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Wright State University

Unclassified Staff Advisory Council


September 30, 2004


The meeting was held in room E157 Student Union, USAC Chair, Joyce Howes, called the meeting to order.


Attendees included:
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.


Athletics Council
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 Homecoming weekend.


Parking Services
No report.  This committee had not met prior to the USAC meeting

University Dining Services
No report.

 University Diversity Advisory Council
No report

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 x-5816.

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
Meeting 9/22/04
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 were reviewed.

  • 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 this.

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
   password at http://wings.wright.edu

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
            -Hurricane Relief
            -Aid/Collections for the troops in Iraq
Classification Study
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 holidays with



Handbook On-Line
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 council members.



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


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