Professional Advisory Council
Minutes May 10, 2006
Agenda items for the July 12, 2006 meeting need to be
submitted to Theresa DeRose
by June 15, 2006.
The meeting convened at 2:30 p.m. by Maxine Colm.
PAC members present were:
Alternates: Susan Baldwin #5
Members Absent: Patricia Grim #3, Daniel Bailey #7, Mary Jo Mankin #12
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Richie Holland, Thomas LaPenta, Lynn Brock
The March 2006 minutes were approved as written.
A constituent of Ms. DeRose questioned why contact lenses are not covered at
the same extent that frames are. Mr. Holland contacted Christine Ulrich, Human
Resources, who noted that the vision plan covers standard bifocals in full
(in network) and provides reimbursement up to $39 (out of network). Coatings,
transitions, progressives, polaroid, high index, tints and polycarbonates are
considered upgrades. The plan provides a 20% discount on these options when
purchased in network. This constituent also asked for clarification for the
$175 reimbursement for glasses. Ms. Ulrich also responded that standard frames
are covered up to $150 retail (in network) and the plan provides a $79 reimbursement
on frames when purchased outside of the superior vision network. These amounts
apply to frames only. Please see benefit chart on our website. The website
AFSCME Local 439 employees may still use their $175 annual physical reimbursement
toward the cost of prescription glasses (exam, lenses, and/or frames).
Additionally, this constituent asked why contact lenses get covered for $120
while glasses get covered for $175 – regardless of “cosmetic reasons
or not” we should not be penalized for how we choose to use our glasses
or contracts. Ms. Ulrich’s response is that our vision plan has 12 month
frequency of service for contacts and a 24 month frequency of service for frames.
So over two years an employee has access to $240 worth of contacts. Because the
frames are available every two years employees have access to the $150 frame
allowance plus their lens benefit. This makes the benefit pretty similar for
glasses vs. contacts over a two year time period.
Ms. DeRose’s constituent inquired why salaried & professional staff
do not get paid for accumulated sick leave while custodial union employees
are compensated. Mr. LaPenta responded that when the custodial union contract
was renegotiated, the custodial union employees now earn only 12 sick days/year
instead of the 18 sick days that professional & salaried staff earn. To
compensate them for earning less days, they are able to be paid for sick time
as long as they have accumulated at least 60 days at the time they request
compensation. They are not paid per hour for their sick time – instead,
they are paid $25/day.
A constituent of Ms. Murphy reported that he and two other professional status
employees who were matriculating graduate students in the MS Information Systems & Technology
Management program were having a problem with a course fee waiver for one of
the six credits they were taking this semester. Skip White, head of the MS
program in B & E had written a letter stating that the intent has always
been that BUEC 870 (2 credits) and BUEC 871 (1 credit) be taken together and
should be linked as in a course with a lab, thus considered eligible for fee
waiver. The system did not reflect that intent. The employees/students were
told to withdrawal after drop/add, and then received a bill for $380 each.
Through a coordinated effort with the College of Business and Economics, HR-Benefits,
Billing and Collection, Graduate Studies, and the Registrar’s Office
the problem was resolved. The students received full credit and the fee waiver
covered all the courses. Going forward, the description is changed for BUEC
870 and BUEC 871 linked as course with lab. Future employees/students in the
program will receive full fee waiver benefits.
Ms. Murphy’s constituent inquired about service awards and service time
being counted while being a contractor at the University of Delaware. Mr. Holland
responded that S- Contract employment time is not counted toward university
Burt Wilson’s constituent inquired whether or not the University of
Delaware has any intention of instituting a computer purchase program again.
The answer is not at the current time.
A constituent of Ms. Ritz-Coll inquired as to why domestic partner benefits
are not offered by the University of Delaware. Dr. Colm responded that we are
tied to the State of Delaware health plan program and the University follows
that program. The University of Delaware Board of Trustees recently reviewed
this issue and did not change their position of following the State’s
Faculty Staff Dining Committee Meeting minutes from May 18, 2006 were presented
by Melissa Scott.Faculty Staff Dining Committee Meeting Agenda, May 18, 2006, 12:00 p.m.
2. Retail update
o Walters in Hullihen Hall will soon be getting a “face lift”.
o The Euro Bistro in the Library will be getting new lounge chairs and
will be adding a line of fresh baked goods called “Bleaker Street”.
3. Market update
o The results of the dining styles survey done in October were not discussed.
o Bill re-visited the idea of using debit cards in soda machines. There have
been a surprising number of problems in attempting to make this happen. The
cost of installing a swipe for each machine is very expensive. They also want
to be able to use FLEX in order to avoid debit charges for the students. He
hopes to keep working on this and see it come to fruition.
4. Premium Dinner at Pencader/Premium Desserts at Rodney
o The premium meals remain very popular with the students. The students themselves
suggest many meal ideas. In April, foods from around the world were featured.
. Faculty and Staff are reminded they are invited to participate in these meals.
o Rodney had an ice sculpture featured at one of their premium dessert nights.
5. Committee concerns:
o When the rest of the George Reed dorm buildings open next semester, will
Pencader Dining Hall be able to absorb the increase in number of students?
Deb Miller stated that even with the projected increase in the number of beds/students,
Pencader was “well equipped” to handle the expansion.
o There was a long discussion regarding the feasibility of sending a small,
microwavable meal to sick students who felt too ill to leave their dorm rooms.
Of greatest concern was who would do the delivery? Suggestions included fraternities/sororities/service
groups who wished to provide a community service. But who would be ultimately
responsible if volunteers were unavailable. It was pointed out that Trabant
did deliver in the PM. Deb Miller stated she would continue to look at this
o The next Faculty Staff Dining Committee Meeting will meet the end of the
fall semester. It was suggested that the meeting might be held in the Blue & Gold
Faculty Senate minutes from the April 3, 2006 and May 1, 2006 meetings
were presented by Susan Baldwin.
Faculty Senate Meeting, April 3, 2006
General Faculty Meeting
President Roselle presented a summary report of his administrations’ accomplishments
over the past 15 years. The goals initiated in 1991 have largely been
met, and the future of the University of Delaware is bright.
The institution has increased the diversity of both faculty and students,
but we are not as diverse as we want to be. Faculty has hiring responsibility
and every new hire should be seen as an opportunity to diversify.
Since 1985, the number of male faculty members has increased 15%,
while females have increased by 102% and African Americans by 164%.
In a recent study, UD’s faculty diversity compared favorably
to other eastern Category 1 schools. Currently 37% of UD faculty are
women, African Americans comprise 4.4%, Hispanics 1.9%, and Asian
Americans represent 7.8%.
Females have comprised the majority of undergraduates for a number of
years, and currently 57% of students are women. African Americans comprise
5.6% of the student population, while Hispanics account for 3.7% and
Asian Americans represent 3.4%.
Retention rate for first year students has risen to 89%, and the graduation
rate for all students averages 75%. The graduation rate for African
American students is 6th in the nation among public schools. The Ronald
McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is intended to promote
graduate study for minority students. UD’s program currently
has 28 students, and of 162 programs nationally, UD’s is the
only one to have a 100% success rate.
The number of graduate students has grown steadily, from about 1500
in 1990 to more than 2500 currently. Financial aid has increased from
$20 million to $52 million, and the number of doctoral degrees have
increased from 100 to 172.
The increased competitiveness of applicants has increased the quality
of the undergraduate body. Applications have increased from under 13,000
in 1991 to over 21,000, but the number of non-Delaware students enrolled
as freshman has remaining constant. The growth in the freshman class
is comprised of Delawareans. Undergrad SAT scores have improved from
an average of 1121 in 1991 to 1206, and undergrad financial aid has
risen to $56 million from $19 million. Non-Delaware students continue
to surpass Delaware students in both SAT scores and graduation rates.
Delaware students have an SAT average of 1156 compared to 1230 for non-Delawareans,
and their graduation rate of 68% lags behind the non-Delaware students
rate of 78%. SAT scores of students admitted to Associate in Arts program
has remained around 970.
The Study Abroad program has increased from 374 participants in 1991
to 1477 this year. Approximately 41% of all graduating seniors have
taken part in the program.
President Roselle praised the quality of the faculty and noted that
the increased compensation reflected another of his priorities. There
are now more than 100 named professorships backed by an endowment
of $70 million. Grants received have increased from $39 million to
$141 million. The quality of recent hires was noted with over 100
faculty members receiving either a NSF Early Career Development award
or designated as a Presidential Young Investigator. Compensation for
full professors has increased 23% since 1991 in inflation adjusted
dollars. The average salary for full professors was $79,000 in 1991,
and stands at $141,000 today.
The Campaign for Delaware was a resounding success. The endowment passed
the $1 billion mark in November of 2005, increasing from $326 million
in 1991, and gaining about $55 million per year. Over $445 million
has been paid out.
After successfully completing renovations of existing buildings on campus,
a number of openings are slated for the coming months. An open house
for the new home of the Department of Languages and Literature will
be held on April 21. Jastak-Burgess Hall, was created by joining two
former fraternity houses on the north Green. The Elbert and Ann Carvel
Research and Education Center will be dedicated on May 1 in Georgetown,
and the RV Hugh R. Sharp will be commissioned May 7 in Lewes.
On the Laird Campus, two more residence halls will open in the fall
to join the 500 bed George Read Hall. The 250 bed halls will be named
after Thomas McKean and James Smith, classmates of George Read, and
all graduates of the first “UD” class of Francis Allison.
All three subsequently signed the Declaration of Independence. Finally,
the Center for the Arts will hold an opening celebration in October.
The meeting closed with a presentation of a plaque to President Roselle
from the Faculty Senate recognizing his accomplishments during the past
April Faculty Senate Meeting
A consent agenda of 50 Announcements for Challenge was passed unanimously
without discussion, as were 5 resolutions. Among the items approved
was the name change of the College of Marine Studies to the College
of Marine and earth Studies. The name better reflects the college’s
research efforts since the Department of Geology joined the college
Faculty Senate Meeting, May 1, 2006
The final meeting of the Faculty Senate for the year, concluded quickly with
unanimous passages of a consent agenda and resolutions.
Vice Provost Gempesaw thanked the senate for their participation in the Periodic
Review report, and new officers were elected. For next year, President elect
will be Alan Fox, Jinfa Cai was elected as Vice President, and Peggy Birney will
chair the Committee on Committees.
PAC Report on The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity
meeting held on February 20, 2006 as submitted by Trudy M. Riley.
The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity
Dean Apple from the College of Arts & Sciences was the invited
speaker for this meeting. Faculty diversity within the college was the
first item of the Dean’s discussion. The Dean believes that faculty
quality includes diversity. The Dean stated that the College of Arts & Sciences
has had a banner year in filling faculty positions. One of Dean Apple’s
early initiatives was to charge the search committees to be aggressive
and proactive in finding candidates of color and women for faculty positions
in the sciences. As a result, the search committees undertook extra
effort to find exceptional candidates for the positions and provided
documentation on their process. These efforts have resulted in exceptional
hiring. Departments were informed that when more than one exceptional
candidate was found, the college, in concert with the provost, could
make available “bridge money” in order to hire more than
one qualified candidate.
The Dean discussed other initiatives regarding diversity. He announced
the formation of a Diversity Committee within the College Faculty Senate.
A professional development conference was held in the Fall 2005 for
underrepresented students. There are plans to continue and even expand
this conference in coming years.
Dean Apple also announced that new projects have been created under
the Paul Jones Initiative: Faculty Summer Institute; Student Summer
Institute; and research appointments. In addition, Black American Studies
is funding grants to integrate the Paul Jones Collection into the curriculum.
The Dean went on to discuss two partnerships that have been formed
with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Spelman College
and North Carolina A&T University. The Dean feels the partnerships
are crucial for recruitment especially in order to diversify the University
of Delaware’s faculty as well as to recruit graduate students.
Dean Apple then provided more specific information regarding the college’s
faculty recruitment efforts. The search committees were charged with
the following: 1) becoming proactive by searching new areas, using new
avenues for advertising, and interacting in a more personal manner by
contacting candidates by phone and 2) enhancing their awareness of the
pitfalls in recruitment. For example, faculty members who were going
to become search committee members had the opportunity to hear from
a national diversity consultant who informed faculty about studies of
cognitive errors that occur in hiring in academia.
Dean Apple went on to discuss the opportunities in increasing diversity
of graduate students in the College. He believes that it is possible
to increase diversity among the graduate students with the following
recommendations: 1) establish feeder schools; 2) establish strong partnerships
with the feeder schools to attract new graduate students; 3) inform
feeder schools how well the graduate student is doing at the University
In regard to undergraduate students, Dean Apple stated that the support
network (support programs) at the University of Delaware is very important.
He noted the success of one support program, NUCLEUS which provides
strong student retention and degree completion initiatives. The Dean
believes that similar programs could be universal throughout the University
campus. Dean Apple also discussed Bridges, a pre-college program for
high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in Science. There
are efforts to transition these programs throughout the college. Dean
Apple mentioned other partnership efforts such as those with Delaware
State University, Lincoln University, and Delaware Technical & Community
Dr. Maloba stated that the Dean would return for another presentation
to the Diversity Commission. Dr. Maloba and Diversity Commission members
thanked Dean Apple for his presentation.
Mr. Holland announced that the Service Awards Dinner for employees with
20 years or more service to retirement will be held on May 18th with
close to 600 invitees and approximately 100 of the invitees being retirees.
Mr. Holland also told the group that PAC elections will be held in June,
2006 for even districts, (two year term) and for District 13.
Mr. Holland noted that there were 25 nominations of which four winners
were selected for The Excellence in Service Award. The following individuals
were representatives on the selection committee - Trudy Riley PAC, Tim
Miller HRAC and Kimberly Doucette SSAC. The Winners are - Ruth Smith,
Academic Enrichment Center; Maria Palacas, Undergraduate Studies; Terrie
Kalesse, College of Engineering; Ivet Ziegelbauer, Residence Life.
Meeting adjourned at
Meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Reviewed by Theresa DeRose, Secretary, PAC
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