Meeting Minutes – September 26, 2008

Meeting Minutes

Present: Co-Chairs Lane B. Neubauer & Dina Oleksiak; Members Steve Andrilli, Mike Gilbert, Matt Gionta, Meryle Gurmankin, Karen Kostelny, Katelyn Joyce, Jeff Lyons, Greg O’Shea, Cherylyn Rush,.
Absent: Arlene Dallery, Matt Pini
Guests: Elizabeth Smith, Max Yamada

  • New members were introduced and welcomed.
  • Last year’s goals (2007-08) were reviewed. Discussion occurred as to which goals should be continued for the present year (see VI below).
  • Updates
    • Weight Watchers
      • 20 participants needed (currently 24 have signed up) – Cherylyn Rush will be the contact person.
      • ‘Release’ procedures have been vetted through Business Affairs and paper work is in the process of being signed by Weight Watchers.
      • The week of October 6th is the projected start date.
      • Cost is $135 for the 10 weeks and must be prepaid; for employees, Keystone East Plan will reimburse up to $200.00 after completion of the 10 weeks.
      • Strategies for advertising to attract students were discussed: portal announcement, Collegian, Campus News, etc.
    • Bed Bug Policy
      • Final Draft was submitted the beginning of September.
      • The committee will follow up with the Director of Physical Facilities to assure that it has been approved.
    • Flu Shots
      • 600 doses available for students and employees.
      • Flu shots will be available at the following times: Monday, Oct. 6 11:30 – 1:00 Union/ Wednesday, Oct. 8 11:30 – 1:00 Union/ Weds. Oct. 15 12:30 – 2:00 Treetops/ Thursday, Oct. 16 12:30- 2:00 Blue & Gold.
    • Fall 2008 Blood Drive and Platelet Drive
      • Platelet Drive is scheduled for Oct. 27.
      • Blood Drive is scheduled for Nov. 11 & Nov.12.
  • Allergy Shots
    • Dina Oleksiak passed around a proposal to change the manner in which the Student Health Center handles allergy injections. Dina explained that allergy injections have to occur during Student Health Center’s limited “Doctor’s” hours because of the risks associated with these injections. She further elaborated that allergy shots are time consuming and use up both the human, physical and financial resources available in the SHC. She explained that sick students sometimes need to be asked to come back at a later time because patient rooms are filled with students receiving allergy shots and the staff is unavailable due to administering these injections. She proposed either of the following changes.
      • Stop administering allergy injections through the Student Health Center. Students could go to Einstein Allergy Clinic to get their injections there for minimal cost if they have health insurance.
      • Charge a fee for allergy injections to improve compliance and cut down on unnecessary procedures.
    • The HAC was asked to review the proposed changes so we can discuss at the next HAC meeting. The HAC will develop recommendations if necessary that will be passed on to the Student Affairs Committee.
  • Smoking outside of Buildings
    • Resident students – Elizabeth Smith and Max Yamada – spoke to the HAC about their concerns regarding second hand smoke outside the residence halls and classroom buildings. Ms. Smith reported that she required a room change from the first floor to the third floor of her residence hall because of second hand smoke coming through her window. Mr. Yamada spoke about how his asthma was exacerbated due to having to walk through second hand smoke to enter buildings.
      • The Health Advisory Committee has worked with Physical Facilities to move ashtrays away from entrances. In some cases, this has been successful but sometimes smokers still smoke outside the entrance and leave their butts on the ground.
      • The committee has been advocating for designated clearly demarcated smoking areas that would be 25 feet from buildings. This would model how many other institutions handle smoking (i.e. other universities, hospitals, government buildings, etc.). The issue of enforcement was discussed and could be problematic. However, since this is a serious health issue, the latter should not prevent problem solving positive potential solutions to the issue of eliminating smoking close to campus buildings.
    • Suggestions as to how to move forward with advocating designated smoking areas include the following.
      • Involve RSA in this discussion as to issues related to residence halls.
      • Write letters to the Collegian to raise awareness of this issue.
      • Elizabeth and Max have initiated a petition to advocate moving smoking away from buildings. They were encouraged to continue getting signatures on this petition.
      • HAC will move discussion forward with relevant administrators.
  • Goals for 2008-09
    • Address issues related to smoking close to University buildings.
    • Provide education and awareness for relevant health issues and update the La Salle community when health concerns do arise.
    • Continue to address Healthy Objectives 2010 related to fitness and nutrition.
    • Plan successful Blood Drives and a Platelet Collection Drive,
    • Plan successful Health Fair.
    • Address mental health as well as alcohol and other drug protocols for the La Salle University community.
    • Provide support for a Wellness and Recreation channel on the Portal.
  • Upcoming Meetings for Fall 2008- Oct. 24; Nov. 14, December 12 9:00 a.m. McShain Hall seminar room.

Respectfully submitted by Lane B. Neubauer Ph.D.

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