Salaried Staff Advisory Council
Minutes October 20, 2004
Please submit agenda items for the November 17, 2004 meeting to Julie Skeen by November 10, 2004
The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m.
SSAC members present were:
Members Absent: Wanda McCracken (#9), Quenna Neal (#12)
Members Excused: Susan Katz (#3), Sally Poultney (#5), Patti Hall (#13), Paige Seppanen (#17)
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Julie Skeen
The September 22, 2004 minutes were approved as written.
In response to the inquiry regarding campus work areas that do not have access to water other than bathrooms, Tory Windley, Procurement Services, offered the following in clarification. The University's policy is not to provide bottled water in work spaces. If there are locations where there is no water cooler available, and the department decides it would like to spend its funds on bottled water, it must first contact George Walueff, Procurement Services, for an exception to the water policy. He researches every case and determines if bottled water can be allowed. In many campus offices, employees participate in collecting monies themselves and buy water service. This is allowed.
Regarding the request to extend the lunchtime lap swim time at Carpenter Sports Building, Barry Miller, Recreation Services, acknowledges the popularity of the lap swim, but explained the constraints placed by the academic class schedule (swimming, lifeguarding, scuba classes) which has priority. He will negotiate for extended swim time if/when the academic class schedule can accommodate it.
Ms. Hadden relayed a problem with the water fountain on the 2nd floor of Clayton Hall. Confusion has arisen over who is responsible for repair/replacement payment, resulting in no action on resolving the situation. Mr. LaPenta will check with Facilities.
Ms. Focht reported problems with processing students into the payroll system so they can be paid in a timely manner. Mr. LaPenta suggested that Anna Bloch, Human Resources, be invited to attend a future meeting to explain.
Mr. Elfers again asked when the new parking garage would be completed. Dr. Colm replied that it may be completed as early as late December.
Dr. Colm noted that UDís 2004 United Way Campaign kickoff would be held this afternoon with the campaign scheduled from October 25 to November 12. Pledges can be made using the electronic pledge form at www.udel.edu/unitedway. The President will host a thank-you reception for United Way solicitors at his home in December.
Dr. Colm also noted that distribution of service awards to employees celebrating a service anniversary during the current fiscal year is underway.
Ms. Hadden called attention to the memorial fund established in remembrance of Linda Taylor, a long-time employee of the University who passed away in July after a long illness. She encouraged contributions to the landscape installation planned in her memory.
Dr. Colm expressed regret that the University will be unable to provide flu shots for eligible employees. Plans have been postponed indefinitely because of a nationwide shortage of vaccine.
Dr. Colm also noted that October 19 marked the official dedication of the Early Learning Center, UDís new state-of-the-art educational facility, which will focus on early childhood development, care and education.
The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.
Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.