March 2006 meeting minutes

Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff
Administrative Staff Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 1, 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.

Announcements:

  • Today is the kick-off for the United Way / Earth Share fundraising efforts on campus.  The Auction will be on March 31st.  A planning meeting will be held at 11:30 tomorrow in Dining Room A.
  • Connie Serafin.  April 3rd begins Earth Month.  A walk through the Fitness Trail will be held on April 19th from 11:30 to 12:30.  Many other events will be held during the month, look for the posters.

Committee Reports:

  • Benefits Committee – A meeting was held on February 13.  About 80 people have signed up for the new Long Term Care package.  Medical claims are significantly up this year with bills up to $750,000 per month.
  • Service Committee – Molly Huppuch - Daffodil days online purchases end on March 3rd.  If you would like to volunteer to help on the day of delivery, please meet in Dining room A on March 23rd at 8:30 am
  • Picnic Committee – Picnic will be held on June 16th. Please volunteer for the committee or at least for the day of the picnic.  We need all the volunteers we can get that day.
  • Faculty Council  Karen DeSantis reported on numerous topics from faculty council -    Jeff Bracket, the New Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, announced the Marilyn Jaffe Ruiz Convocation which will be held on April 23rd at 2:00 pm at PNY. Joanna Broda announced that the fall conversion event will be held on April 2 and 3.  Look for our potential freshman for fall 2006 and make them feel welcome.  Marie Werner and Alma McManus are doing better.  Both have access to email and well wishes are gratefully accepted.   The faculty requested paper versions of the catalog for the fall which will be taken under advisement be Jeff Brackett.  Chris Malone is now the Chair for the Faculty Handbook committee and announced that a draft of Part I will be ready for discussion at the March meeting.

Guest Speaker:

President David A Caputo

President Caputo began by thanking all the members of the staff for all that they do for the university.

Topics discussed:

  • 2006-2007 budget will reflect that although our enrollment is up, the money coming in is down.  This is because there are more part time students, utility costs are up, and health benefit claims are up.  Salary increases for the year may only be 2%.  All job openings are being frozen but there will be no layoffs.
  • The Capital Campaign will be titled "It's Time."  Our endowments are up to 98 million from 60 million in 2001.  We are able to use the interest from the endowments for anything but many of the endowments themselves may only be used for specifics.
  • The reasons students give for transferring out of Pace are two fold.  Many of the better students who transfer report that the need a different program or want a degree from a better name school.  Others say that there is too much bureaucracy.
  • The traffic light at Entrance Three should be working soon.
  • Our water is being changed over to the New Castle System rather than the on campus wells and we should notice a difference soon.
  • The Centennial fall conferences will include:  A Harriet Jacobs Conference in October where Jean Yellin will be a speaker.  The Role of Higher Education and Global Competence will be the focus of a conference in September as well as a conference on the Aftershock of September 11, 2001.  Invitees to this second conference include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ray Kelly, Lee Hamilton, and Mayor Bloomberg.  Other conferences are in the works so check the Centennial page for updates.
  • The Hudson Valley Center has not been as successful as hoped.  A decision to continue will be made this spring.  The report from the Architects about all Pace's buildings and locations will be completed soon and the Board will be hearing reports beginning next week.