STAFF SENATE MEETING MINUTES

    April 19, 2017

                                                               

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery presided over the April 19, 2017, Staff Senate meeting held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in the Legends Club Room at 10:30 a.m. 

     

    ATTENDANCE

    SENATORS                                                    

    Executive/Administrator/ Manager           

     
    Service/Maintenance

    P - Matkovic, Igor (’17)

    P - Cherry, Aaron (‘17)

     
    Professional/Non-Faculty

    P - DeRoche, Jon (’17)

    P - Kucharchuk, Kayla (’17)

    P - Lemoine, Nathan (’17)

    P - Lowery, Michelle (’17)

    P - Millican, Tammy (’17)

    P - Ramachandran, Anand (’17)

    P - Reonas, Barbara (’17)

    A - Spurlock, Maggi (’17)

    P - Steib, Summer (’17)

    P - Villien, Douglas (’17)

    A - Gomez, Jennifer (’18)

    P - Henry, Jake (’18)

    P - Linam, Barrett (’18)

    P - Ortiz, Shelly (’18)

    P - Poret, Elizabeth (’18)

    P - Springstead, Jennifer (’18)

    P - Ethridge, Jade (’19)

    A - Henry, Rachel (’19)

    P - Heroman, Stephanie (’19)

    P - Rios, Hector (’19)

     
    Skilled Crafts

    P - Adedeji, Funmilayo (’19)

     

    Technical/Paraprofessional

    Pr - Corbitt, Brent (’17)

     

    Clerical/Secretarial

    P - Salvadras, Amber (’18)

    P - Arnold, Nancy (’19)

    P - Thibodeaux, Ashley (’19)

     

    A - Indicates Absent               

    P - Indicates Present

    Pr - Indicates Proxy

     
     
    GUESTS:

    Dr. Carol Barry, School of Library and Information Science

    Lisa Schuetz, Auxiliary Services

    Madison Schuetz, Staff Senate Scholarship Recipient

    Shannon Martrain, Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Recipient

    Gretchen Schneider Burton, Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Recipient

    Kevin Stamper, Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Recipient

    Nathan Lewis, Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Recipient

    Chynsia Robertson, Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Recipient

     

    CALL TO ORDER

    The meeting was called to order by President-Elect Michelle Lowery at 10:30 a.m.

     

    ATTENDANCE

    There was a quorum with one proxy noted.

     

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    Senator Jon DeRoche led the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – March 15, 2017, Staff Senate Meeting

     

    A motion to accept the minutes was made by Past-President Tammy Millican. The motion, seconded by Senator Shelly Ortiz, carried.

     

    SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PRESENTATION

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery took time to recognize the recipients of the 2016-2017 Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Award for staff employees. Her first acknowledgement went to Nathan Lewis, who is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from Mississippi State University. Nathan is currently working for the Network Engineering and Architecture department at LSU and enjoys his job. He hopes to apply his studies of software defined networking, distributed systems, and cybersecurity to his future projects. Nathan works as an Information Technology Analyst with Telecommunications.

     

    President-Elect Lowery next recognized Kevin Stamper, majoring in Kinesiology. After graduation, he plans to find a job in the New Orleans area or possibly go back to school to earn his Master’s Degree.  Kevin works as a Custodian with Building Services.

     

    Shannon Martrain, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. She works as a Child Development Assistant with the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool.

     

    Gretchen Schneider Burton, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership and Research program with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. She hopes to successfully defend her dissertation in the fall of 2017.  After graduation, she will first take a much needed vacation, then will stay in her current position as a grant coordinator and counselor until the grant phase is complete.  Afterwards, she hopes to find another position in a student support service area at LSU or as an instructor at another institution. Gretchen works as a Coordinator with the Department of Chemistry.

     

    Chynsia Robertson earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Leadership Development. Since graduating, she has continued to work with the Office of Human Resource Management in her new role as a Learning and Development Facilitator.  

     

    Anne Landry, is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After receiving her Associate’s Degree in Accounting, she became employed at LSU, and was asked to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. Anne works as an Accountant with Accounting Services.

     

    Shannon Loupe, another recipient of the 2016-2017 Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Award, was unable to attend today’s meeting. Shannon works as a Teaching Associate with the University Laboratory School.

     

    Jessica Jarreau, is working on her Masters in Human Resources and Education. She hopes to pursue the many other career opportunities LSU has to offer. Jessica mentioned that she was extremely disappointed of her inability to attend our meeting, due to class and an exam immediately following, but she is proud to be an LSU employee and student, and that she is truly grateful to be awarded the Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship. Jessica works as an Administrative Coordinator with Student Life & Enrollment.

     

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery then recognized Madison Schuetz, a recipient of the 2016-2017 Staff Senate Scholarship Award for staff dependents. Madison is majoring in Kinesiology, with plans to attend Occupational Therapy School and ideally work with children and the elderly. She has found that those are her areas of interest, based upon her work experience as a Physical Therapy Tech and working as an aide in the school environment. Madison’s mother, Lisa Schuetz works with Auxiliary Services in the LSU Student Union.

     

    Bridgette Roundtree, a recipient of the 2016-2017 Staff Senate Scholarship Award, was unable to attend the meeting today. Bridgett’s mother, Marlana Roundtree works with the School of Veterinary Medicine.

     

    GUEST SPEAKER – DR. CAROL BARRY, SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery introduced Dr. Carol Barry who is the Interim Director with the School of Library and Information Science. President-Elect Lowery thanked her for coming to speak about a new Graduate School Certificate Program at LSU.

     

    Dr. Barry expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to share information about this certificate program, and circulated a flier with information about the program. This program is offered in partnership with the Institute of Certified Records Managers and is designed to provide students with an immersive experience of effectively administering recorded information in organizations of all sizes, types and industries. In this program, students will acquire and enhance skills to systematically analyze, control and manage increasingly vast and complex records and information generated in and acquired by organizations while ensuring necessary access, privacy and security.

     

    The reason they decided to offer this certificate in today’s information world is that an organization needs a professional to help with managing and classifying information. According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for professional records and information managers will increase by 14% from now until 2024. That is 103,000 new jobs in the United States. The median salary for these positions is $81,000. She mentioned that people who work in Washington D.C. earn more than people who work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as do people who work in private corporations; but these are nonetheless, good paying professional positions. Dr. Barry wisely noted that many of our peers may currently be acting as the records manager in their unit.

     

    Dr. Barry described the tasks performed by this type of manager in her unit, indicating they track records locations, determine whether documents should still be maintained or discarded, and whether making documents digital is preferable. Also, a records manager will determine access to student or alumni records, limiting those who should not have capability to view certain documents or files. If this is part of your job and you enjoy these tasks, this may be a good career for you. LSU employees can participate in this program without paying tuition to complete this certificate through traditional tuition redemption.

     

    Dr. Barry disclosed the requirements for this graduate certificate include 15 credit hours: three required credit courses and two electives. Students must complete three core courses in records management, principles of information governance and a directed independent study. Students are also required to choose two electives in digital curation, knowledge management, e-discovery or information architecture. If you are not quite sure what that means, they start with the basics and take you through everything the student needs to know for this certificate.

     

    The courses are offered online and students do not need to be present on campus in order to complete this course. They offer this certificate in partnership with the Institute of Certified Records Managers. The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 in order to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers.  

     

    In order to be certified, students typically must pass 6 exams, with an approximate fee of $100-$200 each. Because LSU is doing this in partnership with ICRM, anyone who completes the certificate program though LSU, will have the  first 5 exam fees waived, and is required to pay  only for exam 6. Students in this program must be admitted through the LSU Graduate School, have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in any field from an accredited United States institution, a grade-point average of at least 3.00 on the final 60 hours (half-degree requirement) of undergraduate work, and 3.00 on any graduate-level work. Only the graduate GPA will be considered for those who have earned a graduate degree. They will request a waiver of the Graduate School’s GRE requirement for students who are admitted unconditionally. They are excited to offer this program as they feel it will open many career opportunities for many people.

     

    Dr. Tao Jin is the Director for this certificate program. His contact information was mentioned on the flier and can be contacted with any questions about this program.

     

    Q: Is this offered through LSU Online?

     

    A: No, this is not offered through LSU Online. They do their online classes at a 15 week semester schedule for the courses. 

     

    Q: What about waiving the GRE for students who have already earned their Master’s Degree?

     

    A: Those students who have already earned their Master’s Degree do not need to take the GRE. They do require a grade point average of at least a 3.0 on graduate work.

     

    Q: Does the Tuition Exemption apply for this program?

     

    A: Yes, it does. They already have staff participating in this certificate program.

     

    President-Elect Lowery thanked Dr. Carol Barry for sharing this information with the full Senate today.

     

    PRESIDENT RESIGNATION/SPECIAL ELECTION

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery announced that due to Staff Senate President Truitt’s resignation, we will hold a special election during the meeting and take nominations from the floor according to the Staff Senate Bylaws (Article 3, Section C-8) then hold a paper vote to fill this vacancy. President-Elect Lowery explained that the Interim President will fill this role from today through June 30, 2017 then the President-Elect will take over on July 1, 2017. The Interim President will also serve as Past-President next year, from July 1, 2017 through June 20, 2018. 

     

    Lowery opened the floor for nominations. Treasurer Kayla Kucharchuk nominated Senator Dominic Adedeji on behalf of Senator Brent Corbitt, as she is holding his proxy for today’s meeting. Senator Adedeji respectfully declined the nomination. Past-President Tammy Millican nominated Senator Douglas Villien for President, and Secretary Barbara Reonas seconded the nomination. Senator Villien accepted the nomination, and as there were no other nominations, Senator Villien was unopposed, and the Staff Senate moved for affirmation. All Senators were in favor, no one opposed. President Villien was asked to lead and finish the meeting.  

     

    President Villien thanked everyone for the affirmation.

     

    STANDING COMMITTEES

    President Douglas Villien requested that standing committee updates be provided.

     

    Staff Benefits, Policies & Development

    Senator Nathan Lemoine wanted to thank Auxiliary Services for hosting the New Staff Reception for the evening shift employees on March 21, 2017. It was a highly successful event, with approximately 40+ people in attendance. All invited new staff were able to attend, and expressed being so grateful to be welcomed on campus. Senator Lemoine feels we should continue this event in the future, as it was so well attended and received. A full meal, door prizes and the resources of four vendors were shared, held in the Shirley Plakidas Reception Room in the LSU Student Union Theater.

     

    SPECIAL AD-HOC COMMITTEES

    President Villien requested special ad-hoc committee updates be provided.

     

    Marketing

    Senator Elizabeth Poret reported that the committee met on April 4, along with the students from the capstone marketing class to discuss the Staff Senate Appreciation Event. The written report was included in the meeting packet. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and will consist of a cookout and Baseball Tailgate for the game against Northwestern.  The game starts at 6:30 p.m. so we will plan the tailgate accordingly, with time listed on the invites that go out through email and social media. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be complimentary t-shirts for the first 140 or so people who attend. Campus Federal Credit Union will provide jambalaya for everyone. We will also serve cake and cold drinks. Please share the information posted on the Staff Senate’s Facebook to help promote attendance. The Volunteer Committee will be recruiting about 15 senators to volunteer with the event. The group photograph of the Staff Senate, taken prior to this meeting will be used at this event, as well as Staff Senate’s other events. Also, please join us for the Gymnastics Facility Tour at noon today after the meeting.  The students will be presenting their final presentation on this campaign event on Tuesday, April 26, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. in the Journalism Building in the Holliday Forum for those who would like to attend. President-Elect Michelle Lowery will send a calendar invitation to the full Senate. She mentioned that this will be the final presentation on behalf of Staff Senate by the marketing capstone students. They will review the focus group findings, the campus-wide survey, the appreciation event, social media and additional topics. They have received over 300 responses to the survey and plan on sharing those results. President-Elect Lowery mentioned that Athletics has set-up a promotional ticket link for discounted tickets which is listed under News & Events on the Staff Senate website. 

     

    Two different banner styles were presented by President-Elect Lowery, and after taking a poll of Senators, the first option was selected by a margin of 11 to 8.

     

    Scholarship

    Senator Jade Ethridge reported that the committee has wrapped up the Spring Candy Gram sale. There were 373 candy gram orders, which raised $839.25. There will be taxes and credit card fees deducted from that total, allowing Senate to roughly net about $550.00. Utilizing the online order form through the Foundation was very helpful. There were a few glitches but they were worked out quickly. We hope to utilize this method of ordering again for future candy gram sales. Senator Ethridge suggested rather than separating the orders by students and faculty, we may prefer to offer two different delivery dates in the future.  If anyone has any feedback, please send those to her, the committee members, or the Staff Senate office.  She thanked everyone who placed an order and helped assemble and deliver the candy grams during this spring sale.

     

    Senator Shelly Ortiz asked if orders increased due to online ordering. Melonie Milton, Staff Senate Administrative Coordinator, verified that the past two years have been steady with sales over 300 orders. It seems that as we switched to online ordering, the sales did increase. President Villien requested firm data comparison from last year to this year.  

     

    Volunteer

    Senator Jennifer Springstead announced that May commencement is quickly approaching.  The Main Commencement Speaker this year was announced to be the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.

     

    There are opportunities to volunteer from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and we need as many people as possible to assist with the event.  Volunteer efforts can be made by driving Golf Carts, water distribution, greeting guests, and handing out commencement booklets on the PMAC Concourse. There will be Information Tents to help people navigate to the correct location. We need volunteers from the campus community, so please help spread the word to volunteer. She will send out an email soon. There has been some update to the commencement websites, which lists all of events that will be happening. They are doing something new this year, for graduating seniors: photographs in their cap and gown in the stadium on the day prior to commencement.   Four years ago, an effort was made to assemble incoming freshmen in the Stadium for a photograph, so now students will be able to take their picture four years later as a graduating senior. This is the start of what LSU hopes will be a new tradition. Senator Summer Steib mentioned that seniors will also have their “senior stride”, where they are asking all seniors to show up at one location in their cap and gown and walk through campus. President-Elect Lowery confirmed this event is scheduled on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Seniors are asked to check in at the PMAC to participate in a reflective walk around campus to remember their 4 years at LSU, concluding at the Parade Grounds with catered food and sno-cones.

     

    Senator Nancy Arnold announced that along with Member-at-Large Aaron Cherry, Senator Ashley Thibodeaux will be graduating during May Commencement.

     

    LIAISON COMMITTEES

    President Villien asked that liaison committee updates be provided. 

     

    Faculty Senate

    Secretary Barbara Reonas reported that she and Senator Barrett Linam attended the Faculty Senate meeting on March 22. She mentioned some highpoints as the written report was included in the meeting packet for review. Andrea Ballinger, the new Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology Services spoke about the roadmap for ITS’ goals, and her upcoming trip to meet with the Workday officials in California, so as to request they more align their product with LSU’s needs. She believes in use of best practices in IT support, and intends to implement this, along with the input of relevant stakeholders. If any of you have the opportunity to see any of her presentations on her roadmap for LSU, please do. We’d like to invite her to present to the Staff Senate. Senator Hector Rios mentioned that she has laid out her vision and is sharing it around campus. Her top priorities include IT Governance, projects, and IT infrastructure. With IT Governance, she would like to form a group of different people that would represent their respective groups. The Staff Senate was not on her list, so Rios asked that we be included. She will be in contact once that group forms. It is important to have a Staff Senate Representative included.        

     

    Secretary Reonas announced that the most noteworthy occurrence during the meeting was the announcement of the nominating committee for the upcoming Faculty Senate elections and placement for next year’s Executive Committee. President Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate President for the last 10 years, is taking a sabbatical, so he will not run for President next year. The nominating committee put forth only one name for President-Elect, Dr.  Kenneth McMillian, who is current Vice President.  Dr. Mandy Lopez, who is currently the Member-at-Large, will move into the Vice President position and Dr. Joan King will remain as Secretary. There are 8 candidates for Member-at-Large who were scheduled to give their statements at April’s senate meeting, but at this point, we are unaware of the outcome. Louay Mohammad was elected as Parliamentarian. For any additional information, please refer to the report. 

     

    Past-President Tammy Millican asked if he was taking a sabbatical from Faculty Senate or the University. Secretary Reonas indicated this was a bit unclear in the meeting, however Dr. Cope indicated that he would be acting as Past-President and therefore is likely not on a full sabbatical from the University.  Senator Barret Linam mentioned that it seemed he wasn’t leaving the University, rather focusing more on teaching or research.

     

    Diversity Action Team

    Senator Hector Rios mentioned that he attended the Closing the Gaps Panel discussion on March 17, in the Studio Theater at the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. It was moderated by Laurie Braden who is the Executive Director of UREC. The topic was Exploring the Climate for the LGBTQ Student, Faculty and Staff. It was an interesting conversation and was well attended.

     

    Rios announced that on March 27, the Diversity Action Team heard from Dr. Mary Wallace about the National Coalition Building Institute and how this would be pushed out on campus. He also mentioned that on March 28, he attended the Chat and Chew Series that is scheduled every month. They heard about Islamophobia on Campus. He encouraged everyone to go and listen to some of these discussions that are happening on campus.

     

    OLD BUSINESS:

     

    Staff Senate General Elections – Amended Timeline

    Staff Senate Administrative Coordinator Melonie Milton announced that the Executive Committee amended the general election timeline to accommodate this past holiday week. The deadline to vote was extended from Friday, April 14 to today, Wednesday, April 19. There have been a couple of reminders that have gone out to those who have not yet voted in their category, as the link will remain active until the employee votes. Ballots have only gone out for the Executive/Administrative/Managerial EEO 1 Category for one, 3-year term seat and one, 1-year vacancy seat and for the Professional/Non-Faculty EEO 3 Category for five, 3-year term seats. For the EEO 1 Category, employees will receive two links since 3 staff members are running for the 3-year term seat and 5 different staff members are running for the 1-year vacancy seat. The Executive Committee will announce the winners on April 21.

     

    There have been some senate seats that were filled unopposed. In the Professional/Non-Faculty EEO 3 Category for a 2-year vacancy seat, Secretary Barbara Reonas ran unopposed and for a 1-year vacancy, Megan Stone ran unopposed. In the Technical/Paraprofessional EEO 5 Category, Member-at-Large Aaron Cherry will fill a 3 year term. In the Skilled Crafts EEO 6 Category, Senator Brent Corbitt will serve, with the Service/Maintenance EEO 7 Category 3-year term seat being filled by Senator Igor Matkovic.

     

    Senator Ashley Thibodeaux asked about paper ballots for those who do not have electronic access as mentioned in the bylaws. She referenced the conversation in early fall where it was indicated paper ballots would not be eliminated. 

     

    President-Elect Lowery mentioned that if paper ballots failed to be mentioned in the bylaws revision, it was unintentional, and will be included. Past-President Tammy Millican mentioned that it was, in fact, a clerical mistake and will be included, as the Executive Committee did consider the fact that not everyone on campus has electronic access, when addressing these revisions. The Staff Senate Executive Committee will make the needed correction, and recirculate the final draft of the Bylaws to the full Senate before it is sent to the President’s Office.

     

    Senator Barrett Linam inquired as to how the Senate office checks for duplicate voting. The procedure for ensuring votes are unique was reviewed with the full Senate at that point.

     

    Staff Senate Constitution & Bylaws Updates

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery noted the Constitutional changes approved by Staff Senate last month was intended for inclusion with the general election ballots but this was overlooked. The Staff Senate will therefore seek a vote separately, sometime in July after the new academic year begins.  The Bylaw changes will be sent directly to President Alexander for his review and approval. Since the Staff Senate voted to approve those changes, it does not need a staff vote to be adopted, only approval by the full Senate and LSU President. 

     

    Staff Senate Budget

    Treasurer Kayla Kucharchuk gave a report on the updated balance sheet for the Staff Senate accounts. A copy was circulated to the full Senate.

     

    Bursar Account (Gift Fund) - $249.22

     

    LSU Foundation Accounts:

    Fee Support Scholarship - $14,406.24

    Holiday on Campus Support Fund - $141.99

    Scholarship Award - $3,993.09

    Support Fund – $248.86

    State Account (Operating Budget) $3,728.44

     

    Total Budget: $22,767.84

     

    There were some discrepancies with the Staff Senate Scholarship Account. The Candy Gram Sales were erroneously going into this account from March 29 – April 6 when they should have been going into the Staff Senate Fee Support Account. The problem was corrected, and all deposits will be checked to verify deposit into the correct account.

     

    Staff Senate Gift Fund

    President Villien encouraged senators to contribute to the Gift Fund. Voluntary contributions are $10 per year, per senator.

     

    NEW BUSINESS:

     

    Executive Officer Call for Nominations

    President Villien announced that the Executive Officer Call for Nominations is now open. The timeline was included in the meeting packet. The nomination forms were circulated to everyone in attendance. The eligible candidates were listed at the bottom of the form which includes those who are rerunning for their seat, as those results will not be disseminated until later this week. The nomination form is due back by April 26. As of May 17, candidates who accepted the nomination will give their speeches during the May Meeting. The 2017-2018 Executive Committee will be announced at the June Meeting. He encouraged everyone to consider running for an officer position.

     

    Committee Chair Vacancies

    President Villien announced that there are two committee chair vacancies on the Budget & Finance Committee and the Governmental Relations Committee. President-Elect Lowery sent out an email last year regarding these vacancies but has not received notification of anyone’s interest. Please consider serving in this leadership role or co-chairing with a fellow senator. If you are serving on another committee and would like to change appointments, please let us know. The members currently on those committees were mentioned and may be contacted separately to serve as chair. Past-President Millican mentioned, with the Legislature is session right now, it’s important for these committees to become more active in conversations, and keep staff and the senate abreast of important bills and budget information.

     

    APIC Liaison Appointment

    President Villien announced that the Staff Senate appoints two senators to the Administrative Process Improvement Committee (APIC) each year. We currently have one vacancy on this committee. Senator Shelly Ortiz was asked to serve as our second representative. The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, April 26, at 9 a.m. President Villien will make sure that Senator Ortiz is included on Sandy Gillilan’s distribution list. The committee is currently discussing what kind of representation to have, or even if it should be expanded. Also, members only serve for one year, and it may be more effective to ask committee members to serve longer terms.   

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

     

    Faculty and Staff Savings Event at Barnes & Noble at LSU

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery mentioned that there was a flier included in the meeting packet regarding the LSU Tech Store’s biggest Apple promotion of the semester on Tuesday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Tech Store, located on the 2nd floor of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at LSU, to check out what deals you can receive on Apple computers, laptops, iPads and more. This announcement will also go out on Staff Senate’s Social Media.

     

    Senator Summer Steib announced that in partnership with the LSU Staff Senate, the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes and the Office of Diversity Women’s Center are hosting We’ve Got Game on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:00 p.m. at Tiger Park as LSU Softball takes on South Alabama. We’ve Got Game is an initiative to raise awareness about and support women’s sports teams at LSU. The event includes a tour of the park, free tickets to the game and refreshments. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students and is family friendly. Registration is required and will be open through tomorrow morning.

     

    Past-President Millican congratulated Senator Jade Ethridge who is engaged to be married.

     

    Past-President Millican announced that Spring Greening Day on campus will be held on April 20, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There will be a sustainability expo. They have about 150 or so volunteers but approximately 200 volunteers are needed.  Jimmy Johns will provide lunch. Everything is pre-prepared to help plant or mulch around the trees. Our landscape services group is very small right now and they have about 30,000 plants to plant.

     

    Past-President Tammy Millican announced that the next Closing the Gaps Panel Series on the Wage Gap has been postponed until the beginning of the fall semester. You don’t want to miss this one, as they have done some research for discussion.

     

    President-Elect Michelle Lowery mentioned that last night was the Student Government Banquet. She and Senator Anand Ramachandran attended. Senator Ramachandran was recognized as the Staff Senate Liaison and was thanked for his service.

     

    Lowery also announced that LSU has a New Student Body President and Vice President who were installed at the inauguration on Monday. If you would like to attend the Student Senate Meeting tonight, it is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital Chamber Room in the Union where they will officially take over and be sworn in front of the full Senate. The new Student Government President has expressed an interest to speak to the full Staff Senate, so we will be sure to invite him to an upcoming meeting. They are also very interested in partnering on future initiatives. They will also be hosting the Student Government SEC Exchange here in July, so they may ask for assistance with that event.  

     

    President-Elect Lowery also announced that the Tiger Twelve Ceremony is scheduled on Saturday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Business Education Complex Rotunda. The Tiger Twelve is awarded to 12 seniors, who have displayed their “LSU Commitment to Community.” The ceremony is scheduled on Sunday and she needs two volunteers from 2:30 p.m. until 4:40 p.m.to check in students and assist with other tasks.

     

    Past-President Tammy Millican announced that the Student Government Administrator of the Year was awarded to Jeff Campbell and is very well deserved.  

     

    Senator Jake Henry announced that tomorrow at noon in the Law Center Auditorium, they are having “Marijuana Law Day.” There will be discussions about the legal aspects facing the medicinal and recreational marijuana issues in our state and beyond.

     

    Staff Senator Birthdays

     

    President Villien mentioned that there are no Senator birthdays for the month of April.

     

    MOTION TO ADJOURN – With there being no more business, Senator Nancy Arnold moved to adjourn.  The motion, seconded by Senator Jennifer Springstead carried.  The meeting adjourned after noon.

     

    Barbara Reonas, Secretary

     

    BR/mm