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Dickinson State University Staff Senate Minutes December 20, 2007, 1:30 p.m. – Klinefelter Conference Room 107 Members Present: Christie Chernich, Alicia Erickson, Heidi Larson, Mary McDermott, Kevin Moberg, Shanna Schoch, Jacob Seigler, Kelly Steffes, Anthony Willer, and Corina Zalesky. Members Absent: Bonnie Bohlman, Kent Featherstone, Jane Fischer, Steven Glasser, James Haaland, Timothy Kreidt, Stuart Savelkoul, Lori Wagner, and Stacy Wilkinson. Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 1:40 p.m. by Vice-President Kelly Steffes. Adoption of Agenda: Shanna Schoch made a motion to accept the agenda. Kevin Moberg seconded the motion; motion carried. Approval of Minutes: Mary McDermott made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected; Alicia Erickson seconded the motion; motion carried. COMMITTEE REPORTS Standing Committees: Continuing Education Committee: Kelly Steffes reported. Advanced Excel training took place on December 18, 2007. There were 20 people total that attended two sessions; an am session and a pm session. The next training is possibly Covey training, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in February. More information will follow in the coming weeks. Hiring Process of Staff Committee: Mary McDermott reported that the committee has not met. Nothing to report. Mary announced that she would need to step down as the chair of this committee since she is leaving Staff Senate and DSU. Steve Glasser was graciously volunteered to step up to take her position as the chair of this committee. Anthony Willer also graciously stepped up to become a member of this committee. Emergency Management Preparedness Committee: Shanna Schoch reported that the committee has not met. Nothing to report. Staff Senate Web Page Committee: Mary McDermott reported. Mary has finished building the new web pages. One picture needs to be added, however, the site is up and running. http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/mcdermott/staff_senate/ss_home.html Mary will step down from this committee as well. Heidi Larson has graciously stepped up to be the chair of this committee. It was decided that since the web site is finished, Staff Senate will continue with this committee but it will be cut down to just one member. Staff Senate Web Page will also be taken off of the agenda; if more issues arise for this agenda item it will be put back on. Alicia Erickson also stepped down from this

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committee. In the future, if more committee members are needed the senate will add them again. Budget Committee: Alicia Erickson reported that the committee has not met. However, Alicia has been doing research on other universities. She has found that some universities Staff Senates have their Budget Committee tied into a Budget and Scholarship committee. At this time we will table further discussion until the next meeting where we will discuss combining our Scholarship Committee and Budget Committee. Old Business: 1. Staff Retiree Status: Corina Zalesky reported the committee has not met. 2. Staff Senate Scholarship: Kelly Steffes reported that Alicia Erickson had been researching other universities Staff Senate Scholarship requirements. When Alicia pulled up the University of North Dakota’s she found some verbiage that she suggested to the rest of Staff Senate to change on our own scholarship requirements. The new verbiage suggested was in regards to identifying a staff members time of service, “A Staff Member who has been employed by Dickinson State University for a minimum of one year at the time of application deadline.” This was tabled until the next meeting so more members would be available for discussion on making this change. 3. Celebrating the Presidency: Nothing to report. New Business: 1. Staff Senate Christmas Party: Kelly Steffes asked for ideas for a Staff Senate Christmas party this year. The Christmas Party is scheduled for January 11, 2008 at 5 pm. 2. Other: Adjournment: Kelly Steffes adjourned the meeting at 2:13 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in Klinefelter Conference Room 107.

Respectfully Submitted,

Christie Chernich ~ Staff Senate Secretary

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