THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Chair John Bishop called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. in the Scholars Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
Staff present – Melissa Lane, Administrative Coordinator
Representatives present – Hourly Employees Council: Evie Barksdale, Suzie Brewer, Joanne Braunbeck; Informational Staff Association: Elaine Bradshaw; Organizational Staff Council: Marissa Pierson, Shannon Overstreet, Diana Fitzpatrick, Betty Love; Administrative Staff Council: David Corbly
Representatives absent — Hourly Employees Council: Crystal Ary, Nick McCracken, Julie Hamburger, Jamie Aldridge, Stephanie McDowell, Karen Stark, Trudy Rhodes, Dana Traylor; Organizational Staff Council: Skye Uhlenhake, Juliana Smith; Administrative Staff Council: Jeralyn Woodall
Guests — Ross Mehl, Julia Rouse, Debbie Copp, and Patrick McClain
Proposed Statement on Regent Kirk Humphrey: After some discussion the statement was unanimously agreed upon by all that were in attendance and will be sent forward to the Regents Office. The statement reads:
We as members of the Norman Campus Staff Senate, representing the 4,000-plus members of the professional staff, believe the comments made on Sunday, Dec. 10, by Kirk Humphreys do not represent the commitment to equality and diversity that is so important to the University family. They did not represent the way we approach life on the Norman campus and we believe it is very important that the public understand that discrepancy.
As a result of that conflict with reality, we respectfully request that Mr. Humphreys resign his position as vice chair of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Should he decide not to take that action, we respectfully request that the other board members choose not to elect him as chair for the 2018-19 year. These actions, in our opinion, are especially important as the University prepares to select the next President of the University of Oklahoma
John had to leave the meeting to attend court so they was no report.
REPORTS FROM MEMBER GROUPS
Administrative Staff Council: President Lori Granec has resigned and Vice President Jeralyn Woodall will now be the President. Vice President David Corbly reported that they met and had a keynote talk from Tracy Spears on “Exceptional Leadership”.
Hourly Employees Council: President Ross Mehl reported that they discussed briefly the comments made by Regent Humphries regarding the LGBT community, and how the Hourly Employee’s Council agreed to a statement that will be prepared by the Staff Senate regarding these comments. Additionally, they completed their annual Holiday Raffle over lunch, raising over $4,000 for charitable organizations doing so.
Informational Staff Association: President Elaine Bradshaw reported that they successfully used Skype to allow remote participation in the meeting. They will continue to promote this as a way to reach out to members unable to attend face-to-face meetings. They finalized plans for ISA’s annual charity—shopping for foster children through the Citizens Advisory Board’s Secret Santa program. They discussed setting up Venmo to take online contributions. They also discussed filling open Council and Staff Senate representative positions.
Organizational Staff Council: President Marissa Pierson reported that they met for a pot-luck and discussion about Operation Comfort and Joy. At the time, they had 10 nominations to discuss. They decided to help with a minimum of $250 each. Since the meeting, they have helped a total of 11 families with an average of about $450 for each family in donations and gift cards. The Food Pantry also donated two boxes for each family. Venmo donations exceeded $1,000.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
Awards Committee: By email Chair Liz Cooley reported that they did not meet.
Communications Committee: By email Chair Patricia Koonce reported that they met by email to discuss amendments to the Member Group Newsletters.
Staff Initiatives Committee: Chair Marissa Pierson reported that they met November 21 in the Union. Continued discussions about parental leave and adding children to the shared leave policy. A subcommittee was created to write a proposal for a parental leave policy. They did not meet in person in December. Next in-person meeting scheduled for January 16.
Staff Week Committee: By email Co-Chair Glen Warshaw reported that they met and selected the theme. The 2018 Staff Week theme is “Living Boren’s Legacy.” The call for Craft Fair Participants will go out by e-mail the 2nd week of February.
REPORTS FROM UNIVERSITY COUNCILS, COMMITTEES, AND BOARDS
Employee Benefits Committee: Debbie Copp reported that they did not meet in November.
The following reports were linked to the December agenda:
Staff Senate Foundation account report
Minutes of Employment Benefits Committee meeting for September 2017
Fill the Trolley was very successful and they were able to fill three trolleys full of toys.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:14 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: January 17, 2017