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Staff Council Meeting Minutes
Friday, September 18, 2009

  1. Call to Order 8:40 a.m., quorum reached at 8:44 a.m.
  2. Approval of Staff Council Agenda for September 18, 2009 -- approved.
  3. Approval of Staff Council Minutes of June 12, 2009 --
  4. Announcements

    Alyssa Thomas discussed the Ride Share Program. The purpose is to encourage change for a more a sustainable commute. Free rides are available on campus with your CSULB ID card by registering at

    There is also a Vanpool available for commuters who travel 15 or more miles to the campus. People who use the Vanpool or public transit may also sign up for the new Zip Car program and use a car to do an errand or go to lunch off-campus. There are five cars available. Zimride is FaceBook embedded, and there is a place on the website to post for a one-time ride hookup.

    Check the rideshare website for information on CSULB cyclists as well for events and courses on campus. Jax Bicycle Center in Long Beach performs free bike tune-ups for CSULB faculty, staff and students.

    You can see the routes for the CSULB Shuttle live online at

    Aaron Elimelech reported that Yo-Go Creations is now open in the USU, and they are serving up delicious yogurt flavors with yummy toppings Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Steve Zimmerle announced a promo in the University Bookstore. Come in each day M-F during fall semester, find Prospector Pete, and scan your card for your chance to win $100.00.

    Berta Hanson let us know about a workshop regarding, “Getting by With Less,” taking place on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Registration is at the website.

    Ami Rzasa announced the next RAD training to begin on October 5, 2009. It takes place for four Mondays and is a worthwhile and rewarding self-defense course for women. You can register at Click on “Women’s Self-Defense Classes”.

  5. Committee Reports


    Charles Greenwood – Our balance is $7,160.00.


    Berta Hanson - We have two new members. Please welcome
    Al Camacho and Hoami Thamracksa from Human Resources Support Services.

    The ASMs of Academic Personnel, and of Financial Management let us know that their departments will not be participating right now in Staff Council.

    Special Events

    Thanks to Charleen Rice and Nancy Green for taking on the duties of this committee while Colleen Ryan was gone. Now all three ladies are working together.

    Colleen let us know that the flyer has gone out for the September 30, 2009 Ice Cream Social. It is taking place in the Karl Anatol Center patio area. Please RSVP to Barbara Sinclair so that we know how many ice cream sundaes we will need. Kudos to Schools First Credit Union for footing this bill.

    Spooktacular will be held on 10/30/2009 in front of the Speaker’s Platform. We will have the department decorating contest. Laura Stone is coordinating the schedule, and there will be goodie bags passed out at the event.

    The Cherishing the Children toy drive party will be on 12/9/2009. There will be boxes at various locations on campus for toy donations until 12/12/2009. Leftover toys will go to the Long Beach Red Cross. There are 1,000 more families for a total of 3,200 families who need assistance this year. Look for signs, and collection begins right before Thanksgiving.

    Staff Development

    Nancy Green, Mary Jones-Harley, and Anne Ambrose are working hard heading this committee. Nancy pointed out that the Munch n’ Learn events the committee plans do not cost, and it is a refreshing respite during the noon hour to have lunch and enjoy these free events.

    Mary Jones-Harley reported that 9 people attended the Tuesday, September 15, 2009, Green Sustainability presentation given by Paul Wingo. A highlight was viewing the solar panels used on our VEC and Brotman Hall buildings.

    Alma in Nancy Green’s office is the wonderful person who creates the Munch n’ Learn flyers for staff.

    Anne Ambrose talked about the Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Munch n’ Learn presentation coming up, which is a tour of the five galleries not often seen in the art department buildings on campus. The galleries are named for patrons and graduates of the university and feature mostly student work. Don’t forget to sign-up and join this fascinating tour!

    Ways and Means

    Charleen Rice let us know about the Holiday Rummage Sale Staff Council will conduct on December 2-3, 2009. The sale will be located in front of the bookstore, so get your no longer wanted/needed holiday decorations out and set aside now. We also will need volunteers to man the tables. Please call Nancy Green at 5-7854 in the bookstore. Stay tuned for further information!


    Sharon Olson pointed out that we don't have a spot for Ombuds as anex officio member. We would like to ask to add Ombuds to the list. There was a move to waive a first reading and add. No opposed – added. So done!

    Nominating Committee

    Kathy Allan — not present - no report.

  6. Special Orders

    1. Time Certain: President F. King Alexander – 9:00 a.m.

      President Alexander spoke to the state budget situation and informed us that there is a Budget Central power point presentation on the CSULB website. He suggested watching it and downloading a copy to share with your department.

      As of 8/1/2009, there is a new GI Bill, and it is a good one to assist veterans to integrate into student life. If they come to Veteran’s Services in Brotman Hall (BH-250), Pat O’Rourke (5-5115) will assist these students. If a veteran is looking for this office, please direct them to Pat in Brotman Hall.

      There is one spot left in the University Provost Search.

      There is a bit of bad political news in that a great advocate for education in California at the White House, Jeff Bleich, has been appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. He is expected to depart relatively soon for this new post.

      With respect to flu season upon us, please keep washing your hands and keep your eyes open for ill employees and students. Flu cases have hit 200 campuses. The vaccine is available in October, and now everyone needs two shots. You need the H1N1 shot separately from the regular flu shot. The Health Center (5-4771) will have shots available for students, and the USU will have them for faculty and staff. The targeted group for H1N1 are people 18-25 years old.

      The Federal Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221) passed yesterday, 9/17/09. It will convert the entire loan system to a direct lender system. The University will work directly with lenders, and student aid put into this system will go directly to the students. The bill now goes to the Senate.

      Faculty and Staff furlough days have been implemented. The 10% pay cuts for everyone have started. Thank you for making it work smoothly. We need to take every opportunity to keep the public informed that we are suffering, and that business is not as usual. We are still doing a darn good job!

      In sports, there is soccer with Pepperdine at 4 o’clock.

    2. Time Certain - Mary Stephens and Sean Hernandez – 9:15a.m.
    3. Mary Stephens and Sean Hernandez gave us a comprehensive budget presentation covering the 2009-2010 academic year, as well as a preliminary outlook for 2010-2011.

      For 2009- 2010, the total budget problem was over $54M. Mary emphasized that there were several one-time steps taken at CSULB to handle the current budget, and we will begin next year’s planning with a budget problem of $20M.

      For 2010-2011, Mary presented three budget scenarios to illustrate our problem. We are facing additional cuts of 17% in 2010-2011. Budget central website will continue to update everyone who visits it on the website. The October 23, 2009 Academic Senate Retreat will focus on budget, and divisions and colleges will conduct internal planning processes.

      CSULB has to face realistic possibilities, share full information, solicit broad input, and work on major budget solutions while focusing on core mission issues. CSULB encourages teamwork which will unite us and will continue to pursue collaborative solutions while maintaining institutional excellence.

  7. Announcements Continued

    Barbara Sinclair commented that levels of transparency are an important factor in getting information out about the budget situation and proffering solutions. The goal is to have as many faculty, staff, and students involved as possible.

    Heidi Berry reminded us that summer 2009 courses will go back to being handled through CCPE as self-support courses.

    Mary Jones-Harley remarked that CCPE is very sensitive to the furlough situation, and

    in light of that is taking their responsibility for summer sessions very seriously.