Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes
GH108 (Attendance - approximately 101)
Andy Ryan, Chair, called the Staff Assembly
meeting to order and welcomed everyone in attendance.
Faculty Relations - Bob Marcus reported the
committee needs two new members. The "Who's THAT?" program is now
up and running. This committee will soon have three new members
representing the faculty on it.
Nominations & Elections - Jaclyn Dowd
presented the proposed Bylaw changes. The changes were being
presented 30 days prior to the voting by the Assembly. The vote on
the proposed changes, (attached to these minutes) will be held at
the February 20th meeting.
Activities & Socials - Cheryl Jensen passed
out an activity calendar. She also announced the start of a game
group that will meet on Fridays, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. beginning
January 25 on the GH lower level. The group will play Hearts,
Euchre, Spades, Pinnacle and Bridge. Anyone coming to play should
bring his or her own cards.
Communications - It was reported the
suggestions boxes are now all up.
Staff Development - Lisa Walton reported the
committee has not met since the last Staff Assembly meeting.
Andy announced the new staff survey will be rolled out soon and
encouraged everyone to complete the survey on line or on hard copy.
There will also be a Spanish version of the survey.
Everyone was encouraged to read the committee information sheets
that were passed out and to consider volunteering for a committee
using the sign-up cards made available.
Anna Vest informed the Assembly about the
Central Indiana Commuter Services. Through the share driving
program, there are several perks you can get on the Central Indiana
Commuter Service website. An example is the Yellow Cab vouchers
that are available for those in the program four times a year.
Learning about this program, Anna and Gina Head now share
Michael Gardner, Vice President - Operations,
gave a presentation on the new construction projects on campus.
First, he touched on the parking situation. There are now 88 new
spaces with additions along Lake Road. When the addition to the
Pharmacy Building is complete, 75 parking spaces will be
eliminated. Then going to the construction report, Mike informed
the Assembly that most of the construction is complete that
originated from the 1995 Master Plan. Now the Classroom Utilization
Study provides us with how best to utilize the space we already
have. Gallahue Hall is 35 years old and now obsolete and the
chemistry department is a major service to pharmacy. A new master
plan would include the sciences, library, a long-term home for the
College of Business Administration, classroom inventory and future
needs, long-term home for IT/Networking, student housing, and
parking including surface and structure. The addition to the
Pharmacy and Health Sciences building addition is a 12- to 14-month
project that is proposed to be complete in July 2009. The funds are
coming from the recently received $25 million Lilly grant.
Lisa Walton, Manager - Employment Training
& Development, informed the Assembly about the Anti-Harassment
Policy effective as of June 1, 2007 and that everyone should be
aware of the new policy. There will be a training program for
everyone in the near future. Because of the number of people to be
trained, it may be an on-line training session that will take about
an hour to complete. There are several other new training programs
that will possibly be rolled out this spring and summer.
New staff members were introduced and welcomed to Butler. Door
prize drawings were held at the conclusion of the meeting.
The next Staff Assembly meeting will be on Wednesday, February
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Mary Ellen Weitekamp, Secretary/Treasurer