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Minutes July 21, 2004

Please submit agenda items for the September 22, 2004 meeting to Julie Skeen by September 15, 2004

The meeting was called to order at 2:32 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Kathy Murphy2 Wanda McCracken9
Sally Poultney5 James Elfers10
Mayra Focht6 Marlene Osborne10
Michael DiMauro7 Gwen Robison11
Gwen Davis8 Kimberly Doucette14
Sue Lane16

Alternates Present: Cinnell Clark-Tolson (#12)

Members Excused: Marge Hadden (#1), Susan Katz (#3), Quenna Neal (#12), Patti Hall (#13), Charlene Mylin (#15), and Paige Seppanen (#17)

Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, and Julie Skeen


The June 16, 2004 minutes were approved as written with a request to expand on the question of the state bonus:

Ms. Davis asked how the approved State bonus funds would affect employees. Dr. Colm explained that UD was able to provide salary increases for employees in the past three years when State employees received no increases. The amount made available by the State would go into a general fund to help defray the expense incurred in providing past raises.

Old Business

Ms. Murphy relayed the response of Marianne Carter, Employee Wellness Center, to a SSAC concern about the times when wellness programs are offered. Ms. Carter stated that the scheduling of programs at 1 p.m. have resulted in their cancellations due to lack of enrollment. Further, of the employees responding to the Wellness Centerís last annual survey, only 6 percent selected 1 p.m. as the desired time for programs; the overwhelming majority selected the noon hour. Ms. Carter expressed a willingness to present topics of interest at 1 p.m. if a minimum of 10 attendees could be assured. To do so, interested members should contact the Employee Wellness Center at 831-8388.

Constituent Concerns

Mr. Elfers complained about construction near the library without advance notice being given to employees working in the vicinity. Ms. Focht reported encountering the same problem at Sharp Laboratory. Mr. LaPenta contacted Facilities about the matter. Employees of Sharp Lab were notified by e-mail; unfortunately, Library employees were not notified about impending construction.

Ms. McCracken asked about the extent of constituent response to the informal district meetings suggested at the November 2003 SSAC meeting. Members reported that little interest had been generated. Dr. Colm suggested a universal brown bag lunch meeting for all representatives and their constituents. She offered to secure a location and provide beverages.

Mr. Elfers noted some constituent confusion over who would receive the State bonus. Dr. Colm responded that all who qualify would receive it. Exceptions would include the University president, vice presidents, provost and deans.


Mr. LaPenta informed the group that Margo Toscano, District 4 representative, has retired due to unforeseen health issues. He and all present wish her well.

Committee Reports/Concerns


The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas LaPenta

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.

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