Wright State University Staff Council Minutes

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - Revised



The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.

Present: Council Members: Rob Boley, George Collins, Lena Friend, Mary Healea, Joanie Hendricks, Fran Keeley, Liane  Muhlenkamp, Jacqueline Neal, Curt Pederson, and Vickie Slone

Convener:  Albert Bondurant

Guest:  Bill Rickert, Associate Provost 


1.  Budget

As announced at the Board of Trustees Budget Presentation on May 20, WSU staff will be eligible to receive a 2.5% salary increase effective July 1, 2010. 

2.  Job Requirements

Education vs. Experience – A Bachelor’s degree is required for certain unclassified jobs, but shouldn’t experience count also?  How does a generic Bachelor’s degree qualify a candidate for a position?  Bill Rickert said that a college degree does have value, and those staff members with years of experience at WSU – but, no degree – have had the opportunity (including free tuition) to obtain a degree over the years.

A supervisor is entitled to require a Bachelor’s degree when a job is posted.  Human Resources (HR) compares the job against other WSU positions and/or the market.  If it fits the parameters, the job is approved. 

Bill asked if HR should have the authority to overrule a supervisor’s requirement for a degree.  To what extent should the process be centralized, and to what extent should VPs and deans have a say so?

Lena Friend asked if supervisors get a job description from HR when first posting a job.  HR turns to recent similar examples to help them.  Supervisors may want a certain kind of degree for certain positions.  Vicki Slone said the process should be more consistent.  Bill said that Affirmative Action’s view would be to broaden the pool.

Bill suggested Staff Council  put something in writing as a resolution to Cabinet.  Include opportunity for staff, principles of Affirmative Action, and consistency. 

3.  Staff Development Day (SDD)

Transition – Albert Bondurant wants his staff in Organizational Development and Learning (OD&L) to have a smaller role in Staff Development Day from now on – while still assisting with the program twice a year 

OD&L staff members Fran Keeley and Cindy Schisler, could train others to take over the primary roles (e.g., registration, actual set-up,  etc.), but could still be available, in a more limited function, as assistants and facilitators at SDD.  Joanie Hendricks suggested someone shadow Fran and Cindy during the July 2010 SDD to learn best how to transition into ‘lead’ roles at future SDD’s – including the next SDD in  December 2010.

Name Change Suggestion – CSAC wants to keep the old name of “Staff Develop-ment Day”, and USAC said they could go either way.  So the name will stay as is.

Staff Council was nominated for a President’s Award for Excellence for Staff Development Day.

4.  OSCHE Meeting Update

Lena Friend attended the OSCHE meeting on April 23, 2010.  She said Chancellor Fingerhut presented on the 3rd Frontier issue.

Parking issues were discussed.   WSU has one of the lowest fees for parking in the state.  Finding parking spaces remains an issue.

Election results – Tami Smith, WSU classified staff member, was nominated for a  VP position at OSCHE for the 2010-11 year.

5.  Volunteering

Jacqui Neal talked about the volunteering program at Lexis Nexis where employees get two paid days off for community service, limited to 501 charities.  It may be worthwhile to develop a similar program at WSU.  Volunteers could wear WSU tee shirts while doing community service, which could enhance our public relations.

It was suggested that Staff Council work with Cathy Sayer, Director of Service Learning, to develop a proposal to the administration about a volunteering program at WSU.  Jacqui Neal will set up a committee to work on a proposal.

6.  Rec Fit Group Exercise Sessions

Staff from Rec Fit said that they did not get enough interest for having 30-minute exercise classes.  They suggested that WSU staff can attend a regular class and leave after 30-minutes, if they need to. 

7.  Organizational Development and Learning (OD&L)

Albert Bondurant announced that OD&L will distribute, via e-mail, a Professional/Leadership Development Assessment.  The assessment will be sent out to all staff, directors and chairs, soon.  

Albert suggested that future OD&L programs will continue to be ‘previewed’ at upcoming Staff Development Days.

Update - Staff Liaison Role

Albert Bondurant said that if an individual or an entity – inside or outside of the university - requests to see his notes from any Staff Liaison discussion with a staff member, he must provide the information in accordance with ‘public information’ and the Sunshine Law (per Gwen Mattison).

Joanie Hendricks asked if this information should be added to the web under Staff Liaison.  Albert said that each person will be informed  at their initial discussion with him.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:35 pm.  The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.