In Attendance

Robert Eichenberger,               Mark Magee,                                    Ramie Pederson,                           Lyle Williams,  
CSAC                                            Outreach & Engagement               MSU Benefits                                 Tech/Paraprofessional

Ron Brekke,                                Dorie Seymour                                David Reese,                                   Glen Steinhoff,
IUBC Benefits                             Secretarial/Clerical                         Budget Council                               UFPB, Parking Appeals

Blaine Taylor,                              Jared Zanieri,                                   Kerri Marx                                      Keely Holmes, 
Service Maintenance                 Service Maintenance                      MSU Benefits                                 UFPB-Public Arts       

Steve Doner,                               Milana Lazetich,                               Jennifer Nesbitt,                            Todd Reuterdahl,
Class. Prof.                                  Tech/Paraprofessional                   Rec. & Sports, MUSSA                   Service Maintenance 

Gina Taylor,                                  Minutes taken by Lisa Hespen


Katelynne Cowart,                      Andrew Board,                                Wendy Minster,                Sarah Rieger,
Tobacco Free Task Force          Skilled Craft                                      Off Campus                        MSU Benefits
Candace Mastel,                         Katherine Owens,                           Joe Robbins,                       Kasia Maison,
PTAC, Class. Prof.                       Personnel, MUSSA                          Skilled Craft                       Class. Prof., Planning, PCOSUW

 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 (

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.