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Let’s communicate one year at a time.  I will assure you that what you will notice is while people will have what I call a “crisis of convenience” there will not be a crisis of supply on the Peabody campus.   When the graduate housing goes away, there are 63 people and their cars that are also going away.  It is not a one-for-one.  I think that everybody’s attention has been focused on what they think what lots are going to go away but nobody is focused on what lots are coming on line.  For example the University is the process of acquiring the Bill Wilkerson property from the Medical Center.  When that is accomplished that parking lot will also become a zoned parking lot.  So watch the maps.  You will get detailed communications in the next several weeks that tells you May 2005 – 2006 what you can see and what you can expect.  And in the meantime for those at Peabody, we have specific discussions with programs that need reserved parking for meetings etc. We are working through those issues very systematically.  

Comment:  Where is it going to be posted?

Nim Chinniah:  It will be on the traffic and parking website, but it will also be part of the Freshman Commons communication.  Eventually there will be a Freshman Commons website and there will be a tab that talks about parking and a tab about construction.

Comment:  Nim, if I understand it will be posted in May?

Nim Chinniah:  Between now and May.  Really the construction most of it doesn’t start until after commencement.  We still have time -- that is, the time when are students are not here.  That will be a nice adjustment period.  The commitment every year is the March-April timeframe.  We will tell you what the impact from May to May is, because it is really easier to do it for year at a time rather than get too far ahead of ourselves.  

Janet Hirt:  Do we have any statistics of how many people are using the bus?

Nim Chinniah:  I think the monthly riders are about 1,000. Initially, the first few months it was the people who were already riding the bus who were riding.  But the numbers have steadily gone up.

John Brassil:  Is that a 1,000 trips on the bus?

Nim Chinniah:  It is a 1,000 trips on the bus.  I don’t know exactly how many people that covers.  We get a lot of positive feedback from people who have used the service.  I know that some people use it during the day to go downtown for a meeting and things like that.

Quality of Work Life Task Force:  Janet Hirt[Group 14, Rep, USAC President]

Janet Hirt:  You may recall that Terrie Spetalnick, a former USAC President, was a very active part of this group.  This year it was decided to invite the President of the University side staff council and the president of the Medical Center staff council to be included.  So yesterday we, Rita Warren and I, went to our first meeting of the Quality of Worklife Task Force.

It seemed from the conversation of the people who were that the center of the task force has basically been from the Medical side.  There is a real desire to get a broader scope of the quality of work life for everybody at Vanderbilt not just for the Medical Center but for the University side too.  

We talked about the results from the staff survey that affected the quality of life.  The two questions that were there.  We also had from what has been presented in the past to becoming one of the best employers that particular survey.  We talked about how we could get a pulse of

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