Unclassified Staff Advisory Council


March 18, 2010
9:00 - 10:30 am

339 Fawcett Hall


Jerry Hensley, Wendy Feerer, Kiel Rottgen, Curt Pederson, Megan Watson, Craig This, Nancy Pestian, Jason Kohlhepp, Jacqui Neal, Kary Brigger, John Holm, David Bringhurst, Melissa Vanzant, Chris Wydman, and Rob Boley.

USAC Members Absent: Denise Anderson, Mary Healea, Jennifer McCamis.

USAC Committee Members Absent: Kevin Knapp, Karen Strider-Iiames, Lindy Lauterbach, Vivian Mitchell

A. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Curt Pederson, USAC Chair, at 9:02 a.m.

B. Approval of Minutes for February 18, 2010.

The minutes were approved as presented.

C. USAC Committee Reports

1. Community Service - Rob Boley, Jacqui Neal, Curt Pederson - Spring quarter, Biology will be offering a vascular plants class from 11:00 to 1:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, which will take classes through the WSU Biology Preserve. Biology Club is applying for funds to restore structures in the preserve.

2. Compensation, Benefits, and Equity - Denise Anderson, David Bringhurst, Mary Healea, Jerry Hensley, Kevin Knapp, Jason Kohlhepp, Kiel Rottgen - The committee presented the proposed Compensation, Benefits, and Equity Subcommittee Charter, which was approved as presented. Curt suggested modifying USAC's charter to include language for creating and sustaining USAC subcommittees, which may ultimately happen in the form of a new USAC Charter Subcommittee.

3. Nominations - Denise Anderson, Rob Boley, Kiel Rottgen - USAC Members are encouraged to consider serving as secretary or chair elect next year.

D. WSU Committee Reports

1. Athletic Council - Vivian Mitchell - A new Blackboard-to-Backboard Challenge has encouraged students to attend Athletics events. WSU must commit to a new Gender Equity program through 2015. Spring sports are now underway. Athletics is looking at ways to use the Banner system for reporting.

2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Megan Watson - No report.

3. Parking Services - John Holm - Notes attached (w/ map of proposed new lot).

4. Semester Conversion Committee - Chris Wydman - The faculty stoppage continues, keeping most of the semester conversion progress delayed. Next week, a detailed proposal should be finalized to create a Semester Conversion office, which would remain open for approximately three years. With the conversion, there will be fewer classes but more students per class. So, a survey is being completed to see if WSU has enough classrooms to accommodate increased class size.

5. Sustainability - Karen Strider-Iiames - March agenda attached. The Sustainability Advisory Committee met on March 11. A web page on sustainability is in the planning stages. Hunt Brown, director of sustainability, and Nick Kizirnis, director of web design and interactive strategies, met to discuss the project, tentatively planned for late spring. Hunt Brown, WSU director of sustainability, will present "Earth Day at 40: Environmental Successes and Continuing Challenges" on April 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Dunbar Library, fourth floor. As part of the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore Friends of the Libraries' Lecture Series, he will discuss the evolution of environmental issues since Earth Day was established in 1970, and offer suggestions about what individuals and companies can do to save energy and water, reduce waste, and more. Free and open to the public. Registration is requested by calling 775-2380 or online.

6. University Dining Services - Melissa Vanzant - Notes attached for February and March.

7. Wellness and Recreation - Craig This - No report.

8. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - No report.

9. WSU Staff Council - Jacqueline Neal, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt Pederson, Chris Wydman - A Separation Checklist is being created that provides comprehensive steps to follow when employees leave WSU. The revised timeline for the new Master Plan will likely be late summer/early fall. Historically, USAC hasn't been represented at quarterly OSCHE meetings, but we will be sending a representative in the future. USAC was also encouraged to send representatives to future Board of Trustees meetings. WSU is sending out an RFP for a new Wellness Program.

10. WSU SC President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman - Draft timeline attached.

11. WSU SC Human Resources Committee - Jacqueline Neal, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt Pederson, Chris Wydman - Survey protocol attached.

E. Other Business

Topic Discussion Follow-Up
1. Proposed OPERS Changes/Campus Meetings Meetings are scheduled on campus March 18 (10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. at E 156 Student Union) and March 24 (6:00 p.m. at 120 Med Sci Auditorium) to provide information on the proposed changes to our OPERS retirement benefits. Staff are encouraged to attend.  
2. Master Plan Update See notes above under Staff Council.  
3. Additional USAC Committees   Rob, Wendy, and Kary will meet next week to discuss the newsletter.

F. Adjournment and Next Meeting

The meeting was adjourned by Curt Pederson, USAC Chair, at 10:00 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on Thursday, April 15th @ 9:00 a.m.


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