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Academic Senate: MINUTES 4/19/2005
Present: Ms. Rebekah Babiarz, Dr. Susan Baillet, Fr. William Beauchamp, Dr. Linda Birenbaum, Dr. Michael Connolly, Dr. Carol Dempsey, Dr. Bruce Drake, Dr. Karen Eifler, Dr. Jeff Gauthier, Dr. Chris Hallstrom, Ms. Ashley Hartmeier, Sr. Angela Hoffman, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Lora Looney, Dr. Louis Masson, Dr. Elise Moentmann, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Peter Osterberg. Dr. Dann Pierce, Ms. Diane Sotak, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Dr. Zia Yamayee
Absent: Sr. Maria Ciriello, Dr. Kenneth Lulay, Dr. Katie O’Reilly, Dr. John Orr, Dr. Bart Rylander, Dr. Peter Thacker
Invocation: The invocation was given by Michael Connolly.
Minutes of March 15, 2005 meeting were accepted.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Angela Hoffman gave the report. She welcomed all new and continuing senators.
Committee on Committees: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last senate meeting.
Committee on Rank & Tenure: Louis Masson gave the report. The committee has completed all the tenure review cases and concluded all official business for this academic year. The committee will be holding an open information session for interested faculty on Faculty Development Day.
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Carol Dempsey gave the report. The committee made the final decisions for the Teaching and Scholarship awards and presented their recommendations to Br. Donald. The committee is now working on their webpage. An ad-hoc subcommittee has been formed whose purpose is to proactively engage faculty and administration in the process of improving Butine award procedures and guidelines.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last senate meeting.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Karen Eifler gave the report. Karen noted as a point of information that the committee accepted a proposal from the Theology Department to reduce their number of required curriculum credit hours by three in order to make it easier for Theology students to complete a double major.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Jeff Gauthier gave the report. The committee met with the new manger of the Beacon, the new manager of KDUP, and the ongoing manager of the Log. Everyone is apprised of their duties and they’re all getting ready for next semester.
Committee on Athletics: Angela Hoffman gave the report for Diane Martin. Fr. Beauchamp provided details of the timeline and process for the upcoming NCAA Certification Self-Study. Leadership and subcommittees will be formed over the summer, and reviews will commence during the academic year with a final report due May 15, 2006. Christina Van Tol from athletics shared the preliminary findings of the WCC Compliance Review, a natural precursor to the NCAA certification process. We seem to have a “culture of compliance” and need to formalize our processes with regard to how we comply to NCAA regulations. Dan McGinty (athletics) and Janine Lenartz (health center) provided additional information and insights into the eating disorders among student athletes. The athletic community is keenly aware of eating disorders among student athletes. Disordered eating is a problem in the general student population and we strongly urge the university community to address this concern. Larry Williams presented a schematic design proposal for the Clive Charles Soccer complex.
Committee on Health & Safety: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last senate meeting.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Diane Sotak gave the report. The officers approved the proposed “pay per print” system and will begin in the fall, 2005 semester. The proposed new curriculum software (“MOODLE”) was approved and is planned to be tested in the fall and fully implemented next spring.
Committee on the Web: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last senate meeting.
Student & Faculty Court: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last senate meeting.
Fr. William Beauchamp: Fr. reported the good news that our “Portland Magazine” won a major nationwide award for excellence of which we should all be very proud. Fr. reported on the preparations for commencement including the honorary degree recipients and the commencement speaker. Fr. met with the faculty of all the professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. These meetings were very successful and informative. Fr. received the final report from the Ad-hoc Committee on Workers Rights which is now under review.
Deans Report: Br. Donald Stabrowski gave the report. Commencement preparations are now underway. Br. noted that we plan on beginning commencement at precisely 2pm this year. Therefore, processing will begin earlier. New software was purchased which allows UP to very easily view relevant data including faculty salaries, etc, for the purpose of comparing UP to other schools in various categories. Faculty Development Day schedule is now set. The morning session will include two sessions: 1) the status of the Tactical Plan and, 2) a presentation by Bryon Fessler on OCIO activities. The afternoon session will include four sessions: 1) Rank and Tenure information session, 2) Fulbright scholarship information session, 3) Student accommodations information session and, 4) the new webpage creation system information session. The day will conclude with the Faculty Gala where two Tyson Distinguished Professor awards will be presented along with other faculty awards and announcements.
ASUP: Ashley Hartmeier gave the report. It will soon be determined if a student re-vote will be done for Resolution 05-02 which increases student government fees by $10.00.
A resolution in support of the recommendations of the Ad-hoc Committee on Justice and the Manufacture of University Products was voted on and accepted. The resolution is now being reviewed by Fr. Beauchamp.
The elections for the new Executive Committee positions were held. The slate nominated by the present Executive Committee was unanimously accepted by a voice vote. The election results were:
Executive Committee Chair: Angela Hoffman
Committee on Committees Chair: Jeff Gauthier
Committee on Rank and Tenure Chair: Louis Masson
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship Chair: Carol Dempsey
Committee on Faculty Welfare Chair: Susan Baillet
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Karen Eifler
Secretary to the Senate: Diane Sotak
The elections for the four new Committee on Committees members were held. The following four faculty members were elected: Greg Hill, Michael Connolly, Nora Martin and Lisa Reed.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 5:23 P.M.
Respectively submitted, Dr. Peter Osterberg, Secretary to the Senate