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Support Staff Council

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


October 2010


Support Staff Council Minutes

October 12, 2010

1:30 P.M. - UN 236

Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Joyce Stephens, Cindy Merryfield, Diana Summers, Suzan Brown, Peggy Harrison, Ginny McTighe, Bettie More, Shelia Schneider, Jo Greife, Victoria Swope,  Virdia Stevens, Dorothy Salsman, Lisa Schmidt, Sandy Christ, Joni Porter and Jerry Richter.


Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the October meeting to order and welcomed those attending. Jerry Richter was introduced as our special guest representing the Survival Adult Abuse Center.


Corrections to be made to the September minutes were to research and include the reason for the Professional Enhancement Committee's proposal to increase funding and to whom this and 3 other proposals were presented.  Cindy Merryfield moved to accept the minutes with the proposed correction. Ginny McTighe seconded the motion. There was no other discussion. A voice vote was taken with all in favor.

Treasurer’s Report

Diana Summers presented the Treasurer's Report as of the end of September. The Support Staff Council balance is $1,322.33. The Foundation Survival Adult Abuse Center fund stands at $2,914.90 and the Foundation Educational Award balance is $320.50.

Administrative Liaison Report

Dorothy Salsman, representing Dr. Betty Roberts, Administrative Liaison, did not have a report but fielded questions.

Professional Staff Council Report

Lisa Schmidt, Vice Chairman of the Professional Staff Council, said they had not had a meeting since we last met but are scheduled to meet on October 14.  They had emailed ballots to amend their guidelines in order to establish a Treasurers position. The proposal passed 130/4.  A second proposal was sent out to amend their guidelines to allow electronic voting since their guidelines stated paper ballots.  This proposal passed 127/7.

Lisa asked Brenda to share where we are at on VERIVSP.  All three support staff groups, Professional Staff Council, Support Staff Council and Bargaining Unit, approved the proposed Voluntary Early Retirement Incentives and Voluntary Separation Policy (VERIVSP) as it was presented. It has been sent on to the Provost's Council. We do not expect this to affect us but were glad to be asked to be part of the initiative so we could have some input.

Committee Reports

No one had committee reports at this time.

Virdia Stevens said the Library Advisory Committee was pushing for faculty and staff as well as students to attend one of the sessions being offered by the Kirkpatrick Library to acquaint us with the services they have available as a 21st century library.  The Library Advisory Committee has elected officers.

Old Business


New Business/Issues

Breakfast benefit for Survival Adult Abuse Center

Because of United Way guidelines, an organization, such as the Survival Adult Abuse Center, receiving UW funds cannot have a fund raising activity during the United Way Campaign. This year's campaign started August 5 and will continue through November 20. The UCM SSC has been asked to sponsor a Biscuits & Gravy Benefit Breakfast, in support of the operating budget of the Center, on Saturday, October 23rd from 7:00-10:00 am, at the First Christian Church Christian Life Center at the corner of Holden and Gay Streets, prior to the UCM Homecoming parade.  Because there is a raffle involved and Foundation fundraising efforts cannot be paid to non-university entities, all proceeds will be given directly to the Survival Adult Abuse Center. 

Jerry Richter spoke to us about the need for their facility and the capital campaign for a new, larger facility.  Their needs are ongoing and they feel this breakfast fundraiser will help meet some of their day to day expenses.

Parkers will donate food at cost. Sodexo is donating coffee and orange juice. The Support Staff Council will supply volunteers for all aspects of the fundraiser.  Brenda Dooley will send out information via email through the Support Staff Council Listsrv.

Ginny McTighe made a motion for the Support Staff Council to sponsor the Biscuits & Gravy Benefit Breakfast as discussed.  Cindy Merryfield seconded the motion. After further discussion, the motion passed on a voice vote.

Cindy Merryfield made a motion to approve the use of SSC Survival Adult Abuse Center Foundation funds should the need arise in advance of the event with expenses to be reimbursed.

Ginny McTighe seconded the motion. The motion passed on a voice vote.

Joni Porter said the raffle basket will have a hooded sweatshirt and 2 tickets to the football game. Other items may be added if gifts are donated. Tickets for the raffle will be $1.00 ea.  They are asking $5.00 donations for the breakfast.

Ways of advertising and selling tickets were discussed.

Campus United Way Campaign

A handout was distributed to those in attendance. Stephanie Myers is the SSC representative to the Campus United Way Campaign Committee.  It was noted that you can make donations on-line, by direct payments, or payroll deduction is available.  The Johnson County United Way's goal for 2010 is $210,000. The UCM United Way campaign goal is $12,000.  Packets should be coming out soon to all UCM employees.

UCM tobacco free campus wide discussion

Brenda asked us to be aware of discussions going on to make UCM a tobacco free campus. The Faculty Senate has made a proposal to the Provost's Council already.  Brenda suggested we talk to people in each of our areas to get responses before we vote to prepare a similar proposal from the Support Staff Council, Professional Staff Council and Bargaining Unit.  Let Brenda know if you have comments for or against.

UCM's current tobacco use guidelines and tobacco policy can be found at and The only recourse for complaint is: "Any concern with the possible violation of this policy should be brought to the attention of the appropriate supervisor or building manager."

Consensus was that there is a severe lack of this policy's enforcement at UCM.

Shelia Schneider reported Northwest Missouri State has gone totally tobacco free without reporting any drop in enrollment. 

Brenda and Shelia Schneider will work together to get information out through the Support Staff Council Listsrv in order to bring up the issue at the November meeting.

UCM sporting event tickets

Peggy Harrison announced she had contacted Shawn Jones who provided her with a number of tickets for support staff to attend any UCM athletic home sporting event.  Brenda will email the information to the rest of support staff

Support Staff Drawing

Virdia Stevens won a Mazzio’s free lunch card.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:28 p.m.

Our next meeting will be November 9, 2010 - 1:30 p.m. – UN 235.

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce M. Stephens

Support Staff Council Secretary