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Staff Senate February Meeting Overview

by Brandy Warren, communications and marketing last modified Feb 15, 2013 11:49 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 Feb. 11 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Chair Dhiane Bradley opened the meeting.

This is what happened:

Reports to the Senate

President James Ramsey thanked senators for their service to the university and then reported on the 21st Century University Initiative. He said five committees have been formed to review the results from the SWOT analysis and to make recommendations on how the university should proceed on its goal for the future.

In addition to a steering committee, workgroups will include:

  • Technology, Demographics, and Engagement Committee
  • Academic Research Priorities Committee
  • Financial Health Committee
  • A Culture of Excellence Committee

Those people selected to serve on committees have received their assignments.

Ramsey said he had originally intended for recommendations to be made to the Board of Trustees at its annual retreat, but that the project may take longer.

Lisa London, human resources, reported that work continues on the Community Service Leave Program pilot. Under the pilot, employees could use one work day during a fiscal year to volunteer at any nonprofit community service organization, excluding those with political or religious affiliation. London said the next step is it get approval from the Board of Trustees.

London also reminded senators that performance appraisals are under way.

The Senate will meet again Monday, March 11, at the School of Dentistry, Room 125, Health Sciences Center.

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