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Administrative Senate has first fall quarter meeting

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2005) -- Ohio University's Administrative Senate met on Sept. 21 for the first time this fall quarter. A representative from Impact, a voluntary employee assistance program and work/life program that is part of the university's health plan for the first time this year, made a presentation to the senate about its available services. 

Impact provides employees and their families with confidential, professional counseling and guidance. The company helps clients in a variety of areas such as childcare, eldercare, parenting, financial and legal issues, health and wellness and many other daily living issues. For more information, visit www.impactemployeeassistance.com.

The other guest speaker was Mark Kesler, who is the senior director of the Center for Organization Development and Effectiveness. The new center is a source of help for departments seeking assistance with change and continuous improvement linked to Vision OHIO. The center also helps staff, faculty and organizational leaders pursue continuous improvement and helps them address the individual and the collective aspects of change. The center is a product of a merger of the University Professional Development office with the University Human Resources Department. 

Senate chair Wendy Merb-Brown announced that she is a member of this year's Budget Planning Council that has been charged with providing input on the development of the university's budgets. The BPC evaluates key budget items and what drives them, such as tuition, enrollment, state subsidy, scholarship allocation, salary raise pool, health benefits, utilities and plant operation and maintenance. The BPC then makes recommendations to the university's executive staff.

She also said she will meet monthly with the president, provost and vice president for finance and administration to discuss administrative staff issues.

Senator Brenda Noftz announced that the senate is seeking volunteers to serve on its committees and will send out invitations to administrators soon.

The next Administrative Senate meeting is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Baker University Center room 334.

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