Attending: Suzanne Beaumier, Nancy Brady, Lou Ann Krawczynski, Karen Lehouiller, Jinny Mason, Laura Matta, Janice McDowell, Steve Monteiro, Patricia Rist, Sam Rush, William Sheehan, Art Usher, Laurie Wyman, Kathy Yarnell, Tara Zidonik
Excused: Adrianne Andrews, Joseph Bialek, Beverly Byrnes, Terrilyn Calloway, Janice Cole, Cheryl Dellecese, Gayle Fitzgerald, Linda Laflam, Sabrina Marsh, Kim Perez, Rick Rubin, Xinh Spangler
Guests: Stacey Anasazi
1. Minutes- None
2. Reports from standing sub-committees and ad hoc committees:
Communications Committee – No report / meeting
Stacey Anasazi reported that the Chronicle did go to press. Six pages focused on student summer help at the College. One page dedicated to College Relations and summer programs. Carol Christ has an article touching on the new H.R. Director search.
It was reported that Marty Hobbes has agreed to continue to update the S.C. Website. All updates and changes should be forwarded to her.
Activities Committee – No report / meeting
Personnel Policy (PPC) Committee – No report / meeting
Nominations and Elections –
Diversity- Met on 8/10. The Committee is still working on a trip to Salem, more information to follow. Need to find a replacement for Patty Kimura
Sam plans to E-mail Carole Fuller and Carol Christ to remind them of Staff Councils interest in a follow up by S.A.M.S. in regard to the Morale Report.
New Business/ Open Discussions:
Sam invited by Carol Christ to speak at Convocation. Sam spoke to Merrilyn and is open to thoughts and suggestions. He thought he would focus on Smith being about the people and what “stamp” the students faculty and staff bring to the College
Janice McDowell explained New Employee Orientation. Laurie Wyman volunteered to be back up script reader but still needed back up drivers. Steve Monteiro and Art Usher agreed to be back up drivers. Suggestion made to request smaller vans when possible.
Amount of pesticide being used by College questioned by some staff. Are we using more than necessary? Suggestion made that the issue be answered with a possible article in the Chronicle.
Someone questioned whether the College would be offering a lock in offer on heating oil. Need to check with Stanley Rosko.
Discussion on Car pooling policy. It was suggested that there could be an article in the chronicle on MassDrive and the college benefits when car pooling.
It was suggested that Staff Council meeting times be posted on E Digest. It was asked that hard copies of meeting times be posted in Physical Plant and Dinning Services since there was limited access to computers in those areas.
Discussion on Staff Councils role in hurricane relief efforts. It was decided to place a notice on E Digest stating that S.C discussed it and strongly suggest people donate to one of the main relief organizations, such as the Red Cross.
College forming a Parking Appeals Committee comprised of representatives from the Student Body/ Public Safety/ Faculty/ Staff Council. Karen Lehouiller enthusiastically volunteered to represent S.C.
It was announced that Jay Lucey will be the unionized staff representative on new H.R. director search committee.
Meeting adjourned 3:00pm
Next Staff Council Meeting: Thursday October 13, 2005 at Physical Plant