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Academic Senate: Minutes 11/18/2008
II. Roll call-- Present: Brian Adams, Robin Anderson, Genevieve Brassard, Allison Able, Maria Ciriello, Colton Coughlin,
III. Invocation offered by Brother Donald Stabrowski, CSC
IV. Approval of minutes from 10/21/08 meeting
V. Standing Committee Reports:
i. Executive Committee: Dr. Aziz Inan
· Executive Committee met Nov. 4.
· Sub-committee on the by-laws has met twice; first draft to be ready by the end of Thanksgiving to be presented to the Executive Board of the Senate, and then ready for presentation to the Senate soon afterwards.
· On Feb. 3 the Executive Committee will meet with Fr. Beauchamp
ii. Committee on Committees: Dr. Todd Easton
· No report.
iii. Committee on Rank & Tenure: Dr. Jill Hoddick
· No report.
iv. Committee on Teaching & Scholarship: Dr. Susan Decker
· Second faculty forum of the fall has taken place; attendance is low so the committee is considering alternative times.
· Deliberations for Butine requests have been completed.
· Unused fall monies will roll over to the spring.
· Call for teaching and scholarship awards has gone out.
v. Committee on Faculty Welfare: Dr. Anissa Rogers
· The committee met with Fr. Rowan and most of the agenda items have been discussed already with the chairs.
· Child care proposal is completed.
· The committee had a request to look into a microwave for the nursing room in the library, and also for a place to wash used equipment. The committee is working on this request.
· The committee has begun working on the family leave policy
vi. Committee on Curriculum & Academic Regulations: Ms. Caroline Mann
· Committee has not met.
VI. Presidential Advisory Committees:
i. Committee on Student Media: Mark Ghyselinck
· Committee will meet soon.
ii. Committee on Athletics: Dr. Elise Moentmann
· Committee met Oct. 30 and two presentations were offered: Larry Lewis explained the new governing structure for WCC; Dan McGinty presented the 2007-2008 student-athlete scholarship performance.
iii. Committee on Health and Safety: Dr. Hans Nordstrom
· Committee met Nov. 12 and spoke about the Willamette Blvd. crossing which is on hold till the re-paving by the city occurs in the summer.
· Fire marshal inspections have taken place
· Concerns about heat in the engineering building are being worked on
· Was a MRSA infection in Howard Hall, and appropriate protocols were taken.
· The committee is now performing in-house inspections
iv. Committee on Information Technology:
· Committee met Nov. 4 and heard plans from Jim Ravelli
· Broke into sub-committees: infrastructure committee, instructional technology committee, communications committee, web technology committee
· Next meeting is scheduled for the first week in December
v. Committee on Sustainability: Dr. Lauretta Frederking
· Work is ongoing in subcommittees
VII. Other Reports:
i. Fr. William Beauchamp:
· No report given.
ii. Dean’s Meeting (Brother Donald):
· The deans met once as a group.
· The deans also met with the officers and all the directors; Father Bill chaired the meeting. This will occur twice a semester to explain what is happening on campus and to discuss the economy. Father asked everyone to be cautious about spending.
· Registration numbers are good for next semester
· The deans met with Karen Nelson who provided overall summary of the faculty summary taken last year
· The deans also met with Brenda Greiner. Brenda reported that a large number of freshmen are dropping classes because of possible failures
· The deans also met with Kurt Mustang from Bon Apetit to touch base
· ASUP just passed 2 new resolutions: one on sustainability; one regarding student parking
· Another resolution on green space that will charge students $10.00 is forthcoming.
· ASUP conducted an audit and discovered that they were in debt from last year; budget will be debated on Monday
· Student leaders attended NACA conference to plan out entertainment for next semester.
· ASUP is having a major movie event, “Dark Night”
· Executive Board leaving for Notre Dame this Thursday for their annual exchange
VIII. New Business:
· No new business
· Dr. Inan mentioned to the senate that Father Beauchamp, in an email note, called attention to the fact that the January 18, 2008 meeting will conflict with a celebration for Basil Moreau
· Dr. Inan suggested possibilities for moving the January meeting.
· Executive Board will make the decision; no suggestions were offered from the senate floor.
X. Adjournment: 4:31 PM
Note: All members of the University community are welcome to attend any meeting of the Academic Senate. The meetings begin promptly at 4:00 pm.