June 11, 2015

Staff Advisory Council Minutes

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Notre Dame Room, LaFortune Student Center


Tami Springer, Jan Solkey, Nancy Cole, Tricia Dalenberg, Alissa Hochstelar, Kristi Lax-Walker, Evelyn Mitchell, Michael Mueller, Lori Haselrick, Daniel Juckett, Susan Monroe, Valerie Schroeder, Char-Anna Kobick, Julie Logue, Shebra Guidry, Julie DeSchane.


Bobbi McMahon, Amanda Huerta, Joe Reimers, Robyn Karkiewicz, and Kim Miller.


Eric Love, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Mark Kocovski, Director HR Consulting; and Kathryn Valenti, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research (OSPIR).                 



HR Liaison:

Sharon Hawkins

I.  Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 1:14 pm by Tami Springer.   SAC representatives’ picture taken prior to start of meeting.

May minutes were reviewed– Valerie Schroeder made a motion to approve with a second by Evelyn Mitchell.

II.  Committee Updates

Benefit Committee

Robyn Karkiewicz absent.

Parking Appeals

Tricia Dalenberg nothing to report.

Promotions Committee

Promotions gave out SAC brochures and fun size candy bars with SAC information on the back to staff at the HR picnic. Nancy Cole, Shebra Guidry, Tami Springer and Jan Solkey added the stickers to the candy.  The cost was $113.94. Tami Springer, Nancy Cole, Shebra Guidry, Tricia Dalenberg, Julie Logue, Bobbi McMahon, and Jan Solkey were on hand to pass out the candy and information.    

Website Committee

Amanda Huerta absent.


Michael Mueller reported about the random lottery if applications exceed openings, income based tuition (ND location), flat rate (SMC), and summer program through age 10. 

Interim Parking

Joe Reimers absent.     

Compassion Fund

Shebra Guildry nothing to report.

Health Care Strategy Working Group

Tami Springer stated group has disbanded. Tami did report HR benefits is looking into HMO‘s with more options.

III. Old Business

Shirts not picked up at Sharon Hawkins office were distributed at meeting.  

IV. New Business

Eric Love gave us background on himself and gave a brief overview of what the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is about. They have the philosophy of a Win –Win Paradigm. Goal is to have everyone welcomed and all treated with dignity and respect.  University Leaders wanted to incorporate more diversity in the strategic plan (as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, country of origin, and Catholic doctrine) to name a few.    A Presidential committee was formed committed to setting goals in at least one of the following three categories:  Climate which will include a website that will be more active and updated more often, MLK programs, Awards, COMU model, and Affinity Groups to serve a particular group  i.e. Women’s Leadership that can be used as a social network; Training which will include multi-cultural competencies: Leadership, Management, Campus –wide Roll out; Recruiting which  will include diversity in final candidate pool, database of diverse talent, outreach & affinity groups, upwardly mobile diverse employees, interns.  Initial training will be will VPs, then Managers then staff.  Onboard training is one of the new diversity trainings. Goal is to change the Culture of University.    

V. Additional Business

Kathryn Valenti from Office of Strategic Planning presented a slide show and requested help in finding a non-exempt staff member from each district to join the focus group on Tuesday, June 30 and give thoughts and feedback on the HRC’s.

VI. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 3:03 pm. 1st Char-Anna Kobick. 2nd Shebra Guidry.