Meeting Minutes: November 1, 2007

Attendance

Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, Michael Devaney, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Arthur Jago, Laura Schopp (for Brick Johnstone), Ken MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Steve Neal, Joe Parcell, Tom Phillips, Leona Rubin, Frank Schmidt, Bill Wiebold, Geoffrey Swindells (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Judy Bolch, Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Norman Land, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Alan Luger, Anand Prahlad, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), 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 9/27/07 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 requested a moment of silence to honor the life of Julius Thompson who recently passed away. He headed the Black Studies program and a memorial service is being planned. He reported that the Fall Semester General Faculty meeting had been reasonably well attended and that some substantial issues had been raised, one in which was faculty access to university mass email. There were no other officer reports.

Discussion Items:

Guests: Laura Schopp, Director, T.E. Atkins Wellness Program. Schopp briefly described the program and gave out brochures and other items regarding their activities. She reported they were presently coordinating the free flu shots that are available on campus. In regard to the campus smoking policy her program has not been asked for input in changing it. Schopp asked that the faculty participate in the Survey of Health Assessment and that faculty should keep their identification private.

Guests: Michael Alden, Athletic Director; Sarah Reesman, Associate Athletic Director; Brian Maggart, Associate Athletic Director Intercollegiate Athletics; and, Lori Franz, NCAA Representative on Intercollegiate Athletics. Alden, along with Reesman and Maggart, covered specific questions that members of the Council had submitted. A description of these areas are as follows. The issue of fan behavior: there is significant attention being paid to this problem and this includes enforcement and education, peer review, and discussions on how to win and lose with class. The issue of parking during athletic events: they recognize this as a serious problem and are making long range plans to review this problem area. The issue of academics and athletes, at least on this campus the record is good. The issue of domestic behavior: there is a sensitivity training regarding this very serious issue. We are developing a unique program, which also includes violence prevention. A couple additional issues were briefly discussed: student athletes missing exams, and student athletes who switch programs to facilitate their athletic career.

Council Representation Ballot. There was a suggestion to include more information on the proposed ballot and this suggestion was accepted as a friendly amendment. This will return as an action item at the next meeting.

Mass Email Policy. This issue was raised at the general faculty meeting by a faculty member who remarked they had been denied use of the university’s mass email. This issue has been referred to the Faculty Affairs committee for further discussion and clarification.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reported that they are continuing to work on the grievance document and have met with Dr. Mintz to continue this review.

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 they have met with Tim Rooney to begin to understand the budget process and how it might relate to the faculty salaries and operation of the university. As an example, 600K was removed from the library budget while 600K was added as matching funds for a grant to the Autism center.

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, they will be reviewing the university smoking policy and some of the issues raised on university athletics.

Adjournment

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

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder