Staff Advisory Council

February 2010

Staff Advisory Council Meeting

Location: Paresky – Rm220
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 12:00P.M.

In Attendance: Danielle Gonzalez, ex officio, Colleen Bethoney, David J. Boyer, Madeleine Demarsico, Jenny Dewar, Maggie Driscoll, Kristan Renish, Lynn Taft, Teresa Waryjasz , Erwin Bernhart, Gisela Demant, Kim Tremblay, Sheila Mason, Mark Kimball

Absent: Martha Tetrault, ex officio, Dawn Dellea, Lisa Briggs, Roberta Sweet, Derrick Robertson

1. Staff Forums / Memo
2. Claiming Williams
3. Frequently Asked Questions


1. Staff Forums Feedback: Comments varied but feedback overall was positive. A few select comments: the seating arrangement was distracting and crowded; individuals were happy to receive the memo in advance via email. Handing it out at the meeting was very thoughtful to those who may not have read email on a Sunday night. Providing the opportunity for a Q&A session was great.

It was a lot of information, and while you didn’t leave feeling great, at least you learned a lot.  It provided the context for the community as a whole. It was good to see that various budgets still include growth initiates. However, we are still challenged by the “this is how we‘ve always done it” mentality.

2.    Claiming Williams: Dining staff found it difficult to attend sessions they were interested in since the departmental sign-up sheet was only provided the day before. Dining Staff were encouraged to attend; some staff took advantage of it as a day off.

Overall feedback was positive, and staff especially enjoyed the film, Philosopher Kings. The DVD is available in the library; Council members will continue to encourage those who missed it to check it out.

3.    Adding to the FAQ on the HR website
Equipment loan center?
Money on your ID card?
Org Chart
Reference guide for the many acronyms: WTF, SEC – Science Executive Comm, CDC, PAG, Entry,  Francis – Library catalog system

Agenda for next meeting:
New items to be discussed should be sent to Martha.

Next scheduled meeting:
March 18, 2010 – Paresky, Room 220

Reported by D. Gonzalez

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