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Salaried Staff Advisory Council

Minutes February 13, 2008

Please submit agenda items for the April 9, 2008 meeting to Richie Holland by
April 4, 2008.

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

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Michael DiMauro 1 John Gleasner 9
Kimberly Doucette 3 Cheryl Cunningham 10
Diana Simmons 4 James Elfers 11
Sharon Webb 5 Marge Hadden 12
Virginia Thomas 6 Karren Helsel-Spry 13
Ann Woodall 8 Gwen RoBison 14

Members Excused: Patti Hall #2

Members Absent: Paige Seppanen #7

Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland, Chris Ulrich, Marcia Nickle and Lynn Brock

The Decemberr 12, 2007 minutes were approved as written.

New Business

The meeting opened with the newly elected SSAC Representatives introducing themselves.

Ms. Marcia Nickle, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, addressed the group about the University’s Emergency Operations Plan Initiative” which included past practices, future plans, department level over view and next steps. Additional information about the Emergency Operations Plan Initiative may be found at

Chris Ulrich, Office of Human Resources, Benefits Manager, provided an update on the State of Delaware’s DelaWELL program. This program is in its second year and all full-time employees and spouses and dependents over the age of 18 who are covered under the state group health plan may participate. Additional information about all of the DelaWELL year two components can be found online at

Old Business

Constituent Concerns
Mr. Elfers asked if there was any change in the State Pension Plan.  Dr. Colm responded that there are no changes.

Ms. Hadden inquired if health insurance costs have changed.  Chris Ulrich, Manager, Benefits responded that the only change relating to health insurance is that the formulary has changed.

Ms. Hadden also mentioned that automobile insurance is cheaper through AARP than through Liberty Mutual.  Dr. Colm and Chris Ulrich told the group that this subject is to be revisited in the future.

Mr. Holland informed the group of the performance appraisal briefings that were being conducted. Dr. Colm noted that each unit will set goals which will adjust down through the staff. Information about the Performance Appraisal and Goal Setting Power Point Presentations and Dr. Colm’s web page may be found at:

Mr. Holland noted that there are two vacancies in committee services positions. Cheryl Cunningham agreed to participate in the Transportation Services Committee and Marge Hadden to the Grievance Hearing Board.

Ms. RoBison requested an email list of constituents be sent to the SSAC representatives for their respective districts. Mr. Holland will send out the even districts.

The meeting adjourned at 3:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richie Holland

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.

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