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NOVEMBER 6, 2008, 9:00 AM


ROOM ES B 2074


The regular meeting of the Staff Senate was called to order on November 6, 2008 at

9:10 a.m. in Room ES B 2074, East St. Louis Campus by Brian Lotz, President.

Announcements: none

Present: Bartholomew, Downey, Dusenbery, Erb, Fetters, Gaffney, Gorsage, Hamil, Harris, Herbeck, Hicks, Lotz, Mumphard, Pulley, Robinson, Candela, Turley

Excused: Kremer, Lesicko, McKaig, Schoenborn, Stunkel, Wense

Not Present: Loring, Miller, Senkfor

Approval of October 9, 2008 Minutes: Bill Dusenbery made a motion to approve the minutes as is and Terry Downey seconded. The motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: Jesse Harris reported the balances as of September 30, 2008.

Grand Total: 59,715.03

USS Benefit 7,530.52

USS Scholarship 296.49

USS Scholarship Endowment 34,562.97

USS Scholarship Endowment Reserve 798.19

Faculty for Collective Bargaining Scholarship 1,939.43

Faculty for Collective Bargaining Organ. Sch. Endowment 14,418.24

Faculty Senate Development 169.19

Also, Jesse's report included some fact finding for a foundation account for the University Staff Senate Scholarship Funds. Rich Hampton, Executive Director of the Vice Chancellor's Office for University Relations will answer questions about accounting procedures used on the USS Scholarship Funds when he is our guest at the December 4 meeting.

Old Business:

Collective Bargaining Spring 2009 Scholarship: In the absence of Melanie Schoenborn, Terry Downey reported the recipient for the Faculty for Collective Bargaining Spring 2009 Scholarship is Chelsie Lesicko in the amount of $500.00.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Jesse contacted John Nehrt of the Social Security Office in Alton and he has agreed to be our guest speaker on issues like WEP, Pension Offset and Social Security. It was discussed that on December 18 as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series that Linda Brookhart from SUAA will speak on the topics she chooses such as "When and What to ask your Legislator" and a brief DVD that she uses for such events. Cindy Gorsage will reserve a larger room for after the Staff Senate Executive Committee meeting on December 18 and the meetings in January, February and March for the visit from John Nehrt. Everyone agreed on the dates Feb 5 &19 (WEP) and March 5 & 19 (Pension Offset) for John Nehrt to be a guest speaker. Jesse will call John to set-up dates and topics.

Illinois Constitutional Convention did not pass.

New Business:

The Chancellor's Walk/Benefit Fair and Staff Senate BBQ is April 23, 2009.

Jesse reported that East St. Louis Facilities workers requested another seat on the Senate.

Bill Dusenbery suggested for the University Staff Senate to encourage the University to celebrate challenged veterans of the Military. Possibly, start a committee to initiate the idea. Mike Pulley suggested putting something in the newsletter in support of these veterans to promote awareness.


Ex-Officio Reports:

Personnel - no report

SURS - no report

SUCSAC - no report

Panel Reports:

Negotiated and Prevailing: Todd reported that Building Services lost the President of the union.

Open Range - no report

Professional Staff - Bill Dusenbery reported there is no contract signed at the President's level.

Jesse reported that he has not received any information yet about the non represented grievance policy after 2 years. It is in Legal Council at present.

Satellite Campus Reports

Alton: The parking lot is being dug up for improvements.

E. St. Louis: no report

UPBC - Jesse reported of Budget planning.

Policy Review - no report

Fundraising - no report

Goals - no report

Newsletter - Mike Hamil reported that the newsletter is almost finished. Only 2 items left; Brian's article and the Civil Service Banquet report.

Council of Councils: Mike Pulley reported the date for the event is October 23, 2009. It is estimated that between 50 and 100 people will be in attendance. Many donations have been lined up along with Lunch from the Chancellor at the MUC. The next meeting will be the 2nd or 3rd week in January.

University Center Board: Jesse reported plans of the MUC being reconfigured, the Academic Success Center and a 3% student fee increase.

Brian Lotz reported there will be a Staff Appreciation next summer and the Chancellor said there should be monies available.

Adjournment: Bill Dusenbery made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

Approved December 4, 2008

Vicki Kruse

University Governance

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