Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes
                                                March 10, 2011 - Noon
                                                Blue Creek Bay - SUB

The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by Alex Harris, Chair.

Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the February, 2011 meeting were approved.

TOPICS

Tobacco Free Campus Proposal

Erin Norvell stated that the Tobacco Free Campus policy and procedure has passed for a first reading at the February Senate meeting. The policy and procedure that came before the Senate had been reworked by the committee. The language was more explicit in the enforcement section. The policy and procedure will come up for a second reading at the March 17th Senate meeting. Erin stated that the administration would like this proposal will go into the Administrative Guidelines Manual rather than become a true Board policy and procedure. Their feeling is that if there are changes that need to be made in the procedure it will be easier to make changes if it is a guideline.

Staff Compensation Plan

Karen Hubbard briefly reviewed the staff compensation plan implementation. The staff compensation plan was funded in February and all staff members were placed on the new structure effective on their February paychecks. Any questions, please contact Karen in Human Resources.

Employee Day Recap

Karen Hubbard reported that 200 Employee Day surveys had been received. The survey indicated that people overwhelmingly had good comments. The survey results will be shared in a summary that will go Dr. Bell.

Staff Appreciation Awards

Nancy Edwards announced that it’s that time of the year again for nominating fellow employees for the Staff Appreciation Awards. Last year in an effort to better recognize staff members, the awards were rewritten resulting in four different, distinctive awards; Rising Star, Staff Excellence, Part-time Staff Excellence and Outstanding Services to the College Community. The nomination announcement will go out the week of March 21. The award descriptions and nomination forms will all be online.

Staff Assembly Officer Nominations

Nancy also reminded everyone that the staff assembly officer elections will be coming up in April. This year we will be electing a Vice Chair, Secretary, three Senators and two Senate Alternates. The call for nominations will be coming out the first of April with the election process will take place throughout April. The new officers will be introduced at the May 12 staff assembly meeting.

REPORTS

Board of Trustees:

Meeting cancelled due to weather.

Meet And Confer:

Alex Harris said there wasn’t really anything new to report. Staff assembly had asked for the funding of the Staff Compensation Plan and that has now been done.

Good of the Order:

Garry Stark reported that they will begin work over Spring Break to repave the road to the Lakeside Center (Children’s Center) to facilitate safe drop-off and pick-up for children.

The next project will concentrate on the road between Christianson Gym and the SUB.
Then the area behind Lee-Kildow Hall will be converted to a green space with pedestrian paths. There will be no parking or traffic in this area. The project is expected to be complete by June 2.

Pam Noah reported that the recently completed Employee Giving Campaign had been very successful. She reported that from July 1st through the campaign period $35,000 had been raised. 278 (54%) employees sent in the registration form with 240 making donations, buying raffle tickets, etc. Over 35 prizes were awarded! The winners will be announced online as well as through Weeksworth. If someone would like to donate anytime throughout the year just go to http://www.nic.edu/foundation/giving/

Adjournment:

Meeting was adjourned at 12:52 p.m.