April 2009

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

Elections Committee

            No news


Benefits Committee

Joe Wheeler will provide Roxie Litteral with the committee info as she replaces him.


By-laws Committee

No news


Parking Appeals/Parking

The committee has heard a large number of appeals.


Promotions Committee

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.



No news


Webpage Committee

No news


Compassion Fund

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.


IV.Additional Business

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.


V.        Adjournment

Shari Herman made a motion to adjourn at 2:45 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Diane Singleton.


Respectfully submitted,

Human Resources