Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2009
Workforce Training Center


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Heather Erikson, Chair.

Approval of Minutes

Alex Harris moved and Erin Norvell seconded motion to approve the September 10th meeting minutes.

Robert Ketchum announced that WFT is celebrating its fifteen year anniversary and invited everyone to attend. He shared the history of the center beginning with the support of NIC’s Foundation and Jacklin Seed. The center itself has 14 acres total and will be paid off in 2015. An average of 7,182 (unduplicated count) students per year have taken enrolled in the programs offered at the center over the past five years Several programs are offered at WFTC such as the Apprenticeship Program, Qualified Workers Program, Workforce Development, Community Education, Small Business Development Center, etc. Robert also announced that they are excited to be hosting the October Board of Trustees meeting at their center.

Heather asked how we could better promote Staff Assembly at outreach centers. How can we improve communication with outreach centers? How can the outreach centers communicate better with the main campus? One suggestion was for WFTC to announce when a class enrollment is low so employees could possibly sign up for the class. WFT staff noted that the “NIC Today” announcements have been very helpful.

Garry Stark is going to propose a Smoke Free Campus policy. The model he will be proposing is based on one the is successfully being used at BSU. This will involve writing a new policy and procedure which will go to the Senate and then on to President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. He wondered what the people of WFTC thought about applying it out there. Some of the issues involve how to enforce the policy.

Garry also talked about the Seiter Hall renovation project which has an expected completion date of October, 2010. Here is the link from the NIC homepage that explains the renovation schedule. http://www.nic.edu/intranet/seiterSchedule.pdf

Reports:

BOT Meeting: Heather Erikson reported on the Board of Trustees meeting. They had a second reading of the Board Internal Governance Policies and Eric Murray gave the official fall enrollment report. There were updates on the KTEC and the Education Corridor.

SENATE: Erin Norvell reported that the agenda for the October Senate meeting includes second reading of Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal Policy and Procedure. There will also be first reading of Committees Policy and Procedure, Student Code of Conduct Policy and Procedure as well as the Staff Assembly proposal to amend the Senate Constitution and Bylaws. The proposal is to amend the membership from 10 faculty and 5 staff to equal representation of 7 faculty and 7 staff. The student membership would stay at 3 students.
Heather explained that the Faculty Assembly earlier in the day had approved the move to equal representation but there were some other suggested changes that will be discussed at the Senate meeting next week.

MEET & CONFER: Lynn Covey reported that Meet and Confer committee will be having their first meeting sometime next week.

DEVELOPMENT DAY: Faculty and staff are busy planning a “Development Day” for Friday, December 11, 2009. Development Day is designed for faculty and staff to take a “time out” from normal activities. There will be opportunities for individuals to attend a class or workshop on a topic of personal interest, for divisions and departments to conduct training, and to provide an opportunity for campus-wide interaction. They are asking for your input as well. If you have an idea or would like to present a workshop on that day, the committee would love to hear about it.

STERLING SILVER
: Erin Norvell Sterling Silver committee has met and is asking for nominations. The Sterling Silver recipient will receive the following at the presentation:
$100 cash, presented by Numerica Credit union
A recognition plaque, provided by NIC
A copy of the nomination form, provided by NIC
A campus parking space of recipients choice for one month, provided by NIC
A $40 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse, provided by Numerica
To encourage participation, everyone who submits a nomination will be entered into a drawing for a $200 prize provided by Numerica. The winner will be announced at the end of the Spring Semester

INSURANCE COMMITTEE: Nancy Edwards reported that the Insurance committee had met earlier in the day. NIC will be faced with money constraints. The committee asked that the insurance broker look into other insurance plans to see what rates and coverage they would propose. One of the main topics of discussion and suggested employee education is on prescriptions…i.e. generic vs. brand name vs. mail order companies.

Good of the Order:

Workforce Training Center will have a Celebration and Open House on Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Heather Erikson announced that ASNIC will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Staff Assembly will be gearing up for the Food Drive that we combine with ASNIC for the St. ASNIC party in early December.

Adjournment:

Adjourned at 3:50 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 12.