May 21, 2007
Members present: Tony Bredahl (for Kevin Bertelsen), Alicia Acken
Cosgrove, Sarah Egerstrom,
Brad Gee, Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Amy Lloyd,
Michael Martin, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Ellen Schultz, McKenna Schumacher
Members absent: Kevin Bertelsen, Carmen Croonquist, Travis Tubré
Call to order: 2:04 p.m.
Approval of 4/16/07 minutes: Moved by Kinders. Seconded by Neuhaus.
Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom):
Academic Staff Leadership Conference: A reminder that the Academic Staff
Leadership Conference will take place at UW-Superior on June 28-29. For
more information, check the conference website: http://www.uwsuper.edu/wb/acss/conference07/.
Faculty/Staff Orientation Days: Egerstrom will follow-up with Ian Williams
regarding the content of a session geared to non-teaching academic staff.
Minutes of the May 4 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are attached.
Legislative Update (M. Kinders):
State Budget: Several major budget issues are currently before the Joint
Finance Committee. UWRF is lobbying to protect the $460 million in the
capital budget, which would include funding for a new Health and Human
Performance facility. Regarding the general operating budget, the university
is also supporting funding for the Growth Agenda and Wisconsin Covenant.
Pay Plan: The Office of State Employee Relations will be submitting the
pay plan for academic staff soon. Currently the median salaries for academic
staff in the UW System are 12% below their peers in other states.
Collective Bargaining: It is still uncertain whether collective bargaining
language relating to academic staff will be included in the State Budget
Bill. Kinders will notify council members when he has more information.
Link, Acken Cosgrove and Gee have questions regarding their respective
handbook sections (6, 8 & 14) that need to be addressed by Human Resources.
They will plan a time to meet as a group with H.R. this summer and will
report back on their discussions.
Elections of Officers:
Nomination of Mark Kinders by Link. Seconded by Gee.
Kinders accepted nomination.
Motion made by Link to close nominations and vote. Seconded by Schultz.
Nomination of Gretchen Link by Egerstrom . Seconded by Schumacher.
Link accepted nomination.
Motion made by Miller to close nominations and vote. Seconded by Schumacher.
Nomination of McKenna Schumacher by Egerstrom. Seconded by Gee.
Schumacher accepted nomination.
Motion made by Miller to close nominations and vote. Seconded by Link.
On behalf of the Academic Staff Council, newly-elected chair Mark Kinders
thanked Egerstrom, Acken Cosgrove, Neuhaus and Rubis for their service.
He also appealed for volunteers to serve as the Academic Staff Representative
from UWRF to UW System.
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn was made by Egerstrom. Seconded
by Link. Meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.