CSSAC discusses Chicago trip, upcoming elections at April meeting

April 20, 2011

Members of the Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee discussed several issues at their April 12 meeting, including an employee bus trip to Chicago, staff memorial service, employee discounts, the Community Spirit Award and the nomination process for vice chair.
* There are still more than 150 seats available for a May 21 bus trip to Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory in Chicago. Terry Wade, a representative of the Purdue Employees Activity Program, which is a subcommittee of CSSAC that is sponsoring the trip, said that three buses have been reserved for the trip. The trip is open to all Purdue staff, faculty, family and friends. Cost of the trip is $20 per person, and the deadline to register is May 6. Admission to the zoo and conservatory is free. For more information, or to register, visit www.purdue.edu/cssac.

* Members were reminded that the staff memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. today (April 20) on the southwest lawn of Stewart Center. The chairs of CSSAC and the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee will speak at the ceremony, which recognizes employees who have died in the past year.

* The Employee Discounts subcommittee reported that the following new vendors are now offering discounts to Purdue employees: My Pooch at Play, and Buccaneer Bay and Hourtime Restaurants, both at the Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza. More information is available at www.purdue.edu/cssac.

* Vice Chair Ebony Barrett-Kennedy said that two nominations for the new Community Spirit Award have been received. She said that the deadline for nominations is May 31. The award, sponsored by CSSAC and APSAC, will recognize Purdue employees’ outstanding service to others. Any organization or individual on or off campus can nominate someone for recognition.

* The nomination process for CSSAC vice chair and emeritus members for 2011-12 is under way. Serving as vice chair is a two-year commitment, Barrett-Kennedy said. The vice chair serves as chair of the Bridge subcommittee, as a member of the Communication and Membership subcommittees and chairs CSSAC meetings when the chair is not available. The vice chair also succeeds the chair the following year.

Emeritus members are non-voting and provide knowledge to newer members, assist with continuing or ongoing projects, and assist CSSAC in representation on University committees. They serve a one-year term, which starts in September. Members going off CSSAC are eligible. Barrett-Kennedy said members could make nominations by contacting chair Debbie Luedtke or herself. She said the nomination deadline is April 29.