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Staff Council Meeting Minutes
Friday, February 13, 2009

  1. Call to order 8:10am. Quorum reached at 8:40am.
  2. Approval of Staff Council Agenda for February 13, 2009 – approved.
  3. Approval of Staff Council Minutes for January 9, 2009 – approved.


  1. Barbara Sinclair announced that WASC will have a special presentation on February 27th for staff from 10am-noon in the USU Ballrooms. Barbara will MC the event. The title of the event is “Gourmet Coffee Break.”
  2. Berta Hanson announced that the Staff Service Award ceremony will be held on March 14th at The Pointe. Service Awards are for staff in years 98,93,88,83,78, 73.
  3. Barbara Sinclair announced that Dr. Pam Ashe, Counseling and Psychological Services, will be having training on April 8th for the Safe Zone Project. The training is for LGBT awareness. Attendees will receive a plaque for their area indicating that they are a “Safe Zone.”
  4. Women’s Resource Center will have a Self-Defense Workshop on Tuesday, February 17th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm in the PE1 building room 64.
  5. Sharon Olson announced that Greg Mortenson will be in Long Beach on March 6th. Mr. Mortenson is the author of “Three Cups of Tea” and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The event will be held at the Carpenter Center and the cost is $15. The program starts at 7:30pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm. This event kicks off the start of the Long Beach Reads One Book program. There will also be a performance by the LB Poly Orchestra.
  6. Sharon Olson announced there are several Study Abroad summer programs. The deadlines to register are in February and March. Belgium Venezuela, China, Italy, France. CSULB/international.
  7. CSULB’s 39th annual Pow Wow will be held March 7 – 8 at the Central Quad.

Treasurer’s Report

  1. Barbara Sinclair reported for Charles Greenwood that $108 was reimbursed for film purchased for the children's party. The current balance is $6,302.

Committee Reports

  1. Staff Development: Nancy Green reported the Wardrobe Workshop on February 11th went well. The next Munch’n Learn event is scheduled for March 12th.
  2. Special Events. – Colleen Ryan reported that Staff Day will be Wednesday, April 1st from 11:30 – 1pm. The cost for lunch is $7.00 and will be catered by The Grand. Jim Long will provide music. The Outstanding Staff Member will be recognized and congratulated at the event. The Staff T-shirt was designed by Steven Traurig from Facilities Management and has been approved. All the staff t-shirts from 1993 were on display at the meeting. If you have questions about being a vendor at the Staff Day event please call Berta Hanson x58798.
  3. Ways and Means – Anne Ambrose and Lori Evans volunteered to work with The American Cancer Society for the Daffodil Days fundraiser. Prices start at $10 and the funds go to cancer research.
  4. Bylaws – Sharon Olson – no changes.
  5. Nominating Committee – Kathy Allan announced that Berta Hanson will serve on the Student Health Services Advisory Committee.

More Announcements

  1. Laurie Glumm announced that Presidents Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Advancement of Women’s Award. The nominations are due in the Ombuds office by March 2, 2009.
  2. Charleen Rice announced that Sbarro’s is now open. The campus had the official ground breaking ceremony for the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on January 30, 2008.
  3. Barbara Sinclair attended the Academic Senate meeting and they are discussing the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) policy.

Special Orders

  1. Time Certain: President Alexander – 9:00am
    • President Alexander indicated that some students are going through college not passing the GWAR. There are a few states that require the GWAR for graduation. This one exam stops the students from getting their degree. President Alexander said that the university is working on getting more access to assist the students in passing the test. Foreign students have a harder time so they will try to get them to retake test. President Alexander mentioned that eight years ago we were the only university that did not offer assistance programs.
    • There will be a fee added each semester to pay for the Recreation Center building parking. The California budget needs to be passed in order to have more funds available. There are 1,900 state projects put on hold. There will be a vote on the budget Saturday, February 14, 2009. Furloughs do not impact CSUs. The 10% cut is what we have been anticipating throughout the CSUs. If the budget passes we will get more details. The Federal Stimulus package is good for our students which elevates Pell grants for our students. Modernization and renovation money will be the most allocated to schools. California is getting a larger amount of money. Arizona is facing a 30% cut, possible closing of 2 campuses. New York is raising tuition 22% and 10% goes back to university and 90% will go to government services. The Tuition Tax Credit will be refundable. We still need to cut back on student enrollment. The CSUs are 12,000 over enrolled as a system. We have about 1,600 of those students on our campus. Super Sunday will be in African American churches. This Sunday they will be in Northern California talking about higher education.
  2. Time Certain: Mary Stephens, VP of Admin. & Finance – 9:15am
    • VP Stephens introduced David Salazar VP of Physical Planning and Facilities Management. VP Stephens provide the campus budget update and her PowerPoint presentation is attached.

Adjourned: 9:50 am