April 10 , 2008
8:30 - 10:00 am
The meeting was called to order by Barb Bullock, USAC Chair at 8:29 am.
I. Welcome by Barb Bullock
II. Approval of Minutes for March 13, 2008
The minutes were approved as presented.
III. Committee Reports
1--Athletic Council - Pam Berry-Griffis, Mary Kenton
Last meeting was 4/4. Dan Abrahamowicz spoke about the search for a new Athletic Director. They hope to have one onboard in four to five months. Subcommittee reports are due in April. The Spirit Squad will now have a liaison as part of the Team Liaison Program.
2--Parking Services - Wendy Chetcuti
There have been no meetings yet this quarter.
3--President's Award for Excellence - Mary Healea, Chris Wydman
Chris Wydman is now serving on this committee. Nominations open 4/11 and are due by 5/2. It is an online process again this year.
4--Sustainability - Barb Bullock, John Sheidler
The last meeting was 3/19. Hunt Brown reviewed activities. Building awareness is a big focus right now.
5--University Dining Services - Lisa Bleeke
The meeting minutes are attached.
6--University Diversity Advocacy Council - Denise Anderson
The most recent meeting was canceled. Quest is the week of April 14.
7--University Staff Council - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Greg Kojola, John Sheidler, Chris Wydman
AAUP negotiations are underway. Remember that anything seen at this time is up for negotiation. It is not fact until a contract is approved.
Healthcare usage increased significantly during 2007, therefore Anthem wants to raise the university cost significantly. Options are being considered including a Health Savings Account (HSA).
Something similar to the faculty Wall of Academic Pioneers is being considered for the staff.
Matt Filipic and Jeff Ulliman are looking into options for employees who submit timecards properly, but the supervisor does not approve by the deadline.
A draft of the staff survey results was reviewed.
8--Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp
The meeting minutes are attached.
9--WSU Bookstore Committee - Mary Healea
The Arts Gala was discussed. The bookstore is investigating marketing ideas to educate faculty on the student cost benefit of textbooks being selected early.
V. Old Business
1--SubCommittee for Unclassified Survey - David Hurwitz
The draft of the staff survey summary was reviewed. A few additional corrections were made. The results should be released soon. Thank you to all the people involved in the major project.
2--SubCommittee for Nominations/Elections - Rob Boley, Jason Kohlhepp, Greg Kojola
Nominations and Elections will occur over the next two months. A timeline has been prepared for the activities.
The amendment changes have been made online.
4--Staff Development Day
Hunt Brown has been asked to be involved.
5--USAC Reuseable Water Bottles
The bottles are on backorder. If available we should consider selling at May Daze.
6--June Open Meeting
An open meeting separate from the June Council meeting will be scheduled. It should be the week of June 16th. Robert Sweeney will be asked to discuss the State and WSU strategic plans along with the budget.
The university is looking into the issues with the current process.
Last year a web page was created to explain the activities of a USAC Council member. A new page has been created to explain the activites of a USAC Committee member.
VI. New Business
1--USAC Web Page - History
Jackie McMillan requested a list of recent USAC Chairs recently. This was assembled by reviewing old paperwork and minutes. A list has been posted. Please help fill in the blanks. The original foundation document has also been posted.
Due to a rescheduled training event, Greg will not be able to attend the May meeting. Curt will fill in as secretary again.
VII. Other Topics
The meeting was adjourned by Barb Bullock, USAC Chair at 10:00 am.