Unclassified Staff Advisory Council

MINUTES

November 13, 2008
8:30 - 10:00 am

339 Fawcett Hall


IN ATTENDANCE

Chris Wydman, John Sheidler, Denise Anderson, Adam Horseman, Kary Brigger, Patrick Kachurek, Barbara Bullock, Lisa Bleeke, Mary Healea, Curt Pederson, Helen Kay Dean, Jerry Hensley, Jason Kohlhepp, Jackie Neal, and Rob Boley.

The meeting was called to order by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair at 8:35 a.m.

I. Welcome by Chris Wydman and Introductions by Members

II. Approval of Minutes for October 9, 2008.

The minutes were approved as presented.

III. Committee Reports

1. Athletic Council - Mary Kenton, John Sheidler - There will soon be a national search for the new men's soccer coach. This Saturday, anyone wearing WSU gear to the men's basketball game gets in for free. Efforts are being made to make athletics events family-friendly. Athletic Director Bob Grant welcomes any new ideas and suggestions from the WSU community. Will not meet again until January 30th.

2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Helen Kay Dean - Notes from meeting are attached.

3. Parking Services - Adam Horseman - Notes from meeting are attached.

4. President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman - No meetings since October.

5. Sustainability - Jason Kohlhepp - No meetings since October.

6. University Dining Services - Lisa Bleeke - Notes from meeting are attached.

7. University Staff Council - Barb Bullock, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt Pederson, Chris Wydman - Staff Council met on September 24th. Topics of discussion are included below.

8. Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp - The committee met Wednesday, October 12th. They discussed marketing for the various health opportunities available on campus. In-door walking program will be starting again soon. Winter quarter blood drive will be Wednesday, January 14th.USAC will consider sponsoring the Health Break Luncheons.

9. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - Notes from meeting are attached.

IV. Other Business

1. Healthcare Update - Employees now have access to the new High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account. Meetings have been scheduled to explain the differences in the various options, featuring representatives from WSU Human Resources, Anthem, Fifth Third Bank, and Advanced Benefit Planning. Human Resources will soon be posting additional information online, including FAQ's and a slideshow.

2. Short-Term Disability - This benefit is now available to all full-time (75% or higher) employees. The deadline for enrollment is November 21st, and forms are available on the Human Resources website.

3. Listservs - In the near future, the Faculty, Staff, and Announce listservs may be merged into one discussion listserv. A new Events listserv will also likely be created for official announcements from groups such as USAC, CSAC, Deans, etc.

4. Staff Development Day - The event will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd. Possible topics may include: estate planning, retirement benefits, dealing with difficult people, business etiquette, dressing for success, and change management. Chris will send out a save-the-date email.

5. Staff Pioneers Project - The new plaque will be unveiled on April 21st in the Pathfinder Lounge in the Student Union. So far, a list has been created of approximately 180 staff from the University's earliest days. The list will be circulated amongst current staff and retirees for any additional names.

6. 2nd Mile Group - This is an ad-hoc group that has been meeting for three years on Thursdays over lunch. The group has conducted focus groups with students to identify and resolve issues on campus. The group meets in 010 Student Union at noon on Thursdays, and anyone is welcome. This year, a major focus is on services for transfer students.

7. Speedway Gas Cards - Employees of Dayton Chamber of Commerce member organizations are eligible for Speedway gas cards that provide 6 cents off per gallon. At this point, WSU will likely not be participating, but USAC will continue to pursue this issue with Staff Council.

8. USAC Water Bottles - We will not be able to sell the water bottles at basketball games, due to a conflict with the licensing agreement. The bottles will soon be promoted via the USAC website and marketed to departments as promotional items.

V. Additional Topics

1. Winter Fest - This event may be discussed at the next meeting.

2. Staff Survey Communications - An article in an upcoming Dialogue will discuss survey outcomes, as well as the role USAC and CSAC played in implementing the survey.

3. Lake Campus Rep - Staff Council will hopefully soon have a representative from Lake Campus.

VI. Adjournment and Next Meeting

The meeting was adjourned by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair, at 10:34 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 8:30.

 

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