Meeting Minutes: July 25, 2013


Members Present: A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, Francisco Gomez, Raja Gopaldas, Jung Ha-Brookshire, Dan Hooley, Ilhyung Lee, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Judith Mabary, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Craig Roberts, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Jacqui Banaszynski, Jim Bauman, Lisa Flores, Charles Franz, Richard Guyette, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, John Lory, Camila Manrique, Nicole Monnier, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper, Katherine Reed, Angela Speck, Vitor Trindade, William Wiebold, Mark Prelas (AAUP), and Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff). Retiring Members Present: Clyde Bentley, Bina Gupta, Art Jago. Retiring Members Absent: Steve Ball, Candace Galen, Cheryl Heesch, Joe Parcell, and Stephen Sayers.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the April 4, 2013 and June 6, 2013 Faculty Council meeting as well as the April 9, 2013 Spring General Faculty meeting. Minutes were approved without discussion.

Action Items

Service Award Plaques – Tyrer. Tyrer presented plaques to two members of Faculty Council present whose terms expire in Summer 2013 for their outstanding service: Clyde Bentley and Art Jago. Tyrer also thanked the Executive Committee for their accomplishments during the past year and expressed his own personal thanks as outgoing chair to the Faculty Council for their inspiration, hard work, and input.    

Discussion Items

Guest(s):   Michael Alden, Director of Athletics, Lori Franz, Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, Brian Maggard, Executive Associate Athletics Director, and Leona Rubin, Interim Vice Provost for Advanced Studies, Dean of The Graduate School, and Professor of Biomedical Science on Plus 1 Benefits.  Alden stated that the purpose of the Athletic Department’s at least once-a-year visit was to let Faculty Council know what was going on in athletics and to answer any questions we may have. Franz introduced several reports to Council which showed that the academic performance of athletes was generally high. She pointed out that student athletes get a clear three-part message from the department: 1. importance of academics to what they are doing; 2. social responsibility; and, 3. competitive excellence. When student athletes are asked about their experience at MU, the response is that they are satisfied and the vast majority (approx. 95%) regard themselves as student/athletes, rather than the other way around. Franz also indicated that the schools in the SEC share MU’s values. Future plans with the SEC include a research symposium on regional health challenges (this year the topic is renewable energy); faculty achievement awards; leadership development program; faculty travel grant program; an SEC college tour, where admissions directors push for enrollment in SEC schools; the first annual SEC MBA case competition; study abroad programs; and scholarships and awards. More scholarships are available to MU than were offered by their membership in the Big 12, which provided only two per institution. Alden explained the construction work now in progress at Faurot Field; $200 million has been approved by the Board for renovations. Maggard provided additional details regarding improvements totaling $72 million in terms of current projects, which included new facilities and renovations, notably the completion of the West Tower by August 31, north concourse renovations for more space by the scoreboard, east addition, new upper deck that would be greatly enlarged, outdoor premium seating for 1200, new inside club facilities, new clubhouse at Old Hawthorne, and work on the baseball facility including a new building and seating. The softball complex is on hold. The budget for athletics is roughly $75 million. A couple of years ago funding from the general operating fund was phased out, making the athletic department a self-sustaining entity. Maggard noted that funding for building projects in the athletic area is completely separate from funds for other campus improvements. More income as a result of SEC revenue streams is expected in the next couple of years. In fiscal 2016, the department will begin to pay $2 million per year toward the $14 million expense it took to join the SEC. In 2016 the department will also begin to contribute $500,000 to the Chancellor’s Excellence Fund. Furthermore, athletics pays all of its facilities bills.


Maggard then answered questions about retention and progress toward degrees numbers. MU is behind Vanderbilt in both metrics. Maggard believed that MU led the SEC in terms of football athletes’ graduation rates. Football players tend not to do as well in academics as students who are in different sports, including women’s sports. This may be because of different socio-economic backgrounds. Other questions were raised concerning whether “self-sustaining” referred to maintenance (it does) and whether or not injuries were being tracked long-term (initiatives are being put in place to make sure MU is tracking these injuries to help minimize future difficulties). In terms of how well students are succeeding in terms of careers, information is dependent on students communicating with MU after they graduate.


Leona Rubin has been active in the Sponsored Adult Dependent initiative over the past three years. With system-wide cooperation and support to further the proposal, it has now been passed by the Board and will go into effect in January 2014. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for this benefit, which applies to both same and opposite sex partners.


MU Chancellor Search – Tyrer.  A meeting to discuss the search will be held in Room 2206 of the Student Center on July 26.


Two Electronic Motions – Tyrer.  [Recorder’s Note:  Rebekah Hart has appended documents to the June 6 minutes.] Tyrer indicated he had written a letter to the Provost and Mel George as promised in that meeting. The academic calendar for AY 2015-16 was also approved by electronic vote and appended to the June 6 minutes.


Renew Mizzou – Tyrer.  Some have indicated that we should have a meeting in the fall when the faculty return. The meeting on Wednesday was good for the community. The City Council is interested and wants to get involved, but to date, this is word service only.


2013-2014 Standing Committee Assignments – Roberts.  Incoming chair Roberts announced the chairs of the standing committees for the new year.  Evans has asked to be parliamentarian. Council still needs a recorder. Assignments to committees were based on requests from individuals and what committee members were on in the preceding year. Roberts announced that changes to committee appointments are up to the individual to arrange and to insure that someone will be in their vacated spot if they do move to a different committee. He also asked that chairs identify a vice-chair, a position that would be especially important in Executive Council meetings. Roberts has met with the chairs and asked them to summarize their charges and send them to Hart for the meeting on August 22.


Faculty Council Retreat & Workshop 8-29-13 and Key Dates – Roberts.  August 29: Reynolds Alumni Center for workshop and the workshop schedule: Discussion of strategic plan is likely and will be followed by two hours on committee work, discussion, break, social hour, and dinner.  September 13: Breakfast with Board of Curators.


Roberts also announced changes he hopes to initiate for the coming year, namely to reorganize the order of business at Faculty Council meetings to allow time to hear all the standing committee reports and to use the Conley House Faculty Council space as a dedicated area for Faculty Council (conference room for FC member meetings) with coffee available for visiting members.


The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. following a brief closed session in which the ’13-’14 Campus and Faculty Standing Committee Nominations were passed along with the ’13-’14 Faculty Council schedule of meeting dates.


Respectfully submitted,

Judith Mabary, Recorder