Indiana University Bloomington


IUB Professional Council

Business Meeting Minutes

CIB, Multi-purpose Room A

July 30, 2014


Council Members in Attendance:Patricia Crouch, Tony Emmons, Cassandra Franks, Gillian Johnston, Mary Kern, Rachel Lawmaster, Eric Love, Gwen McCay, Maryanne McDonnell, Lauren McHugh, Kyle Newnum, Jennifer Pearl (via telephone), Amanda Peterson, Robert Ping, Roger Rhodes, Jon Riveire, Kate Sartori, Babita Upadhyay, Tony Walker


Guests:  Kelly Thacker (Outgoing BPC President).


Members Not in Attendance:  Rosanne Emerick, Emily Liverman.


Meeting Minutes


A motion to approve the June, 2014 minutes as written was made, seconded and passed.


Old Business


Grant Proposal Process Re-design – Jon Riveire/Tony Walker

A final vote of the proposal made to members at the June business meeting was taken via email, with a deadline of June 30.  The changes were approved as proposed.  Since the next grant application deadline is August 1, applications will be accepted in either the old or new format.  The new format will be fully in place by the December 1 deadline.


Software Perk for IU Professional Staff Retirees – Kelly Thacker

There have been no new developments on this.  However, if interest is still there, Kelly asked that the 2014-15 members carry this forward.


New Business


Election of BPC Officers – Kelly Thacker

Candidate statements were distributed for review, and each BPC member received a paper ballot.  At the conclusion of the vote, all ballots were given to Kelly for final tabulation.  Results were as follows:

  • President                          Jennifer Pearl
  • Vice President                   Rachel Lawmaster
  • Secretary                         Lauren McHugh
  • Treasurer                         Kyle Newnum
  • Parliamentarian                 Amanda Peterson

2014-15 Guest Speakers Suggestions

The following names were given as suggestions for possible guest speakers during the upcoming year: 

  • Lee Feinstein, SGIS Dean
  • Kinsey Institute Director
  • John Whelan, Associate Vice President, UHRS
  • Jenny Fleetwood, Work-Life Balance Coordinator
  • Media School Dean
  • Mary Frances McCourt, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Rozzie Gerstman
  • IU Foundation Account Representative – possible Sheila Deckard or Rick Dupree
  • Diane Dallis or Jennifer Laherty, Library
  • Julie Knost, Office of Affirmative Action
  • Bill Brown, Office of Sustainability
  • Doug Bauder, GLBT Student Support Services
  • Director of Parking Operations
  • Provost Lauren Robel
  • Faculty Council Representative
  • Representatives from other Staff Councils

In addition to the list of potential speakers, a suggestion was made to have the guest speaker come at the beginning of the meeting so that the business portion of the meeting did not have to be rushed.


Staff Merit Awards Committee

Prior to today’s meeting, Kelly Thacker sent an email to all BPC members, calling for volunteers to serve on this year’s Staff Merit Awards Committee.  The first two to respond were Rachel Lawmaster and Jon Riveire.  Since Jon served last year, he deferred to the next person on the list, who was Kate Sartori.  Rachel will be listed first to serve, and Kate will serve as an alternate.


Standing Committee Reports


Executive Committee –  Maryanne McDonnell

  • Organized the retreat
  • Developed the agenda for the July business meeting

Communications and Marketing Committee – Rachel Lawmaster

Although the committee did not meet this month, members have been uploading information on BOX to assist the 2014-15 Communications and Marketing Committee.


Outreach and Advocacy Committee

The June Know Your Campus event was a backstage tour of the theaters at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center on June 24.  The event was well attended.  The next Know Your Campus event will be Friday, August 15, at the IU Auditorium.  The committee is also looking at planning a fall forum.


Professional Interests Committee

No report this month.


Ad-hoc and Campus Committees


Work-Life Balance Advisory Committee – Amanda Peterson

The group is looking at sponsoring a benefits fair sometime this fall, possibly in November, to coincide with open enrollment.


Search and Screen/Review Committees


Associate Vice President & IUB Vice Provost for Research – Gillian Johnston

No report this month.




At today’s meeting, Maryanne McDonnell recognized outgoing President, Kelly Thacker.  Kelly’s term with the BPC ended as of June 30.


The August business meeting will be held Wednesday, August 20, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Kelley School of Business, HH3022.