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November 9, 2000

Staff group hears report on credit union services

Staff Association Council (SAC) affirmed committee leaders and heard a report from a local credit union manager at its monthly meeting yesterday, Nov. 8.

Affirmed SAC committee chairs and co-chairs are: Carol F. Hodgkiss and Susan E. Johnson (benefits); William Gerhardt and Pamela Scears (communications); Elizabeth A. Homonai and Irene Marinakos (elections); Ellen K. Baylis (governance); Carol F. James (grievance); Lydia J. Howard (program and planning); Barbara J. Mowery (steering); Hartwell T. Bowers and Joan Neitznick (salary and job classification), and Hartwell T. Bowers and Audrey E. Portis (staff relations).

The chair of safety and security remains open pending the committee's nomination.

According to SAC bylaws, chairs are voted on by committee members and are responsible for reporting committee activities at SAC meetings and serving on the steering committee, which sets the council's agenda.

The staff council also heard a report from Pat Juliano, manager of the Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union, who spoke on options for Pitt faculty and staff, including those at the regional campuses. In-household relatives of employees are eligible to join, she said.

The 45-year-old credit union is a group of some 70 affiliated institutions in the area including Pitt, UPMC Health System, Carlow College, Point Park College and WQED, Juliano said. About 10,000 individuals are members, and the organization handles about $21 million a year, she said.

The credit union is an independent nonprofit corporation, chartered, supervised and insured by the federal government.

Services the credit union provides include: payroll deduction; holiday/vacation savings plans; above average dividend returns and below average lending rates; secured and unsecured loans; auto loans and home equity loans; free checking accounts; member-paid life and disability insurance; direct deposit, and financial counseling.

"The only services we don't offer that banks do are: We don't have a MAC machine of our own, although we're working on that, we don't finance first mortgages and we don't offer money-market accounts," Juliano said.

For more information, contact the Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union, 4415 Fifth Ave. (Webster Hall), 624-2249.

In other SAC news:

* The fall assembly is scheduled for noon-1 p.m., Dec. 6, in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. The topic will be "University Resources for Staff." Various schools and organizations, including the Learning Resource Center and Parking and Transportation, are expected to make brief presentations and answer questions about their services.

*A SAC-sponsored baby shower for 22 residents of the Roselia Center will be held tomorrow, Nov. 10. Roselia is a non-profit community organization that assists single women during their pregnancies and after childbirth. Lydia Howard, chairperson of the program and planning committee, led the project to raise staff support for the shower. Howard said several SAC members will present staff-donated baby gifts to the women and explain the community outreach mission of the University.

* The staff council continues to develop the SAC book fund for children of staff, working with officials from Human Resources, Institutional Advancement and Admissions and Financial Aid. The first scholarship is tentatively to be awarded at the 2001 fall assembly. For more information, contact Barbara Mowery, 624-6369.

–Peter Hart  

Filed under: Feature,Volume 33 Issue 6

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