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SFBC Minutes - Mar. 12, 2009

Members present: Gary D'Agostino, Sonja Aikens, Jason Arp, Ginni Delavan, Jeff Donahue, Jennifer McNeil, Marilyn Ponti and David Sprunger

Invited Guest: Michele Hanford, Fitness Center Director


The meeting was called to order at 1:15 PM in the Physical Plant Conference Room. 

The minutes from the February 5 meeting were approved.  Dag restated the importance of meeting minutes as they reinforce the credibility of the committee and provide continuity for future committees regarding issue history and procedures.

Michele Hanford was introduced to the committee as the Director of the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center (BFFC), having been invited to address staff questions and/or concerns regarding hours the facility shall be open during vacations and holidays.  She proceeded to outline her current plans and future ideas.

Michele explained that hours of operation are based primarily on student staffing.  One important note is that Michele has been able to keep the fitness center open more hours during the last two breaks.  She discussed the budget and commitment aspects of employing students and the resulting impact on her scheduling process.  Marilyn Ponti noted that the College has actually returned money due to lack of usage by the College.  It was generally agreed that better inter-departmental communication would assist greatly in allowing programs like BFFC to benefit from this funding.  Marilyn agreed to assist Michele in this endeavor.  A motion was passed to assist Michele in helping to get the word out to staff regarding usage hours, to survey the staff as an aid in identifying need and to look into work study student availability from other College programs that could partner with BFFC.

Also, Michele informed the committee that she would be willing to provide orientation sessions of the facility on a group basis.  Jason Arp stated he would be willing to assist in creating an informative poster that could be used as fliers to help keep people apprised of the hours during breaks and holidays.  These would be posted in common areas.  Sonja Aikens will also post these in The Fountain.

Jeff Donahue proposed that the committee use its website as a general clearing house for information and updates that directly affect staff benefits, providing synopsis and brief descriptions, as well as links to pertinent websites, both within and outside of Whitman's notification processes.  This was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m. with the next two month meeting agendas approved as being dedicated to health insurance provider review on April 23 and 30.


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