June 2008


Staff Advisory Council 

Thursday, June 12, 2008

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Room, Lafortune Center
Present:          Julie DeBuysser, Mo Marnocha, Penny McIntire, Andrew Mason, Shari Herman, Amie Davis, Sandy Sarber, Marie Revak, Sharon Konopka, Frederick Sonneborn, Diana Singleton, Victoria Chidister, Kathy Stopczynski, Char-anna Koblick, Joe Wheeler, Kathy Troth, Barb Wadley
Excused:         Patricia Smith, Eric McCartney
Unexcused:    Laura Gerber, John Mackowicz, Adele Almaguer
HR Liaison:   John Whelan
I.                   Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 1:01 p.m. by Kathy Stopczynski.
II.                Approval of May, 2008 Council Minutes
Barb Wadley made a motion to approve the minutes with suggested changes, and Andy Mason seconded.  
III.             Committee Reviews
Benefits Committee
            A meeting was scheduled for June 20th.
By-laws Committee 
No news.
Parking Appeals
Next month, SAC will need a new representative to replace Kevin Jones on the Parking Appeals committee.
Election Committee
No news.
Promotions Committee  
No news.
            No news.
Webpage Committee  
No news.
Compassion Fund
No news.
IV.       Additional Business
Vacation Accrual
·         As of this meeting, SAC had not received an updated letter from the three individuals who presented at the last SAC meeting.  Once the letter is received, SAC will give it to the Benefits Committee for review.
Staff and Faculty Shuttle
·         A SAC representative contacted Dan Skendzel recently about a concern with the shuttle and a quick response was given and the situation was fixed.  Feedback about the Staff and Faculty Shuttle continues to be very positive.
Shift Differential
·         A question was raised about a change in the shift differential policy for several work units on campus.  A letter was distributed to help explain it.  
Vacation Accrual Presentation
·         Denise Murphy and Chris Sterling from HR came to the SAC meeting to help clarify some of the confusion that exists about the vacation accrual policy for staff at Notre Dame.  They shared a presentation and asked for feedback from SAC about its clarity as they prepare to share the presentation across campus.  Over the next few months, Denise and Chris will visit most departments to help explain the program and seek feedback.
Learning at Work Program
·         Tammy Freeman from HR shared with SAC a new program called the Learning at Work Academy.  This new program is available to all hourly and salaried non-exempt employees at Notre Dame and provides fully funded educational opportunities for any of three programs:
o   English as a second language
o   General Education Development (GED)
o   Technical Certificate in Business Administration
·         An information session is being held in Debartolo Hall room 126 on July 14th.  Supervisors can gain information about the program at 9:00 a.m. and employees who are considering participating can attend at 10:30 a.m.
·         SAC representatives were asked to share information about the program to as many people as possible.
V.        Adjournment
With no further topics to discuss, Mo Marnocha made a motion to adjourn at 2:45 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Julie DeBuysser and passed.
Respectfully submitted,
Human Resources