Unclassified Staff Advisory Council
Thursday, April 4, 2013
157E Student Union
In attendance: David Bringhurst, D.R. Fannin, Jonathan Jackson, Audwin Jones, Megan McCurdy, Jamie Norris, Jenny Papadakis, Jacqueline Robinson, Aaron Skira, Craig This, Cindy Vanzant, Susan Wehmeyer, Bev Denlinger, Steven Johnson, Sheila Nahrgang, Mary Raider, Courtney Smith, Connie Gehret
Regrets: Chris Bethel, Marty Jenkins Sommer Todd, Melissa Vanzant, Mark Hibner, Jill Puthoff
Absent:, Wendy Chetcuti (resignation received), David Finnie, Susan Kracus, Gretchen Rentz, Valita Wilhoite
- Pre-meeting speaker, Hunt Brown, Director of Sustainability, reviewed various sustainability initiatives including: sustainability in the strategic plan; dining services; buildings and grounds; recycling; community gardens; energy efficiency; Earth Month; sustainability in course work service learning; ethics and sustainability in Appalachia; print management. For more information see the website at: www.wright.edu/sustainability
- Craig This called the meeting to order at 9:37 a.m.
- Minutes of the meeting of March 14, 2013 were approved.
- Brief Updates on USAC Issues:
- Tobacco Policy (D.R. Fannin and Steven Johnson). The task force prepared a 36 page document with recommendations including:
- A tobacco-free campus including chewing tobacco and smokeless cigarettes.
- A working group to write the actual policy based on task force recommendations.
- A 12 month minimum period for implementation.
- A representative from USAC as part of the working group which will write the actual policy for the Wright Way. The current policy was written in 1994.
- If the working group elects to permit tobacco in designated areas, the task force recommended that those areas should be clearly established.
- The recommendation covers all university property and university owned vehicles including rented vehicles.
- Suggested negotiations with A.M. Management, owners of the residence halls.
- Smoking cessation programs.
- Enforcement mechanisms in the policy in keeping with other enforcement mechanisms on campus such as parking tickets.
- The policy must be approved by the Board of Trustees.
- Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day (Cindy Vanzant). Participants included 137 youth and 87 mentors. The committee is always looking for volunteers and new programs to offer.
- Health Insurance RFP (Audwin Jones)
- The committee has met twice and received training to aid an informed recommendation.
- The RFP will be released April 5th. Vendors will have until the following Wednesday, April 10th to review and respond.
- Completed quotes must be submitted by May 3rd.
- Final decision to be made by June 12th.
- See Audwin's notes Part I | Part II
- Performance Appraisals (Audwin Jones)
- An initial review of an online version has been completed.
- Another version online option will also be investigated.
- CaTS has expressed interest in developing and in-house version as well.
- See Audwin’s notes for additional information
- Associate Provost search (Audwin Jones)
- Dining Services RFP (Melissa Vanzant via email)
- 4 vendors presented to the visioning committee and the university community last week over 2 days.
- All feedback has been compiled
- The successful candidate will move into contract negotiations next week. No matter which candidate is selected, renovations and updates will occur in all dining areas of campus over the next few years.
- Search committees: Affirmative Action Officer (Jacqueline Robinson)
- The first consideration date has been reached. Applications have been received and are being reviewed.
- The committee was first to attend search committee training.
- USAC Nominations/Elections
- Nominations will open 4/8 and run for 2 weeks. A Qualtrics survey tool will be used for both nominations and elections.
- USAC Open Forum
- The forum will take place after election in accordance with the bylaws on May 14th from 2-4pm.
- Human Resources
- A visioning session for H.R.will be held on 4/19. Audwin Jones and Craig This have been invited to participate.
- Allan Boggs will attend the next USAC meeting on May 9th to address some of the concerns raised at the March meeting.
- University committee updates
- Athletic Council.
- Dining Services.
- Parking Services.
- University Diversity Advocacy Council.
- Wendy Chetcuti had to step down due to schedule conflicts
- Jacqueline Robinson remains and representative from USAC and will attend the meetings so no interim replacement is needed.
- University Staff Council.
- Wellness & Recreation.
- WSU Bookstore Committee.
- Staff Council Human Resources Committee.
- Lake Campus.
- Questions or issues from other unclassified staff in attendance
- Staff Council—April 10, 2-4:00 p.m., 267 University Hall
- USAC Nominations Open—April 8-April 19
- Budget Workshop—April 11, 8:30 a.m., Apollo Room
- Grow Our Garden Day—April 20, Wright State Community Garden
- USAC Elections—April 29-May 3
- USAC Meeting—May 9, 9-10:30 a.m., 008 Student Union (Rathskellar)
- Guest Speaker: Dr. Herbert Dregalla, Associate Provost and Director, Semester Conversion, “The First Year of Semesters.”
- Additional topic at next meeting: Mr. Allan Boggs, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, will provide a response to the human resource issues raised at the March 2013 USAC meeting.
- The meeting was adjourned at 10:30am.
USAC: The purpose of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council(USAC) is to represent its members to the university by: promoting their general welfare; advocating for unclassified staff through active participation in university governance structure; reviewing, initiating and making recommendation on relevant university policies and procedures; encouraging and facilitating communication among members; and encouraging professional development opportunities. One of the prime responsibilities of this council is to serve the educational community by creating and maintaining an environment conducive to the teaching, learning, research, and service functions of higher education. The recommendations of the council are submitted to the University President.