February 12, 2009
8:30 - 10:00 am
339 Fawcett Hall
Kiel Rottgen, Jacqueline Neal, Curt Pederson, Denise Anderson,
Lisa Bleeke, Jerry Hensley, Kary Brigger, Kevin Knapp, Patrick Kachurek, Adam Horseman, Mary Kenton,
John Sheidler, Helen Kay Dean, Chris Wydman, Barb Bullock, Mary
Healea, and Rob Boley.
Guest: Tamara Jones.
The meeting was called to order by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair at 8:37
A. Welcome by Chris Wydman
B. Approval of Minutes for January 8, 2009
The minutes were approved as presented.
C. Discussion with Tamara Jones
The budget office is working diligently to reduce expenses.
Budget cuts will be coming at the state level and tuition cannot be
raised this year; however, there have been no indications that there
will be layoffs. Some discussion points included:
- HR is exploring alternatives to layoffs, such as voluntarily
reducing FTE on positions or mandatory one-week, unpaid employee
- The pay cuts for state employees mentioned in the news will
not apply to WSU employees.
- If it was determined that there would be employee reductions
for unclassified staff, deans and vice presidents would decide
which positions to cut in their respective areas. If two
positions were consolidated into one, the employee with the most
seniority would be retained.
- Dr. Hopkins recently mentioned that layoffs would be a last
resort. Dr. Filipic has indicated that he's open to receiving
cost-saving ideas from employees.
- An early buy-out has been considered but is too costly.
Other Ohio universities are looking at some alternatives to
buy-outs, such as providing incentives for employees to retire.
- A four-day work week in the summer has been considered;
however, there are logistical issues. The main consideration is
whether or not the University's business would still be
D. Committee Reports
1. Athletic Council - Mary Kenton, John Sheidler - The Athletics
Pre-Game Lecture Series starts on February 14. The cumulative
GPA for student athletes was over 3.0. Bob Grant discussed future
budget cuts for athletics and possible solutions, such as reducing
2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Helen Kay Dean - Notes Attached.
3. Parking Services - Adam Horseman - No report. A meeting will
be scheduled after they have a clearer idea of future budget.
4. President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman -
5. Sustainability - Jason Kohlhepp - Notes attached.
6. University Dining Services - Lisa Bleeke - Notes attached.
7. Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp - Notes attached.
8. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - No report - the last meeting was
9. WSU Staff Council - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt
Pederson, Chris Wydman - The focus of the last meeting was on budgetary
issues. The mutual FTE-reduction was discussed; the most important
aspect of this program is that it would be strictly voluntary. So
far, there is no official policy on telecommuting.
10. WSU Human Resources Committee - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt
Pederson, John Sheidler, Chris Wydman - Committee members are still waiting
for answers to the FAQ's, to be posted eventually to the HR website.
So far, the committee hasn't been as productive as hoped.
E. Other Business
1. Health Break Luncheons - The events, co-sponsored by USAC as
an alternative to Winter Fest, were
held on Thursday, January 29th (emotional wellness) and Wednesday, February 4th
(occupational wellness). If we do this next year, USAC can help with
the promotion of these events.
2. Open Forum - We've had talks with Dr. Sweeney about having an
Open Forum for all staff in May to discuss the budget.
3. Water Bottles - The Libraries have had four sales since the
last meeting. On Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30, there will be a Health
Fair in the Apollo Room.
4. Adoption Assistance Program - This program was part of the new
collective bargaining agreement for faculty, and so has been made
available for all staff.
5. USAC Elections - The
schedule for USAC Elections
is online. Chris encouraged everyone to think about taking officer
positions for next year.
F. Additional Items
1. Semester Conversion - Dr. Tom Sudkamp, President of Faculty,
has offered to talk about the conversion at a future Open Forum
event. Chris will follow-up.
G. Adjournment and Next Meeting
The meeting was adjourned by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair, at
10:12 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 8:30