September 11, 2019

Penn State Altoona Staff Advisory Council Minutes

Wednesday, September 11, 2019   |   202 LRC   |   10:00 a.m.

Present: June Aiken, Veronica Barstow, Jerry Benito, Sue Dodson, Debbie Flaig, Angel Goldian, David McGreal, Ginny Norris, Jennifer Sabourin

Guests: Drew McGhee

Absent: Debbie Burroughs, Jeff Covino, Toni Feret, Donovin Lindsay, Russell Pentland

Call to order

The meeting was called to order by Past- Chair, Debbie Flaig, at 10:05 a.m.




Welcome New Members

Veronica Barstow

Jerry Benito

Angel Goldian

Ginny Norris

Jennifer Sanbourin

 Officers for 2019-2020

Past-Chair: Debbie Flaig

Chair: Jennifer Sabourin

Chair-Elect: Veronica Barstow

Secretary: Angel Goldian


Spirit Days

Spirit days are back for 2019-2020. Thank you to Chancellor and Dean Lori Bechtel-Wherry. N Fridays throughout the year, staff can wear Penn State Apparel to support our Penn State Altoona athletic teams and all Penn State athletics.


All Staff Retreat

June announced there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday, 09/12/19 in 125 Eiche.


Salute A Champion

There were 5 nominees for July and August. We had an issue with the submission page and thanks to Jonathan O’Harrow it has been fxed.

July and August 2019

Dana Brem

Shawn Bernecky

Diane Resides

Kandy Szymusiak

Dave Vogel


Submission #1

Looking over the Holiday schedule, why is the University making staff use vacation for December 31, in the past it was a campus closure.


Response from Cherrie Henry:

University Policy 34 states when December 25 comes on these days – The six holidays are as per the policy which can be found at

The Six Holidays
Day Holiday Days
Sunday December 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Monday December 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Tuesday December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
Wednesday December 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30
Thursday December 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Friday December 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
Saturday December 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29

Discussion on parking passes related to process and how long it is taking. Debbie recommended contact Renee at Police Services.

Drew McGhee (guest) discussed it was a smoother beginning to the Fall semester in getting new hire information. If IT can receive the new hire information prior to the person starting they can initiate the paperwork for a computer and phone sooner. Academic Affairs provided a list of new hires. IT no longer receives a list form HR.



Lori will be attending the next meeting.


Next meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 202 LRC | 10:00 a.m

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