UGA Senior Administration Receives No Human Resources Oversight

The Senior Administration at the University of Georgia is exempt from the Human Resources salary guidelines, according to Dan Helmick, a classification and compensation analyst for UGA’s Human Resources.

 The Senior Administration includes the president, vice presidents, associate provosts, and deans. A few members of the Senior Administration, such as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, are classified under faculty.

 Human Resources administers a minimum and maximum pay range for all administrative positions, and follows limited guidelines for administrative pay raises. The Senior Administration does not adhere to these procedures.

 “When you get to those upper level positions, you can’t really box them in with minimums and maximums,” said Helmick.

 According to UGA’s Comprehensive Pay Plan, the maximum pay range caps out at $207,000 for a senior licensing manager.

 Members of the Senior Administration, on average, receive larger salaries than even the highest paid administration positions. Michael F. Adams, the former UGA president, collected a $660,000 salary in 2012. When Adams left the presidential office in 2013, he received a one-time payment of $600,000 and will enjoy his presidential salary for another two years.  Beginning in 2015, Adams will receive a presidential base-pay of $258,000 for another three years. By 2018, Adams’ payout will total $2.7 million.

 Vice presidents of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 salaries, and associate provosts of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries in the upper range of $100,000, according to Georgia State open records.

 One of Dan Helmlick’s responsibilities in the Human Resources department is to classify administrative job descriptions.

 “In 2008, Georgia State Legislature dictated that we could no longer give merit-based promotions until further notice. Therefore, the only way to receive a pay raise is if someone can demonstrate they are working beyond their job description or if they have received a promotion,” said Helmick.

 Human Resources provides open records of all administrative job descriptions, with their minimum and maximum pay ranges, however, the job descriptions and pay ranges for the Senior Administration are not included.

 “They are not included because they have such a unique title,” said Helmick.

 When Human Resources can administer a pay range, they are limited to pay raises of 10% or providing a position’s maximum pay range.

In 2011, Michael F. Adams received a $50,000 pay raise as a lease agreement between the University System Board of Regents and the UGA Athletic Association. Since the raise was paid for by the UGA Athletic Association, Human Resources had no input on the pay raise, according to Helmick.

 
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UGA Senior Administration Receives No Human Resources Oversight

The Senior Administration at the University of Georgia is exempt from the Human Resources salary guidelines, according to Dan Helmick, a classification and compensation analyst for UGA’s Human Resources.

 The Senior Administration includes the president, vice presidents, associate provosts, and deans. A few members of the Senior Administration, such as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, are classified under faculty.

 Human Resources administers a minimum and maximum pay range for all administrative positions, and follows limited guidelines for administrative pay raises. The Senior Administration does not adhere to these procedures.

 “When you get to those upper level positions, you can’t really box them in with minimums and maximums,” said Helmick.

 According to UGA’s Comprehensive Pay Plan, the maximum pay range caps out at $207,000 for a senior licensing manager.

 Members of the Senior Administration, on average, receive larger salaries than even the highest paid administration positions. Michael F. Adams, the former UGA president, collected a $660,000 salary in 2012. When Adams left the presidential office in 2013, he received a one-time payment of $600,000 and will enjoy his presidential salary for another two years.  Beginning in 2015, Adams will receive a presidential base-pay of $258,000 for another three years. By 2018, Adams’ payout will total $2.7 million.

 Vice presidents of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 salaries, and associate provosts of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries in the upper range of $100,000, according to Georgia State open records.

 One of Dan Helmlick’s responsibilities in the Human Resources department is to classify administrative job descriptions.

 “In 2008, Georgia State Legislature dictated that we could no longer give merit-based promotions until further notice. Therefore, the only way to receive a pay raise is if someone can demonstrate they are working beyond their job description or if they have received a promotion,” said Helmick.

 Human Resources provides open records of all administrative job descriptions, with their minimum and maximum pay ranges, however, the job descriptions and pay ranges for the Senior Administration are not included.

 “They are not included because they have such a unique title,” said Helmick.

 When Human Resources can administer a pay range, they are limited to pay raises of 10% or providing a position’s maximum pay range.

In 2011, Michael F. Adams received a $50,000 pay raise as a lease agreement between the University System Board of Regents and the UGA Athletic Association. Since the raise was paid for by the UGA Athletic Association, Human Resources had no input on the pay raise, according to Helmick.

 

UGA Senior Administration Receives No Human Resources Oversight

The Senior Administration at the University of Georgia is exempt from the Human Resources salary guidelines, according to Dan Helmick, a classification and compensation analyst for UGA’s Human Resources.

 

The Senior Administration includes the president, vice presidents, associate provosts, and deans. A few members of the Senior Administration, such as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, are classified under faculty.

 

Human Resources administers a minimum and maximum pay range for all administrative positions, and follows limited guidelines for administrative pay raises. The Senior Administration does not adhere to these procedures.

 

“When you get to those upper level positions, you can’t really box them in with minimums and maximums,” said Helmick.

 

According to UGA’s Comprehensive Pay Plan, the maximum pay range caps out at $207,000 for a senior licensing manager.

 

Members of the Senior Administration, on average, receive larger salaries than even the highest paid administration positions. Michael F. Adams, the former UGA president, collected a $660,000 salary in 2012. When Adams left the presidential office in 2013, he received a one-time payment of $600,000 and will enjoy his presidential salary for another two years.  Beginning in 2015, Adams will receive a presidential base-pay of $258,000 for another three years. By 2018, Adams’ payout will total $2.7 million.

 

Vice presidents of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 salaries, and associate provosts of the Presidential Cabinet receive salaries in the upper range of $100,000, according to Georgia State open records.

 

One of Dan Helmlick’s responsibilities in the Human Resources department is to classify administrative job descriptions.

 

“In 2008, Georgia State Legislature dictated that we could no longer give merit-based promotions until further notice. Therefore, the only way to receive a pay raise is if someone can demonstrate they are working beyond their job description or if they have received a promotion,” said Helmick.

 

Human Resources provides open records of all administrative job descriptions, with their minimum and maximum pay ranges, however, the job descriptions and pay ranges for the Senior Administration are not included.

 

“They are not included because they have such a unique title,” said Helmick.

 

When Human Resources can administer a pay range, they are limited to pay raises of 10% or providing a position’s maximum pay range.

In 2011, Michael F. Adams received a $50,000 pay raise as a lease agreement between the University System Board of Regents and the UGA Athletic Association. Since the raise was paid for by the UGA Athletic Association, Human Resources had no input on the pay raise, according to Helmick.


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1. Tool #3: activate your verbs.

Column published in Red and Black where I addressed those that pass out in public on campus.

http://www.redandblack.com/opinion/sleep-on-slc-patrons-sleep-on/article_dc5c2102-2563-11e2-9e47-0019bb30f31a.html

2. Tool #5: Watch those adverbs

(sorry no link, my editor for the Oconee Leader doesn’t update the website too often) This is an article I wrote for the Oconee Leader about a local farmer and entrepreneur.

Here, I use strong, active verbs to create an image of a farmer and his beloved crops. When I looked back on this work I noticed the adverb “softly” could have been deleted in the phrase, “the sun shone softly on the un-ripe strawberries, and Washington kept his eyes lowered to the plants.”

On a Saturday morning, John Washington, a family man and farmer, walked the rows of his 17 year old strawberry farm. The sun shone softly on the un-ripe strawberries, and Washington kept his eyes lowered to the plants. He paused, bent over, and swiped the morning dew off of a pale green strawberry. He plucked the strawberry of its stem, and examined it closely.
“This spot looks like frost damage,” Washington said to himself as he gently handled the pre-mature strawberry. “I might send this to my pathologist.” He pocketed the strawberry and kept walking.
For nearly two decades, Washington Farms has provided locally grown, vine ripe, produce to Oconee County.
“I pamper my strawberries,” Washington said, and, in a ripple effect, he has pampered the community as well.
On Saturday April 30, the much-anticipated strawberry season will debut with Washington Farms’ first-ever Strawberry Festival. The festival will last from 9 am to 6 pm, and admission will be $8.

Traditionally, the entertainment at Washington Farms is picking the strawberries. For most people, strawberries come in a perforated plastic box, but at Washington Farms families come to hand-pick strawberries straight from the earth. The red-all-the-way-through strawberries are not the only reason why families pick strawberries for a whole afternoon.
“Here, there is no TV, no Xbox, and no radio. Here, families have the chance to actually talk to each other,” Washington said.
At the upcoming festival, strawberry picking will be available along with a slew of other festivities. Kids can bounce on the jumping pillow, be creative with arts and crafts, ride the cow train, pet furry animals, and much more. Others can enjoy the live bands that will perform throughout the day, and people with a sweet-tooth can enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake, and homemade strawberry and peach ice-cream.
“And when I say homemade, I mean homemade,” Washington reassured.

Washington Farms is sprawling with new ideas and projects. Blackberry and blueberry farms are budding, a new stage and selling booth are being built, and carts are being painted strawberry-red.
Yet 17 years ago, Washington Farms was nothing except for a nostalgic desire.
“I wanted to play in the dirt again,” Washington said.
He had no experience, no land, and no equipment.
“I made a lot of dumb mistakes,” Washington admitted.
Yet weather is beyond any rookie or veteran farmer’s control. In Washington Farms third year a late freeze destroyed over 60% of the strawberry crop.
“My family had the choice to go hungry or diversify,” Washington said.
That same year Washington rented land and began growing pumpkins. Ever since, Washington Farms has grown to a year-round farm for families to have fun and to provide locally-grown produce.
“Now I have the chance to help others,” Washington said.
Other local farmers seek John Washington’s advice, his five children have learned the value of real work, and Washington gives the community a chance to experience the farm-life.
“When I grew up, everyone had a garden,” Washington reminisced. “But these days no one has a garden.”
Thankfully, Washington’s garden has grown large eno#ugh to feed a community for many years to come.
As the sun rose higher and the morning dew dried on the strawberry plants, John Washington looked over his farm and couldn’t help thinking of the families he has met.
“Over the years I have watched kids grow up, and now those kids are bringing their children to pick strawberries.”

3. Tool #1: Begin sentences with subjects and verbs

Column by Nicholas Kristof, op-ed writer of the NY TImes http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/opinion/kristof-a-policy-of-rape-continues.html?_r=0

Nearly any of Kristof’s powerful columns on female oppression world wide is a great example of this tool. Kristof pull the reader in by beginning the two lead paragraphs with “Kaltouma Ahmed cried softly” and “As the men raped her”.

4. Tool #2: Order words for emphasis

NY Times article on released Syria video of rebels killing 7 military men. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/middleeast/brutality-of-syrian-rebels-pose-dilemma-in-west.html?pagewanted=all

This piece utilizes tool #2 throughout the entire piece because so many significant elements are revealed in the video. Rebels are using militarisitc-style of execution, they recite a religious fueled poem of revenge before the execution, and the unedited images of seven men losing their lives is chilling. Chivers successfully packs force (and chills) with every sentence by ordering his words for emphasis.

 


Athens sees red

David Iduate

Diduate6@uga.edu

Story: crime statistics report

Headline: Athens sees red

ATHENS –- A 40% increase of murder since last year leaves an alarming number of citizens with grief of losing their loved ones.

Only time will tell if the people of Athens are willing to improve their ethics. According to the Bureau of Investigation, someone commits assault every 41 minutes, and homicide occurs about every 63 hours.

“The increase in violent crime reflects a greater social problem that can’t be solved by police alone.” states Mike Stiers, division chief of the Investigation bureau.

Only so much law enforcement can protect us before our freedom as citizens also becomes jeopardized. Fellow Athenians must find, as in all things, a better relationship within their community,

“People need to realize this.  They need to demand of their legislators, both state and municipal, that they don’t want to live like this.” Stiers states, in an attempt to encourage locals to strive for betterness in the years to come.


Models, Media, and News Coverage

Last month, model Cameron Russell gave a TED talk titled “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.” In the aftermath of that talk, Russell’s idea that models are just individuals who won and capitalize upon a genetic lottery gained a lot of attention.

In a way, this is a good thing. We live in a society where looks are given a lot of attention, and this attention can have detrimental side effects: eating disorders, self-confidence problems — the list goes on. However, as Russell herself says in an editorial published through CNN after her talk, is it right that journalists only started this conversation after a model herself brought the issue up?

Suppose, for a moment, that we look away from the issue of societal beauty standards. Do journalists measure up in that regard? Possibly not.

Colin Powell gave a talk at the same TED conference as Russell, but only got a quarter of the attention (if you consider views of both talks online). Russell is the one who has been on morning shows in the past month, not Powell.

If we look at the Pew Research Center’s data for most discussed issues of 2011, we find out that this is actually a common occurrence. Journalists tend to cover some topics to a great extent (like the economy) but then leave other — possibly equally important — issues and either disregard them or give them little attention.

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Foreign Policy was even able to compile a list of major issues that weren’t discussed in the news in 2011 — and some of them are rather important (Indian military growth, US immigration issues, and drug wars in Mexico, to name a few). At the time of the article, they supposed that many of those issues would show up with greater frequency in 2012. In hindsight, though, did that happen?

So, what does this say about journalism in general? Are journalists, knowing full well that agenda setting is a reality, doing their jobs? Does it really take a model to start the conversation on how well journalists are doing? Is a change necessary? If so, what can be done?


Storage units in Athens grow in popularity

It is a murky Monday morning in January outside of Crazy Ray’s Self Storage. The location sits on the outskirts of Athens near the Madison County border, and looks to be in the middle of nowhere.

Regardless, a crowd of approximately 50 file their way into the offices and another door outside to the gated lots inside the business’s black, iron gates. Although the number of units that were planned to go to auction is cut in half, the crowd remains.

“When the process started, we had 24 units,” said owner Ray Teaster. “By the time we got to the auction time, and we give them right up to 10:00 to come in and pay. We had 11 units after all of that.”

After Teaster, also taking the role of auctioneer gives a rundown of the rules, the crowd makes its way to the first unit up for bidding.

Welcome to the Athens version of “Storage Wars,” where the bidding is done on Southern time, the units go cheaper and bystanders watch to see who gets the unit of the day.

But what is quickly learned is that there is more to an auction than the free and fun entertainment. The work behind the scenes is immense.

Running the Business

Crazy Ray’s Self Storage came to existence in 2004. Under the ownership of Teaster, the business has clawed its way to success.

“It’s kind of a hard business to get started, because you have a lot of cash outlay in the beginning, and you start out with no tenants,” Teaster said. “It is scary in the early going, but you do customers right, you get a clean facility and you do things right.”

And Teaster’s work shows he does things right. Not only do residential tenants in the process of moving use his company’s storage space, but other businesses including Pepperidge Farm rent as well.

“It’s a pretty wide variety,” he said. “We get a lot of people who may be moving and need storage for a few months. And we got the commercial people.”

Of course as a business that measures its success by the number of units in use, the business is always looking for more tenants.

From foreclosure to auction

Georgia has clear laws when it comes to storage units that are foreclosed.

Enacted in 1982, the “Georgia Self-Service Facility Act” gives the guidelines required in the state.

According to the law, after the tenant has been in default for 30 days, the owner can start the process to enforce his lein – or the right to keep a property until debt is paid.

Teaster usually gives more time, and gives the customer all chances possible to avoid the auction.

“We go as long as we can, and usually it is like 90 days before we even bring one up for auction,” he said. “At that point we send the customer a cut-lock notice informing the customer that we’re going to cut their locks and see what’s in the unit.”

After the owner contacts the renter numerous times heeding warning of losing the unit, the owner then has to run an announcement in the newspaper stating that the units will be auctioned off. In Athens, the notice has to run in the Banner-Herald once a week for two consecutive weeks.

According to the Georgia Self-Service Facility Act, “The advertisement shall include: a brief and general description of the personal property, reasonably adequate to permit its identification; the address of the self-service storage facility, and the number, if any, of the space where the personal property is located, and the name of the Occupant; and the time, place, and manner of the public sale.”

These laws add to the costs acquired by Crazy Ray’s.

“We probably spent $150 or so in certified mail and newspaper advertising,” Teaster said.

While there is public unfamiliarity with the law, the Better Business Bureau has mentioned ways to avoid potential problems.

“While most facilities are operated by reputable businesses, Better Business Bureaus field complaints from time to time regarding theft or property damage and rental disputes,” the release said. “Consumers are advised to shop carefully before signing on the dotted line.”

It’s good to know the cost, payment and climate of a unit before buying a locker. The BBB also recommends that people check with them for a report on the facility before signing a contract.

Increased Popularity

The numbers of people that participate in unit auctions have increased in recent years.

People credit that to TV shows such as A&E’s “Storage Wars” and the spinoff shows based in Texas and New York.

Bidders on the units, have a strong disdain for the show, believing that with the influx of people the prices of units go up.

“The TV programs have put so much out there about how many deals and things you can find. More people are coming that affects me that they have raised the prices more,” said Vic Peel, owner of Vic’s Vintage in Athens. “They come out looking for bargains, get caught up in the bidding process and end up paying way more than the unit is worth.”

While Peel is based in Athens, his bidding takes him nationally and globally. At about six auctions a year, he goes from Florence, S.C. to New Orleans, as well as Spain and Japan to find vintage items.

“I mainly [look for] chairs, if I go to a storage unit and see chairs, vintage chairs,” he said. “[From the] late ‘40s to early ‘80s, that is my main thing.”

Teaster says he doesn’t see an increase in the prices of his units due to the show. The storage units still bid in the low hundreds.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know if it’s had that much of an impact on us, other than the number of people that show up,” he said. “We probably double in the number of people who show up, but the same people who bought are the same ones buying.”

While Crazy Ray’s has not changed its procedures following the show, other storage auctions have.  Some auctions have resorted to charging admission fees or limiting the number of people who can attend.

Not In it to Bid it

The self-service facility business is not the auction business.

For storage units, the point of an auction is to make back the money that the tenant did not pay in rent. In other words, the parts that we don’t see on television are the real reasons the units are up for bid in the first place.

“We prefer our rent, we do not want to auction people’s stuff,” Teaster said. “But we have to have vacant units. We can’t let them be filled and not be collecting any revenue. That would sink the business pretty quick.”

Rarely do the auctions make up the money lost by the default payments. In the rare occasions it does, Teaster gives the difference back to the unit’s original tenant.

While the auctions are fun to watch despite being nothing like “Storage Wars,” the potential of profit is solely on the bidder. Owners, such as Teaster, still ultimately lose out.

“It’s not our goal to have auctions, we don’t want them,” he said. “We want to collect our rent money. We rarely collect what’s owed on the units. We’re a lot better off if our units are paid for, not auctions. It’s not profitable for us.”