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May 9, 2012 Executive Committee Saskia Sawyer, President, Saskia.email@example.com, x12704 Ashley Beaudry, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org, x16068 Nicky Bruckhart, Past President, email@example.com, x14241 Kathy Aliaga, Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org, x13284 Lisa Cox, Secretary, Lisa.Cox@du.edu, x13170 Jordan Ames, Webmaster, email@example.com, x12781 Members in attendance: Aderhold, Jonathan University Technology Services Aliaga, Kathy Facilities Ames, Jordan University Communications Beaudry, Ashley Women's College Bieging, Lindsey Law School Chabot-Olsen, Nick Registrar Coulouris, Fay Learning Communities & Civic Engagement Cowan, Stefanie CME Dixon, Catherine Institutional Research & Analysis Dye, Jodi MCE Gonzalez, Becky Student Financial Services Gross, Anne Admissions Hower, Don Facilities Jackson, Cheryl Center for Teaching & Learning Koch, Cindy Daniels College of Business Kyner, Michelle Penrose Library Malott, Randall Campus Safety Milnes Chester, Elise Student Life Nowakowski, AriannaArts, Humanities & Social Sciences Pinnock, Ken Human Resources Raeburn, Kelly NSM Rossi, David GSSW Rundle, Steve University College Ryan, Natalie Newman Center Sawyer, Saskia University Advancement Short, Chris Environmental Health & Safety Stephenson, Andrew Risk Management
The meeting was called to order. 1) Introduction of Council Members and Departmental Announcements a. Ashley Beaudry (The Women’s College) – Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Director of the film Minutes Page 1
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Miss Representation will be here this evening at the Cable Center for our Leadership Salon Series speaking about the misrepresentations of women in the media. Film screening at 4:30, conversation with the Dean at 6:30 pm. Kathy Aliaga (Facilities) – Creating a new work order system David Rossi (GSSW) – Continuing Professional Development Program for those working in the Mental Health field Nick Chabot-Olsen (Registrar) – Priority Fall Registration starts on Friday, May 11th and the rest register on Monday the 14th. Catherine Dixon (Institutional Research and Analysis) – just ended the external survey season, they are updating the profile of DU online. Also they will be moving the scantron machine out of their department so if other departments are interested in housing it, let Catherine know. Stephanie Cowen (Center for Multicultural Excellence) – Diversity Summit was last Friday, May 4th; Upcoming Native Student Alliance Pow-Wow on May 19th; Profiles of Excellence on may 24th from 5:30-8:30 in the Cable Center; Staff of Color Association meets the last Tuesday of each month if anyone is interested. Carrie Shrader (AHSS) – hosted event with Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of Butterflies; Livingston lecture next week Fay Coulouris (Learning Communities & Civic Engagement) – Colloquium on May 18th about the future of Social Justice Jodi Dye (Morgridge College of Education) – Share Fair just finished which celebrates technology Kimo Malott (Campus Safety) – reminder to keep expensive items out of your car because car break-ins on the rise Kelly Raeburn (Geography) – Colloquium tonight on urban planning and transportation Steve Rundle (University College) – 3 new BA majors in Environmental Studies, IT and Global Commerce and Transportation Jonathan Aderhold (UTS) – prepped for debates and reorganizing within the department Michelle Kyner (Penrose) – losing 3 department heads next month Arianna Nowakowski (AHSS) – getting ready for graduation Amy King (Human Resources) – Open enrollment ends May 15th; Total Health Assessment closes that same day; blackout date for retirement plan was last Friday Cindy Koch (Daniels College of Business) – held a mentoring event last Friday; class dinner on Thursday, May 24th at 6 pm. $50 ticket price goes to scholarships Anne Gross (Admissions) Elise Milnes Chester (Student Life) – USG elections going on now; Rock the Green party and Block party tomorrow with a text and drive simulator; May Days is May 21st-27th with theme of Week of Decades; new Executive Director for Health and Counseling Center starts next month Ken Pinnock (Human Resources) Chris Short (Environmental Health and Safety) – reminder that this office offered ergonomic Minutes Page 2
evaluations v. Andrew Stephenson (Risk Management) – working on Insurance renewals right now w. Cheryl Jackson (Center for Teaching & Learning) x. Janet (Chaplain’s Office) – students made over 150 Mother’s Day cards on the Driscoll Bridge; Tuesday is Gary’s book discussion on Toxic Charities; Wednesday is Brown Bag Theology; Friday is Community Service with Metro Care Ring y. Becky Gonzalez (Student Financial Services) – bursar’s office is collecting final Spring tuition payments and ending Perkins interviews z. Lindsay Bieging (Law School) – getting ready for graduation aa. Natalie Ryan (Newman Center) – season closes on Friday; staff get 20% off tickets; 10th anniversary so will be celebrating all year; new season starts September 22nd bb. Jordan Ames (Marketing and Communications) – new staff starting cc. Saskia Sawyer (University Advancement) – UA has the matching program in place, so far have matched 16 million for Undergraduate programs, 1.5 million for Graduate programs, and 1.5 million for Performing Arts; Sustainability Council is starting pilot program for green offices – 20 people were at the kick-off event and will hopefully roll this out in the fall 2) Committee Reports a. Events i. Bring-your-child-to-work-day (April 26) –50+ kids attended, went up into the bell tower which the kids loved; pictures will be posted on website ii. Picnic (July/August) – will start on this soon b. Staff Awards – working on the flyer and then it will go out c. Outreach – i. Benefits Fair and Raffle – raffled off wireless headphones, over 500 people signed up, winner was Ethan Crawford from GSSW; setting up a list-serv for staff to send out minutes and event announcements d. Task Force – worked on agenda for today and Saskia’s visit to Board of Trustees 3) Old Business a. SAC update at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 21st i. Saskia presented at the meeting last month about how SAC was working more with other groups, working on increasing numbers and visibility b. By-laws Approval – i. Craig Woody and Saskia have been working on this; will not have to go to the trustees as originally thought; she will email out the version that has been revamped, asked everyone to look at it extremely closely and we can talk about it more next meeting c. Benevolent Fund - Paul Chan and Ken Pinnock still going back and forth on this d. Presidential Debate – table until next meeting e. Open Discussion – none Minutes Page 3
4) New Business a. Open Discussion – none 5) Guest: Provost Kvistad a. Thanked everyone for all that they do and he is open to visiting whenever we would like. b. Renew DU initiative i. Completed reaccreditation last year; went very well; learned our strengths and weaknesses ii. In the last 2 decades after each reaccreditation, DU has done strategic planning. This time we will focus on academic strategic planning. It is a challenge to put together a set of priorities that will inform all academic programs and create common initiatives. Have created 6 incubators made up of 9 faculty each in the areas of internationalization, interdisciplinary studies, inclusive excellence, academic technology, teaching and research. DU has set aside $2 million dollar venture fund to pilot test the best proposals which must be transformative. Have 42 proposals so far – 1st deadline is May 15th c. Main priorities for DU i. Must define, articulate to the community DU’s mission, vision and value to parents. 1. We need students to be the best we can, parents becoming very savvy and want to know why they should send their child here – not just what are the dorms like? ii. Make as accessible and affordable as we can 1. 90% of financial aid is unfunded (which means it comes from tuition) iii. Need to pay attention to science and engineering programs and facilities 1. Many of these building should have probably come down a decade ago – need to invest here and the Board of Trustees is behind this iv. Finish FY13 budget 1. Went to Trustees today; Account of where we want university to go d. Question from SAC member: We’ve been receiving push back from faculty about online and non-traditional programs – any talk among the senior administration about this? i. Online education is a large part of the present and future of education but we have to make sure we do it right. The Center for Teaching and Learning is working on this and will be converting some of the lower level courses to online ones. e. Question: We hear that there is talk of increasing faculty salaries; is there any talk about increasing STAFF salaries as well? i. Faculty salaries are 9-15K lower than peer institutions; being in Denver is a great draw for our faculty but doesn’t make up for it. DU has put $1.5 million in the base budget for the next 4 years so $8 million total to try to raise these salaries. With staff, we benchmark with Mountain States Employees Council and CUPA – HR is looking Minutes Page 4
at the job families and Amy King can talk more about that. f. Are there any updates with the Medical School feasibility study? And why are we looking at this? i. If we do it right, it will be a very good way of jumpstarting science programs here; We do professional education better than anyone else around but don’t have a Medical school. However, this will not be like Anschutz. It would be community based, about the size of the law school. We would have partnerships with Kaiser and hospitals which would provide teaching faculty. It would be a pipeline for placing primary care physicians in CO – this fits our mission of for public good and being outstanding at professional schools. We are In midst of the feasibility study, should know more by 1st of year 6) Approval of April Meeting Minutes a. Kathy Aliaga moved for approval; Ashley Beaudry seconded; motion approved Next meeting: June 13, 2012, 12 – 1 pm Respectfully submitted, Ashley Beaudry Vice President/President-Elect on behalf of the Secretary
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