Size Medium jackets that were pre-ordered are now in and ready for pickup. There are jackets left in the following sizes that are available for purchase: 16 XL, 10 2XL, and 1 3XL. Call Casey Finch at 662-325-0664 to schedule pick-up between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All jackets are available for pick-up/purchase in Memorial Hall 313.
Get to know more about the people that represent you! Staff Council member profiles are posted on our Facebook page. Check it out at www.facebook.com/MSUStaffCouncil
Staff Council and the Work-Life Balance committee are sponsoring a free Family Care Seminar on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in Bost Theater from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This come-and-go event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the community, with no registration required. Please attend the session or sessions that best fit your family’s needs.
For more information about this event or to request accommodations relating to a disability, please contact Meg Arnold at email@example.com. Additional details including session descriptions and speaker information are available on the Work-Life Balance website at www.worklifebalance.msstate.edu/family-care-seminar/
Staff Council is sponsoring a photo contest during homecoming weekend, October 11-13, 2013 featuring staff submissions showing their MSU pride! MSU Staff are encouraged to submit photos for the chance to win a gift ($50 value).
* Take a photo showing maroon pride (Maroon Friday, office, tailgating, gameday, family, etc.)!
* At least one person in the photo must be an MSU Staff member.
* Submit the photo and description (including staff’s name and department) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Submissions will close on Monday, Oct 14 at 5:00 p.m.
* Photos will be uploaded into a Facebook album as they are received.
* Staff will be encouraged to "Like" their favorite photos in the album. Be sure to invite other staff to "Like" the Staff Council Facebook page along with your photo.
* Voting will be based on number of Likes on the photo (comments will not be counted as votes).
* The photo with the most Likes by Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. is the winner. The person that submitted the photo will receive the gift.
* The winning photo will be featured on the www.facebook.com/MSUStaffCouncil
-- Photos will be uploaded as they are received, so earlier submissions offer the opportunity for more likes.
-- Voting will be based on likes, so more creative submissions will garner more votes!
-- Please submit a high quality photo.
If you have any questions about the contest, please send an email to email@example.com.
Staff Council sold out of size Small during the pre-orders. However, we will be taking another order for size Small jackets during the sales on Oct. 1 & Oct. 2! If you think you would like a size Small jacket, please come to the sale to try it on. If you would like a small, we will take your payment and information and order them on Thursday.
Jacket sale for Oct. 2nd, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., has been moved to the Allen Hall Breezeway (side facing the Drill Field)
Get to know more about Staff Council and what we are working on for you!
Staff Council will provide current information, announcements, news, etc. to keep you informed of the many opportunities and happenings at MSU and in the community.
In this issue of THE VOICE:
*A message from Staff Council Chair, Natalie Ray
*Meet Staff Council's Newest Members
*HRM discusses new FMLA Form
*Staff Jackets for Sale
*Do you know who your Staff Council Rep is for your division/area?
Click the link to read this and more in the September 2013 Newsletter published by the MSU Staff Council:
In our recently completed survey of 3,606 Mississippi State employees, we found that an overwhelming number of respondents say they’re proud to be part of the MSU community. Completed by 1,200 staff members, a 33 percent response rate, the survey reveals that 9 of 10 respondents express pride in their affiliation with the university. More than 90 percent of the respondents also said they would recommend Mississippi State as a place of employment. Among other positive employee perceptions of the university were satisfaction with the ability to communicate and stay informed while at work, with respondents citing both their ability to check the MSU website at work and knowledge of where to find information about campus events.
Overall, the 2013 survey, when compared with 2012, showed improvement in 5 of 44 survey items. The remaining 39 items were statistically unchanged. The most significant improvements were in knowing how to contact staff council representatives (up 0.17 points to 3.40), understanding the role of Staff Council (up 0.15 points to 3.63), believing that Staff Council provides a voice for MSU Staff (up 0.13 points to 3.50), believing that Staff Council fosters communication between staff and administration (up 0.12 points to 3.55), and believing that Staff Council provides a forum to discuss issues at the university (up 0.12 points to 3.54).
Among areas of staff concern reflected in the survey were being paid fairly compared to people working in similar jobs in the surrounding community, having adequate parking, having opportunities for staff advancement within the university, and being paid fairly compared to people working in similar jobs at MSU.
The complete Staff Survey General Results along with the Survey Summary by the Divisions of the University can be found on the Staff Council website in the box on the right side of the site labeled “Staff Satisfaction Survey Results.”
Staff Council will be offering a black unlined, wind & water resistant Softex Polyester jacket for all MSU staff to purchase. The jacket features a mesh-lined hood, front pockets, and open hem with shock-cord drawstring and a new Hail State Logo.
**On Campus Sale Dates**
October 1: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
October 2: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jacket Sizes & Prices:
Small - XL: $25 2XL - 4XL: $27
(Checks should be made out to MSU Foundation)
Preorders available for the following areas ONLY until September 23: County Offices, Vet School, Meridian Campus, Animal Dairy Science (Farm Workers/Laborers only) & Stennis Space Center.
Payment MUST be received with the order form when submitting your order.
**Jackets will NOT be reserved or released until payment has been received**
*Deadline for Department Transfer was September 23rd.
Luncheon in the Junction/Staff Appreciation Day T-Shirts
T-shirts will be sold the day of the event. Sizes Small - 2XL are left .
By Mike Harris, November 14, 2012
Mike Harris, Director of Parking Services, addressed the Council on the issues with parking violations. He presented the Council with the statistics of violations that happen each semester. For the 2012 fiscal year, there were 761 students, staff and faculty that had 5 - 9 citations. There were 154 offenders who had 10 - 14 citations, 67 offenders who had 15 - 19 citations and 59 offenders who had 20 or more citations.
Harris stated that charging for parking after 5:00 p.m. has always been in the policy. He stated that there are more students and additional citation writers that have contributed to a more strict enforcement in the policy in recent years. Continuation of ticketing after 5 p.m. for no permit is currently under review.
Funds that Parking Services generate are used for things such as parking lot renovations, construction, maintenance, and transit. He reported that it costs approximately $10,000.00 per month to operate a shuttle bus. To help fund the shuttle service, the money is collected through parking permits and citation fees. If the amount for citations and tickets after five are reduced due to a lack of enforcement, the cost of parking permits may go up in order to fund obligations.
Citations for "no permit" are not being written after five until the policy is further reviewed. Currently only violations for handicap, service, exclusive service, or other violations of this type are being enforced after five.
Visitor permits are free for the first day. After the first day, they are two dollars per day, or ten dollars per month. Visitor permits can be purchased online (https://visitor.parkingservices.msstate.edu) and printed out and placed on the driver side dash prior to arriving on campus. Currently, summer camp parking is not being charged for but that it maybe should be due to the fact that those attending camps pay for other services such as food and housing.
Harris also discussed the future parking garage; where parking costs are based on time and anyone can park there; the cost will be $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour up to a maximum of $10 for a 24 hour period. The first violation for no permit may be voided if they go to parking services. With communication, parking services can further educate violators in ways that can aid visitors who come to campus and citations can be avoided.
Departmental guests who receive visitor permits from Parking Services for distribution should record who they are being given to for a record and to also help identify those who may have to be contacted due to improper parking or an emergency situation. In the future, Harris would like to discuss the possibility of offering a Rub Off Permit for departmental VIP's. These would have a year, month, and day that could be rubbed off and given to there guests, and they could cost $2 per day as well. This could help departments to limit the amount of people they give visitors passes to and help with accountability of the permits distributed. Currently, the yellow visitor permits can be issued for any amount of days as long as they are consecutive.
Harris was asked how difficult it is to get visitors to pay to park on campus and reported that it is very difficult. He says that 60% of tickets that are issued to visitors are returned and voided because of the educational opportunities and many do not get a permit at all and because of the size of the university it is difficult to cover it all, all the time.
Harris emphasized that parking both in the private and public sector is never free. He said that funds are being supplemented somehow whether it is from some other organization, business, or taxes in general. When parking was removed from the police department, E & G funds were removed, and the department began with a $0 balance. That was when citations doubled from $25 to $50 to cover operational costs, maintenance of lots, construction, and transportation which became ongoing obligations of the parking department. At the time there were only two parking services officers to cover the whole campus.
When additional shuttles were added and additional lots constructed, Parking Services was responsible for the costs, so the costs of permits had to increase. With the increase of asphalt, the costs of parking lot improvements increased.
Harris was also asked what he predicted as the increase for permits and answered that it would probably increase at a minimum of $10 each year to keep up with the growing student enrollment needs of parking and transportation. However, MSU is currently in the bottom three of costs for parking permits in the SEC. Most universities have parking permits and a transportation fees to help fund their transportation systems. MSU, however, does not have a transportation fee and this is all funded through permits and citations. If MSU were to have a transportation fee as some other universities then permit costs could possibly be adjusted.
Harris says that parking comes down to three words: cheap, enough, and convenient. "You can have two of them, you will never find all three," said Harris.
By Dr. Steve Taylor, October 10, 2012
Dr. Steve Taylor, Interim Director of the Center for Distance Education met with Staff Council on October 10, 2012, to discuss distance education fees for Mississippi State employees. The following information was shared during the discussion.
*Policy HRM #60-225 regulates tuition remission for MSU employees (http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/PDF/60225.pdf). The Tuition Remission Program does not include course fees; therefore, distance learning fees are paid by the employee.
* Beginning in fall 2012, a $25 per credit hour “Instructional Support Fee” was added to all distance courses to cover the technology costs
* Currently, the total fees for a 3-hour distance course could be as low as $75 or as high as $672.
* A specific area of concern discussed with Dr. Taylor was the cost of courses for MSU-Starkville employees enrolled in the distance Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
Staff Council appreciates the University’s continued commitment to encourage staff to further their education while employed at MSU. Furthermore, given the complexity of the topic of distance education fees and its potential to impact the costs for some staff to continue their chosen program of study while employed at MSU, Staff Council appreciates the University continuing to review the fee structure for distance courses.
By Dr. Bill Kibler, October 10, 2012
Dr. Bill Kibler, Vice President of Student Affair, met with Staff Council on October 10, 2012, to present a proposed revision MSU’s tobacco policy (OP 01.301). Currently, this policy prohibits the use of tobacco in university vehicles and indoor facilities, bans smoking within 25 feet of building entrances, and prohibits the sale or advertizing of tobacco on campus. The 2006 policy also informed stakeholders of the dangers of tobacco, promoted tobacco cessation programs on campus, and delegated the enforcement of the policy to the Student Code of Conduct and the Faculty Handbook.
The proposed revisions will further restrict the use of tobacco and smoking on campus. Beginning on January 1, 2013, the university will limit tobacco use to one designated location per building or facility or within enclosed personal vehicles. Beginning in August 1, 2014, tobacco use will be banned from all university property including interior spaces, university vehicles, partially enclosed spaces, and outside grounds. Tobacco use will be allowed within enclosed personal vehicles. The proposed revised policy states that all students, employees, and guests are expected to comply with the tobacco restriction, and it encourages members of our campus community to respectfully inform others to the prohibition against tobacco and to enhance awareness and encourage compliance. Therefore, the revised policy would no longer be enforced through the Student Code of Conduct or the Faculty Handbook, but would be encouraged by peer education and persuasion.
During the presentation, the Council discussed the paternalistic nature of the tobacco policy with Dr. Kibler. There was also concern expressed about the lack of authority in the enforcement mechanism and the probable lack of compliance by die-hard smokers and during large gatherings like football tailgating. Dr. Kibler acknowledged both of these challenges, but stated that over time the university will continue to see a culture change in regards to compliance. He added that during the 1980’s it would have been hard to believe that every building on campus would ultimately be 100% smoke free, but that today, one would be hard-pressed to find someone smoking in any building on campus. He added that this change was not the result of authoritative enforcement, but was the result of a gradual change in culture and peer encouragement. He believed that we will very likely see a similar change after the implementation of the proposed revised policy.
Staff Council discussed the proposed modifications to OP 91.301. The Council voted to approve the policy with the following considerations. The university should understand that some students who use tobacco will not have a personal vehicle to smoke in and will be forced to walk off campus to Lee Dr., Hwy 182, or Blackjack Rd. to comply with the tobacco ban. The general consensus was that this creates a safety concern for these students.
The Council asked that the policy allow for the use of electronic delivery systems (e-cigarettes). These devices may provide an acceptable, non-offensive option to smokers who wish to comply with the tobacco ban. As noted in the supporting material, these devices are not FDA approved, but that is irrelevant, and the university should consider excluding them from the policy.
Tobacco-Free Campus Policy - The Way Forward, V 2_1.pdf
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