Meeting Minutes: September 14, 1995

Attendance

Present were: Gary Allee, Craig Anderson, Lloyd Barrow, Joe Charlson, Jere Francis, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Edward Hunvald, Nancy Knipping, Charles Knowles, Marian Minor, Alex Pickard, Glenn Pierce, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Don Ranly, Ray Rothenberger, Dennis Sentilles, Susan Taylor, Harry Tyrer, Sara Walker, Gilbert Youmans, Bob Almony (Librarians), and Roy Utz (Retirees). Absent were: Edward Adelstein, Hardeep Bhullar, Benedict Campbell, Leonard Forte, Ron Plain, Mary Ellen Sievert, and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chairperson Patricia Plummer brought the meeting to order in Room S110 of the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the August 31, 1995 meeting were approved.

Report of Officers Pat announced that the United Way "Day of Caring" will be on September 30, 1995.

Pat announced that she had written a letter to John McCormick, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, about remission of graduate student fees. Pat has received a response indicating that John McCormick is seeking the widest possible input before any major changes in policies are made.

Pat reported that on Wednesday she had attended the Resource Planning Committee of the Board of Curators, and following that, she attended the Academic Planning Committee along with Provost Ed Sheridan.

Three items of discussion from the Academic Planning Committee included:

  1. this campus may not be able to continue to fund all Curator's Scholarships at 100% given the current number of students that qualify;
  2. during a discussion of computer literacy it was decided that courses may not serve this purpose as the students are gaining this in some other fashion once they arrive on campus; and
  3. Pat reported that there is a new push on cooperative programs among the campuses from both this committee and the Board of Curators and a resolution to that effect will be presented to the full Board next week.

Pat also attended the Task Force on Student Fees just prior to coming to FacultyCouncil. She reported that the Chancellors have told the Task Force that they cannot plan if they do not know what the fees will be; and the Task Force says they don't want to set fees unless they know what the plans are going to be. Pat reported that at this time, all fees are up for discussion.

Pat reminded Faculty Council that the Board of Curators meets here in Columbia on September 21-22, and that the next meeting is not set until mid-December, at this time. There may be a meeting called in late October, if a need arises. Pat read an extensive list of discussion items for the various BOC committees. This list is available from the Faculty Council Office.

Pat announced that the Student Recreation Facility fees have initiated a family plan, of $150 dollars annually, that can be deducted from one's paycheck.

There were no reports from other officers.

Action Items

none

Discussion Items

Faculty Council Workshop at Haden House. Pat Plummer reminded those present that the Faculty Council Workshop at the Haden House, and dinner, were paid for by the Faculty Council budget. New members of Council reported favorably on the Workshop and the discussions with the Chancellor and the Provost that were held on September 5, 1995.

Breakfast for the Board of Curators. Faculty Council members are encouraged to attend the Board of Curators breakfast on September 22, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. and to spread themselves out among the tables with the members of the Board of Curators. It should be noted that the chairs of IFC from other campuses will be there as our guests. A short vita of Board members will be distributed prior to the breakfast.

Graduate Faculty Senate. The Graduate Faculty Senate needs to take a lead in the discussion of the Graduate Student Fee Remission question, and to ask for our support if necessary.

Standing Committee Reports

The full list of topics for the various standing committees of Faculty Council are available from Becky Flanders in the Faculty Council Office in Jesse Hall. Any member of the faculty should feel free to request this list of topics for each standing committee from the Faculty Council Office.

There was some discussion regarding Stop Day. The students are in favor of moving Stop Day back so that they have more time to begin studying for their finals; however, as pointed out by some faculty, this does not teach students to stay current on their studies during the semester and actually encourages them to wait until just before finals' week to begin studying for finals.

There was no specific report from any of the standing committees at this time.

Special Item Vice President McGill and/or Ken Hutchinson will be invited to talk about health care at a Faculty Council Meeting in the near future.

Closed Session for Committee Assignments

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:40 p.m. to make committee appointments. Faculty Council adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Almony, Recorder