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Minutes June 14, 2007

Please submit agenda items for the August 8, 2007 meeting to Richie Holland by August 3, 2007.

The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Michael DiMauro 1 Vacant 9
Kimberly Doucette 3 Susan williams 10
Diana Simmons 4 James Elfers 11
Deborah Hall 5 Vacant 13
Virginia Thomas 6 Gwen RoBison 14
Ann Woodall 8

Members Absent: Patti Hall #2, Paige Seppanen #7, Marge Hadden #12

Others Present: Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland, Lynn Brock

The April 11, 2007 minutes were approved as written.

Old Business
Regarding the signage available for a back area in Graham Hall e.g. Disaster Research and Disabilities Studies; Gina Sinovich and Christina Johnston have met and currently have bids for outside signage while the inside signage needs are still being assessed.

Constituent Concerns
Ms. Simmons’ reported that there is a pothole near the entrance to Graham Hall on the Delaware Avenue side. Mr. Holland asked that she submit the request for repair to Fix-It.

Ms. Woodall asked what the expected merit raise is this year and also inquired about when the individual letters would be sent out. 4.25% is the merit amount for the 2007-2008 year; letters will be delivered in the next few weeks.

A constituent of Ms. RoBison asked why streets and sidewalks are not kept clean of snow and ice while the University is open in bad weather. It was noted that University personnel take care of clearing the sidewalks and parking lots and the City of Newark is responsible for the streets.

Committee Reports/Matters
Ms. Williams reported that the Dining Committee had met on May 3. Dining Services announced at this meeting that it is going in a much healthier direction. All fried foods now contain zero trans fat. No major changes are planned at retail locations (Trabant, Scrounge or Markets.) Dining hall update: Dining Halls are open to all employees; contact Robin Moore to determine which times they are least busy if you would like to dine there during the semester and don’t want to find yourself in a long student line. You can pay cash at the door or use FLEX; menu’s are available online. Results from the Dining Styles Survey will be available soon. It was reported that during “Recyclemanie”, 96,000 lbs were collected and during Earth Week, the lights were dimmed and there were no trays. The committee will meet again in the Fall.

Ms. Hall reported that the Transportation Committee met on May 4, 2007. Charlene Benson, Tom D'Alessandro, Shearee Moore, Marilyn Prime, Margot Carroll, Debbie Hall, Edd Miracco and Dave DeGraff were in attendance. Charlene Benson explained the function of the Transportation Committee. She noted that she would be retiring at the end of June and introduced the new Director of Supporting Services Margot Carroll.

Charlene then indicated that the University now has a fuel cell bus, developed by the Mechanical Engineering Department under the direction of Dr. Ajay Prasad. The Transportation Department will use the bus to supplement one of its normal routes.

Another planned change will affect the late night bus route; service will be stopped to Pinebrook and the heart of south campus, and will focus on Laird campus and Main Street. There will be an article in UDaily shortly about this change.

Edd Miracco and Dave DeGraff, representatives from the Graduate Student Senate, spoke about the lack of bus service on holidays and in the summer time. They wanted to know if there is escort service in summer and winter session. Charlene Benson will investigate. Charlene stated that during the winter months buses run until 4:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. To run the buses for the summer during these designated times would cost the transportation department approximately $20,000.00 for twelve weeks. The graduate students suggested they would poll their constituents to find out how many would use the bus service, if offered, during the summer. It was noted that graduate students work 7 days a week. Charlene suggested that the remainder of the meeting would be devoted to a discussion about summer-bus service. With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 12:05 P.M.

Mr. LaPenta informed the group that Julie Skeen had passed away on May 12th. Julie had worked with Mr. LaPenta and had taken the SSAC minutes for several years. She will be missed by all with whom she worked.

The meeting adjourned at 2:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richie Holland

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.

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