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Minutes for November 5, 2003

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  • Meeting Minutes - November 5, 2003

    Pledge of Allegiance
    Roll Call
    Senators present: Louisa Arriaga, Suzanne Bowen, Joan Burdine, Lovilla Cochran, Jana (Corzine) Atkins, Kerri Ford, Sandy Gellner, Eddie Ramirez, Diane Reid, Judy Tiner, Alisa Dollar, Chance Dragich, Michael Hurlow, Scott Rubino, Bryan Carson, Jeff Foxhoven, Brent Guinn, Scott Hall, Gene Bals, Camille Chen, Maria Fernandez, Patrick Hancock, Judy Hunter, Carolyn Kennedy, Susan Kitten, Pat McConnel, Bill McDonald, Terry Moore, Maurice Welch, Everne Williams, Jeff Burns, Nick Chavez, Russell Crosby, Gerald Cunningham, Guadalupe Luna, Larry Rocha, Maria Vasquez, Estella Barron, Robin Cooper, Gary Johnson, Carol Ann Stanley
    Senators absent: Doug Crockett, Sheri Lewis, David Naugher, Richard Verrone, Jeanne Jasper, Tim Segura,
    Guests: Frank Wyatt, Phillip Ray, Gloria Hale, Celeste Villarreal, Jennifer Zorazua, Claudia Cory, Susan Hoke, Elizabeth Garza, Carla Cavender, Shannon Bolt, DaNay Phelps, Elizabeth Teagan, Tammy Branham, Debbie Etie, Elma Moreno, Samual Barona, Sam Segran and Barbara White

    October minutes
    Corrections were made to the October minutes
    Motion made to accept the minutes as corrected by Carolyn Kennedy and seconded by Bill McDonald – motion passed

    Treasurer's Report
    Motion made to accept the report by Maurice Welch and seconded by Gary Johnson – motion passed
    Introduction of new senators and oath (less than one year term)
    Diane Reid (Animal and Food Science)
    Alisa Dollar (Water Resources)

    President Jon Whitmore
    1 st speech in the Law School
    met with the Staff Senate president, Chance Dragich, in order to ensure good communication
    proud of our diverse and rich campus
    has already learned a lot
    the people is what is most important at the university
    a university is only as good as its quality of people and the work they produce
    would like to see the university have competitive salaries in order to maintain quality people
    staff at university need both opportunities for advancement and to have a voice in major decisions made at the university
    reward/award system for a job well done needs to be in place, will review those programs already in place
    the university here to serve students – all employees contribute to that (teaching/ support services)
    the growth of the university has both positives and negatives
    positive – generate funding in the research area
    negative – lack of space, faculty and support staff

    Seven major areas
    continue to improve undergraduate programs
    improve graduate and professional programs
    hire additional faculty and staff
    expand sponsored research
    create diverse community
    continue to expand outreach into the community and surrounding areas
    continue to try to improve the work environment
    State gave less money resulted in cuts in budget and personnel
    Try to increase resources in research dollars
    Tuition increase - $10 increase per semester credit hour beginning in the spring which will be spent as follows:
    25% will be put into financial aid
    small share to go to hiring more faculty/staff
    largest portion of increase will go toward a pool to increase to current faculty/staff
    will recommend increase in spring if that is accepted then will recommend another increase in the fall

    Letter from Staff Senate
    Making salary a priority for faculty/staff
    Students at the center of his thoughts
    Budget Advisory Council created
    Hearing staff issues is something he needs to spend time doing
    Board of Regents will be meeting in early December

    By Laws – Judy Tiner
    2nd reading of Article I Membership
    motion to accept change made by Carolyn Kennedy, seconded by Joan Burdine – motion passed
    • 1st reading of Article III.A.2 Officer Duties and Vacancies, Officer Duties, President-Elect
    (Now Reads)
    The President-Elect shall understudy the President in conducting meetings and official business. He/she shall assume the duties of President when the President is absent. The second year, he/she shall serve as President. The third year, he/she shall serve as Immediate Past-President. The President-Elect shall be responsible for securing the meeting room (UC Senate Room) and writing a memo to the University Center Office requesting use by April 1 of the current year for the next year.
    (Changed to Read)—
    The President-Elect shall understudy the President in conducting meetings and official business. He/she shall assume the duties of President when the President is absent. The next consecutive year, he/she shall serve as President. The following consecutive year, he/she shall serve as Immediate Past-President in an ex officio, non-voting capacity only.
    The President-Elect shall be responsible for securing the meeting room.

    • COPS – Joan Burdine
    • The database is done
    • Will be on the web site soon
    • Special thanks to Lovilla Cochran and Patrick Hancock for the data entry
    • Communications and PR – Maurice Welch
    • November 12, 2003 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm will be a Meet and Greet your senator in the Canyon Room in Human Sciences

    • Scholarship – Robin Cooper
    • The first scholarships will be awarded in January 2004
    • 3 @ $200
    • application forms will be in the mail in December and will also be sent out via TechAnnounce
    • Elections – Bill McDonald
    • 2 elections are currently underway – Executive Administrative and Clerical, both are 2 year terms

    President's Report
    • Update on David Naugher – is currently in Dallas to receive more chemotherapy treatments

    New Business
    Brent Guinn – appreciates all of the work done this year. Our goals should include increase the visibility of the Senate; encourage Senators to look at the Staff Senate with a positive outlook and attitude. This is the proper forum to discuss constituent's issues. Please bring any issues to Staff Senate or to the officers who can then present the issues to the Executive Board
    Carolyn Kennedy – issue forms are available on line, if you need copies then let Chance know

    Adjourn – motion made by Brian Carson, seconded by Patrick Hancock – motion passed


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