Submitted by Nancy Brady, co-secretary;
APPROVED August 12, 2004
Present: Kim Allen, Suzanne Beaumier, Joseph Bialek, Nancy Brady, Terrilyn Calloway, Janice Cole, Karen Hebert, Marti Hobbes, Kate Kilpatrick, Linda LaFlam, Karen LeHouiller, Jinny Mason, Steve Monteiro, Sam Rush, Mike Washut
Excused: Adrianne Andrews, Adrian Beaulieu, Chris Carr Hill, Patty Kimura, Merrilyn Lewis, Laura Matta, Linda Rainville, Patricia Rist, Bill Sheehan, Xinh Spangler, Tara Zidonik
Guests: Sandy Bycenski
Kim Allen, Vice Chair, presiding.
Minutes to the June 10th meeting were voted on and approved with minor changes.
Linda La Flam reported that the committee has three upcoming events. a movie night on Burton lawn on July 29 at 8:30 p.m. with a showing of Mary Poppins, free popcorn and snowcones; a bus trip on August 14 to Lyman's Pick Your Own Berry Farm and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat in Connecticut,; and a Sept 29 "Garden Tour" to be held at noon on that day.
A short discussion was held about how staff are feeling following the job reductions.
Karen Hebert reported that Laura Rauscher has resigned from her Staff Chronicle editorial position as well as the communications committee due to changes in her job. Xinh Spangler will replace her as Chronicle co-editor. August 15th is the deadline for content for the Chronicle. Discussion followed about the upcoming community forum. Ideas discussed included the desirability of showing the "Fish" movie, free popcorn and door prizes; Staff Council member introductions at the forum,; distributing the new Staff Council brochure and Staff Resources list at the forum; and enlisting supervisor support of the forum to enable most staff to attend. It was agreed that this forum would include a "medley" of presentations.
The committee is still looking to replace council members who have resigned from their positions. They also suggested that the distribution of Staff Council news and minutes be improved by using the Liaison-L list rather than going through Staff Council reps. This is being suggested partly because all reps may soon be called "at-large" rather than representing specific work areas. Discussion followed about this proposal and related topics. It was agreed to use the Liaison list starting with the approved minutes of this meeting. The secretaries were charged with facilitating this and writing covering material that would explain the change and include news items and the next meeting date to better publicize these events to staff.
Steve reported that their group is finalizing a draft of a letter to Randolph Bromery confirming his commitment to speak at the family heritage event planned for October 13 in rooms 102 and 104 of the Campus Center. Steve said volunteers are needed to help with this event and his committee will e-mail each of the standing committees to solicit volunteers. Some staff volunteered at our meeting. The committee is also working on guidelines for the submissions to the display that will accompany this event.
Kim asked for volunteers to join or chair this committee. Sam Rush suggested that we could do it as a Council project piecemeal over the semester during our regular meetings. Discussion followed about the relative merits of both proposals. A decision was tabled until the next meeting.
She will attend our October meeting.
Other agenda items were tabled until our next meeting which will be held on Thursday, August 12, at 1 p.m. in the Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room.