ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 23, 2007) -- Ohio University's Administrative Senate met for the first time winter quarter on Jan. 18 in Walter Hall's Governance Room. John Day attended the meeting as a guest to speak about the university's new budget planning process.
Day, the associate provost for the academic budget, presented a report on the new budget planning process. He said that while the budget model is currently in draft form, the Budget Planning Committee is working diligently to be ready to present a new budget plan to the Board of Trustees in the spring.
Senate Chair Wendy Merb-Brown announced several developments that have taken place since the senate's last meeting in November. For instance, Gardasil, the new drug that prevents the human papillomavirus, has been approved for addition to the employees' health benefits package.
Merb-Brown and the senate's executive committee met with President McDavis to discuss the university's employee grievance policy. The discussion focused on why employees are pursuing grievances. The group also brainstormed ideas to reduce the number of grievances on campus.
Senate Vice Chair, Brenda Noftz, announced redistricting for senate seats. The new Baker Center has made it necessary to reexamine districts because many employees have moved to the building from different points on campus. A task force has been created to form the new district lines and Noftz asked for volunteers at the meeting. Ideally, the new districts will include 65 to 70 people.
The next Administrative Senate meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Governance Room in Walter Hall. Kim Valentour, director of WellWorks, will be at the meeting to speak about the Health Risk Appraisal.
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