Draft Minutes 21 Sept Meeting

Administrative Council Minutes (amended 19 Oct, Lbates)

Sep 21, 2016

In attendance:  Larry Bates, Michael Cannady, Dean Copple, Rachael Cragle, Michele DeFelice, Philip Ems, Lia Gao, Carole Gary, Judy Gosch, Royce Jacomen, LaKietha Jackson, LaQuinta Jackson, Spencer Joy, Pam Lau, Aneisa McDonald, Fonda Vickery, Gayle Wood.

  • Called to order at 9:10 by Aneisa McDonald.
  • Aneisa thanked Nancy Ramsey, Marilyn Roddy and LaKietha Jackson for supplying food.
  • Aneisa Introduced current officers
  • Aneisa asked for review and approval of July Minutes
    • Judy Gosch motioned to approve min.
    • Pam Lau second
    • Minutes approved
  • Li Gao gave finance report
    • $500 balance in account
    • $2624.84 in scholarship account
  • Aneisa announced that upcoming discussions of scholarship in next meeting.
    • Mention made of options for fund; Challenge accounts, Matching accounts
    • Mentioned that Admin Council is bottom of other organizations for scholarships
    • Currently we have contributed to 22 students
    • Updated info will be posted on Admin Council Blog site
  • Admin spotlight was presented by Annie Gray on Pellissippi Pantry and Hardin Valley Garden

Old Business

  • Brief discussion of Panther Trading Post. No real report for Panther Trade Post accept that will be Facebook Page and plan for committee to meet before next meeting.  Report to come

New Business

  • Review of upcoming meeting schedule. Next meeting (Oct) will be at Strawberry Plains campus.  Aneisa asked for those who wish to ride van to notify her.  Several from meeting stated they were planning to attend.  (Jackson, DeFalice, Gerry, McDonald, Cannady, Copple in addition to council.
  • Reviewed committee per the constitution and current members of each (listed on blog site)
  • Valentine day committee Michelle DeFalice volunteered to head up again. Gayle Wood agreed to help.
  • Proposed combine Valentine Day party and start of auction same day to provide preview
    • Discussed time may be too quick in order to get big contribution items or those items that individuals usually make.
    • Would mean donation raising would have to start now
    • Fonda will check to see if even possible
    • Decided Valentine party will be held in College Center if possible. If not, Aneisa has already reserved annex.
  • Gayle mentioned their office is sponsoring carnival this Friday night for kids 5-7.

Meeting adjourned at 10:04

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Minutes of 20 July Meeting

Administrative Council Minutes

July 20, 2016

In attendance:  Cindy Atchley, James Ayers, Mary Bledsoe, Eric Bollman, Susan Breeding, LoraLee Bryant, Michael Cannady, Mark Cotter, Rachael Cragle, Celeste Evans, Elizabeth Firestone, Judy  Gosch, Royce Jacomen, LaKietha Jackson, Brent Morrison, Lisa Orient, and Fonda Vickery.

The first meeting of the 2016-2017 Administrative Council was called to order by LaKietha Jackson at 9:07 am.

New Administrators Eric Bollman (Veteran’s Services Director) and Royce Jacomen (Instructional Technology Specialist) were introduced and welcomed to the meeting and the remaining Administrators introduced themselves to Eric and Royce.

The June meeting minutes were reviewed and a change listing LaKietha Jackson as President of Administrative Council was corrected to President Elect. Mary Bledsoe made a motion to approve the minutes and seconded by Rachael Cragle. The motion was unanimously approved.

In Li Gao’s absence, LaKietha reported that our treasury balance is $500.00.

LaKietha announced that Aneisa McDonald had sign-up sheets for snacks/beverages at future meetings and also sign-up sheets for future Departmental Spotlights. Spotlights that were mentioned at the meeting were Campus Safety, File Locker, Event Services, and Veteran’s Services.

Old Business:

Mary Bledsoe, Michael Cannady, and Lisa Orient updated us on their meetings and research on the Panther Trading Post. We will use a Facebook program and for a small yearly fee (that will go into the Administrative Council Scholarship Fund) PSCC employees can sell and buy items. Unfortunately this program does not allow employees to browse without paying the yearly fee first.  Mary discussed that a small committee should be formed to overlook the Panther Trading Post and a list of rules should be created, such as; what can and cannot be sold, rules to protect the Panther Trading Post from liability…etc. Lisa Orient discussed the 158 responses of the survey that was sent to all employees and they are:

84.6% of responding employees said they would use the site to buy and sell goods.

73.2% of responding employees agreed that they would pay a small yearly fee to buy or sell on the site.

38.4% of responding employees thought $5.00 per year was the amount they thought the site should charge, 29.5% thought $10.00  should be the yearly charge, 7.5% thought $15.00 should be the yearly charge and 24.7% thought that there should not be a fee.

55.6% of responding employees are not currently a member of any other selling/trading groups.

35.5% of responding employees have bought or sold an item within the last month, 14.2% within the last 6 months, 12.9% in the last year, 14.2 % more than a year ago and 23.2% have never bought or sold an item in this fashion.

 

Mary Bledsoe proposed two questions to the Administrative Council.

  1. How much should the charge be for joining the Panther Trading Post Service?
  2. Should PSCC students be allowed to use this service also?

A discussion took place with many people bringing up excellent questions and suggestions, then Mary Bledsoe made a motion to: 1. Create a group to manage the Panther Trading Post. 2. That a $5.00 yearly fee be charged for using the Panther Trading Post. 3. This trading/selling site will only be open to PSCC employees for the first year and then the committee can decide whether or not if students should be given access to the Panther Trading Post. The motion was seconded by Mark Cotter. The motion was unanimously approved.

Royce Jacomen brought up the point that when advertising the Panther Trading Post site that we highlight the fact that the fee goes into the Administrative Council Scholarship Fund and Elizabeth Firestone brought up the point that the yearly fee of $5.00 is the minimum amount and if employees wanted to make it a bigger donation they should be able to do that.

Mary Bledsoe reported on the progress of ID Cards for PSCC students and employees. President Wise and all of the Vice-Presidents approved Blue vertical ID cards for employees with their picture, name, barcode and a magnetic strip. The magnetic strip will be used and activated in the future for purchases in the cafeteria or bookstore. Employees will be required to obtain an ID card, but currently not required to wear them as a name badge; however, since some departments will elect to have specific employees wear the ID cards, lanyards and/or clips will be provided at no cost. After Dec 1st, the HR department will make employee ID cards for new hires.

PSCC students will have yellow, horizontal ID cards with their picture, name, P#, barcode, and magnetic strips which they are required to carry at all times while on campus or at campus events. Starting in August 16, 2016, the Student Life Office and the Student Rec Center will make the ID cards for the Hardin Valley Campus, the Libraries (formerly the ERC) will make the ID cards at the other 4 campuses.

New Business:

The Administrative Council will set up a table at the Employee Benefits Fair on Tuesday, September 13th, there is a sign-up sheet for those who are able to give up a little time to help out that day, please contact Aneisa McDonald if you are interested in helping. Mary Bledsoe suggested that we spend some funds to purchase a small item to pass out when employees visit our table.

Aneisa McDonald asked in her absence that Mary Bledsoe be recognized for her years of service and dedication to PSCC and the Administrative Council with a gift as she starts her new life adventure of retirement. Mary you will be missed!

A thank you gift was given to Fonda Vickery for serving as the 2015-2016 President of the Administrative Council.

There will NOT be an August meeting, the next meeting will be Sept 21st with Annie Gray sharing information about the Hardin Valley Garden & Pantry.

The meeting was adjourned by LaKietha Jackson.

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Valentine’s Day Event Photos

Pictures from the 2015 Valentine's Day Event

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Draft of Meeting Minutes, Administrative Council- October 15, 2014

Draft of Meeting Minutes, Administrative Council- October 15, 2014

Attendees: Stephanie Baker-Harden, Brandon Ballentine, Mary Bledsoe, Deborah Bolton, Tracey Bradley, LoraLee Bryant, Rachael Cragle, Michele DeFelice, Philip Ems, Elizabeth Firestone, Li Gao, Judy Gosch, Gary Grubb, Spencer Joy, Nadia Keyes, Aneisa McDonald, Lisa Orient, Nancy Ramsey, Marilyn Roddy, Fonda Vickery, Alice Wershing, Naomi Williams. Others Online: Heather White, Rosalyn Tillman, Phil Ems, Tracy Bradley.

Mary Bledsoe opened the meeting at 9:05 am. The minutes from the October 1 meeting were reviewed. Amendments will be made regarding Aneisa McDonald and Marilyn Roddy’s attendance, and the purchase of Valentine’s Day cakes for site campuses (not all campuses)Nancy moved and Marilyn Roddy seconded and the minutes were approved.

Agenda:

Spencer Joy gave the Treasurer’s report. Money has not been spent. He is working with Li and Brandon to access the account.

Committee Reports:

Rachel reported on the meeting of the ADA Advisory Committee. The committee has been charged with a campus wide accessibility plan and will be meeting again. The UPEP grant was also discussed that has been awarded by the Department of Labor. If anyone has anything to be shared at future ADA Advisory Committee meetings, please let Rachel know.

Veteran’s Committee Report: The committed is made up of administrators, faculty and 1 student. Activities will be held from November 4-11. Posters and fliers have been distributed regarding the activities, including a POW Flag raising, displays of stories in the Rotunda, and a Speaker on 11/6.

Accessibility Summit Update: Alice reported on the Task Force meetings held in Nashville as well as the meeting of individuals who attended the Summit. Dr. Wise made recommendations for working on the accessibility plan to members at the meeting. The group will be meeting to begin work on the plan.

Lisa reported on the Take Back the Night event on Division Street. This event will highlight issues related to sexual violence against women, which will include a walk and speak out portion.

Judy Gosh reported on proposed changes to the welding AAS Program given to TBR.

Nancy reported that the Strategic Planning Committee has merged with Enrollment Management. We may be asked to participate. Minutes of the meetings are posted publicly. The Institutional Effectiveness website has a presentation posted related to surveys given to students, in order to give information on their input, and the results were excellent.   Mary asked Nancy to give a presentation on this in the future.

Nadia reported that the campaign to educate students on how to better use their My Pellissippi account, to be held in November, to get students to be better engaged. Ambassadors and others will visit campus and show how My Pellissippi works.

Judy Gosch asked about the number of students who have signed up for TN Promise.  It was reported that 35,000 have signed up, with Knox County having the highest enrollment.

 

Event Teams:

Rachel reported that there were no reports as of yet. A short update will be made at the 11/19 meeting while we eat. Rachel will be sending out information on decorations and what to bring for the holiday brunch on 11/19.

Old Business:

Mary requested ideas for the next 20/20 spotlight in December. Judy will do a spotlight at the December meeting. It was also discussed that there needs to be a Foundation update in December or January. The meeting will be held on the Magnolia campus in January. Brandon and Spencer are working on getting a van.

Elizabeth reported that the new center might be open by the January meeting and we can tour. The projected date of October was delayed due to networking issues. Rosalyn reported online that it will be open in December!

New Business:

Mary provided information on a program from American Association of University Women. This would offer leadership opportunities for younger members. If the institution joins for $110, then students can join for free. Nancy reported the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee is associated with AAUW.

Nadia Keys raised the question of recreational services closing at 5:30 pm and not open on the weekends. Discussion followed on the reasons for it being closed on the weekends, how to change to better hours, and how to have better use on Saturdays. It was reported that the rec center is open until 6, but there are classes in the evenings. Students may want to use the rec center before class. Phil clarified that the rec center closes at 6 pm. Attendance was reported to be low on Saturdays so it is a budgetary cost, but perhaps funds can be re-allocated. A petition with a solid idea of the number of people interested would help to determine the need. Email Phil if interested in having other hours.

The next meeting will be November 19, for our holiday brunch.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 AM.

Recorder: Alice Wershing

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October 1 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes- October 1, 2014

Attendees: Brandon Ballentine, Mary Bledsoe, Deborah Bolton, Tracey Bradley, Dean Copple, Rachael Cragle, Philip Ems, Elizabeth Firestone, Nadia Keyes, Karen Lively (online), Christian Lockhart, Lisa Orient, Nancy Ramsey, Richard Smelser, Rosalyn Tillman (online), Fonda Vickery, Alice Wershing, Lois Williams, Becky Milam. Others Online: Ann Satkowiak, Holly Burkett, Mark Cotter, Katrina Hill.

Mary Bledsoe opened the meeting. Mary had corrections for the minutes to be given after the meeting. Amended minutes will be uploaded to the blog. Current minutes were approved. Motion by Rachael Cragle to accept, second by Deborah Bolton.

Agenda:

20/20 Spotlight: Tracey Bradley, Executive Director of TNCIS, Study Abroad Program

Tracey provided an excellent overview of the TNCIS program. There are 18 locations with approximately 400 students and 60-70 faculty. PSCC usually has 180 students enrolled. No other school has sent close to 200 students. She discussed the scholarship options for students in need of assistance. TNCIS is hosting a fair today in the Rotunda. The web site is the best resource for further information on the program. South Africa’s program was highlighted as an example. There is a direct tie to Service Learning within the International Service Learning program.   Tracey spoke about the importance of a global perspective no matter what students plan to do after they leave PSCC. There is an International Curriculum Committee here at PSCC as well to include campus offerings for students who may not be able to participate in TNCIS courses. Becky asked about eligibility, and Tracey responded that any student with 12 college credit hours is eligible. She was unsure of the impact of TN Promise but added that TN Achieves has additional funds. Elizabeth asked about students who graduate in December. Those students may not be eligible for scholarships if they are not enrolled in a course at PSCC, but can enroll in courses and will need to meet with TNCIS staff regarding further information. Mary asked about fees, and how they compare across the state. Tracey responded that fees vary across locations and countries, there is an International Education Fee which is $10-15 and may also be by credit hour. Most schools use the fees for scholarships and some use them for on campus needs.

A typical trip includes 20-30 students. Most groups have a good number of students from PSCC. The number of participants continues to grow annually. Scholarships typically are maxed out, and are usually 50% of the cost of a trip, but some schools give 100% of costs. Students find other funds, with kudos to Nadia for her help with this.

If students attend a 4 year institution, they can also participate. If they are UT students, they enroll through PSCC. There is always a waiting list for Faculty. The next applications for faculty are November 1, 2016. More apply than there are spaces allotted. Most everyone agrees who participates that this is a life changing event.

Communication Reports:

Mary reported that Brandon, Fonda and Mary will set the agenda for meetings.

Congratulations to Disability Services on the new grant received!

Anniversary Committee: Fonda reported that Opening ceremonies went well.

The Faculty and Staff Picnic is scheduled for October 18.

Communications: Set up by Dr. Wise. The focus is on improving communication. Inside Pellissippi is a good way to communicate upcoming events and kudos.   The President’s Monthly Letter will be distributed through Inside Pellissippi.

A brief update on the Accessibility Summit and the activities of the Accessibility Task Force Public Hearings was provided by Alice.

Donor Scholarship Reception and Recipient:

Rachel Resciniti is the student recipient. She is a pre-nursing student transferring to LMU. Rachel’s thank you letter was read by Mary. The reception is to be held on November 20 from 6-7 pm in the College Center.

Old Business:

Safety and Security Window

                Discussion of the window put in regarding a need for ideas and recommendations.

Discussion followed regarding whether the Council would take a specific position. Does it need to be up all the time, closed when needed, etc. Discussion followed that it is important to know when it’s closed, if something is going on, similar to the window in Advising, soundproofed, a sliding door that is closed until someone comes.

Elizabeth moved that either the existing curtain is left up for closing in an emergency or that there be a plexiglass sliding window installed. Richard seconded, motion carried.

Safe campus brochures were made available.

Becky has copies of the Common Book if needed.

Email Mary if you are interested in either.

New Business:

November Holiday brunch for Council: Rachael will chair, Becky and Nancy will assist.

Valentine Day Reception: Brandon will chair, Mary, Alice, Aneisa and Dick will help. Cakes from Sams will be purchased for all campus locations. Home-made or store bought items will be needed, with more preference for home made.

Silent Auction: Items need to be collected. This is a major fundraiser. Lois stated it is the time to find items. We need 60-75 items. Donations can be solicited using the In-Kind form. Remind people to find things to buy and donate. Items need to be photographed and stored until the auction. Discussed needs for publicity, gift certificates, setting up the website. Nadia volunteered to help. Alice offered to help with the website that Aaron Overall has done in the past.

The next meeting will be October 15.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:55 AM.

Recorder: Alice Wershing

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Amended Meeting Minutes- August 13, 2014

Meeting Minutes- August 13, 2014

Mary Bledsoe opened the meeting.

Agenda:

Heather Schroeder, Common Book Overview

Fred Breiner, Safety updates

Video from New Student Orientation

Heather reported on this year’s Common Book and the upcoming speaker presentation from Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down”. Tickets will be on sale soon. The book was chosen as a set of essays because it is easier to cover in sections as opposed to a novel.  She highlighted several essays of interest. Other events are being planned such as films. The Common Book assists new students in their freshman year to have a common book to discuss across their courses. Ed Francisco is the co-chair.

Fred addressed the incident that occurred on campus on June 19 and provided a timeline of events of that day. Questions were answered regarding current information on the status of the investigation. Discussion followed regarding the safety of people at the front counter, offered options of a glass partition, panic buttons, and the need to look at work spaces to be sure no one is alone.   If you wish to have a panic button for your office, contact Fred. He also reported on the results of Security Consultants who came to campus in June.   AED defibrillators have been purchased for all campus locations. Signage has been added regarding no guns on campus. A full time dispatcher is now on duty during the evenings.   Street names will be added to campus, discussion followed on keeping Hardin Valley Road address.  Each building on campus will also have an address on it.

Fred also addressed what was learned from the incident. He stated that it was not a lock down, and questions were asked as to what would warrant a lock down. Security Consultants will be back for training and policy writing. The concern of a lock down is that it can turn into a hostage situation.

Mary presented on the mandate for college campuses to promote safe campus environments from the OCR Mandate. One activity is training on preventing campus sexual violence. The tag for the campaign is “See Something, Say Something” and “Creating a Safe Campus”. Staff and faculty need to know the sexual misconduct definitions, how to report it and the process involved. It is important to refer individuals to counseling who wish to remain anonymous or to the Employee Assistance Program for support for employees. All official reports must go to Karen Queener. Mary also gave information about the history of Title IX and the Campus Save programs. So many cases across the country are still not addressed or reported. The Creating a Safe Campus video is also on the Pellissippi channel at YouTube.com. More information will be coming on how to talk to students.   TBR is currently working on new definitions and a process. Mary also outlined BIT training related to threat assessment and tools to assess, who the members of the team are, and the instrument used to analyze behaviors and situations.

The next meeting will be September 17, led by Judy Gosch and Rachel Cragle.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 AM.

Recorder: Alice Wershing

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Meeting Minutes- August 13, 2014

Mary Bledsoe opened the meeting.

Agenda:

Heather Schroeder, Common Book Overview

Fred Breiner, Safety updates

Video from New Student Orientation

Heather reported on this year’s Common Book and the upcoming speaker presentation from Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down”. Tickets will be on sale soon. The book was chosen as a set of essays because it is easier to cover in sections as opposed to a novel.  She highlighted several essays of interest. Other events are being planned such as films. The Common Book assists new students in their freshman year to have a common book to discuss across their courses. Ed Francisco is the co-chair.

Fred addressed the incident that occurred on campus on June 19 and provided a timeline of events of that day. Questions were answered regarding current information on the status of the investigation. Discussion followed regarding the safety of people at the front counter, offered options of a glass partition, panic buttons, and the need to look at work spaces to be sure no one is alone.   If you wish to have a panic button for your office, contact Fred. He also reported on the results of Security Consultants who came to campus in June.   AED defibrillators have been purchased for all campus locations. Signage has been added regarding no guns on campus. A full time dispatcher is now on duty during the evenings.   Street names will be added to campus, discussion followed on keeping Hardin Valley Road address.  Each building on campus will also have an address on it.

Fred also addressed what was learned from the lock down. He stated that it was not a lock down, and questions were asked as to what would warrant a lock down. Security Consultants will be back for training and policy writing. The concern of a lock down is that it can turn into a hostage situation.

Mary presented on the mandate for college campuses to promote safe campus environments from the DC Mandate. One activity is training on preventing campus sexual violence. The tag for the campaign is “See Something, Say Something”. Staff and faculty need to know the definition, how to report it and the process involved. It is important to refer individuals to counseling or to the Employee Assistance Program for support.   Mary also gave information about the history of Title IX and the Campus Save programs. So many cases are still not addressed or reported. The video is also on YouTube. More information will be coming on how to talk to students.   TBR is currently working on new definitions and a process. Mary also outlined BIT training related to threat assessment and tools to assess, who the members of the team are, and the instrument used to analyze behaviors and situations.

The next meeting will be September 17, led by Judy Gosch and Rachel Cragle.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:40 AM.

Recorder: Alice Wershing

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Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2014

Attendees:      Brandon Ballentine, Debi Bolton, Susan Breeding,  Holly Burkett, Carolyn Carson, J. Dean Copple, Rachael Cragle, Spencer Joy, Fonda Vickery, & Lois Williams

Thank you, Brandon, for the donuts.

Minutes

Minutes were prepared last time by Mary Bledsoe.   Thank you, Mary for covering in my absence.

Carolyn Carson approved the minutes and Dean Copple seconded them.

Treasurer Report

There is still $50 to $75 left in the budget.

Retirement Speaker

Thank you to Debi Bolton for all her work in arranging for Connie Baskette to come and speak about retirement.   There was a high interest with 80 people signing up to attend.  “When are we going to have another one?”  was THE question afterwards.

All the monies from the auction are designated for scholarships, but the operational budget money of $400 could be used for another speaker or a return visit of Connie.  Connie is a retired employee of UT who learned the retirement information on her own.

Her retirement session recordings can be found on youtube until 4:30 on Friday, May 30, 2014.

TCRS Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFpDvvzCeL8

ORP Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9na-slxpb4

Election of New Officers

It is that time again to elect new officers for the Administrative Council.  Is anyone interested in being on the committee?

Rachael Cragle volunteered to help with the election committee.

Mary Bledsoe is the President Elect.

Brandon will send out an email to the advisory group.  New officers will begin July 1st.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 AM.

Recorder:  Susan D. Breeding

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Meeting Minutes – 4/16/2014 (draft)

Administrative Council Minutes April 16, 2014

Attendees: Brandon Ballentine, Mary Bledsoe, Dean Copple, Michele DeFelice, Elizabeth Firestone, Li Gao, Nadia Keyes, Sara McMurray, Nancy Rasnake, Dick Smelser, Fonda Vickery, Alice Wershing, and Lois Williams

Minutes

Brandon Ballantine called the meeting to order at 9:05 with a review of the March minutes. Mary Bledsoe moved to approve the minutes and Lois Williams seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Treasurer Report

Li Gao reported a balance of $355.19. Ann Satkowiak moved to approve the treasurer’s report and Sarah McMurray seconded. Motion passed.

Auction Report

Fonda Vickery started by dancing a Happy Dance and reported that $2625 was raised by the auction. The goal each year is $2500. Brandon then demonstrated his Happy Dance as well.

The following ideas were discussed for the next auction:

  • Adding a donation button to the auction site
  • Consider moving the spring auction to the fall or even perhaps both semesters
  • Advertise that it is possible to state “anonymous” on the In-Kind-Gift form if a donor desires
  • Include dimensions for art work and more detailed descriptions if possible and enlist the help of someone who is knowledgeable about artwork and auctions
  • Incorporate a “starting bid” or estimated value on the higher-end items

It was decided to include a question on the officer elections form regarding the future date/s of the auction.

Abundant Kudos were lavished on Fonda Vickery, Nancy Rasnake, Lois Williams, Brandon Ballentine and Spencer Joy for their tireless work and dedication to details that contributed greatly to the success of this year’s auction.

Retirement Presentation

Brandon provided feedback from emails received regarding council member’s interest in sponsoring a speaker to address retirement topics. There seemed to be a favorable response and a request for including site campus participants. Brandon will provide a live stream for the presentation. It was decided to open the presentation to all campuses, all employees. Nancy moved to allocate money for the speaker not to exceed $300 and for the event to be held after graduation. Fonda seconded and the motion passed.

20/20 Spotlight: Disability Services

Alice Wershing, Technical Specialist reviewed the new and improved website for Disability Services highlighting the following:

  • addition of accessible online forms for students
  • an “Announcements” page providing timely information
  • a “News” page providing relevant legislation and technology updates
  • a “General Resources” page providing easy access to policies and procedures and specific resources for faculty and students

Door Prizes

Members signed thank you cards for Allison, Bookstore, and Sayona, Cafeteria, for their door prize donations. April door prize winners: Nancy Rasnake, Fonda Vickery, Dick Smelser, and the grand prize winner of two Knoxville Zoo tickets was Sarah McMurray. Lois Williams won a lovely water bottle that could be used for a variety of liquids (you had to be there to understand the double entendre).

Meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.

Recorder: Mary Bledsoe

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Meeting Minutes – March 19, 2014

Attendees:      Brandon Ballentine, Mary Bledsoe, Debi Bolton, Susan Breeding, Mark Cotter, Les Fout, Li Gao, Judy Gosch, Spencer Joy, Nancy Rasnake, Lois Williams

Attendees By Adobe Connect:  J. Dean Copple

Thank you, Brandon, for the donuts.

Minutes

It was decided that minutes would be mailed to the Administrative Council in addition to being posted on the blog to give everyone a chance to read them.

Treasurer Report

The original budget was $500 and there is a balance of $370.65 which must be spent by June 30th.  There was discussion about spending the money to cover a speaker – perhaps one about retirement or long term long term health care.   A question was raised if a speaker’s approval had to go through the Professional Development Committee.

20/20 TRiO

Mark Cotter, the Director of TRiO Student Support Services, informed the council about the purpose of TRiO here at Pellissippi.

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.  Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance.

Currently Pellissippi’s TRiO Student Support Services program supports 160 students who are 1st generation, low income, or disability with low income while they are in college.  First generation student are defined as neither parent  graduated from a 4 year college.  A lot of these students are the first to graduate from high school.  To become a TRiO student, there is an application process followed by an interview.  The program is NOT a remedial program but a support program with a 28% graduation rate – a rate which is double that of the college.  The program works so well that it pays for itself.

Services offered are:

Peer tutoring – semester-long, one-on-one tutoring

Academic counseling and assistance in course selection through graduation

Financial Aid via grants to qualifying students and assistance in completing applications for aid

Workshops in Financial Planning, Time Management, Study Skills, Life Skills, Transfer Tips, Stress Reduction, Writing Skills

Cultural Events – trips to plays, dance and musical performances, and international events

 

Student file a plan to graduate and learn to go see their professors.  They are able to participate in college tours across Tennessee – UT, Maryville College. Tusculum  College, ETSU, MTSU, UTC, etc.

Financial aid is provided for study abroad students.   In 2013 sixteen students studied abroad, and nine will go this year.

Les Fout praised Mark on being a grant management expert.

Thank you, Mark, for a very informative session.

A bit of trivia about the makeup of the meeting – 82% of those present today are 1st generation.

Auction

Nancy Rasnake gave an update on the auction.  She and Fonda are organizing the items to sell.  Many more items are needed for the 2 day event scheduled for:

April 7, 2014   Beginning at 3:00 PM

April 9, 2014   Ending at 3:00 PM

The deadline for items is March 26, 2014, so there will be time to photograph and get the items online before the auction.  Past auctions have had much success with quilts and gift cards.  Debi Bolton agreed to contact Gay Bryant for a donation.   There will be competition this year as the Faculty book sale is at the same time.

There was discussion about thanking those who donate items with a phone call, an email, a letter, even a letter from a student who gets a scholarship, or all of the above.   Les Fout emphasized the importance of thanking those who give as many as 7 times and include how much money was raised and how it was used.

Another email will go out to the Administrative Council about the auction.  So far donations this year include an autographed football from UT (Butch Jones), an autographed basketball from UT (Holly Warwick), an 8 inch “tree of life” copper sculpture, quilt, gift cards,  and other items.

Door Prize Winners   $5.00 gift certificates to the cafeteria

Brandon Ballantine

Mary Bledsoe

Mark Cotter

Nancy Rasnake

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 AM.

Recorder:  Susan D. Breeding

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