Staff Senate Minutes - (Approved 8/19/09)


A regular meeting of the Staff Senate was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at Strand Union Building SUB #236 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The following, marked with an X, being a quorum of elected members, were present.
Elected Members:

 

 

Term Ending

 

 

Term Ending

X

Steve Beasley

6/30/2010

--

Rose Cain

6/30/2009

A

Mary Engel

6/30/2011

--

Diane Helgeson

6/30/2009

A

Donna Kelly

6/30/2010

X

Gale Kinzie

6/30/2010

--

Robert Monnin

6/30/2009

X

Raechell Nielsen

6/30/2011

X

Jeannette Radcliffe

6/30/2010

A

Kevin Thane

6/30/2010

X

William Van Horn

6/30/2011

 

 

 

Attendance Code Key:  X = Attended     A=Apologies for Absence       Staff, Joan Ford, was in attendance.

Appointed Committee Members:  Ron Brekke, Mandy Hansen, Beth Littlefield, Sandy Tetro, Michael Dean, Phyllis Bock, and Kristine Mashaw, were in attendance.

Guest:  Cori Huttinga

A motion, made by Bill and seconded by Gale, to approve the June 10, 2009 minutes with correction, was unanimously approved. 


Business:

VEBA, a copy of the most recent contract and an e-mail explanation was forwarded to Kevin.  Staff Senate will get it scanned and forward to the Staff Senate listserv.

Dependent Premium Waiver, Ron will follow up to see if this issue has been resolved.  

Shared Governance – ASGL, Association of Shared Governance Leaders, met on July 13.  Representatives from Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, ASMSU, and Professional Council were present.  Topics of discussion included budget cutting, Presidents search, change in Provost Office, and the structure and function of UGB, University Governance Council as it applies to Professional Council.


Temporary Chemistry Labs a proposal for an NIH grant is expect this fall.


Elections will soon be distributed both electronically and manually shortly.


Outreach: 
Jeannette noted that no Outreach was done in the past month.  She requested that anyone who had a lead contact the Staff Senate office.

Committee Reports:

Other Business:
HR Focus Group:  “Solid Finances in Shaky Economic Times”, met July 21.  Gale, Bill, Shari, Carol, Shana, and Joan; Staff Senate members and staff , as well as other classified staff,  participated.  MSU Extension had a good outline to start with; participants had the opportunity to suggest new items and areas of interest.  The topics they started with were:  Retirement planning (IRA vs. Roth IRA, 403b, goal setting, personal risk, etc); Credit and debit issues (like credit cards, mortgages, credit score, etc); Estate planning (wills, trusts, consequences of dying without a will, etc); Savings and investments (savings accounts, CDs, Mutual funds, Annuities, etc); and MSU Benefits (all the choices MSU employees have).  Roll out of the classes will be sometime in September; HR is working on the details: how long, where, and when.


MPEA email, union affiliated classified members noted that they had received a couple of emails recently regarding negotiations on a onetime bonus based on income.  They encourage other classified union members to follow through on the feedback the email was requesting.


Next Staff Senate meeting, on August 26, is the same day as the ninth annual Montana State University Move-In Day, set 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All members present suggested that the Staff Senate meeting be moved to the Wednesday August 19. 


A motion, made by Rachelle and seconded by Beth, to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 a.m., was unanimously approved.


Next meeting:  Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Strand Union Building SUB #236 9:00to 11:00 a.m.