Meeting Minutes: October 18, 2007


Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, Michael Devaney, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Ken MacLeod, Steve Neal, Tom Phillips, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, Bill Wiebold, Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Judy Bolch, Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Arthur Jago, Brick Johnstone, Norman Land, Alan Luger, Rebecca McCathren, Joe Parcell, Anand Prahlad, Leona Rubin, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Geoffrey Swindells (Librarians), Bennett Greenspan (AAUP), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Frank Schmidt called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The 9/13/07 Council meeting minutes were approved as submitted. [Schmidt announced that the order of the meeting changed to accommodate Council's guests first, then the remaining meeting would follow.]

Report of Officers

Schmidt discussed Saturday Morning Science describing it as, "a series of one hour long lectures aimed at anyone who has some interest in science; however, no science background is required". Devaney raised the question if Saturday Morning Science could also be webcast live, in order to increase its audience. Schmidt answered that he didn't think this was possible to do right now. Schmidt announced the Red Cross Blood Drive, co-sponsored by Faculty Council, and urged all faculties to support the drive. Schmidt reported favorable comments about Council's letter of support for Interim President Lamb. Council was advised that at our next meeting Michael Alden, Athletic Director, two members of his staff, and our NCAA representative will be guests. Schmidt asked for Council to develop and forward these questions prior to this meeting for his review.

Devaney reported on the fall meeting of the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) in Jefferson City. There was some discussion of the relationship of schools to the state government. Schools that are more dependent on the state become more vulnerable to future funding problems. Commissioner Dr. Robert Stein, Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) discussed the requirements of SB 389 concerning posting of teaching evaluations. Three points were made: (1) schools should make access to evaluations password controllable, (2) implementation has been postponed until fall of 2009, (3) individual campuses may select their own questions to be used on the evaluations. There was a discussion of work to improve curriculum alignment of colleges with that of secondary education.

Abrams, Board of Curators Observer, reported that the curators were impressed with the presentations and interaction at the recent Faculty Council breakfast meeting. He further reported on a discussion of consolidation of degree programs, legislative liaison work, and that there are 258 endowed professors but only 58 of these have been filled. Abrams spoke about two items that were passed at the September 27, 2007 Faculty Council meeting on our resolution to support Interim President Lamb's statement, and the syllabus statement on intellectual pluralism which is optional for faculty use in their classes.

Action Items

2009-2010 Academic Calendar - Phillips. Phillips presented the calendar for action. There was no discussion. A motion was made to accept the calendar as presented and seconded. The calendar for 2009-2010 was approved as presented.

"University of Missouri-Columbia

Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. M Aug 24
Labor Day Holiday (no classes) M Sep 07
Thanksgiving recess begins, close of day* Sa Nov 21
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Nov 29
Classwork ends, close of day* Th Dec 10
Reading Day F Dec 11
Final examinations begin M Dec 14
Fall semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Dec 18
Commencement FSa Dec 18& 19
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) M Jan 18
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. T Jan 19
Spring recess begins, close of day* Sa Mar 27
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Apr 5
Classwork ends, close of day* Th May 06
Reading Day F May 07
Final examinations begin M May 10
Winter semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F May 14
Commencement FSaSu May 14,15,16
8-week session
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 07
Independence Day recess (no classes) M July 05
8-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 30
First 4-week session
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 07
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 02
Second 4-week session
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. T July 06
Second 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 30

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes. It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on October 18, 2007. "

Discussion Items

Guests: Charlie Digges, President of Mizzou PAC, Inc. & Richard Mendenhall, President of the Mizzou Flagship Council. Mendenhall began the presentation by introducing himself, Charlie Digges and Diane Drainer (member Mizzou Flagship Council) to Council. What followed was a PowerPoint presentation that Mizzou Flagship Council uses throughout the state for their many presentations on behalf of fundraising and information dissemination for the Columbia campus. Mendenhall described the Mizzou Flagship Council as a statewide advocacy support group for the campus. They have three lobbyists and their goals are: to promote the benefits of Mizzou to the community, state citizens, and to local, state and federal elected officials and other state and national leaders; to effectively influence legislature and regulatory issues and University policy that MU supports or desires to support or oppose; and, to lend advice and counsel to the Mizzou administration on local, state, national and international public policy issues of the day. Their goals are to positively impact the legislature, impact curator selection and to promote this campus in the style of introducing Mizzou, "Who Is Mizzou?" Council was shown an in-depth and excellent PowerPoint presentation and a short question and answer period followed. In answer to what they felt was the single most negative perception of Mizzou in the state was (first) "super liberal professors" and (second) the Columbia environs have a poor reputation in Jefferson City. Mendenhall, Digges, and Drainer received a round of applause and thanks from Council following their presentation.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reported that she continues reviewing the grievance process and the impact of adding tuition waiver to retired faculty.

Academic Affairs: Phillips, chair, reported that he will be attending the meetings for Bachelor of Professional Studies interdisciplinary degree. He is also working on the transfer admission statement.

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, announced an upcoming meeting that all of Council is invited to attend with Tim Rooney on the budget. This meeting is scheduled for October 30 and he will make the time and place available to all of Council when arrangements are complete.

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, reported they will be looking at the Smoking Policy and student conduct at home football games.


The meeting went into a brief closed session for committee appointments. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder