Professional Advisory Council
Minutes July 15, 2009
Agenda items for the September 9th, 2009 meeting need to be submitted to Susie Resler by Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009.
The meeting was convened at 2:30 p.m. by Mr. Pusecker.
PAC members present were:
Excused: Allison Walters #9, Joan Stock #13, Nancy Smallwood #14
Others Present: Tom LaPenta, Kim DeShields, Susie Resler
One constituent advised employees to scrutinize their paystubs carefully especially their deductions.
Mr. Hendricks mentioned a policy in his department whereby an employee was only allowed to take 22 vacation days within a fiscal year even if they had accrued more. Mr. LaPenta suggested employees contact him.
Mr. Hendricks has received many complaints about Works and the new Travel and Entertainment (T&E) cards. It was suggested Mr. George Walueff, Associate Director of Procurement Services, be invited to the next meeting to discuss the system.Ms. Buccos’ constituents have a concern about the level of clarity of existing policies. Mr. Urian suggested the Policy and Procedure manual be better organized on the web. PAC members noted a new engine (Google) has helped. Mr. Puseker indicated the University is undergoing many changes. Mr. Loller pointed out the changes to the Academic calendar. To avoid having commencement, on Memorial Day weekend, the spring semester will end earlier with finals, Senior Day and Honors Day being moved earlier. The university received some complaints from parents about having commencement over a holiday weekend.
The Faculty Senate Meeting reports for May were presented by Mr. Hendricks
Faculty Senate Meeting May 11, 2009
Scott Douglass, Executive Vice President and Treasurer introduced himself as a southern Delawarean farm boy, former faculty member and state budget director. He is responsible for many nonacademic areas within the UD organizational chart, but has spent the majority of time so far on budget issues. He would like to create a more empowering University and feels he has a talented team who can directly deal with issues in their units. He acknowledged that RBB has been a source of angst, but decentralizing power and responsibility should allocate resources most effectively. He then answered questions from the floor. Asked about the perception that RBB stifles interdisciplinary cooperation, he responded that RBB does not alter the value of a program. If a program makes sense, it will continue to do so. RBB is merely an allocation system. What it hopefully will accomplish is to identify those programs that do not make sense. Another RBB question raised the possibility of instituting an additional fee for lab courses that will be considered. Asked about the Chrysler facility, he noted that since Chrysler is now in bankruptcy, negotiations should become a higher priority for the new owners and has recently presented them with a revised proposal.
Meeting adjourned at 3:10 pm.
Respectfully submitted by,