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This month in the senates: November

A brief recap of the three OHIO employee senate meetings


Administrative Senate
Martin Paulins, director of transportation and parking services, addressed the senate to discuss the new communications plan his department now has in place. It will emphasize the department’s dual roles of transportation and parking.

New this year is the Visitor Parking and Registration Center in the log cabin on Richland Avenue. Visitors can be preapproved, but walk-ins are also welcome.  This eliminates the problem of guests getting tickets while obtaining parking permits from host offices.

Melanie Glassmire, procurement and supply manager, gave a Bobcat BUY update presentation. She defined the service and showed how it has already saved the University 63 percent in off-contract spending. She then provided a demo of the purchasing process.

Purchases of more than $10,000 need to be approved and services costing more than $250 need to be approved. Rollout will be 12-18 months, starting with the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs and the Finance and Administration division. Training will be mandatory before usage, but departments will be able to select the time for their individual transitions.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding spoke to Administrative Senate communication on potential impact of state budget cut using 10 percent as the number.

“It was important from a planning perspective to get a conversation started on campus, but it was also important not to create a number that turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of what the governor and legislature thought we were capable of absorbing,” said Golding.

Classified Senate
Classified employee and guest speaker Janet Merwin made a short presentation about the online Purchasing Power program and why employees enrolled in the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association* (OCSEA) should ask the university to adopt it.

She asked senate's executive staff to take the request to the administration on behalf of classified employees. Senate chair George Cheripko said the group would research the program and make a decision in the near future on whether they will petition administration for its implementation.

Linda Lonsinger, chief human resource officer, said the compensation plan for administrators was moving along slowly because of the limited availability of many of the involved people on campus. She said the Classified Compensation Plan would be next in line after the administrators’ plan is done.

Lonsinger said Classified Senate's Group 3 issue - too many Group 3 administrative employees on campus doing classified jobs - is still being investigated. She said there are 261 Group 3 employees on campus and Human Resources is investigating how many of those positions could be classified jobs. She also said the second Classified Development Program, which provides a professional development education for classified employees, would likely be offered this fall.

Chair George Cheripko reported that the Dec. 16 meeting will be held in HRTC 141/145 and the first hour will be the regular meeting time, while the second hour will be used to do future planning.   

Faculty Senate

Benoit first spoke with the Faculty Senate about a variety of topics. Before soliciting questions from the senate she covered the following:

Senators asked Benoit to elaborate on the possible budget cut. Benoit confirmed that it would be twice the size of last year’s cuts, approximately $25-30 million. She re-emphasized that little is known at this point, and the University is preparing for all possible scenarios.

Senators also queried about the merit-based raise pool and its distribution. They also discussed issues with Blackboard software, and they were pleased to find that issues dealing with the software are still up for discussion.

John Day, associate provost for academic budget and planning, gave a presentation on the state funding formula. He thoroughly explained how the state comes to determine how much money to give to the University through categorizations, formulations and review of OHIO’s peers.

Concerns were brought up that the switch from quarters to semesters might adversely affect state funding because it will represent a loss in student credit hours overall. This was a question that could not be answered yet.

The Faculty Senate had first readings on two resolutions, “Resolution on Role of Chairs/Directors in Responding to Professional Ethics Violations” and “Resolution on Early Retirement on Semesters.” They will be brought up for a second review during the next meeting in January.

Before adjournment, David Thomas, senator and professor in the School of Film, proposed a new resolution, “Resolution on Special Event Parking in Academic Building Parking Lots.” This was in response to many senators having to pay to park due to a basketball game.

The resolution would  allow faculty with appropriate permits to park in designated faculty parking lots without having to pay extra during special events. It will be addressed during January’s meeting.

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