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Updates on July PAT and OS Council Meetings

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
July 25, 2007

A lengthy discussion regarding how to conduct a survey on benefits and compensation took place at the July PAT Council meeting where it was decided to wait until fall and until input from HR has been received before launching the questionnaire.

Also discussed were the two forums being held on the state of the university’s financial health, the first of which was held Tuesday. [see related story]. The forums address UNH’s financial situation, offer a plan for addressing it and allow time for attendees to ask questions or make comments.

PAT Chairman Guy Eaton urged councilors to attend one of the sessions. The second takes place October 23, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the MUB Theatre 1.

Eaton also said he hopes to get new president Mark Huddleston to attend a future PAT meeting.

In other news, Phil Hammond agreed to remain the PAT representative to the SPPC for another term while Jon Plodzik signed on as the alternate, replacing Tracy Boyle.

Anthony Zizos, head of Facilities Management and Operations, attended the OS Council meeting and talked about his department’s role and restructuring. He identified the top three challenges of restructuring as being related to the management of finances, human resource, and information technology.

Currently there are two system-wide initiatives underway to assess the state of the department. The first evaluates the management of its physical assets in comparison to other institutions and the second, aimed at identifying future maintenance costs, looks at the physical condition of the plant.

Janet Doty of Human Resources also attended the meeting and answered questions

concerning communication of salary increase guidelines; some council members were not aware that increases had been announced.

Chairman Jason Brodeur offered to send the FY08 guidelines to all operating staff to make sure everyone received the information.

On another note, the council reviewed January retreat notes and decided to refocus on the following goals for the year:

· Employee communications initiatives

· Exploring a 360 degree evaluation for supervisors

· Providing training for employees who supervise work study students

The next PAT meeting is August 1 while the OS Council next meets on August 8.


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