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February 2015 Meeting at the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus

Members each gave a brief campus update:

  • The University of Northern Colorado will be having a dinner and awards celebration to recognize their 125th year as a University. Their staff council is working to provide scholarships so classified staff can attend classes at the university. UNC is going through the process of accreditation.
  • Adams State University is in the process of remodeling on campus, the second phase is a month away from completion. Their new Chief of Police started on February 2nd. Their campus is wrapping up a search for a new president as well. Adams State is up for accreditation, and a staff member will likely sit on that board.
  • Colorado State University in in the midst of a parking analysis, deciding what fee structures and parking fees will be in the coming years. Their council provides awards to staff; 10-14 nominees are awarded $500 each. CSU is looking at a campus smoking policy, but no decisions have been made yet.
  • Front Range Community College is in the midst of a Vice President search, which should be completed soon. The campus is also focusing on a 24-7 online navigation platform and a diverse learning initiative.
  • Colorado School of Mines is in the process of a President search that should be completed by the fall. Their council is in discussion to have a staff presence on the Student Senate.
  • Front Range Community College Fort Collins is doing a Vice President search, to be completed soon. They are to host a 15 year service awards reception. Their campus is also discussing an undocumented student award, making college more affordable for an undocumented student who would typically pay out of state tuition.
  • University of Colorado Boulder is about to host their Years of Service ceremony in May. Their council has just distributed flyers with representative’s information to all campus buildings to improve awareness of Staff Council. Their council recently passes an article urging the campus to create a policy to address bullying on campus.
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs is growing, growing, growing! They recently hosted a staff celebration lunch with a worst sweater contest. They host an annual service award celebration with a drive for those in need. Their international exchange program is growing. They are addressing new parking needs and some new parking is expanding to a sports field.
  • Pikes Peak Community College is creating memorial plaques for classified staff that will be located at the three different campuses. Applications for fall 2015 staff educations scholarships are about to be sent out. The council hosts brown bag informational lunches, this month’s speaker was from Wells Fargo presenting on budgeting. The Classified Council is sponsoring a walking path at the Rampart Range campus. It will connect to the Centennial campus.
  • Red Rocks Community College’s Lakewood campus is expanding their gym. They are hosting a WWII commemoration in April as well.
  • Colorado State Pueblo is conducting a provost search internally. Their council is in a transition year, working on funding for scholarships and admin volunteer hours.
  • Front Range Community College Longmont is restarting their classified staff council after being inactive for several years.  They gave an update of flood renovations from a pipe break over winter break. Their campus is preforming a campus climate survey, and they are working on obtaining nursing degrees accreditations.
  • University of Colorado Denver’s Classified Staff Council and University Staff Council voted to combine into a single council. Some departments are moving into a new building on Speer.

During the SLC meeting, we discussed the location of the coming retreat. It was determined we would meet in Glenwood Springs in June.
There was an extensive discussion about WINS. CSU had questions about how WINS functions on campuses. We reviewed funding structure, rules on how WINS can recruit members, WINS contributions to employees via lobbying efforts, and pros and cons of WINS affiliations.
We discussed coming meetings and speakers; we will invite members from PERA, CCHE and DPA to visit us in coming meetings.

Our next meeting is at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.