Academic Staff Council Meeting Minutes
Members Present: Sue Walton, Emily Ronning, Gretchen Link, Mark
Kinders, Sarah Egerstrom, Kimberly Gould Speckman, Sally Berhlolder, Larry
Testa, Amber Tubre, Steve Lubke
Members Absent: N/A
Guests: Ann Lydecker, Jennifer Ninneman
Call to order at 3:05 p.m.
Approval of 10/22/03 minutes. Motion made by Link.
Seconded by Ronning. Unanimously approved.
Update from Chancellor Ann Lydecker
Chairís Report (Sue Walton)
The $925,000 that has to come from the UW-RF to offset financial aid has
been billed to the appropriate University 128 accounts. We will need
to strategize on ways to help the legislature understand that they cannot
continue to raid these accounts.
Katherine Lyall has requested a growth plan from Lydecker for our campus.
How will we serve the needs of this growing region? Discussions on
this topic have already begun with the Chancellorís Council.
January 5, 2004 is the deadline to apply for the Vice Chancellor of Administration
and Finance position. Mary Halada will cover Nylanderís duties until
the position is filled. The search committee has been named and Gary
Smith will chair the committee. There will be a party in Nylanderís
honor on Thursday, December 18th from 2:00pm Ė 4:00pm.
Representativeís Report (Emily Ronning)
Welcomed Jennifer Ninneman to answer any questions on Category B academic
staff. Ninneman shared that there has been a lot of clarification
over the last few years on the role of these positions on our campus.
Legislative Update (Mark Kinders)
No report. Ronningís next meeting is scheduled for 11/20/03.
Revenue projections are on target or slightly ahead which is good news.
Legislative issues will begin to heat up again in January 2004.
- Brief discussion on Category B Ė Teaching Academic Staff. Concern
was raised through Steve Lubke from a staff member in his department that
the 15 maximum credit load is too much because teaching lower level classes
carries a very heavy work load. Walton offered to forward this concern.
- Ronning suggested we consider setting a minimum number of category B representative
positions on the Council. Kinders pointed out that would mean a change
in our by-laws and would need approval by the Chancellor and the Board of
- Motion made by Ronning to review the number of category B employees currently
working on our campus in order to better determine if we want to change
our committee structure to include a certain number of seats be filled with
category B employees. Seconded by Link. Unanimous approval.
- Discussion regarding someone to record the minutes for Council since Kaiser
stepped down from her position on the Council.
- Motion made by Gould-Speckman to elect Tubre as secretary for the Academic
Staff Council. Seconded by Ronning. Unanimously approved.
- Kinders presented a resolution of support for the proposed Knowles Physical
Education and Recreation Building renovation project. (see Knowles
- Motion made by Ronning to adopt the resolution. Seconded by Link.
- Council reviewed a document that was prepared and approved by faculty senate
regarding the granting and benefits on emeriti status at UW-River Falls.
Council reviewed the document.
- Motion made by Ronning to accept the criteria within the document to
be used for academic staff. Seconded by Link. Discussion led
to some necessary revisions of the document. Questioned called to
approve the document with revisions. Unanimously approved. (see Emeriti
Status Document.doc )
Adjourn at 3:31pm. Motion made by Link. Seconded by Egerstrom.
The issue of professional development was discussed. Overall opinion
was that we should submit a proposal to have a speaker on neutral facilitation
that would be open to all employees on campus.
Motion made by Kinders to submit a professional development grant to the
faculty development board on the topic of neutral facilitation. Seconded
by Egerstrom. Unanimously approved.