October 2016 Agenda

Call to order - 9 AM

  • Mission: Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve.
  • Additions and Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of minutes from previous meeting

Chancellor's Update:

Administration Council Updates

  • Faculty professional development and competitiveness - One third Faculty Development budget is returned (Opportunities through Online Professional Development and NISOD)

Old Business:

  • Jason McCollom – American Association of University Professors (AAUP) updates
  • Alex Pinnon – Common Reader Updates
  • Jerry Trick – Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Updates

New Business:

  • Paul Majkut – Inspirational Recruiting Video (Screening)
  • Bobbi Dykes – Laboratory pay for per-course faculty
  • Linda Wulff-Risner – Missouri State-West Plains hosting Missouri Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization (PAS) Conference November 6-9
  • Rajiv Thakur – Missouri State-West Plains will host the 2017 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting of West Lakes Division – Oct 19-21 at the West Plains Civic Center

Committee Updates:


  • Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training update
  • Due date to submit the Annual Fund and PWE grant application is October 15. Also, this information is in an email dated 2016-09-13.
  • Open enrollment period: October 3 – December 1, 2016
  • All benefit-eligible employees are invited to Missouri State University's Benefits Fair on Wednesday, October 12 from 1 PM to 4 PM in Lybyer 104-105. No registration required.
  • The 2017 Cafeteria Plan enrollment is now open. Visit the Cafeteria Plan website to enroll. The deadline to enroll is December 1.
  • Flu season is here! To ensure enough vaccine is available use the sign-up webpage. Shots will be given on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, Oct. 18 – 8:30 AM to Noon, Looney Hall Room 203
    • Monday, Oct. 24 – 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM, Looney Hall Room 203
    • Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 8:30 AM to Noon, Looney Hall Room 203
    • Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Shannon Hall on the Mountain Grove campus
  • Several new student, faculty and staff spotlights are posted in the Spotlights System
  • Presidential Debate Watch Party is October 9 at 8 PM in the West Plains Civic Center Theater
  • Rajiv Thakur and Mary Ann Davis are leading a student group (4) to 2016 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting of West Lakes & East Lakes Division, October 13-15 at the Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.

Dennis Lancaster:

Dean's Update

Closed Session:

  • Rajiv Thakur – Update on Faculty and staff position hiring prioritization
  • Renee Moore – Faculty professional ethics and due process (Recent institutional/systemic issues and a plan to recommend concrete solutions) -- update
  • Rajiv Thakur – Update on Alex Pinnon's personnel issue


  • Next meeting: Friday November 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (with Dean's update).