Staff Senate Minute: February 11, 2004
SENATORS PRESENT: Sandy Bingham-Porter, Dan Carpenter, Lori Creek, Anne Cutright, Eric Davidson, Adam Due, Zoraida Irizarry, Gale Kannmacher, Tom Leonard, Matt Pederson, Doug Sloat, Janice Spraker, Linda Strange
SENATORS ABSENT: Kathy Cartwright, Joe DeCaro, Mosezell Magee, Terry Tomer
GUESTS: VP Cooley, VP Nilsen, VP Stewart, VP Lord, Mark Hudson, Gary Hanebrink, Jim Nantz, Gary Reed, Steve Shrake
Vice President Sandy Bingham-Porter called the meeting to order at 1:15pm in the 1895 Room in the University Union.
Mark Hudson reported that five parking spots immediately behind the loading dock of Taylor Hall Food Service would be inaccessible because of the installation of an external food freezer. Due to traffic patterns, to eliminate hiding spots for safety reasons, curb appeal, to eliminate narrow openings, etc. this was determined to be the best location.
VP Cooley reported on the FY04 & FY05 budget, FY05 tuition rates are not yet established, state employees will be required to record state business time every fifteen minutes, and the upcoming Search for Director of Facilities.
VP Stewart reported that the Student Government would be hosting another bucket brigade by painting houses in need of paint. There will be an informational meeting February 24, the deadline for donations is March 20, and volunteers are needed for Saturday April 24. Dr. David Onestak, Director of Counseling Center, will be leaving in April and Sandy Cox will be the Acting Director.
VP Nilsen reported that 158 students and employees will be going to Springfield February 19 to promote the university, the Governor’s State of the Budget Address is February 18, May 8 is Commencement, Development is soliciting for two new officers, and she will be attending a meeting February 25 for pension legislature review.
VP Lord reported that there are presently four administrative searches for Director of Admissions, Director of Minority Affairs, Dean of Honors College, and Director of Grants and Research, and thirty-two searches for tenure faculty. EIU has 952 more students this Fall Semester relative to three Fall Semesters back with a 92% retention rate, which is good.
Jim Nantz, Gary Reed and Steve Shrake distributed Facilities handouts. They discussed both present and future campus projects, how some projects related to the Campus Master Plan, renovation procedures, the upcoming summer Weller Utility Upgrade project, and who Facilities are and what they do. Facilities can be found at www.eiu.edu/~physplnt/
Constituent’s preferences were collected from Senators for the Holiday Schedule (Christmas 2004 and New Years 2005). Option 2 was selected (motion by Linda Strange, seconded by Lori Creek)
The Staff Senate is forwarding a recommendation to President Hencken concerning Flex Time for Holidays: we are asking permission to explore the possibility of banking work hours to be used during the Christmas holiday.
The January minutes were approved with one correction (motion by Doug Sloat, seconded by Dan Carpenter).
Janice Spraker is the Staff Senator serving on the Student Government Tuition and Fee Review Committee.
The Election is coming up in April. There are seats open in the following: Non-Negotiated, Negotiated Facilities, AFSCME 981-BSW, AFSCME 981-Clerical/Tech and University Police. A Nomination Petition is on the back of these minutes. If you are interested, please fill it out and return to Janice Spraker at Facilities, Planning and Management by March 12.
next meeting is March 10, 2004, in the 1895 Room in the Union. Our meetings are always open and everyone is
welcome to attend. If anyone has any
questions or issues that they would like us to ask at our next meeting,
let one of the Senators know.
Please email any corrections to: Janice Spraker