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Academic Senate: MINUTES 10/21/2003
Present: Sr. Maria Ciriello, Dr. Karen Eifler, Dr. Mark Eifler, Dr. Carol Dempsey, Dr. Terry Favero, Dr. Jeff Gauthier, Dr. Laura Genik, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Bohn Lattin, Mr. Larry Larsen, Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Dakshina Murty, Dr. Steve Royce, Dr. John Schouten, Dr. David Sherrer, Ms. Diane Sotak, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Sr. Angela Hoffman, Dr. Anita Wynn
Absent: Amerigo Brioschi, Dr. Jim Carroll, Dr. Greg Hill, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Ms. Michelle Martin
Invocation: given by Dr. Wynn
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Anita Wynne reported that the executive committee met for the purposes of putting together the agenda for today’s meeting.
Committee on Committee: Dr. Steve Royce stated that the committee had no business report.
Committee on Rank & Tenure: Dr. Dakshina Murty said that “things are moving well.”
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Mr. Larry Larsen stated that the committee had not met but they will meet to discuss Butine grant applications which are due 22 October. The committee will also discuss streamlining the procedure for requesting supplemental travel funds.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: Dr. Jack Kondrasuk: Dr. Wynn reported for Dr. Kondrasuk. The faculty welfare committee conducted a faculty survey in order to determine if the faculty has any concerns. They will meet on 29 October to discuss the results of that survey.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Dr. Mark Kennedy: Reported that the committee met on 30 September. The committee had two items of business. One was a point of information which is actually listed as new business on the October agenda. It regards a review of the fifth year MAT. It does not require any discussion by the senate. The second item to be considered was a proposal for a new minor in entrepreneurship which will be addressed during new business.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Dr. Jeff Gauthier reported that the student media committee met and listened to reports from the student coordinators for the Beacon, KDUP, and the Log. Much of the meeting was actually spent on KDUP, Rachel Mills raised concerns about the ability of KDUP to broadcast properly due to a number of reasons. First, KDUP has a transmitter but cannot use it because if they do the station will broadcast off campus, which violates their FCC regulations. KDUP would like to broadcast over the university computer system, but their computer was destroyed in April. There were also complaints about old equipment. The committee spent time discussing ways to get more funding.
Committee on Athletics: Ron Petersen reported for Dr. Kondrasuk. The committee discussed future plans to replace Howard Hall. They discussed the Clive Charles soccer complex. There was discussion about raising approximately 1.8 million dollars to deal with everything from soccer fields all the way to the driveway. The plans do not include increasing seat capacity.
Committee on Health & Safety: Sr. Angela Hoffman reported that the committee met twice. The committee conducted campus safety inspections. They met with Matt Martinson of Empire Pacific Risk Management Inc. They talked about; the University’s exceptional safety record. The committee also is working on the campus emergency action plan and evacuation rehearsals. Concern was raised about the rehearsals disrupting classes. Sister Hoffman noted the concern.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Dr. Wynn reported for Dr. Carroll. Captain Brain Fessler is leading the effort to complete a university telecommunications strategic plan. The current goal is to have a document ready to be reviewed out by the committee by mid-November. A sub-committee is gathering data to make a decision about course management software for the university. A decision should be made by May. A sub-committee has been working on a recommendation for a pay for print policy to reduce waste, particularly in the lab. Finally the committee discussed the new arrangement for the maintenance of the University website by computing and telecommunications services, instead of public relations and information services.
Student & Faculty Court: Dr. Laura Genik reported that John Goldrick called a meeting of the student-faculty court the Friday before fall break. Present were four faculty members, one student, John Goldrick and Christina Pepsky. An overview of the judicial process within the framework of the University of Portland was given. They discussed how the student faculty court worked. They discovered that the committee convenes if and when there is a dismissal or an expulsion from the university. Its only part of the appeal process. Even at that point the committee can be overruled by the vice president of student services.
Deans Report: Bro. Donald Stabrowski reported that the deans have met twice since the last meeting. At the dean’s meeting, Regina Largent prepared a summary of the points that are given for advance placement tests and for the international baccalaureate, which are popular. The standards have been raised. Roy Heynderickx updated the budget process. This year’s budget is on target. Summer school came in very well. There was an increase of 50 or 60 students from what the original budget was. The deans approved all of the hiring for replacements in faculty for the coming year. The 15 October request for additions to the budget over 3,000 dollars for June are all in except one school. 24 October the presidential advisory councils will meet and discuss last spring’s Founder’s Day student presentations. Murdock approved three collaborative grants, a million dollars each about two years ago. One for assessment, which Marlene Moore directed here at the university and it involved Lewis and Clark, Willamette, George Fox, Linfield and UP. Another one for information literacy, which Lewis and Clark headed and Rich Hines and the people in the library worked closely. The third one was in applying technology to teaching foreign languages and Laura McClary was a part of that grant. The presidential search committee is proceeding.
ASUP Reps not present
Mark Kennedy: The Pamplin School of Business proposed a minor in entrepreneurship. The Committee on Committee discussion was 99.9% favorable; everybody seemed very excited about it. There was some discussion over library resources. But the committee felt that there should be adequate library resources. The library gave its support. Rob Peterson stated that the era of working for a major large organization has changed. Working for smaller entrepreneurial companies is growing. The Business school has a small E-scholars program, but they do not have anything for the rest of the University. E minors will be required to take Bus 200 and Bus 485, plus and 15 upper division course hours. The minor allows for other electives in other areas beyond business. Students can be E-scholars and minors. The proposal passed unanimously.
Dr. Moore: University of Portland and Willamette University will host “Occasions for Dialogue” on 8-9 January. The two day event will cover topics such as faculty work roles and quality of life or a lack of life. Jean Rice, a senior scholar with the American Association of Higher Education, AAHG, presents a workshop on Thursday morning at UP. In the afternoon deans and academic officers will hold small group discussions. Chairs of academics and learning and members of the rank and tenure committee will talk about faculty roles and rewards. On Friday, at Willamette University the discussion will center on how to sustain faculty early. The focus will be more on the individual. So the first day is more of a broader perspective of what’s happening in academe. The second day is more what’s happening with the individual faculty. The presentation workshops will be through the morning at Willamette followed by group discussion with people in charge of faculty development programs and again we will have a session with faculty leaders who aren’t able to make it on the first day.
Adjournment: 4:30 p.m.