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Wright State University

Unclassified Staff Advisory Council


October 18, 2001

The meeting was held in Room 158 University Hall.  USAC Chair Tom Brookey called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.  Eleven staff attended:

Tom Brookey, Raj Soin College of Business
Tony Ortiz, Intercollegiate Athletics
Joy Heishman, Printing Services
Tamara Jones, Human Resources
Doug DeFrain, Human Resources
Mary Kenton, University Honors Program
Jill Oroszi, Nursing
Nancy Pestian, CATS
Jeff Bowman, CATS
Rick Zech, Budget Planning & Resource Analysis
Susan Wehmeyer, University Libraries

Chair's Report

The following changes in benefits will take effect January 1, 2002.  An information package from Human Resources will include more complete information:

  • Office visit co-payment will increase.  Plus Medical Plan will increase from $10.00/office visit to $20.00/office visit.  The HMO Plan 750 will increase from $5.00/office visit to $15.00/office visit.
  • Each inpatient hospital say will incur a new co-payment of $250.00 under both the Plus Medical and HMO Plan.
  • Co-payment for emergency services will increase from $50.00 to $75.00 under both the Plus Medical and HMO Plan.
  • Co-payment for in-network urgent care services will increase from $10.00 to $35.00 under the Plus Medical Plan and from $25.00 to $50.00 under the HMO Plus Plan.
  • Employees appointed to a position with an annual FTE of 51% to 74% will pay an employee contribution of 50% of the university premium for healthcare, dental, vision and maintenance drugs.  Employees in this category hired before January 1, 2002 will continue to pay the same employee contributions a full-time employees, unless there is a break in service.

Doug DeFrain supplied the following information:  the university premium is about $9,000.00/year/person; health care costs increased about 13% this year; staff contributions for premiums will not increase this year; only a one-year contract has been accepted for these rates.

The state budget is in need of serious cuts due to decreased revenues.  Higher Education is going to have to make some large reductions.  WSU can expect a budge cut of about 6% (about $5 million university-wide).  This amount has not been finalized and could be even higher.  An early retirement buyout is not expected.

All staff have been invited to join the Wright State University Retirees Association (WSURA).  Members must be at least 50 years of age or plan to retire within 5 years.  Annual dues are $5.00.  Member benefits include:

  • Periodic meetings with current retirees to discuss your concerns about retirement including: budgeting; identity; health insurance; benefit plans; activities; employment
  • Educational benefits including information about: legislative issues; other retirees groups; changes in insurance
  • Social and informational privileges such as: dining out; brown bag lunch series; theatre sampler; other activities; oral history project
  • Plans to extend member benefits to all retirees such as:  free internet access; classroom attendance; parking privileges; recreational privileges; book store discounts; library privileges

The Association has an office in 068 Allyn Hall, where brochures are available.  Visit WSURA at http://www.wright.edu/admin/retirees/  email them at wsura@wright.edu or call 775-2777.

Homecoming events kickoff on Friday, October 26th, 11:30 - 1:00 in the Student Union Atrium.  Raiderville begins at 4:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.  The women's soccer team plays at 5:00 p.m. with the men playing at 7:00 p.m.  Activities will continue until midnight.  the first 50 people to contact Tom will receive FREE tickets to homecoming.  Admission includes entry to both soccer games and free food provided by Student Life and the WSU Alumni Association

A USAC basketball party is planned for Tuesday, December 11th on the North Concourse at the Nutter Center.  Details will follow.


Rick Zech, Athletic Council
The Council met for the first time in September.  WSU athletes have a cumulative GPA of about 3.0.

Jill Oroszi, Buildings and Grounds
The first meeting is scheduled for October 26th.  The committee did not meet at all last year.  Staff can email Jill with issues to carry forward.

Bonnie Hupman, Calendars and Elections
Joy Heishman reported for Bonnie Hupman that no meetings have been scheduled and no news received.

Michelle Martin, Parking Services
Tom Brookey reported for Michelle Martin that the committee has not yet met.  Staff with issues or concerns can send email to Michelle.

Tom Brookey, Carol Vukovich, University Budget Review
Tom missed the first meeting, the second meeting was cancelled.  The agenda of the next meeting is to decide whether or not the committee should be dissolved since the university budget is not actually open to review.

Rick Zech, Wellness and Recreation
The first meeting was held October 17th.  More Health Break Luncheons are planned.  Dates will be posted to the staff list serve.

Carol Vukovich, University Dining Services
The first meeting of the committee will be held October 19th.

Tom Brookey, Travel Review Committee
Tom Brookey is a member of a committee to review whether or not a university travel agency is needed.  Although he does not represent USAC on this committee, he invited anyone who is interested in participating in a travel survey to contact him.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.


The next meeting will be held Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 2:30 in Room 158 University Hall.

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