February 16, 2004

PCSW looks to revive presidential one-on-ones

By Eric Rangus

At the Feb. 5 meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), Chair Kim Smith said President Jim Wagner would attend the commission's final meeting of the academic year on May 6. She asked all subcommittee chairs to be ready with year-end reports.

In the past, it was common for PCSW chairs to meet one on one with the University president. Recently, those meetings have faded away, but Smith said she would look into reviving the practice, starting this semester.

Faculty concerns chair Susan Gilbert said a meeting with College Dean Bobby Paul concerning the college's awareness and departmental implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act has been rescheduled for March 31. Gilbert said the commission has received Gender Equity Study data from the neurology department and is waiting for several other departments to submit information.

Elaine Gossett of the staff concerns committee said plans are ongoing for a series of information briefs for staff titled, "Do You Know?" The goal is to distribute one brief per month, the first one explaining where staff can go on campus to use a computer. The information is important because many staff members do not have easy access to computers, Gossett said.

Nicole Faurot from student concerns said the committee is continuing work on an online women's handbook, which will contain campus resources.

Women in leadership chair Allison Dykes said University Secretary Gary Hauk will attend the subcommittee's Feb. 25 meeting, which will focus on efforts to add more women to the Board of Trustees.

In other business, Amy Wheeler said the deadline for 2004-05 PCSW nominations is March 14. The goal is to add new members in April so they can attend the final meeting of the academic year in May to become familiar with the commission.

Planning for the PCSW Spring Event continues, and the commission aims to post information about the event to campus listservs by March 16. Gilbert asked for volunteers to assist in planning.

Finally, the commission voted unanimously to change its meeting time from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. to better accommodate student and faculty members. The change is effective immediately.

The next PCSW meeting will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 4, in 400 Administration.

If you have a question or comment for PCSW, e-mail chair Kim Smith at