October 12, 1998
Present: Kitty Friedman, Verne Smith, Karen Wilhoit,
Mary Kenton, Jack Butler, L. Tony Ortiz, Donna Hamilton, Steve Hayden,
Chris Watson, Ellen Demerath, Judy Rose, Marty Jenkins
Martha Armstrong-Benjamin was ill, so the presentation on servant leadership
philosophy will be rescheduled for a future meeting.
Draft "Call for Issues"
Verne Smith circulated a draft form calling for suggestions of issues for USAC
to address in 1999. The final form will be distributed to all Unclassified Staff in November.
Benefits Open Forum Proposed
A draft was circulated of a flyer designed to promote a proposed open forum for
staff to have questions answered about employee benefits. USAC hopes to hold these
forums in the new year, though the fact of ongoing negotiations with health care
providers may make this impossible.
Alternative Retirement Program
This program allows new hires and full-time faculty/staff not yet fully
vested in STRS/PERS to choose to contribute to a different pension plan.
This is intended as a recruitment tool, allowing candidates from out-of-state
more ability to remain in their current retirement plan. Human Resources will
hold informational meetings on this program in January 1999.
University Committee Reports
- Athletic Council - At their first meeting of the year, Athletic Council assigned
members to its subcommittees, and outlined focus topics for 1998-99, including:
1) continued development of Athletic Team's faculty-staff liaison project; 2) improving budgeting process;
3) gender equity; 4) work to ensure future space and operational function of
Raider Student Athlete Resource Center.
- Buildings and Grounds - Principal concerns for the year outlined at the
committee's first meeting include giving attention to our woods and trails, and
education and advertising to address the campus litter problem.
- Inaugural Gala - The committee is planning a ball for up to 300 guests,
with dinner and musical entertainment. The theme will be "Spirit of Innovation
into the 21st Century." Tickets will be available at three price levels: one for
students; one for faculty and staff; one for community members.
- Inaugural Luncheon - The luncheon will take place 11:00-12:30 the day of the
inauguration. It is being planned as a "low-key" affair with no formal program.
Mark your calendars for the next meeting on Monday, November 9 at 3:10
p.m. in Room E157B Student Union. Hope to see you there!