April 2006 Meeting minutes

Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff
Administrative Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Butcher Suite, Kessel Campus Center, Pleasantville

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


  • The United Way / Earth Share auction made over $10,000.
  • April 27th is Take Your Child to Work day
  • This is Earth Month.  The Fitness Walk will be held on April 19th from 11:30 to 12:30 leaving from the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center.

Committee Reports and Status:

  • Benefits Committee – No Report
  • Picnic Committee – June 16th.  Meeting today at 2:00 in West Hall, BR room 107
  • Service Committee - The Daffodils for the American Cancer Society brought in $1,887 which was over $200 less than last year.  This was hopefully due to the delivery date being during spring break.
  • Faculty Council – The CDFPT recommendations were voted on.  Christopher Malone and Pauline Moseley received tenure as Associate Professors and Joe Franco and Marie Londrigan receive tenure as Full Professors.  The Provost handed out the US New and World Report rankings as well as the Carnegie Classifications and explained them.  The Faculty Affairs committee will be focusing on the new faculty Evaluation Docmenut, Salary and Benefits, the Faculty Handbook, and the Constitution.  The revision of the Student HAndbook was discussed.  There were concerns about the Academic Calendar so an Ad Hoc Calendar Committee was formed and will be in discussion with Jeff Bracket.  Faculty Affairs committee was also asked to look into the possibility of conducting Final Exams on the last day of class rather than during final exam week.

Guest Speakers:

Patrick Love, Associate Provost for Student Success

Dr Love discussed his plans for student success.  He outlined many of the programs that have already been started and included a handout for review.  It covered the completed projects inlcuding the New Transfer Student Outreach; Project in process such as an academic advising website and a four year advising and planning framework; and what is Getting Started such as Commuter Student Experience Task Force and a Departmental Analysis of Retention.  This handout also included facts on what is known about retention, what he believes, and how we can assist in increasing our student satisfaction.  The main message was that each person can try to be a problem solver for the student without transfering them all over campus.  Try to help the student with their question, make that phone call or the initial contact for the student.  Also we can provide feedback directly to Dr. Love to help his office improve and be more effective.

Frank Monaco, CIO and Vice President

Frank demonstrated the new Postini service.  Now all of your spam email will be held on an external server.  You will receive a reminder message about the emails each evening and can go into the message center at any time to review your messages.  The contract with Postini is for three years.