May 2, 2005
Staff Advisory Board members outline group's
role on campus, in UC system
By Louise Donahue
The Staff Advisory Board
(SAB) is involved in a lot more than just the quarterly forums
with the chancellor, board members told a forum on April 27.
Speaking at its first General Staff Forum at Stevenson Fireside
Lounge, board members explained that the SAB provides advice
and comment on topics that may affect staff to Chancellor Denice
D. Denton and has two representatives on the systemwide Council
of University of California Staff Assemblies. The SAB also sits
on committees focusing on everything from housing to student
fees and transportation.
Chancellor Greenwood helped elevate the role of the Staff
Advisory Board, and Chancellor Denton is continuing that tradition,
said SAB chair Patt Takeuchi, who noted the SAB meets with the
chancellor before each quarterly Staff Brown-Bag Forum.
The systemwide Council of Staff Assemblies played a key role
in the appointment of two staff advisers to serve at the pleasure
of the Regents on two regental committees: grounds and buildings,
and education policy, for the 2005-06 academic year.
Members of the systemwide council offer a staff perspective
at quarterly sessions involving leaders of different campuses
and individual Regents throughout the UC system, said Ed Titus.
Titus, UCSCs telecommunications manager, and Pamela Edwards,
an administrative analyst in the Academic Senate Office, represent
UCSC on the council.
You have an opportunity to talk to some very powerful
people who make decisions for the campus, Titus said.
Staff Advisory Board chair Patt Takeuchi called the council
a really incredible secret, noting that UCSC administrative
analyst Rosemary Anderson will become chair of the statewide
organization this summer.
Questions about the makeup of the Staff Advisory Boardand
where employees represented by unions fit inwere among
subjects raised by members of the audience at the forum.
Calling this a thorny question, Titus said union-represented
staff are not now allowed to sit on the Staff Advisory Board,
though their input on SAB committees is welcome. The SAB is
sponsored by the Chancellors Office and serves at the
pleasure of the UCSC chancellor, Titus said.
Our feeling is that this is a very limiting situation
and one we dont like. We certainly want the perspective
of represented people and do our best to represent them,
Were trying to find ways that all staff can be
included, added Takeuchi.
Others brought up issues of low pay and lack of raises.
Lisa Gustafson said a major problem is what she believes is
a disparity in pay between UCSC and some other UC campuses.
Gustafson is a payroll/personnel coordinator for University
Dining Services and member of the Coalition of University Employees.
I think we need to make a concerted effort to change
this, because its hurting all of us, she said.
Titus noted that the SAB and the campuswide Council of Staff
Assemblies are barred from any discussion of the terms and conditions
of employment, but we can share that pay issues are severely
Staff Advisory Board members encouraged audience members to
become active on the board and its committees. The board is
hosting or cohosting several events during spring quarter, Takeuchi
said. A new event is the Volunteer Fair, showcasing volunteer
opportunities both on and off campus for staff, students, and
faculty. The fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 3 at
Other SAB events and events with staff in mind this month include:
and music with the Chancellor, May 12, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Stevenson
Chancellors Brown-Bag Forum, May 23, 12:30-1:40
p.m., Classroom Unit 1.
Prediction Walk/Run, May 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., East Field
American Red Cross blood drive, May 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Crown/Merrill Cultural Center; open to students, staff, and
vote to increase role of staff in UC governance
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