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Committee Name: Classified Staff Association
Meeting Date: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Raylene Cope; Philmika Reid; Allison Clark; Angela Perry; Twila DeMasters; Jill Markwood; Randall Franklin; Connie Deacon; Gayle Kiger; Mary Zoccola; Kevin Riley; Ed McGee; Deanne McDaniel; Debra Short; Elizabeth Walkup; Natalie Prue; Emily Pudliner; Michele Fletcher; John Rocha, Jr.
Meeting was called to order via Zoom at 2:06 p.m.

Raylene re-introduced the CSA officers for this year – Raylene Cope (President); Philmika Reid (Vice-President); Allison Clark (Secretary) and Angela Perry (Treasurer).

Raylene opened the floor for an opportunity to share news and check-in with one another.

Jill Markwood shared that the CVCC Alumni Association had conducted a drive-thru food drive on September 30th in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory. Randall Franklin clarified that this location was chosen, as opposed to being held on campus, not only for COVID safety, but because the food was donated in boxes by Kroger, so whatever boxes were not distributed that day could be conveniently returned to the store (which is located next door to Burlington). Jill offered that many students participated and they were grateful for the opportunity. All of the boxes were not handed out, so the Alumni Association is trying to coordinate another food drive in November and would appreciate any staff who wish to participate to come out to show support for our students. Both Jill and Randall hope to move the event on campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

Raylene took a moment to go over the survey that was emailed to staff members on August 27th.  18 surveys were received, with many including additional suggestions and notes. Zoom was chosen as the preferred platform and 2:00 p.m. as the preferred meeting time. Raylene shared that people seemed to be interested in having virtual work breaks or lunches to chat or listen to relaxing music, etc., possibly even opening them up to all CVCC staff, not just classified staff.  A date will be determined and announced for these events in the future.

Raylene next discussed the status of committee funds, noting that we will not have as many opportunities to have fundraisers this year since most occur on campus. One alternative that Raylene offered was the opportunity to hold contests, with the first being a fall-themed contest for best fall decorations and best Halloween costume. Participation would be via photo submission and two gift cards would be awarded for each separate category. Submissions are due by October 26th and winners will be announced on October 28th.

Emily Pudliner spoke to the committee on behalf of the Professional Development Policy Committee, which wanted to reach out to staff members in order to determine professional development needs and interests. Emily said that suggestions could be sent to Alison Moore.

CVCC adjunct faculty member and life coach, Jessica Coco, gave committee members an opportunity to share some of the challenges and stressors they are facing while working in a remote environment during the COVID-19 pandemic and shared many helpful tips and strategies on how to manage them.

The Zoom meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

The link to the meeting recording and information regarding the Halloween costume and decoration contest was emailed to all staff members on 10/2/2020.

Next meeting: November 12, 2020
Allison Clark
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