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Academic Senate: Minutes 4/16/2013
I. Call to order and announcements
II. Roll call
Present: Eric Anctil,Michael Andrews, Jeff Brown, Russ Butkus, Rich Christen, Bill Curtis, Brian Els, Elvia Gaona, Tom Greene, Joseph Hoffbeck, Sally Hood, Aziz Inan, Larry Larson, Steve Mayer, Tamar More, Meike Niederhausen, Andrew Nuxoll, Dan Pierce, Bryan Rookey, Alex Santana, Alysse Thomas, Matthew Warshawsky, John Watzke
Not Present: Father Beauchamp, Elena Bernard, Drew Harrington, Susan Hinken, Gary Mitchell, Patrick Murphy, Marie Napolitano, Susan Stillwell Mark Utlaut, Kaye Wilson-Anderson
III. Invocation: Larry Larsen
IV. Approval of minutes from March 19, 2013 meeting: Sherpa not available; March minutes not posted; unable to approve the minutes.
V. Standing Committee Reports:
a. Executive Committee, Larry Larsen:
The Executive Committee met April 2.
b. Committee on Committees, Susan Hinken:
c. Committee on Rank & Tenure, Mark Utlaut:
d. Committee on Teaching & Scholarship, Aziz Inan:
1. Completed Butine award winners and awards were in UpBeat and Pilots UP.
2. Committee is working on faculty award winners; selected winners from applications; winners will be informed early next week.
3. The tentative schedule is almost finished for Faculty Development Day; committee received 14 proposals; program looks good; Tom Greene will present the plenary session; there will be two morning sessions of 40 minutes and two afternoon sessions of 40 minutes; schedule will be published next week.
e. Committee on Faculty Welfare, Tamar More:
1. Committee met with Provost and Paul Myers who is working as Representative of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Inclusion. It was a very productive meeting. Two members met with Loretta as a follow-up and shared some of the details of our surveys. Committee will meet again tomorrow to continue the conversation and prioritize for next year.
f. Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations, Russ Butkus
1. Committee met two weeks ago and discussed the Pamplin School of Business proposal; the committee approved the proposal.
a. Committee on Student Media, Kaye Wilson Anderson:
b. Committee on Athletics, Alex Santana:
Nothing to report.
c. Committee on Health and Safety, Dann Pierce:
1. Area rescue assistant maps are being updated and will include location of evacuation chairs.
d. Committee on Information Technology, Gary Mitchell:
1. Elena Bernard will be his replacement for next year.
2. IT is presenting
their staff representations at their meeting tomorrow afternoon. Once they
review the recommendations those are going to be prepared and presented. The committee feels that they should take
some oversight over alumni tracking activities because they believe it is a
more pressing issue.
e. Committee on Sustainability, Dr. Rich Christen:
Nothing to report
a. Fr. William Beauchamp:
b. Dean’s Meeting:
1. The president mentioned the formation of a technology task force and they are putting that committee together now; the Committee on Committees has submitted names for it.
2. Tomorrow morning at 7:30 there will be a Listening Meeting in Murphy.
3. On April 26 a gift was given to UP of the St. Johns Bible.
4. We are in progress with reporting of the Strategic Plan. We did the year one report this year and out of the year one report we have only one recommendation that is around their concern for us to have identifiable indicators for each one of the goals. They are asking us to draw stronger lines between the mission and core curriculum and those indicators, so we are working on drafting that for the year three presentation.
5. We are working on the end of year preparations…awards, speakers, valedictorian speech, etc.
1. Elise Thomas is the new secretary. In terms of elections, there are18 candidates for five spots. Six are running for the Presidential ticket, three for Treasurer, three for Secretary, and one for CPB director. We had two elections; we had the first elections and then fun-off elections. It was the highest voter turnout ever, so for the first round, we had fifty percent of the entire student body vote.
2. We passed a lot of resolutions over the past month. We wrote six resolutions regarding the non-discrimination policy, smoking in the academic lot, creating an office of inclusion, being able to access full documents through the UP school email. Last semester we wrote a resolution asking the university to provide a workshop for a class on finance. Students were interested in planning after graduation and working with loans and finances. We worked with the Pamplin School of Business and created four workshops.
3. This weekend, the Senate participated in their semester day of service. Last night, we did the patio blessing. Our last meeting was also Monday. The last thing we have this year is our ASUP and OSA award ceremony.
VIII. New Business:
a. Proposal from the Pamplin School of Business from CAR to Senate:
1. The proposal will require business majors to take three hours of a CAS upper-division course that has an international focus. The impact is considered to be fairly minimal. The Associate Dean for the undergraduate program has met with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Everyone indicated support of the proposal, including a letter from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The response from the CAR committee was unanimous.
2. Questions? None.
3. Move to put the proposal on the floor. Second? Second. All in favor of this proposal going forward, aye. No oppositions, the proposal will pass.
1. Executive Committee
Executive Committee, Dann
Committee on Committees, Susan Hinken
Committee on Rank & Tenure, Mark Utlaut
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship, Lauretta Frederking
Committee on Faculty Welfare, Tamar More
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations, Russ Butkus (Fall-13, Carey Evangelist)
Senate Secretary, Matthew Warshawsky (Fall-13)
2. Committee on Committees
1. Karen Eifler
2. Laura Trout
3. Larry Larsen
4. Jeff Gauthier
Last meeting of year, the next meeting is September 17; contact Dan Pierce for putting something on the agenda; Executive Committee will meet on Sept. 3.
X. Adjournment: 4:52
Note: All members of the University community are welcome to attend any meeting of the Academic Senate. The meetings begin promptly at 4:00 pm.