Inside Iowa State
December 10, 1999
P&S Council proposes award for staff here fewer than five years
by Anne Krapfl
At its Dec. 2 meeting, the Professional and Scientific Council approved a proposal for a new annual staff award. The award would honor such qualities as innovative work, reliability on the job, ongoing personal and professional development, and strong interpersonal skills with colleagues in a staff member with five or fewer years of service at Iowa State.
"It seems that many of the awards for P&S employees require at least 10 years of service," said Leigh Elsberry, chair of the P&S representation and awards committee. "We think there's a need to recognize excellence in employees who haven't been at Iowa State as long."
As proposed, the honoree would receive the same recognition ($1,000 cash) as faculty who receive awards for early achievement in teaching and research. The council did not suggest a funding source. The proposal moves on to the Provost's Office for consideration.
In other business:
- The council passed a motion supporting the ISU Employee Wellness Program and encouraging the ISU administration to "permanently fund this important program."
Employee wellness coordinator Lauri Dusselier this month is completing a report on the three-year pilot period for the program and a proposal to continue it.
- Council president Danette Kenne reported an almost 50 percent return so far on the P&S mail survey that went out last month. She encouraged those who haven't completed their surveys to do so. P&S employees who didn't receive surveys are asked to contact Kenne, 4-2702, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty Senate president Dean Ulrichson reported that an ombuds office is back on the senate's priority list, but probably won't get looked at until next year. He invited the council to work with the senate to study the issue.
The council's next meeting begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Provost Rollin Richmond will attend. One of the things he will discuss is Iowa State's academic plan, a short document intended to serve as a bridge between the new strategic plan and college strategic plans.
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