Office of the Vice President

for Administration
 
Professional Advisory Council

Minutes – September 14, 2011

The meeting was convened at 2:30 p.m. by Mr. Pusecker.

PAC members present were:

Member District Member District
Paul Pusecker 1 Corinn Harrell 7
Charles Garbini 2 Monty McKee  9
Anne DeCaire 3 Laura Slice 10
Debbie Boyer for Ilka Riddle 4 Doris Miklitz 11
Gerald Hendricks 5 Suzanne Stanley 12
Glen Loller  6 Miriam Pomilio 13
Nancy Smallwood 14

Others present:  Tom LaPenta, Jerry Cutler, Judy Allarey  

Minutes:

The May 11, 2011 meeting minutes was approved as written.

Old Business:

Mr. McKee inquired if the issue regarding the ambulance, where an employee had an emergency situation and the ambulance did not arrive on time, has been resolved? This concern was shared with Public Safety and they are working with Facilities to make sure that building signs are recognizable.

What is the status of the request for a crosswalk at the corner of Winslow Road and S. College Avenue? Mr. Armitage has submitted a letter to the City of Newark. They are in process of forwarding the letter to DelDOT, and asking for a review of the intersection.

The members of the PAC Standing Committees for the 2011-2012 Academic Year are as follows:

Steering Committee:
Gerald Hendricks        President
Charles Garbini           Vice President
Paul Pusecker              Secretary
Glen Loller                  At-Large
Miriam Pomilio           At-Large
Anne DeCaire             At-Large

Grievance Advisory Body
Gerald Hendricks
Charles Garbini
Suzanne Stanley
Nancy Smallwood
Doris Miklitz

Grievance Hearing Board up to Level 16
Glen Loller
Michael Parisi
Suzanne Stanley
Manuel Torres
Devora Frisby
Al Frankel
Janice Barlow
Erin Bernberg

PAC University Committees            
Diversity and Equity Commission                 Nancy Smallwood
Dining Services Committee                             Glen Loller
Faculty Senate Observer                                 Doris Miklitz
Parking and Transportation Committee         Charles Garbini

Constituent Concern:

Numerous Athletics coaches are concerned about visitor parking when prospective students and their parents drop in athletics to visit. They do not want to send them back up campus to secure a visitor’s pass. Parking and Transportation and Athletics have worked out an interim solution where that will not be necessary.

Lack of parking in the blue lot. This has since been resolved; there are now more rows of blue parking spaces. This will be communicated to blue hangtag holders.

A constituent has a concern regarding pedestrian safety in the congested driveway between Perkins Garage and Perkins Student Center. The narrow road serves as the entry for trucks using the Perkins Student Center loading dock, as the entry to the Perkins Parking Garage and as a cut through for pedestrians between Harrington Complex and South Academy Street. There are some existing segments of sidewalk there, but they are not connected and are on opposite sides of the driveway. As the constituent drives down the driveway to enter the Garage in the morning, he frequently encounters students wandering down the middle of that narrow driveway. Constituent would like to suggest either the creation of a safe and clearly-marked pedestrian route through this area or that pedestrians be discouraged from using it altogether. This concern has been shared with Public Safety.

Constituent would like to share the concern regarding the $3000 limit for the Healthcare FSA. Given the greatly increased cost of co-pays, prescription drugs and other non-covered expenses, $3000 does not go very far in 2011. As I understand it, the maximum allowable limit is $5000. There is very little downside on the University increasing this limit. This concern was shared with Benefits.

Ms. DeCaire asked about the possibility of making UD a smoke-free campus. This suggestion has been communicated.

Hard budget lines for professional research staff. Is the intent to maintain these or phase out? Is there any trend of this happening already? There is no written policy on the funding for research professionals, and we have very few research professionals that are hard-funded. Usually, funding is external from grants or from the state. With RBB, the decision to replace a professional lies with the Dean of each college.

A constituent has a question on whether the University is considering ending employee tuition benefits. Mr. LaPenta indicated that employee tuition benefits are continuing.

Can we look at putting a crosswalk on N. College opposite the Hollingsworth parking lot? It does not seem possible to safely put a crosswalk with the presence of the railroad crossing in that area. This concern will be shared with Public Safety.

New Business:

Is there any change on the rollout of the classification and compensation study? Mr. Cutler, HR Director, indicated that they are hoping to roll out some of the initial steps by the beginning of the year, and are working on putting guidelines together between now and the end of the year.

Ms. Harrell made a comment that the gym has been extra packed with the students being backed and inquired about the plans for future expansion of the gym? There is a design for the expansion of the gym the next step is finding the money.

Ms. Boyer asked if the University is going to be competitive with the market with regards to the compensation review and where are we in the process? Mr. Cutler responded that the goal of the review is to develop a compensation program that will enable the University to attract, retain and engage highly qualified talent, which is essential to achieving the goals of the University. We review higher education and industry data reports to make sure that we are competitive in the marketplace.

Faculty Senate Report
Presented by Glen Loller.  Memorial Tributes: Slide Presentation was given to memorialize the following faculty members:
James R. Soles
Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science
One of the first faculty members to receive the Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award and Academic Advising Award.  Co-producer of “Delaware: The First State.”

David M. Robinson
Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
The first student to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

James Thornton
Lerner College of Business and Economics
Department of Economics
Served as Treasurer of the UD AAUP chapter and a member of the bargaining team.

Barbara K. Curry
Education and Human Development
School of Education
Author of “Women in Power” and coauthor of the children’s book “Sweet Words so Brave: The Story of African American Literature.”

W.  David Sincoskie
College of Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
An IEEE Fellow and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

For more information on the University Faculty Senate meeting please check out:
http://www.facsen.udel.edu/sites/agendas%5CFACSENMINUTES12September2011.htm

Diversity and Equity Commission Report

Ms. Smallwood went over a broad agenda on diversity that was presented at the meeting by Dr. Harker and others.

For more information on the Diversity and Equity Commission meeting please check out:
http://www.udel.edu/oei/DEC/DEC_09142011.pdf

Meeting Adjourned
3:40 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Allarey

Reviewed by:
Gerald Hendricks
Paul Pusecker