Staff Advisory Council Minutes
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
LaFortune Student Center
Present: Sandy Sarber, Patricia Smith, Roxie Litteral, Diana Singleton, Char-anna Koblick, Joe Wheeler, Kathy Troth, Barb Wadley, Bill Peck, Paul Pasman, Jody Klontz, Shari Herman, Marie Revak, Kathy Stopczynski, Sharon Konopka
Excused: Mo Marnocha, Laura Gerber, Penny McIntire, Fred Sonneborn, Victoria Chidister, Adele Almaguer
Unexcused: John Mackowicz
HR Liaison: Lori Maurer
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. by Patty Smith.
Approval of March, 2009 Council Minutes
Minutes were approved - motion by Kathy Troth and 2nd by Diana Singleton
II. Committee Updates
Joe Wheeler will provide Roxie Litteral with the committee info as she replaces him.
The committee has heard a large number of appeals.
Relay for Life Hacienda Night is scheduled for April 14 at 100 Center.
Hacienda will donate 20% of purchases over $300 to Relay.
Several items for the Silent Auction have been sent to HR for Relay.
The fund provided financial assistance to an employee who has been unable to work due to a significant health issue
III. New Business
Char-anna Koblick shared her experience in serving on the committee to review nominations for the Presidential Awards
Dave Prentkowski, Director of Food Services and Lisa Wenzel, Assistant Director, Special Events, were guests.
Dave explained that Food Services is an auxiliary unit and they generate all of their dollars with no funding from the University. In addition, because they are “tenants” within University buildings, they must help fund utility costs to run those buildings. All of the dollars they generate go back to the Food Services operating budget. Dave commented that their status as an auxiliary unit makes it difficult to provide staff discounts.
Dave and Lisa continued the dialogue by taking questions from SAC members. They were very open to ideas and feedback in order to generate more business and assist ND employees as their customers.
One specific idea that was addressed was the possibility of additional coupons/discount for lunch in the dining halls. SAC provided Lisa with feedback on better ways to communicate to staff the discounts that are available.
SAC discussed the sign that was placed outside LaFortune regarding union activity. A SAC member shared that some employees were upset about the sign. SAC decided not to get involved at this time since the council has not been approached about the issue.
A question was raised regarding confusing language and inconsistencies in the employee transfer policy. It was clarified but Lori will review the language and raise it within HR.
Shari Herman made a motion to adjourn at 2:45 p.m. The motion was seconded by Diane Singleton.