November 13, 2014

Staff Advisory Council Minutes

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Notre Dame Room, LaFortune Student Center


Tami Springer, Amanda Huerta, Jan Solkey, Elaine Brown with guest (Alisa?), Shebra Guidry, Robyn Karkiewicz, Kristi Lax-Walker, Kim Miller, Joe Reimers, Marilyn Ipsen, Bobbi McMahon and Tricia Dalenberg


Kathy Troth, Patrice Mullen, Evelyn Mitchell, Michael Muller, Char-Anna Koblick


Doug Marsh, University Architect


Adam Zielinski and Susan Nugent

HR Liaison:

Sharon Hawkins

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:05 pm by Tami Springer. The guest speaker made his presentation before meeting the started.  

October minutes were reviewed – Robyn Karkiewicz made a motion to approve with a second by Shebra Guidry.

II. Committee Updates

Benefits Committee

Nothing to report.

Parking Appeals

Over 100 tickets were received and ten appeals were approved.  Joe Reimers requested more clarification from NDSP about the D lots that are designated for student parking only. Staff were allowed to park there as recently as fall break, but are now being ticketed. Tami agreed to email Les Niedbalski with recommendations for better signage on those lots.  

Promotions Committee

None at this time

Website Committee



Nothing to Report and no meeting until spring.

Compassion Fund

Rep absent (Kathy Troth was on medical leave)       

III. New Business

Doug Marsh spoke about the new construction on campus.  He spoke about the areas of growth around campus.  The NE of library lot will have two new residences halls and a research complex under construction. The south side of campus will have a new school of Architecture, Art Museum, and Jenkins Nanovic Hall in the future. He also spoke about the Campus Cross Roads Project and its impact on the University. He gave a little history of the Football Stadium and then gave a presentation about the new additions--Music, Digital Media Center, Anthropology, Psychology, RecSports, and  a new student center will move to this location. Information about this and other construction can also be found on website:

Doug also took questions about Grace and Flanner Hall and any renovations to be done on those buildings.  Grace has been internally renovated floor by floor and Flanner will have some renovations once staff moves out.

There was a question about the library renovation. There will be small bits of construction, as this facility cannot be closed down. It will be more cosmetic to allow better functionality and will improve the atmosphere by bringing in more light. It will also add more digital information.

Another question to Doug was about windows in the new Jenkins/Nanovic Hall that seemed dark. There will be lots of windows and window wells with additional lighting.

There was concern expressed about losing green space due to construction. Doug stated that the Sculpture Park and Irish Green have already created more green space on campus.  In the end, the trees that were removed will be put back once construction is completed.  The goal is to have 2 to 1 ratio of trees (twice as many trees after as before construction).        

IV. Additional Business

Tami asked for a volunteer to serve on a new Eddy Street Commons committee – Marilyn Ipsen and Bobbi McMahon both volunteered. There was a confidential vote and Bobbi McMahon received the majority of votes by one count; therefore, she will represent SAC on this committee.     

A new temporary committee, headed by Bob McQuade, asked for a volunteer from SAC to attend meetings twice per month through March and Tami Springer agreed to serve.

V. Adjournment:

Motion to adjourn at 2:26 pm. 1st Joe Reimers. 2nd Marilyn Ipsen.