Meeting Minutes: July 29, 2010


2010-2011Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, John Dwyer, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Edward Hunvald for John Lande, April Langley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Leona Rubin, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Katherine Reed (NTT), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Gordon Christensen, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Arther Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Norman Land, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, Adam Whaley-Connell, Ronald Wheeland, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Richard P. Guyette (NTT), Sam White (NTT). Retiring Members Absent: Michael Diamond, Kenneth MacLeod, J. Wilson Watt, and Adam Whaley-Connell.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The Faculty Council minutes of 6-17-10 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin welcomed the new members and the 2010-2011 Faculty Council to the table.  Rubin announced that Council's Executive Committee will be joining the Provost staff for the annual Provost Office Retreat on August 5 & 6.  She reported that the Chancellor's Office received a request for a new campus standing committee on Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and that the Faculty Council will be reviewing this request when the semester begins.

Rubin reported on the July 23, 2010 Board TelePresence meeting: (1) system is studying possible changes to the universities' retirement plan and the specifics were outlined in an earlier email to Council this past week; (2) the 2012 budget request includes a 4 percent raise for faculty plus benefits and benefit upgrades; and, (3) student intellectual property rights were changed in the CRR and students will own copyright for their work from classes, competitions, extra curricula activities plus patents, plant varieties, etc.

Discussion Items

AY 2009-2010 Standing Committee Year-end Reports.  The year-end reports from our standing committees were available for Council's review.  These reports will also be used at our Council Workshop on September 2.  The final report from Faculty Affairs was discussed at length due to a comment on administrator hiring practices in the Medical School that did not include faculty input.  This issue will be readdressed by the 2010-2011 Faculty Affairs committee.

2009-2010 Committee on Committee's Report.  Approximately one third of the campus standing committees are reviewed by the Committee on Committees each year.  This final report is made available to Council for their review and discussion.  It was suggested that this committee should have a different name.  This report will return for additional discussion at the next meeting.


In closed session Council met to consider honorary degree nominations, committee nominations, and the 2010-2011 Executive Committee convened. The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder