THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Wednesday May 20, 2015
Chair John Bishop called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m. in the Scholars Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
Officers present – John Bishop, Chair; Debbie Copp, Chair-Elect; Cecilia McEwen, Recording Secretary;
Officers absent – Chris Cook, Immediate Past Chair
Staff present – Melissa Lane, Administrative Coordinator
Representatives present – Hourly Employees Council: Eric Grubbs, Karen Stark, Cecilia Holmes, Suzie Brewer, Kim Haddad, Julie Hamburger; Informational Staff Association: Dan Hough, Corey Helms, Richard Snelling, Sarah Connelly; Organizational Staff Council: Matt Rom, Julia Rouse
Representatives absent — Hourly Employees Council: Synthia Petross, Jake Wetherington, David Kizer, Ross Mehl, Brandie Wright, Carolyn Irons; Informational Staff Association: Gordan Carrie, Priscilla Crawford; Organizational Staff Council: Justin Daniels, Kristi Wright, Deborah Skeel; Administrative Staff Council: Michael Giesecke, Paul Arcaroli
Guests present — Kristen Homles
The past month has brought lots of storms and rain to Oklahoma. It is my hope that everyone is not affected too much and stays safe.
REPORTS FROM MEMBER GROUPS
Administrative Staff Council: By email President Michael Giesecke said that members volunteered at the Staff Picnic in April in lieu of a traditional meeting. They will not be meeting in May.
Hourly Employees Council: President Elect John Bishop reported that they discussed the Staff Week Ice Cream Social Event and ways to improve the event for next year, including larger effort to recruit volunteers for set up and tear down after the event. There was a lot of work for our Ice Cream Social and Staff Week Committee to do. Current vacancies were not filled by appointment due to the June elections. A motion they tabled until June to discuss removing members who have three or more absences.
Informational Staff Association: President Elect Dan Hough reported they invited all of their award winners and all of the nominees to join them and shared snacks until the weather forced an early adjournment. They had a regular business meeting and spent a lot of time reviewing the Staff Week Art Show. They had more art work submitted than ever before and the attendance was up as well. It is their plan to continue to host an art show during Staff Week, perhaps with some tweaks. They also talked about the tuition waiver issue brought up by Staff Initiative Committee. They agreed unanimously that we would support a waiver as long as it didn’t cost elsewhere in benefits. They also had some suggestions for things the committee needs to look at before creating a firm proposal including but not limited to: (1) Tax issues (2) What other institutions do (3) How many actually take advantage when the benefit is increased (4) Would there be a limit on undergrad vs. graduate degrees (5) Would it have to be a degree-seeking course or an course. Their next meeting is Wednesday, June 3, and it will serve as their Annual Meeting. Chair-elect Dan Hough is putting together a slate for 2015-16 and they will vote on it at this meeting. Nominations are being sought now and will be taken from the floor as well.
Organizational Staff Council: President Justin Daniels reported by email that they had an after action discussion regarding our Staff Week Bingo session and identified a few areas where we can improve the event for next year. We also opened up the nomination process for next year’s OSC executive positions. We will vote on those positions at the June meeting.
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 the committee did not meet.
Staff Initiatives Committee: Chair Kristi Wright reported that they did not have a meeting this month due to a scheduling conflict.
Staff Week Committee: Chair Paige Smith reported by email that they discussed how well staff week went and encouraged committee members to get coworkers to be on the committee next year. They discussed how well the photo booth on Friday went and thoughts of doing it next year also.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL (AD HOC) COMMITTEES
Employee Benefits Committee: Debbie Copp reported that they did not meet
Health Insurance Working Committee: By email Sue Anna Miller reported that they have not met.
The following reports were linked to the May agenda:
Staff Senate Foundation account report
Minutes of Employment Benefits Committee meeting for November 2014
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:59 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: June 17, 2015