Skip to Main Navigation | Skip to Content

Support Staff Council

President: Barb Hicks
Vice President: Felicity Buell
Treasurer: Katelyn Adams
Secretary: Tia Milburn


January 2010

Support Staff Council

January 12, 2010

1:30 P.M.

Union 219

Attendees: Peggy Harrison, Cindy Merryfield, Kathy Maham, Joyce Stephens,  Brenda Dooley, Ginny McTighe, Sami Babrakzai, Shelia Schneider, Jo Greife, Teresa Huffman, Lori Haney, Joni Porter, Stephanie Woerth, Sandy Christ, Sharon Brinton and Gretchen Reynolds.


Support Staff Council President, Peggy Harrison, called the January meeting to order and welcomed those present. She also introduced Joni Porter and Lori Haney from the Survival Adult Abuse Center.

December Minutes

The December minutes were approved as submitted earlier.

Treasurer’s Report

Kathy Maham, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council account balance to be $1,740.39. The only activity was the payment of our half of the December Community Coffee expense. The Education Award account has $574.03. The Survival Adult Abuse Center current balance was $2,628.71.  Gretchen Reynolds reported the Support Staff Council had provided the 6 women at the center each $100 Wal-Mart gift cards and $10 worth of makeup. In addition, a UCM support staff member had privately purchased for distribution, 6 pedicure sets.  The representatives from the center said the gifts went over fabulously.  The pedicure sets in particular are being used weekly in their life skills class.

Administrative Liaison Report

Sharon Brinton, Administrative Assistant, proxy for Administrative Liaison Dr. Betty Roberts, VP Finance and Administration, reported that Betty Roberts is back to work. Most of the ESCO projects in various buildings are substantially complete.  Please report to your building supervisor for work orders to be filled out, with ESCO noted, if something needs follow up.  Most of these items will be taken care of when a final punch list is prepared.  Please be patient as they still have projects and equipment to install before doing the follow up.

The pilot e-procurement site is up and growing. Training is continuing.

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is progressing.  The bids did very well with money saved in some areas to be put back into the project in the way of additional space. Because of that, the completion date has been moved by about 2 months to Spring 2011.

Peggy Harrison mentioned there is currently equipment in the Union Atrium available to try out. According to Beth Rutt’s email the equipment on display is a Woodway treadmill that is motorized called the Woodway-For the Long Run and also a non-motorized Woodway called the Speedboard.  Information about these two pieces of equipment can be found at Only one to two of these are being planned for the new Student Recreation Wellness Center because of their unique usage features. 

Professional Staff Council Liaison Report

Mike Jeffries, Vice Chairman of the Professional Staff Council was unable to attend today’s meeting but had provided the following written report to Peggy.

The Professional Staff Council's last meeting was held on December 10, 2009.

Campus and Committee Reports were given.
- Our annual breakfast and elections will be coming up in April.
- There was a nice turn out for the all staff holiday party in December.
- We will also begin advertising the J.P. Mees award process this month and will take nominations until March 1.

Program - Survival Adult Abuse Center

Joni Porter has recently been appointed to the Survival Adult Abuse Center board and Lori Haney is the new court advocate. They announced the center is fortunate enough to be able to build a new facility. Construction should start in a few months with a 1-3 year completion goal dependent on fundraising and volunteers. This will be a $2 million project with $1 million needed to be raised in a capital campaign.

The current center capacity is 16-18 clients depending whether single women or women with children.  The proposed facility should handle 30-36 clients or up to 15 family units.

Several proposed methods for fundraising have been set forth.  The UCM Support Staff is being asked for ideas and support in any way we can.

We received copies of a proposed “Girls’ Night Out” fundraiser tentatively planned for March 2010 (Women’s Awareness Month).  See attached PDF. We will be receiving more information as plans are finalized.  Ideas are welcome.  Several suggestions were made during the meeting.

Joni Porter can be reached via email at  Lori Haney can be reached at the Survival Adult Abuse Center office phone 660-429-1088. The website is

Committee Reports

Support Staff Award - Peggy Harrison passed out a copy of the final nomination form that will be used to solicit nominations for the newly created Support Staff Award. The link to view the form or make a nomination is

Presentation of the award will take place at the Support Staff Breakfast in April. The award recipient will receive a $50.00 Visa gift card and a $25.00 gift certificate graciously donated by the Union Bookstore. A plaque will be prepared and prominently displayed.

BOG report - Peggy Harrison gave us a brief overview of the December 11, 2009 Board of Governors meeting she attended.

In regard to the search for a new president, Peggy stated the leadership quality statement was expanded after the constituency groups met and the search advisory committee members were defined.  The leadership quality statement and the advisory committee makeup as well as the direction of the search can be found on UCM's website at

Peggy will be serving on the advisory committee. She will give us updates as she can release information that is not confidential.

On the academic affairs side, a proposed Master of Science in Computer Science passed. We now have a Business Administration major in Entrepreneurial Studies.  Marketing and Legal Studies name was changed to Marketing and Business Law.

There is a proposed memorandum of understanding with Rockhurst University, the Central Summit Center and on-line to work together going from a 2-year to a 4-year degree.

E-procurement was suspended to January since Betty Roberts was out.

Bowling for the Green - Kathy Maham reported Thursday, March 18, 2010 will be the next Bowling for the Green fundraiser.  Donations are needed for a silent auction although it is still to be determined if all items will be in the form of gift baskets. We have less table room this year because of Chick-fil-a.  Input, ideas and volunteers are needed.  Cindy Merryfield and Kathy Maham are the co-chairs (unless someone else would like to chair the event.)

Support Staff Drawing

Jo Greife won a free lunch card donated by Mazzio’s. Gretchen Reynolds won a free bowling (with shoes) certificate provided by Cosmo Bowl.

MoCPA Support Staff Drive-In Conference

Stephanie Woerth announced the six confirmed MoCPA Support Staff Drive-In Conference program sessions and presenters for the event being held on the UCM campus, Friday, February 5, 2010. Three more programs are pending.

The conference registration deadline is January 22, 2010. The Missouri College Personnel Association Outstanding Support Staff Award and the Outstanding Support Staff SPIRIT Award will be presented during the conference.

The meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting will be February 9, 2010 - 1:30 p.m. - MAR 30D.

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce M. Stephens

Support Staff Council Secretary