FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
FOR APRIL 21, 1998
Vol.xxvii, No. 27)

I. CALL TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:02 P.M. (CONFERENCE ROOM, BOOTH LIBRARY)

Present: J. Allison, C. Eberly, G. Foster, R. Gholson, B. Irwin, G. Lockart, N. Marlow, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Simpson, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, A. Zahlan. Excused: N. Furumo. Guests: J. Coon, N. Coutant, L. Crofutt, N. Dash, K. Franken, E. Harris, S. Lenhart, H. Owen, M. Quigley, J. Sedgwick.

II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF APRIL 14, 1998.

MOTION (Nordin/Tidwell) to approve the minutes of April 14, 1998.

Clarification/Correction: J. Nilsen clarified that at this time there are no plans to move her office. "However, we are looking for additional space for the Office of Media Relations, which currently shares the same suite of offices as I do." The following names should be added to the retirement list of Faculty Senate: Robert Chen and Karl Grisso. J. Gorrell clarified that posthumous recognition is not in the Internal Governing Policy but will be implemented as a procedure - President's Council Minutes -1/7/98. "A posthumous degree may be awarded upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees, the President, or designee. The degree may be awarded to a student who was completing the final semester of course work required for the degree at the time of death. A diploma will be issued but no entry will be made on the academic transcript. A posthumous certification of attendance may be awarded by the President, or designee, to a student who has completed at least one year of attendance."

Yes - Allison, Foster, Gholson, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Zahlan. Abstain - Walker

III. COMMUNICATIONS

A. Memo from G. Hanebrink & J. Boshart regarding a representative for the University's Environmental & Safety Committee

B. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 4/9/98

C. E-mail from K. Kruse regarding the consolidation of Botany, Zoology and Environmental Biology

D. Minutes - President's Council - 4/15/98

E. Minutes - Council on Graduate Studies - 4/7/98

F. Memo from J. Simpson regarding the Faculty Senate appointment to Achievement & Contribution Awards Committee (Nancy Marlow)

G. Minutes - College of Sciences Curriculum Committee - 4/9/98

H. Minutes - Staff Senate - 4/8/98

I. Response from G. Hanebrink regarding the University's emergency response plans

J. Food Court Update Flyer

K. Phone call with correction to minutes from J. Gorrell regarding posthumous degrees

L. Phone call from L. Shobe to G. Foster concerning his objections to the merger of Botany and Zoology

M. Phone call from L. Shobe to R. Gholson regarding the Botany major

IV. OLD BUSINESS

A. Committee Reports

1. Nominations Committee & Liaison Coordinator - A. Zahlan presented the appointments to boards and councils for 1998-99. MOTION (Zahlan/Walker) to approve the Faculty Senate appointments to boards and councils for the 1998-99 AY. Yes - Allison, Eberly, Foster, Gholson, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan. Click here to view list of appointments

L. Walker apprised the Senate of the outstanding job that A. Zahlan has done with appointments. The process was well organized.

**The Council on Faculty Research is in need of a representative for Allied Health. Creative/Performing Arts has an open position which will be appointed by the VPAA.

2. Elections Committee - no report

3. Faculty-Senate Relations Committee - no report

4. Faculty-Staff Relations Committee - no report

5. Distinguished Faculty Award - L. Walker reported that Dr. Frank McCormick, English Department, was selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. MOTION (Walker/Foster) to approve the selection of Dr. Frank McCormick as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.

Yes - Allison, Eberly, Foster, Gholson, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Richard, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell, Walker, Zahlan.

6. Executive Committee

a. Distinguished Faculty Award Monetary Amount - The money for the award is in an endowment with the minimum for the award to be $250.00 and the maximum for the award to be $500. The money cannot be used for a plaque. Questions were raised as to what office has a record of previous distinguished faculty. G. Richard will check on this.

b. Botany/Zoology questions about the major - An e-mail from K. Kruse indicated that the B.S. in Biological Sciences first comes effective in the Fall 1999. Students will not get majors in Botany, Zoology and Environmental Biology but will have an option in Biology or in Environmental Biology. Within each option there are concentrations. Students, current faculty, and emeritus faculty were in attendance at the meeting to solicit Faculty Senate support for a review of the process that took place in the consolidation of the departments and the impact the merger has had on the Botany degree. The concentrations have significantly diminished the number of courses taken in Botany. Through attrition the number of Botanists teaching has diminished and there seems to be no plans to replace them. As a result, there will not be enough plant scientists to teach the Botany courses. In the Fall 1998 there will be no graduate level courses in Botany so students finishing a master's degree will have no courses to take. The concern is not with the merger but with the abolishment of Botany which is a nationally recognized program. Spread sheets do not show that cost saving has occurred. A retreat was held to discuss the merger. Zoology has the majority of the vote so Botany had little chance to protect their major. Botany faculty have tried to work within the framework of the merger through discussions with the Dean, VPAA and the President.

RESOLUTION (Allison/Gholson) - Resolved, that the Faculty Senate expresses extreme outrage with the process by which the consolidation of Botany, Zoology, and Environmental Biology has occurred. Questions in regard to majors, money, motive, and mission were not adequately or honestly addressed. The Faculty Senate urges the administration to openly and honestly resolve the issues equitably, to ensure the quality and integrity of the Botany program.

The question was called. Vote on the call for question. Yes - Allison, Walker. No - Eberly, Gholson, Lockart, Marlow, Nordin, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell. Abstain - Richard.

MOTION (Tidwell/Gholson) to table the resolution. Yes - Eberly, Gholson, Lockart, Schmidt, Simpson, Tidwell. No - Allison, Marlow, Nordin, Walker. Abstain - Richard. Vote to table passed.

c. Graduate School Update - R. Augustine will answer questions at the 4/28/98 meeting

d. CUPB - G. Richard distributed a ranking sheet for capital budget items. Senators should complete and return to G. Richard at the 4/28/98 meeting.

e. Retreat Update - Room rental for the Retreat is $100. The other expenses are lunch and stipend for B. Weber. The President's Office will cover the expenses for the retreat. Travel expenses are the responsibility of each Senator.

f. Safety Concern Update - G. Hanebrink provided a report on the status of the University's emergency response plans. Every department has an emergency response contingency plan. Building Coordinators need to communicate the plan to faculty/staff within their respective buildings.

B. Other Old Business - none

V. NEW BUSINESS

A. Agenda Items for 4/28/98

1. Update on Graduate School - R. Augustine

2. Fall Convocation - B. Gage, M. Wohlrabe

3 .Botany/Zoology/Environmental Biology Merger

4. Faculty Senate election of officers for 1998-99

5. Determination of summer meeting dates. FACULTY SENATORS ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR SUMMER CALENDARS.

VI.ADJOURN AT 3:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder

 

 

FACULTY SENATE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COUNCILS FOR 1998-99 APPEAR ON THE BACK OF THESE MINUTES.