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Support Staff Council

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


March 2010

Support Staff Council

March 9, 2010

1:30 P.M.

UN 235

Attendees: Peggy Harrison, Kathy Maham, Joyce Stephens,  Brenda Dooley, Ginny McTighe, Sami Babrakzai, Shelia Schneider, Tia Milburn, Bettie Moore, Diana Summers, Pam Bennett, Sarah Bailey, Mike Jeffries,  Becky White, Sandy Christ, Teresa Huffman, Susan Malott, Lydia Cruse, Paula Beck and Deb Hobson.


Support Staff Council President, Peggy Harrison, called the March meeting to order and welcomed those present. New support staff member Lydia Cruse was introduced. Personal introductions were made by those present.


The February minutes were approved as submitted earlier.

Treasurer’s Report

Kathy Maham, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council account has $1,740.39. The Educational Award is up to $632.03 and the Survival Adult Abuse Center fund stands at $2,645.83.  Expenditure was made during February to purchase mattress pads for the Center.

Professional Staff Council Report

Vice Chairman of the Professional Staff Council, Mike Jeffries, reported the group met on February 11. Rich Morrell, Administrative representative, spoke on some of the things the cabinet had been discussing including space utilization and the campus programs to help at risk students. Rick Dixon, HR, shared information in regard to the “Healthier You” program and sexual harassment training. Reports were also made by Cindy Merryfield, Support Staff Council representative, and Donna Bodenhamer, SPRC representative. The retrenchment policy was discussed.  Professional Staff Council Committee reports were heard. Of the 15 Professional Staff Council representative positions, 10 will be voted on during the upcoming election. New business included various aspects of the Presidential search.

Special Guest: Deb Hobson, Senior Director Union & Meeting&ConferenceServices

Deb Hobson is now officially the contact for operational and day-to-day issues of the retail food contract (at the direction of Dr. Morrell) in the Union. She shared with us the dining hours for spring break. It is disappointing that so many places are closed or limited in hours during the break, but schedules were determined based on numbers. Other than Monday and Tuesday 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM during the Children’s Literature Festival, everything is being pushed to Chick-fil-A for the rest of spring break. They plan to have a carafe of Jazzman’s coffee, additional pastries and sandwiches.

Pricing at our express units of national brand restaurants must be comparable in price to regular units but, under contract, cannot offer the full menu, combo meals and dollar menus.

A remodel of the Central Courte is planned for this summer.

Surveys have shown that students here would like a Chinese fast food offering available. Deb would like to explore this possibility.  National research has shown that we will probably see the traditional salad bar going away because there is too much room for contamination. Salads are popular and there is a need to consider how to serve them in a different format.

Einstein’s in the Kirkpatrick Library is not up and running yet. The library was not designed for food service and they have had many problems, the last being not wanting to drill into the terrazzo floor. Hopefully they have a solution and the express unit will soon be operational in the Library. The new Student Recreation and Wellness Center will have a full scale Einstein’s when it opens for use.

Chick-fil-A is doing very well. The express unit could only start with basic items.  This month they can add 6 more items but they must purchase prescribed equipment from Chick-fil-A in order to sell those items. Express units of Chick-fil-A cannot have milk shakes.  Watch for billboard advertising coming soon for this Chick-fil-A location.

Our US Bank college unit was ranked second in the nation recently. Our Taco Bell was ranked #3 among all of the Taco Bell franchises in the nation.  They have garnered national awards over the past 7 years.

Deb handed out a flyer for Mo’s Pins‘’n Pizza Pack with a special price for spring break, March 13-21, 2010, in the bowling center.

Deb said they will be launching a new ID card initiative soon.  It will be an educational program so people can understand all of the things they can do with their UCM OneCards.  Faculty, staff and studentscan usea valid UCM OneCardas a debit card on campus usingany funded account. Central Cash is an account good for purchases at the UCM bookstore, vending machines, laundry facilities and campus dining locations. Dining Dollars is a tax-free way to pay for dining on campus or delivery from almost a dozen area restaurants. A new program next fall, Off Campus Solutions, would allow you to use Central Cash for off-campus dining purchases at participating area restaurants.

Other areas of responsibility Deb deals with are summer camps and reviewing scheduling software. Expect changes on how setups are done. Deb was excited to announce they have been given money from the Student Technology fund to buy laptops to checkout for use from the game room behind Chick-fil-A.

Committee Reports


Bowling for the Green

Kathy Maham reported Bowling for the Green will be next week on March 18 during spring break. Committee members include Cindy Merryfield, Julia Kerr, Sarah Craig, Susan Brockhaus, Estrella Wilson, John Slobaszewski and Kathy.  The bowling alley is $50.00 less than last year.  Two lunch menus are being offered this year.  Chick-fil-A has donated a drink.


Barb Hicks, Support Staff Council representative on the Strategic Planning and Resource Council, submitted the following report, read to the council by Peggy Harrison.

Dr. Morrell chaired the meeting since Dr. Wilson was gone. Dr. Wilson asked him to get feedback from the group on two questions.  Does the makeup of the group as it is now (administrators, faculty, staff and students) need to be changed to remove the administrators? Also, how can the SPRC make more informed decisions about the budget for 2012 and beyond?

Regarding the first question, the group basically agreed that the membership of the SPRC is okay since the administrators represent a specific area, e.g., Dr. Morrell represents Student Affairs, Dr. Roberts, Administration and Finance, etc. It’s helpful for them to be on there since they have access to information that the rest of the members don’t.

Regarding the second question, at one time, there was a process followed for budget stringencies that will be reviewed to see if it will help the group make more strategic decisions for 2012 and beyond. Many of us would prefer to be proactive rather than reactive as we have been the past two years when looking at budget cuts. Carole Nimmer will send that info to SSPRC in time for the March 11 meeting.

SPRC recommendations for FY 2011 budget development were presented at the Board of Governors work session on February 23, 2010. At the plenary session on February 24th, the Board approved a modified version of the concept document. Susan Brockhaus provided Peggy Harrison with a copy of the approved document. The worksheet reflects appropriations cuts and mandatory cost increases totaling more than $5M. Even more severe budget cuts are anticipated for FY12.

Educational Award

Susan Malott reported 19 applications had been submitted for the Educational Award. This year there will be one recipient.  More gifts need to be made to the Support Staff Educational Award before multiple awards can be made.


Shelia Schneider reported the last Parking meeting was over an hour and a half long. They learned a lot of history in regard to campus parking.  There is still a push to somehow charge those people who park on campus during the evening.  They will be looking at it again. The SGA has asked the committee to look at installing parking meters. Because of an issue of the use/misuse of the Visitor Parking lots, starting June 1, Emeriti still working on campus will not be allowed to park in visitor parking, reserved lots, or service vehicle spaces.

This summer the parking lot at the baseball fields is scheduled to be resurfaced and the gravel lot behind the multi will get parking curbs. As of right now, parking fees are not being raised.

Elections Committee

Becky White reported that Murphy is alive and well. They are not ready to announce the newly elected represented yet because of schedules of committee members.  Those elected will be contacted and asked to prepare a short bio of introduction.  Our April meeting will include election of executive officers.

Support Staff Drawing

Teresa Huffman won a Mazzio’s free lunch card.

Old Business

Office Supply Swap

Diana Summers announced that the Office Supply Swap would be held on the same day as Bowling for the Green, Thursday, March 18, in UN 235 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The room will be open a half hour prior to the swap for items to be brought in and displayed. After the swap we will have a half hour to pick up any of our remaining items. Diana hopes the timing of the swap proves convenient for those participating in and attending Bowling for the Green. 

New Business

Peggy Harrison reported the potential of a major conflict with freshmen orientation scheduled the morning of our Support Staff Breakfast in April. We regret the problem this may cause some of our members.

Peggy also informed us that Lisa Schmidt has been asked to attend the breakfast and take pictures of the presentation of the Survival Adult Abuse Center Clarence Bailey Award to the Support Staff Council and of the recipient of the new Outstanding Support Staff Award. A donation has been made to cover the cost of Lisa’s meal.  Peggy has contacted the Muleskinner in hopes of getting some coverage there.

The meeting was adjourned.

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

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce M. Stephens

Support Staff Council Secretary