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Minutes for December 7, 2005


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Senators present:  Louisa Arriaga, Jana Atkins, Gene Bals, Joan Blackmon, Jaclyn Byrd, Gerald Cunningham, Crystal Davis, Lori Dudley, Sheryl Epperson, Maria Fernandez, Travis Findley, Sandy Gellner, Donna Hurtado, Marcia Kawecki, Marlene Kenady, Carolyn Kennedy, Michelle Kiser, Rick Loper, Guadalupe Luna, Barbara McArthur, Bill McDonald, Teresa Neal, Kathy Nordstrom, Patti Perkins, Donna Perry, Donna Rogers, Ryan Scheckel, David Shuping, Laurie Smerud, Randy Smith, Linda Stracener, Richard Verrone, Leigh Wilson

Senators absent:  Estella Barron, Eric Burrell, Yolanda Coronado, Bobby Davila, Rick Fullerton, Rocky Gauna, Brent Guinn, Scott Hall, Judy Hunter, Teresa Impson, Rebecca Owens, Eddie Ramirez, Don Roulain, Carol Ann Stanley, Kevin Tunnell, Barbara White

Guests:  Eric Crouch, Lanie Dornier, Tai Kreidler, Lee Sonnenberg

Lanie Dornier, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science, and Chair of the Gender Equity Council
This is a new council.  It was a different entity for the past two years, under the Provost.  The “council” designation gives more power to the group.  A charge and bylaws have been developed and the Staff Senate is directly involved.  This group consists of five faculty and five staff, and two students - one graduate and one undergraduate; four men and nine women.  The word “gender” is used because gender includes both men and women.  The Council’s mission is to look into gender issues whether they pertain to men or women.
The council plans to collect data and submit a report to the president at the end of the year.  They plan to collect statistical information such as pay for faculty and staff as a function of gender, how many faculty and staff are hired, how many leave the university, etc.  They would also like to study non-traditional information on how gender is represented on this campus and welcome suggestions on the types of data they should collect.
The Council has subgroups that deal with employment, family, and climate issues.

There were a few questions from the floor:

Eric Crouch, Director, Traffic and Parking
Mr. Crouch has been at Texas Tech for 15 years.  He has moved up the ranks from student assistant to his current position.
Mr. Crouch plans to take some time to study the department and how things are done, and plans some changes in the coming year.  Some restructuring has already been done.  Lee Sonnenberg is now Associate Director.
There are two areas to manage in parking:  supply and demand, and customer service.  Customer service is the area where the most improvement can be made.  An advisory committee is being developed regarding the issues that faculty, staff, and students are having.  A representative from the Staff Senate will be requested in the next month or so.  This committee will meet regularly.  The frequency will be decided as needed, once a month or quarterly. 
Mr. Crouch says, “My door is open.  We are open to ideas.  E-mail, call, stop by, tour the office.”
There were a few questions from the floor:

 

Ryan Scheckel has met with two staff members who have chosen to take classes, but aren’t sure about a major.  The Advising Center works with people to help them decide which degree would be appropriate.  Students are usually listed as “undecided” major rather than “non-degree-seeking” until a major is chosen.

 


Appendix A

Bylaws Revisions

First Reading
(changes are in bold)

Article VI.  Standing Committees
A.  Membership/Purpose

ORIGINAL ORDER
1.   Bylaws & Constitution
2.   Nominations
3.   Elections
4.   Grievance
5.   Communications/Public Relations
6.   Other Committees

REVISED ORDER
1.   Nominations
2.   Elections
3.   Grievance
4.   Bylaws & Constitution
5.   Communications/Public Relations
6.   Issues
7.   Other Committees

ORIGINAL
1.   Nominations
The Nominations Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO Classification to be chosen within that category. The duties of the committee shall be to seek and recommend nominations for appointments to internal, external, and University committees, as deemed necessary according to Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution.

REVISED
1.   Nominations
The Nominations Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO classification to be chosen by a majority vote of those members present of each EEO Classification at the first regularly-scheduled meeting of each year where official business is conducted.  Should no members of the EEO classification present be able to serve on the nominations committee, the president may appoint committee members from within the EEO classification.

ORIGINAL
2.   Elections
The Elections Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO Classification to be chosen within that category. The duties of the committee shall be to handle all nomination and election procedures as set forth in Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution.

REVISED
2.   Elections
The Elections Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO classification to be chosen by a majority vote of those members present of each EEO Classification at the first regularly-scheduled meeting of each year where official business is conducted.  Should no members of the EEO classification present be able to serve on the elections committee, the nominations committee may appoint committee members from within the EEO classification.

ORIGINAL
3.   Grievance
The Grievance Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO Classification to be chosen within that category. The duties of the committee shall be to handle Staff Senate grievances or concerns that may be expressed by any member of the Staff Senate and/or the University community according to Article IV, Section 2 of the Constitution.

REVISED
3.   Grievance
The Grievance Committee shall be comprised of one member from each EEO classification to be chosen by a majority vote of those members present of each EEO Classification at the first regularly-scheduled meeting of each year where official business is conducted.  Should no members of the EEO classification present be able to serve on the grievance committee, the nominations committee may appoint committee members from within the EEO classification.