21 October 2009

Staff Advisory Council
Meeting Minutes for 21 October 2009

Members present:

Lois Falzone, Cathy Pescatore, Anna Headley, Terry McGrath, Val Gibson, Tami Gura, Janet McSwiggan, Brad Rumsey, and Lynn Grady.

Ex-Officio members present:

Melanie Young represented Human Resources and Shar LaMar represented the EEO Office

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) of Swarthmore College was called to order at 9:00 am on Wednesday October 21, 2009 by moderator Mary Marissen. The following items were discussed:

Faculty Benefits Committee Meetings

  • The Faculty Staff Benefits Committee is hosting 4 meetings over the next week to present information regarding potential benefit cost savings. SAC members are encouraged to attend as many of these meetings as possible.
  • Melanie Young briefly previewed the information that would be presented to the College community at the benefits meeting.

Memorial Day/Labor Day

  • The subcommittee met to discuss the scope of this project. A list of schools was selected for a comparison. Some local, comparably-sized employers will be added to this list. The entire benefit package will be reviewed & not just the Memorial & Labor Day holidays.

Giving Tree

  • SAC will sponsor the “Giving Tree” project during the holiday season. Tami Gura will chair this project.
  • Both monetary contributions and gifts will be accepted by the program.

Staff Development

Proposals for Staff Development week are due on October 30th.


  • Mary Marissen asked the SAC members to consider volunteering for the open position of Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for taking & preparing the minutes for the meetings.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Baksi
Whittier Circle Representative