FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
FOR FEBRUARY 17, 1998
(Vol. xxvii, No. 20)
I. CALL TO ORDER BY GAIL RICHARD AT 2:02 p.m. in the Conference Room, Booth Library
Present: J. Allison, G. Foster, N. Furumo, B. Irwin, G. Lockart, N. Marlow, H. Nordin, G. Richard, J. Schmidt, J. Tidwell, L. Walker, A. Zahlan. Excused: C. Eberly, R. Gholson, J. Simpson. Visitors: J. Niziolkiecz, C. Quinn.
II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 10, 1998
A motion (Foster/Marlow) to approve the minutes of February 10, 1998. Yes - Allison, Foster, Furumo, Irwin, Lockart, Marlow, Richard, Schmidt, Tidwell, Zahlan. Abstain - Walker
A. Letter of appreciation to R. Pearson for her presentation to Faculty Senate
B .Letter of appreciation to C. Evans for his presentation to Faculty Senate
C. Minutes - Council on Academic Affairs - 2/5/98
D. Minutes - Council on Graduate Studies - 2/3/98
E. Brochure - EIU Fact Sheet for 1997
F. Newsletter - The Planning Universe - February
G. E-mail from C. Merrifield regarding the Faculty Senate minutes of 2/3/98,IV,D.
H. E-mail from L. Drake regarding the places where a program on Rohypnol (Date Rape Drug) is being presented and the specific actions being taken by the university to determine the extent of use on Eastern's campus. There have been no positive results on screenings that have been done.
I. Interview schedule for VPAA candidates Marsden & Johnson.
J. Report - Governmental Relations - 2/9/98
A. Committee Reports
1. Nominations Committee and Liaison Coordinator - no report
2. Elections Committee - J. Tidwell reported that he had not received any petitions to date. Information about the available openings is on the web site. The names of people who have petitioned for a position will be kept confidential until the slate is approved by the Faculty Senate on 3/3/98.
3. Faculty-Student Relations Committee - The condolence letter to be sent to the parents of Andrea Will was approved. The Sigma Kappa Foundation will establish the Andrea Will Memorial Scholarship and donations can be sent to 8733 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
4. Faculty-Staff Relations - G. Richards reported for R. Gholson who attended the Staff Senate meeting. Staff Senate passed a motion similar to that of the Faculty Senate requesting that all direct reports have an opportunity to evaluate their boss. Staff Senate was much more concerned about the requirement that the evaluator must sign the evaluation.
5. Executive Committee - At the request of some members of the Faculty Senate, the following items were discussed with President Jorns on 2/12/98:
*Date Rape Drug (Rohypnol)- The residence halls have a well organized program which has made students aware of the drug. S. Stewart, R. Miller, B. Marshack and L. Drake attended the summit in Springfield on date rape drugs. (Specific dates and places where presentations were made is included in a communication from L. Drake.)
*Presidential Search - The BOT met through teleconference and directed S. Gilpin to negotiate with a search firm for the presidential search. The Executive Committee of Faculty Senate will develop procedures for selecting names of faculty who may wish to serve on the campus committee. These procedures will be brought to the 2/24/98 Faculty Senate meeting for review. It is unclear at this time the number of names to be forwarded to the BOT and the process the BOT will use to select the individuals for the campus committee.
*Marketing Committee - The composition of the Marketing Committee was raised because of a poster that has recently been sent to department chairs. The poster, The Student Is, has been viewed by some faculty as a misrepresentation of the relationship of students and faculty on this campus. Some felt it was an implicit comparison between EIU and other institutions where research may be the focus. This poster has been on campus for quite some time. The idea for the poster on Eastern's campus originated in the Housing Office. The original poster may have come from another campus. The Marketing Committee is a working group of professional employees in J. Nilsen's office.
*A tentative date for the retirement dinner is May 1, 1998.
*J. Schmidt will attend the CUPB Meeting on 2/20/98 in G. Richard's place.
6. Committee on Committees - N. Furumo reported that he continues to get the bylaws and statement of purpose from committees on campus. His committee will discuss the process to follow with nonfunctioning committees on campus. Questions were raised as to whether committees such as the International Programs Advisory Committee and the University Studies Advisory Committee should be appointed through the Faculty Senate. There is not clarity on campus as what constitutes an "advisory committee". Also, are there opportunities for faculty with an interest in these areas to serve on these committees? Some felt that a committee such as the University Studies Advisory Committee might be more like a college level committee and therefore would not fit within the charge of this committee. This matter has been referred to the Committee on Committees for review.
B. Other Old Business
1. Retirement Reception - Tuesday, April 21, 1998, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the 1895 Room.
2. State of the University Address - Monday, March 9, 1998, 4:00 p.m in Buzzard Auditorium.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Additional Items
1. Spring Forum - no decision has been made as the need for this
2. Approval given for M. Beasley to discuss the issue of sweat shops
B. Agenda Items
1. Review of Constitutional Planning Process - date unspecified
VI. ADJOURN AT 3:31 p.m. (Walker)
Joan K. Schmidt, Recorder
REMINDER TO SUBMIT PETITIONS FOR NOMINATION TO UNIVERSITY COUNCILS/COMMITTEES. DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 27, 1998.
FACULTY SENATE ELECTIONS ARE MARCH 25 and March 26, 1998.