December 18, 2006
Members present: Alicia Acken Cosgrove, Kevin Bertelsen, Sarah Egerstrom, Brad Gee, Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Travis Tubré
Members absent: None
Call to Order: 2:03 p.m.
Approval of 11/20/06 Minutes: Correction: Carmen Croonquist was added to the list of members present. Motion made by G. Link. Seconded by C. Croonquist. Unanimously approved as corrected.
Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom):
Growth Agenda Letter of Support Sent: Letter of support has been sent to UW System President Kevin Reilly on behalf of the UWRF Academic Staff Council.
Fourth Division Title Update: Discussion of the name change has been tabled by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
St. Croix Valley Legislative Days in February: Egerstrom, Faculty Senate Chair Wes Chapin, and Student Senate President Joe Eggers will be meeting with area legislators on February 13 & 14 in Madison. According to Kinders, this will be a good "Lobbying 101" experience with a chance to encourage support of university and growth agenda issues.
Academic Staff Leadership Conference: Proposals for the 2007 ASLC at UW-Superior in June are encouraged. It would be nice to send a couple of staff from UWRF.
Pay Plan: The Board of Regents is considering a request for a 5.23 percent pay plan increase for faculty and unclassified staff.
Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman):
Legislative Update (M. Kinders):
The state is facing a $1.6 billion budget deficit. Since $400 million must be allocated for health care and $500 million for K-12 education, UW System will have to fight for its share of the remaining budget. It is important that UWRF continue to develop good relationships with local representatives.
New Business: None
Continuing Business: Professional Development Sessions (S. Egerstrom): Since grant proposals for professional development are due in late March, Egerstrom sought input on possible grant-funded sessions for the Professional Development Day in August. Croonquist suggested a session on developing student internships and experiential education opportunities. She also thought a session would be useful on increasing diversity awareness and sensitivity. Acken Cosgrove added that she would be interested in a session on conflict management and prevention. Egerstrom asked council members to talk with colleagues and bring back ideas for the January meeting.
Handbook Updates (S. Egerstrom): The following timeline for handbook updates was agreed upon:
January 22: Sections 1-4 (Cara and Mark)
Adjournment: 2:50 p.m. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by C. Rubis. Unanimously approved.