Faculty Benefits Committee Meeting

Monday, March7, 2011 8:25 – 9:55 AM


Present:   Bettina Cothran (Chair), Wayne Book, Richard Dagenhart, Amy Heron, Debbie Lee, Tommy Little, Dave Millard, Sharon Ray, Teresa Snow, & Vytautas Valencius (Student Rep.).  


Absent:   Barry Sharp.




Minutes from 2/7/11 were reviewed and approved.



Sharon Ray:  Update on Childcare


Second Childcare Facility:  Chuck Donbaugh has previously spearheaded efforts to get a second childcare facility for GT.  Since he will be retiring at the end of March, Scott Morris & Sharon Ray will be taking over responsibilities related to this issue.

The Bright Beginnings Center on West Peachtree (owned by law firm of Kilpatrick/Stockton and Smith, Gambrel & Russell) is still being considered.  The center has excess capacity and there is potential for a partnership.  Sharon Ray, Scott Morris and Rich Steele will be meeting on Friday to go over the numbers and look at operational costs.

Action Item—Further updates will be provided as they become available.


School Camps:  Brown Richards & Associates has an online tool which provides a database of summer camps (6 categories of camps) available for enrollment.  GT is in the process of purchasing access.  OHR hopes to have it online by next week.  It will be password protected.  Employees can access the site by using their GT e-mail acct and password. Graduate students, if employed at GT, will have access as well.

Action Items—Sharon Ray will send the FBC the link to database as soon as it becomes available.

‘Backup’ Care:  This option is still being explored.  There are groups that currently offer this service.  An RFP would be necessary to proceed. 

Action Item—Further updates will be provided as they become available.



Sharon Ray:   Update on Service Anniversaries


OHR is taking over the responsibility of overseeing service anniversaries. Recognition of these anniversaries has been part of the faculty/staff honors luncheon held at the end of spring semester.  In the past, a certificate has been given for individuals reaching 10 years service and a gold T (lapel pin or pendant) has been given to employees at 25 year service anniversaries. 


Dave Millard pointed out that the institute should consider changing the gold T to a gold GT in order to be more representative of the Institute.


Sharon Ray stated that President Peterson would like for the Institute to do more to recognize employee service anniversaries.  OHR is currently considering what service years should be recognized and whether the recognition should be pulled from the faculty/staff luncheon altogether and held as a separate event.  If this is done, the event may also be changed to a calendar year basis rather than being held in the spring.

At this point OHR is in the early stages of evaluating and deciding what will be done.

Action Item—Further updates will be provided as they become available.


New Business:

Sharon Ray:   Career Development Programs for Faculty/Staff


OHR will be taking over the administration of the Board of Regents (BOR) Tuition Assistance Program

and the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Assistance Program (STRAP) which has been previously administered by separate divisions on campus. 

Action Item—Further updates will be provided as they become available.


Sharon Ray:   Dental and Vision Plan

OHR is considering having the dental and vision benefits plans go out to bid.  The goal is to have either a broader network or a better out-of-network coverage plan.

Action Item—Further updates will be provided as they become available.


Debbie Lee asked about coverage for hearing aids.

Sharon Ray stated that hearing aids would not be covered.  This is typical of most insurance plans, though FSA or HSA accounts can be used to help with the associated costs. There appears to be rising interest in having hearing aids covered in some way.


Upcoming FBC Meetings for Spring Semester

Meetings will occur in the OHR Conference Rm (220) from 8:25-9:55 on the following dates:


Monday, April 4th

Monday, May 2nd