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April 25, 2007

Roll Call

  • Voting Members:
  • Rose Cain
  • Kristine Mashaw
  • Diane Helgeson
    arriving after the start of the meeting:
  • Genevieve Burmeister
  • Sheron McIlhattan
  • Dan McGuire
  • Non-voting Members:
  • Kevin Thane
  • Christina Riffle
  • Judy Van Andel
    Others present:
  • Chris Bauer
  • Steven Beasley
  • Gale Kinzie
  • Terry Dysart
  • Sara France

Apologies for Absence

Michelle Larsen and Mary Engel sent apologies for absence.

Minutes of the Last Meeting

No comments or requests for amendment to the March 28 2007 minutes had been sent by the voting members not present at the start of today's meeting and so Rose Cain, Kristine Mashaw and Diane Helgeson decided to approve them in the absence of a formal quorum.

CEPAC Administration, Budget and Accounting

  1. Shared Governance activity has been focusing on discussion appropriate to salary, and the work of the OCHE Recruitment and Retention Task Force.
  2. Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education's (OCHE) Recruitment and Retention Task Force met again on April 17th. Sara France gave a brief overview, in addition to the conversation around it which took place later, with President Gamble.
  3. MUSSA Activity. Last month's conference call with MUSSA determined it would be best to postpone the launch of the Pooled Resources on-line facility for professional development and training. Although inventory has been received, more is promised but the donors are busy with other priorities at this time of year. MUSSA will work over the summer to collect all the materials and launch in the Fall. An announcement is being made on all campuses. The remainder of the conference call was spent discussing OCHE Recruitment and Retention Task Force issues.
  4. CEPAC budget/administration. Nothing extraordinary to report regarding the budget. Vis a vis administration, CEPAC has just sent out this year's 360 Performance Review (it is conducted every two years). It will close to input on May 4th.

    Also, the "Employee Experience" survey outcomes have been approved and will be published this week along with Addendum 1 and respondent comments .

  5. CEPAC Membership Elections are now complete. The new members (as of July 1) were all present today: Steven Beasley (Skilled Crafts); Gale Kinzie (Service Maintenance); Chris Bauer (Secretarial/Clerical); Kevin Than (Classified Professional). They will be officially welcomed to CEPAC next month.

Committee Reports

CEPAC-nominated committee representatives have scheduled agenda time at each meeting to personally report on their committee work. CEPAC believes maximum communication to greatly benefit the staff and campus, and so also maintains on-line reporting as well as personal contact.

No lengthy reports were given today, but Judy Van Andel did state that the International Programs subcommittee will convene on May 3rd to discuss the list of "internationalization" initiatives, with the full committee meeting next on May 8th.

Special Guest: President Gamble.

At 10:00 am President Gamble joined the meeting. He introduced various topics of conversation including housing, salaries, and parking and transit. An open discussion ensued as these topics were considered.

Housing. President Gamble spoke of MSU's involvement with the City of Bozeman, the hospital, contractors, and local employers in working towards low, or moderate, cost housing opportunities for MSU employees. Administration and Finance is sponsoring a series of workshops on campus (the next is April 30th in SUB275), and will also attend next month's CEPAC meeting.

Salaries. The President applauded the Regents and Commissioner of Higher Education for forming the OCHE Recruitment and Retention Task Force. He also spoke of the State Pay Plan, and the increase in State funding (from about 40% to 80%) of this biennium's pay raises. He referred to the plan for how pay increases will be handled at MSU (bearing in mind that classified unions are still in negotiation of course).

Parking and Transit. President Gamble thanked CEPAC for its input on the Parking and Transit Survey, and said that our memo was instructive and also covered some considerations of which he was already aware. A sponsor to take a public transporation funding request to UPBAC has not yet been identified but, meantime, Administration and Finance has contributed to the purchase of the bustles which Streamline Transit desired for the new buses. The President is aware of the potential benefits of the bus and feels that the University is getting closer to bringing the funding issue before UPBAC. Responding to questions, President Gamble spoke of various campus reserve funds being largely committed already, and of how the University's donors don't generally offer funding for this kind of thing (parking/transit). Therefore neither appear to be viable options for MSU use in support of Streamline Transit, or parking fee adjustments, at the moment.

MSU Tomorrow. The President referred to MSU's long-range planning, in terms of housing, parking and transit, with an emphasis on campus expansion to the west of 19th Avenue. He remarked that South 19th is slated to be a 5-lane highway by the end of 2008, and spoke of the implications of this from the campus perspective. He summarized MSU Tomorrow as featuring transit, more parking, and incorporating the transformation of 19th Avenue.

President Gamble then invited questions on any topic, and he was asked about the following:

  • Diversity initiatives at MSU. The President spoke of recruitment efforts for both students and employees, as well as his work with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges' (NASULGC) Diversity Commission. As the in-coming chair, President Gamble is bringing the Commission to Bozeman in the summer.
  • IDCs. President Gamble described various infrastructural areas which, contrary to opinions expressed today, and elsewhere, are supported by IDCs. He explained that not all sponors pay IDCs and some are levied at higher rates than others. He offered CEPAC further information in this regard, and subsequently arranged to return to CEPAC on May 23rd with Vice President Tom McCoy.

At 11:10 am, there being no more time, the meeting adjourned.


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