Sept. 20, 1996

News in Brief

Payroll system meeting scheduled

A meeting of Lawrence campus personnel- and payroll-related staff members is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, to discuss KU's payroll system.

David E. Shulenburger, provost, Lindy Eakin, associate provost for support services; William J. Crowe, vice chancellor for information systems; and others will provide an update on actions with the payroll system. They also hope to solicit suggestions from those in attendance on how to improve KU's payroll system.

Meeting held with GTA and KU representatives

Representatives from KU and the union representing KU graduate teaching assistants met for about three hours Sept. 10 to discuss procedural ground rules for future meetings where they will tackle more substantive issues concerning the terms and conditions of the teaching assistants' employment at the university.

Two more meet-and-confer sessions have been scheduled for Oct. 10 and Nov. 17, according to Marc Adin, KU director of human resources and chief spokesman for the KU negotiating team.

Discussion of the procedural ground rules will continue Oct. 10.

"It's my hope that we will begin to address some of the substantive issues at the Oct. 10 meeting," Adin said. "It's time for us to move forward with an agreement that is in the best interest of the students, GTAs and the university."

The GTAs voted in April 1995 to be represented by the Kansas Association of Public Employees. The union subsequently filed a complaint alleging that the university had committed prohibited practices by not giving GTAs a salary increase for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1995. A hearing officer with the state Public Employees Relations Board entered an initial order dismissing the complaint in July of this year.

Currently, GTAs have no formal agreement governing their employment at KU.

Free flu shots available

Free flu vaccinations will be available from the KU Medical Center's drive-through clinic Oct. 5. The clinic begins at 8 a.m. on the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. The clinic is open to anyone 18 years old or older, while supplies last.

The KU Medical Center staff expects to administer 4,000 vaccinations to people who drive around the campus, beginning at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard. The route will take them through four stations, where they will receive information about the vaccinations and receive their flu shots without leaving their cars.

For more information about the clinic, call (785) 588-1291.

Minimum-wage increases

Federal legislation raises the minimum wage to $4.75 an hour effective Oct. 1 and to $5.15 an hour effective Sept. 1, 1997. KU will implement the first phase of this increase effective Sept. 22.

The wage increase for all non-exempt employees will be held automatically by a program in the payroll data base. Departments will not need to do anything to carry out this increase; it will be handled for them.

However, departments with exempt employees making less than the new minimum must identify those employees and change their rates through normal procedures.

Entrepreneur workshop offered in Lawrence

The KU Small Business Development Center will present "Successful Selling for Entrepreneurs: Helping Customers Buy," a one-day interactive workshop.

The workshop was designed specifically for, by and with entrepreneurs to help participants boost their sales.

The workshop will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Hampton Inn, 2300 W. Sixth. St.

The registration fee is $149 and includes all course materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information, call the center at 843-8844.

Artists invited to participate Artists are invited to participate in "Eb + Flow," a time-based art project at the Kansas River on both the Lawrence Riverfront Outlets promenade on the south bank and the sand bar on the north bank. The event is part of the fifth annual Harvest of the Arts, a public art festival that meets every year to celebrate and increase the awareness of the rich artistic community in Lawrence.

To participate, artists must meet the following criteria:

For more information, contact María Velasco, assistant professor of art, 749-0879.

Correction The e-mail address reported in the story about John S. Augusto, director of minority graduate-student recruitment, in the Sept. 6 issue of the Oread was incorrect. The correct address is jsa@co.wpo. ukans.edu.

Oread schedule

The next issue of the Oread will be published Oct. 4. The deadline for job ads and news items is 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

The editor's telephone number is 864-8858, the fax number is 864-3339, and the e-mail address is albright@ukans.edu.


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