Classified Senate President's Latest Report to the Board of Trustees

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 4:48pm

This page is updated monthly with President, Kathleen Matthies' report to the Board of Trustees.


Classified Senate Report                                                                    
June 14, 2016

Good afternoon President Edgar, Board of Trustees, Dr. Chong, Dr. Rudolph and fellow Colleagues,

On behalf of the Classified Senate I would like to send our condolences to Dorothy and her family for their loss. David was a champion for justice and I had the privilege to see his passion for justice with his legal efforts in representing the rights of tenants and many others of whom did not a voice or advocate. He will be missed and it is up to us to carry the torch David has now passed onto us. Again our hearts are with Dorothy, her family, David’s friends and all of Sonoma County as we grieve an enormous loss.

Since my last report Classified Senate honored our classified employees with an end of the year barbecue which was very well attended. A week later I attended the end of the year barbecue at the Petaluma campus. Longevity awards were awarded at both events to those with 10, 15, 20, 25 years of service. It is always an honor to recognize so many with those milestones. Every year there over 50 classified employees who have made SRJC a long time and life-long commitment.
On June 9th, Classified Senate had our annual retreat reflecting on the past year and planning for the new academic year. The retreat was at Pepperwood this year and the change of venue and the beauty of the facility made for such a relaxing and productive event. Next month I will report out on the data information that we have gathered on the classified achievements and how they correlate to the strategic plan.
At our August meeting we will be swearing in 7 new senators making our Classified Senate fully represented college wide for the first time in a very long time.

Tomorrow I will be flying to Ventura, CA to attend the Classified Leadership Institute for the California Community Colleges Classified Senate. I am presenting a workshop on Inclusiveness in Workplace and How it Effects Student Success. With the notion that if we increase our ability to work effectively with our diverse workforce and student population, it will strengthen our college’s success. I hope to have much more to share on the Leadership Institute at the July Board meeting.
With that, that concludes my report and I look forward to seeing you in July.

Kathy Matthies
Classified Senate President