Staff Senate 04/18/2017
Staff Senate Agenda, Wednesday, April 19th
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Malott, 6th Level
Call to Order
Called meeting to order at 12:04pm
Approval of Minutes-February 15, 2017
Chris Wallace made a motion to approve the minutes, Kevin Liu second; with correction; all approved.
Approval of Minutes-March 15, 2017
Chris Wallace made a motion to approve the minutes, Mary Murphy seconded; all approved.
Presentation of Common Book to Employee of the Month that attended the meeting. A round of applause to the winners.
University SenEx meeting will be held tomorrow and we will be able to give our report. We thank the Provost Neeli to fund the summer tuition assistance.
Secretary – Deb Deering
Treasurer – Michelle Ginavan-Hayes
Current remaining uncommitted funds for general use
All other funds have been committed including $2,000 committed for use on the MWST
Executive meeting they voted and approved for a new laptop. Once we get the idea about the cost we will bring it to the next council meeting.
Greg Smith made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, David Day seconded; all approved.
Liz Phillips gave a Rock Chalk farewell as she stepped down as President of the Staff Senate.
Call to Adjourn
Robert Waller made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Annette Delaney seconded; all approved
EXCUSE 2016-2017 SENATORS WITH THANKS
Welcome 2017-2018 SENATE
Call to Order
Brian Moss called the new meeting to order
President – Brian Moss
No report at this time as new President.
Diversity and Inclusion Chair-Michael Chavez (Absent)
The University Senate ad hoc committee on Diversity & Inclusion mentioned by David Day, will be proposed at the next University Senate meeting to be a standing committee. He also mentioned that they have created a google calendar to pull in all the meetings that are offered around campus.
Legislative Affairs – Robert Waller
Robert Waller talked about an issue that has been discussed over the last month at the Legislative level. They did pass a 2% increase for salary for state employees however this will not be funded by the state. It will come from the department in which the employee works. They are still figuring out how this will be disbursed to KU employees. Gun control bills, none of these bills have moved until their next meeting in May. Budget state affairs was to come up with a resolution in terms of parking issues. Budget affairs sent Robert a statement that the committee does not think that a resolution has been made and that it should be brought to the Executive committee to be discussed and a comprehensive solution be drafted.
Lastly, tuition assistance policy is still moving forward with the waver system. They are still reviewing and then it would have to climb the chain all the way to the Regents board. Still in progress.
Professional Development Chair –
Mini Wheat State Tour enrollment to be posted on 4/24/17
Personnel Affairs Chair – Annette Delaney
Met to discuss the virtual handbook with Ola Faucher on how to go forward. They also think that a list of acronym that will be provided. Asking for everyone to provide links that can help or those that do not work. Send all responses to Annette Delaney with the subject line, “Virtual Handbook.”
Public Relations Chair – Chris Wallace
Updating and adding information to Facebook.
University support staff council met last week and the talk is about KBOR. The University senate is not in favor for us to be added back to KBOR meeting twice a year.
Elections Chair – Andy Jackson (absent) (Greg Smith for Andy Jackson)
Nominations: Holly Shriner
Winner: Holly Shriner
Nominations: Chris Wallace, Deb Deering, Huili Yao
Winner: Huili Yao
Nominates: Leland Wilson
Chris Wallace made a motion to confirm; Michelle Hays second; all approve for Leland Wilson
Nominations: Melody Stratton
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Chris Wallace will retain
UNIVERSITY SENATE - 11 SEAT
Nomination: David Day, Deb Deering, Tim Spencer, Emily Gullickson, Connie Jordan, Anna Paradis, Chris Wallace, Clint Johnston, Keah Cunningham, Melody Henning, Bruce Frederick, Abby Ehling
Winners: David Day, Tim Spencer, Emily Gullickson, Connie Jordan, Anna Paradis, Chris Wallace, Clint Johnston, Keah Cunningham, Melody Henning, Bruce Frederick, Abby Ehling
UNIVERSITY SENATE EXEC & SENATE EXEC REP (SAME)
Nomination: Chris Wallace; David Day, Bruce Fredrick
Winner: David Day
HRM – Ola Faucher
The State health insurance for J-1 visa holders will have a 1 year adjustment time period to comply with federal requirements. Working after retirement will allow returning to KBOR position without the fringe costs applied. Both of these are on the governor’s desk. The policy postings are occurring that the personnel committee looked at; the comment period for the university for the performance evaluations will end on 23rd of April, and the following week they will post the items that deal with counseling, discipline, grievance, and non-reappointments. Finally, from the tuition assistance work group, University administration is working on the paid option. They met with the Provost, and she will look into it to see if she can identify money going forward.
Faculty – Amalia Monroe-Gulick (Absent)
Student – Justin Moen (Absent)
Letter about 5% parking increase
Call to Adjourn
Chris Wallace made a motion to adjourn the meeting; Greg Smith second; all approved.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00 PM ‐ 1:30 PM, Alcove F, 2nd Floor, Kansas Union
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Malott Room, 6th Level, Kansas Union
Senators excused from meeting: Tara Cook, Abby Ehling, Andy Jackson, Melody Lawrence, Peggy Robinson, Jeff Severin, Tanya Spacek, Tim Spencer, Jane Tuttle and Kari Woods
Senators absent from meeting: Adam Braun, Michael Chavez, Mike Dickey, Rita-Maria McFadden, Jill Mignacca, Justin Moen, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Greg Smith, Michael Wade Smith, and Eric Williams