Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2005

Members Present: Alicia Acken Cosgrove, Sarah Egerstrom, Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Amber Tubré, Travis Tubré

Members Absent: Carmen Croonquist

Call to order at 2:04 PM

Approval of 11/21/05 minutes. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by A. Tubré. A. Tubré asked that under the New Business section, the Noncredit Outreach Program Manager announcement be changed from an “emergency hire” to “opening.” Revised minutes were unanimously approved.

Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom)

Update from Health Insurance Meeting in Madison and scheduled visits with local legislators

S. Egerstrom and other representatives from UWRF including a Faculty Senate, Student Senate, Classified, and Union representative meet with Tom Korpady, Bill Kox, and the Governor's Education Aid. At this meeting, the bidding process was discussed. Humana did not want to go down to a tier 1 rate, because of the lack of competition on the western side of the state. The group of UWRF representatives raised the question of how do we gain a competitive market if it is currently not? The answer they were given was that anyone can make a bid. ETF was hoping for UWRF employees to leave Humana so that Humana would decide to lower to a tier 1 rate in the future.

Faculty Representative

Travis Tubré, replacing Steve Luebke, has been appointed as the new Faculty Representative for Academic Staff Council.

Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman)

Minutes from the 12/15/05 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are available online.

Legislative Update (M. Kinders)

Legislature is currently dealing with the following topics:

•  Students Being Priced-Out of UW System – Research has been performed on the current tuition rates of the UW System. Within a peer group, the UW System ranked 33 out of 35. One option that is currently being reviewed is the possibility for freshmen to pay the same tuition rate for all 4 years.

•  Concealed Carry Bill – This bill was passed. Governor Doyle stated that he would veto the bill, but there may be enough votes to bypass the veto.

•  Morning After Pill Bill – It is still stuck at the legislative level.

•  TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) – Will be coming up in the January session.

•  Faculty/Academic Staff Collective Bargaining Bill – The bill proposes 32 separate collective bargaining groups. The bill would leave governance structure intact. However, the bill allows bargaining on “conditions of employment,” which could affect governance issues.

New Business

Chancellor Betz: DRAFT of Mission , Vision, and Core Values

The Chancellor reviewed the results from the vision and values survey which are available online.

Chancellor Betz also presented the drafts for the campus mission, vision, and core values which are attached. The Chancellor added that the mission statement should be memorable and able to motivate. The vision statement should answer the question of what we hope to be. Chancellor Betz also noted that the mission, vision, and core values are still in the draft form and our input is welcomed.

Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence

The deadline is March 1, 2006. Alan Tuchtenhagen was last year's Chancellors Award winner, and therefore, will be nominated for this award.

 Continuing Business

Update on Academic Staff Orientation and Continuing Professional Development Opportunities

The Academic Staff Orientation/Mentoring committee held their first meeting on December 8, 2005. K. Gould-Speckman will look into orientation activities, A. Tubré at mentoring, and J. Neuhaus at checklists/timelines for supervisors. C. Rubis emailed the committee an example of the Hunt/Knowles Complex student staff handbook and other orientation materials.  The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 18 th at 11 AM in the Cooklock Room of the library.

Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook Updates (Chapter VI)

This committee continues to meet.

Inaugural Gift – must be decided by February 15, 2006

Academic Staff Council is currently looking into the following ideas: a book, something centered on leadership, the possible naming of a space in the library, or the “Webster bust” which is currently stored in the University Archives.

Adjourned at 3:18 PM. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by G. Link. Unanimously approved.





January 10, 2006

University of Wisconsin-River Falls


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