Minutes: October 1, 2002

Present:   Goudie, Reinert, Petersen, Sweetman, Naber, Wirkus, Torstveit, and Jacobson 

Excused:    Weiland, Walls, Graumann

 I.                    Chair Wirkus called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM. 

II.                 Minutes from September 1 Full Council meeting approved.

 III.               Council reviewed the Annual Meeting.  There was a disappointing turnout of academic staff (1/8 of the staff?).  This is a possible indication of leadership satisfaction or an apathetic attitude.

IV.              The ASC web page is being kept up-to-date, although there have been formatting problems on some of the pages (e.g. David Olien’s remarks).  Council member photos are now on the website on the “Council List” page.  Suggestions for improvement are welcome. 

V.                 The Council reviewed the UW System Budget Meeting that was held last Thursday.  The budget committee has requested money from the state to replace the DVR funding, but the money has not been granted as of now. Wayne Jacobson was the ASC representative, and brought five points to the attention of those at the meeting.

A.     Necessary financial resources to save programs and staff from being cut.

B.     Significance of the Freshman Experience.

C.     Work/life balance issues

D.     Continued input of governance groups in the budget situation.

E.      Realistic solution to the parking problem (possible remote lots w/ shuttles to-from campus)

 VI.              Professional development grant proposal packets were made available last Monday, and are due back by November 1, 2002.  The green cover is not necessary, so emailed packets are ok.  However, the Professional Development committee appreciates the green cover as it makes their job easier.  The rate of application is still low.

VII.            The Council, along with Susan Butterfield, discussed the strategic plan draft.  On October 22 the Council will be meeting with the Budget and Planning committee members.  Official comments from the Council are due on November 1, 2002.  At the October 1 meeting, though, the Council discussed their general comments about the plans.  Vice Chair Naber will be creating a summary of those comments. 

VIII.         Chair Wirkus received the proposed academic year calendar, and Sarah will copy/distribute that to each Council member. 

IX.              New Business

a.      A search and screen committee is being developed for the Associate Dean of the College of SAH.  An inquiry was sent out to attract interested academic staff to the committee.  **Why is this occurring during a budget crunch? 

X.                 Adjournment 

M/S/P to adjourn at 4:47 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,
Sarah Westbrook, PA