STAFF SENATE MEETING MINUTES
    September 16, 2015

                                                               

    President Tammy Millican presided over the September 16, 2015, Staff Senate meeting held at the LSU Alex Box Stadium in the Champions Club at 10:30 a.m. 

     

    ATTENDANCE

     

    Senators                                                      

    Executive/Administrator/ Manager           

     
    Service/Maintenance 

    P - Matkovic, Igor (’17)

    P - Cherry, Aaron (‘17)

     
    Professional/Non-Faculty 

    P - Craddock, Jacquelyn (’16)

    Pr - Hale, Robert (’16)

    P - Hart, M.E. (’16)

    P - Hendricks, Kendra (’16)

    P - Perkins, Julie (’16)

    P - DeRoche, Jon (’17)

    P - Godfrey, Nikki (’17)

    A - Kucharchuk, Kayla (’17)

    P - Lopez, Ramon (’17)

    P - Lowery, Michelle (’17)

    P - Millican, Tammy (’17)

    P - Nunes, Daniel (’17)

    P - Reonas, Barbara (’17)

    P - Spurlock, Maggi (’17)

    P - Steib, Summer (’17)

    P - Truitt, Trey (’17)

    P - Villien, Douglas (’17)

    P - Dufrene, Robert (’18)

    P - Eldredge, George (’18)

    P - Gomez, Jennifer (’18)

    P - Ortiz, Shelly (’18)

    Pr - Poret, Elizabeth (’18)

    P - Springstead, Jennifer (’18)

    P - Waguespack, Darcy (’18)

     
    Skilled Crafts 

    P - Adedeji, Funmilayo (’16)

    P - Owens, Kevin (’18)

     

    Technical/Paraprofessional 

    P - Corbitt, Brent (’17)

     

    Clerical/Secretarial 

    P - Arnold, Nancy (’16)

       

    A - Indicates Absent               

    P - Indicates Present

    Pr - Indicates Proxy
     
     
    Guests: 

    Zachary Faircloth, Student Government

    Lee Walker, LSU Facility Services

    Sandi Gillilan, Finance & Administration

    Brad Spring, Human Resource Management

    Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Dereck Rovaris, Office of Diversity

    Brian Ainsworth, Campus Federal Credit Union

    Casey Coughlin, Campus Federal Credit Union

     

    CALL TO ORDER 

    The meeting was called to order by President Tammy Millican at 10:30 a.m.

     

    ATTENDANCE 

    There was a quorum with two proxies noted.

     

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

    Senator Shelly Ortiz led the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – August 19, 2015, Staff Senate Meetings

     

    A motion to accept the minutes was made by President-Elect Trey Truitt. The motion, seconded by Senator M.E. Hart, carried.

     

    GUEST SPEAKER 

    President Tammy Millican introduced Sandi Gillilan who, after serving as Assistant Provost for Academic Planning and Policies, Director of Academic Planning and Assessment at Northern Kentucky University, as well as Director with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, arrived on the LSU Campus just ten short months ago as Assistant Vice President for Administrative Operations with the Office of Finance and Administration. President Millican has had the pleasure of working with her on a few committees, most recently the committee about which she is here to speak, the Administrative Process Improvement Committee (APIC) and President Millican will attest, Sandi is a wonderful communicator, and she gets things done. The Senate welcomed Ms. Gillilan.

     

    Sandi Gillilan began by thanking the Staff Senate for inviting her to speak to the group. After arriving on campus, she immediately observed things that can be done differently. LSU has opportunities to streamline, be a little more efficient in our functioning. Therefore, APIC is “near and dear” to her heart and a very high priority. The Administrative Process Improvement Committee, or APIC for short, was created very recently. Interim Provost Koubek approached Vice President for Finance and Administration Dan Layzell and felt the University needed a forum for faculty and staff to reach out and have their comments heard. Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost and Ms. Gillilan were asked to Co-Chair this committee. The Finance and Administration piece is critical due to an awareness that a lot of the anticipated concerns that will be voiced will come out of that division. Recognized issues include travel, procurement, accounts payable, and academic issues as well.  Vice Provost Cassidy has spoken to the Faculty Senate and registered their concerns on grants processing and the grade entering process. To ensure every voice on campus may be heard, a website has been set-up at www.lsu.edu/apic. It is open to the entire campus community so as to be a forum for business and operational processes.

     

    Specifically, the Committee is looking at policies, procedures, processes, logistics, utilities, infrastructure, safety, communication and training needs. APIC recognizes communication is a considerable charge. In many instances at LSU, things are happening of which not everyone is aware, so APIC anticipates cleaning that up. The website improvements will help with this as well. The Committee itself is charged with creating a mechanism to collect input hence the website. APIC will develop the recommendations for prioritization and implementation of those concerns that are voiced. There are eight concerns submitted so far, four of which are “low hanging fruit” and can be addressed quickly. The other four concerns are more complex and will be discussed by the Committee and prioritized, with limited resources across the campus being taken into consideration. APIC will also track and communicate the progress of reported issues, appearing on the APIC website, with the Staff Senate’s Melonie Milton to assist. The Committee will be intentionally small, in order to remain nimble, and react quickly. Large committees typically don’t facilitate fast action and so by function, APIC is intimate, with Ms. Gillilan and Provost Cassidy as Co-Chairs. The Committee also includes three faculty members and two Staff Senate Members, including President Tammy Millican and Secretary Barbara Reonas. However, please note that everyone on campus can submit an Administrative Process Concern by clicking the box on the website which will open the form.  

     

    The committee meets monthly but may meet more often especially as they gain momentum, and get coordinated. The Committee may also be reached by a designated email, apic@lsu.edu, with general questions. The Committee will accept both identified problems and recommended solutions. There is no character limit on the submission form, so respondents can include as much information as needed, indicating if they are a faculty or staff member. Leaving contact information is optional, in the event you would like APIC to be able to reach out to you with a follow up question or for additional information (if needed). Responders will also optionally receive a personal email reply from Ms. Gillilan acknowledging receipt of the concern. The Committee wanted to allow anonymous submission, so people could report concerns without issue. The University would like this to be as open and transparent as possible. All concerns will be taken seriously, are currently live on the website, and respondents may enter as many concerns as needed. For sorting, coding and categorizing purposes, please limit one concern per form.

     

    Ms. Gillilan then took questions from the Senate.

     

    Q: Will the new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning System), “Workday”, help us to become more efficient or possibly reduce the paper trail?

     

    A:  In the world of Workday, Ms. Gillilan was fascinated when she began working at LSU and didn’t realize what “ERP” meant. She has been in Higher Education since the late 90’s, and has always been at an institution that had an ERP, so this was very eye opening to come back to a world with so much paper; with Workday, things are going to improve greatly, with processes actually flowing in a logical manner with less paper.    

                

    GUEST SPEAKER 

    President Tammy Millican mentioned that the Senate has some very good friends, some of whom are almost honorary Senators, and Brad Spring is one of these individuals.

     

    Brad serves as one of the Deputy Plan Administrators for the LSU First Health Plan and assists in Request for Proposal (RFP’s), plan design and contracting for the Plan. He also offers to speak each year to let the Senate know what changes are being made to benefits and has also helped tremendously with our planning efforts to create an LSU Staff Day during this year’s legislative session. The Senate then welcomed Brad Spring to the meeting.  

     

    Brad Spring began by giving the Senate a brief introduction to annual enrollment for this year. October 1, begins annual enrollment for LSU First and it also starts the enrollment for the Office of Group Benefits, so if employees want to make changes or plan adjustments, these must be done by October 31 at midnight for LSU First. The Office of Group Benefits will extend their annual enrollment through November 15.

     

    Brad mentioned the Annual Benefits Fair will be held on Thursday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom in the Student Union. Employees will have an opportunity to come out and speak with vendors regarding retirement, dental, vision, prescriptions benefits and more, as they make annual selections. There will also be light refreshments served throughout the event.

     

    There will be a new pharmacy benefits manager effective January 1. Mail order medications should carry over and LSU First is currently working on a possible 90 day refill approval covered at local retail pharmacy locations, in addition to mail-order. The new pharmacy benefits manager was sought due to both service issues and a need for greater efficiency/value.  LSU First is designed specifically for use by faculty and staff, recruitment and out-of-state retention. The Office of Group Benefits also offer some great plans with more options than in the past.

     

    For those interested in the Office of Group Benefits Plan, be mindful of their annual enrollment dates and visit their website at www.groupbenefits.org to research or to contact them as they are the experts on their plans. Their rates have not been issued as of yet and there are anticipated changes in their administration with a new governor coming forward. For those already enrolled in their plans, you may receive some information from OGB soon.

     

    For LSU First members, if you are already enrolled and don’t wish to change plans, there is no action required; the same with all your voluntary benefits such as dental and vision. LSU is in a contract with these vendors until the end of 2016, with no changes to the benefits. LSU’s Office of Human Resource Management is there to assist you and can be reached at (225) 578-8200 if needed.

     

    There will be a few presentations on Annual Enrollment on October 9, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., October 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., October 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and October 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. All will be held in the Capital Chamber Room in the Student Union.

    The LSU First premiums will be raised by 5% this year, needed for plan viability, as the medical inflation rate is 6% every year.  Ideally, we are working to get the reserve balance where it needs to be at about 6 months. The Office of Group Benefits has raised their rates on their HMO and PPO Plans from 10 – 12%, and our actuaries figured a needed increase of between 5-7%. We chose to increase by 5%, the minimum. The major priority is keeping our reserve balance where it needs to be, which is at least at 3 months and at 6 months, ideally.

     

    Q: Will the prescription plan/benefits change?

     

    A: No, we will have the same prescription benefits which are great benefits.

               

    Q: Does the premium go up every year?

     

    A: It normally does, but hasn’t the past couple of years, so we were due for an increase. 

     

    Q: Is LSU First accepting new Providers such as chiropractors?

     

    A: Chiropractors have to be treated the same as a medical doctor, and as long as they agree to the fee schedules, then they should be able to join.   

     

    Q: Is Our Lady of the Lake considered a provider now?

     

    A: Yes, one of the main reasons we fought to have them join is they have a pediatric emergency. The Lake has finally agreed to the fee schedule, in line with Baton Rouge General and LSU is working on getting Women’s Hospital as a provider as well. We also need to keep in mind that this a state-wide plan, not just for Baton Rouge.  

     

    Q: Is that for the entire Our Lady of the Lake group with multiple locations?

     

    A: There should not be any issue but check to see if the doctor using that facility is a provider with LSU First. Some are in the first choice network and some are in the Aetna network. Ideally, we would like for all plan members to choose First Choice providers and use generic drugs, if possible to keep the cost down where you really only pay your premium.

     

    Q: What about Lane Memorial Hospital?

     

    A: Not yet, the main hospitals have been the ones that they have focused on so far but that suggestion will be passed on.

     

    Brad encouraged everyone to go online and be active in researching information about your health plan. Keep track of your HRA (spending account) and watch your deductible. There is a mobile application, if you are interested. We will have a new employee assistance program (EAP) that will be offered through Aetna, providing all types of services from legal advice to drafting a will. There will be a few LSU First plan changes which include specialty drug copay increasing from $120 to $150, there will be more precertification’s on mental health, substance abuse and outpatient surgery. The meetings referenced above will go into more detail.  

    The flex spending account with Boone Chapman, will allow an increase by $50 this year and LSU does offer a long term care policy. However, employees must enroll within 30 days of appointment to receive the benefit without medical underwriting. Many people did not do that and therefore must now go through underwriting. There is still no vision insurance ID card, however you can log on to the United Healthcare website and print out a card for yourself if needed. You are allowed one annual vision check up through the United Healthcare Plan. Voluntary Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefits and rates will remain the same. There is also a Long Term Disability and Critical Care benefit plan if you would like to join. Also, for the 403(B) Retirement Accounts they will now be managed by Valic. LSU encourages you to be active and engaged in your health plans.       

     

    Please email Brad Spring at tsprin6@lsu.edu, with any additional questions.

     

    PRESIDENT’S REPORT 

    President Tammy Millican mentioned that she planned on attending the first meeting of every committee and was almost able to do that.

     

    Millican reported that on August 26, she attended the Scholarship Committee Meeting.

     

    Millican reported that on August 28, she attended the Long Range Review and Planning Committee Meeting but unfortunately missed the Holiday on Campus Committee Meeting that was scheduled at the same time. She plans on attending Holiday on Campus’s next meeting.

     

    Millican reported that on August 28, she also attended the initial Administrative Process Improvement Committee Meeting about which Sandi Gillilan just spoke. This has been a great way to work with faculty, as they have many of the same concerns as staff.  

     

    Millican reported that on September 2, she, along with President-Elect Trey Truitt, attended a breakfast with Interim Provost Koubek and many Deans and administrators. Provost Koubek shared information similar to what was shared with us at the August Staff Senate Meeting. President Alexander spoke briefly about the tenured faculty member who was recently dismissed. He also encouraged everyone to attend the Master Plan presentations.

     

    Millican reported that on September 2, she also attended a meeting with Interim Provost Koubek and went through the strategic plan and goals for Staff Senate. They spoke about the ombud’s position and if that position is added back, the Staff Senate will receive the acknowledgement of their efforts to advocate for that. They also discussed some ways he can help increase the visibility and credibility of Staff Senate and additional ways as staff members we can help the University.

     

    Millican reported that on September 2, she also attended the Staff Benefits, Policies and Development Committee Meeting and she is really enthusiastic, hearing them discuss the initiatives on which they intend to work. They are going to be extremely beneficial to our staff members.

     

    Millican reported that on September 3, she attended the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting. They have a lot of great ideas on which they will be working.

     

    Millican reported that on September 4, she met one-on-one with Dan Layzell, Vice President for Finance and Administration. They discussed the ombud’s position, how we can assist his office and how he might assist us. Both he and Dr. Koubek were very complimentary of the impressive work that went into the document.

     

    Millican reported that on September 8, the Executive Committee met to plan for today’s meeting and set the agenda.

     

    Millican reported that on September 11, she was unable to attend the Governmental Relations Committee Meeting due to another commitment, but she will attend the next meeting.

     

    Millican reported that on September 16, she held the Communications Committee Meeting before the full Senate Meeting. The committee discussed ways to improve communication with all staff members, classified and unclassified, how to reach all staff members we represent and ways to acknowledge staff members who receive awards.

     

    STANDING COMMITTEES 

    President Tammy Millican mentioned that the committee/liaison template form will be updated to be more committee/liaison specific with regards to a measurement for implementing the strategic plan initiatives/goals. At the end of our plan, we will have the goals, measurements and how it was carried out in place for reporting. Those new forms will be sent out soon. She then requested that committee updates be provided.

     

    Staff Benefits, Policies and Development 

    Senator Nikki Godfrey reported that the committee met on September 2, and will focus on presenting some resolutions to the campus community regarding items to inspect, change or clarify, as we move forward. There was a lot of discussion regarding the crisis leave pool. The New Staff Reception welcome event is tentatively scheduled on November 2, 2015. We will also work on a Lunch and Learn for those employees who would like to continue their education. We will be working with Senator Ramon Lopez on that to help staff members understand the process and requirements if they are looking at higher learning degrees. Maternity benefits were discussed with the crisis leave initiative. The committee will also work with the University Council of Gender Equity for gender neutral equity maternity benefits.    

     

    Budget & Finance 

    Treasurer Michelle Lowery reported that the committee met on September 3, and mentioned typically this committee met jointly with Governmental Relations regarding the budget and how the legislature impacts that. The next meeting is scheduled on October 1 at 11am, in which Tommy Smith has been invited to attend, along with everyone being welcome to attend. The location has not been determined, and she is trying to schedule Jason Droddy to attend to discuss the legislative portion as well. We are going to be looking at how the budget impacts staff, so we are looking at four potential guest speakers including Gina Dugas with the Foundation, Capital Outlay Projects, as well as Facility Service Utilities. We learned some buildings do not have air conditioning because of the budget. Lastly, the Committee will be having Dr. James Richardson from the Revenue Estimating Committee to guest speak.

     

    Dr. Dereck Rovaris mentioned that there will be a mid-year budget cut and a contingency plan is in place to deal with that and should not affect us in a significant way. 

     

    Governmental Relations 

    Senator Ramon Lopez reported that the Committee met on September 11. There was a recap of the Governmental Relations activities from 2014-2015 including former discussion of plans to hold an LSU Day at the Capital, but due to the budget situation this did not take place. The Committee hopes to plan LSU Day at the Capital for this year and are looking at some dates. The Committee intends to work with Student Government more this year as well. The letter that was drafted to the legislature in behalf of Staff Senate was and discussed, as well as possibly composing another communication piece this year.

     

    Brad Spring reviewed timeline of events related to the legislative and potential special sessions for higher education.  Andrew Mahtook, Student Government Representative, also informed the committee that LSU Tiger TV is hosting a gubernatorial debate in the Manship School on October 21. After discussing Staff Senate attendance among the committee, it was suggested that due to the limited space of this venue, Staff Senate President Tammy Millican or one Executive Committee member should attend this debate and it would be good for the Executive Committee to coordinate with Faculty Senate to develop questions related to LSU Staff and Faculty for potential inclusion in the debate. He also informed the committee of a forum hosted by Student Government October 27 in the Union Theater.

     

    Long Range Review and Planning 

    Senator Summer Steib reported that the committee met on August 31 and September 14, reviewing the strategic plan and beginning oversight of its implementation within the committees. LRR&P will be working with the other committees on the specific charges which relate to action items for various committees. LRR&P is in the process of consolidating our list with the Executive Committee’s list to make sure there is a logical overlay there. So committee chairs and co-chairs will soon be receiving specific charges. Some are working on that already. The Committee will be keeping up with the progress and making recommendations as we move forward.

     

    SPECIAL AD-HOC COMMITTEES 

    President Tammy Millican requested committee updates be provided.

     

    Holiday on Campus 

    Senator Jennifer Gomez reported that the committee met on August 31 and September 15. In the first meeting, the Committee reviewed what happened last year for Holiday on Campus and discussed the different roles. During yesterday’s meeting, assigning roles was more the focus. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 1, from 6-8pm in the Student Union. Volunteer shifts will be from 4:45 – 6 pm, 5:45 – 7 pm, 6:45 – 8 pm and 8 – 8:45 pm, so there is an overlap there. Senators Gomez and Lowery have also been working on a committee guide which is basically a living document that will change from year to year and was presented to the committee for feedback. Once that is finalized, it will be stored on Staff Senate’s Shared Drive. The next meeting is scheduled on September 29, at 11am in the Student Union.

     

    Scholarship 

    Senator M.E. Hart reported that the Committee met on August 26, and discussed the upcoming year and wants to continue the Candy Grams and the Holiday Decorating Contest fundraiser. The Committee also wants to review the scholarships process to see if it can award more. A representative from Student Aid and Scholarships will be invited to discuss further. The next meeting will be held on September 21. If anyone has any ideas for a theme for the Holiday Decorating Contest, please forward those to Senator Hart.

     

    LIAISON COMMITTEES 

    President Tammy Millican asked that liaison committee updates be provided.

     

    Black Faculty and Staff Caucus 

    Senator Summer Steib reported that the committee met on September 2, the new Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr. Maria “Mari” Fuentes-Martin hosted that meeting and shared some of her vision working with diverse faculty and staff across the campus. Roland Mitchell, is serving as the Chairperson of the committee this year and spoke about some of the initiatives that they will be working on. One of the primary initiatives that they will be working on is women of color in leadership positions across the university. Membership is open to all on campus. 

     

    Faculty Senate 

    Secretary Barbara Reonas reported that the Faculty Senate meeting was held on September 2. President Alexander gave a recap on the legislative session and also spoke about the SAVE tax credits. He mentioned that 40% of our fall course credits were funded by that.  He spoke about the Higher Education Re-Authorization Act which is the federal push to penalize states for cutting higher education and reward states for enlisting stabilization measures for higher education. He also read his prepared statement on LSU’s responsibility to its students regarding the recent dismissal of tenured faculty member, Teresa Buchanan.

     

    Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs Jane Cassidy introduced the Administrative Processes Improvement Committee (APIC) and gave the same information that the Senate heard today from Sandi Gillilan. Everyone was encouraged to use the online form, if needed.

     

    Faculty Senate President, Kevin Cope spoke and in his President’s Report mentioned that the firms for the Campus Master Plan will be chosen soon. He spoke about the mechanism which will make spousal hires easier soon. He also mentioned the Email Signatures directive is not mandatory. However, it is expected, from Strategic Communications, that it is adopted by faculty and staff. They are just trying to avoid things that are not professional and to help make our University greater. They also spoke about the American Association University Professors (AAUP) issuing a supplementary letter updating in-place regarding the censure of LSU. There were also additional resolutions that were discussed and passed.

     

    Dr. Dereck Rovaris explained, from the administrative prospective there was scheduled to be a vote of censure for Dr. Alexander, Provost Bell and some others, but that did not happen.  There was a whole lot of discussion amongst faculty, that didn’t result in any action being taken. People were speaking in defense of a thing called “tenure”, to which staff are not privileged, but that is another debate. With tenure you can do everything and anything in the classroom, and with this faculty member who was dismissed, did just that in the classroom and outside of the classroom. There are rights and there is protection, but these can be pushed a little too far. You may see the censure come out in the next few weeks, which is not bad because the University’s action is lining up protection for our students. The faculty member who was dismissed was unfairly treating the students and, in some cases, it could have been a legal questions as far as Title IX. The censure means nothing towards the operation of this University. We probably won’t see tenure for staff, but this body is the one who can work towards that.

     

    OLD BUSINESS: 

    Fall Fest 2015 – October 2 (Senator Volunteers) 

    President Tammy Millican announced that Fall Fest is scheduled on Friday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Staff Senate has already reserved a table for the event. We are still looking at renting the Human Hamster Balls and Track. Campus Federal Credit Union has agreed to help with a donation of $250 towards the cost. We would only require a couple of senator volunteers to help with line control and a couple of volunteers at the table to tell people about Staff Senate. That allows other Senators to volunteer at the food tent. We are still working on partnering with Faculty Senate and Student Government on this to help with remainder of the cost.  A sign-up sheet was circulated for participation. Melonie Milton will update and recirculate for further participation by the full Senate

     

    2015 Take Back the Night – October 11 

    President Tammy Millican announced that Senator Summer Steib is working hard on that event. Tammy encouraged everyone to volunteer for this event which will be held on Sunday, October 11.  Please reach out to Senator Summer Steib to volunteer. The Staff Senate will be serving soft drinks as well.

     

    Benefits Fair – October 15 (Senator Volunteers) 

    President Tammy Millican announced that the Annual Benefits Fair is scheduled on Thursday, October 15. We have reserved a table to participate again this year. This is a great way to meet staff members and to hear their thoughts or concerns. We will need senator volunteers to be present at our table for 2 hour shifts throughout the day. A sign-up sheet was circulated for participation.

     

    Senator Direct Contact List 

    President Tammy Millican announced that the internal Senator Direct Contact List is a great way to reach your Senator directly, if needed. If Senators are comfortable with sharing their phone number, please update the list so we can finalize this for the year.

     

      

    NEW BUSINESS:

     

    Staff Senate Budget 

    Treasurer Michelle Lowery circulated an updated balance sheet for the Staff Senate accounts. She reported that:

     

    Bursar Account (Gift Fund) - $186.38

     

    LSU Foundation Accounts:

    Fee Support Scholarship - $12,909.44

    Holiday on Campus Support Fund - $945.47

    Scholarship Award - $4,084.98

    Support Fund - $237.47

    State Account (Operating Budget) $6,341.24

     

    Total Budget: $24,704.98

     

    Staff Senate Gift Fund (Reminder to Please Contribute at the Meeting) 

    President Tammy Millican encouraged Senators to contribute to the Gift Fund. Voluntary contributions are $10 per year, per Senator.

     

    The guidelines for giving are:

    ·      Death - send flowers ($50) upon death of a current Senator or former Senator, and for current Senator’s immediate family members.

    ·      Wedding - appropriate gift, cost not to exceed $30 (current Senators).

    ·      Babies - send flowers or gift - $30 (current Senators).

    ·      Retirement – send an acknowledgement for current Senators as well as former Senators.

     

    Please make checks payable to LSU and memo the Staff Senate Gift Fund.

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

    Senator Accomplishment 

    President Tammy Millican wanted to announce that Treasurer Michelle Lowery has a new position and will now serve as the Advisor for Student Government as well as support the Dean of Students with various projects and initiatives.

     

     

    President Tammy Millican announced on a much sadder note that Senator Barbara Reonas’s father has passed away, B. Lehman Williamson. The service will be held on September 17. She will forward the arrangements once she receives them.

     

    President Tammy Millican announced that a vote will be made today on the Campus Master Planning Firm who will develop our master plan for the next 10-20 years. There will be forums scheduled for further input.  

     

    Senator Summer Steib invited all to attend the LSU Women’s Center Campus & Community Networking Reception on September 21 at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served by Whole Foods.

     

    President Tammy Millican announced that Human Resource Management will hold a series of Financial Wellness Seminars on Investment Behavior if you are interested.

     

    Treasurer Michelle Lowery announced that Student Government is working on getting a free student legal aid for students. They are also working on discount programs for students with over 200 businesses in the local area participating. This may also benefit faculty and staff with showing your LSU ID.

     

    Senator Maggi Spurlock announced that Family Weekend is the same weekend as Fall Fest. There will be a lot of families on campus. If any units/departments are hosting an event, please share with Maggi so it can be noted on the calendar.

     

    Staff Senator Birthdays 

    President Tammy Millican announced that Senator Ramon Lopez will celebrate his birthday on September 18. “Happy Birthday.”

      

    MOTION TO ADJOURN – With there being no more business, Past-President Julie Perkins moved to adjourn.  The motion, seconded by Senator Kendra Hendricks, carried.  The meeting adjourned before noon.

     

    Barbara Reonas, Secretary

     

    BR/mm