Texas Tech University

Minutes for February 6, 2008


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  • Call To Order:
    • 2007-2008 Staff Senate President, Kathy Nordstrom
      3:00 PM, Kathy Nordstrom, President
  • Officers Present:
    • Kathy Nordstrom, President
      Ron Nail, President Elect
      Michelle Kiser, Treasurer
      Sharon Yeates, Secretary

  • Roll – Call: 
    • Administrative EEO: Judy Hunter, Ron Nail, Shannon Crossland, Linda Jackson, Gary Johnson, Len Markham, Pam Tipton
    • Professional EEO:  Michelle Kiser, Deven Patel, Patti Perkins, Donna Rogers, Leigh Green, Jessica Carillo, Michael Glass, Marlene Kenady, Janet Veal, Carla Cavender, Virginia Downs, David Naugher
    • Clerical EEO:  Sheryl Epperson, Kathy Nordstrom, Sammy Arguello, Melanie Chaffin-Poeling, Linda Gregston, Maria Micaela Vega, Sharon Yeates, Becky Evans, Tamara Ginter, Dawn Moreno
    • Technical EEO:  John Brocklehurst, Marcia Kawecki, Amy Boren, Greta Cullers, Larry Burks, Judy Easterwood, Randal Lacy, Audry Pekowski
    • Crafts/Trade EEO:  Kevin Tunnell
    • Service EEO:  Mary Harris, Linda Champion, Randy Hawkins, Alicia Marez, Frank McInroe.
    • Guests:  Nathanael Haddox, Staff Ombudsman; Kathleen Burrell, Technology Support; Sam Segran, Associate Vice President Information Technologies; Katherine Austin, Assistant Vice President Information Technologies; Kerry Billingsley, Director of Quality Service and Professional Development; Janet May, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; Becky Green, Human Resources; David Kraus, Director of University Career Services; Emma Rivera, Human Resources; Karen Hopkins, Human Resources.
    • Absent:
      • Administrative EEO:  Randy Smith, Chris Leisinger, Elizabeth Massengale
      • Professional EEO:  Bill McDonald, Tony Rando, Ryan Scheckel, Mary Elkins, Kathy Smith
      • Clerical EEO:  Margie Ceja, Michael Gellner, Ashley Arenivas, Donna Burt
      • Technical EEO:  Janie Ramirez
      • Crafts/Trade EEO: Steve Allsup, Jerry Cowan
      • Service:  Brad Jury, Daniel Perez, Frances Watson

  • Pledge: Ron Nail led the senate in the pledge
  • Sharon Yeates: Roll Call
    Minutes passed
  • Michelle Kiser: Treasurer’s Report approved without objection.

  • Guest Speakers: 
    • Janet May and Becky Green – Human Resources
    • Leave Policies
      • Vacation accrual is based on longevity, and the balance forward is limited.
      • Vacation that is above the accrual limits transfers to sick leave.
      • Full time employees earn 8 hours of sick leave per month.
      • Part time employees who work 50% earn 4 hours of sick leave per month.
      • Sick leave is permitted for foster children, children, spouses, relatives who live in the same house.
      • Employees are permitted to take 8 hours of sick leave, per fiscal year, to attend parent teacher conferences for children in grades K through 12.
    • Sick Leave Pool
      • There is no “length of employment” requirement.
      • 720 hours per 12 month period is the limit.
      • Employees must use all their other leave, vacation and sick leave, before using the sick leave pool.
      • The pool is designed for people suffering from catastrophic illness.
      • The definition of catastrophic illness is made by a physician.
      • C-sections do not qualify unless there are complications.
      • There is a 30 day waiting period from when your leave runs out and when you can begin the pool.
      • The Dean or Department Director can ask for an exemption to the waiting period. 
      • Maximum sick leave pool allowance is ½ of the lifetime accrual.
    • Family Medical Leave Act
      • Children, adoption, serious health conditions as determined by physicians.
      • You must use your accrued leave first.
      • This is leave without pay.
      • It may be used for the care of your parents, children under 18, or disabled children over 18.  It cannot be used to care for your in-laws. 
      • To qualify you must have worked for the State of Texas for at least 12 months.  This is TEXAS, not Texas Tech.
      • You must have worked at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 month period.
      • Leave time is not counted toward the 1,250 hours.  You need a medical certification, and you must report to your supervisor.
    • Parental Leave
      • You are allowed up to 12 weeks of leave, you can have less than 12 months of state service.
    • Disability Leave
      • 180 calendar days.  You may only take this after you have used all your other leave. 
      • Other Leaves – Voting, military, jury duty, funeral, volunteer fire departments.
      • Call 742-3851 Ex 228 or Ex 240 for leave questions.
    • Kerry Billingsly and Karen Hopkins – Staff Development
      • The website is www.depts.ttu.edu/quality/
      • They are in the process of upgrading the Learning Management System to P3D – Power Planning for Professional Development.
      • For the program to work efficiently, it is important that all PAF’s contain current and complete information, supervisor names should be listed on PAFS.
      • The site offers you web-based courses and instructor lead training.
      • The confirmations can be linked to your outlook calendars.
      • When the system is complete you will be able to view your transcript.
      • Karen Hopkins is working on the Employee Learning Committee. 
      • www.depts.ttu.edu/employeelearning/  The website is for professional development planning.  It lets you develop a plan of action, offers guidelines, helps set up measurable objectives and methods of measuring your progress.
    • David Kraus – Career Center
      • This center is funded by Student Services, but staff going to the website can see almost everything students can see. 
      • The website is www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/mainBG.php
      • You can login to RaiderJobs as a guest.  Students can apply on line, others will have to apply through traditional methods.
    • Sam Segran, Kathy Austin, Kathleen Burrell – Information Technology
      • Computer Based Training Systems were established to provide training to TTU employees in the most efficient and inexpensive matter.
      • They offer courses in the use of various programs such as Excel, Word, Explorer, but they have expanded to offer over 2,300 courses.
      • These services are free to all faculty, staff and students.
      • The website is http://cbt.ttu.edu

  • President’s Report:
    • We received a thank you from Chris Leisinger for the flowers sent following her surgery.  The PR Committee requests that anyone knowing of a senator who is ill or having surgery that they contact Amy Boren or the committee so they can take the appropriate action.

  • Committees: 
    • Issues – Resolution on Campus Safety Magnets – Presented by Janet Vea
      • A resolution supporting Student Affairs’ efforts to produce and distribute magnets that contain emergency contact numbers in areas students are most likely to frequent. 
      • The resolution carried no objections.
    • Constitution and By –Laws – No report
    • Elections and Grieveances – No report
    • Nominations – Reported by Patti Perkins
      • New Senators have been assigned to committees.
      • Four people responded to the request for names to submit for representation on the Excellence in Diversity Award.  Those names were sent forward for consideration.
    • Scholarships – Reported by Janet Veal
      • 53 Requests were received.  9 did not meet the criteria.  They will be awarded in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
    • Technology – Report by Tony Rando sent to President Nordstrom
      • They are working on updating the website.
    • Childcare – Kathy Nordstrom reporting.
      • The committee set up a job description for the liaison and sent it to the President for his consideration.
    • University Parking – No report

  • Announcements: 
    • FIT Tech starts on Saturday; we need 6 names including President Nordstrom for a team.  A sign up sheet is available after the meeting. The cost is $10 for faculty and staff, $8 for students. There are 3 levels. It runs about 8 weeks.  Website is www.ttu.edu/FitTech 

  • Adjournment: 
    • Adjourned at 4:41 PM

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