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Salaried Staff Advisory Council

Minutes October 10, 2007

Please submit agenda items for the December 12, 2007 meeting to Richie Holland by
December 5, 2007.

The meeting was called to order at 2:40 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Patti Hall 2 Vacant 10
Kimberly Doucette 3 James Elfers 11
Diana Simmons 4 Marge Hadden 12
Deborah Hall 5 Vacant 13
Virginia Thomas 6 Gwen RoBison 14
Vacant 9

Members Excused: Michael DiMauro #1, Paige Seppanen #7

Alternates Present: Elaine Nelson #8

Others Present: Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, Richie Holland, Lynn Brock

The August 8, 2007 minutes were approved as written.

Old Business
As follow-up to Ms Hadden’s constituent concern from the August 8, 2007 meeting; Ms. Mancini, ADA Coordinator, reviewed the area in question and noted the misalignment of the curb cuts.  Ms. Mancini has asked Facilities for their review, estimate, proposal and approval of corrections.

Constituent Concerns
Ms. Simmons inquired about the contributions of retirement funds into the State’s pension plan if a staff member moves into a professional position. Mr. LaPenta noted that State statute requires that any salaried staff member who moves into a professional position may either stay with the State plan or they may elect the University’s retirement plan.

Several concerns were raised regarding pedestrian traffic and an “unsafe” crosswalk on Main street near the TUC garage. These concerns included obstruction of view for pedestrians crossing where cars are parked along the curb and the general lack of pedestrian consideration. These concerns are jay-walking, darting out into vehicular traffic, walking against signage, etc. Mr. Holland has asked the Town & Gown committee, Public Safety and the City for ideas.

Ms. RoBison raised a concern that both sets of double doors leading into the ticket office for the Perkins Parking Garage and Career Services, from the street, are often locked. Individuals who desire to enter Career Services or the ticket office must walk down the fire lane and go through the garage to get to the lobby. Mr. Holland inquired about this with Ms. Rayfield of Facilities. She said that “We (Facilities) will take on the responsibility of unlocking the doors by 7 a.m. Monday thru Friday unless otherwise notified.”

Guest Speaker
Dr. Colm welcomed President Harker to the SSAC meeting. President Harker conducted a round table discussion with the members of SSAC. Members were encouraged to engage in discourse with the President. Issues discussed included the possibility of establishing a law school at UD, expanding the opportunities for other professional degrees, performance reviews, building partnerships with DE business and industry, identifying signature undergraduate and graduate programs, improving the University’s public relations image, facilities, social activities/gathering places, parking, paid holidays, campus security and utilizing our Alumni to help promote the University.

Dr. Nancy Brickhouse, Director of the School of Education and member of UD’s Strategic Planning Committee addressed the group and inquired about what the university should aspire to or what direction should we be heading in. She asked that SSAC committee members to share their thoughts and ideas. She said that additional ideas may be submitted to her via email; Link to the University of Delaware Strategic Planning web address

Mr. Holland told the group that SSAC elections will be taking place in the next couple of weeks. After the elections, a new constituent list will be distributed.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Richie Holland

Reviewed by Marge Hadden as authorized by SSAC.

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