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Minutes

December 8, 1997

Present: Jane Baker, Patty Dudick, Alexia Etsios, Kitty Friedman, Donna Hamilton, Marty Jenkins, Mary Kenton, Nancy Makley, Merita Moffitt, Gerry Petrak, Frances Tyleshevski, Pam Wallace-Johnson, Rick Zech, Christine Zeller

Updates

  • USAC Web Page: Marty Jenkins presented a visual walk-through-the-USAC-web-page in the Dunbar Library. The web page is now officially up and running and its URL is:
    http://www.wright.edu/aboutwsu/orgs/usac/usac.html
    A logo for the USAC web page is still sought and suggestions can be passed along to Marty.
  • Early Retirement:  The memo reiterating our concern that staff maintains positioning with faculty during the final decision regarding early retirement was sent to the Board of Trustees via Lynette Heard. The Board will be addressing this issue at its next meeting in February.
  • CSAC/USAC Discussion Session: Preliminary notification has been received of a planned joint session of CSAC and USAC to discuss issues regarding early retirement. Currently proposed, the discussion will be held Friday, January 9th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union. Both Human Resources and the Office of the President will be in attendance to facilitate the discussion and provide further information. Human Resources will be sending out a flyer with the final time and location for the discussion. This will be an informative meeting for those interested in this issue.

University Committee Reports

  • University Budget Review Committee (UBRC) - The early retirement plan was discussed and the UBRC will be part of the process to propose this plan to the board. The Committee plans to issue a statement supporting inclusion of all staff in the early retirement plan. Jim Sayer proposed that the UBRC commit a portion of the budget for the salary pool. Up to a three year commitment for the salary pool was proposed. Currently, the University Reserve maintains $15 million for disasters. The UBRC is looking for ways to grow this amount for various uses. Changes in subsidies was one example given for the possible use of these funds. Early this year, the UBRC will meet with the Strategic Planning Council to re-categorize areas of action plans to make them more manageable and accomplishable. They will also be working to resolve any conflicting unit action plans.
  • Athletic Council - The Athletic Council is looking at the guidelines of current grants to determine feasibility of 5th year scholarships for athletes. They are also looking to set up a faculty/staff liaison for each athletic team. This liaison will be a direct link between the team and the council, thus facilitating concerns and communication between these groups. Currently, the council has two student representatives from student government, but only one from the Captain's Club. They are looking into adding another student representative from the Captain's Club. Athletic recognition for student athletes, those who have a 3.0 or higher GPA, will be held at the Jan 24th men's basketball game (WSU vs. UW-Green Bay).
  • Quality Council - Representatives from PQ Systems gave a presentation centered on examples of use of their quality approach in actual situations, and on an outline of the plan for training at WSU. The council's next official meeting will be in February. As further grounding for the council's work, all members are reading Deming's "The New Economics" and will meet informally to discuss the book in January.
  • Artist Series - The Artist Series has come up with a tentative lineup for the purposes of submitting the draft grant application to the Ohio Arts Council. Not final yet, the lineup consists of a mix of international, traditional American, classical, and swing music. Winter quarter will see the Artists Series Committee finalizing the season and investigating other funding alternatives.

NEXT MEETING

Mark your calendars for the next meeting on Monday, January 12th at 3:10 p.m. in Room E157A Student Union. Hope to see you there!

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