Meeting summaries for the current academic year are found below. Archives can be found in the menu at the left.
Present: Brittany Balo, Sean Decatur, Kyle Eddy, Sam Filkins, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Jon Lawrence, Emily Lindo, Miracle Mahle, Meghan Mason, Rebecca Matney, Susan Morse, Tristan Neviska, Nancy Sowders, Lisa Train, April Woodward-Ginther.
Members shared positive takeaways, which included:
President Decatur and Susan Morse thanked members for attending and affirmed that they appreciate when staff share their input and perspectives.
Members discussed whether or not Staff Council should have a policy for inviting guests to speak at lunches or other events. There have been speakers in the past (United Way, HR, Annual Giving), but there are no guidelines for the process.
The general opinion of members is that lunches are about employee appreciation and an opportunity for socializing — not the place for interruptive solicitations (especially given that people pay for lunch). A table in the hall outside the dining room (or perhaps inside), might be okay as long as guests weren’t interrupting staff and were merely available at the table. Another option might be posters or an on-screen display or table tents.
Jared will confirm next steps in terms of drafting a policy and who should be involved in the process. In the interim, KSC will not invite guests, but may consider it for the spring semester events.
Members discussed the potential usefulness of a larger policy for how Staff Council works with external groups with distinctions for information-sharing vs. solicitation.
The next Staff Council meeting will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.
Present: Brittany Balo, Kyle Eddy, Sam Filkins, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Jon Lawrence, Emily Lindo, Rebecca Matney, Lori Moore, Tristan Neviska Nancy Sowders, Lisa Train, April Woodward-Ginther.
Outreach: The subcommittee has met and is ready to begin distributing cheer baskets. Please let members know about any staff who would appreciate one. Monthly appreciation awards will continue this year.
Events: The subcommittee has reached out to AVI, and plans are coming together for events in Sept. and Oct. A combined holiday lunch will take place again in Nov., and events will be held in Jan., Feb., March and April, with an additional ice cream event likely in June. The tentative date for the next event is Sept. 19. Goals for the year: Create a timeline for putting on an event in collaboration with the communications subcommittee; Hold a non-food event, maybe with wider community members.
Communications: The subcommittee has met, and discussed possibilities for a Staff Council newsletter, potential upcoming parking issues, internal communications in general, and what should be documented over the coming year.
Benefits and Policy: The new bank policy was reviewed. The subcommittee will next look at where-you-work guidelines, inclement weather policies and documentation in general.
KSC welcomed Barbara Kakiris, associate director of campus events and summer conference, to give an overview of summer programming on campus. Highlights:
If KSC members know about any groups that might be interested in coming to campus, please inform Barbara.
Leadership Retreat: All Staff Council members are invited to this all-day event held at the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon on Aug. 20.
The next meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. in the library conference room A13.
At the KSC meeting on Oct. 3, Vice President for Advancement Colleen Garland will give an update about the campaign.
Present: Brittany Balo, Kyle Eddy, Sam Filkins, Ellen Harbourt, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Jon Lawrence, Emily Lindo, Meghan Mason, Miracle Mahle, Rebecca Matney, Beth Pae, Nancy Sowders, Lisa Train, April Woodward-Ginther.
Returning, new and outgoing members introduced themselves. Jared introduced the new ongoing agenda document and the idea of a “parking lot” for topics that arise during the meeting to be discussed at the end of the meeting or for later follow up.
Jared and Nancy shared overall goals and objectives for the year, which include the documentation of subcommittee processes; increased community outreach; a newsletter or similar process to share Staff Council events, achievements and other news with the campus community; bylaw updates to address staff and organizational changes; discussing whether there is a place for Staff Council involvement in the Years of Service awards.
Returning members described the subcommittees and confirmed members and co-chairs for 2018-19. View the full subcommittee descriptions and member lists.
The next Staff Council meeting will take place Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.