MSU PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES August 15, 2001 PRESENT: Jim Manning, Carina Beck, Leslie Schmidt Chair's report - Jim Manning - Carina Beck was welcomed as a member from the Student Affairs area. She will fill the last year of the term left vacant by Chuck Lindemenn's resignation. - Jim Mitchell will become Professional Council Chair September 1. Leslie Schmidt will serve as Chair Elect, as determined during the June meeting. Clyde Carroll will serve as the University Governance Council Steering Committee member from Professional Council. - Professional Council plays a role in maintaining the balance between the academic, research, and support areas of the university. Professional Council and Faculty Council meet together once each month during the academic year as a University Governance Council. University Governance Council Steering Committee sets agendas for the three councils and discusses issues affecting professionals and faculty. - Professional Council has established visibility in the MSU President's Office by meeting with the President as the need arises. Nominations for Professional Council Member from Academic Affairs. - Three individuals have been nominated for a three-year position in the area of Academic Affairs. They are Sandy Rahn-Gibson, Extension; Mary Roloff, NSF-EPSCoR; and Becky Ward, Graduate Studies. - Each of the three individuals will be asked to prepare a short statement about herself to include with the ballot. Ballots will be sent to eligible professionals and are to be returned by September 10. From the floor. - A President's Executive Committee/UGC Steering Committee retreat will be held September 6 from 11 am to 1 pm in the President's Conference Room. There will probably be no organized preparation by Steering Committee, as the retreat allows Steering Committee and PEC members to meet and have an informal discussion. - After brief discussion, it was agreed Professional Council is a forum where members and other interested individuals meet to express their opinions and reach consensus, if appropriate. There may not always be total agreement on issues, but members should feel free to express opinions, and these opinions should be recognized as valid. - A discussion of efforts being made around the university to address recruitment and retention might be worthwhile.