March 2007


Staff Advisory Council

Thursday, March 8, 2007

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 234 Grace Hall


Present:  Maureen Marnocha, Lorie Marsh, Penny Mcintire, Amie Davis, Christy Miller, Bobbi McMahon, Joy Schosker, Marie Chavez Revak, Patricia Smith, Sharon Konopka, Frederick Sonneborn, Diana Singleton, Kathy Stopczynski, Kevin Jones, Janice Owens, Kathy Troth, Joe Wheeler, Barb Wadley  


Excused: Jennifer Ihns, Paula Muhlher, MaryEllen Fetherolf, John Mackowicz, Peggy VanKirk, Paul Hendershott




HR Liaison: John Whelan


  • Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Kathy Stopczynski.


  • Approval of February 15, 2007 Council Minutes

With noted changes, Christy Miller made a motion to approve and Patty Smith seconded.


  • Committee Reviews

By-laws Committee

The by-laws need to be reviewed every two years.  SAC will need four members to review the by-laws by the end of May 2007.


Election Committee

This committee does not need to be formed until the end of 2007 in order to handle the next SAC elections in the beginning of 2008


Promotions Committee 

This committee needs three or four volunteers for 1-year term.  Joy Schosker will lead the committee that includes Amie Davis and Marie Chavez Revak.


Redistricting Committee 

This committee has recently reviewed the SAC districts.  There is currently no need to add any members to this committee.


Webpage Committee 

Joy Schosker and Bobbi McMahon have volunteered to work on this committee.


Benefits Committee 

Joe Wheeler will serve as the new SAC representative on the Benefits Committee.


Parking Appeals Committee 

Kevin Jones continues to represent SAC on this committee.  The committee met last week and reviewed about 20 appeals.


Ad Hoc Parking Committee 

Kevin Jones is the SAC representative on this ad hoc committee that reviews various parking issues on campus.  This committee has not convened in several months.     


IV.         Additional Business

  • Elections:  An election was held for new members of the SAC executive committee.  After the election was complete, Patricia Smith was named as the new Chairperson, Lorie Marsh was elected as the new Vice Chair and Bobbie McMahon was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer.


  • Welcome to New Members:  Kathy Stopczynski welcomed Amie Davis, Marie Chavez Revak, Janice Owens, Barb Wadley, Paula Muhlher and Joe Wheeler as the newest members of the Staff Advisory Council.


  • ND Voice Meetings:  Several members of SAC expressed concern that they might not be permitted by their supervisors to attend the upcoming ND Voice Survey Meetings.  John Whelan assured them that every employee is invited and indicated that he would pass the SAC concerns to senior leadership.


  • Doug Marsh:  Doug Marsh, the University Architect, attend the meeting to update SAC on the work that is currently being done on campus.  Doug mentioned that this is a very busy year regarding construction and he does not underestimate the inconvenience for students and employees and faculty.  However, he mentioned that this work is a great sign of progress.  The current or upcoming projects include $100 million of capital improvements to campus.
    • Ceder Grove Cemetery:  The expansion of the cemetery now allows alumni to be buried there.  Previously, only staff and faculty have been permitted.  Part of the expansion includes the construction of several mausoleums for cremated remains.
    • Duncan Hall:  The construction of this residence hall will be the first one on campus in ten years.  It will be located immediately west of McGlinn Hall and will house 232 me.  It is set to open in August 2008. 
    • Law School Expansion:  The expansion of the Law School will begin in August 2007 and be completed in 2009.  This $58 million project will expand the building south to cover the location of the old post office. 
    • New Engineering Building:  Construction of a new engineering building will begin in November 2007.  This will be located on Notre Dame Avenue at the current site of the University Club. 
    • Stadium Press Box:  Air conditioning is being added to the stadium press box.
    • Tree Planting on South Quad:  A benefactor recently donated $300,000 to Notre Dame in order to plant elm trees on South Quad.  Years ago, elm trees lined South Quad until dutch elm disease killed them all.  Notre Dame has found a variation elm trees that is resistant to this disease.  A smaller amount of trees will also be added to the north quad.
    • Carroll Hall:  The roof on Carroll Hall will be replaced.  Despite rumors to the contrary, Carroll Hall is not going to be torn down. 
    • Lafortune Hall:  A new roof will be added to LaFortune Hall to fix multiple leaks that exist. 
    • Power Plant:  The expansion of the power plan is well under way.  A new boiler was recently added.
    • Wind Tunnel Facility:  Notre Dame has become world renowned for its work with wind tunnel technology.  A new building will be constructed north of the Mason building.
    • Siegfried, Knott, PE & PW:  These four residence halls need to renew the masonry now that they are about 20 years old.
    • Eck Tennis Building:  The Eck Tennis Building is roughly 20 years old and its roof needs to be re-coated similar to work that was recently done on the baseball stadium and the Loftus building. 
    • Softball Stadium:  A new Softball Stadium will be build with hopes of completing it by spring 2008 for the softball season.
    • Roads and Parking around Joyce Center:  Work has already started on this project.  The schedule is very tight so that it will not interfere with the spring commencement and the beginning of the new school year.  This is phase three of the roads project on campus, with Edison Road being the first and Twykingham Road being the second.  In addition, the library circle will be improved with more parking spaces.


V.          Adjournment

With no further topics to discuss, Penny McIntire made a motion to adjourn at 3:00 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Diana Singleton and passed.


Respectfully submitted,


Human Resources