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Montana State University
Staff Senate

Montana Hall Room 106
P.O. Box 171865
Bozeman, MT 59717-1865
(406) 994-6895


Diane Dorgan

Vice Chair:

Bill Van Horn

Program Coordinator:

Joan L. Ford



Staff Senate

Staff Senate Minutes - (approved 1/19/2011)

A regular meeting of the Staff Senate was held on Wednesday December 15, 2010 in SUB 236 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The following, marked with an X, were present. 

Elected Members:


Steve Beasley


Jan Bradley


Deb Harrison


Neil Jorgensen


Donna Kelly


Wendy McCarty


Raechell Nielsen


Kevin Thane


Justin van Almelo


Bill Van Horn


Deb Wilke



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

Committee Members present:  Molly Anderson, Ron Brekke, Mandy Hansen, Sheron McIllhattan, Carol Shannon, and Shana Wold.  Also in attendance was guest, Jeannette Radcliffe.


Apologies received from Jan Bradley, Shari Curtis, Pam Frasier, Deb Harrison, Donna Kelly, and Bill Van Horn.


A motion, made by Kevin and seconded by Sheron, to approve the November 17, 2010 minutes was approved with one change to the University Marketing section. 

Committee Reports:

Association of Shared Governance Leadersthe main topic of discussion was the Board of Regents meeting in Missoula November 18 and 19.  Full report available at


Debt Planning and Management – has not met per Sheron.


Facilities Services Advisory – Kevin volunteered to replace Michael Dean as the Staff Senate representative.  Staff Senate members accepted and he was duly appointed to the committee.


International Program – has not met per Pam.


MSU Benefits & IUBC – IUBC met December 2nd.  The costs of providing both the prescription and medical benefits have increased by 11.9% from last year to this year.  IUBC is anticipating increases to employee, spouse/dependent and retiree premiums and increases in deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance.  Full report available at   


Parking & Transportation Advisory – per Molly the Parking Services Advisory Committee brought a schedule of parking rate increases to the President’s Executive Council for approval; the Council did not approve the increases.  The committee is reviewing improvements to pedestrian walkways at Kagy & 7th and other intersections and an interactive parking map.  Staff Senate members raised the issue of the impact of the cost of parking on new employees and brainstormed the idea of a grace period or getting the cost added to payroll deduction immediately.  Molly will bring this issue and ideas to PTAC at their next meeting.


Space Management – has not met per Bill.


University Facilities Planning – per Mandy the committee is performing an assessment plan of art and sculpture on campus and reviewing donor signage.  They are also exploring the possibility of Legislative funding to support the public art on campus.


University Marketing – has not met per Shana.


Budget Council –Sheron reported that the committee met.  Alan Yarnell invited President Cruzado and asked her to outline her vision for the council.  Minutes of the Budget Council meetings at


Planning Council – Raechell reported that the committee met.  They explored the vision and mission statements and strategic plan as they were governed by the budget.  Minutes of the Planning Council meetings at,


University Council – met December 1.  Topics of discussion included providing campus telephone directory via the internet, a report from MSU Foundation on fundraising for the Bobcat Stadium End Zone Renovation Project, and MSU Billings Plan for Housing and Athletic Facilities.  Minutes of the University Council meetings at

University Facilities Planning – per Mandy the Public Arts Committee, a sub-committee of UFPB, met with President Cruzado regarding miscommunication surrounding the Jim Dolan Beethoven sculpture donation.  Additionally, during this meeting, the President indicated she would support an effort to make a policy to direct the statutorily allowed 1% of build project budgets toward funding the arts.  UFPB also reviewed a consent agenda item regarding a commemorative donor sign that was installed in the Animal Bioscience Building without having been properly vetted. As this was a consent agenda item, no action was taken.

Other Committee reports


New Business:
Bill and Raechell volunteered to participate on the Professional Council committee to look into providing name tags to MSU employees.


Continuing Business:

Prescription Benefits Task Force – will reconvene in February or March.


Training Task Force – Justin reported that the TF will be meeting with Sharon Stoneberger in January regarding HR to provided training and requested suggestions from the Senators.  Discussion noted two areas of concern:  1) some classified staff were not allowed, by their supervisor or workload, to attend training during work hours and 2) training should be seen as career enhancement.  A web site with training opportunities would be helpful.  It was suggested that the TF also contact Eric Wold who is responsible for the overall training.


Public Relations Task Force – Shana met with Julie Kipfer to discuss affordable MSU logoed shirts for employees.  They will be meeting with the MSU Bookstore in January to explore this issue.  Joan reported she is in the process of developing recognition pages for the Staff Senate web site.



New Hire Policy – no update.


Leave without Pay – no update.


VEBA – will be tabled until there are any changes or updates.


MSU within the Community Context – Kevin reported that he is wrapping up the 2009 update.  Joan reported that the 2010 update is three quarters written.


Other Business:


A motion to adjourn was made by Kevin and seconded by Mandy at 10:40 a.m.


Next meeting:  Wednesday January 19, 2011 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in SUB #235.