Minutes of Monthly Meeting

March 19, 2002


Council members present: Abby Archila, District 1; Ed Ouellette, District 2; Scott Healey, District 3; Mark Ernst, District 5; Julie Johnson-Dubois, District 6; Erika Clifford (recorder), District 9; Ginette Couture (chair), District 13; Shirley Norton, District 14; Belinda Camire, District 15; Madeline Slocum, District 16; Nicole Runde, At-Large; Lonn Sattler


Council members absent:  Marie Hanson, District 7; Karin Coe, District 8; Karen Mars, District 10; Darcey Coffta, District 11; Dwain Lozier, At-large; Wendy Rappa, At-large.


Ex-Officios:      Sharon Demers and David Butler, HR

Lori Gula, Campus Journal

Sharon Gordon


Sharon Gordon spoke about the Presidential search.  She gave a description of each candidate and expressed to the council how important it was for them to meet the four presidential candidates and to give feedback as to whom they felt was the candidate that best suited the position.  Evaluations are handed out after every session for input.  You may attend the open meetings that will occur 8:15am-9:00am at the MUB for Ann Weaver Heart on 3/26/02, for Margaret Cozzens on 3/29/02, for Jon Whitmore 4/2/02, and for David Hiley 4/4/02.


Reports from Standing Committees


Ø      Compensation and Benefits: Did not meet this month.


Ø       Communications: Committee will be taking a OS Council group photo at April’s meeting to be placed on the website. Expressed desire that all council members be present for that meeting.  Council brochures are being printed to put on the AOP information table at the AOP Conference on March 22nd and also to have available for Open Enrollment in October.  Lastly website will honor a particular department or committee with a thank you so anyone with a particular department in mind please email to Erika. 


Ø       Development-Committee has not had a chance to meet.


Ø      SPPC-Discussed research done pertaining to medical insurances.  There are only two main insurance companies handling NH so options are few leading to limited contractual possibilities.  At one time USNH was self-insured.


Ø      Transportation-Another member of the transportation committee will be attending the council meeting in April to discuss possible changes to parking policy’s and fees.  



 Other Discussion


On March 6th there was a joint council meeting with the PAT’s, David Butler, Candace Corvey, and USNH Benefits office to discuss the Benefits Cost Containment proposals and what they mean to staff.   Since this meeting the OS council has been seeking feedback/questions from constituents about the proposals and will continue to do so in order to inform constituents as well as to capture FAQ that can be sent to David Butler to add to a FAQ brochure he will have created for publishing on the website.


At this meeting on the 6th we voted in Scott Healey to represent District 3.


Voted into the council today was Chris Hamann to represent District 12.  That leaves us with District four as the only vacant district we have at this time.


Next month a student will join us to inform us of Ben Franklin Day that is being organized by students and to see if anyone is interested in volunteering to help with the day.  The Vice-Chair of the Student Body will also be at the meeting to speak on the goals of the students, what is happening with them and how they view UNH staff.


The meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted, Erika Clifford


Next meeting: April 3rd