THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Wednesday January 16, 2013
Chair Chris Cook called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. in the Sooner Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
Officers present – Chris Cook, Chair; Amanda Pai, Chair-Elect; Fran Stephens, Immediate Past Chair, Cathy Trujillo, Recording Secretary
Staff present – Melissa Lane, Administrative Coordinator
Representatives present – Hourly Employees Council: Carolyn Taylor, David Houck, Cindy Simpson, Cecilia McEwen, Julie Hamburger, Jack Shoopman, Laura Shoopman, John Bishop, Carmen Eppler, Kim Haddad, David Kizer; Informational Staff Association: Gordan Carrie, Shawn Gralla, Priscilla Crawford, Elaine Bradshaw; Organizational Staff Council: Reta Tarver, Nancy Matthews, Jackie Downing, Betty Love, Justin Daniels, Chris McNabb
Representatives absent — Hourly Employees Council: Sena Golden; Informational Staff Association: Connie Smith, Bruce Alcock; Administrative Staff Council: Jennifer Doughty, Robbie Wahnee
Guests present — Debbie Copp, Cathy Yeaman, Lezlie Marsh, Angela Hawpe, Stacy Powell, and Scott Mauldin.
Laura Palk from the Office of Equal Opportunity
Cassie Gillman of the President’s Associates
Nick Kelly from Human Resources
ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF November 21, 2012
On motion by David Houck, the minutes of the November 21, 2012, Staff Senate meeting were accepted.
ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF December 19, 2012
On motion by John Bishop, the minutes of the December 19, 2012, Staff Senate meeting were accepted.
Chris met with Nick Hathaway, Vice President for Executive and Administrative Affairs they discussed the expiring Bush Tax Cuts, specifically the Social Security withholding rate returning to 6.2%. University employees will be feeling that in their January paychecks. Vice President Hathaway indicated that conditions at the State Capital appear positive for Higher Education. He also reiterated that, if allocations allow, the President would like a salary program in the coming year.
Lastly, Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Julius Hilburn retired in December. His retirement reception is today at 3pm in the Union.
REPORTS FROM MEMBER GROUPS
Administrative Staff Council: President Jennifer Doughty reported that they did not meet.
Hourly Employees Council: President Carolyn Taylor reported that over $1,000 was raised for their holiday fund raiser, which benefited the Norman Backpack Program and the Help yOUr Neighbor Fund. OU’s Help yOUr Neighbor Fund was set up to assist OU employees and their families after the occurrence of natural disasters, such as the recent wild fires. OU Housing and Food Services provided a complete holiday meal for each of these families. Wal-Mart gift cards were given to every family member. They also discussed the importance of attendance at the HEC and Staff Senate meetings. Representatives were encouraged to attend all meetings for voting purposes and to stay up to date and involved with ongoing issues.
Informational Staff Association: President Gordan Carrie reported that they did not meet.
Organizational Staff Council: Representative Betty Love reported that Dr. George Richter-Addo gave them a tour of the Chemistry facilities before the business meeting. They heard updates about the new website and the OU families that were supported over the holidays. Amanda appointed Cathy Yeaman as chair of the Awards Selection Committee and solicited for volunteers for that committee. The OU Credit Union has asked that we obtain a Federal Tax ID Number for their bank account so Kristi Wright is going to research this for them.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
Awards Committee: By email Chair Liz Cooley reported that they did not meet.
Communications Committee: By email Chair Gina Powell reported that they did not meet.
Staff Initiatives Committee: Chair Dan Hough reported that they did not meet.
Staff Week Committee: By email Chair Terri Smith reported that they discussed each subcommittee and where they stand as far as preparation. They voted to sell a t-shirt for the spring fundraiser. There was no miscellaneous discussion.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL (AD HOC) COMMITTEES
Employee Benefits Committee: Debbie Copp reported that they did not meet
The following reports were linked to the January agenda:
Staff Senate Foundation account report
Minutes of Employment Benefits Committee meeting for September 2012
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:09 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: February 20, 2013