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Minutes December 15, 2004

Please submit agenda items for the February 16, 2005 meeting to Julie Skeen by February 10, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 2:31 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Marge Hadden1 Marlene Osborne10
Kathy Murphy2 Gwen Robison11
Susan Katz3 Patti Hall13
Sally Poultney5 Kimberly Doucette14
Mayra Focht6 Charlene Mylin15
Michael DiMauro7 Sue Lane16
James Elfers10 Paige Seppanen17

Members Excused: Gwen Davis (#8), Quenna Neal (#12)

Others Present: Maxine Colm, Richie Holland, Thomas LaPenta, Julie Skeen


Minutes

The November 17, 2004 minutes were approved as written.

Old Business

None

Constituent Concerns

A constituent of Ms. Hall believed that she was mistakenly given a $60 parking ticket in a gated lot. Mr. Holland stated the employee should not have been ticketed and advised the employee to contact Public Safety. If the matter is not resolved, the employee should contact him.

Another of Ms. Hallís constituents reported difficulty in negotiating her extra-wide vehicle through the entrance gate of Perkins Garage, resulting in vehicle damage. Mr. Holland noted that, while height clearances are posted, widths are not. He suggested using an alternate lot if there is any problem.

Another constituent of Ms. Hall expressed a desire to see fitness classes held in the Pearson Hall gym. Mr. LaPenta related the numerous past attempts that have been made to initiate such classes at various locations across campus. Each time, he noted, these classes were suspended due to the low attendance. The expense of an instructor could not be justified. Mr. LaPenta suggested that contact be made with Barry Miller, Recreation Services, if a sufficient number of employees are interested in attending fitness classes.

Ms. Hadden called attention to a traffic safety issue presented by the lane configurations to and from the new UD Courtyard Hotel. She has contacted Public Safety regarding the matter, but wished to increase awareness among drivers in that area until a remedy is in place.

A constituent of Mr. Seppanen wished to explore the possibility of employees receiving alternative equivalents for any unused core benefits, e.g., trading the tuition reimbursement benefit for a non-credit course fee. Dr. Colm responded that such exchange was not possible, that each benefit was put in place for a specific usage and therefore could not be utilized for another purpose.

Mr. Elfers again asked about the completion date for the new parking garage. Dr. Colm again stated that construction has been on or ahead of schedule since groundbreaking and should be completed by the end of this month. Mr. Elfers asked if the official opening would be publicized. Dr. Colm responded that it would.

Mr. Elfers asked about the progress on the Center for the Arts building. Dr. Colm stated that construction is underway. (The writer notes that progress can be followed via the webcam site at the Center of the Arts.)

Note was made that the UD Courtyard Hotel is now open. Members who have visited it have been extremely impressed. The University community is being encouraged to utilize the many and varied facilities offered. Also noted was the Courtyardís "Home for the Holidays" promotion for family and friends visiting Newark between December 17 and January 2. Comfortable first-class hotel accommodations are being provided at a reduced rate. (The telephone number for reservations is (302) 737-0900, and callers should mention the special holiday rate when making reservations.)

Announcements

Dr. Colm reminded members of the PAC/SSAC holiday luncheon on December 17. She extended profound regrets that she will be unable to attend because of an unexpected personal bereavement.

SSAC Meeting Schedule

Members affirmed that their constituents had been solicited regarding the proposed change to bimonthly meetings. By show of hands, agreement to adopt the bimonthly timetable was passed. Dr. Colm noted that this timetable may be revisited after six months to assure member and constituent satisfaction. She expressed her willingness in the interim to meet with the council should circumstances warrant. Any member who feels need for a special meeting should contact Mr. Holland. Mr. Holland noted that PAC members have responded well to their new bimonthly schedule, with meetings more animated and substantive. The new meeting schduele is posted on the Web at http://www.udel.edu/pac/ssac/2005mtgschdl.html

Grievance Committee

Ms. Hadden distributed the self-submitted bios of the employees interested in becoming members of the grievance advisory board. Ballots were submitted and tabulated, resulting in Eunice Wellons, Academic Enrichment Center, and Joanne FitzPatrick, School of Education, being elected to the board. They will assume their responsibilities on January 1, 2005.

Dr. Colm extended her best wishes for a safe and happy holiday.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas LaPenta

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.



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