January 28, 2009

Roll Call

Apologies for Absence
Shana Wold
And others
Minutes of the Last Meeting
Not yet approved.
General Business

11.0  Participation in Governance
Staff Senate embraces the practice of Shared governance within the culture of MSU and supports the concept through its participation in ASGL (the Association of Shared Governance Leaders) and the broad range of committees on which its representatives serve.

Committee Reports
Staff Senate-nominated committee representatives have scheduled agenda time at each meeting to personally report on their committee work. Staff Senate believes that maximum communication greatly benefits the staff and campus, and so maintains on-line reporting as well as personal contact.
Office of Facilities Services Advisory Committee – no report.
Benefits Committee – Deb Harrison and Ron Brekke met with the benefits committee representatives in Helena on January 15.  Several retirees have left the benefits plan (health insurance).  They plan to investigate further to find out the reason(s).  Bozeman’s Advanced Medical Imaging is now offering digital mammograms which is a 42 – 43% increase in clarity over the standard imaging.  When a comparison was done among the cities, Bozeman was found to have the highest cost in the state.  Paul Bogumill will look into that and try to get Bozeman’s cost in line with the rest of the state.  Ron said he should get the new benefit rates for next (plan) year at the IUBC meeting mid February.
Recreational Sports & Fitness – Kathy Sobrepena reported their Advisory Board had a meeting in November.  Bids are going out for a climbing wall.
Sustainability Carol Shannon said Energy Resource met with ITC regarding computers on campus – there will be a mandate regarding how to handle computers in individual offices (eg., whether or not to power down daily).
Any Other Business

Public Comment
Bill Van Horn moved, Kathy Sobrepena seconded, and the meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.