September 2005

Staff Advisory Council Minutes 

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

1:00-3:00 p.m., Notre Dame Room, LaFortune
Present:   Lisa Buckland, Karen Casey, Becky deBruyn, Michael Huffer, Jennifer Ihns, Kevin Jones, Annette Klimek, Sharon Konopka, Penny McIntire, Bobbi McMahon, Shannen Mears, Christy Miller, Joy Schosker, Diana Singleton, Kathy Stopczynski
Excused:  Bettye Bielejewski, Joan Costa, Sherrie Daniel, Jane Nielson 
Unexcused:  Maryellen Fetherolf, Paul Hendershott, Tony Williams
HR Liaisons:  Kathy Fischer, Cindy Ewing
I.  Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Kathy Stopczynski. 
SAC Member Resignation
Kathy Stopczynski introduced Kevin Jones, SAC representative for Dist. 20.    
II.  Approval of the August 11, 2005 Council Minutes
 There were two typographical errors noted on page 2.  Karen Casey made a motion to accept the minutes with those two corrections; Lisa Buckland seconded it.  Motion passed.
III.  Committee Reports
Promotions Committee 
Christy Miller described the new brochure that is being created: a glossy tri-fold; informative with lots of photos of non-exempt employees; no specific dates so it can be used for several years.  Sharon Konopka presented 2 drafts of the wording of the brochure and asked for thoughts. After discussion within the group, wording was chosen and is attached at the end of these minutes. 
Parking Appeals Committee
The committee has not met during the summer but will be starting soon. No news to report.
Ad hoc Women’s Committee
Joy Schosker will share information at October’s meeting.  She noted that Mary Carol Nagle is president of this committee.
Web Page
Christy Miller will be updating the website in the near future with the goal of getting it posted in late September.  As requested last month, please send suggestions for this website to Christy at or call her at 1-5974.
Benefits Committee
Jennifer Ihns said issues are still in the discussion stage and there is nothing to relay at this time. Kathy S. asked for concerns that Jennifer could share with the Benefits committee. Two concerns are: (1) employees would like to see a third choice of benefit coverage – husband/wife coverage – in addition to the already existing single coverage and family coverage; and (2) Delta Dental has no local specialists in their plan.
Election Committee
The committee sent ballots to the districts that do not have representatives, but there have been no responses.  The suggestion was made to wait until January at which time elections will be held for: even districts (2 year term) and odd districts that don’t have a rep (1 year term).  When elections are to be held the ballots will be printed at the Fed Ex/Kinko’s shop in the basement of Grace Hall and charged to the SAC account.
IV.  Adjournment
With no further topics to discuss a motion was made to adjourn.  The motion was seconded and passed.
Respectfully submitted,
Human Resources
Proposed Wording for SAC Brochure
What is SAC?
The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is a group of Notre Dame non-exempt employees that serves as a pipeline of information between the University administration and staff members.  SAC is made up of staff from every corner of the campus and from every operational area who are elected to 2-year teams.
What does SAC do?
SAC is an advisory group that does not form policy, but shares important information about the University to other staff members and also collects ideas and thoughts from the staff to help advise the administration on important issues.  Very often, members of SAC share their perspectives on university issues through focus groups or through various committees on topics such as benefits and parking.
What has SAC done?
SAC was formed in 1996 and has given valuable input over the years into issues such as the availability of football tickets for all staff, tuition reimbursement for all employees, health benefits changes and parking policies.
For more information
If you are interested in learning more about SAC, please visit the SAC website at or call Human Resources at