Meeting Minutes

Date:  November 15, 2007                 

Time:  10:00 am

Place:  McKim Hall, VP Conference Room 3001

Representatives in Attendance:  Johy Betts, Lolita Bland, Della Marsh, Nancy Kriigel, Rosemary Knight, June Wade, Leslie Yowell, Mike Wilson, Adrienne Granitz, Christina Melton, and Terry Bennett.

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

II. Reports: Human Resources - Beth Reinhard had come from the Employee Resource Fair and stopped by the TCI travel group for some literature on upcoming trips. There will be a trip to Beijing in March 2008, an Alaskan cruise in June, Hawaii in September and Paris in November. Beth also asked council if we were hearing anything from our constituents regarding Restructuring. Generally speaking, most members did not have anything to report. Beth informed council that a classified staff survey will be coming early next year. The survey will focus on benefits such as our retirement program.

Provost Office - John Teahan explained that the Provost Office is in transition with Pat Heartsook and Paul Willis departing to other departments within the University.  

III. Guest Speaker: Sam Green with the UVA Mindfulness Center

Sam Green shared with council the concept of mindfulness which means to bring your attention fully to what is happening at the moment.  This is a practice that ultimately leads to stress-reduction.  By quieting the mind, you let go of those repetitive thoughts that cause stress, which, in turn, creates energy for other thoughts, activities, etc.  He introduced a mindfulness practice that council members performed during the meeting.  He led us through a simple arm stretch where he brought our awareness to different parts of the body.  We focused on how the stretch felt and we were able to relax our minds.  Dr. John Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program that is offered through the Mindfulness Center.  The program is designed to benefit a wide range of ailments including those who experience anxiety, sleep disturbances, depression, and fatigue.  To learn more about the program, please visit the website or call 924-1190.  

IV. New Business: December's meeting will be a planning meeting to discuss practices and reflect on this past year's meeting format in efforts to become more productive in 2008.

V. Old Business: Open enrollment continues through November 26th.

VI. Committee Reports: None.

VII. Adjournment:  Johy Betts adjourned the meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2007.