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Academic Senate: MINUTES 9/18/2007
Present : Fr. Beauchamp, Jovelyn Bonilla, Sr. Maria Ciriello, Anna Costa, Susan Decker, Carol Dempsey, Todd Easton, Karen Eifler, Jeff Gauthier, Chris Hallstrom, Angela Hoffman, Aziz inan, Fr. Mark Ghyselinck, Becky Houck, Caroline Mann, Elise Moentmann, John Orr, Dann Pierce, Anissa Rogers, Fr. Stephen Rowan, John Schouten, Bret Tobalske, Diane Vines, Jackie Waggoner, Zia Yamayee
Absent: Br. Donald Stabrowski, Karen Ward
Minutes from 4/17/07 were approved as submitted
Standing Committee Reports:
Executive Committee (Jeff Gauthier): Welcomed all present to a new year of service to the academic life of the university; reminded us that Academic Senate meetings are open to all interested members of the community and of the role of Academic Senate in decisions and advocacy. Passed out the report of last year’s ad hoc committee on academic computing, to read by senators prior to the next Senate meeting.
Committee on Committees (Todd Easton): Committee has met twice to make the usual appointments to committees and to make one appointment correction.
Committee on Rank and Tenure (Becky Houck): Committee has begun the review of files.
Committee on Teaching and Scholarship : Committee has met twice, sent out the Butine RFP on the portal. They are hosting faculty workshops and have met with the deans to highlight changes in the RFP for Butines.
Committee on Faculty Welfare (Elise Moentmann): Committee has not yet met.
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations (Caroline Mann): Has not yet met, but has answered some informational questions and has reminded chairs of the procedures for creating academic proposals and changes.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports:
Committee on Student Media : Has not yet met
Committee on Athletics : Not yet met
Committee on Health and Safety : Has met; no new business to discuss
Committee on Information Technology : Has not yet met
President’s Report: Fr. Beauchamp clarified some confusion about composition of search committee for Dean of School of Nursing. Majority of Committee on Committee’s recommendations were taken, others were not out of concern for faculty on sabbatical, adjunct vs. regular status and expertise. Will next be convening two more search committees for officers (Information and Finance). Composing a new PAC on Sustainability comprised of faculty, staff and students. Enrollment: up this year—over 800 first year students (significantly above last year’s projections and nearly all in Engineering, Nursing and Business); good retention of sophomores. Higher enrollment means an increase in infrastructure needs and new look at matters on the “front burner.” Fr. Beauchamp and Fr. Doyle have met with all members of the board to discuss their experiences and perceptions of the board, and their philanthropic interest in the university. Meetings have been productive and will continue. Fr. Beauchamp will host four lunches with faculty this semester. No agenda; we should also encourage new faculty to attend these. Reminded us of upcoming events around the beatification of Fr. Moreau.
Q/A: President did appoint a visiting faculty member to SON Search committee, which Committee on Committees cannot (due to visiting status). Male enrollment up 3 percentage points with new first year class. Projection of total enrollment: approximately 3200 undergraduates, about 300 graduate students.
Committee appointments: officers are appointed by the president (see document on By Laws of University on Duties of the President). Noted: Nature of job of VP for Information Services has changed dramatically in previous decade and may involve additional input from faculty because of increased impact of computing decisions on all aspects of faculty work.
Dean’s Meeting Report : Br. Donald is making his way home from beatification activities in France, so no report given.
ASUP (Anna Costa): Elections underway to fill ASUP Senate. Retreat for new senators this weekend. ASUP is testing out online elections. Capital Improvements Fund projects will be decided at end of October.
Announcements : Reminder to download agendas and minutes prior to meeting, as extra copies will not be made. Next Academic Senate meeting will be held in the Hall of Fame Room in the Chiles Center.
Adjourned at 4:34 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Karen Eifler
Secretary to the Academic Senate