STAFF SENATE MEETING MINUTES

    June 15, 2016                                                           

    President Tammy Millican presided over the June 15, 2016, Staff Senate meeting held at Coyote Blues Restaurant, 2450 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA at 10:30 a.m.  

     

    ATTENDANCE 

    SENATORS                                                     

    Executive/Administrator/ Manager           

     
    Service/Maintenance 

    A - Matkovic, Igor (’17)

    P - Cherry, Aaron (‘17)

     
    Professional/Non-Faculty 

    P - Craddock, Jacquelyn (’16)

    P - Hale, Robert (’16)

    P - Hart, M.E. (’16)

    P - Hendricks, Kendra (’16)

    P - Perkins, Julie (’16)

    A - DeRoche, Jon (’17)

    P - Godfrey, Nikki (’17)

    A - Kucharchuk, Kayla (’17)

    Pr- Lemoine, Nathan (’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)

    A - Villien, Douglas (’17)

    Pr - Dufrene, Robert (’18)

    Pr- Eldredge, George (’18)

    P - Gomez, Jennifer (’18)

    P - Ortiz, Shelly (’18)

    P - 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: 

    Leah Walker, Office of Diversity

    Jade Ethridge, Strategic Initiatives

    Stephanie Heroman, Graduate School

    Hector Rios, Information Technology Services

    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 three proxies noted.

     

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

    Senator Brent Corbitt led the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – May 18, 2016, Staff Senate Meeting 

    A motion to accept the minutes was made by Senator M.E. Hart. The motion, seconded by Senator Jennifer Gomez, carried.

     

    PRESIDENT’S REPORT 

    President Millican shared that on June 6th, the Executive Committee met to plan for today’s meeting and set the agenda.

     

    On June 7th, she attended the Long Range Review and Planning Committee meeting. They discussed the progress made on Staff Senate’s Strategic Plan. The goals of the plan were also reviewed. Senator Summer Steib will share a more in depth presentation about this during today’s meeting. 

     

    On June 7th, the Executive Committee met with Provost Koubek, during which he spoke about the University Budget Committee meeting and overall goals, including a salary increase for staff and faculty, as well as for graduate assistants, addressing critical deferred maintenance and the critical library needs. He also discussed the ongoing focus groups as we prepare to revise our strategic plan. One of those focus groups is comprised of various staff members, including five Staff Senators, who were asked to talk about the positives of working at LSU, along with improvements to be made. The Provost also discussed job descriptions and efficiencies. He reiterated his interest in staying involved with the Staff Senate and his appreciation of the work we have done, as well as the importance of a salary increase at this point. President Millican acknowledged the need for the Ombudsperson position again.

     

    President-Elect Trey Truitt mentioned that the University is looking at a final plan to present to the Board of Supervisors for increased tuition and fees. There was a lot of effort in the legislature to allow LSU to become more financially autonomous, so there could be a significant increase in fees and tuition. The concern with raises is not being ignored, but rather, finding out how that will be formalized and funded. Millican mentioned that this will be the last year that LSU will be able to raise tuition and fees without legislative approval and we are well below our peers in terms of our tuition costs. It is her understanding that a lot of these increased revenues will be used to meet the four goals in discussion by the Budget Committee. Provost Koubek emphasized providing salary increases is now not a question of can we do it, but that we must do it. Senator Jacquelyn Craddock asked if the ORP/TRSL issue was discussed with the Provost. There was a piece of legislation related to the ORP/TRSL issue that apparently died in committee this year. They do plan to continue to look at it and explore things to see if there is another way to move forward. The proposed bill would have given employees the option to move to a defined benefit plan, if they so choose, but they must start at Year -0-.  Senator Craddock asked if we could invite a legislator to visit with the Staff Senate and champion that call, which would have to be managed through Jason Droddy, Exec. Director of Policy & External Affairs in the Office of the President. Millican mentioned that the Staff Senate could possibly invite a legislator who is a representative in the LSU area to discuss the problems within the ORP system and possible solutions.         

     

    On June 9th, President Millican met with Staff Senate Past-President Chad Gothreaux, who works with the College of Human Science and Education, to discuss the possibility of a presentation by Staff Senate representatives on June 23 at a professional development meeting for staff at the Child Care Center, which will now be known as the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool.  Millican mentioned that we will discuss the benefits of being an LSU staff member, what Staff Senate is doing, and to encourage them to be involved in Staff Senate. In the future, Staff Senate will be sure to include those staff members, as well as Law Center staff, LSU Foundation, and eventually staff with Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in our broadcast email groups.

     

    On June 9th, President Millican attended the Budget Committee meeting. Millican shared the content of that meeting with the full Senate by email, including the worst case scenario for LSU Baton Rouge to receive a $9 million cut in funding. More difficult for LSU is that TOPS is currently funded in the proposed budget at 50%, which means all student awards would be cut by 50%. LSU, as the flagship university, currently receives 1/3 of all TOPS dollars ($103 million), so this would be a huge cut for our university. One encouraging note is that Governor Edwards has promised to dedicate 1/3 of all new revenue raised to the TOPS scholarship shortfall. The Board of Supervisors will meet on June 24 and LSU will ask for an increase in the student excellence fee (we only have one more year of autonomy to raise fees). This and other efforts by the Budget Committee has led to the creation of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 goals. Those goals include a salary increase for staff and faculty, a salary increase for graduate assistants, addressing critical deferred maintenance needs and critical library needs.

     

    As a reminder, these are goals and although President Millican believes they will happen, we must all realize that the state’s changing financial situation can affect these goals.

     

    There was also a constitutional amendment to give colleges and universities tuition autonomy which will be on the November ballot. This would end the need for a 2/3 approval (super-majority) from the Legislature to raise or lower tuition. Louisiana is currently the only state in the nation that requires a 2/3 vote by a legislative body to raise or lower college tuition. If this amendment is passed by voters, tuition adjustment requests would be brought before a university’s governing board; in LSU’s case, the Board of Supervisors. We can help with this effort by voting and both educating and encouraging our families, friends and others to vote as well.

     

    On June 9th, President Millican attended the Facility Design and Development Committee meeting. There was a brief update on construction projects on campus. Patrick F. Taylor Hall and University Recreation renovations are on schedule. They are moving into the second phase of construction in Patrick F. Taylor Hall and some people will begin to move into the space this summer. Progress on the Campus Master Plan was also updated. The consultants have gone back to Boston and are working on the plan. LSU representatives will meet with them in August for further discussions and in September, they will once again meet with the same groups on campus with whom they met in the beginning, to present their preliminary recommendations.  The committee also discussed relocating the airplane outside of Tiger Stadium, to the green space near the Cogen Plant and close to Military Science, which would include seating to create a welcoming, special viewing area. There was also a discussion and approval to install Football Operations viewing towers for the practice fields.

     

    STANDING COMMITTEES 

    President Millican requested that standing committee updates be provided.

     

    Long Range Review and Planning

    Senator Summer Steib announced that the Long Range Review and Planning met and reviewed the Staff Senate’s Strategic Plan for goals set and accomplishments met. She circulated the Staff Senate 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Accomplishments (June 2016) document for this past year. Everyone had their hand in making this document a reality. She thanked everyone for advancing this Strategic Plan idea and indicated that if there is something that should be included with regards to our accomplishments, please let her know. This document will be the standing log for history and an archive for the Staff Senate to keep us on track with our Strategic Plan.

     

    Senator Steib presented a PowerPoint which outlined Strategic Plan  goals, including creation of stronger mechanisms for representation; resource gathering to identify how to most effectively gather feedback or suggestions from staff, and doing so on a regular basis; advocating and impacting the greater good for staff through resolutions, amendments and strategic initiatives; communication to increase information sharing and resources; and strategic plan implementation to successfully implement the items drawn out in this working document.

     

    Senator Steib mentioned some of the highlights for the goals that were set. For stronger representation, President Millican participated in Student Government’s Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Louisiana budget and its impact on staff. The Staff Senate hosted more than 100 staff members who attended the Lunch and Learn at Alex Box Stadium with Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri. There was also a representative from Human Resource Management who spoke about staff benefits during the September 2015 meeting. We participated in the Executive Vice President and Provost Interviews which resulted in Dean Rick Koubek from the College of Engineering being chosen. The Staff Senate also hosted Staff Appreciation Night at Alex Box Stadium, in which we partnered with Campus Federal Credit Union to host a pre-game tailgate and sold out tickets in a reserved seating area for the baseball game against Northwestern State.

     

    For Resource Gathering, the Staff Senate invited key campus stakeholders to present at Staff Senate meetings throughout the year. We heard feedback from staff at events, such as Fall Fest, and used these events as an opportunity to increase our social media presence.  During the marketing effort to host the Staff Appreciation event, our social media presence increased more than 1,000 percent. We participated in the LSU Benefits Fair and heard feedback and suggestions from staff about continuing and emerging needs.

     

    Senator Steib mentioned some of the highlights for the goals that were set. For advocacy and impact, we hosted a Staff Senate meeting at the Louisiana State Capital, during which Assistant Vice Chancellor Kenneth Miles was our guest speaker. We raised $1,289.47 to support the Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Fund by hosting the Holiday Decorating Contest and by selling Candy Grams. We also partnered with the University Council on Gender Equity and Faculty Senate to review and make recommendations about leave policies and provided feedback on proposed revisions to LSU Policy Statement 39, with regards to performance evaluations. We partnered with Student Government and Faculty Senate representatives to provide feedback on the Campus Master Plan. We represented the interest of staff needs in the process of transitioning the LSU Child Care Center to the College of Human Sciences and Education, and utilized the Administrative Process Improvement Committee (APIC) to address staff concerns about the new prescription benefit provider.

     

    For communication goals, the Staff Senate welcomed approximately 100 new staff members at the annual New Staff Reception where a nice breakfast was provided and some campus departments were on hand to provide information. We also assisted new students and their families during the Residential Life Move-In Day. The Staff Senate hosted the 26th Annual Holiday on Campus, as part of the Holiday Spectacular celebration at LSU.  We also led a successful campaign to celebrate Staff Senate’s 40th Anniversary.

     

    For strategic plan implementation, there was assignment of the Staff Senate Executive Member-at-Large Kayla Kucharchuk to serve as the liaison between the Long Range Review and Planning Committee and the Executive Committee. The committee reporting form was revised to include strategic plan updates, and a strategic plan tracking document, detailing our accomplishments to date, was created and circulated.

     

    Senator Summer Steib thanked all of the Staff Senate Committee Chairs and members who pushed out the Strategic Plan at the ground level. Those who made sure our events were being hosted and in-line with our strategic plan and also reported further on how the things being done in committee were advancing the strategic plan. She also thanked the Long Range Review and Planning Committee for its diligent work, looking at our focus areas this year. She is extremely proud of what the Staff Senate was able to accomplish this year.     

     

    President Tammy Millican thanked Senator Steib and her committee members for being instrumental in Staff Senate Strategic Plan efforts.

     

    Staff Benefits, Policies and Development

    Senator Aaron Cherry reported that the Staff Benefits, Policies and Development Committee met on June 1, 2016. The new Overtime Final Rule and how it will affect staff members across the LSU System was discussed.  We learned from Senator Ortiz that Human Resource Management (HRM) started looking at the campus impact several months ago and they already have some ideas about implementation. The committee recommended having a representative from HRM come and speak at a Staff Senate general meeting in the late summer or early fall, after the Workday rollout. There is no clear answer as of yet. There was an issue brought to the committee regarding the Option Retirement Plan contribution timelines. The committee located the policy that outlines the requirements and have found that everything is within the set timeline, even though an employee could potentially miss out on some earnings.  There is room for improvement.  It was suggested that next year’s committee enlist the help of Derek Angelloz to further explore employee options.  He has been working to see change to the Optional Retirement Plan for the last several years and is eager to help in any way he can.

     

    The committee also reviewed a letter that was drafted to submit to the Administrative Process Improvement Committee (APIC) regarding problems with the new mail order subscription service through Citizens RX for LSU First.  The letter was submitted to the Executive Committee for review and approval. Some Executive members suggested we begin submitting those problems individually through the APIC website. The committee also discussed reaching out to other universities regarding their leave policies and to identify some things to ask, such as what they have in place regarding parental leave or a combined annual and sick paid time off system. They decided this would be an excellent opportunity to reach out to other staff senates or councils. We have requested an introduction letter from the Executive Committee that can be sent out to other university senates, requesting help in gathering this information.

     

    SPECIAL AD-HOC COMMITTEES 

    President Millican requested ad-hoc committee updates be provided.

     

    LIAISON COMMITTEES 

    President Millican asked that liaison committee updates be provided.  

     

    OLD BUSINESS: 

    Staff Senate Gift Fund

    President Millican thanked all of the Senators who contributed to the Staff Senate Gift Fund this year, which was used per the guidelines that were set.

     

    Staff Senate Budget

    Treasurer Michelle Lowery gave a report on the updated balance sheet for the Staff Senate accounts. A copy was circulated to the full Senate as part of the meeting packet.

     

    She reported the following:

    Bursar Account (Gift Fund) - $153.75

     

    LSU Foundation Accounts:

    Fee Support Scholarship - $13,688.90

    Holiday on Campus Support Fund - $667.31

    Scholarship Award - $3,084.98

    Support Fund – $139.47

    State Account (Operating Budget) $1,241.88

     

    Total Budget: $18,976.29

     

    NEW BUSINESS: 

    Introduction of Elected Senators

    President Tammy Millican announced the newly elected Staff Senators who were chosen to serve a three year term from 2016-2019 and were invited to today’s meeting. She welcomed them to the Staff Senate.

     

    Professional/Non-Faculty Category:

    Jade Ethridge, Business Manager with Strategic Initiative

     

    Kendra Hendricks, Coordinator of Business Services with Auxiliary Services (re-elected, serving another term)

     

    Rachel Henry, Director with the College of Human Sciences & Education (was unable to attend)

     

    Stephanie Heroman, Program Officer with the Graduate School

                                                   

    Hector Rios, Associate Director with Information Technology Services

     

    Clerical/Secretarial Category:

    Nancy Arnold, Graduate Coordinator with Psychology (re-elected, serving another term)

     

    Ashley Thibodeaux, Administrative Program Specialist with English

     

    Skilled Crafts Category:

    Dominic Adedeji, Machinist Foreman with Facility & Property Oversight (re-elected, serving another term)

     

    Staff Senate Year in Review Presentation

    President Tammy Millican announced that President-Elect Trey Truitt worked with Senator Jennifer Gomez to present a 2015-2016 “Year in Review” PowerPoint Presentation for the full Senate which highlights some of the events that the Staff Senate did throughout this year with photographs and music. She thanked them both for putting this wonderful presentation together.

     

    Recognition of Senators

    President Tammy Millican recognized those Senators who had fulfilled their terms of office and those who have served the Senate as Chairs and Liaisons during this past year. Millican presented Certificates of Appreciation for Dedication and Service to Senators Dominic Adedeji, Nancy Arnold, Aaron Cherry, Jacquelyn Craddock, Jon DeRoche (absent), Robert Dufrene (proxy), George Eldredge (proxy), Nikki Godfrey, Jennifer Gomez, Robert Hale, M.E. Hart, Kendra Hendricks, Kayla Kucharchuk (absent), Ramon Lopez, Michelle Lowery, Julie Perkins, Barbara Reonas, Jennifer Springstead, Maggi Spurlock, Summer Steib, Trey Truitt, and Douglas Villien (absent).

     

    President Tammy Millican announced that we have two special awards to present to Senators. One is the LSU Staff Senator Service Award, in recognition of an individual member of the LSU Staff Senate who has provided outstanding service to the Senate for the past year. It was extremely difficult for the Executive Committee to pick one Senator, as many Senators have contributed in significant ways. This recipient does not say much, but when she does she provides profound ideas and suggestions. She is also responsible for the hashtag #staffsenate40.

     

    The Staff Senate Executive Committee recognized Kendra Hendricks as this year’s recipient of the LSU Staff Senator Service Award.

     

    President Tammy Millican announced that second is the Outstanding New Senator Award, in recognition of a new member of the LSU Staff Senate who has provided outstanding service to the Senate. This person makes it their job to know everything about what is going on and you can always go to that person for information. The Executive Committee reached out to this Senator at the last minute regarding volunteers for Commencement and like the amazing job she did with Holiday on Campus in getting over 100 volunteers, she did the same for commencement.

     

    The Staff Senate Executive Committee recognized Jennifer Springstead as this year’s recipient of the LSU Outstanding New Senator Award.

     

    Millican also presented the President’s Attendance Award to Senators Dominic Adedeji, Nancy Arnold, Brent Corbitt, Jacquelyn Craddock, Ramon Lopez, Barbara Reonas and Trey Truitt for perfect attendance at all of the Staff Senate meetings for the year.

     

    President Millican welcomed LSU President F. King Alexander to the meeting today. Alexander briefly spoke, praising our University for recently celebrating the most successful graduation in our history. He gave LSU employees credit for a wonderful job in their efforts with commencement activities. He gave a brief synopsis of his activities at the legislature, highlighting the large amount of work that still needed addressing before the session ended at midnight on June 23.  He went on to thank everyone for doing an unbelievable job, enabling LSU  to have the largest graduating class in our history, with the largest African-American graduating class, Latino graduating class, first generation Pell Grant graduating class; we’ve broken about every record we’ve had. Our student veteran numbers are back up again, so we’ve had one of the largest veteran graduating classes. We also received a $1.2 million gift to build out the veteran’s center, which will be by the bookstore. This came from a generous donor in Houston who asked where he could be most impactful as a veteran, to help with our needs. The State Legislature has been in session since Mardi Gras and a lot of things have happened in the past week. He just can’t thank us enough.  He will keep us posted through emails and through the LSU Budget website. It’s all about raising revenues to offset the $1 billion budget hole that the Governor was given in January when he took the office. President Alexander emphasized that, as a University, we are over-performing and over-succeeding, and our applications are up. For the first time, we’ll have a vote in November to give our Board tuition autonomy, which means we can decide the cost of tuition. We won’t need a 2/3 vote from the legislature and we won that vote 95 to 7, so the legislators voted to surrender control of our tuition and will give it to the voters in November. President Alexander explained that LSU can’t even decrease our out-of-state tuition, if other states are decreasing theirs, without a 2/3 vote. Therefore, the November vote is quite important for us, and we still need the help of LSU staff, faculty, and students to help get that message out there and to educate the general public. LSU is doing far more with less, and President Alexander has pointed out to the legislature that of the 50 Flagship Universities in the country, we are 46th on the list in dollars we can spend, per student. 

     

    President Tammy Millican explained that while the Staff Senate does not pass a lot of resolutions, watching President Alexander’s interactions with students, faculty and staff, led Staff Senate to feel that sometimes our President doesn’t necessarily receive the deserved support from other organizations at LSU. Therefore the Staff Senate made the decision to draft Resolution 2016-01 in Support of LSU President F. King Alexander, which passed unanimously and reads:   

     

    Staff Senate Resolution 2016-01 in support of LSU President F. King Alexander

     

    PARAGRAPH 1:           WHEREAS, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. F. KING ALEXANDER, HAS SEEN AN INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT AND FUNDRAISING, AND GRADUATED THE LARGEST, MOST DIVERSE CLASS IN UNIVERSITY HISTORY; AND  

     

    PARAGRAPH 2:           WHEREAS, BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS OF PRESIDENT ALEXANDER, LSU HAS MADE STEADY ADVANCEMENT IN NATIONAL ACADEMIC RANKINGS, ADVANCEMENTS IN EQUITY AND DIVERSITY, AND INCREASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, ALL WHILE ENDURING THE LARGEST STATE DISINVESTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 3:           WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER PROTECTED HIGHER EDUCATION FROM DRAMATIC STATE FUNDING CUTS AND WORKED TO STOP THE REDUCTION OF STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING, WHICH HAS SIGNIFICANTLY DECLINED OVER THE PAST FIVE DECADES; AND  

     

    PARAGRAPH 4:           WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER UNDERSTOOD THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE $700 MILLION DISINVESTMENT IN LOUISIANA HIGHER EDUCATION FROM 2008-2009 TO 2014-2015, THE LARGEST IN AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION HISTORY AND THE LOSS OF 1,924 EMPLOYEES (12.2%) FROM LSU A&M CAMPUS DURING THE SAME TIME FRAME; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 5:           WHEREAS, IN THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE SESSION OF HIS TENURE, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER BOLDLY CHALLENGED LEGISLATORS TO INVEST IN THE FATE OF LOUISIANA’S FLAGSHIP SCHOOL, RESULTING IN A SPARING OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FROM DEEP CUTS TO STATE FUNDING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 6:           WHEREAS, THE LSU OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, LED BY PRESIDENT ALEXANDER DILIGENTLY ENGAGED IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH LEGISLATORS, AND ADVOCATED ON BEHALF OF LSU STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMNI DURING THE UNPRECEDENTED SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION OF SPRING 2016; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 7:           WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER AND HIS STAFF WORKED DILIGENTLY TO UNIFY STUDENTS, LEGISLATORS, AND LEADERSHIP FROM OTHER LSU CAMPUSES DURING THIS SPECIAL SESSION WHEN LEGISLATORS WERE CALLED TO FILL A HISTORIC  $900 MILLION MID-YEAR BUDGET SHORTFALL THREATENING THE LIVLIHOOD AND FUTURE OF ALL LOUISIANA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 8:           WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER WORKS TOWARD IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AND MAJOR THREATS TO HIGHER EDUCATION, AND PARTNERS WITH STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO ENSURE THE UNIVERSITY IS FUNDED AND ACCESSIBLE FOR STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, OR CREED; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 9:           WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER PROPOSED FEDERAL/STATE FUNDING PARTNERSHIPS IN AN EFFORT TO INCENTIVIZE AN INCREASE TO MATCH STATE CONTRIBUTIONS; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 10:         WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER HAS ADVOCATED FOR THE COLLEGE “SCORECARD,” WHICH SHOWCASES THE TRUE VALUE OF LSU AND THE INSTITUTION’S ABILITY TO PERFORM AT A HIGH LEVEL DESPITE INADEQUATE FUNDING; AND   

     

    PARAGRAPH 11:         WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER CONTINUES TO INCREASE EXPOSURE AND ACCESSIBILITY OF LSU TO EVERY CHILD FROM ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS IN LOUISIANA VIA THE “JOURNEY TO COLLEGE INITIATIVE;” ACKNOWLEDGES THE DRASTIC INCREASE IN EARNINGS POTENTIAL FOR GRADUATES VERSUS NON-GRADUATES; FOCUSES ON INNOVATIVE WAYS TO INCREASE GRADUATION RATES; AND IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE MORE GLOBALLY-MINDED STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF, CREATED AN ON-CAMPUS PASSPORT OFFICE TO INSTITUTE A CULTURE OF LIVING AND TRAVELING ABROAD; AND   

     

    PARAGRAPH 12:         WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER CHAMPIONS THE ENHANCEMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND THE CREATION OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT FOR A STRONGER ECONOMY (WISE) FUND; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 13:         WHEREAS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER HAS WORKED TO GAIN AUTONOMIES IN RISK MANAGEMENT AND PROCUREMENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE COSTS AND REINVEST IN THE UNIVERSITY’S MISSION; AND

     

    PARAGRAPH 14:         WHEREAS, DESPITE BUDGET SHORTFALLS, PRESIDENT ALEXANDER WORKS TO MAINTAIN TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBILITY AND LEVERAGE LSU’S ACADEMIC ACUMENT AND ECONOMIC IMPACT LOCALLY, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, 

     

    THEREFORE, BE IT KNOWN THAT THE STAFF SENATE OF LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY HONORS THE DEDICATION OF PRESIDENT F. KING ALEXANDER AND THE STAFF MEMBERS OF THE LSU OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN RESPONSE TO THE LOUISIANA STATE BUDGET CRISIS OF 2015-16, AS WELL AS THEIR CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO ENSURE LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY REMAINS THE PREMIER FLAGSHIP INSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA.

     

    PRESENTED ON THIS 15TH DAY OF JUNE, 2016 BY THE LSU STAFF SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

     

    President Alexander accepted the resolution and indicated how meaningful this gesture is to him.  All of these things happen because of you, and he will continue to fight for LSU every day. He reiterated his deep appreciation of this recognition.

     

    President’s Closing Address

    President Tammy Millican gave a closing address to the full Senate.

     

    President’s Plaque

    President-Elect Trey Truitt presented President Tammy Millican with a President’s Plaque for her dedication and service as the Staff Senate President and thanked her for all of her tremendous work this past year. 

     

    President-Elect Trey Truitt also recognized President Tammy Millican and presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication and Service as she served as Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee and Communications Committee and Liaison to the Administrative Process Improvement Committee and the University Council on Gender Equity.

     

    Truitt also presented the President’s Attendance Award to President Millican for her perfect attendance at all of the Staff Senate meetings for the year.

     

    Passing of the Gavel

    President Tammy Millican officially passed the gavel to President-Elect Trey Truitt. Past-President Tammy Millican offered her full support to President Trey Truitt as Ex-Officio.

     

    Staff Senator Birthdays

    President Trey Truitt announced that Senator Jennifer Gomez celebrated her birthday on June 4th, Treasurer Michelle Lowery will celebrate her birthday on June 21st and Senator Jon DeRoche will celebrate his birthday on June 23rd.

     

    2016-2017 Executive Committee Officers

    President Trey Truitt announced the new Staff Senate Executive Committee members are President-Elect Michelle Lowery, Secretary Barbara Reonas, Treasurer Kayla Kucharchuk, Member-at-Large Aaron Cherry, and Past-President (Ex-Officio) Tammy Millican.

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

     

    MOTION TO ADJOURN – With there being no more business, Senator Nancy Arnold moved to adjourn.  The motion, seconded by Member-at-Large Aaron Cherry, carried.  The meeting adjourned after noon.

     

    Barbara Reonas, Secretary

     

    BR/mm