Minutes for May 2, 2001
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Meeting Minutes -MAY 2, 2001
The Staff Senate met on Wednesday, May 2, 2001, in the Senate Room of the University Center with Russell Crosby, President-Elect, presiding. The meeting was called to order at 3:07 p.m.
Senators present were: Fleming, Foy, Gaytan, Pirkle, Saiz, Sims, Wade, Wagner, Womble, Boyer, Clawson, Tillack, Segran, Whyburn, Benton, Blackmon, Kinghorn, Little, Peterson, Reynolds, Robbins, Vinson, C., White, Williams, Chavez, Lira, Moreno, Perez, Ramirez, Lowe, Vinson, R.
Senators C de Baca, Flores, P., Gonzalez, Billingsley, Ellis, Pruitt, and Harris were excused. Senators Cory, Love, Burt, Cates, Stow, Alcorta, Flores, N., and Torres were absent.
Approval of Minutes
It was moved by Jan Kinghorn, and seconded by Jeanine Reynolds that the minutes of the April 3, 2001 meeting be approved as written; the motion passed unanimously.
It was moved by Pat Little and seconded by Emily Saiz that the Treasurer's Report be accepted; the motion passed unanimously.
Communication and Publication Committee
--Provost John Burns is scheduled to preside at the Appreciation and Inauguration Ceremony and Reception on July 11, 2001. Plans are being made for 100 guests and Sentors. The event will be in Human Sciences 169. Sabrina Robbins and Jeanine Reynolds are the coordinators for the reception. Sidney Fleming will write a press release for the UD to announce the Appreciation/Inauguration Ceremony.
--Orientation of new Senators is scheduled June 27, 2001. The Executive Board will not meet.
--Officers have received job duties and responsibilities via e-mail, and should review them, make corrections and return to the committee.
--Jan Kinghorn reported that the Staff Senate's accomplishments to-date have been compiled. Senators with other ideas should contact Jan.
Sick Leave Committee
The Task Force has requested a review of the alternative policies from Jim Brown by May 9, 2001.
Elections are still underway. Meeting planned May 21, 2001 at KTXT-TV conference room at 8:30 a.m to count the ballots.
Research still underway. General Counsel is reviewing legalities of the position, and other Texas universities are being contacted.
Time Off Rewards
The committee has drafted a policy explaining two options. The committee would like to consider both options. Kay Whyburn will research the program at HSC to determine how long in place, and any problems encountered.
Child Care Committee
Research is being conducted as to where to build the center, and cost to build. May visit other centers before a decision is made.
--Treasurer Whyburn reported that the remaining Childcare Committee expenses would be rolled forward into the budget for 2002 as a Line Item.
--A cell phone was purchased for the Staff Senate President and some discretionary funds were approved for use by the president. The phone will only be used for Senate business. It was moved by Sidney Fleming and seconded by Sam Segran that the Budget for 2002 be accepted. The motion passed unanimously.
The Nomination Committee will present a slate of candidates for officer elections at the June meeting. Anyone interested in running for office should contact Everne Williams or another member of the Nomination Committee.
Facilities Planning and Construction will give an update on the parking garage at the August meeting instead of the June meeting.
The University Strategic Planning Committee has updated the timelines and identified the key deadlines. They are: June 29 - submission of Unit Level Strategic draft plans
October 16 - submission of Area and Unit Level 2nd draft plans
November 15 - Final copies of Area and Unit Strategic Plans due
December 13 and 14 - presentation of University Strategic Plan to the Board of Regents
The Strategic Plan has been updated on the web site. Comments are encouraged. http://www.ttu.edu/~stratplan.
Discussion focused on the safety problems presented at 15th and Akron during peak times, normally at the beginning of each semester and during heavy traffic times. Roger Vinson made the motion that a police officer be stationed at 15th and Akron at the beginning of each semester, during finals, at other critical times when traffic is heavy during the year, or as deemed necessary by the Traffic and Parking Committee. There were multiple seconds, and the motion passed unanimously.
Because remote parking areas are not maintained by Tech, employees are not required to purchase permits.
The meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Next Executive Board Meeting: May 30, 2001
Next Staff Senate Meeting: June 6, 2001