In Attendance

Robert Eichenberger,               Ramie Pederson,                    Kasia Maison                                 Glen Steinhoff,
CSAC                                            MSU Benefits                          Class.Prof.. PCSUW, Planning     UFPB, Parking Appeals

Katelynne Cowart                     Wendy Minster                       Andrew Board                               David Reese,
Tobacco Free Task Force         Off Campus                             Skilled Craft                                   Budget Council

Blaine Taylor,                             Jared Zanieri,                          Keely Holmes,                                Katherine Owens,
Service Maintenance                Service Maintenance             UFPB-Public Arts                           Personnel Board, MUSSA

Dorie Seymour,                         Milana Lazetich,                      Jennifer Nesbitt,                           Todd Reuterdahl,
Clerical/Secretarial                    Tech/Paraprofessional         Rec. & Sports, MUSSA                  Service Maintenance 

Sarah Rieger,                             Candace Mastel,                     Katherine Owens,                         Dorie Seymour,
MSU Benefits                             PTAC, Class. Prof.                   Personnel, MUSSA                       Clerical/Secretarial

Minutes taken by Lisa Hespen


Ron Brekke,                               Steven Doner,                          Kerri Marx,                                    Gina Taylor,
IUBC                                            Classified Prof.                        MSU Benefits                                Clerical/Secretarial
Joe Robbins,                                Jared Zanieri,                          Mark Magee,                                 Lyle Williams,                      
Service Maintenance                Service Maintenance             Outreach & Engagement            Tech/Paraprofessional

 Staff Senate Minutes

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

LRES Conf. Rm, Leon Johnson, Rm. #325

I. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order by Chair Ramie Pederson.

II.  Approval of Minutes

  • Due to the joint meeting, there were no Minutes to approve.

III.  New Business

  • Changes to MUS Benefits

Amy Hager from HR spoke to the Senate regarding changes coming to the benefits enrollment system. Staff will no use the Choices website to enroll, re-enroll, or make changes to their plans rather than going to MyInfo.  HR will also be increasing the number of Choice help labs for staff.  All staff should log into their Choices account this year, even if they are not making any changes.  There will not be any increases or changes to the actual benefits.  Choice Re-enrollment begins April 22, 2019 and will go until May 15, 2019.  To access your account, go to [email protected]

  • Grant Street Project

There has been discussions of closing Grant Street and using it as a walkway like the main mall of campus.  Some chimed in that they would like to look into alternatives to closing the street and instead instilling “traffic calming”.  The concern is pedestrian and biker safety.  They are also looking into bringing the speed limit down.  Dan Stevenson spoke with the University Council regarding traffic calming as a test run in which they would use temporary objects in certain places that can be removed.  The goal is to make it so drivers can see pedestrians before they are right next to pedestrians.  They will need to encompass physical changes (lower speed limit) and cultural changes and encourage drivers to take alternate routes.  A practice run will probably not start until sometime after graduation.  Staff will be seeing communications regarding this project as it develops.  They would like a change for people to experience the demonstration as drivers and pedestrians and let them know their opinions or concerns. 

  • Catapalooza

Professional Council and Staff Senate will work together to create a booth at Catapalooza.

IV.  MUSSA Information

  • May BOR Meeting

MUSSA is working on their presentation for the May BOR meeting in which they get a one-hour breakfast lunch with the Board of Regents and members of OCHE. They will be presenting information from the Staff Satisfaction Survey.


  • Staff Satisfaction Survey Update

Charity Attebury of Missoula is spearheading the staff satisfaction survey. The goal is to have the survey ready to send out at the end March and get a much higher response count than the previous survey. UM will be using statisticians who will be doing the analysis of the data at the end of the survey.

V.  Informational Items

  • Staff Scholarship Program Update

The fundraising committee will be setting up meetings to get background information and may also meet with potential donors.

  • Diversity Showcase

There will be a Diversity Showcase on March 26th from 5 – 7 p.m. in NAH’s Inspiration Hall. You will be able to meet with members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, review findings and research, engage with multiple departments, and learn of upcoming projects. Refreshments will be served

VI.  Update and Other Business

  • Fitness Center: Staff and students have been asking what action will be taken in regards to memberships to the gym.  While students are receiving communications on the status, many staff members feel that staff in general are not being kept in the loop even though they pay a higher membership fee than students.  As of now no decisions have been made but they are hopeful the President will be making an announcement soon. 

VII.  Public Comment


Next Meeting:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:00-11:00 a.m. in SUB Rm. #235

Meeting was adjourned.