Staff Advisory Council
Thursday, November 16, 2000
LaFortune Student Center
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Present: Debra Bennett, Deb Fox, Norma Frost, Connie Gard, Steve Gibson, Rita Grontkowski, Beverly Harbor, Kay Herrity, Pam Jobin, Wanda Lansford, Bobbi McMahon, Norma Mezykowski, Nancy Mitchell, Lou Parks, Terron Phillips, Maria Pozzi, Marv Pruett, Samantha Qualls, Marcy Simons, Fred Sonneborn, Kathy Stopczynski, Leona Strickland, Cindi Sykes, and Melodie Wise.
Absent: Dona Coggins, Sue Penrod, Valerie Schroeder, and Doris Smuda.
HR Liaisions: Sarah Misener and Pam Zarazee.
Guest: Fr. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., Executive Vice President
Melodie Wise, Chair began the meeting at 1:15 p.m.
I. Fr. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., Executive Vice President Visit to the Council Melodie began the meeting by welcoming Fr. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. to the Staff Advisory Council meeting. Melodie gave an overview of the Council responsibilities to Fr. Scully.
Fr. Scully introduced himself to the Council and thanked them for allowing him to come and spend some time with the Council.
Marcy Simons, Vice-Chair, then gave an overview of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Women's Issues and asked Fr. Scully his opinion on where this ad-hoc committee may go in the future. Fr. Scully stated that the ad-hoc committee on women issues is a very moving and important initiative for the University and he will support it in any way he can. He stated that he does encourage the committee to grow and take it to whatever level it needs to be here at the University. Fr. Scully stated that it is very uplifting to see the staff develop, grow, and deepen based on the programs this committee sponsors, especially in the areas of faith and spirituality. Fr. Scully summarized by stating that he fully supports the endeavors of this committee.
Fr. Scully then opened up the discussion to any questions the Council may have. The items discussed included:
· The use of On-Call/Temporary employees versus regular part-time or full-time staff
· Hiring On-Call/Temporary employees over internal candidates
· The idea of a total compensation package at the University
· Retirement benefits
· Drug Testing at the University
· Classification Review Project
· Future Compensation Philosophies for the University
Fr. Scully welcomed the Council to share any more recommendations, suggestions, or ideas they may have with him at his email Scully.1 or by appointment.
Fr. Scully thanked everyone for their time and extrodinary effort into participating in the Staff Advisory Council. Melodie Wise thanked Fr. Scully on behalf of the entire Council for his time taken to come and meet the Council members.
II. Approval of minutes from the Special Meeting held on Thursday, October 19, 2000.
The Council discussed the idea of having the minutes from the special meeting published. Kathy Stopczynski made a motion to have a vote to see if the special meeting minutes from the October 19, 2000 meeting be published. This motion was seconded by Rita Grontkowski. One Council member obstained from voting the other twenty-three Council members were in favor of this motion.
Pam Jobin made a motion to accept the special meeting minutes and have them published in the next StaffNews. Leona Strickland seconded this motion. All present Council members were in favor of this motion.
Sarah Misener asked the Council members to attend a voluntary focus group being conducted by the Consulting Firm of Watson & Wyatt to look at total rewards and compensation across campus. Sarah stated that the focus group will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sarah stated that invitations will be sent out in the next few days. She added that lunch will also be provided.
Sarah Misener read to the Council an anonymous letter sent to Rich Nugent in Human Resources regarding the Council. Melodie Wise asked the Council to think about the letter and at the December 14, 2000 meeting the Council can have a discussion.
A Council member stated that in the October StaffNews some of the Council member names and phone numbers were omitted.
Melodie Wise stated that the Executive Committee will set an agenda for the December 14, 2000 meeting and send it to each member in the mail, prior to the meeting.
Pam Jobin made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:45 p.m. Kathy Stopczynski seconded the motion. A vote was taken and all present Council members were in favor of this motion.