Unclassified Staff Advisory Council


January 13, 2011
9:00 - 10:30 am

264 Brehm Lab


Council Members: Jacqui Neal, Kary Brigger, David Bringhurst, Jacqueline Robinson, Curt Pederson, Susan Wehmeyer, Mary Healea, Kiel Rottgen, Jamie Norris, Wendy Riddell, Brandy Foster, Nancy Pestian
Representatives: John Holm, David Finnie, Jerry Hensley, Craig This, Megan Watson, Colleen Hayden, Chris Wydman, Calvin Robinson, Marian Hogue, Melissa Vanzant, Jason Kolhepp
Guests: C
ourtney Smith

A. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Jacqui Neal, USAC Chair, at 9:00 a.m.

B. Approval of Minutes for December 09, 2010.

The minutes were approved as presented.

C. Items for Discussion

1. Structure of USAC Meetings -

  • Monthly Meeting: Discussed meeting format, decided to create separate informational meetings to allow for more discussion in monthly meetings
  • Quarterly Informational Seminars:Opportunity to update all staff on the issues on campus; proposed dates for seminars:   October, February, and May
  • Meeting Schedule: USAC will continue on a monthly meeting schedule

2. Feedback from President Hopkins' meeting with Staff Council on Thursday, Jan. 6th -

  • Attendance: Encouraged everyone to attend divisional/department meetings being held throughout university; opportunity to learn more about operational / budget details and continue discussions of concern with regards to unclassified staff;  State budget will be received for review in mid-March
  • 'Budget 101': Agreed to invite Dr. Filipic as a presenter for February informational seminar to explain what a University Budget looks like and break down the layers
  • Memo from USAC to administration: CBES was tasked specifically with drafting a context document to help explain USAC letter submitted to Dr. Henry Limouze, Assoc Provost.  All information will be posted on website and referred to in next   (ONGOING)
  • Cultural assessment: Many questions regarding timeline and progress were raised.  Council was updated with minutes from Staff Council meeting (Jan. 13, 2011) in which this topic was addressed.  UDAC representative (Megan Watson) has agreed to continue this discussion at the next UDAC meeting and provide further updates to council  (ONGOING)

3. Marketing Strategies -

  • “Communications” subcommittee: council agreed to change the marketing / newsletter subcommittee name to “communications”.  Jacqui will gather a list of all the Unclassified Staff from Human Resources and divide it among council members.  Each council member will be responsible for contacting their group with information  (ONGOING)
  • Newsletter: next one scheduled for February (after our meeting), followed by an end of the year one  in May
  • Facebook: option was discussed by council as a social media option.  Megan Watson volunteered to take on the project of creating a Facebook page and will work with Communications  committee (which meets again on Jan. 21) (ONGOING)

4. Master Plan -

  • Representation on Building & Grounds: Marian Hogue provided council with an update on the discussions from this committee.  Building & Grounds is a subcommittee of faculty senate but the Registrar’s office asked to be a part of this as well due to classroom space
  • Master Plan Update: Faculty & staff upset about using the Woods as space to build; concern about costs of parking garages and the fees associated with it.  Many issues continue to be raised and all members were strongly encouraged to review the Master Plan online website and provide Dr. Robert Sweeney with their comments/suggestions  no later than February 6 (deadline)

5. Staff Council Report (1.12.11 meeting)-

  • Performance & Appraisal: OD&L continues to create an optional review tool for supervisors and hope to have it available online by the end of February.  Comments were made regarding the importance of performance appraisals; not only for financial incentives, but also for mentoring of individual’s career path. Questions rose whether or not these should be tied to raises? This topic will continue to be discussed and raised to administration   (ONGOING)
    Follow-up issues to be addressed at next Staff Council/HR meeting: (1) letting supervisors know the review schedule and more information on how to do a review (2) providing more information on how to hire the different types of employees, and (3) providing guideline sheet for this under manager toolbox
  • Summary of Staff Development Day survey will be sent to council members for review  (ONGOING)

6. Update from USAC Subcommittees - no additional updates


D. University Committee Reports - No new reports for January. Schedule of committee meetings can be found here: http://www.wright.edu/aboutwsu/orgs/usac/commreps.html


E. Other Business

1. General Announcements- call for volunteers for the 2011-2012 USAC Secretary-Wendy Riddell has agreed to step in when Kary (current secretary) is out and will continue to serve next year.
2. Suggested Topics or Speakers for Next Meeting: Dr. Filipic

F. Adjournment and Next Meeting

The meeting was adjourned by Jacqui Neal, USAC Chair, at 10:30 a.m. The next meeting is in 264 Brehm Lab on Thursday, February 10th @ 9:00 a.m.

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