
  • Discussed variety of possibilities
    • Flower seeds
    • 5K run
    • Olympiad
    • Mules in offices
    • Decorated mule contest
    • Karaoke
    • Bake sale
      • Progressive
      • Easter
    • Easter baskets
    • Straight donations
  • Brenda will send out email

Brenda adjourned the meeting at 2:50 pm.

Our next meeting will be April 10, 2012 – 2:00 pm – UN 235

Respectfully submitted:
Joyce M. Stephens
Support Staff Council Secretary