Salaried Staff Advisory Council
Minutes April 11, 2007
Please submit agenda items for the June 14, 2007 meeting to Richie Holland
by June 12, 2007.
The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.
SSAC members present were:
Members Absent: Paige Seppanen #7, Gwen RoBison #14
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland, Lynn Brock
The February 7, 2007 minutes were approved as written.
Mr. Elfers asked for clarification as to why employees downstate working 53.3% time cannot utilize the Cooperative Tuition Exchange Program at Delaware State and Delaware Tech. Dr. Colm replied that this benefit is reserved for full-time employees. Both Tuition Exchange and Cooperative Tuition Exchange operate in collaboration with other institutions. The programs are not administered at the sole discretion of the University. When the DelTech/DelState reciprocity agreement happened, there were about fifteen or more administrators involved (UD personnel, Del Tech, and Del State). There was a lot of discussion and the group finally came up with the program as it exists today. A problem area that was encountered was the fact that the other schools' pricing and timing (length) of "semesters" were different. Mr. Holland stated that there is no anticipated change to the current policy.
Ms. Simmons inquired about why there is a difference in fringe benefits rates between salaried staff and faculty/professional. Mr. LaPenta will follow-up. She also stated that two constituents asked if there is any possibility of better signage available for a back area in Graham Hall e.g. Disaster Research and Disabilities Studies. Mr. Holland contacted Gina Sinivoch, Design Manager, Facilities Planning and Construction, who agreed to meet with SSAC representative Diana Simmons, and PAC representative Christina Johnston to review the signage in this area.
Ms. Hall asked what the percentage will be for pay raises in the next fiscal year. Dr. Colm responded that it is 4.25%.
Mr. DiMauro mentioned that the State of Delaware was dropping Coventry Health Care and moving to Aetna. Will this information be posted to UDaily and will individuals be able to review information online? Mr. Holland responded that information will be on UDaily and that employees will be able to review and change plans during the open enrollment period.
Mr. Holland announced that the Service Awards Dinner will be held on May 15; the Benefits Fair will take place on May 17. Three University of Delaware employees will be honored with UD's Excellence in Service Awards on Thursday, May 10. In addition, four UD employees will be recognized for their Bright Ideas to improve campus life and efficiency at this luncheon.
Mr. Elfers informed the group that Laura J. Horah was elected to the Salaried Staff Grievance Committee.
Dr. Harker is expected to be scheduled to attend a Fall PAC/SSAC meeting. Ms. Williams will let Mr. Holland know when that will take place.
Mr. Holland told the group that annual evaluations are wrapping up.
The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.
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