December 19, 2018 Minutes
Robert Eichenberger, Mark Magee, Ramie Pederson,
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Staff Senate Minutes
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
SUB Rm. #233
**Quarterly Joint Meeting of Professional Council and Staff Senate**
I. Call to Order
- The meeting was called to order by Chair Ramie Pederson.
II. Approval of Minutes
- The approval of the November minutes was tabled until the January meeting due to the joint meeting this month.
III. New Business
a. Guest Speaker(s):
i. Justin Arndt, University Communications: Justin Arndt spoke on webpage accessibility and the resolution
from the Office of Civil Rights. All MSU webpages must be complaint by March 2019. Content Managers for
the individual webpages are responsible for ensuring their site is accessible. For more information on this
subject, please contact Web & Digital Communications (https://www.montana.edu/web/index.html).
ii. Ariel Donohue, Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons: Ariel Donohue is the new (and first) Director of
Diversity and Inclusion. Ariel will spearhead campus climate studies to evaluate how MSU is doing over all
in regard to creating an environment in which everyone has the tools and resources they need to succeed
at MSU. A Diversity & Inclusion Certificate is now available through HR Professional Development &
Training. For more information regarding this new unit, please contact Ariel Donohue directly. If you are
interested in obtaining a certificate, please contact University Human Resources.
iii. Megan Lasso, University Budget Office: Megan Lasso provided a presentation on how the budget
model operates at MSU. She discussed the process state funds go through from the Governor’s office
down to individual departments. Megan also touched on how the Montana University System (MUS) and
MSU decide to dispense the allotted State funds. If you would like more information on the Budget Model
and processes, please contact the University Budget Office.
IV. Old Business
a. MSUAF Discussion: Due to time constraints there was no discussion on this matter. However, Professional
Council did advise that they did a survey with one question asking their constituents what they thought of the
MSUAF Staff Engagement Proposal. Since sixty-six percent (66%) of respondents favored the proposal,
Professional Council voted to support the Proposal.
V. Informational Items
VI. Public Comment
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in SUB Rm. 233
The meeting was adjourned.