December 11, 2008
8:30 - 10:00 am
339 Fawcett Hall
Kiel Rottgen, Jacqueline Neal, Mary Healea, Curt Pederson, Barb
Bullock, John Sheidler, JasonKohlhepp, Chris Wydman, Patrick
Kachurek, Helen Kay Dean, Mary Kenton, and Rob Boley.
The meeting was called to order by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair at 8:38
I. Welcome by Chris Wydman
II. Approval of Minutes for November 13, 2008.
The minutes were approved as presented.
III. Committee Reports
1. Athletic Council - Mary Kenton, John Sheidler - No report.
2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Helen Kay Dean -
Notes from meeting are attached.
3. Parking Services - Adam Horseman -
4. President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman -
5. Sustainability - Jason Kohlhepp - No report. Minutes will be
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 - No report.
8. Wellness and Recreation - Jason Kohlhepp -
Notes from meeting are
9. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - No report.
IV. Other Business
1. Staff Supervisory Training Program - Albert Bondurant updated
Staff Council on the progress of this initiative. Due to budgeting
and personnel issues, the program will likely be scaled back.
However, this spring, there will be leadership orientation for new
supervisors. Eventually, training will be provided for all current
2. Winterfest - USAC will sponsor one or more Health Break
Luncheons instead of Winterfest, possibly partnering with CSAC.
3. HR Advisory Committee - Human Resources has established an
internal policy for a 72-hour response time to all employee
requests. HR will soon be posting a FAQ's page to the website. Allan
Boggs distributed the questions at the December meeting, and the
answers will be forthcoming. Hopefully, the FAQ's page will be
online by the end of February. HR is also developing a
point-of-service survey. It remains to be seen exactly how and when
the survey will be distributed to staff, and who will receive
responses. HR has been getting some good feedback on the enhanced
online content and communication efforts. Allan Boggs said that
multiple new policies are going to be established or revised soon.
Discussions about the move to University Park are ongoing; however,
there are multiple issues that must be addressed first. The
committee discussed the role of Staff Liaison and under what
circumstances employees should be referred by HR to the Staff
4. Adoption Assistance Program - This new program is effective
immediately. Although the announcement of the program from HR
mentioned that this program was developed with consultation of Staff
Council, the Staff Council was not involved.
5. Water Bottles - We are going to start selling the water
bottles through the Libraries marketing them as soon as possible as
stocking stuffers. The bottles will also be promoted via the USAC
6. HR Policy Drafts Update - The policies we've reviewed are
undergoing substantial revision. They will hopefully be finalized in
the next month.
7. Staff Survey Update - The Dialogue article about USAC's and
CSAC's involvement in the Staff Survey is still in the works.
8. Lake Campus Rep - Sharon Showman will begin attending Staff
Council meetings on behalf of Lake Campus. When she cannot attend,
she will appoint someone to attend on her behalf.
V. Additional Items
1. Personal Use of Computers - We discussed the personal use of
University computers, as noted in
VI. Adjournment and Next Meeting
The meeting was adjourned by Chris Wydman, USAC Chair, at
10:14 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on Thursday, January 8, 2009 @ 8:30.