University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2006

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

Members Absent:

Call to order at 2:04 PM

Approval of 1/23/06 minutes. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by A. Tubré.

 Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom)

Update from Valerie Malzacher on Inaugural Gift
S. Egerstrom reported on the Inaugural Gift update. Suzanne Betz suggested two books by Kouzes and Posner – “The Leadership Challenge” or “Credibility.” S. Betz also suggested anything by Warren Bennis or John C. Maxwell. Lisa Pillow (substitute for Valerie Malzacher) also gave an update from the library. L. Pillow reported that the library will provide a bookcase for the collection. L. Pillow asked the council when the collection would be unveiled and also if a formal announcement will be made of the unveiling. M. Kinders suggested that the council meet with Chancellor Betz on the Monday of Inauguration Week (April 24 th ) at the library to unveil the collection, and to move the next ASC meeting to that date. L. Pillow offered to have the library staff recycle newer books into the collection as they come in and take older books out. ASC will purchase a book and the library will book plate it. The location of the collection has yet to be determined. It will take two weeks to gather the books for the collection. The signage for the collection still needs to be determined. L. Pillow suggested that the collection could also include e-library books, and a list of these books could be displayed with the collection and also noted on the web site.

Update on Inauguration Activities
M. Kinders reported that the web site for the Inauguration will be posted by tomorrow. Inauguration Week (April 24 th – 28 th ) will consist of many activities that focus on the topics of globalization, diversity, and service in the St. Croix River Valley . Further information on Inauguration Week is available at: www.uwrf.edu/inauguration. Instructors are encouraged not to hold class during the Inauguration Ceremony.

Update on Health Insurance
S. Egerstrom reported that the governance leaders are convening in March and an update will be given then.

Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman)
Minutes from the 2/16/06 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are attached and available online.

 Legislative Update (M. Kinders)
The legislature is currently dealing with the following topics:

  • There is a big rush to get through things.
  • Things probably won't happen with the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Chancellors' Salaries
    • UW System has drastically lower salaries for Chancellors than the national average.
    • UW System has lost 7 Chancellors in the past 5 years.
  • Discount on Non-Resident Students (in addition to MN reciprocity)
    • Out of the 500 new out-of-state undergraduate students this year, all but 20 are going to Madison or Platteville.
  • WI Tax Payer Protection Amendment (much like TABOR)
    • Unrealistic method for UW System to grow.
    • UW System is 9% of the state budget, yet in the past, has taken tax cuts up to 38%.
    • Amendment has to be voted on in two legislative sessions and could go on the ballot following November.
    • Best chance to stop the Amendment is in the Senate.
    • Since it is a Constitutional Amendment, it will not go in front of the Governor, therefore, cannot be vetoed.

Continuing Business
Update on Academic Staff Orientation and Continuing Professional Development Opportunities
T. Tubré reported that a needs assessment is currently being conducted through the Psychological Foundations of Employee Training class. The assessment is focused on three levels: 1) people who are implementing the program, 2) potential mentors, and 3) recent new hires. The needs assessment will be derived from these interviews. The students conducting the needs assessment already have the questions developed. T. Tubré is currently looking for people to interview. The question still remains as to who would oversee the program - possibly through Nan Jordahl and the Faculty & Staff Development Board. The report from the needs assessment will be completed by the end of this semester, and over the summer, students will complete the Mentor Handbook.

Adjourned at 3:23 PM. Motion made by G. Link. Seconded by A. Acken Cosgrove. Unanimously approved.


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