Staff Senate Minutes - (approved 7/28/2010)

A regular meeting of the Staff Senate was held on Wednesday June 23, 2010 at SUB Bobcat Grill 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The following, marked with an X, were present.

Elected Members:


Steve Beasley


Jan Bradley


Mary Engel


Deb Harrison


Neil Jorgensen


Donna Kelly


Gale Kinzie


Raechell Nielsen


Jeannette Radcliffe


Kevin Thane


Justin van Almelo


Bill Van Horn

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

Appointed Committee Members:  Ron Brekke, Molly Anderson, and Shari Curtis.  Apologies received from Pam Fraser, Mandy Hansen, Donna Kelly, Steve Beasley, Kristine Mashaw, Kevin Thane and Shana Wold.  Guests present Wendy McCarty and Deb Wilke.

A motion, made by Bill and seconded by Gale, to approve the May 26, 2010 minutes was unanimously approved. 

New Business:

Prescription benefits changes are causing some concerns.  Gale raised the issue regarding the effect of URx changes on herself as well as three fellow employees. Gale’s examples included financial impact that appears to stem from the URx change.  Ron Brekke, an appointed representative to the MSU Benefits committee, volunteered to investigate.  Members present requested that Staff Senate take appropriate action.  First, it was suggested that a message be sent to all classified employees asking them to review their prescriptions with their doctors, to notify employees there may be some unintended effects of the plan change, there will be a survey coming soon, and that the Staff Senate is working to clarify the situation.  Second, it was recommended that once Ron and Staff Senate have more information, that this information be shared with other campuses via MUSSA.  After the survey has been conducted, results need to be shared with the MSU Benefits committee and the bargaining units who have the negotiating position on benefits.

Shared Governance:

Goals and Directions Subcommittee Reports:

Committee Reports:

Other Business:

A motion to adjourn was made by Bill and seconded by Raechell at 11:00 a.m.

Next meeting:  Wednesday July 28, 2010 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in SUB #236.