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Support Staff Council

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


June 2010

Support Staff Council Minutes

June 8, 2010

1:30 P.M. - UN 101

Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Joyce Stephens, Diana Summers, Laurie Delap, Jo Greife, Peggy Harrison, Ginny McTighe, Tia Milburn, Bettie Moore, Sharon Brinton, Shelia Schneider, Virdia Stevens, Victoria Swope, Sandy Christ, Dave Buell, Jim Graham, and Glenda Carmack.


Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the June meeting to order and welcomed those present. Personal introductions were made by those present.


The May minutes will be sent out for review and presented for approval at the July meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Diana Summers, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council account has $639.85. An additional $315 is to come out of this fund when the IDT payment for the SSC Appreciation Breakfast flowers is made to the Department of Agriculture. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund stands at $2,844.83 and the Educational Award balance is $690.03.

Administrative Liaison Report

Sharon Brinton, proxy for Dr. Betty Roberts, Administrative Liaison, reported the current demolition of the old heating plant at the corner of Maguire and South. A question was made as to whether the limestone blocks were being salvaged since the heating plant was one of the remaining original structures after the 1915 fire. Sharon said she would check on the answer first thing when she returns to the office.

The ESCO project will be finishing up this summer.  If there are still residual things in your department that you feel are not right, please contact your building manager so they can report them as an ESCO web work request.

Parking lot repairs and upgrades will be made this summer. Watch your emails for updates.

Professional Staff Council Report

Lisa Schmidt was not present.

Committee Reports

Food Services

Dave Buell reported that he and Brenda Dooley had met with Deb Hobson to express to her their concerns in regard to various aspects of food service on campus. Food service providers are student driven. Faculty and staff can purchase meal plans, and Dining Dollars can be purchased in $25 increments. We were encouraged to continue to read the email announcements from Diane Wirthwein, Sodexo Marketing Specialist, for the times and services that are open. The Denny’s Express fell through and Burger King has a one year contract extension. The Corner Market in Central Courte will be replaced with sushi/Chinese food.


Shelia Schneider reported the Parking Committee has submitted a proposal to Dr. Roberts to expand Parking Lot 14 east of the General Services building.  The new lot west of the Baptist Student Union is scheduled to be paved this summer.

Old Business


New Business

Brenda shared a thank you note received from Joni Porter on behalf of the Missouri Veterans Home for the $130 we collected for their recreational therapy program.

Ginny McTighe questioned whether we might want to contribute some of the funds we have on hand to the Survival Adult Abuse Center Capitol Funds campaign.  She will try to contact Kathy Kay to find out where they stand. We will want to think about what we might do to help them reach the necessary dollar amount to make the building project a reality.


Jim Graham, UCM Chief Information Officer, spoke to us primarily about our desk top lockout concerns.  After 15 minutes of inactivity desk tops are automatically logged off.  As a security measure, this network tool was designed to go across campus but can be exempted or changed in some cases. An overall change in this policy would have to be made by the Information Technology Policy Council (ITPC).  Jim suggested the length of this period of inactivity may be determined individually based upon the necessary security level of the open application.  He may be contacted directly for consideration of individual needs.

A discussion was had about single log-on versus multiple levels of log-on. Security again, is the reasoning behind this.  It is most secure to use a different account name and password for each account.  Most people are not willing to do this.

Information Services is undergoing changes and realignment at this time. Telecom has been consolidated with the Network Services group in IS. Specifically there is now one phone number (x4357) and one email address ( for the IS Help Desk.  They are trying to be more user-friendly but do not want to forego security issues and concerns.

IS is a support group for students, faculty and staff.  They are user focused.  Suggestions and comments are encouraged to be sent directly to Jim’s office at this time.  These can be made anonymously if you prefer. He would like to setup a website to use as a communication channel of what is going on in the IS department.

A question asked was if we will be changing from GroupWise to another email service.  Jim said Novell is very proud ($) of GroupWise and we are behind on upgrades. IS is investigating using a Cloud based education services of either Google’s Apps for Education or Microsoft’s Live@Edu.  There are a lot of inconveniences, security and legal issues to consider.

GroupWise is not very friendly with the new mobile computing.  They know Dr. Ambrose uses an I-Phone and they will want to meet his needs.  If they accommodate him, they will others also. We all know that technology is constantly changing.

Jim addressed a number of other individual questions.

Support Staff Drawing

Shelia Schneider won a Mazzio’s free lunch card.

The meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting will be July 13, 2010 - 1:30 p.m. – UN 235.

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce M. Stephens

Support Staff Council Secretary