December 17, 2009
9:00 - 10:30 am
339 Fawcett Hall
Kary Brigger, Curt Pederson, Jacqui Neal, Kiel Rottgen, Mary
Kenton, John Holm, David Bringhurst, Kevin Knapp, Nancy Pestian, Denise Anderson, Chris Wydman, Jerry Hensley,
Jason Kohlhepp, Wendy Feerer, Jennifer McCamis, Karen Strider-Iiames, and Rob Boley..
A. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Curt Pederson, USAC Chair, at
B. Approval of Minutes for November 19, 2009.
The minutes were approved as
C. Committee Reports
1. Athletic Council - Mary Kenton, Vivian Mitchell -
No report. The five-year plan has been completed.
2. Diversity Advocacy Council - Erin Brigham -
3. Parking Services - John Holm - No report. As a reminder, 2009
parking permits expire at the end of December.
4. President's Award for Excellence - Kevin Knapp, Chris Wydman -
Staff Council did approve making the President's Award for
Excellence committee a subcommittee of Staff Council.
5. Semester Conversion Committee - Chris Wydman - The final draft
of the GE proposal is going to the faculty senate. Hopefully, they
will approve at a special meeting in January. Over summer and fall,
transition guides will be published. At this point, departments are
being asked to revise their curriculums and obtain approval at the
college level. Fall Semester 2012 will start August 27th through
December 15th. Spring Semester 2013 will be January 7th through
6. Sustainability - Karen Strider-Iiames -
7. University Dining Services - Melissa Vanzant -
8. Wellness and Recreation - Craig This -
9. WSU Bookstore - Mary Healea - No report.
10. WSU Staff Council - Jacqueline Neal, Mary Healea, Rob Boley, Curt
Pederson, Chris Wydman - Tamara Jones was invited to discuss the results of
the voluntary employee separation program. With so many of the WSU
leadership leaving, the University is looking at reorganizing
certain areas. The state budget was also discussed, including its
impact on staff raises. Vicky Davidson discussed the new master plan
for the University. Staff Council will be involved in the process.
11. WSU Human Resources Committee - Jacqueline Neal, Mary Healea, Rob Boley,
Curt Pederson, Chris Wydman - Provost Angle presented the
committee's charter and mission statement. The group discussed
revisions to the job abolishment letters. Chris and Joanie will
follow up with Allan Boggs on the proposed changes. Also discussed
were HR staffing (Rich Johnson will be replaced; Buddy Berry's
direct reports will now report to Allan Boggs) measurements
for the Staff Liaison, automated system for leave requests (still in
process), and telecommuting policy (no update).
D. Other Business
|1. Subcommittee on Employee Compensation and Benefits
||Curt sent a message to the
Provost asking for the administration to send staff an
update about the staff raises. Beyond just the raises,
another issue is the lack of communication with staff.
Examples include the status of the proposed telecommuting
policy and the follow-up from the Staff Survey. Volunteers
for an exploratory group included David Bringhurst, Denise
Anderson, Jason Kohlhepp, Mary Healea, Kiel Rottgen, Chris
Wydman, Jerry Hensley, and Kevin Knapp.
||The exploratory group will draft a charter
for the new sub-committee.
|2. Community Service Project Update
||Rob Boley, Curt Pederson, and
Jacqui Neal met with Biology faculty (Jim Amon and Jim
Runkle) to discuss the WSU Biology Preserve, and possible
community service opportunities.
||Next time, Rob, Curt, and Jacqui will
discuss this in greater detail.
|3. Job Swap
||No update at this time.
|4. Student Mentoring
||This program will match willing
staff members with students as mentors. The program
would help students to learn more about the services
available on campus and to feel more welcome on campus.
||Kary will proceed with the program.
|5. USAC Pictures for Website
||Kary Brigger took pictures of
||Rob Boley will post the pictures to the
E. Adjournment and Next Meeting
The meeting was adjourned by Curt Pederson, USAC Chair, at 10:26 a.m. The next meeting is in 339 Fawcett on
Thursday, January 21st @ 9:00 a.m.