University Life Council
Minutes of Meeting
Arts and Sciences Room 216
Meeting commenced at
Ad hoc Benefits Committee –
The Open Forum for faculty has been cancelled. Instead, a broadcast email (pending approval) will be sent to all faculty asking for written feedback regarding the current family leave policy and guidelines.
Athletics Committee –
Report was distributed to ULC members via email. The primary item discussed at the most recent meeting regarded increasing faculty attendance at athletic events and incentives to encourage attendance.
Health, Safety and Well-Being Committee –
Committee will meet on March 17 and is looking for feedback regarding the crosswalks on-campus. Some problem areas have already been identified including the area near the biology building and Empire Commons. In regards to Empire Commons, where there is already one crosswalk, there are some concerns with “stop and go” traffic issues if a secondary crosswalk was created. These issues may be addressed with facility management.
Student Opinion Survey –
There was some discussion regarding disappointment with the low scores and questions about how the survey was administered and if surveys of faculty/staff had ever been conducted as well.
Committee members reviewed and discussed the statistical significance of the results for the SUNY Student Opinion Survey and found that a negative ranking for one category could affect overall scores. In some instances, committee members noted that UAlbany was off only by a point, but statistically that one point was significant enough to place UAlbany at a low ranking. Committee members again discussed the administration of the survey and a committee member stated that survey was sent out by mail and there was not a great response rate.
Bob Yagelski asked if there could be student focus groups done on the results of the survey and some members stated that the SUNY survey will be re-administered to 400 students this semester. Additionally, Institutional Research is conducting a “student experience survey” which is boarder than the SUNY survey. The goal is to interview freshman as they enter the University and again when they are seniors. The ACUHO survey will be administered again this upcoming academic year. Committee members discussed whether the academic departments are concerned about the rankings.
Members discussed the food services results and the University’s
plan to improve what is currently offered.
A concern ULC members have is about the physical settings of
the eating areas. Almost all agreed that the most inviting and comfortable
eating environment is in “Ritazza’s” the
One member stated that she found it hard to find a place to
eat in the
Mandatory Health Insurance
New Business –
Fountain Day will be on Sunday,
Students will register on-line for Fountain Day by signing
an “oath card” and then print out a copy of their registration form. They will
bring the registration form and their student identification to check-in stations
In conjunction with Fountain Day, the University community will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by having the world’s largest pillow fight.
There will be security stationed at strategic locations and everyone attending will have to go through security and be checked for bags, bottles etc. The Fountain will be striped with safety grips and other procedures are in place addressing safety concerns and issues.
A major goal for this year’s Fountain day is to control alcohol related incidents. Residence Hall staff are on alert and plans are in place to hold students who violate Community Rights & Responsibilities accountable for their actions.
Students will have the opportunity to win free tuition or plane tickets if they guess the exact time the Fountain will be turned on and there will be activities, prizes, free food and soda. The goal is to preserve the tradition of Fountain Day but to change behavior.
Committee members agreed that the change were important and several members said they would try to attend. Faculty or staff interested in volunteering can sign-up online by going to the Fountain Day section from the “Spirit Zone” link on the main University website.
Candace Merbler asked about bathroom facilities and J. Murphy explained that there would be portable toilet facilities available (no access to LCs to use facilities). There was a brief discussion regarding concern over students trying to gain entrance to the library (to use the bathrooms and possibly being wet and creating a safety issue). A few members suggested creating another entrance to the library.
Next meeting April 11 at . Location TBD.
Meeting was adjourned at