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UNIVERSITY STAF ASSEMBLY MINUTES
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 10:45 a.m.
President’s Conference Room
Called to Order by: Chair Penny Merritt
Mission Statement: Read by Penny
Roll Taken: Yes
Approval of Minutes:
Jenny Carver Motion Cindy Hopkins Motion
Kevin LeMaster Second Denise Brockett Second
Announcements/Remarks from Chair/Executive Board Report:
Executive met on 2/13/08 and decided to keep regular Executive meetings as scheduled. Bane Sylvia will be the speaker for the next meeting, April 15.
Penny met with Dr. Morris earlier this morning, 3/18/08. She said the goals for the University Systems of Ohio are due to the governor by the end of this month, 3/31/08. The goals are (1) graduating more students, (2) keeping graduates in Ohio, and (3) attracting more talent to Ohio (both out-of-state and international). A new Director of Institutional Research position will be created to be responsible for 250 new reporting regulations. Also there will be a temp hourly position that will evolve into a full-time position.
Dr. Morris shared that the state budget has not yet been decided, but state is mandating a 3% savings over all.
Dr. Morris wants the campus to encourage more Post Secondary Enrollment students; however, school districts are not anxious to give up their state funding. SSU has increased its enrollment and retention. The campus needs to increase enrollment without increasing spending. Housing applications are up 130% (SSU applications are highest in state), but fewer lending institutions may mean less money available for loans, therefore, making an impact on future enrollments. Currently, SSU has 20 slots for high school students.
SSU will begin a new AIP (Academic Improvement Plan) for new students needing encouragement and assistance in beginning their academic endeavors. There is free tutoring and classes geared toward students who may be struggling. International students will be teaching such classes for those of languages other than English. Dr. Morris will be sending out a survey asking for input on retention.
Penny gave new members an invitation to sit in on meetings with Dr. Morris.
Dr. Morris shared that the Capitol Campaign has exceeded its goal.
Announcements from the USA Floor
AEP will be on campus Monday, March 24th to begin work toward the UC renovation – parking may be limited. The work on the new sports complex will begin soon. The old tennis courts will become parking areas.
Penny and Denise Brockett reminded attendees to take advantage of CWA’s offer to pay for members’ attendance to the Professional Administrative Day on April 22 to be held in Micklethwaite Banquet Hall.
Debra Schwamberger asked if there will be any money for computer training and Denise assured members there would be.
Elections for new USA Officers will begin in April.
Denise stated that AED training is still in the works. Dr. Morris is planning a year-long training and development for staff on campus. Dr. Morris didn’t give any specifics to the types of training yet.
Debra Schwamberger said the newsletter is still running “for sale” items; Sarah Richards’ house is for sale.
Spirit Committee None
UNIVERSITY WIDE COMMITTEES
Denise Brockett reminded academic secretaries to urge faculty to include a small blurb in their syllabi explaining that help is available to disadvantaged students; faculty should direct them to Jim Weaver in the Disabilities Department.
Affirmative Action None
Athletic and Intramural None
Budget and Finance None
Personnel Development None
Records Commission None
The spring picnic is being considered.
Sarah Smith Richards said committee has not met.
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
Wellness groups on campus have begun their Weight Watchers meetings.
Tai Chi is being considered as the next wellness interest on campus. It is now being held in the Scioto County Health Department and several from the campus are attending.
Kevin LeMaster and his Education Department coworkers have begun a walking group; they are inviting other USA members to join them.
Parking Review & Appeals Committee None
Veterans Committee None
Unfinished Business: None
Penny suggested that Occupational Therapy might be considered as one of our future speakers.
Lori Perry informed the members that a Prayer Shawl Ministry is being held at the Campus Ministry House each Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. with Christel Hilgarth as leader, and a Bible study from noon until 1 p.m. each Wednesday conducted by Evan Fisher.
Penny Merritt adjourned.