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Salaried Staff Advisory Council

Minutes August 9, 2006

Please submit agenda items for the October 11, 2006 meeting to Julie Skeen by October 5, 2006.

The meeting was called to order at 2:36 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Michael DiMauro 1 Ann Woodall 8
Kimberly Doucette 3 Susan Williams 10
Diana Simmons 4 James Elfers 11
Deborah Hall 5 Marge Hadden 12
Virginia Thomas 6 Karen Clark 13

Members Excused: Patti Hall #2, Paige Seppanen #7, Gwen RoBison #14

Members Absent: Marylee Frederick #9

Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Julie Skeen, Sue Bogan, Chris Ulrich

Dr. Colm introduced Susan Bogan, Director, Campus Dining Services.

The June 14, 2006 minutes were approved as written.

Dining Services
Ms. Bogan opened by assuring the group that issues such as the pricing inconsistencies raised at the last SSAC meeting were of concern to her. She encouraged anyone observing any inconsistencies among campus retail locations or other problems to advise her by e-mail Sue Bogan ( or contact Ken Chadwick (, Senior Food Service Director. The pricing originally in question was for extra salad dressing or cups of ice. Ms. Bogan provided the following item costs: cup with ice or water, 15˘, and extra salad dressing, 55˘. Ms. Bogan took the opportunity to review recent physical upgrades to campus dining locations, planned menu enhancements and new services.

State STD/LTD Reopening
Chris Ulrich, Human Resources, advised SSAC that employees who did not elect to participate in the State of Delaware’s Disability Insurance Program, which combines both Short-Term and Long-Term Disability plans under one program, are being given a second opportunity to do so. The State is reopening the election period, with benefits to be effective January 1, 2007.

Ms. Ulrich also noted that employees should have received literature and identification cards from Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Medco), which has been awarded the state contract for management of its Prescription Benefit Plan. If employees encounter any issues with the new company, she asks that her office be contacted at or 831-2171. Medco’s new formulary will be effective January 1, 2007, and will be posted via UDaily.

Old Business
Ms. Hall, SSAC representative on the Transportation Committee, presented members with copies of the new laminated transportation schedules, which are now being posted. She encouraged anyone with transportation concerns or questions to contact her Deborah Hall ( so the matters can be addressed at a future committee meeting.

Constituent Concerns
Ms. Doucette relayed a constituent complaint regarding campus parking prices. Dr. Colm again explained that employees may opt for the free parking lots that are available along with free bus service as an alternative to pay-to-park lots.

Ms. Clark sought clarification on the use of handicap auto tags, noting that students are often observed utilizing tags for which they are not authorized. Mr. LaPenta agreed to remind James Grimes, Public Safety, to be vigilant regarding tag misuse.

Committee Reports/Matters

The Classification Review Committee will be presenting recommendations based on its salaried staff classification study to David Hollowell, Executive Vice President & Treasurer, in the near future.

Dr. Colm briefed the group about this year’s Excellence in Service Award winners. For further information about these winners, visit for the UDaily article.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas LaPenta

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.

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