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Academic Senate: Minutes 1/21/2014
I. Call to order and announcements.
II. Roll Call. Present: Michael Andrews, Father Beauchamp, Elena Bernard, Jeff Brown, Russ Butkus, Rich Christen, Bill Curtis, Brian Els, Elvia Gaona, Tom Greene, Father Hannon, Drew Harrington, Susan Hinken, Joseph Hoffbeck, Steve Mayer, Tamar More, Patrick Murphy, Marie Napolitano, Andrew Nuxoll, Dann Pierce, Bryan Rookey, Alex Santana, Susan Stillwell, Alysse Thomas, and Aaron Wootton. Absent: Eric Anctil,Lauretta Frederking, Gary Mitchell, Mark Utlaut, Matthew Warshawsky, and John Watzke.
IV. Approval of minutes from meeting from November 19, 2013. No corrections or changes to be made.
V. Standing Committee Reports:
a. Executive Committee, Dr. Dann Pierce
1. The Executive Committee met on December 3, 2013
2. The committee examined several items, some of which will be not be discussed until April; others will be discussed in standing committee reports.
b. Committee on Committees: Ms. Susan Hinken
1. The committee has no report.
c. Committee on Rank and Tenure, Dr. Mark Utlaut
1. The committee’s work continues apace.
d. Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, Dr. Lauretta Frederking.
1. The committee participated in presenting the teaching circle concept to faculty earlier this month.
2. The Butine spring budget is $65,306, and the committee is considering and processing nominations for awards.
3. The committee met with the provost to discuss the implementation of Faculty Research Day; it continues to be discussed.
e. Committee on Faculty Welfare, Dr. Tamar More.
1. The committee met in December.
2. The committee discussed questions regarding summer teaching and how pay is calculated.
3. The committee discussed issues related to registering for classes.
a) The committee will ask the registrar whether a deadline for class registration might make sense a week or two before so students will know if there will be a class
b) The committee will ask for more flexible scheduling options to meet the specific needs of individual courses.
c) The committee was asked by the provost that a camera be installed in the testing room as an adjustment to the student accommodation plan. The committee isn’t sure why that hasn’t been done.
f. Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations, Dr. Russell Butkus.
1. The Committee will offer at this meeting the proposal for creating a new minor in Hellenic Studies.
VI. Presidential Advisory Committees.
a. Committee on Student Media, Dr. Elena Bernard.
1. The Committee has not met.
b. Committee on Athletics, Dr. Alex Santana.
1. The Committee has not met.
c. Committee on Health and Safety, Dr. Steven Mayer.
The Committee reported
that Oregon DEQ continues to work with Vigor Marine to establish new permitting
requirements and community members are encouraged to report any odors to
Dr. Mayer stated that has not noticed the
hydrogen sulfide smell for several weeks and that may be the result of Vigor
Marine working to limit their output of said gas.
The committee is working
with Jeff Rook to get better signage for the nutritional information of the
food served in the Commons and the Cove.
The committee reported
that Fr. Beauchamp reported to them that new designated smoking areas have been
d. Committee on Information Technology, Dr. Gary Mitchell
1. The committee has not met.
e. Committee on Sustainability, Dr. Jeffrey Brown.
1. The committee has not met.
VII. Other Reports:
a. Presidents Report: Fr. Bill Beauchamp
1. Fr. Beauchamp expanded on the report given by Health and Safety by stating that specific places to accommodate smokers on campus will be developed.
2. Fr. Beauchamp announced that the two candidates for university president were interviewed by many groups this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The Board of Regents meets this weekend for its regular January meeting; it is expected that the recommendation from the presidential search committee will be brought to the board and that it will make its decision then.
3. Fr. Beauchamp confirmed the honorary degree recipients for May’s Commencement:
a) John Beckman, a longtime member of the Board of Regents;
b) Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample;
c) James Popham;
d) Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University;
e) Anne Thompson, the commencement speaker;
f) Carolyn Wu, former dean of the School of Business, University of Notre Dame, will receive the Christus Magister Award.
b. Provost Report: Dr. Tom Greene
1. The faculty handbook is still open for people to send their ideas.
2. The provost office is looking into establishing a senior faculty orientation program that will provide clearer guidance to those who have reached senior faculty status. A meeting will be held next month in which suggestions from the Rank and Tenure committee will be discussed.
3. Work charting the direction for integrating digital technology and academics at the university continues. A survey resulting in over 200 responses, and five listening sessions have been completed.
4. The deans have been addressing the issues surrounding summer teaching compensation.
5. The provost has scheduled a meeting with upper-level administrators to discuss issues surrounding student accommodations. A camera that will monitor any student taking a test will be installed in Franz 15.
6. The provost reported that the deans are addressing the recent issues surrounding course registration.
7. The registrar’s office recently concluded four days of intensive training that will help them to deal more effectively with those they serve.
c. ASUP Report:
1. A few students have suggested that course evaluations be open earlier and for a longer period of time. Dr. Greene will meet with ASUP senators to discuss options.
2. ASUP also met with Dr. Greene to discuss setting up an orientation workshop for transfer students.
3. ASUP representatives met with Dr. Frederking to discuss creating a day of service that will benefit those recently affected by the typhoon in The Philippines. It was decided to hold a medical supply drive—in memory of Molly Hightower—to be completed by March 29, 2-14.
4. A spring finance course to enhance student literacy in financial issues will start this spring.
5. ASUP leadership is looking into creating scholarships for campus student leaders.
VIII. New Business:
a. Proposal for Hellenic Studies Minor.
1. Dr. Butkus highlighted the multidisciplinary dimensions of the program. He indicated that all letters of support seem to be in place and proper. He restated the importance of the minor at the university rooted in a liberal arts tradition and why it should be offered. He touted the minor’s minimal cost.
2. A question was raised about how the minor might impact the library and its budget. In response, it was mentioned that that many of the databases and prints offered are strong in this area. Supplementing these resources should not be a problem.
3. A concern was raised about students perhaps wanting to concentrate their credits in one discipline. In response, it was mentioned that minor allows for flexibility for students to explore dimensions of Greek thought and culture as they choose.
4. A question was raised concerning the optimal number of minors in the College of Arts and Science. It was generally agreed that this question should be looked into.
5. A question concerning which students would most likely be involved with the minor was raised. In response, it was mentioned that the minor would be comprised of students primarily from CAS, though it does have the potential to attract students from the other schools.
6. Dr. Butkus made the motion to establish the Hellenic Studies minor. It was seconded. The Hellenic Studies minor was approved with no oppositions or abstentions
a. February 6, 2014: next Executive Committee meeting;
b. February 18, 2014: next Academic Senate meeting.
X. Adjournment: 4:40 PM
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