Meeting Minutes

October 2022

Date/Time: 10:00 am Friday, October 21, 2022

Location: Zoom

Present

APA Statewide

  • Seth Bean, President
  • Susan McNeil, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Seth Bean, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Renee Bernier, Bridgewater State University
  • Brian Cahillane, Westfield State University
  • Peter Fenuccio, Worcester State University
  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, Fitchburg State President
  • Susan McNeil, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University
  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Guests

  • Heather LaPenn, Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Higher Education Manager

Absent

APA Statewide

  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer (Non-Voting)
  • Gerol Petruzella, Web Manager (Non-voting)
  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Jane Decatur, Framingham State University

Call to Order

  • 10:15 am

Approval of Minutes

  • Per agreement of the Executive Board, the Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting on September 16, 2022 were approved electronically.

Public Comments

  • None.

President’s Report

  1. Heather LaPenn, MTA Higher Education Manager – Presentation on Parameters
  2. Update on MOA’s
    • Mask Mandate – signed (Attachment)
    • Vaccine Mandate – signed (Attachment)
  3. Update on signed contract status
    • No movement with regard to obtaining the DHE Commissioners signature
  4. MTA Report – Catherine Santiago
    • Fair Share Amendment – available to come to campuses to explain

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of September Treasurer’s Report
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • 2nd by: S. McNeil
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  1. 1317 Overall Membership since June 2022. An increase/decrease of 0.
  2. 153 Non-Dues Paying Members. A decrease of 5 since September 2022.

Website – Gerol Petruzella

  1. 1 September – 30 September 2022
    1. Website Overview – Users. During September 2022, maapa.org saw decreases in users and sessions relative to August 2022 (Figure 1). The most popular days/times for users to visit the site were Fridays between 9a and 1p ET, then Wednesdays between 10a and 4p ET (Figure 2).
    2. Website Overview – Traffic. Traffic to maapa.org was predominantly direct traffic or the result of a Google search (Figure 3). The top 10 most visited pages are indicated (Figure 4).
    3. Website Overview – Other. 
      • I performed content updates on the site including:
        1. Updated meeting minutes.
        2. Updated chapter officers.
      • On 26 June, Google Analytics notified that the current “Universal Analytics” product (which we use for maapa.org) will sunset on 1 July 2023. Web managers are encouraged to move to their new product, Google Analytics 4, as soon as possible. This will require a property setup process to implement and transition, to maintain data continuity. (link to Google’s blog post about the analytics transition.)
      • I continued to maintain an internal WordPress instance of the site in parallel with the “live” Drupal instance. As the Drupal instance falls further behind in security updates, I continue to recommend transitioning to the WordPress CMS as soon as possible. I also suggest that aligning the CMS transition with the Analytics transition will minimize both labor and disruption.

Health and Welfare Fund Report – Susan McNeil

  1. Have yet to meet as those organizing the group haven’t done so.
  2. Next meeting is October ??, 2022 or maybe November ?? - no one knows…

Committee Reports

Budget Committee – Rosa Taormina & Seth Bean

  • No report.

Working Committee for Employee Relations Committee

  • No report.

Professional Development – Sherry Horeanopoulos & Ed Vacha

  • No report.

Special Committees:

  1. Committee on Legislative Action – Susan McNeil, Seth Bean, & Sherry Horeanopoulos
    1. No report.
  2. Committee on Health & Safety – Renee Bernier & Susan McNeil
    1. No report.

Negotiations – Contract Committee

  1. Employee Relations Committee – Brian Cahillane, Jane Decatur, & Rosa Taormina
  • Topics for next round of negotiations:
    • Salary Compression
    • Longevity
    • Workload
    • Sick Bank Leave language regarding the Sick Leave Bank Committee.

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for November
    Annual meeting information
    State-wide meeting in November 18, 2022 @ Salem State University
  2. Agenda items for the annual meeting or keep it simple.
  3. Motion 2022.10.21-01
    1. Move to amend the start time for the APA Executive Board Online (Zoom) Meetings to begin at 9:00am.
      1. Motion by: S. Horeanopoulos
      2. Seconded by: S. McNeil
      3. Vote: 7-1-0
      4. Action: motion passes

Institutional Issues

Announcements

None.

Adjournment

  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 12:00pm by: S. Horeanopoulos
  2. 2nd by: S. McNeil
  3. Vote: Unanimous
  4. Action: Motion Carries

Next APA Meetings:

  • APA Executive Board | 10:00am | Friday, October 21, 2022 | Virtual | Zoom
  • APA Executive Board | 10:00am | Friday, November 18, 2022 | Hybrid | Zoom/Salem State University
  • Annual State-Wide Membership | 12:00pm | Friday, November 18, 2022 | Hybrid | Zoom/Salem State University
  • APA Executive Board | 10:00am | Friday, December 16, 2022 | In-Person | Worcester MTA Office
  • APA Executive Board | 9:00am | Friday, January 20, 2023 | Virtual | Zoom
  • APA Executive Board | 9:00am | Friday, February 17, 2023 | Virtual | Zoom
  • APA Executive Board | 9:00am | Friday, March 17, 2023 | Virtual | Zoom
  • APA Executive Board | 10:00am | Friday, April 21, 2023 | Virtual | Zoom
  • APA Executive Board | 10:00am | Friday, June 16, 2023 | In-Person | TBD