MSU PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES April 16, 2003 Members Present: Leslie Schmidt, Clyde Carroll, Jim Manning, Jim Mitchell, Becky Ward. Member Absent: Glenn Puffer. The regularly-scheduled meeting was called to order by Chair Leslie Schmidt at 2:00 PM. A quorum was present. The minutes of the March 19, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed. Chair's report - Leslie Schmidt. - Sandy Rahn-Gibson was elected as the academic affairs representative to Professional Council, beginning September, 03. Jim Mitchell was re-elected to a three-year term from student affairs. - Chair Schmidt brought up the possibility of professionals and faculty taking a position regarding increases in student fees with UGC Steering Committee. The ASMSU President indicated it is not a major issue with students at this time, so it was decided to not take a stand at this time. - The Provost has stated at UPBAC that the tuition increase next year will probably be about $24/year for similar class quality and access (if the increase over this year - with its one-year tuition surcharge - is the comparison). Report from UPBAC - Jim Mitchell. - A significant issue to MSU-Bozeman for the coming year is that a reallocation of money to the smaller campuses is expected, but it is not known how much it will be. - President Gamble has stated he is not willing to allocate money to other campuses without receiving a plan for the use of the money, assessing results of the increase, and a fall-back position if results are not positive. - The state pay plan does not include money for raises. - UPBAC will set aside a .5% increase in faculty, professional, and classified employee salary pools. Classified will use the money for MAP bonuses and faculty will use it for raises upon promotion and tenure and equity adjustments. - How would professionals like to see their .5% allocated? - There appeared to be agreement that distributing the money through a centralized decision-making process seemed most appropriate. Equity issues should be addressed first. Leslie Schmidt will discuss the mechanism used last year and the number of professionals who might be affected with Clyde Carroll and bring the information back to Professional Council - To fund IT, particularly Internet II, both instruction and research will pay a share. AES and ES will also help fund the additional costs. The cost of internet services will be built into the budget, just as utilities are. - After the FY 04 budget is known, UPBAC will decide which budget amendments to fund. Professional Council Nominations/Elections. - Jim Mitchell moved that the following nominations be submitted to the appropriate individual for appointment: - Strategic Planning Committee - Mary Noll - Traffic Appeals and Regulations Committee - Patricia Simmons - MSU Benefits Committee - Robert Johnston - The motion was seconded and carried. - The Chair Elect and UGC Steering Committee member will be elected at the May meeting. Other. - The proposed tuition scholarship program for children of employees is moving forward. - A mentoring program for student athletes is proposed. Chair Schmidt will find out the details and report to Professional Council. - Becky Ward reported, as a member of the selection committee for the Employee Recognition Awards, that it was difficult to screen the applications. The screening committee recommends to Personnel and Payroll Services that in the future, a position description for each nomination be included so the committee has a basis for selection. It is also suggested that the reason for each individual's nomination be stated at the recognition program. As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.