Staff Assembly

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GH 108 (Attendance - Approximately 89)

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

Featured Slide Presentation - The new Academic Affairs suite was featured.

Committee Reports

Employment Affairs -Dana Ohren

  • They have started discussions on the next Campus Sweep.
  • Adrian Sheppard is researching day care options.
  • They are continually checking the suggestion boxes and posting the comments.

Personal & Professional Development - Dick Hamm

  • Dining Services Chef, Scott Tope will have a workshop on November 5 at 4 pm in Resco dining area. The workshop will cover some tips and tricks about making your holiday meal more stress free. This event has 30 spots available. Reservations are made by sending a $10 check to Stacey Puck in Dining Services. The deadline is October 30.
  • Workshops:
    • Excel Tips and Techniques, Tuesday, November 10, 11:30-12:30 PB150
    • Blackboard Tips and Techniques, Tuesday, December 12, 11:30-12:30 PB150
    • "Meditation"-type workshop that would assist with stress relief.
    • They are accepting suggestions/ideas for other workshops.
  • ESL Program "Meet Your Partner" Meeting on October 2 at 11:30am in PB202.

Communications - Tyler reported that the newsletter is on the Staff Assembly website and the bulletin board in Jordan Hall is now updated.

Activities & Socials - Chris Davis announced that the next event will be Night at the Observatory with wine tasting, which will be held on November 6, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. There are 60 spots available. RSVP by October 30 to Rob Hartman.

Nominations & Elections - No report.

Faculty Relations - Julie Schrader and Bela Florenthal presented the Faculty/Staff student survey results which identified some issues. Bela explained the survey process and answered questions.

New Business

Meeting of the new Associate Provosts - Carol Hagans and Laura Behling introduced themselves. Carol showed the Academic Affairs organization chart and explained the different areas. She explained that their major initiative is retention, summer classes and early registration.
Laura introduced the staff in her area. Her motivation is to support faculty in the professional lines. Initiatives are:

  1. Increasing visibility of interdisciplinary studies
  2. Faculty development (leadership)
  3. New core curriculum and cultural requirement effective Fall 2010 for incoming freshman

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Michelle and Allyse, rotation students involved in Healthy Horizon, promoted prevention and increasing awareness of breast cancer. They had a display in the hallway.


  • Marguerite Stanciu, Center for Faith & Vocation, announced that there is meditation is offered on Wednesdays at noon in the Advancement Conference Room.
  • Bob Marcus - 'Who's That'. It is slowing up, so please promote. College of Education, College of Business and Athletics need representatives. Advancement is the first department to have everyone in its area listed in 'Who's That'.
  • Julia from Residence Life announced that Switzer Hall will offer Trick or Treating October 30 from 5:30-7:30.
  • Kim from Human Resources announced the annual benefit fair on November 3 in the Riley Room.
  • Becky announced the Gardening for Life free speaker with Doug Tallany on November 3 at 7:30pm in Clowes Hall.
  • The final Gender Equity Town Hall meeting will be Friday, October 23 from 2-3pm in GH108.

One new staff member was introduced and welcomed to Butler.

The next Staff Assembly meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.

Cindi Holloway