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Staff Council Minutes
Meeting of Friday April 8, 2011

  1. Call to order at 8:48 a.m. No Quorum reached.
  2. Approval of Staff Council Agenda of Friday, May 13, 2011
  3. Approval of Staff Council Minutes of Friday, March 11, 2011
  4. Approval of Staff Council Minutes of April 8, 2011
  5. Treasurer’s Report – Charles Greenwood

    Charles had to attend another meeting. There is no change in our balance of $6,174.00.

  6. Announcements

    Mary Jones-Harley – The PCSW Colloquium is next week.  The tickets are $20.  Barbara Sinclair reminded us that if you cannot attend, you may choose to sponsor a student.

    Bob Rodgers – June 11-12 is the Special Olympics.  Sign up online to volunteer for 4 hours at a time.  You are free to attend all day on Saturday and Sunday.  Young people can also volunteer, and if you are under 18, you will be paired with an adult.  The opening ceremonies will take place on Saturday at the CSULB track. It’s something to see as the track is line with State Police and the Special Olympics Competitors.

    ITS – There is an accessibility class next Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 9-12 in the ITS training room in Brotman Hall.  There are other online classes available if you check the CSULB training website.

    Barbara – Thanks to ITS, the Staff Council website has been upgraded. There are many new banners.

    Charleen Rice – There is a group of staff members beginning a weight loss class which begins on 4/19/2011 at noon in the Forty Niner Shops Boardroom, 2nd level of the University Bookstore.

    Rosa Hernandez – The 49er Shops 4th annual Bowling for Books tournament, takes place Friday, April 15th, 2011 at Cal Bowl.  There are brochures and registration forms on the back table. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.  For more information, email Linda Welty at

    Barbara Sinclair – April is Sexual Assault Awareness month – There are many activities planned.  Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project are two events.  On Denim Day, everyone wears jeans that day, and it commemorates when a judge voided the conviction of a rapist because the woman was wearing tight Levis deemed impossible to remove.  There are flyers on the back table.

    Ami Rzasa – April 12th is Equal Pay Day.  Women have to work until this date each year to equal what their male counterpart has made the previous year.  This affects everyone from generations to come.  There will be a program on at 3:30 in the Pyramid.

    Betsy Decyk pointed out that there are brochures on the Office of University Ombuds on the back table.  Ombuds is completely confidential and serves the entire campus community in navigating problems and exploring options.

  7. Committee Reports


    Berta Hanson – No report.  Berta’s husband has gone into Hospice Care.

    Special Events

    Special Events – Alma Smith – Thanks to everyone for their participation at Staff Day. We sold 144 lunch tickets, 56 pre-sale t-shirts, and 203 raffle tickets were given out. There were lots of vendors, and we got positive feedback from attendees.  Staff enjoyed themselves at this event.   Thanks to everyone for their hard work in putting this together. We would love to have you join this fun committee, and help us plan events for staff!

    Staff Development

    Mary Jones-Harley –– The yoga class at the Wellness and Recreation Center did not have high attendance, but it was a very rewarding 30 minutes.  In May, we may visit the Vet’s Garden again.

    Ways and Means

    Charleen Rice – The rummage sale/fundraiser at Staff Day was very successful.  We had lots of fun and raised $134.92 for Staff Council.  Thanks to Diane Graham, Liz Labrador, Kathy Engberg, Laura Stone, Linda Welty, Fred Neely, Cyndy Farrington, Anne Ambrose, and Alma Smith for working or helping set up the sale. Thanks also to everyone for your donations, especially Judith Bell who made up delightful Spring Bunny mugs filled with pansies. They were snatched up immediately upon arrival.  Thanks to Gretchen Dinger for all her contributions, and to Mary Jones-Harley who arranged for us to receive the items remaining from the Foundation “trade” day.  Leftover rummage sale items were picked up by Shelley who works in the Foundation Parking/info booth for her Boy Scout troop.


    Sharon Olson – Not yet present at meeting.


    Barbara Sinclair Reporting – There is a letter going out to solicit nominations for Academic Senate.  There are two staff positions open, and the mechanism to do online voting is in place.

    Staff Council elections will take place at the next meeting on May 13th.  Please consider running for a board position.  There are also two At-Large positions available.  While holding one of those positions, you attend the Executive Committee meetings and learn about a large role in Staff Council.  Other committees are also a lot of fun, so consider participating on a committee and sharing ideas for all of staff.

    Campus Climate Committee – There will be a wonderful performance and panel discussion on Monday, May 2, 2011 in the USU Beach Auditorium which will dispel notions of Homophobia.

    Prior to our “Time Certain,” We all enjoyed a video of Staff Day.

  8. Special Orders

    1. Time Certain: Anna Behar-Russell and Denis Arsenault from CCPE –9:10 a.m.

      Anna Behar-Russell (Marketing Manager) and Denis Arsenault (Program Outreach Specialist) from CCPE – gave a presentation regarding programs offered by CCPE, a self-support college which receives no state funds.  CCPE presents credit degree programs, professional development programs, and Open University.  They are an outreach arm of the University in partnership with 7 colleges and offer access for non-traditional students.  CCPE also runs Winter and May Inter- sessions which give students an opportunity to catch up or get ahead, and CCPE is also running Summer, 2011.

      To learn more, pick up a catalog at CCPE or visit online at

  9. Meeting Adjourned: 9:46 a.m.