Meeting Minutes from November 15, 2010

November 15th, 2010 by Mary

PCSW Meeting Minutes 11/15/2010

Present:  Nancy Betchart, John P. Clark, Jessica Dutille, Chantalle Forgues, Stephanie Halter,  Cresta LaMontagne, Jessica Pelletier, Mary Petz, and Mary Washburn

 Absent:  Marjorie King, Anne Lebreche, Alice O’Connor, Delilah Smith and Kathy Tardiff

The Minutes of the October 18, 2010 meeting were approved.

WEBSITE UPDATE – We have a new web site and Mary Petz is the editor for the Commission.  Mary has updated the list of resources and the information for the Theo Kaliko/POWA Award will be added.  Nancy suggested that Continuing Education notices could be put on our calendar on the web page.  We will also have a list of resources that are now in house but might be available for the community.  It was also noted by Mary that the old web site is still there.  Other suggestions:  inform new employees about the web site; have a form for funding requests on line; ask HR to link to our site rather than linking to HR.  It was noted that we do have a link to the Women’s Studies Council and they have a link to our site as well. 

WORKING GROUPS:

            Theo Kalikow/POWA Award Ceremony – Please save the date of Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Heritage Hall for this very special event.  Mary will contact Becky Noel for suggestions for a speaker.  Mary, Alice and Anne will meet very soon to work on the criteria for the community award and organize the event.  Mary will contact Becky Noel for suggestions for a speaker.

               Family Policy at PSU – Cresta met with Karen Saunders of the Center for Young Children and Families . Barriers to offering a 12 month program include money and staff.  Her staff might quit if they had to work year round.  The weather, lack of air conditioning, no trees for shade during the summer and a 12 month program would change their accreditation status.  The children might go to other programs or to private babysitters/nannys. 

Infant care – no space.   If a space opens during the school year it is filled by February.  The Center is part of the Education Department and serves as a lab and instruction center.  If the Center was year round, it would have to have student workers.  Presently, all the staff is benefited except for one position.  Some of the staff cannot afford the tuition for their own children.  The Center sees this program as an education program and not one to provide child care (a benefit program).  The University funds 60% of the Center’s budget.  They want to discontinue the kindergarten program because of the availability of public kindergarten.  The next step is to conduct a needs assessment survey.

There are two spaces at the library that could be used for nursing mothers.  There are also places on the first and second floors of Hyde Hall.  Cresta is looking at space in the HUB, Silver Center and the PE Center and there are two spaces in the ice arena. 

               Young Women’s Leadership Conference – This event has been cancelled for this spring.  Hopefully, it will be rescheduled for next year.

                Sexual Assault on Campus – Stephanie has drafted a memo; please give feedback on her memo.  Chantalle is also working on this issue.

NEW BUSINESS:  AWARE has requested $75 funding for tee shirts for one of their projects.  It was a unanimous vote to support this.

NEXT MEETING:  Monday, December 13, 2010.  Stephanie will email the group about this date to make sure people can attend.

Respectfully submitted, Mary Gardocki Washburn, Scribe

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