March 8, 1999
Open Forum Report
Verne discussed plans for a join USAC/CSAC Open Forum on Student Retention
tentatively planned for April 6th. However, the new University College is
holding a similar forum on March 18th, so we may cancel ours.
Special Presentation by Art Neff
Art Neff, Director of Materials Management and Contract Services joined us
to present information about future planned changes in Dining Service on campus.
Because of the planned renovations of Allyn and Millett halls in the next 2-3 years,
major changes will be required in food services.
Art recently completed a 5 year strategic plan for food services and
presented a plan for remodeling and/or relocation of the existing
campus dining areas to the University Cabinet. The Cabinet, while pleased with the
information presented, asked that the plan be reconsidered.
The board is strongly in favor of continuing to focus student
services such as dining in the Student Union, and does not want
to use valuable classroom and student lounge space in Allyn and
Millett taken up by dining facilities that could better fit into the Union.
Here are some issues that University Food Service is dealing with:
- Food service activities are scattered across campus, making
several food operations expensive and inefficient. Focusing services in fewer
areas would increase efficiency, allow for more options, lower costs and offer the
potential for better and longer hours of service.
- As facilities and locations have increased, sales have not; they merely
spread out into the new activity. The Student Union Food Court is a good example of this phenomenon.
- We need to focus on customer service and providing better food options.
- We need to work on the Grab-n-Go concept for certain areas of campus making
the food buying experience quicker and more pleasing to students.
- We have 1500 students in the Residence Halls on the mandatory meal plans,
which require three meals a day to be served to them.
- We're working with the Baker Group, a food service consultant, to assist us with
new ideas and to offer the latest food market trends.
- Most of the food service equipment is very old. The average age of our equipment is
more than 10 years, which is far greater than the industry average life expectancy for food service equipment.
Renovation Related Issues/Plans
Art would like to come back in a few months and report updates to food
service plans. Right now all food operations are being reviewed. Once the plans
are completed, they will be presented to the University Cabinet.
- Will be taking over space in basement of Millett Hall formerly
occupied by Printing Service as a replacement for Allyn Hall Snack Bar. This will not be enough space for all these services, but will have to do for the time being.
- Pizza Hut operation will move into the Bike Shop because of the need to tie into the existing ventilation system.
- Facilities will be crowded during the renovations, but we hope
that the university community will be patient during this time.
- We will be expanding hours of the Rathskeller and reviewing the Faculty Dining Room operation.
University Committee Reports
- Budget Review - Verne Smith discussed the March UBRC meeting.
UBRC passed a resolution on recommended salary increases for 1999/2000.
The resolution passed unanimously and reads:
"The UBRC unanimously recommends that a four percent (4%)
salary pool be created for FY2000 for all non-bargaining unit employees of Wright State University. Additionally, it is recommended that this pool be
distributed in the following fashion: two percent (2%) across-the-board, with the remainder distributed via current merit procedures."
This is the same salary allocation as FY1999.
Mark your calendars for the next meeting on Monday, April 12 at 3:10
p.m. in Room E157B Student Union. Hope to see you there!