Salaried Staff Advisory Council
Minutes February 16, 2006
Please submit agenda items for the April 12, 2006 meeting to Julie Skeen
by April 5, 2006.
The meeting was called to order at 2:33 p.m.
SSAC members present were:
Members Absent: Paige Seppanen
(#7), Marylee Frederick (#9)
Visitors: Marlene Osborne
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland,
Mr. Holland welcomed the newly elected and returning SSAC representatives.
He briefly reviewed the redistricting structure and provided Web and contact
information. Each representative then introduced him/herself to the group.
The December 14, 2005 minutes were approved as written.
Excellence in Service Award Program
Mr. Holland outlined this new award program which will recognize the outstanding
contributions of professional and salaried staff. The program is budgeted
for up to six awards of $2,500 each in any one year. Awardees will be selected
by a committee comprised of PAC, SSAC and HRAC members as appointed by
the Vice President for Administration. Full details of the program and
submission forms can be accessed at http://www.udel.edu/hr/excellenceinservice/.
Nominations for 2006 awards will be accepted through March. Nominations
received after March 31 will be considered for the following year’s
awards. Dr. Colm stressed the importance of providing supporting documentation.
Mr. Holland also stressed that nominees must be permanent, full time employees.
Performance Appraisal Process
Mr. Holland reminded the group that the appraisal process is currently underway
and should be completed before April 28, 2006. He noted that two supervisory
workshops are being offered as well as two employee workshops to enhance
skills needed in completing the process. Employees who feel they may be
encountering a difficult or delicate problem or situation may contact Mr.
Holland, Mr. LaPenta or a member of the Grievance Advisory Committee for
Mr. Elfers inquired about the status of the faculty contract negotiations. Dr.
Colm indicated they have been completed and that we are now in the first year
of a three-year agreement.
A constituent of Ms. Williams reported having a problem with the limited
parking at the Carpenter Sports Center. Dr. Colm noted that additional parking
is now available at the nearby Hollingsworth lot (Lot #19) since student parking
has been restricted there. James Grimes, Public Safety, reports that in '04-'05
there were 300 spaces allocated to resident students. In '05-'06 there are
200 spaces allocated to resident students. There are a total of 506 spaces
in Lot #19.
Ms. D. Hall raised a constituent’s concern about the stability of the
Delaware State Pension Plan, especially in light of recent news reports of
pension plans folding nationwide. Mr. LaPenta stated the state plan is the
safest type plan in the country, protected and guaranteed by the State of
Ms. Hadden asked who has the authority to grant sick leave in cases where
an employee's absence exceeds their earned sick leave. Mr. LaPenta said that
special situations should be referred to him. An additional period of sick
leave may be granted by Dr. Colm in cases of extreme hardship. It was noted
that vacation leave may also be utilized when sick leave has been exhausted.
Ms. Hadden asked for whom dependent sick leave may be used. The policy states
Up to three days of earned sick leave may be used in any twelve-month
period to provide direct care for an eligible family member physically
unable to provide for him or herself due to illness or injury. Eligible
family members include a spouse (as defined by law), dependent parent,
Mr. LaPenta noted that this policy was sponsored initially by the
PAC and SSAC groups to ease commonly encountered but difficult family situations.
Committee Representative Elections
Mr. LaPenta indicated the committees that need SSAC representation and solicited
volunteers. The representatives elected follow:
Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity – Virginia Thomas
Mr. LaPenta also noted that two members of the Grievance Advisory Committee are
rotating to the Hearing Board, thereby creating two committee vacancies. Any
salaried staff employee interested in serving and whose schedule and responsibilities
will permit their serving is encouraged to submit a biographical sketch to SSAC
for consideration. Representatives will be elected at the next meeting from the
eligible candidates submitting supporting biographies.
Commission on the Status of Women – Diana Simmons
Dining Services Committee – Susan Williams
Parking Advisory Committee – Mayra Focht (to complete the committee year)
Transportation Services Committee – Deborah Hall
The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.
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