Greetings from the Employee Council
Greetings! As we begin another academic year, I write with announcements and updates from the Employee Council.
The council is preparing for an exciting and productive year, one that constitutes a regrouping of sorts for us. That regrouping is focused primarily on improving the council's ongoing communication with staff and increasing our public presence in the Amherst community. In that spirit, I want to alert you to some upcoming efforts:
- Minute Circulation: We vow to do a better job with announcing and distributing meeting minutes. To that end, the minutes for our August and September meetings have been posted online. We are also resuming the distribution of print copies to precincts in most need of them.
- Communications Committee: The council has reinstated the Communications subcommittee. The subcommittee's goals for this year, many of which are already under way, include (1) revising our website; (2) routinizing minute circulation (see above); and (3) getting the council on social media. (So, please, do follow us on Facebook and Twitter once we go live!)
- Employee Council Coffee Hour: In November the council will begin hosting a weekly coffee hour at Frost Café. We'd like the opportunity for ongoing and in-person conversations with staff in order to provide more opportunities for staff to meet folks across the campus and to find out what issues matter most to you.
- Retirement Proposal: The council is excited to partner with the faculty-led Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) in support of a standing proposal to revise the college's retirement contribution formula. This proposal originated as a constituent concern in the Employee Council two years ago. It was taken up by the CPR last year and then submitted by the CPR to the Board of Trustees in May. The policy would, in particular, create a more equitable distribution formula that would benefit staff with lower incomes. The council has offered to lead a campus-wide education and outreach campaign to help support the CPR's efforts. A copy of the proposal can be found (if you are logged in) on the CPR's website.
Last but not least, here are the members of this year's council:
Tracie Rubeck, History, Chair
Joshua Baum, Information Technology, Co-Chair
Beth Ollson, Alumni and Parent Programs, Secretary/Treasurer
K.M. Carley, Frost Library
Katherine Duke, Office of Communications
Kristi Evenson-Ohr, Chemistry
Mary Foulk, Advancement
Jessica Gifford, Health Education
Denise McGoldrick, Health Education
Donald Pittsinger, Mechanical
Doralinda Puente, Dining Services
Ramon Rodriguez, Custodial Services
Paul Sorrentino, Religious & Spiritual Life
Sarah McAlpine, Alumni and Parent Programs, Note Taker
If you are unsure of your precinct or who is your representative from that precinct, please contact us. We also welcome comments, suggestions and questions on our website.
Best wishes for a productive semester,