Classified Employee Council Minutes

September 17, 2002

Present: Brenda Feltner, Tim Haines, Geraldine Hammond, Joy Phillips, Paul Schwan, Paula Scott, Dan Starliper, Peg Swisher (alternate), and Karl Wolf. Guests: Ken Harbaugh, Anna Mary Walsh, and Dan Yanna.

Tim Haines, chair, called the meeting to order.

Due to a lack of a quorum, the August 27, 2002, minutes could not be acted on at this meeting. Tim asked if anyone had comments or questions regarding them.

Advisory Council of Classified Employees
Tim reported that ACCE met on September 12. He attempted to sit in via teleconference, but he was unable to get connected. The next meeting will be October 17 at Glenville.

Board of Governors
Dan Starliper reported that they met in Charleston, but he and the other two peer representatives were unable to attend. The next meeting will be October 10 in the Cumberland Room. There is still one vacancy on this Board.

Staff Development
No report.

Peg Swisher and Ken Harbaugh reported that we made between $1,400-$1,500 on the bulk mailing projects. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED WITH THE SECOND BULK MAILING PROJECT ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7!

Ken and Dan Starliper reported on the Foundation¹s annual meeting. Each endowed scholarship will have 14% deducted from it to make adjustments for stock market losses. This will be proportionately deducted from all endowed scholarship funds. This will have an impact on how much scholarship money we will have available to distribute in the future.

Buildings and Grounds
There was no meeting in August. If you have any concerns, please contact Ken Harbaugh at ext. 5252.

Dan Yanna reported on the September 5, 2002, meeting: … The college¹s pedestrian crosswalks have been painted throughout campus, and they will request that the town¹s crosswalk lines be repainted to make them more visible. … The new speed bumps were discussed. They will be painted to make them more visible at night. … The use of the path leading from the pit to Gardiner Hall continues to be a concern. An employee slipped and fell there last week, and the question has been raised as to whether steps could be constructed on that hill. Dan Yanna will research this and the cost. … There was a recent incident at the College Center when a transformer at the end of the serving line blew which resulted in a considerable amount of smoke, and the auto dialer did not contact campus police. There is a concern that the auto dialers are being turned off. The campus community is encouraged to call both 911 and the 5202 campus police number whenever smoke is seen. … The Health Department inspected the pool facilities where several problems were found at the pool and shower room areas. All issues cited by the Health Department were corrected, and the pool is now back in operation. New ³No Diving² signs have been ordered, and a new wheelchair lift has been installed leading from the men¹s locker room to the pool. … John Fournier, the safety officer for the School of Natural Sciences and Math, raised the question of the red phones located in the labs. Dan Yanna stated that the phones are to be used to obtain MSDS information (which is an 800 number available 24/7), and can also be used to call 911 in an emergency. John will make sure that the phones are working properly and will also look into what training is being provided to those using the labs (both students and faculty).

Special Events
Anna Mary and Ken Harbaugh met to discuss special activities such as bus trips to shows, to Atlantic City, and to dinner theaters for classified employees. If anyone has any other ideas, please contact Anna Mary or Ken--they need your input. There is a fact sheet attached to these minutes regarding this.

Old Business
No report.

New Business
Karl Wolf brought to Council¹s attention the proposal on sick leave that is coming from Charleston. It will affect only those in the WV Teacher¹s Retirement system (about twenty employees at Shepherd). After discussion, (since we now had a quorum present) it was M/S/P to have Karl and Dan Starliper write a letter to President Dunlop regarding their concerns on this sick leave proposal and that Council members review the letter before it is sent.

The Shepherd College Center is beginning the process of facilities assessment and renovation planning by inviting to campus architectural consultants. Faculty and staff are invited to meet with these consultants on Wednesday, September 18, at either 9:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tim has not heard back from Senator John Unger. He will try to contact him again regarding meeting with the Council.

It was suggested that we invite President Dunlop to the next Council meeting which will be October 15, 9 a.m., Cumberland Room.

There being no further business, it was M/S/P to adjourn the meeting at 10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary

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