Council committee will focus on professional development

A new name and focus for the Professional and Scientific Council recruitment and retention committee was approved at the council's April 5 meeting.

The professional development committee is charged with "developing training and sourcing materials for employee access." The resolution also suggested committee initiatives, including:

  • Planning a recurring professional development conference
  • Offering professional development training opportunities throughout the year
  • Developing personal and professional training "tracks" for departments and programs
  • Identifying experts to assist in training and development programs

Parking presentation

In a presentation to council members, vice president for business and finance Warren Madden gave an overview of campus parking.

"I would say, in general, that Iowa State's parking arrangements on campus are pretty similar to what you would find at most colleges and universities like Iowa State," Madden said.

"We have enough parking spaces at Iowa State to accommodate everybody that wants to park today," he said. "The problem is they aren't in the right places, or the places that everybody would like them to be."

Madden's presentation included several statistical and informational facts:

  • ISU's self-supporting parking enterprise generates about $3.5 million per year from parking fees and permits (two-thirds of total revenue), and violations/fines
  • Maintenance, facilities, operation costs and capital improvements are covered by parking funds (no appropriated or university funds are used)
  • A 23-member transportation advisory council makes recommendations on parking decisions
  • ISU has 19,382 parking spaces, more than any other regent institution
  • Parking allocations include approximately 6,900 in the core campus areas; 7,400 for students (such as residence halls, housing); 4,300 in the Iowa State Center area; 627 in the Memorial Union ramp; and 270 motorcycle spaces
  • About 13,606 permits were sold this year, including an estimated 7,100 for students
  • Iowa State's parking rates are the second lowest among Big 12 Conference peers
  • Parking structures generally cost about $15,000-$20,000 per space to build

Other business

Steve Mayberry, environmental specialist in environmental health and safety, was elected 2012-13 council president-elect.