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March Staff Senate meeting recap

by Brandy Warren, communications and marketing last modified Mar 13, 2013 09:43 AM

The Staff Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers.

The full body met in regular session March 11 at the School of Dentistry. Chair Dhiane Bradley opened the meeting.

This is what happened:
Reports to the Senate
Tony Belak, university ombuds, spoke to the senate about the work of his office which provides informal, impartial and confidential dispute resolution services for staff and faculty. Last year, he had 360 contacts with faculty and staff. Belak’s office is in the UofL’s Urban Research Institute, 426 W. Bloom St., and his phone number is 852-7359. Belak also offers training sessions to groups on a variety of topics, including mediation and negotiation.

Patricia Benson, Get Healthy Now, spoke to the senate about the renovations of the Humana Gym on Bradley Avenue. The facility is expected to open in April and will include expanded hours that include weekends. A formal grand opening celebration is expected to be held April. 19. The new facility will include additional equipment, locker rooms and an indoor walking track. GHN also is planning to add more wellness classes and initiatives.  See more information and photos of Humana Gym.

Sam Connally, vice president for human resources, said that more than 300 employees had expressed interest in the proposed voluntary separation plan thus far. Employees have until March 15 to submit a non-binding, confidential expression of interest. Those who accept the incentive will have until May 1 to finalize the agreement. See more information about the plan.

Connally also reminded senators that the Board of Trustees approved a community service leave pilot program that will allow staff one work day per year to perform community service. Proposed by the Great Places to Work initiative, the program is designed to promote community engagement by allowing employees to volunteer for service organizations, schools or organized disaster relief and emergency efforts. The leave may not be used for religious or partisan political activities. For more information, see Human Resources Items of Interest. Connally said HR would announce when forms are available to begin taking part in the pilot program.

The next senate meeting will be April 8 in the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

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