Minutes 2013-2014

April 8, 2014

  1. Minutes from March 11 meeting were approved.
  2. Updates from Human Resources with Chris Abbuhl
    1. PAGE program will now be part of tuition reimbursement for credit-bearing, paid courses
    2. Health Care Renewal – the committee reviewed health insurance plans for the college and made recommendations to better serve the college and its employees
      1. The committee recommended adding a value HMO with a lower premium but higher out-of-pocket per-incident costs which can save individuals and families who do not have too many health care visits in a year
      2. Retaining HMO Blue with a few changes on copays on outpatient surgery and high-tech imaging; co-pay amounts were adjusted to fall more in line with the industry
      3. Adding coverage for gender reassignment surgery, and chiropractic to the HMO plan
      4. POS is a Massachusetts-network insurance with out-of-network benefits and no referrals; PPO is a national network where you can choose providers within the network
    3. Training & Development
      1. Staff in HR are developing practical training for the workplace
        1. Using Five College offerings which will be better advertised
        2. Survey will be going out on needs assessment
        3. Focused on competencies from performance development program
        4. Training is being offered by Life Scope (formerly Wellness Corporation, our EAP)
        5. Working with Blue Cross to provide wellness programming
  3. Peer Recognition Awards & Spring Coffee Break Debrief
    1. Attendance was lower than in some more recent breaks
    2. Need to ask presenters to use microphone as some folks sat on second level
    3. Should we make the last break of each year a social, or part of it?
  4. Spring Luncheon Follow-up
    1. People appreciated the brevity of this year’s presentations, and especially liked the food being available at 11:45am
    2. Would be nice to introduce the Senior Staff and get a brief state of the college update
  5. MCCL – one staff member is needed for a three-year term and the person is appointed by the Staff Council
    1. This will be announced in the Staff Blast to solicit interest
  6. Brown Bag event is on April 10 at noon.
  7. MoHonest movement information  provided to staff to understand micro-aggression on campus
  8. Updates on shredding event on Pangy Day April 25 11am – 2pm
    1. Money collected will go toward a project benefitting staff
  9. Benefits Fair May 8
    1. Ordering pens for visitors to our table
    2. Will be raffling a vacation day
  10. Truman Employee Dependent Scholarship
    1. Staff announcement went out when applications opened; they are due May 15
    2. Decided to make the process easier and eliminated the high school transcript and letter of recommendation
    3. Information on our website will be reviewed
  11. Committee Reports
    1. No new reports.