October 2005 meeting minutes

Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff
Administrative Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Butcher Suite, Kessel Campus Center, Pleasantville

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by Susan Deigan, co-chair., Introductions were made.

Announcements:

  • Gail Weldon: The Employee Recognition Award Selection Committee is being formed and Yvonne Ramirez, VP/Human Resources, is looking for campus representatives to join the committee. One is needed for Pleasantville and one for Briarcliff. Contact Gail Weldon if you are interested at gweldon@pace.edu
  • Connie Serafin: In the recent Race for the Cure, Pace University won for the fourth year as the University with the most participants. Most were students and we would like to see more staff and faculty in coming races.
  • Connie Serafin: Flu shots will be available again. This year’s dates are 11/9 for Westchester from 12noon to 4pm in the VIP room of the Goldstein Fitness Center. For our downtown campus the date is 11/10 from 12noon to 4pm in the Media Room at 1 Pace Plaza. This information can also be found through a link on the web.
  • Karen DeSantis: Mortola Library will be establishing a Learning Commons within the library.  Information sessions will be held on 10/17 (10-11AM), 10/18 (6-7pm), or 10/19 (12-1pm) in the Birnbaum Conference Room in the Mortola Library.
  • Karen DeSantis: the Knitting group will be held on Thursdays from 12-2pm in the Mortola Library

Guest Speakers:

Michele Russo, Director of University Benefits
Deven Miller, Unum Provident Representative

Long Term Care Insurance Plan. This employee voluntary benefit is being offered to our full time faculty and staff by UnumProvident Life Insurance Company of America effective December 1, 2005.

  • You can purchase a plan to best fit your needs and the needs of eligible family members including spouses/domestic partners, parents, children, siblings and grandparents;
  • Lower group-rated premiums as compared to premiums for individual long term care policies;
  • Waiver of evidence of insurability for employees during initial enrollment period*;
  • Convenient payroll deductions for employee and spousal coverage;
  • Full portability upon separation or retirement from Pace University.
  • Evidence of insurability will be waived for the employee only during this initial enrollment period *(i.e., up to $6,000/monthly benefit and/or 6 year benefit period).   A special website has been developed for our Pace employees:  www.unumprovident.com/enroll/pace

John Agnelli, Director of Student Development & Campus Activities
Pace University Fest   - October 14 – 16, 2005

Taking place on both the  Pleasantville and  New York City campuses, University Fest combines Homecoming with the excitement of Family Weekend. At the same time, faculty and alumni will offer seminars on important issues of the day. Other activities include football games, jazz, theater, tours, food, and booths.  250 Broadway tickets have been sold. Events such as the Saturday dinner are almost sold out.  Those interested can contact his office.

Treasurer’s Report: Angelica Ferreira was unable to attend and will provide the information at our next meeting.

Committee Reports and Status:
Sign up sheets for each of the committees were passed around to give another opportunity for members to join.

  • Benefits Committee – No report
  • Service Committee – No report
  • Picnic Committee – Peggy Caraccio expressed concern regarding the budget.  Pat Kelly offered that as the event is many months away and we haven’t yet talked to Lackmann Services, we may be premature in our concern and recommended that planning meetings and costing take place first. 
  • Faculty Council –   Karen DeSantis reported on numerous topics from faculty council -   Provost Morreale had reported that Al Pacino was the first guest at Inside the Actors Studio now that it is located at Pace’s downtown campus.  Academic reallocation of funding will be taking place and in the faculty area, full time faculty will be allocated by need and growth.  For our International campus plans, we will partner with other institutions and not create new satellite offices.  On October 21, 2005 we will have a “snapshot day” with the enrollment numbers used for analysis.  Marie Werner is launching a classroom study with Student Affairs and B&G for look at capital improvement needs regarding windows, blinds, etc.  Joanna Broda reported that new enrollments are up: 835 this year versus 734 last year.  Also reported is that we have a new American Studies major.  Chris Malone is working on organizing a drive for those wishing to contribute towards a Katrina fund.  Provost Morreale handed out an organizational chart for the new Office for Student Assistance .