Wright State University
Unclassified Staff Advisory Council
November 21, 2002
The meeting was held in Room 158 University Hall. USAC Chair-Elect Donna Totten called the meeting to order at 2:33.
APPROVAL of MINUTES
The minutes of the USAC meeting of October 17, 2002 were approved as posted on the web site.
Zech, Athletic Council, Wellness and Recreation
The Faculty Senate raised the question of whether coaches should advise students athletes about turning professional. The Senate also questioned whether prayer is required for the athletes during athletic activities or events. Prayer is not currently required.
NCAA academic standards will change for the entering class of 2003. Core Courses will increase from 13 to 14 and a sliding scale will maintain the 2.0 grade point average but eliminate the test score cut and change the percentage of progress (number of credit hours completed).
Bridgett Williams, Head Women's Basketball Coach was featured for the Coaches Corner. She spoke about her players, recruiting and the schedule. The athletic director reported on the fall sports updates, the pavilion and the TV schedule for basketball.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced that the WSU softball team finished with the 13th best grade point average of all Division I programs in the country during the 2002 season. Wright State recorded a 3.285 grade point average last season and was one of four Horizon League schools to make the list.
Martin, Parking Services
University Dining Services
Solomonís report on the Dining Services Meeting of 11/21/02 is appended to these minutes.
Mike O'Neal of Residence Services was announced as the new representative from Student Affairs.
Faculty Senate Minutes
The president of the Faculty Senate has agreed to forward the minutes of their meetings to the USAC and CSAC Chairs so that items of interest may be shared with staff.
Proposed University Staff Council
During the meeting of October 17, 2002, USAC agreed to pursue (in cooperation with CSAC) the development of a committee which could help staff remain informed about ongoing and anticipated issues of interest and could offer opinions regarding these issues to the President, the Provost and other campus decision-makers while such input is still meaningful (before a decision is made). The USAC and CSAC officers met with Bill Rickert to discuss a joint council.
The officers agreed to bring back a proposal to USAC and CSAC for the formation of a University Staff Council. This council would act as a subcommitee of each of the larger groups and would consist of five members from each council, the President, Provost, Associate Provost and other campus decision makers as needed.
USAC approved the formation of a University Staff Council as well as the following recommendations:
It was agreed that USAC will request the addition of the Chair-Elect to the University Staff Council as an ex-officio member. It was further agreed that USAC should deliberate the development of additional USAC subcommittees such as a Benefits subcommittee to review questions and proposals submitted by staff and to forward issues to the University Staff Council for discussion. The planned survey of unclassified staff will be used to help discover what subcommittees are desirable.
Survey Question Development
Angel Murphy of Human Resources will help USAC develop its survey instrument. A volunteer subcommittee of Donna Totten, Jeff Bowman and Susan Wehmeyer will work with Angel. The survey will most likely be online and provide for anonymous input. Areas in which opinions will be solicited include: merit leave, pay scale study, comprehensive leave reporting, core business hours, expectations of USAC representatives, and desirable subcommittees.
Above and Beyond Program
Tamara Jones of Human Resources reviewed the program. She reported that some nominations have already been received. She will send an additional announcement to the staff listserve that the brochures have been distributed and forms are also available online.
Discussion tabled on the issue brought forth by a constituent about extending fee remission for courses at the Kettering Center to part-time staff. Tamara Jones reported that Human Resources is continuing to investigate this issue.
Proposed Bylaws Revision
The following changes to the Charter/Bylaws were approved: Additions are in BOLD type and underlined.
Parking Services Representative
A new representative to the Parking Services Committee is needed to begin immediately. The representative will be selected according to the new procedure outlined above. A call will go out immediately for interested unclassified staff to submit letters of interest to Carol Vuckovich.
Requests were submitted for USAC to investigate a 4-day workweek and establishment of a flexible healthcare spending account to compensate employees who do not enroll to receive WSU healthcare benefits. USAC will defer these questions while considering a proposed Benefits subcommittee to review and recommend about these sorts of questions..
A request was also submitted to investigate web-based opportunities for professional development. USAC will also defer this question pending a proposed Professional Development subcommittee.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.
The next meeting of USAC will be held Thursday, January 23, 2003, 2:30 pm -- Room to be announced.
Minutes submitted by Susan Wehmeyer, USAC Secretary, 11/22/02
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