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DRAFT - for comment only 1 Student Recruitment Subcommittee Meeting Minutes November 17, 1999 Co-Chair Dan Peck called a meeting of the Student Recruitment Subcommittee to order on November 17, 1999 at United Parcel Service. The subcommittee was the guest of the UPS Earn and Learn Program. Other members from the subcommittee in attendance were Gary Burkart, David Bostwick, Patrick Gee, Leo Hine, Loren Sprowl, Dwight Chernish, Paul Makinson, and Madelyn Harwood. Our host was Bret Williams, Employment Manager Indiana District. Other UPS employees attending included Tony Cunningham, Jeff Hopper, and Jeanette Payne. Dan welcomed new members Dwight Chernish, Paul Makinson, Lonnie Walker, and Loren Sprowl. For the benefit of new members and UPS attendees, Dan provided an overview of the Student Recruitment Subcommittee, its history, members, charter and objectives. Fundamentally, the purpose of the subcommittee is to advise the School on how to more effectively attract and grow its student population. He noted that at the beginning of this calendar year, the subcommittee had identified School to Work Programs as an area of opportunity. Bret Williams, UPS, was introduced as the Director of the Earn to Learn Program. Bret provided an overview of the program, which is fully detailed at www.upsjobs.com. The program was initiated in August 1999 in response to low unemployment rates and the subsequent shortage of workers. There are currently 78 ...

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Student Recruitment Subcommittee Meeting Minutes November 17, 1999
Co-Chair Dan Peck called a meeting of the Student Recruitment Subcommittee to order
on November 17, 1999 at United Parcel Service. The subcommittee was the guest of the
UPS Earn and Learn Program. Other members from the subcommittee in attendance
were Gary Burkart, David Bostwick, Patrick Gee, Leo Hine, Loren Sprowl, Dwight
Chernish, Paul Makinson, and Madelyn Harwood. Our host was Bret Williams,
Employment Manager Indiana District. Other UPS employees attending included Tony
Cunningham, Jeff Hopper, and Jeanette Payne.
Dan welcomed new members Dwight Chernish, Paul Makinson, Lonnie Walker, and
Loren Sprowl.
For the benefit of new members and UPS attendees, Dan provided an overview of the
Student Recruitment Subcommittee, its history, members, charter and objectives.
Fundamentally, the purpose of the subcommittee is to advise the School on how to more
effectively attract and grow its student population. He noted that at the beginning of this
calendar year, the subcommittee had identified School to Work Programs as an area of
opportunity.
Bret Williams, UPS, was introduced as the Director of the Earn to Learn Program. Bret
provided an overview of the program, which is fully detailed at www.upsjobs.com. The
program was initiated in August 1999 in response to low unemployment rates and the
subsequent shortage of workers. There are currently 78 students enrolled with a goal of
enrolling 500. The Earn and Learn Program leads the nation in providing part time
employees educational assistance. UPS promotes the program and recruits participants
from all IPS, Marion County, and most surrounding county high schools. UPS recruiters
make personal contact with high school counselors and students in the classrooms.
Information is also provided to the parents of high school students because they can
encourage their children more effectively if funding higher education is less of an issue.
Enrolled students work part time up to 25 hours per week. They generally begin as parcel
handlers with opportunity to be promoted to supervisory positions. A summary of
the benefits provided is as follows:
Paid education assistance up to $15,000.
Student loans up to $8,000 that UPS will repay on the student's behalf over a
period of employment after graduation.
If the student is promoted to management, an additional $5,000 is available.
It was suggested that UPS employees enrolled in Earn and Learn would be excellent
ambassadors who could talk to high schools about their experiences at UPS and at
IUPUI. Dave pointed out that IUPUI has an interactive web site listing several students
willing to discuss their experiences with interested parties. There is also a site being
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prepared to reach prominent alumni. Tony pointed out that the typical IPS student does
not have access to the web.
Dan and Lonnie requested a demographic analysis that identifies secondary school
sources for incoming students. Dave reported that this information is routinely available
to each academic unit and is also shared with a point of contact in each secondary school.
Since Steve Bushouse, high school recruiter, was not able to be at the meeting, Gary took
that action to request the data and have it available for the next subcommittee meeting.
Madelyn noted that Lonnie represented IPS and that the subcommittees original charter
(1996) was to increase the number of students from IPS entering the School. In fact,
several years ago, there was a goal established to enroll 300 students from all high
schools. Madelyn received support to form a subcommittee chaired by herself and
including Lonnie to identify the current activities that promote IUPUI and the School to
IPS students. Lonnie stated that IPS held several events in which universities were invited
to put up
booths and recruit secondary school students. He claimed that IUPUI was not represented
at these events. Gary stated that was hard to believe and requested specifics
on when the events were held. Lonnie pointed out that the target audience is not juniors
and seniors because, for the
most part, they know where they are going to go after graduation. Changing their
destination would be very difficult. The right target is 8
th
graders. They are just
beginning to think higher education and if nurtured through high school, could be good
candidates.
Dan noted that the subcommittee had met in high school and industry facilities this year
with others tasked to encourage students to seek higher education goals. He asked the
subcommittee if they wished to continue this interaction and the response was positive.
Dave volunteered to serve as a point of contact to arrange a meeting site if the
subcommittee desired to visit a vocational school like J. Everett Light, McKenzie Career
Center, etc. Gary noted that the committee may want to visit the Technopolis center in
Anderson. Dan will announce the next meeting location and date.
Dan suggested that new goals be established for the subcommittee because it has several
new members and new goals for year 2000 would be appropriate. Dave suggested that
the subcommittee strive to identify one feasible idea that could be successfully
implemented.
Gary reported that the Joint Meeting of the DIAC and IAB's identified five issues and
made recommendations that should be considered for the School's strategic plan. These
actions have been submitted to the Dean and he will monitor the development of the
strategic plan and champion the actions recommended. The specific issue relevant to the
subcommittee's charter is the issue of Recruitment and Diversity.
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Dan announced that he would be retiring from Visteon at the end of the year and that he
was seeking a replacement to Co-Chair with Madelyn. There were no volunteers. It was
noted that several new members were good candidates but required additional time on the
subcommittee before taking a leadership role. The issue was tabled for further
discussion. Loren, a first time attendee, stated that when he was asked to attend this
meeting, he
though the meeting would be of marginal value. Instead, he felt that the subject matter
was very relevant, the discussion and ideas meaningful, and he looked forward to further
contribution. Dan expressed appreciation to UPS for their hospitality.
There being no future business to bring before the subcommittee, the meeting was
adjourned.