September 30, 2004
The meeting was held in room E157 Student Union,
USAC Chair, Joyce Howes, called the meeting to order.
Carol Vuckovich, Internal Audit
Mendy Beverly, CATS
Chris Murphy, College of Education and Human Services-Student Services
Curt Pederson, Psychology
Mike Reynolds, College of Science and Mathematics
Tom Mills, Center for Teaching and Learning
Gary Sutton, Bursar/Student Loan Collections
Steve Sherbet, Bursar
Joyce Howes, College of Science and Mathematics
Chris Watson, University Libraries
Rita Chislaghi, University Libraries
John Scheidler, School of Medicine
Roland Knight, CTC
Jacqueline Robinson, Controllers Office
Wetona Walchner, Controllers Office
Rick Zech, Budget Planning
Sharon Daugherty, School of Professional Psychology
New USAC members were welcomed and introduced.
The Athletics Council met Friday, 9/24/04 at 8 a.m.
Dr. Cusack gave a tribute to Herb Foster, WSU Tennis Coach, who passed
away 9/19. He called him a special guy, the epitome of a coach. Coach
Foster was part parent, part friend to the athletes; a football coach
coaching tennis. He was tremendously driven, disciplined, and focused.
He added Herb was one of his best hires, he never made excuses, and
used failures to drive him to the next success. An outstanding coach
and friend was lost. Dr. Cusack was asked by Coach Foster’s family to
speak at the memorial service. Steve Fortson, Athletics Council Chair,
commented that Coach Foster was the Vince Lombardi of tennis coaching
and noted he was in the Dayton Tennis Hall of Fame. To complete the
remaining three weeks of the fall tennis season, Dr. Cusack said Kyanna
Jackson will coach the teams. Plans are to have a permanent coach named
in time for the spring season. Matches were cancelled the week
following Coach Foster's passing.
During Coaches’ Corner, Rob Cooper was introduced as WSU’s new Head
Baseball Coach. He was selected from a pool of candidates numbering
close to 70 and is only the fourth coach in school history. Coach
Cooper’s most recent previous stop was Oral Roberts University. He said
there have been about 50 ballplayers out so far during fall practice.
Cuts, unfortunately, will be made. Overall though, things are going
well. He feels he has a coaching staff of three quality guys with good
experience. A proposed rule change by the NCAA should help northern
schools compete better. If approved, the rule would push the start date
to begin practice to February 1 each year with games to begin on March
1. Under the current rules, schools in the south have an advantage in
being able to practice outside much earlier due to the weather.
Athletic Director’s Report: Dr. Cusack gave a quick rundown on the fall
sports teams: cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball. He noted
funds for the Pavilion project are all in and is hoping for Board of
Trustee approval on October 1. The 28,000 square foot project is
expected to take seven months to construct. Judy Chivers distributed
the Spring Quarterly Grade Report. WSU student-athletes continue to do
well in the classroom. Their GPA for the quarter was 3.058 compared to
the university wide GPA of 2.949. Cumulative for the AY,
student-athletes were at 3.040 and for the rest of the university it was
2.869. Women’s Swimming & Diving led the way for the Spring Quarter and
the year with a 3.401 Spring GPA and 3.458 for the year. The graduation
rate for WSU student-athletes is 62%.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 29, 2004 in the
Student Union’s Atlantis Room from 8 to 9:45 a.m.
Homecoming is the first weekend of October. The Women's soccer team
plays UWGB Friday night at 7. On Sunday afternoon at 2, the men play
Cleveland State. Prior to the men's game, eight new members will be
inducted into the soccer Walk of Fame. Admission is free to the games
No report. This committee had not met prior to the USAC meeting
University Dining Services
University Diversity Advisory Council
Wellness and Recreation
1. We are looking for new members to this fun and hard working
committee. If interested or have a nominee, contact Katherine Arnett at
2. Hit the Bricks 5K is Saturday. Any people interested in possibly
joining the committee should contact Katherine Arnett
3. The fall issue of the newsletter should be out in Oct. It is the
Hope Newsletter - the same one we got a few years ago.
4. After a very successful FISH Luncheon last month, many others will be
planned this year.
WSU Staff Council
Council Business for 2004/04 was reviewed.
- The council asked that USAC attempt to discover
if there were any problems with first weekend staffing.
- USAC and CSAC officers will consider possible
format and questions for a training needs survey.
- A staff development day is planned for December
2004 and anticipated for summer 2005.
The council will soon have a webpage with minutes
of meetings and members. USAC and CSAC were asked to link to this page
from their websites when it is available.
Issues to be discussed during this year’s meetings
- Human Resources will meet with the council in
November. Training issues and the performance management tool under
consideration will be discussed.
- Capital issues and Buildings and Grounds will be
discussed in January.
- The Strategic Plan is scheduled for March.
- Budget is scheduled for May.
Holiday Gathering with CSAC
CSAC has asked USAC to join with them in presenting an opportunity
for a joint sponsored holiday event. Suggested for the event is speaker
Cia Cohen speaking about “Getting Through the Holidays Stress-Free”.
The event will be held December 15 from 2:30-4:00 in the Student Union
Multi-Purpose Room. The council decided that, yes they would like to do
A USAC group has been created in WINGS. To join the WINGS group
follow these instructions:
Joining the WSU Unclassified Staff WINGS GROUP
1. Sign onto your WINGS account using your WSU ID and
2. Click on the "GROUPS" icon in the upper right corner of the
WINGS Home page.
3) Click on the "GROUPS INDEX" tab.
4) Click on "Services & Orgs Units"
(Scroll down using bar on right side of screen)
5) Click to Highlight the WSU Unclassified Staff group and
then Click "JOIN GROUP"
6) Read the POLICY and check the agree boxes.
(if you do not agree you can cancel and stop the process)
7) Click JOIN
The next time you click GROUPS on the main WINGS page,
the WSU Unclassified Staff Group should appear as one
of your subscribed groups.
Issues and Goals for the Year
The Council discussed possible topics/issues for the coming year.
The following were items brought up:
Fair Labor Standards
Holiday Service Project
-Aid/Collections for the troops in Iraq
Holiday at Home project
Families that can host other staff, faculty or students that
will be here for the holidays but do not have people to share the
The handbook can now be found online at
https://www.wright.edu/admin/hr/handbook/unclassified_hb.html. (Authentication Required) Printed
copies are available. New unclassified staff will receive a printed
copy at orientation. Current staff can request a copy from the USAC
The next meeting of USAC will be held Thursday,
October 28th, 2:30 p.m. Room to be announced.
Featured speakers: Allan Boggs, Ken Selm, Carlotta
Johnson—Classification Study update