Members Present: Gary D'Agostino, Sonja Aikens, Jeff Donahue, Jennifer McNeil, and Karen Webb

Members Absent:  Jason Arp, Marilyn Ponti and David Sprunger

Invited Guest: Cindy Matern, Ad-Hoc Member


The meeting was called to order at 1:25 p.m. in Reid 110. 

The minutes from the August meeting were approved by a motion from Jeff and were seconded by Sonja.  Motion carried unanimously.

Sonja spoke to Communications regarding our posting in "The Fountain".  They recommended that we supply information only a couple of times a month.  The committee all felt that was an adequate number as we don't want people to skip over the posts.

An update regarding the "Infant Care Plan" was going to be discussed; however the individual in charge was absent.  This is something the faculty is still going strong on so more information will follow.  Jeff will be meeting with the Chairs of the Faculty Fringe Benefits Committee to determine how our two committees will work together and the best way of getting that accomplished.

Dag provided information on his hosting the School Employees Credit Union (SECU) on campus for informational sessions. He has spoken to Kendra and is working on the final arrangements.  As of now, she is schedule to be on campus October 12 and 13 all day and will host 3-4 sessions each day.  Jennifer will work on room locations and get suggestions to Dag.  Even though this is October break, it should give faculty members the opportunity to attend.

The idea of trying to host a lunch meeting in September was raised.  Jeff suggested Bon Appétit as no research would need to be prepared ahead of time.  The rest of the committee thought it would be a great way to kick off our lunch meetings.  He will contact Roger Edens to set up a date.  The idea for November was addressed as well.  Cindy suggested Flex Spending, as open enrollment will be taking place later that month.  Jennifer is in charge of that topic so she will get it arranged.

The committee will be implementing a survey for staff to let us know what they like and what topics they might like for our lunch meetings.  Cindy suggested charging Jason with the construction of the survey as he's overseen several for the Alumni office.  We will discuss this further at our next meeting.  We want to keep the survey short and simply, possibly with just five questions.  As of now, the questions we have include the following:

1. Do you know how to research benefits?

2. Which benefits would you like to know more about? -provide lunch meeting topics already scheduled and have the option for the staff member to fill in their own

The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.


Next SFBC meeting: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 1:15 p.m., in Memorial 313