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Salaried Staff Advisory Council

Minutes December 9, 2009

The next meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2010. Please submit agenda items to Juanita Crook by April 5, 2010.

The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m.

SSAC members present were:






Michael DiMauro



John Gleasner


Kimberly Doucette



Cheryl Cunningham


Diane Thisell



James Elfers


Mary Ann Brown



Susan Zarebicki


Blaze Dougherty



Marge Hadden


Lynn Brock



Cathy Corsi







Members Absent:  Patty Hall #2, Ann Woodall #8
Others Present:  Scott Douglass, Patty Fogg, JJ Davis, and Thomas LaPenta

The October 14, 2009 minutes, were approved as written.

New Business
Mr. Douglass relayed some overall items of interest that are currently going on or are future visions at the U of DE.  The new science and engineering building is to be built at Lovett and Academy Streets and completed in 2013 (read more at the following article -; the new UD bookstore will be completed in 2011 and located on Main Street at the site of the old school district building; the areas where the current bookstores are will be repurposed.  The Chrysler site will take approximately two years for decommissioning and demolition noted Ms. Davis.

Expect additional improvements to the performance appraisals which will become a less paper and more system driven.  New system will be web-based.  The content is not changing from last year, only the delivery method.  Constant feed-back throughout the year is essential for the program to be successful; not just once a year.  The new system is expected to be available in February and will be due late March to Early April.  There are currently three day manager trainings being conducted and there are also some individuals on campus that are currently piloting a 360˚ feedback program. 

Old Business
Mr. Gleasner, Ms. Dougherty, Ms. Fogg and Mr. LaPenta met to in an effort to determine the optimal way to re-organize districts.

New Business
There will be a lunch meeting scheduled for SSAC representatives to discuss and learn about Career Growth at the University of Delaware.

Constituent Concerns
Ms. Corsi noted that there is a puddle that often forms with heaver rains on the corner near Career Services and Perkins Student Center buildings.  She inquired about taking down some of the chains along the landscaping so that walkers could walk around the puddle.  It is thought to be a safety issue if taken down and allowing pedestrians to cross at areas other than the corner.  Mr. LaPenta will inquire about this with representatives of Public Safety.

Ms. Hadden asked if an individual working a 37 ½ hour a week job and is also working for another department why the S contract must be reviewed by the supervisor of the regular 37 ½ hour position?  Mr. LaPenta will find out and report back to the group.
Ms. Zarebicki inquired about any written policy relating to working through lunchtime in order to leave work early.  Mr. LaPenta told the group that there must be a break according to Delaware law as sited - TITLE 19, Labor, General Provisions, CHAPTER 7. EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES, Subchapter I. General Provisions, “§ 707.  Meal breaks. (a) An employer must allow an employee an unpaid meal break of at least 30 consecutive minutes, if the employee works 7 1/2 or more consecutive hours.  The meal break must be given some time after the 1st 2 hours of work and before the last 2 hours.”

Ms. Thisell’s constituent inquired about employees answering UD job postings and having to supply three references.  Mr. LaPenta stated that that is now the standard procedure.
A constituent of Ms. Brown’s stated that there is a painted stop sign on the macadam at Townsend Hall and that members of public safety have been going through the stop without stopping.  Mr. LaPenta will address with Jenni Sparks of Public Safety.  Ms. Brown also asked if the rumor was true that Election Day was to be taken away as a day off?  Mr. LaPenta stated that he has never seen that happen and he also did not expect it to happen.

Mr. Gleasner introduced the concern about the thermostats in campus buildings being turned down in an effort to go green and in return, individuals are bringing in personal heaters which seem to defeat the purpose.

Committee Reports/Matters


Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
Lynn Brock


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