Smith College Staff Council
March 7, 2001 (Approved at April 4, 2001 meeting)
A meeting of the full Staff Council was held on March 7, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mary Maples Dunn Room at Pierce Hall.
Attending: Cristen Abrams, Cyndee Button, Mary Clayton, Michelle Finley, Serena Harris, Patty Hayes, Patty Kimura, Bob Lesko, Steve Monteiro, Patty Rist, Sam Rush, Stephanie Schoen, and Bill Sheehan
Excused: Chrissie Bell, Sandy Bycenski, Patti Corjay, Patick Diggins, Lisa Dwinell, Dottie Goulet, Honey Gillman, Mimi Lempart, Deb Letourneau, Mary Martineau, Janice McDowell, Joe Stoddart, and Maria Vallejo
Patty Kimura began by stating that the meeting did not have a quorum probably due to the previous two snow days at Smith. Instead of trying to reschedule the meeting to the following Wednesday, it was decided that the meeting would continue, but that no official business would be conducted. The meeting began at 2:05 p.m.
REVIEW OF FEBRUARY MINUTES
Minutes will be approved at April meeting due to lack of a quorum.
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS
Sharon Bolotin, board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Chair of the Campus School Craft Fair, approached Serena Harris about increasing Smith employees' involvement with BB/BS. The organization's next fundraiser is "Bowl for Kid's Sake," a Bowl-A-Thon, on March 31, 2001 from 12:00-6 p.m. at Northampton Bowl. Teams consist of four people and each team member needs to raise $50 to participate. Further questions: call Sharon at
584-6117 or 537-2021 or "Reiss" at BB/BS 253-2591.
CAMPUS CLIMATE WORKING GROUP CO-SPONSORSHIP
Patty Kimura asked if there was interest in Staff Council co-sponsoring CCWG witholding financial backing. She realized that many Staff Council members are attending CCWG meetings and thought it would be a good way to offer further support. Staff Council agreed, vote to be taken at next meeting.
4. DIVERSITY PROPOSAL FOR 2001-2002
Serena Harris is researching ideas for continuing Staff Council diversity training in the next year and has been in contact with the Cornell Troupe who performed at the last Community Forum. CITE can tailor programs to our needs and offers many options to increase team building and diversity. A shorter training program, such as CITE, would address the significant problem of release time for many Staff Council members. Suggestion to combine a shorter training with a longer, more intense training should be explored, also. Discussion to be continued at the April meeting along with the consideration of an ad hoc committee.
AD HOC COMMITTEES
Spelling Bee Update
P. Kimura reported for Mimi Lempart who could not attend the meeting. 20-21 people have volunteered to participate in the Spelling Bee, but only nine people are needed for the three teams sponsored by Staff Council. Since there are no volunteers from the service area of Smith, Bob Lesko and a few council members will work on druming up interest. Patty reiterated that it is important to meet the goal of forming a diverse group from Smith in a reasonable time frame.
Lunch & Learn
Sam Rush reported that not too much has happened with the series but planning will resume. The first series may be at the end of March. It was agreed that Staff Council would cover the cost of beverages.
MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Stephanie Schoen reported that Staff Council was well represented at the meeting. She mentioned that she was concerned that the large group attending from Advancement may have over represented some concerns of that department and not the majority of staff concerns. Overall, the questions and comments were very interesting and helpful. Patty reminded members that staff may nominate people for the presidential position by sending a letter of recommendation or just a a name to the committee; alums have already been active in nominating people. Any ideas or questions, please call or email Patty.
At the Steering Committee the problem of unregistered cars parked in Smith staff spaces especially in Henshaw, Albright and Unity lots was brought to attention. Patty Kimura drafted a letter for suggestions/approval but because the letter was prematurely circulated in an office Patty immediately brought the letter to Sharon Rust. Sharon was receptive to suggestions and will step up ticketing before 8:00 a.m., particularly in certain problem lots.
Reporting for Patti Corjay, Patty Kimura said that only 38 tickets have been sold for the Foxwoods trip. Two buses (57 & 49 passenger) have been reserved. Please talk trip up around campus mentioning that the cost is $20, which includes a $25 free coupon booklet.
Pottery painting at the Easthampton studio has been cancelled due to the studio closing.
March 2 was the last day of the Food Drive @ collection totals have not been tallied as of yet.
June 23-trip to the Bronx Zoo. Tickets will be atleast $25.
6 Flags season passes have been selling slowly, but the committee believes that sales will increase when spring arrives. Single day passes will be arriving soon for sale.
Several members of the Activities Committee will be attending the first organizational meeting for this year's Faculty/Staff picnic. In previous years, picnic planning was confusing because no one knew exactly who was in charge of which details.
Sam Rush reported that there was much discussion about the van tours aided by M. Martineau's in-depth notes. Content versus coaching seems to be the big issue with the tours and will be further discussed at the next meeting.
The liaison list is still being worked on to increase communication between staff. Sam passed the list around at the meeting asking members to sign up for departments that would be a natural fit to pass information on to.
Nominations and Elections
The upcoming election and possible changes to the ballot were discussed.
Patty Hayes gave an update on the newsletter that will be coming out at the end of April. Dick Fish's interview with Ruth Simmons will be the featured article along with other miscellaneous articles--possibly one on "essential" employees and the past snow day coverage.
The Staff Art Show reception at McConnell Hall was very well attended; the last day for show is March 16.
The meeting ended at 3:04 p.m. Patty thanked everyone for attending even though there was no quorum.
Co-Secretary, Staff Council