GCSU Staff Council Minutes August 23, 2007

Staff Council

These minutes submitted by: Maria E. Gordon on 8/27/07 at 8:43 AM.
Next meeting: Thursday, 9/27/07, 3:00 p.m., Bobcat Dining Room

Staff Council Minutes
Thursday, August 23, 2007
3:00 p.m., Bobcat Dining Room

Present: Maria Gordon, Toi Franks, Lori Strawder, Clyde Boone, Jr., Lee Snelling, Jamie Wright, Virginia Simmons, Julia Huprich, Joe Windish, Gina Peavy, Monica Wood, Erin Lineberger, Stacey Milner, Judith Sanders, Patti Weimer, and Neil Jones

Regrets: Karen Higgs, Jen Maraziti, Lori Watson, and Keeno Weaver

Guests: Greg Brown, Shannon Morris, Rachel Schipper, Kyle Cullars, and Dave Terrell

Call to order: Gina Peavy called the meeting to order at 3:03 p.m.

Approval of the minutes: A motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the minutes of the July Retreat as written.

Committee reports:
a) Treasurer•s Report (Jamie Wright): The balance in the general account is $7951.23. The balance in the foundation account is $2815.00.
b) Nominations & Elections • No report at this time
c) Staff Development & Communications • No report at this time
d) Staff Excellence Award • No report at this time
e) Bylaws • No report at this time
f) Adoption of Holiday Family • details available in late October/early November
g) Campus Connections • No report at this time
h) Special Projects • No report at this time
i) PTAC • Greg explained the recent employee lot changes resulting from the city•s implementation of 2 hour parking. Greg distributed the current utilization rates for employee parking. If the employee utilization rates do not increase, the PTAC committee will reevaluate the lots designated for employee parking. A suggestion was made to wait until the city is actually enforcing the 2 hour spaces before making any changes to the parking lot distribution.

Reports from the chairperson:
a) PALC (President•s Administrative Leadership Council): This committee was formed by the President to foster relationships & communication across the university. It consists of individuals reporting directly to the President, Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, Chair of the University Senate Executive Committee, and Chair of Staff Council. The committee recently met to brainstorm agenda items. The top three agenda items were myCATS, Human Resources issues, and R25.
b) Request for Committee Members:
i) PTAC (Greg Brown) • Lori Strawder currently serves as a staff representative. Patti Weimer volunteered as an additional staff representative.
ii) Parking Appeals Committee (Greg Brown) • Maria Gordon currently serves as a staff representative. Greg would like additional staff representation.
iii) State Charitable Campaign • Neil Jones volunteered to assist with this effort. Due to time constraints, he will not be able to volunteer at this level. We will seek a replacement volunteer.
c) State Staff Council Conference • Everyone that is interested in attending has submitted their paperwork to Gina for processing.
d) Lunch with Dr. Leland • The Staff Council lunch with Dr. Leland has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 12:30. The location will be announced at a later date.
e) Staff Forum • Dr. Leland would like to host another open forum for staff. The tentative day & time for the forum is October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Delegates are asked to solicit questions or concerns from their areas. Please forward this information to Gina by September 21.
f) Work/Life Survey • Dr. Rushing will forward the results of the survey to Dr. Leland. She asked for Staff Council•s support in addressing the issues resulting from the surveys. She also asked for suggestions regarding university wide recognition for staff outside of the existing service recognition events coordinated by Human Resources and staff excellence award coordinated by Staff Council.
g) Staff Survey • Gina hopes to distribute the surveys in October 2007.

Old Business

New Business
a) Wellness programs (Dave Terrell) • Dave, Director of the Wellness Depot, presented a proposal for monthly wellness events as part of a new employee wellness program. He asked for Staff Council•s support in this initiative. Currently, the events are based on national health observances. He welcomes suggestions for themes and marketing tools.
b) Parking (Greg Brown) • Parking & Transportation anticipated the 2 hour parking implementation. However, they expected at least a one month notice before the change would take effect. He solicited Staff Council•s assistance in informing our constituents of the current policies.
c) Shuttle Service • A suggestion was made to extend the shuttle•s 15 minute route schedule past 5:00 p.m. to allow employees working late to utilize this service. The possibility of covered shuttle stops was also mentioned as a possible enhancement.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m. Regularly scheduled meeting are: September 27, October 25, November 29, December 20, January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22, and June 26. All meetings are scheduled at 3:00 p.m. in the Bobcat Dining Room. Other meetings may be added as needed and regularly scheduled meetings may be changed in the event of scheduling conflicts.

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