Meeting Minutes: June 22, 1995


Present were: Gary Allee, Lloyd Barrow, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Leonard Forte, V. Ganjam (for Allen Hahn), Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Richard Hatley, Edward Hunvald, Charles Knowles, Larry Penney, Curtis Braschler (for Ron Plain), Pat Plummer, Michael Porter, Dennis Sentilles, Fred Springsteel, Don Ranley (for Betty Winfield), and Bob Almony (Librarians). Absent were: Hardeep Bhullar, Joe Charlson, Jay Dix, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Glenn Pierce, Michael Prewitt, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Susan Taylor, Harry Tyrer, Roy Utz (Retirees), and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Ed Hunvald brought the meeting to order in Room S110 of the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of April 27, 1995 were approved with a minor correction.

Report of Officers

Chairman Ed Hunvald reminded Faculty Council that the question of the increase of recreation fees for faculty and staff was discussed at the last Council meeting. He noted that this would be a discussion item for this meeting. In addition he noted that on Wednesday, May 24, some members of the Executive Committee and some members of the Recreation Committee met with Dr. Charles Schroeder and Candy Whittet to discuss this and other issues.

Discussion Items

Recreation Fee Increase - Candace Whittet. Candy Whittet presented to the Faculty Council an extensive report explaining the rationale behind the proposed recreation facility membership fee increase for the next academic year. Copies of her six-page handout are available from the office of the Faculty Council through Becky Flanders. There was extensive discussion on the part of the faculty as to why these are necessary at all, and a value to the campus of having a more healthy faculty and staff. Dr. Jean Hamilton made three suggestions with which Council concurred: 1) that Candy Whittet work closely with the faculty and staff committee for ideas, suggestions, etc. relative to the recreational facilities; 2) there be no fee increase for children and that a single fee cover all children; and 3) that her office appoint a person reporting to Candy Whittet who would work specifically with faculty issues.

Library Scholarship Policy Task Force. Bob Almony reported that the Four-Campus Planning Committee for the Library Storage Facility had recently traveled to Massachusetts and had visited the Harvard storage facility. It appears, at this time, that due to the constraints of the dollars available, that a form of the Harvard model will be built someplace here in Columbia. No decision has been reached at this time as to the exact location of this building. It was reported by the committee that visited the Harvard model that the people at Harvard wished that they had an intermediate facility such as we currently have here at MU in the form of the Annex located in the basement of Westlake's on the East Business Loop.

Recalling of Research Funds - Pat Plummer. Pat Plummer reported on her conversations with the Office of the Provost regarding the recall of C-2 and other fiscal accounts. She reported that research incentive funds will now require a plan for use in order to be given back later this fall. [This was amended via a letter from the Provost in late June]. Funds not having a current plan will be used, temporarily, to help meet other campus needs; however, the funds will eventually come back to the original faculty member at a later point. A main issue that became apparent during the discussion was that "faculty would like to be consulted during the planning stages regarding any changes in campus policy."

Report of Task Force on Learning Disabilities. A full copy of the "Report of the Task Force on Learning Disabilities Issues and the MU Student Population" was handed out. Secondly, a photocopy of an article in the Columbia Daily Tribune of June 18, 1995, page 1 of section D was also made available. This article deals with one specific case and the general issues involved in the overall aspects of how to deal with cognitive disabilities. An explanation of the difficult and complex issues involved was provided by Jo Behymer of the Provost's Office. In covering the question "How do I, a faculty member, accommodate a student in my class?" Jo Behymer outlined the current plan for MU. That is, at this time, these questions will be answered by the Access Office. This would give the faculty member access to personnel to make the appropriate decisions. A policy is currently being worked on and the campus hopes to have this in place by September, 1995.

Board of Curators Report

The Board of Curators Report, for the meeting of June 1-2, 1995 at UM-Kansas City, was handed out by Gary Allee. During a short discussion of the BOC report this question was asked: "Does the Board of Curators need to approve the move of the Computer Sciences department to the Engineering College?"

IFC Report

Pat Plummer reported that the IFC will have a retreat in mid-July.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no standing committee reports at this meeting.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:50 p.m. and adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder