April 9, 2003

Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff Administrative-Staff Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Butcher Suite, Campus Center, Pleasantville

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am. by Marie Petrocelli and Karen Geldart, co-chairs. Introductions were made.

Announcements:
Committee Request- President Caputo has asked that six staff members be nominated to serve on two committees that he is forming (three nominees for each committee). The committees are the Centennial Celebration Committee and the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee. Interested staff should contact Marie Petrocelli (mpetrocelli@pace.edu)

Spring Coming– Due to unusually cold weather this event has been moved to May 2, 2003.

President Caputo’s Forum – April 14, 2003, Gottesman Room. Discussion of Retirement Benefits/Health Care Premiums

Earth Month – April is Earth Month. There will be a walk around campus and a herding demonstration among other activities. A campus clean up during common hour is planned for April 23rd.

Nominations Committee – Please submit nominations for Administrative/Staff Council Co-chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer. Nominees will be announced at the May 14, 2003 meeting. Elections will be held online. Contact Karen Geldart.

9/11 Memorial Committee – Karen Geldart announced that the memorial will be in the shape of a large book. The outside, or ‘cover’ will be made of a limestone substance. The ‘pages’ will be polished black granite. The pages will list the names of students and alumni who were killed on 9/11. The memorial on the PLV campus will be installed near the pond, between the Campus Center and the Library. A ceremony is planned for September 2003,

Approval of minutes from March 19, 2003 was postponed to the next meeting.

Committee Reports:

Benefits – No report

PUAC – A calendar change was announced. Classes will begin on Wed. Sept. 3, 2003. Pace Promise – students guaranteed graduation in 4 years provided there is continuous full time attendance, no remediation and student remains in good academic standing. Tuition guarantee – students guaranteed tuition rate for 4 years starting Fall 2003. Students have requested Faculty evaluations.

Faculty Council – Discussion on unionization

Service – Daffodil Days raised over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. Thanks to all those who volunteered and everyone who ordered daffodils.

Picnic – Friday June 13, 2003. Volunteers are needed.

FEATURED SPEAKER

John Cronin – Pace Academy for the Environment.

John is director of the Pace Academy for the Environment after years of experience as the Riverkeeper for the Hudson River and involvement with the Pace Environment Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Law School. In addition to supporting environmental programs on campus, including the Environmental Studies major, internship opportunities for students, student environmental groups and a student operated recycling initiative, the Academy also has an external mission. An initiative by Governor Pataki for a Hudson River Estuary has involved Pace University along with a consortium of other universities in the region such as Columbia and RPI. The goal is to establish a research center and monitoring system where the Hudson River can be studied in real time. This is the first time such a project has been undertaken for a river and will be a model program for other areas of the United States. At the time of our meeting the site for the center had not yet been announced. Several sites in Westchester and Dutchess Counties were being considered. Since our meeting Gov. Pataki has announced that the chosen site is Beacon, NY, just south of Poughkeepsie.

John encourages staff to support university environmental programs on campus and to watch for further announcements from the Pace Academy for the Environment.

 

Raffle winner for the month of April is Pat Kelly.