THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

 

STAFF SENATE

 

(NORMAN CAMPUS)

 

Wednesday July 17, 2013

 

 

Chair Chris Cook called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. in the Scholars 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 absent – Melissa Lane, Administrative Coordinator

 

Representatives present – Hourly Employees Council: David Houck, Cindy Simpson, Cecilia McEwen, Suzie Brewer, Carmen Eppler, Sena Golden, David Kizer; Informational Staff Association: Priscilla Crawford; Organizational Staff Council: Reta Tarver, Nancy Matthews, Jackie Downing, Betty Love, Justin Daniels, Chris McNabb; Administrative Staff Council: Robbie Wahnee

 

Representatives absent — Hourly Employees Council: Carolyn Taylor, Julie Hamburger, Laura Shoopman, John Bishop, Kim Haddad; Informational Staff Association: Gordan Carrie, Connie Smith, Bruce Alcock, Elaine Bradshaw; Administrative Staff Council: Jennifer Doughty

 

Guests present — Sue Anna Miller, Eric Gross, Nicholas Key, and Debbie Copp

 

ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF June 19, 2013

 

On motion by Cecilia McEwen, the minutes of the June 19, 2013, Staff Senate meeting were accepted.

 

CHAIR’S COMMUNICATIONS

 

Chris and Chair-Elect Amanda Pai met with Nick Hathaway, Vice President for Executive and Administrative Affairs.  After introductions they discussed employee morale and salary programs. Vice President Hathaway expressed concern that campus wide salary programs have become so expensive that they are essentially very unlikely without drastic changes in State funding priorities. It was noted that nothing prevents individual budget units from having their own salary programs. Indeed they thought of a couple of examples where this does occur.

 

They also talked about other ways to improve morale and the Vice President was very interested in implementing anything that made sense.

 

They discussed health insurance costs for next year and the news still looks like double digit increases.

 

Finally, they discussed the change to flat tuition and how other Universities are trying to increase revenues and reduce costs to students. OU's change is expected to increase revenue, reduce costs to students, and eventually increase the 4 year graduation rate.

 

REPORTS FROM MEMBER GROUPS

 

Administrative Staff Council:  Vice President Robbie Wahnee said that they did not meet.

 

Hourly Employees Council:  Representative Sena Golden reported that their last meeting was held at the National Weather Center, where they enjoyed a lunch from The Flying Cow Café and adjourned to the conference room for fellowship and a brief meeting.  Introductions were made, including those of their newly elected members.  Then John Bishop told about his experience as a first responder with search and rescue during the May 20th tornado. He also shared information on the effectiveness of various types of storm shelters.  Andrew Bartlett shared his experiences about those who helped the victims who were left homeless from the storm and were being housed and cared on the OU campus. The response from volunteers and of incoming donations was tremendous.  The meeting was adjourned and we will meet again in September with David Houck as the new HEC President.

 

Informational Staff Association:  They did not meet.

 

Organizational Staff Council:  They did not meet.

 

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:  By email Chair Dan Hough reported that they did not meet.

 

Staff Week Committee:  By email Chair Jessie Tate reported that they did not meet.

 

REPORTS OF SPECIAL (AD HOC) COMMITTEES

 

Employee Benefits Committee:  Debbie Copp reported that they have not met since the last Staff Senate meeting.

 

OTHER REPORTS

 

The following reports were linked to the July agenda:

 

Staff Senate Foundation account report

 

Minutes of Employment Benefits Committee meeting for April 2013

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Staff Initiatives Committee Blood Donation Proposal: Waiting for the groups to meet and give feedback.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Approval of Appointments/Reappointments to the Staff Senate Standing Committees:  The list of volunteers was linked to the agenda.  Nancy Matthews moved to accept the slate of volunteers.  Her motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Debbie Copp asked for input from those who have the HMO health plan as to whether they would be willing to have the deductibles and co-pays increase as opposed to the plan being discontinued.  Discussion followed and several options were proposed.  Debbie said if anyone had any further input to email her prior to the next meeting which is Thursday, July 25th.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING:  September 18, 2013

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Melissa Lane

Administrative Coordinator

 

Cathy Trujillo

Recording Secretary