April 2005 meeting minutes

Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff Administrative Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 4, 2005

Butcher Suite, Campus Center, Pleasantville


At 8:53 am, Joe Kelly, co-chair, called the meeting to order and all attendees were asked to introduce themselves.  This was followed by a motion from Doug Whiting and seconded by Geoff Harter to approve the minutes of the March meeting.




Pat Kelly announced that Thursday, April 28th will be “Take Your Children to Work Day”


Karen DeSantis advised that for the third year, the library sponsored “Sunrise to Sunset Read Aloud Day” will be conducted on April 27, 5:50 am to 7:54 pm in the meditation garden in front of the library

Earth related readings are scheduled between 12 and 3 pm.  Check website for available reading times.


Connie Serafin reminded everyone about April being Earth Month.   Angelo Spillo has a calendar of scheduled events, including walks and related programs.


Anna Fishman announced that the United Way Earth Share Auction is scheduled for April 22nd. Donations are still needed. Contact Anna directly or use the link provided at www.pace.edu/unitedway.


VOX Magazine and its student staff have a table set up in the Well inside Kessel Center for the distribution of information concerning Pride Week.



Benefits Committee -  Barbara DiCola advised there was nothing new to report.


Picnic Committee – Peggy Caraccio and Alex Burka reported that certain planning issues have been resolved and that preparations for the picnic – scheduled for June 17th - are being implemented.  More help is needed on the committee along with donations of food.  Anyone interested in assisting, no matter how little, please contact Peggy at mcaraccio@pace.edu.


Faculty Council Report- Karen DeSantis reported that Peggy FitzGerald was elected chair of Faculty Council at the March meeting.  The faculty is very concerned that the university is looking at the proper numbers for retention figures.  The March meeting also included discussion on Marie Werner's ad hoc survey, a presentation by Provost Morreale, and a motion made to recommend to the Board of Directors that the funds allocated to hire a new Associate Provost be changed to hire a Vice President for the PLV campus.

          Provost Morreale gave a brief presentation on enrollment for the April meeting.  He gave a brief powerpoint presentation showing numbers for retention and SAT scores of incoming freshman classes.  Some main points were that retention on the PLV campus is up 2.7% and graudate enrollment is up 3.4%.  However, across the university there was a .8% drop in enrollment.  The rest of the April meeting was a closed session in which the faculty planned to discuss what they wanted to cover as a group with a new chairperson.


Election Committee – Joe Kelly spoke about the nomination and election process to replace the out-going members of the current Admin.Council’s executive board.   Nominations are needed and elections have to be carried out before June.  All are encouraged to participate in recruiting and/or nominating candidates for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Co-chair.  E-mail to follow.



Doug Whiting- VP University Relations – presented an overview of the purpose, planning and scope of preparations for the upcoming Pace Centennial Celebration.


This included:

  • Special emphasis on the theme of Opportunity.
  • Celebrating ourselves and the distance the university has traveled these past 100 years.
  • What Pace will look like in the next century and as we go forward.
  • The importance of shining an international and national spotlight on Pace.
  • Founders Day, Octr. 6, 2006 will include a prominent international or national speaker.
  • Actual kick off for the Centennial will be Jan, 2006.
  • Spirit Days will be conducted throughout the year with events and celebrations on all campuses.


  The meeting was adjourned at 10 am.