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Committee Name: Classified Staff Association
Meeting Date: 3/5/2021 12:00:00 AM
Raylene Cope; Allison Clark; Angela Perry; Mary Zoccola; Debra Short; Christina Brannan; Gayle Kiger; Pam Reynolds; Evora Baker; Vickie Banks; Beth Walkup; Brittany Cochrane; Cathy Sanders; Emily Pudliner; Karen Alexander; Kimberly French; Layia Perry; Angela Perry; Connie Deacon; Hunter Overstreet; Tammy Johnson; Barbara Thurston; Twila DeMasters; Deanne McDaniel; Chris Bryant
The meeting was called to order via Zoom at 2:02 p.m.

CSA President Raylene Cope opened the meeting and requested a motion to approve the minutes from the December 10th meeting. The motion was made by Gayle Kiger and seconded by Christina Brannan and the minutes were passed as submitted.

Raylene announced that April 1st would be the final CSA meeting of the year. Chris Jordan from the Information Technology department will be the guest speaker/presenter.

Natalie Prue was announced as the $10 gift card winner from the Christmas decorations contest.

It was also announced the tomorrow – March 5th – is National Employee Day and Raylene generously offered up another $10 gift card drawing to thank CSA employees for their service and attendance. Everyone’s names were entered into a virtual drawing and Twila DeMasters was chosen at random.

Dr. Evora Baker was introduced as the director of the Trio Student Support Services (SSS) program. Trio SSS is a program that is new to CVCC as of September 1, 2021, but has a long history dating back to 1964. Trio SSS is the culmination of three programs – Upward Bound, the Educational Talent Search program, and the Student Support Services program. The goals of Trio SSS are to increase retention and graduation rates, as well as transfer rates to four-year institutions. While the college is already providing support services, Trio SSS will allow the offerings to be more individualized through a dedicated College Navigator for up to 140 students. The CVCC website has been updated to include detailed information on Trio SSS as well as an online application for the program.

Chris Bryant, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, spoke to the committee about the ‘Community Connected Employee FunD Drive’ which raises funds from employees for student scholarships and emergency needs. In March, two drawings will be held: one will be for last year’s prizes that were not given out due to the college’s emergency closure and the second is for this year’s prizes. The foundation’s fundraising goal for this year is 121 donors and $27,000.

Raylene announced that CSA officers’ terms would be expiring soon, as the terms are now one-year instead of two. She encouraged nominations or anyone interested to apply. Committee members informed her that the current officers could also run for another term if interested.

Finally, the meeting wrapped up with a fun scavenger hunt activity for which Karen Alexander won a $10 gift card. Raylene offered that anyone not in attendance could still complete the scavenger hunt and be entered to win a $10 gift card by submitting pictures of their items to her. Additionally, any CSA member who referred another CSA member to watch the recorded meeting and complete the scavenger hunt, could also win a $10 gift card for that referral.

The Zoom meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m. The next meeting will be held April 1, 2021
Allison Clark
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