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Staff Senate

Accepting Nominations for New Senators

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for terms beginning July 2016. Those elected will have the chance to serve Missouri State University, while representing their specific Job Family, 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…

  • have been a full-time staff member for at least one year,
  • can commit to a three-year senate term,
  • are able to attend one meeting each month, and
  • are able to serve on at least one Staff Senate committee,

send your nominations to StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu by April 15, 2016. Elections will take place after May 1, 2016.

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

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Research and Economic Development Area Candidate for 2015-2018 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the Research and Economic Development Area for the term starting July 2015.  Learn more about your candidate below!

Phil Bridges
English Language Institute Academic Specialist
I am something of an MSU “lifer,” coming to campus as a student in 1999, serving as a member of the Pride band for several years before graduation, coming back as a graduate assistant in the English department, and finding my way to the English Language Institute, where I have been working since 2007 – full-time since 2009. It has been great to be a part of MSU’s partnership with downtown Springfield and its growing international presence. My time here has fostered an appreciation for the wide range of services, events, and opportunities university staff provides students and the community. I have continually witnessed the importance of our University’s staff – to students, to administrators, to faculty, and to each other. I’d be honored to represent my downtown colleagues as part of Staff Senate.

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University Advancement Area Candidate for 2015-2018 Senate Seat

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

Andrew Garton
Director of Development
I started my career at Missouri State in June 2010 as the first Foundation Scholarship Coordinator.  In March 2014 I became a Director of Development working with our alumni and friends in Southwest Missouri, Kansas City, and California.  I was elected to Staff Senate in 2012 and during that time I served as the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee Chair, leading an incredible team that increased fundraising more than 10-fold for scholarships benefitting staff and their dependents.  I would love the opportunity to serve my constituents in the University Advancement Division for a second term, representing their concerns, serving as their voice, and helping improve our campus community.

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President’s Area Candidate for 2015-2018 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the President’s Area for the term starting July 2015. Learn more about your candidate below!

Brenda Stewart
Administrative Assistant III, Institutional Equity and Compliance
The MSU community has been an important part of my life, as I was raised in this area. I received my BS in Communications from MSU, and am now pursing completion of my Masters in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. I’ve been fortunate to be a full-time staff member since May 2007, where I worked in the offices for Facilities Management. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience with different departments and the physical culture and needs of the campus. During this time, I received the MSU Admin Excellence award, IAAP Certified Administrative Professional,  and became an alumni of the  USA program.  In July 2011 to present, I was promoted to the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance. In both positions, I have the opportunity to work with Faculty, Staff and Students. As a past and current member of staff senate, I have enjoyed providing and giving back to the university and representing my staff colleagues by serving as a Staff Senator.  I have worked on various work groups, committees, and served as committee chair.

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Job Family 4 Candidates for 2015-2018 Senate Term

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 4 for the term starting July 2015. Learn more about your candidates below:

Barb Jones
Director of COAL Special Events
I have been a Bear for most of my adult life. As a non-traditional student, I received my BS in Communications in 1991; I returned in the fall of 1999 to begin my MSED degree; and in November of 2002 I was hired as the event coordinator for the College of Arts & Letters. In my position I have had the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students from all areas of the university. We have so many wonderful people on this campus, many who have served as volunteers for my events. I see Staff Senate as an opportunity to give back to the university and the people that have given so much to me. I would consider it such an honor to serve as a member of this wonderful organization.

Ryan Reed
Co-Curricular Student Ombudsman
I started working at Missouri State University in August 2006 as a Residence Hall Director. I am currently the Co-Curricular Student Ombudsman in the office of Multicultural Student Services.  I help students that participate in college access program be successful in school.  I have a passion for to help students, especially first-generation and low-income students. I have served as a Staff Senator in the past and I really enjoyed helping improve the campus for staff and the community at large.  Staff Senate is important enough to me that I conitune to serve on committees after my term as a senator ended two years ago.  I would be honored to serve the Missouri State University  community again as a Staff Senator.

Mark Woolsey
Assessment Learning Outcomes Consultant
My desire to serve on the Staff Senate is a natural extension of my profession and interests. Though I am a relatively new member of the campus community, I’ve spent most of the last decade in public policy, research, and organizational psychology working to find realistic solutions to everyday problems. My work as a Consultant in the Office of Assessment has a similar goal: helping MSU staff and faculty improve students’ experiences here by making their own work easier. Working with Staff Senate would extend that service further by focusing on ways to improve staff satisfaction and to further MSU’s role as a center of public affairs leadership in the community and the state.

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Job Family 1 Candidate for the 2015-2018 Senate Term

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 1 for the term starting in July 2015. Learn more about your candidate below:

Shelly Deckard
Executive Assistant III, VP Research and Economic Development
I have been employed with MSU since June, 1998.  I started in the Student Affairs Division in the Financial Aid Office where I assisted students with their financial aid and scholarships for 10 years.   I then was promoted to the Office of the Registrar where I was able to assist students with their degree audits and graduation questions.   I currently work in Research and Economic Development at JVIC as an Executive Assistant III, where I get to serve MSU in a different capacity.  When I was asked if I would be willing to be nominated for a seat on the MSU Staff Senate I jumped on the opportunity to serve.  Missouri State University has helped me grow and learn new things through the years and I feel it would be an honor and a privilege to serve as a member of Staff Senate.

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2015 Staff Senate Nomination Form

Staff Senate is now accepting senator nominations for the term beginning July 2015.  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 May 1, 2015, or request a paper form by sending an email to StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu.  Elections will take place after May 1, 2015.

The following Staff Senate seats are available for the term beginning July 2015:

1 seat – Job Family 1 (administrative support positions)
1 seat – Job Family 2 (skilled crafts/trades positions)
1 seat – Job Family 4 (executive, administrative, and managerial positions)
1 seat – President’s Area
1 seat – University Advancement
1 seat – Research & Economic Advancement

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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email Address (required)

Nominee's Name (required)

Nominee's Email Address (required)

Nominee's Job Title (required)

Nominee's Department (required)

Nominee's University Division (if known)

Nominee's Occupational Category/ Job Family (if known)

Why do you think this nominee is a good candidate?

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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 2015.  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, 2015, 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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email Address (required)

Nominee's Name (required)

Nominee's Email Address (required)

Nominee's Job Title (required)

Nominee's Department (required)

Nominee's University Division (if known)

Nominee's Occupational Category/ Job Family (if known)

Why do you think this nominee is a good candidate?

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