Staff Assembly

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

GH 108 (Attendance - Approximately 74)

Tyler Johnston, Chair, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

Committee Reports

Employment Affairs -Dana Ohren

  • All the comments in the suggestion boxes have responses and are updated on the boxes and website.
  • Personal & Professional Development - Dick Hamm
  • The Excel Tips and Techniques workshop was well attended.
  • Blackboard Tips and Techniques will be held on 12/1/09.
  • They are working on creating a book club in parallel to the Visiting Writers Series.
  • Other ideas include basic car maintenance, real estate, and healthy cooking.

Communications - Marsha Endre

  • The bulletin board in Jordan Hall is updated.
  • The Staff Assembly general meeting minutes are posted on the website.

Activities & Socials - Chris Davis

  • The Night at the Observatory with the wine tasting was a big hit.
  • The information will be out next week on the Salvation Army Angel Tree event. Boxes will be placed across campus. We were the largest donator of all the Indianapolis companies last year.
  • They are working on a January basketball event with discount tickets for faculty and staff.

Nominations & Elections - Patti Colip reported elections will be in March.

Faculty Relations - Julie Schrader announced a possible get together at the faculty coffee social.

Smoke Free Campus Committee - Julie is on this committee and they have met to discuss the current policy.

New Business

United Way - Levester Johnson and Katie Hackney, United Way representative

  • We surpassed last years' goal and they asked for us to step up again
  • Katie explained what United Way does
  • Highlighted the agency 211 which is a non-emergency help line
  • 2nd priority is Ready to Learn Ready to Earn
    • Early Readers Club - send 12 books a year to 6 years old and under
    • Read Up Program - 4th and 5th grade level
  • Money donated stays locally into the community, $.92 per dollar goes to the agencies
  • There will be a drawing, for all who donates, to get a designated parking spot for the rest of the year
  • They gave away a band uniform pillow for someone who answered the trivia question - Judy Cebula won.

Center for Faith & Vocation - Blue House - Judy Cebula and Margerite Stanciu. They need to raise money to keep the programs going after 2011. They showed slides containing their history, timeline and programs/services. Marguerite announced that meditation is offered at noon on Wednesdays in the Advancement Conference Room.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Kim Williams

  • This is a 16 hour event on campus
  • They passed around a flyer
  • The theme this year is 'A World with More Birthdays'
  • Showed clip 'Sponsor of Birthdays' celebrating birthdays worldwide.
  • Demonstrated the website and how to sign up to create a team or sign up on a team.


  • Dawn Pruim announced the Benefits Open Enrollment - go online for Flex Spending but no action is needed unless making changes.
  • Faculty and Staff Holiday Party - Lauren Krueger. This year it will be at the Indiana State Museum on December 11 from 7-10pm. Pastry and holiday desserts will be available. RSVP online and pick up the tickets from the Conferences and Special Events office. Everyone must have a parking voucher or they will need to pay for parking.

One new staff member was introduced and welcomed to Butler.

The next Staff Assembly meeting will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 and will be in a new location, PH150.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.

Cindi Holloway