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Staff Senate offers Tent Theatre Tickets

Celebrate 50 years with 50 events! This year’s Staff Senate Tent Theatre production will take place on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012. Our invitation will be to view the musical 9 to 5 and will begin at 8:00pm. All University employees are able to ask for 2 tickets and at least one person must be a staff member as this is a special treat for our employees.

To reserve your tickets, please go to this website from May 17th – May 24th: http://studentvoice.com/staffsenatetenttheatre

Tickets will then be given out at the Staff Senate Ice Cream Social taking place on May 24th from 1:30 – 3:30pm in the South Courtyard of the Plaster Student Union or will be deliver via campus mail.

For more information, please contact Yvette Medley at Yvettemedley@missouristate.edu

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Staff Senate Elections

Staff Senate elections are open to all staff at Missouri State University from May 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012. We have seats open in almost every area, so be sure to visit the voting page and cast your vote!

You can only vote for Occupational Representatives if you are in the same Job Family as them. Everyone votes on all Divisional Representatives, so you will see three issues on your ballot.

Thank you for taking the time to vote and engage with the Missouri State University Staff Senate!

Job Family 1 Nominees

There is one (1) seat open in Job Family 1. Check the related blog post for a short biography from each of these people.

  1. Teressa Arnette
  2. Catherine Beck

Job Family 2 Nominee

There are two (2) seats open in Job Family 2. Check the related blog post for a short biography from this candidate.
  1. Charles Shoneboom

Job Family 3 Nominee

There is one (1) seat open in Job Family 3. Check the related blog post for a short biography from this candidate.

  1. Corbin Campbell

Job Family 4 Nominees

There are four (4) seats open in Job Family 4. Check the related blog post for a short biography from each of these people.
  1. Christina Bowles
  2. Kelly Cara
  3. Yvette Medley
  4. Allison Overmyer

President’s Area

There is one (1) seat open in the Divisional Area: President’s Area. Check the related blog post for a short biography from this candidate.
  1. Brenda Stewart

Student Affairs

There is one (1) seat open in the Divisional Area: Student Affairs. Check the related blog post for a short biography from this candidate.
  1. Ryan Reed

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President’s Area Candidate for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

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 2012. Learn more about your candidate below!

Brenda Stewart — Administrative Assistant | Institutional Equity and Compliance

As of May 2012, I will have been with MSU for five years. My first four and ½ years was in Facilities Management where I have become acquainted and worked with students, and every level of staff and faculty. For the previous 6 months, I have been in the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance where again I am one-on-one working everyday with students, staff and faculty. I have a broad perspective and experience of the operations and policies of campus. I am currently working on a master’s degree in Public Administration, after acquiring my bachelor of science in Communications in 2009. I am a 2011 University Staff Ambassador (USA), graduate of the Administration Excellence program and I am a certified administrative professional through IAAP. I have a deep-seated interest in the welfare and well-being for the members of the MSU community. I have been active in staff senate this past year as a member of the CAP working committee and working to revitalize the public relations of staff senate.

All staff members can vote for Divisional Representatives, so be sure to vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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Student Affairs Candidate for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the Student Affairs area for the term starting July 2012. Learn more about your candidate below!

Ryan Reed — Hall Director | Residence Life & Services

I have a passion for my job and Missouri State University. I have served the Missouri State University community for the past 6 school years. My desire is to be more involved on a larger scale with the university. I personally sought out and have been granted permission from my department to pursue this opportunity. I have experience at 4 other universities. At my previous institution I served on the Administrative Staff Senate Judicial review board. The board served as grievance panel for staff on a wide range of issues from employee discipline to advancement concerns. I believe that I have a lot to offer our staff senate and I am eager to serve.

All staff members can vote for Divisional Representatives, so be sure to vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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Job Family 3 Candidate for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 3 for the term starting July 2012. Learn more about your candidate below!

Corbin Campbell — Electronics Technician | Electronic Support Services

This would be my second term on Staff Senate and have chaired the Staff Senate Scholarship committee and have been asked to sit on the diversity committee chaired by Kelly Barnts. I felt that I asked a lot of questions that staff should be asking. I also had several staff member have me ask questions in senate and of administration to get the answers they needed. I am also not afraid to voice opposition to a policies that I feel is wrong. Staff are a very important part of our campus community and I want to give us a voice. I would be honored to serve another term to represent the staff of Missouri State University.

If you are a staff member in Job Family 3, you can vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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Job Family 2 Candidate for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

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

Charles Schoneboom — Groundskeeper | Facilities Management

Born in Oceanside California, Education from San Diego State University and relocated to Springfield, Missouri in 1994. My experience as a business owner, maintenance and landscaping, has allowed me the opportunity to deal with the changes that are constantly revolving around people, the community and business. I have been with the University for a short time but, have wanted to be a part of Missouri State since moving here and now have the opportunity. As part of the opportunity I have the desire to become involved in the University and the Staff Senate would be a great way to become involved.

If you are a staff member in Job Family 2, you can vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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Job Family 1 Candidates for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

We have one (1) seat available in Job Family 1 for the term starting July 2012. Learn more about your candidates below!

Teressa Arnette — Administrative Assistant | Missouri State Online

I am the Administrative Assistant II for Missouri State Online. I plan and coordinate processes for our department, as well as work with the academic colleges, departments, and administrative assistants to track and provide payment for new online course development among other semester related activities. I support the director of Missouri State Online. Any duties as required by assistants.

Catherine Beck — Administrative Specialist | Learning Commons

I began working at the university in 2002 as a supervisor in the Music Library, then located in Ellis Hall. In January, 2010, I became the administrative specialist for the Bear CLAW, which opened in the fall semester of 2009. I’m interested in serving on Staff Senate because it would allow me to be involved in researching and proposing initiatives that would benefit staff members and the institution as a whole.

If you are a staff member in Job Family 1, you can vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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Job Family 4 Candidates for 2012-2015 Senate Seats

We have four (4) seats available in Job Family 4 for the term starting July 2012. Learn more about your candidates below!

Christina Bowles — Academic Advisor | Academic Advisement Center

I am originally from Kansas City, MO, and I moved to Springfield in 1998 to attend Missouri State University. I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and in 2005 with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. After working in the produce industry for two years, I returned to Missouri State to pursue a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Just prior to graduation, I accepted an advising position at Ozarks Technical Community College where I worked for about a year before accepting my current position as an advisor in the Academic Advisement Center in June of 2011. I feel very strongly about higher education, and I love helping students realize their potential and achieve their educational goals. I would like to serve on Staff Senate because I want to be more involved, and I am interested in continuing to build a sense of community among Missouri State staff members.

Kelly Cara — Assessment Research Coordinator | Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

I have been a full-time staff person at Missouri State University since September 2010, but I have been an active member of the MSU community since I first came here as an undergraduate student in 1999. Ultimately, my goal is to serve this community in any way that I can so that when I leave our university, it will be an even better place than when I first arrived. In the summer of 2011, I began attending and inviting my colleagues to attend Staff Senate meetings. I immediately got involved in two Staff Senate work groups, including the CPS work group, and both produced actionable results. I would be proud to continue my service by becoming a staff senator, and as a senator, I would be earnest in my pursuit of input from those in my job family. It is my firm belief that actions speak louder than words, and though I am known to speak up at most meetings, I am also one to act on my ideas, convictions, and duties. It would be an honor for me to serve my fellow staff members as a staff senator.

Yvette Medley — Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist | Business Advisement Center

I have been a staff member at Missouri State University since September 2010 as an Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist. I have been attending Staff Senate meetings for over one year. In Fall 2011, I became the Chair for the Staff Activities Committee. As Chair, it has been my responsibility to organize the workgroup meetings and communicate progress with the Executive Board. Our committee has been very active and is currently planning two staff activities coming up in May and June. I really enjoy getting involved on campus and hope to represent fellow staff members as a Staff Senator. I feel Staff Senate is a great way for Staff to have a voice and work together in improving our University and working environment.

Allison Overmeyer — University Animal Facilities Manager | Research & Economic Development

I started working full-time for Missouri State University in July 2008. July 2008 – January 2010 I worked in Dr. Paul Durham’s lab as a Research Specialist. From January 2010 – Present I have been the Manager, Animal Research Facilities out of the Office of Research Compliance. I have been involved in organizations (high school clubs, college groups, and my neighborhood association) and taken leadership roles (Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) in those organizations. I take pride in being a staff member of Missouri State and have always been interested in getting more involved with the University and being a part of a group such as Staff Senate. I have sat in on meetings as a proxy for my boss and found the discussions interesting and look forward to possibly being able to give my opinions and work on future projects/discussions.

If you are a staff member in Job Family 4, you can vote for your representative anytime between May 1 and May 31, 2012!

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