October 7, 2011 Minutes

Westchester Administrative Staff Council Meeting
October 7, 2011
Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center

The meeting was called to order at 9:00AM by Co-Chair Pat Carolan.



Faculty Council meets on Friday, October 14. Karen DeSantis will provide a report at our next meeting.

Our November meeting will include a welcome for new hires in an effort to increase our visibility and attendance.

Flu shots are available for CIGNA participants on October 13 or by appointment at the health center for $20 (cash or check).

Luciana Ziegler, Employee & Labor Relations Manager, announced that HR is introducing a new program, the Brown Bag Break series. This series of lunch sessions is meant to build a culture of community and will focus on what motivates engagement and how to combat low morale.

Regarding employee recognition, the Star Award is a leadership award that will reward staff/faculty/teams contributing to the strong financial basis of the University.

Benefits Committee: Fran O’Gara was not in attendance, so there was no update.

Service Committee: Thanks to Dan Botting for serving as the head of this committee previously. Dan is no longer able to continue in this capacity, and we are looking for another volunteer to chair this committee.

Picnic Committee: Anna Fishman has graciously offered to chair the Picnic Committee again, however, additional volunteers are needed.

The minutes from the May meeting were approved.

Presentation: Mark R. Brown, Director of Athletics

Pace’s new director of athletics, Mark R. Brown, shared a PowerPoint presentation highlighting important information about our athletics department and athletics teams.

Pace is a Division II school, and part of the Northeast 10. Pace admits more women than men. According to Title 9, we should be allocating 60% of our resources to women and 40% to men. We run about 50%/50%.

Intramurals are offered in NYC and PLV. All students are encouraged to participate. Staff is also welcome.

There are some significant changes for athletics in the new master plan as we will no longer have Briarcliff which has the softball and soccer field. We are behind the Northeast 10 regarding facilities, and are working to improve them. Better facilities are better for recruiting and retention. The master plan includes a turf field and a new weight room for athletes. We are at a competitive disadvantage at away games because the other Northeast 10 schools have turf fields.

The NYC athletics facility has a lot of intramurals. They had a ribbon cutting for the new cardio room.

Community service is required of Pace’s student athletes. They participate in many fundraisers and charitable events. The Student Athletics Committee raised $5,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation last year. The service aspect teaches the importance of giving back to the community and promotes Pace as a partner in the community.

The athletics website is being redesigned and will include a blog by Mark. The URL is www.pacesettersathletics.com.

Above all, our athletes are students first. The spring 2011 average GPA was 3.15, and athletics boasts an 86% retention rate. They sign a “code of conduct” that they will go to class, be on time, and sit in the front of the room. If they are fully engaged in class, faculty will be more likely to support them.

What’s next:

  • Peggy Fitzgerald is the new Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Creation of University Athletics Committee
  • $25,000 Football Game Day locker Room project
  • Football Alumni Annual Fund Campaign
  • Re-launch of www.pacesettersathletics.com
  • Licensing agreement to maximize brand awareness
  • Launch of Athletics Outlook calendar which will allow the user to seamlessly add all home games to his/her Outlook calendar

Home football games now include the Game Day Experience from 11AM – 1PM for tailgating and a full promotions schedule. There is a 45-person drumline and halftime shows.


Presentation: Rachel Carpenter, director of SDCA, and Shawn Livingston, Associate Director of SDCA

SDCA’s mission is “Making Ideas Happen.” They work to develop our students into leaders. Vision and purpose:

  • To establish programs that are outcome-based and seek national recognition
  • Students initiate and own their programs. They lead, learn and develop other leaders
  • Complement the academic experience
  • Retain students by creating community
  • Empower students and give them resources to adapt and change


Studies show that students who are fairly complaint-free during the first six weeks of their first year usually stay at the school for at least 1-2 years.

SDCA offers at least one leadership training each semester for existing leaders and others.

Programs and Initiatives:

  • Student Association meetings are held on Fridays from 12PM-2PM.  The student board manages approximately a $500,000 budget each year.
  • Greek Life
    • There are 20 Greek organizations on campus. 12-15% of students are Greek-affiliated. The goal is 20-25%.
    • Fraternities and sororities have a fundraising/philanthropy focus.
    • Average fall 2010 GPA for Greek students was 3.16.
  • Spiritual Development
    • A national student engagement survey showed that students want more spiritual options.
    • The campus chaplain is Sister Susan Becker.
    • An Interfaith Council has been created to address spiritual needs
    • “Casual Conversations” is a series of programming on spiritual topics
    • The chapel in Dow Hall is being renovated into an interfaith space
  • Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 13-15 in NYC; October 20-23 in Pleasantville
  • Involvement Fair will be held on the second Wednesday of the spring semester.
  • Trips and Conferences: National Conference of Student Leadership
  • Senior Week and Senior Transitions – partnered with all different areas; what will you need to know after graduation?
  • Setter’s Leadership Program – 2.5 year certification program; 25 students and mentors

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM.