Issues in Progress

President's Commission
on the Status of Women

At the Commission's Jan. 16 meeting, the Staff Concerns Committee updated Commission members on their current project examining pay equity between men and women staff members.

JoAnn McKenzie said Human Resources has provided the data the committee requested, but that more data might be needed to include women in lower paying jobs in the committee's study.

The Faculty Concerns Committee announced plans to sponsor a spring panel discussion with prominent women in higher education to discuss women in the academy. The committee also is working with the Student Concerns Committee to increase faculty/student interaction.

Barbara Ladd announced that the Commission will hold a reception on Thursday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Cox Hall. Ladd said that tickets will probably cost $6. The program will include one or two speakers, and a reception will follow. President Bill Chace will attend and present the Commission's three student writing awards.

Chair Martha Talbott announced that the Commission will contribute $500 to Women's History Month in March. Talbott said the funds will support an honorarium for keynote speaker Rebecca Walker.

Talbott also reminded members that the Commission Web page is being updated. The address is <>.

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Administration Building boardroom.

Employee Council

Council President Joy Burnette announced at the group's Jan. 15 meeting that the University Senate is considering a bylaws revision that would designate the Council president as a permanent member of the Senate Executive Committee.

Burnette said that while the Senate president has traditionally asked the Employee Council president to sit on the Executive Committee, that arrangement is informal. A bylaws revision would make the Council president a permanent member of the committee.

During the Council's Special Issues Committee meeting, Treasurer Wayne Barnes said that several of his constituents have expressed concern over the way that funds are solicited from staff during the University's annual United Way Campaign. Barnes said he plans to discuss those concerns with Bill Horne, business manager for the Institutional Advancement Division, who coordinates the campaign.

In other business, Council members made nominations for officers for 1997-98. Elections will be held at the Council's February meeting, and the winners will take office on April 1.

-Dan Treadaway

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