April 21, 2014



Classified Senate April 2 highlights

By Susan Erichsen

Here are the highlights from the April 2 Classified Senate meeting. A draft of the meeting minutes is available.

Guest speakers

Eli Schooley, student body president, Kyle Nuss, speaker and Reagan Kays, president-elect, presented the resolution supporting changes to the campus smoking policy. This comes as a result of the lack of enforcement of the current policy, which is no smoking within 30 feet of a building. The new resolution supports the policy change to have designated smoking areas around campus. Upon passage the Environmental Health and Safety Committee will work with the Student Governing Association to designate the smoking areas.

Senate standing committees

A. Campus Affairs Committee – Carol passed out the list of suggested name for the Senate. John Wolf moved to change the name as of June 1 to University Support Staff Senate, Michael Seymour II seconded the motion. Motion carried.

B. Legislative Affairs Committee –

1) Lesa Reves reported they have been working on the by-laws and have a deadline of May 31. There is a possibility an expansion of the Senate is needed to make sure more employees are represented and the committee will be reviewing the number of employees in each college and unit and the number of senators that are representing them.

2) Senate Election Results: Kerry Jennings elected for first term and Carol Marden elected to first term, Student Life; Terri Savage new senator, and Mike Seymour Sr., re-elected for second term, Administration and Finance; Kari Zook new senator, Salina; and Janice Taggart re-elected for second term, Agriculture and Extension. No contest races: Connie Kissee, first term, Hale Library; and Susan Erichsen, second term, Education.

C. Recognition Ceremony Committee — Doris Galvan passed around a sign-up sheet for the ceremony on April 30. Set up will be at 9:30 a.m. and they will shop for prizes that day.

D. Public Relations Committee — Nothing to report

E. Classified Employee Opportunity Fund – Nothing to report.

Old business

Janice read a drafted letter supporting the Social Media Resolution presented by the K-State committee to Kansas Board of Regents. Terri Wyrick moved to accept the letter as written unless there are major changes to the resolution. Annette Hernandez seconded the motion. Motion carried

New business

A. Elections for Senate officers for 2014/2015 were held. The following nominees were presented: Pam Warren, vice-president; Emily Johnson, secretary; Susan Erichsen, treasurer; John Wolf, at-large representative. Janice Taggart asked for nominations from the floor. Rob Reves moved to accept the proposed slate of officers. Lesa Reves seconded. Motion passed.

B. The June meeting of the Classfied Senate will be June 4 in Jardine at noon. Kerry Jennings will reserve the room.

C. John Wolf moved to combine Public Relations and Campus Affairs into one committee. Rob Reves seconded. Under discussion. Motion carried.

D. Discussion was held regarding proposed legislation on longevity bonuses. Clarification is needed if it is passed. Alternative Service Committee will look at how this will affect university support staff.

Campus committee reports

A. Alternative Service Committee — Carol reported John Hanes human resources manager of compensation and classification presented two pay plans at the last meeting for consideration. They are still in the research phase.

B. Climate Survey Committee — Kerry reported they went over questions at the last meeting. On April 7 the consulting firm will meet with 13 focus groups to narrow down questions for the survey next fall. They are working on a publicity campaign to get the university involved.

C. Parking Services — Terri Wyrick reported parking services will have an open meeting from 3–4:30 p.m. in the Big 12 Room on April 17.

D. Peer Review — nothing to report.

E. Recycling — nothing to report.

F. Service and Maintenance — nothing to report.

G. Search Committees — Jan reported the screening of applicants for the vice president for human capital will be within the next week. Lesa reported the vice president for research search committee is currently conducting on-campus interviews and will make a recommendation to the president on Monday.

Next meeting is 12:30 p.m. May 7 in the K-State Student Union's Cottonwood Room.