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January 21, 1993

              VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY

                                 STAFF SENATE

 

 

                        MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

                          THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1993

                   ROOM 102 - PHASE IV - VETERINARY MEDICINE

 

 

 

 

  SENATORS PRESENT:  Carolyn Alls, Pat Ballard, Lisa Barroso, Clara Cox,

  Marge Dellers, Kathy Eschenmann, Spencer Foster, Betty Greene, Jane

  Hrrison, Don Massie, Sherilyn McConnell, Bhaba Misra, Margie Murray, Fred

  Phillips, Carlile Price, Bill Ranck, Peggy Rasnick, Kathy Reynolds, Widget

  Shannon, Barbara Shelor, Charlie Stott, Deb Williams, Lola Yelverton.

 

  ALTERNATES IN ATTENDANCE:  Wyatt Sasser for Pat Worrell.

 

 

 

 

  CALL TO ORDER

 

  The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. by President McConnell, who

  welcomed senators, alternates, and guests.

 

 

  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  President McConnell announced that due to the lack of a quorum, caused by

  inclement weather, Staff Senate would adjourn after a few announcements and

  a brief presentation by the guest speaker.  She reported the Staff Senate

  was sponsoring a workshop, "How to be Heard Effectively in the Workplace,"

  at the Donaldson Brown Center for senators, alternates, and association of-

  ficers.  The sessions are February 10, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., and February 11,

  8:30 - 11:00 a.m.  She also announced that Superbowl Sunday reportedly is

  the country's single worst day each year for domestic violence.  She pro-

  vided an address and fax number for contacting NBC Sports to urge them to

  carry public service announcements about the problem during the game.

 

 

  GUEST SPEAKER

 

  President McConnell introduced Martin Daniel, a personnel analyst with Per-

  sonnel Services.

 

  Mr. Daniel explained that changes are being made in the clerical pool that

  should match applicants with jobs more effectively.  Active status in the

  pool will be changed from six months to three months.  Applicants will no

  longer be able to check all boxes under the interest column.  These changes

  were designed to assist departments in hiring grades 4 and 5 clerical

  staff.

 

  Senator Williams asked if there is a short form available to applicants

  wishing to stay in the pool.  Mr. Daniel said no such form exists but that

  applicants may photocopy their applications and sign them since applica-

  tions always require an original signature.

 

  Several senators made announcements.

 

  Senator Williams assured the senate that payroll deduction for parking is

  high on the controller's priority list.  One problem now is that the wage

  system does not allow for deductions.  Although no target date exists at

  this time, she said that Dwight Shelton, controller, asked her to emphasize

  his concern.

 

  Senator Phillips reminded the senate that it will soon be time for spring

  elections.  Staff associations should have new senators elected by March

  31.  The senate will accept nominations from senators at the April 15 meet-

  ing.  He said it is important to obtain permission from senators before

  they are nominated for positions.

 

  Alternate Senator Sasser said the state has approved a leave bank.  Person-

  nel Services has a copy, but all the details are not yet available.

 

  Senator Shannon told the senate that the issue of graduate student parking

  is still alive and that Mr. Goodale has hired a full-time employee to keep

  the issue alive.  Senator Cox stated that COLLEGIATE TIMES ran an article

  by Mr. Goodale in which he said he wanted 1993 to bring graduate students

  the right to park in faculty/staff lots and at the same time to bring re-

  moval of parking around the Drillfield.

 

  Senator Murray supplied President McConnell with State House Bill #539,

  which was carried over from 1992.  This bill concerns cancer treatment by

  bone marrow transplant.  The summary tells the Governor that this bill

  should not be added.  Senator Harper is looking into the matter.  No re-

  sponse has been received from Personnel Services on employee opportunities

  to receive this coverage.  Senator Williams asked if leukemia would be in-

  cluded.  She was told that this treatment has been removed as experimental

  for leukemia.

 

  Senator Barroso informed the senate that gynecological appointments must be

  made through a referral from one's PCP.  Some doctors may not make the re-

  ferral if they offer such services.

 

  Senator Stott advised everyone to be careful in making PCP changes.  Give

  both Benefits and BC/BS enough time to make sure they are implemented.

  Senator Greene warned not to make an appointment before a referral is re-

  ceived and to use that referral within thirty days.

 

  President McConnell announced a meeting in Norris 136 at 11:00 a.m.  on

  January 27, 1993, to discuss the status of the legislative budget process

  and Council of President's work with the State Council of Higher Education

  in Virginia (SCHEV).  The meeting is open to administrative staff, deans,

  directors, and department heads.

 

  The meeting was adjourned at 6:05 p.m.

 

  Barbara Hise Shelor

  Secretary

 

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