STAFF SENATE MEETING MINUTES
February 17, 2016
President Tammy Millican presided over the February 17, 2016, Staff Senate meeting held at Peabody Hall in Room 225 at 10:30 a.m.
P - Matkovic, Igor (’17)
A - Cherry, Aaron (‘17)
P - Craddock, Jacquelyn (’16)
P - Hale, Robert (’16)
Pr - Hart, M.E. (’16)
A - Hendricks, Kendra (’16)
Pr - Perkins, Julie (’16)
P - DeRoche, Jon (’17)
A - Godfrey, Nikki (’17)
P - Kucharchuk, Kayla (’17)
P - Lopez, Ramon (’17)
P - Lowery, Michelle (’17)
P - Millican, Tammy (’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)
Pr - Gomez, Jennifer (’18)
P - Ortiz, Shelly (’18)
P - Poret, Elizabeth (’18)
P - Springstead, Jennifer (’18)
P - Waguespack, Darcy (’18)
P - Adedeji, Funmilayo (’16)
A - Owens, Kevin (’18)
P - Corbitt, Brent (’17)
P - Arnold, Nancy (’16)
A - Indicates Absent
P - Indicates Present
Pr - Indicates Proxy
Kristin de la Houssaye, American Heart Association
Sara Crow, LSU Foundation
Stephen Moret, LSU Foundation
Julie LeFebvre, LSU Foundation
Winnie Netters, Parking & Transportation
Damien Rubin, Parking & Transportation
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President Tammy Millican at 10:30 a.m.
There was a quorum with three proxies noted.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Senator Robert Hale led the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Tammy Millican announced due to Daniel Nunes’ resignation in the Professional/Non-Faculty Category, the Staff Senate Executive Committee contacted the last eligible runner-up from within his EEO Category during the last regular general election, as per the Bylaws to fill the vacancy through 2017. Nathan Lemoine works with Law Enforcement Online and has agreed to fill the vacancy through 2017.
MS. WINNIE NETTERS PRESENTATION
President Millican took the time to recognize someone that reflects so wonderfully on LSU Staff and makes a difference to everyone as they arrive on campus. This staff member, Ms. Winnie Netters, is truly an Ambassador for the University, as she is one of the first smiling faces they see, and makes a point to speak to as many people as possible. While working with Parking and Transportation (who sometimes gets a “bad rap” for some of the decisions with which they are tasked), when there is an opportunity to point out the successes within that department, The Staff Senate wants to do that.
At the January Board of Supervisors Meeting, Ms. Netters (or “Ms. Winnie”, as she is known around campus) was recognized as the first recipient of the LSU Office of Diversity’s “Unsung Hero Award”. Ms. Winnie was also the very first recipient of the LSU Staff Senate’s “Chancellor Service Spotlight Award” in 2010. Obviously her work ethic and kindness have not changed since that time. The Staff Senate invited her to attend today to congratulate her and express our pride that she is a member of the LSU staff.
GUEST SPEAKER – STEPHEN MORET, LSU FOUNDATION
President Tammy Millican began her introduction by explaining that when she had the opportunity to meet today’s guest speaker, she was incredibly impressed, and her confidence in LSU bolstered, knowing it was a wise decision to bring Stephen Moret to the LSU Foundation. Mr. Moret attended LSU on a full scholarship, which he describes as transformational. If you ever wondered if these scholarships really come back to benefit LSU, if ever there’s a story where it came back to benefit LSU, Mr. Moret would definitely be the one. He is a former LSU student body President and was Assistant to Chancellor William Jenkins. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School then came back and led the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. He was also the Secretary of the Louisiana Economic Development which became one of the United States top performing state economic agencies. He is currently the President and CEO of the LSU Foundation. If one considers the current climate of LSU and our reliance on the LSU Foundation, now is the time to lean most heavily on Mr. Moret and his group.
Stephen Moret thanked the Staff Senate for the invitation and is delighted to visit today. He is thrilled to be back at LSU and provide a little of his personal history. He grew up in Mississippi, the son of a single mother. When he was contemplating going to college, the economic feasibility of that was very daunting. When Mr. Moret was a senior in high school, he was a very accomplished trumpet player and his band teacher, an LSU Band alumnus, encouraged him to try out for his alma mater. Stephen did not really follow sports at the time, and was unfamiliar with LSU, but remembers his first visit, driving in and seeing the campus and thinking what a big place. Mr. Moret earned a full scholarship to attend LSU, and also earned a spot on the prestigious Tiger Band. He had to arrive on campus a couple of weeks prior to the start of school to learn the pregame show. Imagine his surprise, when he lined up in the in end zone for LSU vs Georgia in the fall of 1999 and the stands were packed and he quickly became a lifelong fan as a result of that experience. LSU has a transformational impact on his life, like a lot of students who come here. While Stephen describes himself as a “talent man”, he did not fully apply himself. LSU really represented a chance for him to start over and ultimately, he studied Mechanical Engineering. He faced some huge challenges, particularly in the beginning, with taking calculus for the first time, working on his writing ability, which was not particularly strong. There were a number of professors here that had a huge personal impact on him, not only with ensuring his path to graduation, but in being successful overall. Mr. Moret describes himself as deeply grateful for that. When he thinks about raising money for LSU, he thinks about enabling many more students to have the same transformative experience that he had at LSU, and about supporting the faculty and the really wonderful work that they do for the students across LSU. There is no question in his mind that had it not been for some of his LSU professors, he probably would not have an engineering degree from LSU.
This is obviously a time of great challenge for LSU. In terms of the national context, where LSU currently falls, and where LSU plans to move toward, it’s important to understand, Higher Education has faced a particularly acute challenge for several years in Louisiana. The unfortunate reality is that there has been this long-term trend nationally, over two or three decades, of state disinvestment in higher education. President Alexander has spoken about the fact that, if you follow the trend for the past 20 years, you are going to begin to see states literally get out of funding higher education completely. It is a plausible future.
What is really driving that? First of all, within the state tax revenues, not just in Louisiana but elsewhere, there has been a huge shift in the economy from being goods-focused to being much more services-focused. However, our tax system is based largely on goods, so even as the economy grows, the tax system does not keep up with that. Many are using Amazon or other online merchants who are typically not collecting sales tax, so a growing portion of our economic activity is not really captured by the tax system; which is a nice thing for the tax payer, but for higher education that means there is less state funding to go around. The other side of the funding crisis is state expenses which are under a lot of pressure in Louisiana and elsewhere, with growing pension obligations and Medicaid obligations. So when you put those two things together, less coming in as revenue and more cost, it’s really hurting higher education nationally, and even more so in Louisiana because of the tax problem with exemptions in our state.
What that means to us is that Philanthropy has never been more important to the future of LSU and higher education in America, than it is today. As we really think about building excellence as a university in the future, it is almost certain that it will not come from state funding. The best we can hope for is stability at some point from the state, but really, our national aspirations are going to be built off of what we do in the very critical work of philanthropy. The LSU Foundation is the University’s lead entity with regard to advancement enterprise, in terms of academic philanthropy, but the LSU Alumni Association also plays an important role in engaging the alumni, the Tiger Athletic Foundation plays a very successful role in raising funding, and all the other campuses have their own Foundations working together. When you think about the future of fundraising at LSU across the system, there are many other entities that are raising money as well.
Like most universities with which we compete on a philanthropy perspective, our staffing is set up like a hybrid model. Very often at LSU there is a tendency to think of the Foundation as this fundraising entity separate from what is going on in the colleges, but they are actual one in the same. So when you think of college-based development officers in the Honors College, or Engineering, or Business, the Foundation is funding 100% or the majority of that cost the vast majority of the time. The Foundation is not just something that exists within the Lod Cook Alumni Center, it’s actually substantially supporting all of the fundraising activity at LSU. In fact, one of the unique things about fundraising at LSU compared to our peers, is that here, the entire development enterprise is basically self-funded; at most of our peer institutions, the university is putting money into development, in order to raise more money. The LSU Foundation employs 96 people total, but in order to raise the dollar amount we would like, we would need to employ 100’s of staff, as our peers do. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a very successful fundraising campaign last year, but they had almost 300 people in their development operation. The University of Florida has about 100 front line fundraisers and they are adding about 30 more. We have about 30 frontline people altogether, so there are going to be at 4 times the manpower and effort of where we are at LSU. That has a huge impact on how much money an institution can raise. When you think about fundraising, while all of us will contribute in our own ways, many of the biggest gifts are going to be cultivated through one-on-one relationships. So the number of fundraisers that they have, has a direct impact on how many alumni they can cultivate.
Stephen went on to discuss where LSU’s Alumni actually are. We have, at the Flagship campus, about 200,000 alumni records providing location data. Most of our alumni (63%) live in Louisiana. But, the wealth capacity of our alumni base, where we are going to raise the most money, is actually living outside of Louisiana. Historically, we have had a very Louisiana-centric approach in fundraising. The Foundation will now become more national in its efforts to seek donor contributions. There are about 44,000 alumni who have the capacity to give major gifts. Currently, approximately 4,000 of these people are being cultivated today, due to a lack of manpower. If a donor is going to consider making a gift larger than $50,000 or more, roughly 98% of the time, that gift is cultivated through a personal relationship with someone at the university.
Just as the Foundation has historically been Louisiana-centric in their fundraising, they’ve also had a Louisiana-centric, and even Baton Rouge-centric, Board of Directors to some extent. Now the effort is to become much more national in scope, in terms of geography, but also broader in scope in terms of gender, racial and college diversity across the campus., As LSU alumni are being cultivated, they are aligning their Board of Directors to mirror where these donor opportunities exist. The Board will become composed of members residing largely out of state, based in places like Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta, commiserate with the greatest donating opportunities and individuals. The evolving Board of Directors will soon be focused on raising big money for LSU and working with our Deans and our President to do that.
Philanthropy allows people to really express what is important to them through the gifts they make to the University. Both as an opportunity and challenge, of what they do, the vast majority of the gifts are given by donors for a very specific purpose. So even if the Foundation and LSU raise $100 million dollars, it’s dedicated to very specific things.
The Foundation would love to have an ongoing relationship with the Staff Senate. Everyone in the LSU community has a role to play in helping us ascend to the next level, both in dollars and in commitment and awareness. Last year, the average percentage of alumni who contributed to the University was 6%. The SEC Median average is roughly at 14%. Number one in the SEC is the University of Arkansas at 20%. It’s critical that we build a pipeline of supporters who are giving on any level they feel comfortable because, over time, through life events such as inheritance or business sales, those people may have the capacity to make a significant gift to LSU.
Gifts of endowments are the most strategic gifts that someone can make to the university because they are a permanent gift. If someone gave a million dollars, every year $40,000 is going to fund something at the university forever. They manage those dollars such that the purchasing value is kept up with inflation to insure the value is always there. LSU is also last in the SEC for the value of our endowment per student which is mostly due to LSU joining the fundraising effort later than our peer institutions. Right now, LSU has tens of thousands of alumni that have the capacity to make major gifts, they just don’t have enough people to cultivate them. The Development Officer Team is being built up in a way that minimizes the investment required from LSU.
Mr. Moret went on to explain that his team has benchmarked how the funding works across some of the SEC schools and the Big Ten. On average, the Big Ten Universities spends about $31 million a year on their fundraising operation and raising about $150 - $200 million per year off that effort. The SEC institutions spend about $22 million a year, and are typically raising about $150 million per year for academic philanthropy. At LSU, we are spending about $10.8 million and raising on average $50 million per year. So as they get prepared for a capital campaign, Mr. Moret’s team is challenged with how can expand their fundraising engine at LSU while minimizing LSU’s need to invest in that.
The LSU Foundation needs to build a nationally competitive philanthropic development organization. The four opportunities and areas of focus are to create a culture of lifelong engagement and giving which, starts not just with alumni but students, faculty and staff that are currently here. Second, to craft big ideas, which inspire transformational gifts, a third focus is to design and implement world-class advancement and development enterprise, and a fourth is to execute transformational record-setting capital campaigns. They believe the realistic potential is there for roughly 1.5 Billion Capital Campaign across the LSU System, including the Health Sciences Centers and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
One of the components essential to the future of our fundraising efforts is getting those associated with LSU to give in whatever way they feel comfortable. It’s about building a culture of giving. One of the ways in which other campuses around the country ensure staff donation every year is to have a couple co-chairs from the staff and lead a competition between units in terms of percent participation (not in dollars). This is a way that the Staff Senate can make a huge difference, as The LSU Foundation tries to build stronger support for LSU at a high level. Being able to say that most of our staff, faculty and administrators make contributions will make a big difference in our appeal to alumni.
Julie LeFebvre mentioned that any staff member can contribute through payroll deduction. Forms are available, or staff and faculty can also go www.lsufoundation.org on the homepage, where there is information on how to make a payroll contribution. It can be a one-time gift or multiple gifts each month. It can be recurring until you choose to end. You can also choose what area of campus you would like for your gift to benefit.
Mr. Moret then opened the floor for questions.
Q: How is the Foundation trying to reach the current Students?
A: This plan has not been developed yet. The places that have really developed a strong culture of giving, where they have a large number of alumni contributing regularly, begins when future alumni are students. So for potential donors that have been out of school for 20 years and have never gotten into the habit of giving, some will give, but unfortunately not a big percentage. They are looking at what Texas A&M and some other schools have done to introduce the concept of lifelong giving to students very early in their relationship with the university.
Q: For some years now, it seems staff were not approached, given the budget situation, and the fact that staff are approached during the annual United Way Annual Campaign. But what about parents of alumni?
A: If people don’t want to participate in another giving Campaign which is fine. But the Foundation believes many people will, especially if we can make it very easy and very clear what those gifts accomplish. This year, they just started assigning parents for major gift requests which is something that is very important to President Alexander. There is a whole team working on the parent communications and parent fundraising strategy. Part of this plan will be to cultivate the alumni parents of current students for significant gifts.
Senator Ramon Lopez mentioned that in First Year Experience, they are doing leadership training for all of their programs, their mentoring program, their First Year Welcome Week, Stripes which is the extended orientation, and also for the LSU Ambassadors. They have a joint full day on April 9, and possibly a presentation or some information would be great to share with those students. Senator Maggi Spurlock mentioned that they may not have any available room during that presentation to have a guest speaker as everything has been set but they can definitely share those resources to give to students in their training packets that would be great. She mentioned that for Bengal Bound the only money that she has to run welcome week comes from the Foundation that she receives which buys shirts and she is so appreciative for that.
Q: What percentage of the Foundation’s efforts come from private corporations in state which would benefit LSU?
A: On corporate donations in general, Stephen would anticipate about 30% of all the money they raise comes from private corporations. Typically it would be from corporations which have a presence in Louisiana. They just did a national search for the head of their corporate and foundation relations area, which is a very underdeveloped at LSU and a lead person from Virginia Tech was hired. This is an area we expect to expand quite a bit.
President Tammy MIllican thanked the Foundation group for speaking today. She encouraged Senators to share any further thoughts with the Foundation.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – January 20, 2016, Staff Senate Meetings
A motion to accept the minutes was made by President-Elect Trey Truitt. The motion, seconded by Senator Maggi Spurlock, carried.
President Millican reported that on January 25, she attended the University Council on Gender Equity Sub-committee meeting. They are working on setting up the website and setting up a mentoring program.
On January 25, she attended the University Council on Gender Equity Meeting where they planned for the Panel Discussion, Closing the Gap that was held yesterday. It was fabulous.
On January 28, she attended the University Council of Staff Advisors meeting. Past-President Julie Perkins will get an update out to the group.
On January 29, she attended the Board of Supervisors meeting. There was a lengthy discussion regarding the “Pistol” Pete Maravich Statue. Jay Dardenne also spoke about the budget, the Legislative Special Session, and plans to raise revenue.
On February 1, she attended a Budget Committee meeting which is a new committee formed with President Millican serving as Staff Senate Representative. The Chairman gave some information on composition of the budget, LSU’s current state, from where the money comes and discussed the cuts. They will meet again this Friday.
On February 3, she attended the Administrative Process Improvement Committee meeting. Parking and transportation concerned were addressed. There was a liaison report included in the meeting packet for your review, including information on parking and traveling on campus.
On February 3, she attended a meet-and-greet with the Law Center Employees, along with Secretary Barbara Reonas and Melonie Milton. The Law Center has approximately 30 employees with about 10 people who joined our session. We shared information with them, of which most they were unaware. There is excitement about getting involved with the Staff Senate and they expressed interest in having a representative that can share their needs with us and can communicate our information with them.
On February 4, President Millican attended a University breakfast with President Alexander, where the topic of conversation centered mainly on the University’s budget.
On February 10, the Executive Committee met to plan for today’s meeting and set the agenda. They also met with Provost Rick Koubek to discuss the budget situation and the cautionary message that employees will hear some very harsh things in the news over the next few months. Please remember that there are some things that need to be said, but could work out differently, depending on the actions taken by our Legislature. He was scheduled to speak to the full Senate today but got called to speak to the House Appropriations Committee, so he will speak to the full Senate next month. Staff Senate will keep up-to-date on what is happening so that we may relay that to staff.
On February 15, President Millican met with a group of students, planning a “walk-out” from classes tomorrow at noon. They all plan to leave class and meet in front of memorial tower and use that to share information with students who may not understand what these budget cuts means for them. It is intended to be informational. There is also some student organizations that we will be coming together at the capital on Feb. 24th and have invited organizations from all over the state to rally against the Higher Education cuts at the capital.
On February 15, President Millican met with LSU students, Zach Faircloth and Lindsay Landry, who are running for Student Senate President and Vice President. They wanted us to know that if elected, they will have a representative at every Staff Senate Meeting, and they ask for us to do the same for them. They will also be working on a Student Bill of Rights which they would like for us to review and consider supporting. They emphasized the importance of our groups being involved together.
On February 16, she attended the Women of Color Panel Discussion, Closing the Gap. It was wonderful, the place was packed and there were lots of students there. She encouraged everyone to attend these types of discussions. There will be a breakfast scheduled for women in the Stem Field coming up soon.
President Millican requested that committee updates be provided.
There was a Governmental Relations Committee report with attachments received, being reviewed by the Executive Committee, and will be forwarded to the full Senate upon approval.
SPECIAL AD-HOC COMMITTEES
President Millican requested committee updates be provided.
President-Elect Truitt reported that the committee has had some productivity. The apparel has been ordered and we are waiting for delivery, which should be soon. The Staff Senate is looking forward to partnering with the Women’s Center and the Cox Center for “We’ve Got Game.” Senator Summer Steib announced that “We’ve got Game” is an initiative that the Women’s Center started several years ago to increase attendance at women’s sporting events, and as part of their women’s history month programming. “We’ve got Game” is scheduled on Friday, March 4, 2016, for LSU Gymnastics vs Alabama at the PMAC. This is a registration required event, as they are not sure how many tickets they will receive. The meet starts at 7:30 p.m. so the pregame reception will begin about 6:00 p.m. in either the Courtside Club or the Legends Room, and then everyone will sit together for the meet. She spoke to her contact at the Cox Center yesterday and as soon as he knows where it is going to be and how many tickets, the Women’s Center can go live with registration and she will get that out to everyone.
Truitt mentioned that the committee is also discussing some plans for Staff Senate’s 40th Anniversary year. They have discussed hosting another staff night sometime in May at Alex Box for an LSU Baseball game. We would like to partner with Campus Federal Credit Union for a Jambalaya cook out on-site, which they have verbally agreed to do this year. The Staff Senate has discussed ordering t-shirts to give away to the first one hundred staff members in attendance, and then we would work with the Athletics Department on the tickets.
President Millican mentioned that the Executive Committee has heard that most Senators do not want to host an event for the LSU Staff Senate Past-Presidents, so it was decided to concentrate on this event for all staff.
President Millican asked that liaison committee updates be provided.
There was a Dining Advisory Liaison Committee Report included in the meeting packet for your review.
There was also a Faculty Senate Liaison Committee Report with attachments included in the meeting packet for your review.
Staff Senate Gift Fund (Reminder to Please Contribute at the Meeting)
President 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.
Strategic Plan Updates
President Millican announced that Member-at-Large Kayla Kucharchuk and Senator Summer Steib updated the LSU Staff Senate Strategic Plan with goals that have been completed. This was shared with Provost Rick Koubek during the February Executive Committee meeting. There was a copy provided in this month’s full Senate meeting packet for everyone to review. Millican encouraged to send her any thoughts of where we need to move from here and of future areas of focus. This is what the Staff Senate has done so far this year and it’s a lot. He was extremely impressed with our efforts and asked us to keep him involved and informed of what is going on. This is a testimony on how hard the Staff Senate has been working.
Staff Senate Election Timeline
President Tammy Millican announced that the Staff Senate General Elections will be held soon. The timeline and additional information was included in this month’s full Senate meeting packet. A call for nominations will be going out before the next meeting. This election will fill expiring seats and the vacancies that currently exist. If you know of someone who may be interested, please encourage him or her to get involved or don’t hesitate to consider nomination. Staff members who have completed at least one year of service, are employed at least 75% effort, and are interested in being elected to the Staff Senate should file as a candidate by completing and submitting this form no later than March 11. If you would like to nominate a fellow staff member, please complete the form as well and submit by March 11. The new Senators will be announced April 13, and will be invited to attend the June meeting. Their term will begin July 1. This information will go out electronically in a broadcast message on February 26. This will also be posted on the website, and announced through social media. There are approximately seven Senators who will fulfill their terms. Some of them may choose not to rerun and there are also some vacancies that the Executive Committee would like to fill.
Staff Senate Budget
Treasurer Michelle Lowery updated the balance sheet for the Staff Senate accounts. Melonie will circulate a copy to the full Senate. She reported that:
Bursar Account (Gift Fund) - $215.35
LSU Foundation Accounts:
Fee Support Scholarship - $13,441.12
Holiday on Campus Support Fund - $1,316.81
Scholarship Award - $4,084.98
Support Fund – $140.93
State Account (Operating Budget) $4,467.88
Total Budget: $23,667.07
Lowery mentioned that the Staff Senate is expecting a 5% budget cut with regards to our state account. She will let the full Staff Senate once that happens.
Senator Jennifer Springstead announced that the Facility Services Database for Space has gone away. Employees will still be able to look at things but you won’t be able to do their audits in that system. Facility Services and University Stores is moving to a new computer system for work order tracking and billing system. The New system will be live in April and they will be offering training. Secretary Reonas sought clarification as to whether the old system on Mainframe will still be used for room reservations and facilities management for classes. Springstead confirmed that is still being used.
Senator Brent Corbitt asked if anyone was interested in having a crawfish boil after Easter. Millican mentioned that if anyone is interested to email the Staff Senate Office so we can get a head count.
Lowery announced the Student Government is hosting Elections on March 7, if students are interested in holding a position they can file this week. Since the Union is closed, they will be at the Barnes & Noble LSU Bookstore today, and possibly tomorrow, depending if the Union remains closed. The Student Senate meeting will be held this evening at 6:30 p.m. in 155 Coates Hall instead of the Union. Also the University Court, which is the Judicial Branch, will be held in 124 Johnston Hall at 5:00 p.m. today.
Staff Senator Birthdays
President Millican announced that Senator Igor Matkovic celebrated his birthday on February 12. “Happy Birthday.”
American Heart Walk Association – Kristin de la Houssaye, American Heart Association
President Tammy Millican introduced Kristen de la Houssaye who was asked to speak about the American Heart Association Heart Walk event.
Kristen is the Heart Walk Director, and visits with companies and organizations to share about the American Heart Association and what they do here locally. The platform of the Heart Walk is to discuss the importance of eating healthy and exercising. We educate all year long, and then celebrate on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m., with registration and festivities on campus at the LSU Old Front Nine. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and there is no registration fee. This year’s theme is “Let’s get Physical: walking through the 80’s.” It is a very tailgate like experience. The sponsors set-up tents, and there will be a jambalaya contest. Subway sandwiches will be given out, and Smoothie King will be there. There will be a Kid’s Zone with an obstacle course and it’s all absolutely free. The American Heart Association is trying to raise $1.2 million dollars and all that money will stay here locally in the community to impact advocacy, research and education. All through the year this organization goes into the schools and builds teaching gardens, where building garden boxes, with the soil and the seeds, and the kids join on planting day. Then they harvest it during a bid harvesting day. It’s important to teach these kids fun physical activity because obesity is so rampant in that generation. We can’t change our race, or gender, or genetics if predisposed to heart disease, but we can make some helpful lifestyle choices and that’s what the American Heart Association is communicating to Louisiana.
Kristin mentioned that when they go out and get corporate sponsorship dollars, this money goes toward their goal of $1.2 million dollars. If she can get people at LSU to participate in the Walk, or at least one representative from every department at LSU, they would make it a team of “staff of the AHA”, which will make it very simple. She will sign you up and they have a website www.capitalareaheartwalk.org. She will send you an email with a link requesting you send that out to family and friends; you never know who is going to give you a donation. If everyone in this room got one donation, that amounts to almost $1,000 and that’s just with you sending out emails. You don’t know who has been impacted by heart disease. In fact, virtually all of us have been impacted by heart disease whether personally, or by knowing someone who has. One and three people are living with a heart condition or heart disease. But if you don’t want to personally donate, please consider representing your department by sending that email out and asking them to join your team. If you get one person that is fine. If you get ten people that’s great. Senator Igor Matkovic used to sell hearts for fundraising and made a lot of money. If you raise $100 dollars, you get a t-shirt. They host a Thank you Luncheon and anyone who raise $250 dollars is invited to attend the luncheon. One of the most fun things done every year is the top three people at LSU who raise the most money are invited to a lunch with Coach Les Miles sometime in May. President-Elect Truitt mentioned that he was invited and it was a great experience.
They would love for everyone to attend on April 9 as they will be pushing out their message at Mission Village. They will be teaching CPR, doing blood pressure screenings, different sponsors will be talking about different things that are going on in the community. Kristin circulated a flier for the Heart Walk, an informational sheet called the Heart of Your Community, which mentions everything they do in the community. Kristin also handed out Subway coupons for everyone. President Millican mentioned that Kristin will be available after the meeting for any questions. She encouraged everyone to get involved and if anyone would like to start a Staff Senate Team that would be great.
Kristin de la Houssaye thanked the Staff Senate for the opportunity to share this information today.
MOTION TO ADJOURN – With there being no more business, President-Elect Trey Truitt moved to adjourn. The motion, seconded by Treasurer Michelle Lowery, carried. The meeting adjourned before noon.
Barbara Reonas, Secretary