OPERATING STAFF COUNCIL MEETING
Present:†† Judy Burgess, Gay Campbell, Sara Clayton, Marcia Dick, Linda Jennings, Glenda Jones, Theresa Kinniry, Joe Koch, Jay Monteiro, Andy Small, Donna Smith, LaRonda Thuestad, and Rachel Turner.††
Absent:† Elizabeth Buck, Michele Crase, and Dena Olson.††
Guests: ††† Tim Griffin and Jodi Tyrrell.
The regular meeting of the Operating Staff Council was called to order at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2004, by President Sara Clayton.
A motion was made to accept the agenda as presented.† The motion was seconded and passed.†††
III.††††††† Approval of Minutes of April 8, 2004, Meeting
A motion was made to accept the minutes with one name change.† The motion was seconded and passed.†
No treasurerís report.††
1. Clayton passed around the April 2004 Illinois State University Newsletter, Open Line, and a copy of the SURS updates newsletter. She reported that the Civil Service Awards Banquet held on April 30, 2004, was very nice.
††††††††††† A.†††††††† Personnel/Staff Developments/Benefits.† No report.††
Dick distributed a copy of a draft of a letter she had prepared for Michael ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Rumman, Director of Central
Management Services in the State of
††††††††††† B.†††††††† Elections and Appointments.† No report.
C. Public Relations†††††††
Joe Koch said the meeting was brief and that the committee discussed compiling a list of the meaning of acronymís used in the daily life of NIU. Rachel Turner will put the list together graphically and post on the Councilís web page. The committee discussed some of the ramifications of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act [SOEEA] laws.† Jay Monteiro reminded the Council that articles are always needed for the Newsletter.††††
D. Visiting Committees/Guests.† None.
The meeting was held at the University of Illinois
School of Medicine,
F.†††††††† UAC.† No report.
G.†††††††† University Council
Koch reported that the University Council met on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, and went into Executive Session to accept the review of the Executive Secretary and the President of the Faculty Senate. After Executive Session, Sue Willis was publicly thanked for the good work she has done as Executive Secretary.† The new Executive Secretary will be Paul Stoddard, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. He will take office July 1, 2004.
The President reported that he
seemed to be well received in
Pat Henry, President of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Illinois Board of Higher Education [IBHE], reported that PPQ is coming back under the name PPA, which is Priorities, Productivity, and Accountability. This summer the committee will be reviewing the results of the match between each public universityís mission and array of academic programs offered, examine the nature and scope of faculty work at public universities in light of its mission, focus to better understand and define faculty productivity, scrutinize state-level regulatory and other reporting requirements for ways to streamline this process, and prepare recommendations for the IBHE to determine the impact for the FY06 budget. The preliminary report should be ready in October 2004, with the final report ready by December 2004.†
Professor Jerrold Zar spoke to the grievance procedure. It was called to a vote after discussion of changes in time frames for actions taking place.† The procedure was approved without comment. This will be posted on the web page for the University Council and Turner will create a link to the OSC web page.††
H. Special Events Committee†
LaRonda Thuestad reported that the flyers for retirees are in the mail today and things are going nicely.† The Council discussed possibilities of establishing ways to further recognize the wide range of contributions and exceptional service made to NIU by civil service employees. The Council decided to take no further steps of recognition of employees at this time.
VII. Old Business
A. Council of Councils Meeting
Andy Small reported that invitations should be sent again this week and that he needed help in getting those out to people in the surrounding area.† Koch volunteered to send the invitations.† Small also reported that at the June 2004 Council meeting, members would have the opportunity to select the committee[s] they will work on for the Council of Councils meeting.†
A. Bylaws and Constitution Revision.
Smith led discussion on clarifying meetings that the OSC President should attend and read from the Bylaws, Article 1.1. After general discussion, the Council felt the OCS President should have the leeway to appoint designated alternates to attend meetings in their absence, if necessary. This issue will be revisited during the June 2004 Council meeting.
†††††††††††† A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 a.m.†† Motion seconded and passed.††
OSC Secretary†† †