GCSU Staff Council Minutes October 28, 2008

Staff Council

These minutes submitted by: Joe Windish on 11/5/08 at 5:17 PM.
Next meeting: November 25, 2008 at 3:00 PM, Bobcat Dining Room

Staff Council
October 28, 2008 Minutes

Attendance: Clyde Boone, Jr., Toi Franks, Liz Havey, Karen Higgs, Erin Lineberger, Stacey Milner, Gina Peavy, Cindy Potts, Judith Sanders, Monica Starley, Lori Strawder, Ed Tollison, Lori Watson, Patti Weimer, Erin Weston, Joe Windish

Regrets: Jen Maraziti, Lori Watson

Guests: Bevan Burgamy, Ben Pratt, Quintus Sibley, Brandy Snider, Carol Ward

1. Karen Higgs called the meeting to order at 3:10

2. Minutes were approved unanimously.

3. Guests:

a) Brandy Snider, Parking Services Coordinator, presented a check in the amount of $61 to Staff Council to be used for the holiday family. Parking and Transportation, in coordination with Public Safety, raised the money through a Dunking Booth during Alcohol Awareness week•s Cruisin• & Boozin• fair. Students were able to make $1 amnesty donations for chances to dunk parking staff and erase parking fines.

b) Carol Ward, Associate Director of Human Resources, handed out information and answered questions regarding the increases in health insurance premiums paid by staff. The dramatic increase in employee premium payments for the Indemnity Plan are a consequence of a Board of Regents decision to contribute only the same dollar amount it contributes to the PPO Plan. The goal is to move employees toward the PPO plan. The majority of staff is already on the PPO plan; because the Indemnity Plan is an older offering, more retirees are on it.

4. Treasurer•s Report • Toi Franks reported the balances: Foundation balance is $2,921.48; Staff Council account balance is $8,025.71

5. Committee Reports

a) Staff Development • Toi Franks reported that her committee is working on revising the form and instructions to make it more easily understood. The form will verify that the supervisor understands that the employee is utilizing Staff Development funds and is expected to attend the funded opportunity. There was a discussion of possible consequences for those employees who fail to attend funded opportunities.

b) PTAC • Lori Strawder said the Parking and transportation Advisory Council has been receiving and is considering a number of bike rack requests.

c) Staff Excellence • Stacey Milner reported that the next Staff Excellence award would be in March. The committee has been asked to consider new ways of acknowledging staff that would allow more staff to be acknowledged. Another proposal to be considered is allowing employees to be recognized multiple years.

6. Report from the Chair

a) Bobcat Ramble Sponsorship • the event is on February 21. Our sponsorship last year was $300 for bracelets. A motion was made to repeat sponsorship at the same level this year. It was approved unanimously. Toi Franks will process payment to Amy Whatley for the sponsorship.

b) Dining Hall discounts • Prior to the meeting Karen spoke with Kyle Cullers of Auxiliary Services to gather information. Current price for lunch in the dining hall is $7.48. Auxiliary Services is proposing an agreement whereby staff could buy meals in increments of 5 at a discount. The lowest: 5 meals = $26.25 ($5.25 per meal) The highest: 20 meals = $90 ($4/50 per meal) They hope to have this in place sometime next year.

c) Staff concern about representation on ECUS • The agenda for the October 31 ECUS meeting includes this topic. The intent is to find out if there are any staff concerns with representation generally, or specifically that staff is not represented on ECUS. We reviewed the history of the senate and staff representation on it. Discussion followed.

d) State Staff Council conference report • Stacey Milner reported that the conference was informative and very well organized. The conference featured an inspirational speaker and a USG representative with information about the budget reductions. The listserves will be split into two, one for open discussion and one for voting members. GCSU agreed to host the listserve for voting members. Karen is working with Web Enabled Resources to set up the list. Georgia College will host the state conference here next year.

7. Old Business

a) Committee Assignments • Karen will distribute next week. Stacey and Karen will attend the first meeting of each committee to give them their charge.

b) Karen reported that the president•s office is looking for a new date for the staff forum.

c) The president•s brown bag lunch with staff is scheduled for December 11 at noon in the Bobcat Dining Room.

d) Patti Weimer reported that staff can attend all home games for free with their Bobcat Card ID.

8. New Business • none.

9. Motion to Adjourn at 4:15.

Next Meeting • November 25, 2008, 3:00 pm, Bobcat Dining Room.
All regular meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3.

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