MSU-Bozeman Classified Employees Personnel Advisory Committee Minutes
October 8, 1997
- Present: Diane Allen, John Batson, Carol Bittinger, Patti Ford, Darcy Halpin,
Connie Hupka, Dianne Kramarich, Pam Langenfelter, Cec Mann,
Helen McFaul, Bluette Phillips, John Recktenwald, Nancy Topel,
Sharon Townsend, Dawn Watkins
- Absent: Jill Allison, Kathy Griffith, Patty Gunderson, Lloyd Hansen,
Sheron Mcllhattan, Karla Mills, David Nickel
We had Reva Parker make her presentation before we did either the Old Business
or the New Business.
Reva Parker works for VRI, our Faculty/Staff Assistant Program. This is a short
term counseling benefit. This can be counseling for either work or otherwise. Reva
handed out the VRI brochure to the committee. VRI is a private organization that
contracts with the University System. Dependents are allowed to use this benefit if
they are covered by our insurance. There may be situations where a dependent is
not covered by our insurance but they still may be included in the counseling.
Parental consent is needed for children. VRI has two locations: one on campus
(in the Wellness Office) and one downtown (Haggarty Lane, Ellis Avenue).
Appointments are from 8-12 and 1-5. They are also available after hours. The
benefit provides for up to 6 sessions. An assessment is done at the first meeting
to determine if the employee should be sent somewhere else. All visits are
confidential. VRI does send a report to Wellness, with no identifying items, to
show who is using the program. There are emergency numbers for a 24 hour
hotline, 7 days a week. After 6 visits the employee could be referred to another
counseling person downtown.
I. Old Business
- Minutes from previous meeting were approved.
- Carol B. said she was able to get the minutes out on the Website. The
Website will keep the previous meetings out there so a person
could look at past minutes. She changed the format somewhat.
She suggested that a name be placed at the bottom of the
minutes (guess that will be mine!) and that someone proofread the
minutes before they go out. The list of committee members is not
correct on the Web page and she asked who was in charge of this
change. It was reported Colleen was in charge (as she is absent!).
Cathy C. will be checking into this.
II. New Business
- LRPB-(Cec Mann) have been meeting every week. There is talk
about the goals and charges. Committee expressed their concern
with the lack of communication and Admin. attendance. Long
Range must remember revenue. To increase revenue there will be
an upgrade with the summer sessions. MSU will be marketing
summer sessions more. Will meet again in 3 weeks.
- UFPUB-Sheron was attending a meeting there.
- Parking Committee-No report
- Affirmative Action-No report
- Benefits Committee-Committee is meeting tomorrow
- Employee Wellness-Diane drafted a letter (a very well written letter
I might add) to the President's Office. In the letter it was
expressed that she was pleased that Wellness had met with
Intramurals and that they had come to an agreement about using
the circuit room during student break times without having to
purchase a locker.
III. Members Concerns
- There was a lengthy discussion held on the difference between a council and a
committee. A council has the ability to make policy and decisions whereas a
committee has advising power only. Currently CEPAC is a committee. There
is a University Governance Council which is made of professionals and faculty
members to represent that group of people. There is a process that a
committee can go through to become a council. What is that process??
Connie H. will be checking into it. It may be well worth while for CEPAC to
become a council.
- There was some discussion about the upcoming bonus plan for the classified
staff. John R. made the comment that the message coming from the Board of
Regents is that we need to work harder. It was pointed out that when hiring
a professional or faculty position that it is a nationwide search whereas for
a classified position it is normally a local search.
- Cec M. said she was aware of a Staff Senate in Missoula and she would be
interested to see what other campuses are doing.
- Pam L. said she had spoken to someone in Helena and that there is a Task
Force being created to re-evaluate our pay plan. It appears that there will
be a strong move towards the Merit Plan. Would be different areas of pay.
Pam doesn't feel this would be in our best interest. ITC will be a pilot
plan (possibly in the next fiscal year) for the Merit Plan.
Next two meetings (November and December) will be held in the President's
Dawn Watkins, CEPAC secretary