Staff Assembly Executive CouncilMinutes
March 6, 2003
Members Present: Theresa Castillo, Kim Gieber, BillKostelec, Keith Gauthier, Janice Resch, Lisa Smythe-Rodino, AngelaRuff
Members Absent: Krystal Burns, Mary BethCharleboix, Cathy Perry, Anne Thomas, Marcia Bertholf, NevaBishop
Called to order at 12:15PM
Approve minutes â€“ no minutes availableto approve
Letter from Keith to allstaff members â€“ Keith reviewed his draft letter and noted a coupleof minor changes to the language. The letter is on hold until the threeopen staff assembly proposals are posted on the web site (theletter encourages them to visit the site). The three proposals are9/10 month vacation proposal, the joint compensation proposal andthe staff community service day proposal. There was a motion to addTrevor to the web site and request that he work with Neva to getthose added. Motioncarried unanimously.
Wayneâ€™s Title IX Draft â€“ No newinformation. Ourinvolvement is most likely completed at this point.
Colloquium Day â€“ It was mentioned byKeith and discussed that one focus of the â€œstaff dayâ€ should be tocreate an environment in which strong, open communication becomes ahabit. Angela Ruffsuggested using it to address a higher-level view of our community,and be careful to avoid issues that could be addressed elsewhere,thus wasting precious time with Fr. Spitzer. Lisa brought up the facultylistening sessions and the potential that the two groups should befocusing on issues together, rather than in two separateforums. We came to aconsensus that this yearâ€™s staff day would give the staff anopportunity to collect our thoughts and prioritize the importantissues affecting us. We would use the time with the administration to let them know thatwe felt that similar future sessions should be held with both staffand faculty.
Budget â€“ Janice amended the agenda,adding a discussion about the â€™04 budget. Now that the SAEC has itsown Treasurer the Controllerâ€™s Office has requested that we takeresponsibility for the entire budget. Janice presented a proposedbudget for next year, which was amended and will be submitted tothe Controllerâ€™s Office, next Tuesday, 3/11/03. Janice will advise theCouncil periodically throughout the budget process on thestatus.
Staff Document forAccreditation Process â€“ Janice and Bill met with Thayne McCulloh todiscuss the possibility of presenting the accreditation self-studycommittee with a document from the staff assembly. The document must addresssystemic issues within our community and cannot address generalproblems or situations, unless they have a systemic rootcause. Bill moved thata staff satisfaction survey be developed and that an ad-hoccommittee be formed to handle the analysis of data and thedevelopment of the document to be submitted. Motion carriedunanimously. Committeemembers include Marcia Bertholf, Bill Kostelec, Janice Resch, BrettHendricks and Kim Gieber.
Budget Committee Reps â€“ MikeCasey will attend our meeting next Wednesday. Kim volunteered to inviteboth budget committee representatives (Jeannie Coffey and BrettHendricks) to attend. We intend to ask Mike to clarify and detail the roles andresponsibilities of budget committee representatives. This will help our entiregroup better understand the budget process and the role staff playin that process.
Safety Committee Rep â€“ SandyBogdanski is interested in getting more involved. We decided to suggest toher that she contact Dennis Hansen to get in the loop on theUniversityâ€™s safety committee. Sandy has a conflict withthe SAECâ€™s Wednesday meetings, but perhaps we could invite her toreport at our monthly Thursday meeting with Mike Casey.
Meeting Adjourned at1:20
By virtue of the bylaws, all Staff Assembly meetings areopen unless otherwise designated by the Executive Council. Everyone is welcome toattend.