Academic Staff Council Minutes
Members Present: Sue Walton, Emily Ronning, Gretchen Link, Kimberly Gould
Speckman, Sally Berklolder, Larry Testa, Steve Luebke
Members Absent: Sarah Egerstrom, Mark Kinders
Others Present: N/A
Call to order at 2:10 p.m.
Approval of 09/19/03 minutes: M/S/C Link/Gould Speckman - Passed unanimously
Chair's Report (Sue Walton)
- Sue met with the Chancellor's Leadership Council, which includes Student
Senate President Matt Schuelkeand Faculty Senate Chair David Trechter.
- Currently, a position description is being drafted for the Vice Chancellor
for Administration & Finance. Provost Coombs will be chairing the search,
which will get under way soon. They hope to be interviewing by early spring.
- The 4%/4% Pay Plan suggested by the Regents to the Legislature was ignored
by JCOER. The new pay plan from JCOER will probably be 0%/1%.
- Legislature is looking over tiers for health insurance
it is likely
that our premiums will be going up.
- The Chancellor has drafts of various differential tuition initiatives
in progress. They are examining the possibility of charging more tuition
for academic programs that cost more to fund. Many campuses around the nation
are examining similar initiatives.
- The Chancellor updated the group on the Return to Wisconsin initiative.
This program would allow children of alumni who live out of state to attend
a UW System school for 25% less than regular out-of-state costs. This could
be implemented by 04/05 and would be campus-specific (a student would only
get the discount when attending the same school their parent attended).
The goal of this initiative is to encourage more out-of-state students to
attend UW schools. Out of state tuition is an important way to subsidize
the tuition of in-state students.
- The Conceal & Carry law was voted on on 10/21, it passed with an exemption
to campus buildings, but not campus grounds.
- Lots of talk about credit transfers between the technical colleges and
the UW System campuses.
- Chancellor Lydecker and Mary Halada visited with Governor Doyle. They
talked with him about the C.H.I.L.D. Center. They also talked with him about
the Chiefs and the importance economic impact they have on our region. The
Chiefs want to return to the region but are asking for some improvements
to be made to the facilities. Gov. Doyle supports seeking funds from economic
development initiatives in order to make these improvements and keep the
Chiefs in the area.
- The 25' radius smoking ban passed Student Senate and will be sent on to
the Health and Wellness Committee. There have been forums and discussion
on this topic and the initiative is expected to pass and be implemented.
Still considering appropriate receptacles.
- Emeritus status is being examined by the Academic Standards Committee.
Criteria are being reviewed/established for this honor. There were questions
about whether or not academic and classified staff could ever receive this
type of honor. There were also questions about obtaining complete lists
of past emeriti.
- There has been an HR consultant on campus, putting together a report of
recommendations for when John Spielman leaves at the end of the calendar
year. The report will be made public
- The library is also going to be hiring a consultant.
Representative's Report (Emily Ronning)
- Most of the Representative's items were covered during the Chair's report.
- The process of electing a new Council member is underway. Nominations are
coming in and ballots will be circulated in early November. This person will
be on board for our next meeting on 11/19/03.
- Election of a secretary: The group decided to wait until the new person
is elected and then we will select a secretary. Kimberly Gould Speckman will
take minutes at the next meeting.
- Staff Development Update: There was talk about applying for an institutional
grant next year and perhaps coupling our efforts with those of the Classified
staff. Possible topics include Neutral Facilitator (M. Kinder's previous suggestion),
systems thinking, personal wellness initiatives, etc. Various marketing and
promotional ideas were considered.
- We will invite Category B staff members to the 11/19/03 meeting in hopes
of hearing their concerns and learning how Academic Staff Council can support
these employee, since there are currently no Category B staff on the Council.
Meeting adjourned at 3:26 M/S/C Ronning/Link