The Staff Senate held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 11.

Rob Yust, vice president of business affairs reported about the approval of the budget for the next fiscal year. A $77.1 million budget was passed and included a 1.5 percent raise for all employees, with a minimum of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time.

Senate members also discussed the Back to School Kick-Off Celebration, which will be held on Aug. 15. More information will be forthcoming regarding the vent.

The Staff Senate executive team for 2014-15 is Robert Frossard, president; Elisa Bryant, president-elect; Patty Holder, secretary; and Lauren Powell, parliamentarian. Three new staff senators were also welcomed: Pam Hosp, Kim Noll and Chris Owens.

Nominations for the next Southern Service Champ award will be accepted through the end of the month. Please visit http://www.mssu.edu/staff-senate/southern-service-champ-winners.php to vote.

The next meeting is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, in Room 310 of Billingsly Student Center.