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Academic Senate: MINUTES 02/15/2005
Present: Dr. Amelia Ahern-Rindell, Dr. Susan Baillet, Fr. William Beauchamp, Sr. Maria Ciriello, Dr. James Connelly, Dr. Michael Connolly, Dr. Carol Dempsey, Dr. Karen Eifler, Dr. Jeff Gauthier, Dr. Rich Gritta, Dr. Greg Hill, Sr. Angela Hoffman, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. Lora Looney, Dr. Louis Masson, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Peter Osterberg, Ms. Jennifer Reinhard, Dr. Bart Rylander, Ms. Julie Stillwell, Ms. Diane Sotak, Br. Donald Stabrowski
Absent: Dr. Linda Birenbaum, Dr. Diane Martin, Dr. Peter Thacker
Invocation: The invocation was given by Angela Hoffman.
Minutes of January 18, 2005 meeting were accepted.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Angela Hoffman gave the report.All units except for Communication Studies have now elected new senators for 2005-2006 and reported them to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is now soliciting nominations for standing committee chairs.
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 is now working on the new tenure review cases. Also, the committee is working with Bro. Donald to revise their Rank and Tenure information and guidelines document for the faculty with the goal of eventually posting it on the web for convenient reference.
Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Carol Dempsey gave the report. The committee is currently reviewing 15 new Butine proposals. The committee has received and is currently reviewing seven nominations for the teaching award and six nominations for the scholarship award. The committee is currently considering recent suggestions and concerns regarding the teaching and scholarship award process and has appointed a subcommittee to address these issues and report back to the committee.
Committee on Faculty and Welfare: Susan Baillet gave the report. The committee received the results of the proposed “Dead Week Reading Days” faculty survey. Approximately one third of the responses were negative. Therefore, the committee is not recommending that the proposal be pursued.
Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: No formal report was given. See new business item below.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Jeff Gauthier gave the report. The committee discussed some of the FCC regulations as they affect KDUP. There is a need for clarification on these regulations from Fr. Beauchamp. The committee will make recommendations for leadership appointments for the Log, the Beacon and KDUP and send them on to Fr. Beauchamp for his confirmation.
Committee on Athletics: Angela Hoffman gave the report. The committee is considering forming a subcommittee to investigate eating disorders among student athletes. Specifically, the committee has noted an immediate concern regarding this eating disorder problem which is both individual and systemic in nature. Corrective action may be necessary which may include campus-wide solutions, continuing education for the coaching staff, and communication with Bon Appetit. The committee noted that UP has more all-academic team members than any other WCC university (65% of our student athletes have a GPA of 3.5 or more and 27% are on the Dean’s list). The committee noted that the athletic director (Larry Williams) has budgeted for a learning specialist position for this coming year. A tour of the women’s locker room facilities revealed that renovations were immediately necessary to comply with Title IX regulations. Fund-raising and renovation of the Chiles Center is underway.
Committee on Health & Safety: No formal report was given, as there was no action taken since the last Senate meeting. However, Bart Rylander noted that every building on campus has been inspected during the past year and a final report is pending.
Committee on Computers & Telecommunications: Diane Sotak gave the report. The OCIO and a few faculty are in the process of evaluating a new course management system for the university. A final decision is imminent. The OCIO has requested that the committee investigate the creation of a new and formal university-wide password policy in order to improve computer account security. The committee is now discussing issues regarding the UP Campus Directory. Some students and staff have raised concerns regarding the amount of personal contact information currently provided in the directory. The committee is in the process of discussing these concerns with the administration in order to come up with an equitable resolution on this matter. One proposed solution is to eliminate the current printed directory and replace it with a secure on-line directory where a user must be authenticated via a username and password in order to access any personal contact information.
Committee on the Web: No report was given, as there was no action taken since the last Senate meeting.
Student & Faculty Court: Michael Connolly gave the report. The court is in the process of hearing a new student case. The details of this case are confidential.
Fr. William Beauchamp: Fr. gave an update on the university’s tactical plan. The plan has been completed by each of the units. The deans, the administration and the board have reviewed it and everyone is basically in agreement. Fr. noted that this whole process has been very successful and positive for the university community. The next step is to prioritize the needs and to determine funding sources (i.e., capital campaign fund-raising versus annual budget). Fr. noted that he has been very impressed with the new faculty candidates that have been coming through the interview process this semester. They have all been of very high caliber. Finally, Fr. clarified the university’s policy on the recent Vagina Monologues controversy and possible misunderstanding. In summary, Fr. reiterated that there has been no change in the university’s policy on this matter. Specifically, the policy is that the Vagina Monologues may not be held on the university campus nor may it be sponsored by the university in any way. No university organization may be identified with this activity which may suggest any sponsorship by the university. Otherwise if an individual student or staff member wishes to participate in the Vagina Monologues somewhere off-campus which is not identified with the university then that is OK and is strictly their own business.
Deans Report: Br. Donald Stabrowski gave the report. Nora Martin gave an excellent presentation to the deans on the honors program. The deans are now reviewing the newly proposed social justice program which will be formally brought before the senate in March. Bryon Fessler from the OCIO presented a very positive progress report on the status of the upgrading of the university computer facilities. A potential conflict between the Freshman Orientation and a university soccer game was resolved by moving the soccer game to the evening since the university now has a lighted soccer field. Jim Lyons presented information on “The Weekend on the Bluff” which will be held on April 9. The deans of the professional schools selected Zia Yamayee as the replacement senator for Larry Lewis.
ASUP: Julie Stillwell gave the report. ASUP elections will occur the week of Feb 21. This is the first year that the CPB director will be elected. ASUP passed a resolution to raise the student government fee to $10. This includes the allocation of 10% of ASUP’s student budget towards a capital improvements fund. This resolution awaits approval of the student body, Fr. Beauchamp and the Board of Regents. ASUP created a committee to oversee student conference travel. ASUP met with several student clubs to discuss financial and budgeting problems along with possible resolutions and funding reallocations. ASUP is preparing for Junior Parents Weekend. ASUP created a Tsunami relief committee. Approximately 70 students have donated meal vouchers (rather than cash) for the relief effort. Also, a bake sale was held and raised $213 for the relief effort. ASUP is seeking nominations for six open senate positions for Christy, University Village, off-campus students, and non-traditional students.
The CAR committee made a proposal which was to formalize and clarify an existing curriculum option for a double major between Philosophy and Political Science with an emphasis on Policy. The proposal was voted on and accepted.
The Committee on Committees proposed a resolution on Worker Rights. Specifically, the committee proposed to establish an ad hoc committee (or Presidential Advisory Committee) with the purpose of making recommendations concerning the university’s commitment to labor rights in the manufacturing of clothing and other goods displaying the university’s name and logo. This committee will be charged with investigating this issue and presenting a report to the senate and Fr. Beauchamp by the end of the spring 2005 semester with a recommendation on whether or not we ought to continue our involvement in the Fair Labor Association and whether or not we ought to join the Workers Rights Consortium. After much discussion, it was decided to amend the resolution by changing two words in the third sentence of the resolution.
The amended resolution was voted on and accepted.
Jeff Gauthier distributed a hand-out from the Executive Committee entitled “Resolutions to Revise the Constitution of the Academic Senate”. These resolutions will be formally presented, discussed and voted on at the next senate meeting in March.
A suggestion was made that the Executive Committee revisit the communications strategies for the senate. They are currently confusing and need to be improved.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 5:15 P.M.
Respectively submitted, Dr. Peter Osterberg, Secretary to the Senate