Health System Academic & Research Employee Council

Date:    March 15, 2007

Time:  10:00 am

Place:  McKim Hall, VP Conference Room 3001

Representatives in Attendance:  Johy Betts, Lolita Bland, Della Marsh, Nancy Kriigel, June Wade, Lynn McCutcheon, Judy Berry, Ruth Dudley, Jennifer Roff, Christina Melton, Keith Johnson, Leslie Yowell, Nell Harlow, Rosemary Knight, Kirsten Frick, David Smith.

I. Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by Johy Betts.

II. Reports: Provost Office - Anda Webb was not able to attend the meeting.

Employee Relations - Brad Holland, Ombudsman for UVA, had emailed Johy prior to the meeting to announce that focus groups will be held in efforts to improve service.  Representative, Lolita Bland, volunteered to take part in the focus groups.  If you would like to volunteer to serve on a focus group, please contact Brad Holland. 

The next Faculty/Employee Resource Fair will be held on April 18, 2007 in Newcomb Hall from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. 

III. Guest Speaker: Mike Garin, Senior Programmer/Analyst Office Automation and Micro Support Development Office.

Mike opened his discussion on ergonomic awareness with a description of several of the more common work environment injuries.  Most of these injuries are attributed to repetitive motion.  He mentioned carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, elbow, neck and back pain.  A majority of these injuries can be prevented by getting up from the desk to take short breaks or by doing a different activity at the desk.  Injuries can also be prevented by reviewing your body position in relation to your work space; it is recommended that body alignment is straight with shoulders relaxed.  Furthermore, ergonomic equipment is available to alleviate stress on the body.  By appointment, Karen Allen, Ergonomics Coordinator in the Environmental Health and Safety Department, can visit your workspace to offer suggestions to improve your comfort level.

IV. New Business: The Safety Committee will hold their annual Spring Night Safety Tour on March 19th. They will survey the safety level of different areas on campus experienced at night time. Mark Fletcher welcomes your input, please email him at

Representative, June Wade, has offered to help council contact guest speakers.  Council members helped prioritize the guest speaker list.  Future guest speakers to council will be listed on the HSAREC website.

V. Old Business: Meeting minutes from February were approved and can be accessed on the HSAREC website.

VI. Committee Reports: none

VII. Adjournment:  Johy Betts adjourned the meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2007.