Staff Assembly Minutes
January 14, 2016
MHS 106

Call to Order: 2:30 pm


New Employee Introductions:
-Linda Holloway was introduced as the new Senior Administrative Assistant for the Health Professions Division.

Guest Speakers:
Drue Hatfield – ICE Grant
Last October North Idaho College was awarded a $6.4 million dollar TAACCCT Grant. This is a consortium grant and NIC is partnered with Idaho State University College of Technology and Lewis-Clark State College. The vision is to implement a collaborative state wide approach to increase health care education across the state. The programs included are Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-med, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, and Surgical Technology. There is also Prior Learning Assessments, which is awarding credit for previous experience. Throughout the consortium will serve 506 participants, 237 of them will graduate, and 224 will be employed.

Garry StarkFacilities Projects
Currently they are working on a two phase project to update the handrails to current code. Card access is another large project that will allow employees to use their prox card to gain access to buildings during off hours. The CTE building is a
little behind schedule, but it’s coming along. There is a $300,000 carpet project that will be funded by the state. Facilities have been working on a $500,000 project to eliminate the steam plant. Outdoor Pursuits utilized the space optimization request and facilities are putting in three new office spaces. There is also about a $270,000 project to remodel all four locker rooms. Garry’s team is currently taking the feedback from IO to help utilize and optimize their department.

Al WilliamsPC Update
In the last PC meeting, Cheryl Cunnington gave a presentation regarding changes to the Math Division. These changes address how to improve student success rates. The Foundation gave a CTE facility update. They have currently raised $2.5 million which is half of the $5 million dollar goal. PC is spending time reviewing IO reports, looking at results, follow up and feedback. The Presidential search committee is being formed with the goal to have the new hire start July 1. The committee will most likely be about 20-25 people with members from staff, faculty and the community.

Al Williams - Athletics:
A year and a half ago all of the outdoor sports moved to the NWAC Conference. The indoor sports are still in the NJCAA Conference but will move to NWAC at the end of this year. The NWAC is the Washington Oregon Conference which means
teams will no longer be competing nationally. They also require a different recruiting base. They want to be more of a regional conference so you can only recruit and give scholarships to students in the nine western states. NIC will only be allowed to offer a 65% scholarship for tuition and fees to half the roster. This will allow athletics to become a revenue source for the college and will allow the potential to bring on additional sports. Employees receive free admission to games, so come out and show your support. There will also be a view party at Buffalo Wild Wings for the men’s basketball
game versus CSI at 4:00 pm Saturday. For updates, rankings and schedules on NIC Athletics please visit

Josh GittelSenate Report
The Leave without pay policy, Leave without pay for educational purposes policy elimination, Inspection of records policy, Annual leave policy, Jury duty leave policy, Military leave policy and procedure, Personal leave policy, Annual staff performance policy and procedure, Bereavement leave policy, and they eliminated the Bereavement leave procedure all passed for second readings. These policies will now move forward to the Trustees for their review. There is\ currently no agenda for the next meeting.

Jessica GranthamBoard Report                                                                                                                                        Thank you to everyone who voted on the RIF Policy resolution which was presented to the board. They respectfully declined to send the RIF Policy back to Senate. There will be a board workshop before the January meeting at 5:00pm and they have asked for feedback. There will be a lot of faculty attending, so it would be good to see a strong staff presence, because this is important and has an impact on everyone.

At the board meeting they did a second reading, and passed the Head Start Bylaws. They discussed and reviewed the RIF policy. There was a first reading on payroll deductions, and they discussed elements for financial reporting that will be presented to the board quarterly. Mark Lyons gave an alleyway update and Chris Martin gave a CTE Facility update.

Josh Gittel / Andrea WoempnerW-2s and 1095-Cs
W-2s are online for those who have consented to see them electronically. Paper copies will be mailed by the end of next week for those who did not consent to see them electronically. Training will be offered on the 28th of January to explain why the numbers on your pay stub are different than your W-2.

The 1095-C is a result of the Affordable Care Act. This is a form sent to all benefit eligible employees showing
that you were offered insurance coverage. If you did receive health care coverage through NIC, you will also receive a 1095-B from Regence. The 1095-B shows that you had health care coverage for the year. You don’t have to submit these forms to the IRS but you will need to keep them with your income tax records. These forms will be sent to you by
March 31st.You can also find additional information on the HR portal.

To: Dodi Rode From: Garry Stark
The SUB looks great! It was fun working with you and helping you with the SUB renovation!

To: Steve Tudor From: Josh Gittel
Steve came in over the Christmas break and mailed out paychecks so we didn’t have to come in and put them in the mail.

Good of the Order:
Betsy ConeryCommunication and Fine Arts Division
Come to the JazzNIC concert Tuesday, February 2nd 7:30 pm. This is a free event with good music and fun comedy.

Andrea WoempnerHuman Resources
HR will be sponsoring a Biggest Loser Competition which will begin February 1st and end March 25th.Prizes will be awarded to the top individuals who have the highest percent of muscle gain, highest percent of fat loss, and who earns the highest points. With this competition, points will be awarded to employees for attending wellness workouts offered throughout the week. For more information, please visit the NIC portal.

Tim GerlitzDisability Support Services
They are trying to increase the participation in the monthly Disability Awareness Film Festival at the college.
Admission to the event is free and popcorn is provided. The next showing will be held Tuesday at 1:30 pm in Driftwood Bay. They will be showing another award winning film called, “Stand Clear of the Closing Door”, which is about a 13-year old undocumented immigrant with autism who gets lost in the NYC subway system. This is a powerful film, so please consider attending.

Adjourned: 3:30 pm