The Path Forward–Operations Team (OT) met on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 9:35 a.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room (#256) of the IMU. Team members in attendance were: Rod Lehnertz, Barry Butler, Don Szeszycki, Lena Hill, Georgina Dodge, Erin Brothers, Ron Weigel, Carroll Reasoner, Sarah Vigmostad, John Laverty, Don Guckert, Terry Johnson, Cheryl Reardon, Steve McGuire, Tiffani Shaw, Steve Fleagle, Alec Scranton, Michael Hesseltine, and Ted Yanecek.

The minutes of the Dec. 8, 2016, meeting were distributed along with the meeting agenda.

Rod Lehnertz reviewed an updated “golden wheel” that outlines the Path Forward process. A question was raised and discussion ensued about SIT-5 and “strategic initiative funding” as it relates to the funding of projects recommended by the OT (e.g.: the student garden). Terry Johnson, OT member and chair of SIT-5, noted the difficult budget circumstance facing the University—a proposed state appropriations reduction for the current budget year, FY 2017. 

A list of the four governance groups “top 10 issues” and subcommittee assignments was distributed. Issues may be reassigned as needed as the subcommittees begin working the issues. The top 10 issues lists will be posted on the Path Forward website.

A document containing a summary of the issues addressed by the OT in 2016 was distributed. Subcommittee chairs were asked (as well as other members) to review the document and provide edits/comments to Ted Yanecek as soon as possible. These summaries will be posted on the Path Forward website. The Communications subcommittee was asked to review the use of the word “resolved” in the issues section of the website. This subcommittee was also asked to review how OT and SIT members are listed on the website and whether members should be identified by University title and/or the group they represent.

Subcommittee reports were received. Alec Scranton (Academic Affairs) noted a vacancy on his subcommittee. Georgina Dodge (Diversity & Inclusion) reported SIT subcommittees (SIT-2 and SIT-4) are addressing this subject matter perhaps to a greater degree than this OT subcommittee. (Note – Georgina also chairs or co-chairs the OT and SIT subcommittees of this subject.) Carroll Reasoner (Safety on Campus) reported on a meeting with Public Safety Director Scott Beckner and student leaders to discuss communications issues. Don Guckert (Sustainability & Facilities) reported on recent activities related to gender inclusive restrooms: signage, building codes, and design. Rod Lehnertz reported the Communications subcommittee would be meeting next week and would review the “resolved” issue noted above and the SIT/OT member identification matter. Terry Johnson reported no new activity in the Parking and Transportation subcommittee and the Financial Matters subcommittee, however the earlier SIT-5 discussion was noted. The Food Truck and Cultural House ad hoc subcommittees reported no new activity.

Cheryl Reardon, chair of the new Human Resources subcommittee, distributed a document outlining the organization of the HR subcommittee and the formation of three (3) sub-teams: 
Salary and Compensation
Supervisory Accountability
Benefits.

The team meeting adjourned at 10:52 a.m.