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Job Family 4 Candidates for 2014-2017 Senate Term

We have two (2) seats available in Job Family 4 for the term starting July 2014. Learn more about your candidates below:

Kami Gollhofer

Academic Advisor- Marketing, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Nursing Department

I started my employment at Missouri State University in July 2012 as a part time Academic Advisor in the Department of Nursing. In September of 2013, I accepted the full time Advisor- Marketing, Recruitment and Retention position within the same department. It is my goal while at MSU to not only learn and grow as an individual but to also give back, supporting the University’s continued growth and development. I believe the Staff Senate serves as a backbone to the University by supporting staff members through initiation of policies and creating staff involvement on campus to promote a sense of belonging and empowerment. I would love the opportunity to serve on Staff Senate and be a part of the culture and history of an outstanding University!

Peng Zhang

China Operations Specialist, Office of Research and Economics Development and China Programs

Although I have been serving at Missouri State as a full time staff for a little over one year, I have been a “Bear” for a while. I started my journey at MSU in fall 2008 as an exchange student from one of our partner universities in China until spring 2012, when I graduated with my Master of Business Administration degree at Missouri State. During these years, I had served as graduate assistant in the office of Research and Economic Development for two years. And before I finally landed in my current position, I had served in the Office of International Programs for one year. Therefore, Missouri State had a significant influence on my education and early career life. Honestly I’m like a “product” made by MSU. Now it’s time to give back to the campus community. I believe serving on the Staff Senate is a great opportunity to support all the dedicated and hardworking staff members and recognize their great value added to our campus community. Also my international background will make me a good representative for international staff members on campus. I personally believe that the more I can get involved, the more I will love this campus.  I will be very proud to get this opportunity to serve the MSU staff family, and hopefully have an impact on the MSU community.

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Job Family 1 Candidate for 2014-2017 Senate Term

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 1 for the term starting in July 2014. Learn more about your candidate below:

Kelly Bridges

Administrative Assistant II, Safety and Transportation/Transit Operations Center

I have been employed with MSU, in Parking Administration, since November 2011.  I was hired as an Administrative Assistant I and then was promoted to Administration II in February 2013.  When I heard I had been nominated for a seat on the MSU Staff Senate, I went to their webpage to see if it was something I would like to be involved in.  I looked at the Initiatives and was very impressed with what the Senate has done for the employees of this campus, the Campus itself, and the community of Springfield as a whole.  I decided immediately that this was something I would really enjoy putting my time and effort into.  It would be an honor and a privilege to represent my colleagues as a member of the Staff Senate.

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2014 Staff Senate Nomination Form

Staff Senate is now accepting senator nominations for the term beginning July 2014.  Those elected will have the chance to serve Missouri State University by advocating for continuous improvements  to personal and professional development opportunities for staff and by initiating or assisting in programs and changes that benefit staff at the university.  Senators must be able to fulfill all three of the following criteria:

  • commit to a three-year senate term
  • attend one Staff Senate meeting each month (usually the first Thursday of the month from 11 AM to noon)
  • serve on at least one Staff Senate committee each year

If you or another staff person that you know would like to get involved by becoming a Staff Senate senator, fill out the nomination form below by April 15, 2014, or request a paper form by sending an email to StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu.  Elections will take place after May 1, 2014.

The following Staff Senate seats are available for the term beginning July 2014:

1 seat – Job Family 1 (administrative support positions)
2 seats – Job Family 4 (executive, administrative, and managerial positions)

If you do not know the job family of the person you wish to nominate, you can refer to the Office of Human Resources web page on job descriptions.  Follow this link, and then enter the job title of the person you wish to nominate.  Locate and click on the appropriate job description page, and then scroll down until you find the heading “Job Family.”

For more information about Staff Senate, please visit our website, or contact us by email at StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu.

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Job Family 1 Candidates for the 2013 – 2016 Senate Seats

We have two (2) seats available in Job Family 1 for the term starting in July 2013. Learn more about your candidates below

Jamie Hall   Administrative Specialist II   Institutional Research

For the past year and a half I have worked for Missouri State as an Administrative Specialist II in the Office of Institutional Research. I am a Missouri State Alum (I attended MSU-West Plains for two years and then finished out my Theatre B.A. at MSU Springfield). I’m interested in being a part of the Staff Senate because it seems like it would be a good way to stay on top of things going on in the university, as well as being a way to give something back!

Sandy Johnson     Administrative Specialist III     Faculty Senate Office

Sandra Leigh Johnson joined Missouri State University in 2007 as an administrative specialist for the Office of the Provost. She had previously worked as an advertising copywriter for 15 years at Noble and Associates in Springfield. In 2008 she transferred to the Faculty Senate Office as an administrative specialist III. She enjoys working for the Faculty Senate and helped bring the office into the Banner age, creating an online tracking system for curricular proposals and Senate Actions, presenting Curricular Proposal Process workshops, and working with a committee to make the curricular challenge packets accessible in Banner, eliminating thousands of hard copies each year. During her three-year term in Staff Senate, Sandy has enjoyed working on a variety of committees, working with others to help all staff members enjoy a better and more balanced work life. Recently she created and co-chairs the new Administrative Professional Forum Committee—a committee that plans and organizes regular forums on the Springfield campus where admins can hear the latest updates from the departments they work with, ask questions, and receive tips and information about the latest opportunities and processes. The first forum is planned for May 29th. Sandy appreciates that this committee has a home with Staff Senate, and looks forward to its future work and the benefits that hopefully many offices and departments will receive.

In her personal time, Sandy is a crafty blogger, a published playwright, and has appeared in many Springfield Little Theatre productions on the mainstage at the Landers Theatre during the last 20 years. Some of Sandy’s favorite roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and a royal wife in The King and I. Her husband and daughter have been active in theatre as well. Daughter Lauren is currently finishing up her freshman year here at Missouri State as a Mass Media/Digital Film major. Sandy is also a member of the Bear Spangled Singers—actually inventing that name on the fly, when the singers were standing on the field the first time, and the announcer asked what the group’s name was—the working title MSU Super Singers had never quite worked, and in a quick huddle everyone agreed, and in seconds, they were announced as the Bear Spangled Singers.

Sharon Lopinot Administrative Assistant III Greenwood Lab School

This is my 20th year working at the University. For the last 18 years I have worked at Greenwood Laboratory School. I served on Staff Senate years ago and was also the Chair for one year. I know change takes time. My group actually started the research and submitted a proposal for changing the vacation accrual policy. I am a good listener and would share information with and from staff in my job family. I know that all staff are an important part of the University.

Janelle Melton Administrative Assistant II Honor’s College

As I write this bio today, April 1, 2013, I am remembering that on this day 10 years ago, I began my employment here at (S)MSU in the Bursar’s Office. I was there for 2 years.

I then found a wonderful and newly created position in the Career Center for the next 4 ½ years as the Admin Asst. II to the Asst. Director of the Career Center as well as the Legislative Internship Director. I then left the Career Center because both of my bosses retired and my position there was no longer needed.

A brand new Admin Asst. II position opened up in the Honors College working with the then Asst. Director. I have been here in this wonderful position for 3 ½ years now and plan on staying here until I retire in December of 2016.

I am married to my college sweetheart for 7 years now and between the two of us we have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. My son is getting married this June in Belfast, Northern Ireland to an Irish lassie and that is the last one of the six to get married. We do anticipate more grandchildren in the next few years.

I am a Master Gardener, along with my husband, and am studying Horticulture here at MSU. We live in Marshfield and have 2 large raised bed gardens where we grow our own salsa makings. My husband cans up wonderful salsa and tomatoes and green beans. I am also a member of the Hawthorne chapter of the IAAP and have my CPS/CAP certification.

Karen Sikes Executive Assistant College of Arts and Letters

I am the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. I have been in this position since January 2012, and was the Academic Administrative Assistant for the Department of Communication the previous 8 years I have been working at the university. I’m very interested in university staff matters, and would like to have a voice on Staff Senate. I feel like my presence on Staff Senate would be of value to the university and my colleagues.

Laurie Wilson Administrative Assistant II Agriculture Department

I moved to Springfield in December 2007 and I have been working at Missouri State University in the School of Agriculture since August 2011. I enjoy working on the MSU campus and interacting with the faculty, staff and students. I look at this as a great opportunity to get to know other staff members on campus. MSU is a great place to work and I want to do my part by serving as a representative for my peers.

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Job Family 2 Candidates for 2013-2016 Senate Seats

We have two (2) seats available in Job Family 2 for the term starting July 2012. Learn more about your candidates below!

Addie Douglas Custodian 1 Campus Recreation

I began working at the University in 1993 at Glass Hall third shift for two years. I went to Residence Life Housing worked at Freudenburger House 5th floor girls floor until 2005. From there to Academics cleaning University Hall, Burgess House, Madison, and ROTC. At this time, I am working in the Foster Recreation Center in charge of cleaning all the restrooms and common areas.

David Falls Custodian 1 Plaster Student Union

I am David Falls and I am running for staff senate job family 2. I have worked for Missouri State university for 18 years. I now work at Plaster Student Union. The staff community has many concerns from pay increase’s to insurance issues. I want to bring all issues that staff members want to address and give them a sounding board for any and all concerns. A vote for me will be a vote for your issues. You will have a voice. Thank you.

Karen Willde Public Safety Parking Control Attendant Safety and Transportation

I have worked for Missouri State since 2006. Most of that time has been with the Safety and Transportation department as the parking control attendant. Many of you know me as “the booth lady”. In my position, I meet alot of people, and hear many praises and complaints about the university. This feedback from visitors, faculty and staff can be helpful in making our university better than it already is. I would like to be involved in doing that.

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Job Family 3 Candidate for 2013-2016 Senate Seats

We have two (2) seats available in Job Family 3 for the term staring July 2013. Learn more about your candidates below!

Ian Alaimo Instructional Tech Support Specialist College of Health and Human Services

I’ve been at Missouri State since the fall of 1996 when I transferred here as a sophomore. I started working as a lab assistant in the CHHS computer lab in spring of 1997 and then was hired full time in 1999 as a Distributed User Support Specialist in CHHS. Then in 2011 I became an Instructional Technology Support Specialist in CHHS. I’ve been on various SCUF, budget and ITAC committees and thought Staff Senate would also be an enjoyable experience and way for me to get involved.

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Job Family 4 Candidates for 2013-2016 Senate Seat

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 4 for the term starting July 2013. Learn more about your candidates below!

Tara Benson Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programming Office of Student Engagement

I have been a full-time staff member at Missouri State University in the Office of Student Engagement since September 2007, following my three year tenure at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. I’ve always been proud to serve the campus community at Missouri State, but that pride swelled after completing the University Staff Ambassadors program in 2011. After graduating from the USA program, I began looking at my role as a staff member at Missouri State. First and foremost, I consider it is a privilege to work at Missouri State alongside such dedicated and hardworking staff members and I want that to be recognized and valued on campus. As a Staff Senator I will continue to advocate for university committee involvement, recognition, and support for staff members.

Robert Moore Financial Aid Counselor Office of Financial Aid

I am originally from all over (son of a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot) but we eventually settled just outside of the Springfield area. In 2004 I made the short move to Springfield to attend MSU. I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and went directly into the Master of International Affairs and Administration program from which I graduated in 2010. I served as a graduate assistant in both the Political Science Department as well as the Financial Aid Office which is where I eventually landed upon graduation as a Financial Aid Counselor. I have been a Bear in some form or another for nearly 10 years now and have loved every minute of it. Based on this experience I know that MSU is a great place to be both a student and an employee and want to help continue that tradition in any way possible. I believe serving on the Staff Senate is a great way to be more involved on campus while making a great impact for the MSU community.

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Provost Area Candidates for 2013 – 2016 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the Provost’s Area for the term starting July 2013. Learn more about your candidates below!

Jamie Hall   Administrative Specialist II   Institutional Research

For the past year and a half I have worked for Missouri State as an Administrative Specialist II in the Office of Institutional Research. I am a Missouri State Alum (I attended MSU-West Plains for two years and then finished out my Theatre B.A. at MSU Springfield). I’m interested in being a part of the Staff Senate because it seems like it would be a good way to stay on top of things going on in the university, as well as being a way to give something back!

Sandy Johnson     Administrative Specialist III     Faculty Senate Office

Sandra Leigh Johnson joined Missouri State University in 2007 as an administrative specialist for the Office of the Provost. She had previously worked as an advertising copywriter for 15 years at Noble and Associates in Springfield. In 2008 she transferred to the Faculty Senate Office as an administrative specialist III. She enjoys working for the Faculty Senate and helped bring the office into the Banner age, creating an online tracking system for curricular proposals and Senate Actions, presenting Curricular Proposal Process workshops, and working with a committee to make the curricular challenge packets accessible in Banner, eliminating thousands of hard copies each year. During her three-year term in Staff Senate, Sandy has enjoyed working on a variety of committees, working with others to help all staff members enjoy a better and more balanced work life. Recently she created and co-chairs the new Administrative Professional Forum Committee—a committee that plans and organizes regular forums on the Springfield campus where admins can hear the latest updates from the departments they work with, ask questions, and receive tips and information about the latest opportunities and processes. The first forum is planned for May 29th. Sandy appreciates that this committee has a home with Staff Senate, and looks forward to its future work and the benefits that hopefully many offices and departments will receive.

In her personal time, Sandy is a crafty blogger, a published playwright, and has appeared in many Springfield Little Theatre productions on the mainstage at the Landers Theatre during the last 20 years. Some of Sandy’s favorite roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and a royal wife in The King and I. Her husband and daughter have been active in theatre as well. Daughter Lauren is currently finishing up her freshman year here at Missouri State as a Mass Media/Digital Film major. Sandy is also a member of the Bear Spangled Singers—actually inventing that name on the fly, when the singers were standing on the field the first time, and the announcer asked what the group’s name was—the working title MSU Super Singers had never quite worked, and in a quick huddle everyone agreed, and in seconds, they were announced as the Bear Spangled Singers.

Sharon Lopinot Administrative Assistant III Greenwood Lab School

This is my 20th year working at the University. For the last 18 years I have worked at Greenwood Laboratory School. I served on Staff Senate years ago and was also the Chair for one year. I know change takes time. My group actually started the research and submitted a proposal for changing the vacation accrual policy. I am a good listener and would share information with and from staff in my job family. I know that all staff are an important part of the University.

Janelle Melton Administrative Assistant II Honor’s College

As I write this bio today, April 1, 2013, I am remembering that on this day 10 years ago, I began my employment here at (S)MSU in the Bursar’s Office. I was there for 2 years.

I then found a wonderful and newly created position in the Career Center for the next 4 ½ years as the Admin Asst. II to the Asst. Director of the Career Center as well as the Legislative Internship Director. I then left the Career Center because both of my bosses retired and my position there was no longer needed.

A brand new Admin Asst. II position opened up in the Honors College working with the then Asst. Director. I have been here in this wonderful position for 3 ½ years now and plan on staying here until I retire in December of 2016.

I am married to my college sweetheart for 7 years now and between the two of us we have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. My son is getting married this June in Belfast, Northern Ireland to an Irish lassie and that is the last one of the six to get married. We do anticipate more grandchildren in the next few years.

I am a Master Gardener, along with my husband, and am studying Horticulture here at MSU. We live in Marshfield and have 2 large raised bed gardens where we grow our own salsa makings. My husband cans up wonderful salsa and tomatoes and green beans. I am also a member of the Hawthorne chapter of the IAAP and have my CPS/CAP certification.

Karen Sikes Executive Assistant College of Arts and Letters

I am the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. I have been in this position since January 2012, and was the Academic Administrative Assistant for the Department of Communication the previous 8 years I have been working at the university. I’m very interested in university staff matters, and would like to have a voice on Staff Senate. I feel like my presence on Staff Senate would be of value to the university and my colleagues.

Laurie Wilson Administrative Assistant II Agriculture Department

I moved to Springfield in December 2007 and I have been working at Missouri State University in the School of Agriculture since August 2011. I enjoy working on the MSU campus and interacting with the faculty, staff and students. I look at this as a great opportunity to get to know other staff members on campus. MSU is a great place to work and I want to do my part by serving as a representative for my peers.

Karen Willde Public Safety Parking Control Attendant Safety and Transportation

I have worked for Missouri State since 2006. Most of that time has been with the Safety and Transportation department as the parking control attendant. Many of you know me as “the booth lady”. In my position, I meet alot of people, and hear many praises and complaints about the university. This feedback from visitors, faculty and staff can be helpful in making our university better than it already is. I would like to be involved in doing that.

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Administrative and Information Services Area Candidate for 2013 – 2016 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the Administrative Information Systems Area for the term starting July 2013.  Learn more about your candidate below!

Ryan Wilson   Centralized User Support Specialist   Computer Services – Help Desk

I am a Centralized User Support Specialist for the Computer Services Help Desk located in Cheek Hall. My job duties involve supporting staff and faculty with their computer and general technological needs on campus. I’ve attended Missouri State University for my undergraduate and graduate studies so I am deeply rooted in Missouri State culture. I believe that cross departmental cooperation is very important in large organizations like ours and that is why I would be happy to serve as a Staff Senator.

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2013 Staff Senate nominations now being accepted

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for the term beginning July 2013. Those elected will have the chance to serve Missouri State University for a three year term by advocating for continuous personal and professional development improvements by initiating or assisting in programs and changes that benefit staff.

Our responsibility to Missouri State University includes, but is not limited to: reviewing policies/procedures and offering recommendations regarding the interests of staff and non-faculty employees; assisting in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; serving as a liaison between the President and staff; promoting participation in the University community; and encouraging a sense of community among all University employees. The University encourages all employees to attend Senate meetings and participate in Senate activities.

Staff Senate is actively engaged in the University’s Public Affairs mission by our involvement in Lee National Denim Day for breast cancer awareness and campus community activities such as Student Move-In Day.

Would you like to get involved by lending your service and expertise to Staff Senate?

If you or someone you’d like to nominate are interested in filling a vacant senator seat and…

  • can commit to a three-year senate term,
  • are able to attend one meeting each month, and
  • are able to serve on at least two Staff Senate committees,

fill out the online nomination form below by April 19, 2013 or contact us for a paper form. Elections will take place after May 1, 2013.

The following Staff Senate seats are available for the 2013-14 Academic Year:

Administrative Unit Seats

Provost Area      1 Seat

Job Family Seats:

Job Family 1        2 seats

Job Family 2        2 seats

Job Family 3        1 seat

Job Family 4        1 seat

For more information about Staff Senate, please visit our web site or contact us at StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu.

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