Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2005


Present: Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Pat Fry, Richard Hessler, Bill Lamberson, Sudarshan Loyalka, Kenneth Macleod, Tom Marrero, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Charles Sampson, David Schenker, Laura Schopp, Barbara Townsend, Wilson Watt, Flore Zephir, Dean Yarwood (MURA), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Elizabeth Baker, Bruce Bullock, Catherine Holland, Philip Johnson, Michael Kramer, Eric Landes, Glenn Leshner, Frank Schmidt, Robert Weems (Black Faculty and Staff), and Andrew Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. Christensen asked for a moment of silence for the passing of Emeritus Professor Jeong Im. Christensen acknowledged the current election of Professor Thomas Marrero as a fellow in the Association of Chemical Engineers.

Report of Officers

Christensen reported on his trip to Nashville, Tennessee, for a meeting of COIA (Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics) January 6 & 7, 2005. He reported that 44 institutions have joined. The purpose of this meeting was to review a statement of best practices for athletics on academic integrity. A report from this group will be coming to Council this winter semester 2005.

He reported of the Recreation Center's recent renovation paid by student fees, this center is now reopened with the exception of the swimming area. This reopened site now charges twice the amount of past fees for faculty as well as decreased family night to but one night (Friday). Student fees have also increased by $75 a semester. It is anticipated there will be a faculty forum on these changes this semester with Interim Provost Lori Franz and Vice Provost Catherine Scroggs.

The changes made to the grievance policy have not been forgotten even though it is slow moving through the legal counsel's office. There have been exchanges between the legal office, the administration, and the faculty on the wording of this revision.

Christensen announced that the yearly Board breakfast hosted by Faculty Council has been moved from February to late May by the Board.

Action Items

Proposed Academic Calendar for 2006-07 - Lamberson. Lamberson outlined the changes to the 2006-2007 academic calendar passed by Faculty Council on December 2, 2004 to the group. There was some discussion. David Schenker asked are these changes (that came back with returned calendar) requests from the Columbia campus. The answer was yes. The changes basically were: closing for a semester was moved to 5:30 p.m.; and, commencement dates were moved to Friday evening. Lamberson moved for approval of changes and Marrero seconded. The changes to the 2006-2007 revised calendar passed unanimously. This revised calendar appears below in its entirety.

University of Missouri-Columbia 2006-2007 PROPOSED Academic Calendar

Discussion Items

Guest: Michael Devaney, Chair, MU Faculty Council Chairs on "Memorandum of Understanding." Devaney for the MU Faculty Council, (Past) Council Chairs group presented to Council a Memorandum of Understanding that would bring together the mentoring, and problem solving facilitator function of the Council Chairs, reconciling that with the group called "Council Chairs" chaired by Devaney. Many campus personages, primarily faculty, have benefitted greatly by the support, and intervention of Council Chairs into their convoluted, difficult problems. The memorandum would open this role to the Council Chair group thus making available more systematically this level of support to this campus. Discussion on memorandum was indecisive and many comments were simply to change some language on memorandum. After considerable discussion Devaney said he would take these comments under advisement.

Resolution on Non-regular Faculty - Phillips. A resolution from Faculty Affairs on non-regular faculty was brought forth by Tom Phillips. Its function was to reinforce past points made by both Faculty Council and the then provost on measures to be taken by colleges or schools to improve the lot of the group of employees on this campus called non-regular faculty. Suggestions were made by Faculty Council concerning changes to wording, to the actual message of the resolution, and to a possible approval of a directive to the deans of this campus. Bruce Cutter noted that there are many federal employees in CAFNR and other colleges; and, Franz said these differences could be sorted out by pay type for identification. Phillips thanked the group and said he would bring it back to executive committee.

Student Behavior at Athletic Events - Campbell. Resolution on student behavior at athletic events was withdrawn. Faculty Council however made some comments and observations on one student group in particular 'The Antlers'. It was queried whether or not an apology has been made to the victim and the victim's family. Christensen made the observation that Scrogges has taken measures and their behavior had improved. Finally, the summation of discussion was to wait and see if improvement happens and if not reopen drafting a resolution on student behavior at athletic events.

Any Other Business

Faculty Council's Task Force on Diversity chair Wilson Watt reported their next meeting will be January 31 with guest Michael Middleton. Faculty Council's Task Force on Council Elections chair Eileen Porter reported they would meet for the first time next week.


The meeting moved into a closed session. Guest Kenneth Evans, chair, Honorary Degrees Committee held a discussion with Faculty Council on their nominations. After short discussion Faculty Council voted unanimously for their nominees. In addition a few committee nominations were passed. The meeting adjourned at 4:51 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rex Campbell, Recorder