The meeting was held in Room 161 Brehm Lab. USAC
Chair, Joyce Howes called the meeting to order at 2:37.
Mendy Beverly, CaTS
Joyce Howes, College of Science and Math
Curt Pederson, Psychology
Roderick Perry, Athletics
Mike Reynolds, College of Science and Math
Jen Rice, Admissions
John Sheidler, School of Medicine
Jim Uphoff, Center for Teaching and Learning
Carol Vuckovich, Internal Audit
Susan Wehmeyer, University Libraries
Rick Zech, Budget Planning
APPROVAL of MINUTES
The minutes of the USAC meeting of April 29, 2004
were approved as posted on the website.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
New members Jim Uphoff (Support constituency) and John Sheidler
(Academic constituency) were welcomed. [Rod Perry (Support) was
welcomed later in the meeting.] Edwin Mayes (Support) and Susan
Yeoman (Academics) were unable to attend. Sheryl Kent will replace
Gail Whittaker on the Athletics committee. Chris Watson will serve
on the Dining Services committee. Leona Gray will serve on the
University Diversity Advisory Council.
Athletics - Curt Pederson
Two Athletics Council Meetings have been held since the last
USAC meeting. On April 30, 2004, Council Member Beth Sorensen was
recognized by the coaches, athletes and athletic department for her work
on the WSU Pregnancy Policy. Several committe year end reports were
presented along with the winter quarter grade reports. Student Athletes
had an overall GPA of 3.052 compared with the university average of
2.939. Ten student athletes were on mandatory advising status, down
from 12 last
year at this time. The Student Athletes Advisory Council reports
various community service activities continue. Dr. Cusack commended
Judy Chivers and Rod Perry for their efforts in helping the student
athletes obtain such a great record of academics. He also noted the new
sod has gone in at Alumni Field following installation of a new drainage
system. A motion carried to approve 5th year scholarships for education
majors. If other majors need to be included, the policy will be amended
The remaining committee year end reports were distributed and approved
at the Athletics Council's final meeting of the AY on June 4, 2004. Game
schedules for next year were also distributed with the exception of
men's and women's basketball. Those should be ready soon. Associate
AD, Paul Newman, gave the AD report. Spring sports are now done for the
year. Golf won the Horizon League title and the rest of teams didn't
fare as well as hoped. Next year, WSU is scheduled to host the women's
Horizon League basketball tournament. The Pavillion project is very
close to breaking ground. It's planned to be a turn-key facility taking
about six months to build once started. Bob Grant passed out
architectural drawings of the building. Several coaching vacancies are
projected to be filled this summer. The target date for baseball is
early July and Softball is mid-July. Additionally, hires need to be
made for a Women's Basketball Assistant Coach and a Men's/Women's
Basketball Administrative Assistant. Steve Fortson was elected to serve
again next year as Chair of the Athletics Council with Don Jentleson as
Vice-Chair. The position of Secretary will be voted upon at the first
meeting in the fall. The annual Academic & Athletic Recognition Banquet
was held on June 6,
2004 at the Hope Hotel. The following link has more information and a
list of award recipients.
Dining - Chris Watson
View the official minutes of the Dining
Services Committee meeting of 5/20/04.
Parking Services - D.R.
D.R. was not present and had no report.
Recreation and Wellness -
Bob Noss was not present, but sent a report that the Retirees Picnic
will be held Tuesday, June 22nd.
University Diversity Advisory Council -
The UDAC Quarterly Meeting was held May 24th
Brochure to aid in recruiting a more diverse faculty will be ready
in time for summer faculty recruitment.
HR plans to attend more job fairs with the goal of a obtaining a more
diverse faculty and staff. Also, a student intern program is being
created. WSU plans to team up with Sinclair Community College on this
Additional programs will be created or existing programs may need to be
revised to increase retention of African American students at WSU.
A faculty resource book is being created to aid faculty in making
their classrooms comfortable for minority and/or disabled students. The
resource book is still in draft form with chapters still in the writing
As part of the Presidential Speaker Series, UDAC
will bring in speakers to promote diversity.
CTL is working on a protocol for taping
presentations on campus.
An electronic diversity calendar has been created
The WSU Quest was very successful. A goal for next
year is bring in more participants from outside the Miami Valley area.
The Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations was able to
have four dialogue groups with faculty and staff plus one student
dialogue group. A continuing challenge is training student facilitators
WSU Staff Council -
Meeting of 5/19/04:
The Coucil will change it's name from University
Staff Council to WSU Staff Council to avoid confusion with USAC
Retirement privileges for staff have been
approved including library privileges and an email account but not
modem access. Staff should make requests to
Keith Ralston presented a budget overview.
Mike O'Neal has left the university. USAC
will replace his position after officers are elected for 2004/5.
Meeting of 6/8/04:
Unclassified Staff Handbook
The handbook went to printing services this week. Hard copies will
be printed for new employees. The handbook will be available on
the Human Resources website (probably at http://www.wright.edu/hr/emprelations.htm ) A link from the
USAC home page will also be added when the handbook is online.
Joyce Howes reported on the Budget overview she attended in May.
Highlights of interest included:
Funds have been earmarked to support the 3 major
goals of the strategic plan. See
http://www.wright.edu/strategicplan to view the strategic
The wage increase pool will be 3.6%. No one
on the council has received notification of salary increases so far.
Health insurance costs are projected to increase
15%. The university is looking at ways to reduce that cost.
Tuition will increase 9.9% for incoming students in
the fall. Part-time students will see a slightly lower increase.
WSU tuition remains one of the lowest in the state. It is lower
than all but the 3 institutions which receive special funding subsidies
from the state. The Ohio Board of Regents allowed WSU to exceed
the 6% tuition increase cap to allow for funding of the Banner project.
WSU is committed to keeping tuition affordable.
The new budget will include a 2 million dollar
revenue contingency fund that will prepare us to deal with as much as a
3% mid-year budget cut.
Joyce opened the floor for suggestions for USAC goals for 2004/05.
Continue discussion about calendar issues (holiday,
Discussion about wellness incentives (such as
swapping unused sick leave for vacation time.)
Implementation of a service component to USAC.
Suggestions for consideration: Holiday Hospitality program;
America Reads; food pantries. The consensus was that USAC should
not duplicate programs of another on campus group.
WINGS presence. [Joyce reported that a USAC
group on WINGS has been approved and she is working on constructing the
Nominations for Chair-Elect and Secretary were solicited from the
members present at the meeting. Those present voted on the slate of
candidates. Because a number of members were absent, it was agreed
that ballots would be sent to the remainder of the Council.
A special meeting of USAC will be held Tuesday, June 22nd, 2:30 - 4
in the Medical Sciences auditorium. Human Resources staff will
discuss plans for the unclassified job classification survey.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
next regular meeting of USAC will be held in September.
Minutes submitted by Susan Wehmeyer, USAC