MSU PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES March 19, 2003 All Members Were Present: Leslie Schmidt, Glenn Puffer, Clyde Carroll, Becky Ward, Jim Manning, Jim Mitchell. Visitors Present: MSU Bookstore Manager Mark Frisby. The meeting was called to order by Chair Leslie Schmidt at 2:10 PM. The minutes of the February 19, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed. Renovation of the MSU Bookstore - Mark Frisby. - The MSU Bookstore, incorporated in 1931, is incorporated separately from MSU. - It rents the space it occupies in the SUB, based on a percent of sales. - The last renovation was done in the 1970's. Work during this renovation will include a new ceiling, all new fixtures, new flooring, and a new front door design. There will be aisles separating the four major areas of the Bookstore. - Although space will be reconfigured, no new space will be added. - The work will be done in three phases, and all work is expected to be done late in the summer. The renovation in textbooks and stocking areas is expected to be finished by May. The most difficult, the back offices and supply areas, will be done next. The last phase includes the entrance, cash register area, clothing and gifts. - The anticipated cost of the renovation is $1.2 million. Money for the renovation is on deposit. - The Bookstore pays its employees separately from MSU. The Bookstore pays for its employees to participate in the university health benefits and retirement plans. The Bookstore also pays for the right to use university logos and other marks. - The MSU Bookstore still maintains to lowest-priced textbook structure in the country and anticipates continuing to do so. Chair's report - Leslie Schmidt. - A draft questionnaire was distributed. It will gather information from MSU employees before continuing to explore the possibility of tuition scholarships for children of employees. Comments about the questionnaire should be directed to Leslie. UPBAC - Clyde Carroll and Jim Mitchell. - HB 13, a pay plan bill, includes an increase of $.45/hour for each state employee, beginning January, 2004. No additional funding is provided for the increase. - Balancing the university system's budget is a concern. - At this time, it is anticipated the budget could be balanced with an 11.75% tuition increase. Because the current tuition surcharge is for one year only, the actual increase in next year's tuition over this semester's tuition would be very small. It is not known if the Board of Regents would approve this increase. - The Regents have shown interest in reallocating state monies so the smaller campuses receive more money per student than MSU and UM. This keeps tuition at the smaller units lower but increases tuition at MSU and UM. - There are inflationary increases that must be covered in MSU's budget. Liability insurance is increasing $600,000; there is an increase in utility costs; and the Libraries is experiencing a 9 1/2% yearly increase in subscription costs. - There is beginning to be discussion of how budgets can be reduced, if necessary. Possibilities include across-the-board reductions, capping enrollment (raising admission standards); pay reductions; and not teaching extra sections of courses. Each reduction has a cost in serving students and the state. - During discussion by Professional Council members, it was suggested University Governance Council Steering Committee consider putting a structure in place so that input about tuition can quickly be provided to the Board of Regents . Nominations for Professional Council positions. - The following individuals have been nominated for two positions on Professional Council. - Academic Affairs: Ian Godwin, Assistant Director of the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching and Troops-to-Teachers; Sandy Rahn-Gibson, Budget and Fiscal Director of the MSU Extension Service; and Doralyn Rossmann, Library Systems Analyst. - Student Affairs: Jim Mitchell, Director of the Student Health Service; Rita Rozier, Academic Specialist in Advance By Choice; and Brenda York, Interim Director of Disability, Re-entry, and Veteran Services. - Ballots for the elections will be sent to appropriate constituencies later this week. Other. - According to information Clyde Carroll has received from the Ombudsman, so far this year, one professional and two faculty have contacted the Ombudsman. As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.