Montana State University

Meeting Minutes for November 21, 2012

Minutes from Professional Council Meeting, 11/21/12, 10:00 am

Present: Nora Smith, Donna Negaard, Jeanne Wilkinson, Betsey Pitts,Jeff Littlefield, Julie Tatarka, Carolyn Plumb, Erika Swanson (proxy for Liz Grant)

Absent: Chancey Ringer, Liz Grant

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am in Reid 415. Minutes from the meeting held on November 7, 2012 were reviewed and unanimously approved.

Discussion was held on the newly proposed Award for Excellence being developed for professional employees. This award is intended to recognize an MSU professional employee who demonstrates tangible innovation, positive and broad impact on student experience, and/or leadership distinguished by role modeling in a professional capacity. It is anticipated that this award will be presented during MSU's annual Spring Convocation. The initial award will be presented January 2013. A final draft of the award criteria will be submitted to the Provost for approval.

Discussion continued on the assignment of PC members' duties. PC members agreed to take responsibility for the following tasks as follows: (TBA positions will be determined at a later date.)

  1. Secretary: Patricia Lane
  2. Treasurer: Jeanne Wilkinson
  3. Website/Twitter Liaison: TBA
  4. Professional Development Chair: Julie Tatarka
  5. Membership Liaison: Jeff Littlefield
  6. Logistics Coordinator: TBA
  7. Archivist: Carolyn Plumb
  8. Social Coordinator: Betsey Pitts

Donna Negaard attended Board of Regents meeting last week and reported that she was able to meet with Clay Christian. He will be visiting the MSU campus on November 28th. Donna is trying to schedule a time for PC to meet with him if his schedule allows. At the BOR meeting, faculty and staff raises were discussed as well as enrollment statistics for MSU and UofM. Two MSU professors were named Montana University System Regents Professors: Dr. Michal Sexson, English and Dr. Trevor Douglas, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Patricia Lane reported on the latest University Facilities Planning Board committee meeting. Issues discussed were: Relocation of handicapped access for new College of Business building; more "smoke free campus" signs being posted at strategic locations on campus; and unidentified art pieces indoors and outdoors on campus slated to be identified with plaques.

Jeanne Wilkinson reported that the President's Commission on the Status of University Women sub-committee on Assessing Gender Equity met recently, and a survey was recently sent to faculty as part of the ADVANCE Grant. A similar survey will be submitted to all staff about this issue soon. She also reported on attending a webinar related to the Budget Council.

Nora Smith reminded the group that our next meeting on December 5th in SUB 168 will be advertised and all professional employees will be encouraged to attend as Kurt Blunck from Facilities Services will be presenting on the proposed parking garage at MSU.

As there was no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Patricia Lane, PC Secretary