TU Staff Advisory Council Meeting September 8, 2011 Page 5

Tulane University

Staff Advisory Council

Minutes of Thursday, September 8, 2011

Christopher Lane, Chair / Present / Linda Cantero / Present
Laurie Orgeron, Vice Chair / Present / Gwen Chavez, Immediate Past Chair /


Sheri Bouyelas, Election Coordinator / Present / Zina Eugene / Present
Kathy Bourgeois, Recording Secretary / Present / Mike Griffith /

Carol Ardeneaux,Corresp. Secretary


Jeanny Keck

/ Present
Suzanne Lossi, Member at Large / Present /

Angelica Leonard



Alysia Loshbaugh / Present
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS / Scott Mitchell / Present
Linzi Conners /
/ Louise Murphy / Present
Patrick Davis / Lisa O’Dwyer /


Tanya Haase / Rob Platner /


Michael Heisser / Whitney Richards / Present
Anita Kivell / Present / LaShanda Robinson / Present
Kay Leger / Lawrence Smith / Present
Michael Miller / Present / Kimberly Vega / Present
Merisa Pasternak / Present / Kady Weingart / Present
Amy Pick /


Allan Slatkin / Present / PROXY MEMBERS
Patsy Stewart / Tiffany Graham
Yesenia Vasquez-Lockhart / Present / Sharon Hyde-Augillard / Present
NORTHSHORE / Forbes Mann
Kenny Guichard / Karissa Page
Desiree Waguespack / David Pierlus
Corrie West / Present / Louie Schneider
Meredith Schor / Present
Jon Souquet
Meredith Sugarman
Nikita Ussin / Present
/ Cathy Woodard
Richard Shointuch

* Via teleconference

All Officers are serving the Staff Advisory Council term 2011 – 2011

Call to Order: Laurie Orgeron, SAC Vice Chair, called the September 8, 2011 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council to order at 1:00 p.m. The meeting was held in the LBC on the Uptown Campus.

I.  Review and Approval of the Minutes

The June 2011 & the July 2011 minutes were approved.

II.  Guest Speaker, Richard Shointuch

Richard is the Vice President of Campus Development. He went over the many construction projects going on mainly on the uptown campus. The main complaint was regarding the lack of parking now & the fact that we will have even less parking in the near future. Richard doesn’t have anything to do with the parking & we were directed to bring those questions and complaints to the Traffic/Police Department.

III. Report of the Chair, Christopher Lane

We are still trying to fill all of the committees for the senate. He needs a senator to sit on the University Senate. Gwen has other responsibilities that she needs to get back to. There are 2 openings on the benefits committee for non exempt employees. They need one downtown rep for the budget review committee. We need one exempt & one non exempt rep for the equal opportunity committee. None of the committees have met, so they don’t have any reports for them. Reps are asked to email Christopher if they are interested in any of these committees.

We could use another person on the election committee & with Staff Appreciation & Community Service & one more rep to help with Health and Wellness.

Chris spoke to Jean Holtman. They can’t send the same person to attend each meeting, but they are willing to allow a SAC liaison attend the WFMO meetings on a monthly basis & Lawrence Smith has volunteered to do this.

The website is back up to distribute football tickets. We are encouraged to fill out the lottery for football tickets.

We had a great turn out at this SAC meeting.

IV. WFMO Liaison

Christina Wallace, Director of Customer Relations in WFMO, Barbara Dirks from WFMO & Melissa Lynd from Cigna were there to give us an overview of the new insurance. We are changing insurance companies due to the rising cost of health care. Each year the University reviews its current plan & also looks to other providers to see what they offer. Despite our satisfaction with United, they made the decision to move to Cigna. It was approved on June 1, 2011. The transition is going to take place on January 1, 2012. Cigna is able to replicate over 98% of the current plan. There will still be rate increases, but the increase is much less than if we stayed with United. To help offset the increases, the University is offering an incentive for employees to complete a free & confidential biometric screening & online health assessment. There are three steps – check in to register to do the screening, log on to answer some questions & save. Employees can then save up to 20% of their premium increase. You can go online now to register for the screenings. They will take place from September 26, 2011 through October 11, 2011. During that time they will be holding Town Hall meetings on each campus for employees to ask questions. The deadline to get this information in is November 23, 2011. There is more information on the WFMO website. Click the banner that says A Change for the Better. We can also call their hotline 247.1700 in WFMO or call Cigna at 800.841.4143.

Melissa Lynd, the Client Engagement Manager, talked to us about Cigna. They are a Health Services company & not a Health Insurance company. Their goal is to have their members be as healthy as they can be. They focus on preventive care to avoid health problems down the line, which results in lower health care costs. They will try to help the high risk individuals first to try to get them on the right path. After doing the health assessment, you will get a private report with a score from 0-100. You can email that report to your doctor or print it out to take it to the doctor. After January 1st, they will be calling the people with the highest health risk to start helping them to lead a healthier life. They will then look at Tulane as a whole & tailor some of the health & wellness programs specific to our needs. You should receive a call from the same person each time in order to develop a relationship. The health assessment will be done each year or you can take it as many times as you would like throughout the year. If you don’t do the screening, you will not receive the premium discount.

The co-pay for prescriptions will be the same.

V. Officer Reports


A. University Senate

No report.

B. Board of Administrators

No report.



VI.  University Senate Committee Reports

1. Benefits

No report.

2. Budget Review

No report.

3. Information Technology

No report.

4. Equal Opportunity

No report

5. Physical Facilities

No report.

6. Social Issues

No report.

VII.  SAC Sub-Committees

1. Election Committee

No report.


2. Electronic Technology and Information

No report.

3. Staff Appreciation

No report.

4. Staff Issues

No report.

5. Health and Wellness

No report.

6. Community Service

No report.

VIII.  Old Business

IX. New Business

Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on October 13, 2011 in the board room on the 24th floor of the Tidewater Building. Laurie Orgeron will run that meeting, because Chris will be out of town. We plan to have someone speak to us about Campus Safety & the project that is going on uptown as well as someone from Environmental Health to talk about ergonomics in our offices & possibly one other speaker. Someone mentioned having a speaker talk to us about the Environmental Audit, but they have already been working with the departments that are involved in the audit. It is mainly an internal audit on OEHS & is being kept private & will stay with Tulane.

X. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:00 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Bourgeois

Recording Secretary