FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

FOR JUNE 24, 1997 (VOL. XXVI, NO 30)

At 1:35 p.m. a motion (Lenihan/Tidwell) to move to committee of the whole because of a lack of quorum. Approved by voiced consensus.

At 2:00 p.m. a motion (Lenihan/Tidwell) to come out of committee of the whole as a quorum was present. Approved by voiced consensus.

I. CALLED TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:00 P.M.

Present: G. Foster, N. Furumo, P. Lenihan, H. Nordin, J. Ozier, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, A. Zahlan Excused: J. Best, B. Kirk, J. Simpson, D. Wolf Absent: F. Fraker. Guests:J. Bates, C. Compo, D. Jorns, C. Merrifield, T. Weidner.

II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF 4/29/97--A motion (Tidwell/Lenihan) to approve the minutes of April 29, 1997. Yes - Foster, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan; Abstain - Ozier

James Tidwell reported that in the committee of the whole Chris Merrifield distributed a legislative update which included information on the capital budget, operating budget, pensions, prepaid tuition, student trustee vote and tuition waivers. Noted was the budget cut of $561,000 from Personnel Services.

III. COMMUNICATIONS

A. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 5/1/97

B. Minutes - Staff Senate - 4/10/97, 5/8/97

C. Minutes - Graduate Studies - 5/6/97

D. Minutes - Council on Teacher Education - 5/7/97, 6/16/97

E. Minutes - College of Sciences Curriculum Committee - 4/16/97, 4/30/97

F. Minutes - President's Council - 5/7/97, 5/21/97, 5/28/97, 6/18/97

G. Minutes - Library Advisory Board - 4/2/97, 4/16/97, 4/23/97

H. Governmental Relations Report - 5/5/97, 5/12/97, 5/27/97, 6/6/97, 6/13/97

I. Copy of a response from T. Weidner to President Jorns regarding the task force report from the Faculty Senate on the Counseling Center - 5/15/97

J. Letter from Senator Judith Myers (5/13/97) in response to Faculty Senate's opposition to expanding MAP eligibility to proprietary school students. The bill has passed both Houses and is now being considered by Governor Edgar.

K. Copy of letter from H. Nordin (5/15/97) to President Jorns outlining 20 reasons why Garfield should remain open and not be made into a Pedestrian Mall.

L. Letter from E. Midkiff (5/1/97) requesting an alternate be appointed for the first two years of her term since she has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship.

M. Letter from G. Richards (5/12/97) to C. Waldrep explaining the appointment process for the Council on Faculty Research.

N. E-mail (4/30/97) from A. Methven regarding CAA representation

O. Strategic Positioning Objectives for EIU - Second Draft

P. Minutes - College of Education and Professional Studies Curriculum Committee- 4/28/97

Q. E-mail from L. Coleman regarding the fact that she will be unable to fulfill her term on the Council on Faculty Research.

R. Note (6/23/97) from H. Nelson regarding his termination from the position of Director of Academic Computing and issues relating to restructuring.

IV. OLD BUSINESS

A. Legislative update - Chris Merrifield provided a summary of the legislation and answered questions.

B. Strategic Positioning Objectives--Discussion and recommendations for change were made with the following:

Educational Quality

#4 - Require that all Honor students take two college semesters of a foreign language. Ensure that the opportunity to study abroad is available to all students to fulfill the language requirements. Added "the" before language.

#6 - Change "require" to Encourage departments to develop learning experiences such as internship, study abroad, or community service which link classroom learning to off-campus life.

#7 - Ensure that Eastern is regionally and nationally recognized as a traditional, residential university of high academic standing.

Personnel

#1 - Retain and attract a diverse faculty and staff who appreciate cultural differences and model ethical behavior.

A motion (Lenihan/Foster) to accept the recommended changes.

Yes - Foster, Furumo, Lenihan, Nordin, Ozier, Richard, Schmidt, Tidwell, Walker, and Zahlan.

C. Election Ballot Information - James Tidwell reported that Gail Mason has reported that the UPC is in favor of changing the voting procedure. COTE would like to maintain the current structure.

D. Committee Reports

1. Appointments - A. Zahlan indicated that the committee will make recommendations for replacements on recent vacancies at the 7/15/97 meeting.

V. NEW BUSINESS

A. Agenda Items for July l5, 1997, Faculty Senate Meeting

1. Agenda of the Board of Trustees Meeting

2. Invite Harry Nelson to Faculty Senate to discuss his note

VI. ADJOURN - 3:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder

 

 

 

REMINDER THAT THE JULY 15, 1997, FACULTY SENATE MEETING IS AT 1:30 P.M. NOT 2:00 P.M.