April 9, 2009
8:30 - 10:00 am
339 Fawcett Hall
Jackie Neal, Jerry Hensley, Denise Anderson, Kary Brigger, Kiel
Rottgen, Helen Kay Dean, Kevin Knapp, Jackie Neal, John Sheidler, Mary
Kenton, Mary Healea, Chris Wydman, and Rob Boley.
The meeting was called to order by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair at
A. Welcome by Chris Wydman
B. Approval of Minutes for March 12, 2009.
The minutes were approved as presented.
C. Committee Reports
1. Athletic Council - Mary Kenton, John Sheidler -
2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Helen Kay Dean -
3. Parking Services - Adam Horseman - No report.
4. President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman -
The awards website
is up and running, and nominations are being actively solicited.
This year, there's a new award: the Spirit of Innovation Award.
Nominations are due on Friday, April 24th. Also new this year, all
of the nominees will all be invited to a reception in mid-June.
5. Sustainability - Jason Kohlhepp - No report.
6. University Dining Services - Lisa Bleeke -
7. Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp - No report.
8. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - During Book Buyback, they paid
out over $250,000 to students. The clearance sale will be extended
until the end of April. Bookstore staff is currently looking at how
the switch to semesters will affect the bookstore.
9. WSU Staff Council - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt
Pederson, Chris Wydman - No report.
10. WSU Human Resources Committee - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt
Pederson, John Sheidler, Chris Wydman - No report. In the near future, the
committee will likely be reorganized to have more equal
representation of HR staff and Staff Council members.
D. Other Business
1. Budget Update - There's no update at this time, as the details
of the retirement incentive program are still being finalized. The
incentives program should be finalized in 4-6 weeks. Since much of
the budget details will likely be announced over the summer, the
USAC board will consider meeting over the summer to stay on top of
2. Vacation Truncation - Only staff who were over the designated
limit of vacation hours have been notified by HR.
HR will continue on a
monthly basis to notify those staff members who are over 352 hours
that they will lose excess hours on Aug. 31. The group
discussed the flaws in the vacation tracking/requesting system, as
well as the need for an automated system. We'll put this on the
agenda for the next Staff Council and Human Resources Committee
3. Telecommuting/Flex Hours Policy - Chris discussed with Al
Boggs the status of the draft Family Friendly Work Policy. Some of
the delays had to do with tax/insurance issues. USAC will follow up
with HR, perhaps discussing this at the next Staff Council or Human
Resources Committee meeting.
4. Staff Pioneers Project - The unveiling of the recognition
plaque will be held on April 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Pathfinder
5. USAC Elections - The
schedule for USAC Elections
is online. Everyone is encouraged to consider officer
positions for next year.
6. WSU Leadership Academy - Albert Bondurant has drafted a plan
for the WSU Leadership Academy, which will be a multi-tiered program
to provide supervisor training. The program will hopefully launch in
E. Additional Items
1. Quest for
Community - This event wiill be held on April 17th.
2. USAC/CSAC President's Reception - The president's reception
will be held on May 28th at Rockafield House at 4 p.m.
3. The Semesters Transition Team is currently being formed. The
Chairs of USAC and CSAC will serve on the committee.
4. For the June staff picnic, Denise Anderson volunteered to help
organize the 50/50 raffle.
F. Adjournment and Next Meeting
The meeting was adjourned by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair, at 9:59 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on Thursday,
May 14, 2009 @ 8:30