February 24, 2005
The meeting was held in 161 Brehm Lab. Joyce Howes, USAC Chair called the
meeting to order
The next meeting of USAC will be held Thursday, March 31, in 161 BL
Mendy Beverly, CATS
Leona Gray, SOPP
Joyce Howes, College of Science
Sheryl Kent, Career Services
Roderick Perry, Athletics
Jen Rice, Admissions
John Scheidler, School of Medicine
Marianne Shreck, Research and Sponsored Programs
Gary Sutton, Bursar/Student Loan Collection
Jim Uphoff, CTL
Carol Vuckovich, Internal Audit
Chris Watson, University Libraries
Susan Wehmeyer, University Libraries
Susan Yeoman, COSM
Rick Zech, Budget Planning
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
1. Mike Tracy from Men’s Soccer spoke during Coaches’ Corner. He
described his background in soccer here at WSU and his four years as a
head coach. Coach Tracy talked about the Assistant Soccer Coach vacancy
and how he works to spread the 9-plus scholarships across the team of 18
2. Dr. Dave Reynolds, on behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee,
commended the 62 WSU student athletes who made the Horizon League Honor
Roll. The Honor Roll requires a 3.25 GPA for at least four quarters of
academic work. Judy Chivers distributed the Fall Quarter Grade Report.
Overall, student-athletes had a cumulative 3.033 GPA and their Fall
Quarter GPA was 2.938. By comparison, the cumulative GPA for the rest of
the student body was 2.944 and for Fall it was 2.854. Women’s Swimming &
Diving had the highest cumulative and Fall Quarter GPAs with 3.519 and
3. Dr. Cusack reported winter sports are doing well. Swimming & Diving
started its championships in Milwaukee on 2/22. The Horizon League Indoor
track championships are this weekend, the regular season for basketball
wraps up this weekend, tennis is at Miami, and softball and baseball have
early season away games scheduled. The Pavilion should be complete before
the end of Spring Quarter with the basketball court estimated for
completion in mid-July. Joylynn Tracy (Volleyball) announced her
resignation. The department would very much like her to stay on in
another capacity. The search for a new coach is underway. Patrick
Ferguson was hired as the Women’s Soccer Coach out of 110 applicants, of
which six (two women and four men) were interviewed on campus.
Videostreaming is available for some basketball games on the Internet,
with audio available for all games. Dr. Cusack reported WSU may have
videostreaming for all basketball games next year then make it available
for all sports.
4. Informal feedback was the baseball fundraiser earlier this month with
Jim Morris (the movie “The Rookie” was based on his story) as the guest
speaker was a big success.
5. WSU Hall of Fame Inductees of 2/27/05.
6. The next AC meeting is Friday, February 25, 2005, Atlantis Room
Student Union, 8:00-9:45 a.m.
Big project of the summer: reroute campus road. Finished by Fall 05.
For discussion in parking: committee will meet to discuss raising fees for
Appeal process: the appeal process in parking continues to be a large part
of committee’s responsibilities.
520 appeals have been received since beginning of fall quarter
84 approved, 400+ denied
Committee is attempting to make guidelines for appeals
Rec and Wellness
University Dining Services
Minutes for February 17, 2005
Attendees: Diane Atkins, Pam Daniels, Jackie Eschen, Sammi
Fowler, Mike Gessner, Tremayne Miller, Art Neff, Chuck Porter, Ron
Ralston, Gloria Sickles, and Chris Watson
Minutes from January meeting was approved.
1. Parents’ Weekend
Chuck reported that the Parents’ Weekend was a success. A Casino
Night with Texas Hold’em was held Friday night and the parents loved it.
Handouts were given to the parents with a wide range of information making
Saturday morning’s meeting short with only a few questions. The Nutter
Center had a box for the parents to
see the women’s basketball game and the men’s basketball games. On Sunday
approximately 400 people were served breakfast.
2. Java’n Jazz Series
Ron said Jeff Hufnagle Trio performed on February 16 and was a success as
always. The Java’n Jazz is scheduled for every third Wednesday of the
month. This will be exam week for March. The Student Union will let Ron
know if they are planning on having it in March.
3. Tour USA was
the Theme for the Month of February.
Chicago was featured on February 16 and the menu was as follows:
Red Hots (Hot Dogs) or Bratwurst
- with a complete toppings bar! $3.99
Peanuts in the Shell
b. Tour Memphis was featured on February 17 and the
menu was as follows:
Barbecue Pulled Pork $3.99
Potato Salad $.99
Memphis-Style Sauteed Apples $.99
4. Karaoke Night at The Hangar
Karaoke Night will be February 17 in The Hangar from 7:00
p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Peanuts in the Shell and 25¢ a bag for popcorn will be
5. Complaints with Landing Strip
Chuck said at the last meeting he would look into the
1. He reported that a Calling Log Sheet was started to help
understand the late delivery problem. The drivers are logging in and out
for each delivery.
2. It was decided to change to Styrofoam containers in place of
plastic. This would keep the hot foods hot and the cold foods cold.
3. The Landing Strip’s menu is being reevaluated.
7. Cost of Two “Sides” versus One “Entrée”
The question came up that a “side” portion of an item was
being charged as an “entrée”. Chuck explained that there is a special
dish used for a side and if a second portion of the entrée is taken then
the entrée will be put on two dinner plates.
8. Porter Consulting, Inc. Status Review
1. Five options for the Board Plan were suggested by Porter.
Also, the board plan fee for any of the plans will need to be increased.
A plan of “all you care to take” was suggested and is being considered.
This would mean that the Union Market dining area would have to be
controlled and monitored.
2. If the facilities are open longer, it would mean the Board Plan
would have to be increased in price to cover that cost.
3. If the faculty and staff chose to eat a meal in the “all you
care to take” plan, then they would have to pay a set price for that meal
period. Another option would be that a special price meal plan would need
to be established for faculty and staff. This plan could be purchased
into a quarterly or annual basis
4. Landing Strip did not receive high marks in the Porter survey.
5. Each university has a different mind set for offering products
and services. The “All You Care to Take” concept does well at some
universities but it would be expensive to change at Wright State because
of some major facility changes would be necessary.
6. There are not as many vegetarians on campus as believed. It is
a small group but very vocal in their choices. Regardless, Dining
Services will continue to offer dishes for this style of customer.
7. Other general customer comments were: prices too high, hours
of operations should be increased, Land Strip needs changes, Catering is
satisfactory, food quality is good, Union Market is attractive and variety
is good, staff is pleasant, and The Hangar is noisy but popular.
Sammi: She ordered two subs, two cookies and ice cream and
the bill was $15. She thought this was too high and the subs were too
Diana: She thanked the committee for the meeting notes so she
can relay them to the CSAC members. She also said Java ‘n Jazz was very
Tremayne: He has started a Residential Relations Committee
that consists of 25 resident students. Two or three students from each
dorm get together to discuss dining services and Tremayne then relays the
information to this committee for review. Tremayne mentioned two
particular Dining Services employees that provided excellent customer
service: Dianna Hutchinson at the C-Store and Barb Culbertson at the
Library Café Wright cart. He also held a campaign to get students to
return dishes and silverware to the Union Market. Feedback he heard was
the effort was very successful.
Mike: He offered a suggestion for the C-Store of putting
chicken fingers on the menu. He also mentioned that out of the four new
apartment buildings being constructed by AM Management, one would house
International students and another would be Greek organizations.
Jackie: She is working with the Commuter Student Association
to bring the commuters’ concerns and questions to this committee. An Off
Campus Housing Fair is being held on April 6 from noon – 4:00 p.m. in the
Student Union Atrium. She asked if an incentive could be given out at the
Union Market to encourage students to go to the Fair. Jackie was asked to
talk to Ron.
Chris: She agreed that Barb at the coffee cart in the library
is an excellent employee. She had a visitor from the University of
who was very impressed with the coffee cart in the library.
Ron: He announced the Employee Appreciation Day will be March
9th and encouraged everyone to thank the Dining Services’
employees for their hard work.
Next Meeting: March 17,
2005 at 1:30 p.m. in Room E157A Student Union
University Diversity Advisory Council
WSU Staff Council
Capital Projects for the near future were presented.
Master Plan Phase 5
CAC HVAC renovation
Library Group Study Space
Student Union renovations
Rike Hall trading room
-move morgue to FW
-move Student Health Services and Pharmacy to Student Union
Renovation of Science Labs (Oelman, Brehm Lab and Biological
Sciences 1/2 Build 3)
Classrooms of the Future
Lake Campus Modernization
Parking row signs in lot 4 and lot 20 are being discussed in order to help
students/visitors better locate their car.
Vacation Accrual was discussed. Could we have an overflow account, if we
go over 44 days , that could be used for short term disability.
Conversation came about because the classified staff can accrue more.
Staff Development Day:
Evaluations from the December 21st event were very positive.
Overall evaluations for the program had a 90% response of agree or
strongly agree in every category.
Next Staff Development Day-March 21
Service session (2 hour workshop format)
Change session (repeated from December)
Lunchtime panel with president
University Closing Policy:
Question posed-Should the University somehow compensate staff who are not
assigned to work during a day when we have weather closing?
Discussion included: Curt Pederson—Federal Government uses admin leave not
personal leave time.
University charges vacation/sick time when others are being paid to
leave. Is this fair?
What is the financial impact for the University?
Joyce will talk to Allen Boggs and report.
Edwin Mayes presented on the Barnes and Noble contract. Asked for
suggestions for new contract and what would people like to see?
Suggestions/comments: Update Barnes and Noble website to
Books not arriving to
campus bookstore as quickly as College Store, Why?
Barnes and Noble losing
money to Amazon with students not getting books
time or getting them cheaper.
Joyce Howes will meet with Allen Boggs and John Bennett about putting
information in the Dialogue on the PMG study. Will also ask for a similar
article on health insurance premiums.
Disciplinary/Grievance Policy lacks appeals process.
Is your record expunged after a certain amount of time? What
are the polices and where are they in place for grievances?
Jim Uphoff & Curt Pederson met in late December. A few ideas were
discussed and Jim sent out an email to the nationwide university list
serves he’s in to see if this is being done elsewhere or if anyone had
some ideas we could tap into. When Jim & Curt spoke again briefly last
week, Jim had not heard anything back and was going to send a follow-up.
Joyce & Curt also met. The thought is to get something fairly well in
place by the end of this AY so that early next AY, implementation is one
of the last steps.
Curt is developing a brief questionnaire to give to those who indicate
they’d like to go to someone’s home for a holiday meal and for those who
say they are willing to be a host. The goal of the questionnaire is to
help match up people better to minimize potential concerns. The questions
relate to such things as transportation, food or pet allergies, etc. A
draft of the questionnaire will be available at the next USAC meeting.
Anyone wishing to help out should please contact Curt or Jim.
Todd Brittingham resigned from Council. Will need to replace him on
USAC and WSU Staff council.