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Support Staff Council

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


October 2011

Support Staff Council Minutes

October 10, 2011

1:30 P.M. - UN 235

Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Cindy Merryfield, Diana Summers, Joyce Stephens, Keri Busker, Ginny McTighe, Tia Milburn, Bettie Moore, Shelia Schneider, Jo Greife, Victoria Swope, Rick Sluder, Beth Rutt, Ardith Sampson and Sandy Christ.


Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the October meeting to order. We each introduced ourselves and told where we work.


Brenda asked if there were any corrections or additions to the August minutes other than the misspelling of Diana Summers' name Joyce had found.  Cindy Merryfield made a motion to approve the minutes.  Ginny McTighe seconded the motion.  Brenda called for a voice vote and the August minutes were approved with the correction noted.

Treasurer’s Report

Diana Summers, Treasurer, reported the Support Staff Council balance is $989.16 and noted we had a -$10.84 from FY11 Carryforward.  The Support Staff Council Education Award has a balance of $701.98. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund balance is $2,197.04.  This balance is before approximately $150.00 was spent out of the fund to buy supplies in support of the Survival Adult Abuse Center Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser held during Homecoming on October 8. Brenda called any questions and asked for a motion to accept the treasurer's report as presented.  Sheila so moved and Cindy seconded. A vote was taken accepting the report.

Administrative Liaison

Brenda welcomed Dr. Rick Sluder, Enrollment Management, as our new Administrative Liaison.  He presented 5 items he felt stand above the other discussions being held in the President's Cabinet and would be significant to us.

Professional Staff Council Report

Our new liaison from Professional Staff Council, Beth Rutt, reported they will be meeting on Thursday following our Tuesday meeting today.  They have been discussing a lot of the same things as the Support Staff Council in regard to their basic membership organization and how it should be structured with the changes made during the administrative review.

The Provost Search consultant will be having a specific meeting open to all students on Monday, October 17, at 5 pm in Union 231.  Support staff present were encouraged to pass this information along to students with whom we have contact.  This is a great opportunity to allow students themselves to be part of the discussion establishing the framework for the job description of the Chief Learning Officer.  It is expected there will be an explanation of what a provost does and their relationship to the position as well as a period of open dialog.  Refreshments of nachos and sodas will be served.

The Professional Staff Council will have 60 Minutes with the President on Thursday, November 3, in the Union Ballroom.  Any support staff are welcome to attend.

Committee Reports


Old Business

Brenda noted we have not scheduled another 60 Minutes with the President but will do so in the spring.

Brenda introduced Ardith Sampson as our new representative on the UCM Traffic and Parking Policy Committee.  Ardith said the next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 19, however she will be out that day.

A discussion was had concerning the recycling of cartridge toner boxes.  Brenda will send out an email with some information.

Brenda reported the Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser for the Survival Adult Abuse Center did not make as much money this year as last but felt they did fairly well given the short notice and the fact the newspaper listed the cost of the biscuit and sausage sandwich as $1 instead of $2.  $665 was raised and will go to purchase a new appliance. We were encouraged to consider suggestions for next year. The following individuals volunteered their time: Tia and Mike Milburn, Susie Pine, Brenda Dooley, Jo Greife, Jill Ward, Gretchen Reynolds, Joni Porter and Ginny McTighe. 

New Business:

Brenda encouraged us to consider doing the 1 hour on-line Preventing Sexual Harassment training.  It can be found at

Also available on-line is Diversity Training. If you are interested, contact HR or Vicki Orcutt.

Brenda provided us with the resources available to have signs made.

Brenda said there has been concern expressed in regard to emeriti recognition for support staff.  She provided documents on current Board of Governors policy.  An ad-hoc committee was formed with Shelia Schneider volunteering as chair of the committee and Bettie Moore, Victoria Swope and Joyce Stephens volunteering to be committee members.  They will be researching what other peer institutions do along these lines.  Beth Rutt felt timing would be ideal with an emeriti now serving as president on the Board of Governors.  Dr. Sluder felt we should make a presentation within the next 60 days if we find we want to take a suggested change to Dr. Ambrose for consideration.


"We Love Boobies," the first annual breast cancer fundraiser hosted by Checker Tavern, will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 7 pm.

Wear pink tomorrow in support of breast cancer awareness.

Brenda adjourned the meeting at 2:27 pm.

Our next meeting will be November 8, 2011 – 1:30 pm – UN 235

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce M. Stephens

Support Staff Council Secretary