Minutes - October 13, 2010

Minutes - October 13, 2010

XLV, No. 6


October 13, 2010

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in the Tribute Room of the University Center. Attending were: Sophia Scott (Chair), Kevin Dickson (Chair-elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Larry Bohannon, Stephanie Chamberlain, Brandon Christensen, Eric Clements, Don Jung, Debra Lee-DiStefano, Charles McAllister, Rachel Morgan Theall, Phil Nacy, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Jian Peng, David Powell, Joyce Renaud, Rick Sebby, Seidu Sofo, Sven Svenson, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, Victor Wilburn, Diane Wood, Chris Wubbena, and alternate Karl Suhr. Also in attendance were Provost Ronald Rosati and Student Government Liaison Daniel Schuenemeyer.

Absent and not represented by an alternate were Rick Althaus, Elaine Jackson and Willie Redmond.

President Kenneth Dobbins, VP for Finance Kathy Mangels, HR Director Jim Cook and Assistant HR Director Alissa Vandeven attended as guests.

Chair Scott welcomed the guests and turned the floor over to Alissa Vandeven, who distributed a handout with the basic information regarding changes to Benefits that are being proposed and that will be presented to the Board of Regents on October 22. She stated that this was the same material that had been presented earlier in the day at the Brown Bag lunch, adding that she would concentrate on items of most interest to faculty.

The recommendations regarding medical insurance included:

Changing healthcare provider to United Healthcare a 13% decrease in employee-only premiums
Reducing Pre-Medicare retiree premiums to the active employee premium
Converting current Medical Plan B into a Base Plan
Converting current Medical Plan A into an Accelerated Plan
Continuing with Delta Dental and Vision Service Plan

President Dobbins, Director Cook and Ms. Vandeven fielded questions about the recommendations, including out-of-pocket maximums, possible inclusion of Southeast employees in the State of Missouri's employee health plan, how Health Savings Accounts work, cafeteria plan and supplemental funding options. President Dobbins reiterated that the University was quite concerned about the medical insurance being as family-friendly as possible.

Discussion then moved to paid leaves/verified sick leave, and the recommendation of implementing a Paid Time Off system, a Paid Sick Leave Accrual system and a Short-Term Disability program. Questions were asked regarding the current policy of 100% pay for three months of Verified Sick Leave and 60% thereafter, donating unused time for maternity leaves and how teaching in the summer or winter inter-session would affect accrued leave time. In summary, President Dobbins stated that the University was trying to achieve parity between hourly staff and faculty in regard to absences.

Director Cook said that anyone with questions should contact the Benefits Office.

The meeting adjourned at 4:10 p. m.


The next Faculty Senate meeting will be on October 20, 2010, at 3 p. m. in the Program Lounge of the University Center.

Approved October 20, 2010