Staff Council Minutes *APPROVED*
September 10, 2009
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campus Center 204
(submitted by Chris Gentes)
Present: Abida Adnan, Lou Bouley, Mairin Brady, Sandy Bycenski, Jan Cole, Steve Davis, Ashavan
Doyon, Sharon Fagan, Chris Gentes, Ana Gorman, Alicia Guidiotti, Christian Lagier, Jinny Mason,
Kathryn Messier, Scott Morin, Barbara Pliska, Kelly Richey, Sam Rush, Rachel Siegel.
Excused: Wendy Martinez, Hilary Mikucki.
Absent: Trish Mailler, Lousie Rouleau, Jenny Silver, Pat Wheeler, John Zaikowski.
Resigned: Kathleen Mosley.
I. July Minutes approved without changes.
II. Communications Update: The committee will look into online voting when there is a
matter that requires action before the next scheduled meeting.
III. Personnel Policy Committee Update: Link to H1N1 flu info has been put on web site.
IV. Proposed Change to the Charter: Article III, Item 3. “The President is invited to
appoint two non-voting representatives to act as resources and information liaisons.
These Presidential appointees serve for a 2 year term and should serve no more than
4 consecutive years.” Change was approved.
V. Activities Committee: The idea that John Brady has for a “faculty appreciation of staff” event
was discussed. Ideas were floated for a jointly (staff/faculty) sponsored holiday party. Other
activity ideas for this year are pub nights, bus trips, casino or sports events, and book exchange.
A proposal was made that a set amount be given to Activities Committee so they know how
much they have to work with for planning. On October 13 there will be a Cider & Donuts event
on Seelye lawn.
VI. Diversity Committee: President Christ has agreed to include a representative of Staff
Council on the Diversity Council.
VII. The Smith College Council on Community Policy needs new members from Staff
Council to serve on it. Several members volunteered and their names will be forwarded to
VIII. Budget Discussion: Approximately $5,400 was left over from last year’s budget. With
additions to the budget for this year, the total is over $11,000.
IX. Cross Campus Safety Meeting Update: Committee member Sam Rush suggested that
anyone who had safety issues during the recent power outage should report the
information to Ken Person, Assistant Director of Facilities Management, to assist FM in
planning for future outages. Service requests should go to extension 2400.
X. The idea was presented that the Campus Map might benefit from a design enhancement
to facilitate readability. Communications Committee will discuss at their next meeting
with College Relations.
Next Meeting: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Meet at Ford Hall for a 20 minute tour.
Business meeting after the tour in the Theatre Building, Upper Gamut, Room T207a.