Montana State University

Staff Senate

Staff Senate Minutes - (approved 10/20/10)

A regular meeting of the Staff Senate was held on Wednesday September 15, 2010 in SUB 235 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The following, marked with an X, were present. 

Elected Members:

X Steve Beasley A Jan Bradley X Deb Harrison X Neil Jorgensen
X Donna Kelly A Wendy McCarty X Raechell Nielsen X Kevin Thane
X Justin van Almelo X Bill Van Horn X Deb Wilke    

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

Appointed Committee Members:  Molly Anderson, Shari Curtis, Pam Fraser, Shana Wold, Beth Littlefield, Kristine Mashaw, Ron Brekke, and Carol Shannon

Apologies received from Jan Bradley and Wendy McCarty

A motion, made by Kevin and seconded by Raechell, to approve the August 18, 2010 minutes with correction was unanimously approved. 

Committee Reports:
Association of Shared Governance Leaders – does not meet during summer.

Debt Planning and Management – does not meet during summer.

Facilities Services Advisory – does not meet during summer.  We are seeking a representative.

International Program - does not meet during summer.

MSU Benefits & IUBC – IUBC retreat September 30 to October 1.  URx memo was sent by Staff Senate to its constituents.  MUS is collecting data regarding spending by the plan and also by the members.  The PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) of the Federal Health Care Reform is impacting MUS Benefits in several areas.  Shari reminded every on MSU Bozeman’s WellCheck is November 9 and 10.  Full report at

Parking & Transportation Advisory – meeting was cancelled per Molly.

Space Management – MSU Extension is now located in Culbertson and there continues to be moves in the AJM Johnson building.  Full report at

University Facilities Planning – did not meet.

University Marketing – did not meet per Shana.

University Planning, Budget & Analysis Committee – this committee has been rolled into the Budget Council.

University Council – Bill reported that the Council had its first meeting.  It reported its mission and purpose, then heard the mission and purposes of the Budget, Planning, Dean’s, and Research Councils.  Staff Senate was tasked with recommending representatives for a one-year appointment to the Budget and Planning Councils.  Bill requested anyone interested in being appointed to either of these committees to contact him after the meeting.

Other Committee reports – none.

New Business:
No new business was raised at the meeting.

Old Business:
Prescription Benefits Task Force – Bill, Raechell, and Ron are working on the wording of an URx plan change survey to be launched the first week of October via Survey Monkey and paper to all classified employees.

Training Task Force – Neil and Justin are developing goals and objectives.  They are also reconnecting with the Training Council.

Public Relations Task Force – Bill, Deb Wilke, Shana, Shari, Molly, and Rebecca reviewed and approved launching the new MSU template format of the Staff Senate web page.  Shana is working on an ad for the Exponent, MSU Bookstore and Student Computer Center monitors, regarding pedestrian safety.  The Task Forces next project is employee recognition.

New Hire Policy – Kevin began email communications with Kevin McRae, MUS Director of Labor Relations and Personnel.  MSU Bozeman was asked to provide a multi-campus perspective on the issue.  Staff Senate members requested Kevin pursue UM, the Unions, and other campuses for their input prior to following up with the MUS Director of Labor Relations and Personnel.

Leave without Pay – no update.

Pedestrian Safety – see PR Task Force report above.

VEBA – this year’s classified employees voted against forming a group.

MSU within the Community Context – no update.

University Budget – no update.

Temporary Chemistry Labs – no update.

Other Business:

Bill welcomed President Cruzado at the Inauguration ceremony on behalf of the classified staff.  Several Senator’s reported that they had volunteered at the ceremony and attended the luncheon on the lawn.  Members recommended viewing the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862 signed by President Abraham Lincoln at the Museum of the Rockies though October 2.  It was also noted that President Cruzado’s inaugural speech was very good.

Shari and Molly announced that the Library received the cardboard recycling bin they had requested.

A motion to adjourn was made by Molly and seconded by Steve at 11:05 a.m.

Next meeting:  Wednesday October 20, 2010 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in SUB #236

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