Wednesday, January 17, 2018



Chair John Bishop called the meeting to order at 1:38 p.m. in the Scholars Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.


Officers present – John Bishop, Chair; Justin Daniels, Chair-Elect Matthew Rom, Immediate Past Chair; Emilie Bozek, Recording Secretary


Staff present – Melissa Lane, Administrative Coordinator


Representatives present – Hourly Employees Council: Crystal Ary, Nick McCracken, Suzie Brewer, Dana Traylor; Informational Staff Association: Elaine Bradshaw, Chris Cook, Cathy Yeaman, Leslie Vennochi; Organizational Staff Council: Shannon Overstreet, Skye Uhlenhake, Diana Fitzpatrick; Administrative Staff Council: Jeralyn Woodall


Representatives absent — Hourly Employees Council: Evie Barksdale, Julie Hamburger, Jamie Aldridge, Stephanie McDowell, Karen Stark, Joanne Braunbeck, Trudy Rhodes; Organizational Staff Council: Marissa Pierson, Betty Love, Juliana Smith; Administrative Staff Council: David Corbly


Guests — Ross Mehl, Julia Rouse and  Debbie Copp




December was a short meeting and we didn’t have a quorum.  I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Year holiday break.  I went to Minnesota and proposed to my first love, the first girl I ever kissed, Kari Swalinkavich.  She said “yes”.


My daughter Anna and the OU All Girl Cheer Team won the Universal Cheer Association this past weekend.  This is the first ever national title for any OU Spirit Team – OU Cheer Squad.


The University of Oklahoma Police Department is celebrating its 50th year of service.  I have passed around my badge for everyone to see. 


I will be meeting with Vice President Nick Hathaway next week and would like to know what issues the Staff want me to address.  I will ask Nick Hathaway to come to a Staff Senate meeting to talk about the financial issues and budget issues the University is facing due to President Boren’s retirement.  The Staff Initiatives Committee wanted a special presentation on the Universities budget, they will be invited to attend the Staff Senate meeting with Nick Hathaway.




Administrative Staff Council:  President Jeralyn Woodall reported that they did not meet in December.  Their January meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.


Hourly Employees Council:  President Ross Mehl reported that they met last Wednesday they discussed December’s Holiday Raffle and their upcoming involvement with the Staff Week Awards Committee and Ice Cream Social.  Additionally, they discussed filling vacancies on HEC that occurred from retirements, and members who could no longer serve.  As they did not have enough attendees for a quorum, no votes could be taken on motions.


Informational Staff Association:  President Elaine Bradshaw reported that in addition to in-person attendees, they had two ISA members attending via Skype. They reviewed the outcome of their Secret Santa project and made plans for next year to work on online fundraising.  Most of the meeting was dedicated to filling vacant Council and Staff Senate seats, as well as proposing members for the Regents Award Committee, Awards Committee, and the Art Show Committee.   Corey Helms will chair the ISA Merit Awards Committee and Carl Sinclair will chair the Staff Week Art Show Committee.


Organizational Staff Council:  By email President Marissa Pierson reported that they met and recapped Operation Comfort and Joy. They solicited volunteers for the staff award nomination review and briefly spoke about Bingo.



Awards Committee:  By email Chair Liz Cooley reported that they did not meet.


Communications Committee:  By email Chair Patricia Koonce reported that they did not meet but sent out the Newsletter with information from the member group presidents.


Staff Initiatives Committee:  By email Chair Marissa Pierson reported that they met yesterday. The parental leave subcommittee should have a policy draft proposal next meeting. Discussions about adding family members to the shared leave program are on hold until further presentations from HR and Nick Hathaway’s office. They will speak about bereavement leave at the next meeting. 


Staff Week Committee:  By email Co-Chair Glen Warshaw reported that they met on Tuesday January 9. Staff Week T-Shirts will go on sale in the near future.




Employee Benefits Committee:    Debbie Copp reported that they have not met.




The following reports were linked to the January agenda:


Staff Senate Foundation account report


Minutes of Employment Benefits Committee meeting for September 2017










As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:13 p.m.


NEXT REGULAR MEETING:  February 21, 2018


Respectfully submitted,


Melissa Lane

Administrative Coordinator


Emilie Bozek

Recording Secretary