Feb 3, 2011
From staff reports
Committee A members said their two one-hour Jan. 19 information sessions were well attended. They consisted of a representative of Anthem, the OHIO healthcare provider, answering questions from employees. They will host two one-hour informational sessions on the third Wednesday of each month.
Committee B introduced December Employee of the Month Anne Ward from Parking Services. Classified Senator Amy Meeks said she nominated her for her outstanding customer service and professionalism.
Doctoral student David Fried distributed the results from his August Phased Retirement survey. Phased retirement consists of employees switching to part-time work for a period of time before completing their retirement requirements. Under this system, employees would be given time to adjust to retirement and it would give the employees more time to train their successors.
Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding said a campus-wide committee that is researching how other schools operate between Christmas and New Year’s Day is working on the Holiday Closure Proposal. He said the closure policy could become official in July if the process is not delayed.
Golding also added that the budget information probably will not be ready until around March 15, when state budget will likely be revealed. Two sets of public forums will be scheduled, one set in late February and one set in late March.
Golding also announced that a director of engagement and real estate management is being sought to work under him. The position would handle OHIO’s real estate portfolio and build economic engagement relationships with local and regional agencies.
President Roderick J. McDavis was the first to speak at the meeting. His remarks covered the University’s budget, the searches for various staff members that are currently being conducted and a discussion of activities within the Inter-University Council (IUC).
With the budget, McDavis explained that Golding would go into more detail during the following talk. He also assured the senate that everything dealing with the upcoming budget is speculation until more is understood.
The IUC is currently conducting a shared services study to see what different services could be obtained more efficiently and at less expense through the council sharing the services.
Golding then approached Administrative Senate and discussed the possibility that the University close between Christmas and New Year’s. Classified Senate initially proposed this, and Golding’s office is currently looking into it.
Director of the Allen Student Help Center and Bobcat Student Orientation Jenny Klein then spoke about orientation scheduling for the next academic years and the challenges and opportunities presented by the University’s quarters to semesters transition.
Before the meeting, Bradley Evans from Student Senate spoke to the Faculty Senate to encourage participation in Campus Beautification Day on April 16. They hope to attract 500 volunteers this year.
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit spoke briefly to Faculty Senate about four topics: