Montana State University

Meeting Minutes for December 19, 2012

Minutes from Professional Council Meeting, 12/19/12, 10:00 am

Present: Nora Smith, Donna Negaard, Jeanne Wilkinson, Betsey Pitts, Jeff Littlefield, Julie Tatarka, Liz Grant, Patricia Lane

Absent: Chancey Ringer, Carolyn Plumb

Guests: Carmen McSpadden, Kitty Saylor

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am in Reid 415.

Much discussion was held regarding how to communicate more effectively with professional employees at MSU. Professional Council meetings are held twice a month, so PC is planning to make the second meeting of the month a special meeting when guest speakers present on various current topics. Meetings will be held in larger rooms to accommodate more professional employees who will be invited to attend these special meetings. Other avenues of social media such as Twitter and Facebook were discussed as possible vehicles for announcing these meeting times as well as for keeping professional employees informed.

Discussion was also held on sending out another survey to determine what professional employees prefer as far as a communication mode as well as what topics they would be interested in hearing about at these meetings. PC is intent on having its guest speakers present to constituents, not just PC members. Future planned meetings with guest speakers will be January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15 and larger rooms for these meetings are being procured.

Carmen McSpadden, Director of MSUís Leadership Institute and Kitty Saylor, Chief Executive in Residence at the Alumni Foundation presented an overview of "The Year of Engaged Leadership Ė 2013-2014." This is a campus-wide initiative was begun by MSUís President Cruzado and is predicated on some of the goals articulated MSUís new Strategic Plan. McSpadden and Saylor have made at least ten presentations introducing this initiative to other organized groups at MSU to begin an awareness of the program. Saylor is the chair of the committee charged with promoting it. The initiative will be formally announced to the campus on Founderís Day, February 16, 2013. A PowerPoint presentation of what the program is all about is attached to these minutes.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 am

Respectfully submitted,
Patricia Lane, PC Secretary