Meeting Minutes: May 5, 2005

Attendance

Present: Campbell, Christensen, Cutter, Fry, Johnson, Lamberson, Loyalka, MacLeod, Marrero, Neal, Phillips, Prather-Kinsey, Sampson, Schmidt, Townsend, Watt, Muchow (Librarians), and Yarwood (Retirees). Absent: Adelstein, Baker, Bullock, Cohn, Hessler, Holland, Kramer, Landes, Porter, Schenker, Sterling, Zephir, Weems (Black Faculty and Staff), and Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Christensen at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. Christensen opened the meeting by reading a passage on "Respect" from the University of Missouri-Columbia, "A Statement of Values" authored by George.

Report of Officers

Christensen acknowledged recent UMC Alumni Association awards bestowed on our exemplary faculty, Jim Sterling and to Chuck Graham, local representative to the Missouri Legislature. The report of officers was shortened due to Council's guest Chancellor Deaton.

Action Items

Service Award Plaques. The last scheduled Council meeting in the Winter Semester is reserved to honor those members of Council who will be leaving. Christensen congratulated and presented service award plaques to: Schenker, Marrero, Landes, Hessler, Sampson, Loyalka, Cutter, & Townsend. Schmidt made the service award plaque presentation to Christensen. Following the presentations there was a warm round of applause from Council and visitors.

Discussion Items

Guest: Chancellor Deaton. The Chancellor described the fiscal conditions of MU. He stressed the need for new financial foundations due to the decline of the state's support in previous years and the level support in this year. He feels strongly that MU must look to other sources for funding in order to remain competitive in higher education. The Chancellor's priorities for the remainder of this academic year and the upcoming '05-'06 academic year include diversify funding sources and enhancing linkages with alumni and friends. The emphasis is on the importance of the fiscal outlook for this institution and careful future monetary planning.

The Chancellor spoke on his priorities of making the Mizzou experience accessible and affordable to more students and promote MU's role as a "destination university" showcasing the institution's excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs as a means to retain the best students and faculty. He further made points of additional priorities of building on the infrastructure for academics, student life and service to Missourians, and celebrating the diversity of an international university.

Board Breakfast Planning. Christensen announced that Faculty Council will be hosting a breakfast for the Board of Curators at their May 26, 2005 meeting. He encouraged everyone to attend this event. Christensen told Council that the executive committee made plans to ask some campus student groups to attend and make very brief presentations of their role and function.

Any Other Business. The campus transfer admission policy was briefly discussed and was decided that instead of holding it over for the fall semester, that it will be taken up at the extra May meeting.

Adjournment

The meeting went into a brief closed session. Council approved the 2005-2008 Campus & Faculty Standing Committee nominations from the previous executive committee meeting. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Campbell, Recorder