Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes
                                                  January 13, 2011 – Noon
                                                            Driftwood Bay

The meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Erin Norvell, Vice Chair.

Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the December 9, 2010 meeting were approved.

Introduction of New Employees:

Jamie Green introduced Cheryl Ryan, Instructional Media Developer in eLearning.

Garry Stark introduced Scott Tester, Custodian.

Discussion Topics:

Professional Development ~ Wade Larson spoke about professional development opportunities. There are two workshops that Wade facilities each fall. One is the Management Institute which is a 40 hour supervisor and management training program designed to help you achieve peak performance as a manager or supervisor. The other workshop is Leadership Academy which is the follow-up to the Management Institute. This course includes a high intensity approach to help you achieve greater personal effectiveness in your leadership style and approach.

PIP Funds ~ Andrea Woempner explained that the PIP fund benefit is available to benefit eligible staff employees who have been employed continuously for at least one year. The $750 benefit is for a two-year funding cycle. Eligible part-time employees will receive a pro-rated amount equal to their percent of full-time. Funds are first come, first
served. For more information about PIP fund benefits: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/?dpt=79&pageID=639.

Tuition Waiver ~ Erin Norvell spoke about Tuition Waiver benefit. A number of Idaho schools offer reduced tuition to benefit eligible employees at NIC. More information at: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/34/file/Tuition_benefits_for_website_12-10.pdf.

Updates:

Facilities Operations – Garry Stark reported that the road between the Gym and SUB will hopefully be completed in April. The final draft of the proposed entry to NIC from Hubbard Street is due end of February.

Meet and Confer – Meet and Confer will present a joint statement to Dr. Bell the end of January. Staff Assembly will be asking for implementation of the compensation plan and a family need leave policy (maternity/paternity/adoption leave).

Employee Day Committee – Karen Hubbard reported that the outline for the day will begin in the morning with the opening at the Performing Arts Center (Schuler). Then there will be three 45 minute workshops. Individuals will choose which workshops they would like to attend. Lunch will be determined by each department and the afternoon will be a choice of community service, design your own program or professional development. More details will be coming out the first of February.

Reports

Board of Trustees - The agenda from the December Board meeting.

• NEW BUSINESS
o NIC Head Start Overview - Beth Ann Fuller
o Resolution for Area Agency on Aging Endowment Funds - Ron Dorn
• INFORMATION ITEMS
o Employee Opinion Survey Results - Wade Larson
o Accreditation Update - Jay Lee
o Legislative Report - John Martin
o Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC) - Jay Lee
o Education Corridor - Mic Armon

Senate – Erin Norvell reported the Reduction in Force policy/procedure and the Tobacco Free policy/procedure will be coming to the Senate shortly.

Good of the Order:

Chantel Black announced that the Wellness committee will be sponsoring a blood drive on January 28.

Sandra Jacquot said that W-2s were being mailed today (January 13).

Andrea Woempner reminded everyone that if someone slips and falls, the supervisor needs to complete an accident report and forward it to Andrea.

Adjournment - The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 p.m.