Wright State University Staff Council Minutes
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.
Present: Council Members: Rob Boley, Lena Friend, Mary Healea, Joanie Hendricks, Fran Keeley, Jacqueline Neal, Curt Pederson, Vickie Slone, and Betty Staugler
Convener: Albert Bondurant
Guest: Bill Rickert, Associate Provost
1. OPERS Proposed Changes
Vickie Slone, Chair of CSAC, attended the OSCHE meeting on January 29, 2010. Reps from OPERS and SERS were there, and she had explored ways to bring an OPERS representative to WSU.
Bill Rickert, Associate Provost, said that Human Resources (HR) has now set up a meeting for WSU employees and possibly others on the retirement changes being considered, tentatively scheduled for March 18, 2010.
2. Separation Checklist
Vickie distributed a sample of the separation checklist currently being used in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. A few changes need to be made to make the list more broadly usable. Then it can be put on the agenda and presented at a Staff Council Human Resources Committee (SCHRC) meeting.
Curt Pederson mentioned Wright Way Policy 4103, Exit Clearance Process, which states that a separating employee should provide a current mailing address to the Department of Human Resources. It also says that Human Resources must be advised in writing of the exact termination date by the separating employee's director or chair (PAF), and that a copy of the separating employee's resignation letter also must be forwarded to the Department of Human Resources. It does not mention an exit interview. Staff Council members felt an exit interview may be helpful for the university.
3. Master Plan
The vendor selected for the university’s new Master Plan is NBBJ. They will be soliciting input from faculty and staff and presenting at campus forums about “How should WSU look in 10-15 years?” They should complete a draft plan in Summer 2010 and have a plan finished in Fall 2010.
4. Representation at Quarterly OSCHE Meetings
Joanie Hendricks spoke about OSCHE (Ohio Staff Council for Higher Education). Its purpose is to deal with issues of non-contracted staff members in higher education.
A two-day OSCHE conference will be held this summer. There is usually a large turn-out at these, and it’s a good one to attend. USAC members showed an interest in attending. Fran Keeley said that USAC reps can attend also.
Bill Rickert suggested that a regular agenda item for Staff Council could be a report of the OSCHE meetings. The next OSCHE meeting is April 23, 2010.
5. “Helping Hands” Initiative
Curt Pedersen said there was no update on the “Helping Hands” initiative at this time.
There is no Wright Way policy about telecommuting--working from home or another off-campus location. It has been discussed before, and some have done this on a short-term basis, like while on maternity leave, etc.
Bill said that if there are jobs that can be performed effectively at home, an arrangement might be possible. Possible liability for injuries suffered while working at home and tax implications for various worksites are potential issues, along with specific job requirements and supervision.
Bill said that sometimes a policy can be limiting, and a decision could be made to not allow any telecommuting. Does Staff Council want to pursue developing a policy right now? Council said no.
7. Organizational Development and Learning (OD&L)
Albert, who is the Executive Director of OD&L, said their open house went well and was well attended. Their website is: http://www.wright.edu/odl/.
- OD&L offers a Compliance Training Series of programs each quarter (Sexual Harassment Awareness, Ethical Behavior, Diversity Awareness, and Workplace Violence Prevention. It would be in the university’s best interest to make the entire Compliance Training Series mandatory.
- WSU’s Leadership Academy will be established in 2010 with a series of programs for Leads, Supervisors and Managers. In addition, in 2010, a Leadership Orientation program (‘Leadership: The Wright Way’) will be launched. A Performance Management program is being developed to be rolled-out by Fall, 2010 for use with 2010 Performance Appraisals. An Executive Education Series (for Directors and above) as well as a Women’s Leadership Institute, will be rolled out in 2011.
- WSU’s Professional Development Alliance, offering programs that will focus on the needs of non-management staff, will also launch in 2010.
8. Staff Development Day
The Office of Organizational Development and Learning funds the bi-annual Staff Development Days with Fran Keeley acting as the Coordinator of the program. Albert suggested changing the name of Staff Development Day to better reflect its uniqueness – the program offerings beyond purely performance improvement. One suggestion was ‘Staff Enrichment Day.’ Staff Council had no objection to a change.
RFP for Development of a “Wellness Program” for WSU
The university will send out an RFP to request a “Letter of Interest” for developing a “Wellness Program” at WSU. Bill distributed a draft copy to Staff Council members.
This program may help to catch health problems earlier, get people on a healthier track, which may result in less sick leave usage.
This RFP will go out in about two weeks.
Rec Fit Group Exercise Sessions
Vickie said that CSAC had asked Campus Recreation for some 30-minute time slots of exercise to be included in the Rec Fit Group Exercise Sessions. Campus Rec said there was not enough interest. Maybe USAC requests could be combined with CSAC’s for sessions on spinning, weight-lifting, etc. Contact persons at Campus Rec are Eric Corbitt and Drew Corbett. This item will be on the agenda for the next Staff Council Meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm. The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.