Meeting Minutes: April 30, 1998


Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Gordon Christensen, Kenneth Unklesbay (for Michael Devaney), Jere Francis, Elizabeth Geden, Allen Hahn, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Mark Milanick, Donald Miles, Marian Minor, Glenn Pierce, Michael McKean (for Don Ranly), Don Schilling, Dennis Sentilles, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, William Wiebold, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and Larry Morehouse (for Wayne Decker). Absent: Melvin Blase, Robert Hall, Henry Liu, and Mable Grimes.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:40 by Chairman Gilbert Youmans. The minutes of April 16, 1998 were approved.

Report of Officers

Youmans began by introducing Robert Breitenbach, President of the MU Retirees Association, who discussed the university's retirement system and suggested a number of changes. Missouri is one of the few states not in the TIAA/CREF system. The retirees are currently in a very vulnerable position. Breitenbach had five specific suggestions: 1) push to aggressively implement a savings plan and promote it to faculty and staff; 2) include all beneficiaries in all adjustments; 3) develop a uniform multiplier; 4) revisit the medical benefits plan for retirees and make some modifications; and, 5) emphasize improvements which benefit all beneficiaries. He urged the Faculty Council to give these to the faculty members of the University's Faculty Retirement and Staff Benefits Committee.

Youmans then introduced Jack Burns, Vice Provost, Office of Research. Burns reported on the increase in both federal and private monies during fiscal year 1997. He also reported that the university has developed a presence in Washington, D.C., by retaining Van Scoyak Associates, a consulting firm. The firm is highly respected by the Missouri congressional delegation. Burns and Chancellor Wallace put together a set of federal priorities to guide the delegation and encouraged the delegation to support increases in science/engineering budgets. At the campus level, Burns is re-organizing the Office of Sponsored Program Administration. He is planning to train staff in special areas and then place them on campus near the grants people in schools and colleges. He announced that he felt that we needed to look at the policies for patents and licensing for intellectual property. He is interested in exploring partnerships with industry, particularly in the state. He also wants to explore spin-off companies to help faculty entrepreneurs to be successful. He summarized his activities as taking a bigger, broader look at opportunities.

Youmans reported that 584 signed and sealed ballots on the Ombud proposal had already been received at the Faculty Council office. It was moved and seconded that Bob Stewart be invited to serve as parliamentarian for the counting of the ballots. If he is unable to do so, another parliamentarian would be invited.

Youmans reported that there had been two meetings of the Resource Advisory Council and that Rob Weagley was serving as chair of the council. Members of the council had received a good background on the state of the budget. The role of the faculty on the council, he felt, was to insure that faculty positions receive a high priority in the budget. There is still a question of how to facilitate communication between Faculty Council and this council.

Action Items

Distribution of Service Award Plaques. Service Award Plaques were distributed to those members of Council who had completed their terms. Council members receiving plaques were: Jere Francis, Marian Minor, Don Ranly, Don Schilling, Dennis Sentilles, MaryEllen Sievert, and Gilbert Youmans.

Discussion Items

Report of the Task Force on Non-Regular Faculty. Adelstein reported for the task force that there was a clear need for the establishment of guidelines to give non-regular faculty members some security about their jobs. Youmans announced that he would forward the report to Interim Provost Deaton and that we would discuss it further at the June 11 meeting. Then the report would be forwarded to the Faculty Affairs Committee.

Proposal to Establish a Campus Standing Committee on Information and Access Technology Services (Computer Policy). Youmans reported that we would pursue this at the next meeting.

Use of Social Security Numbers. Miles reported that the social security number is currently being used as the employee identification number. This is an illegal practice and the campus needs to begin to eliminate it. The issue was referred to the Special Projects Committee.

Revised Tenure Policy Document. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no reports from the standing committees.

Any Other Business

Interim Provost Deaton had sent a letter about the revised Transfer and Articulation Policy asking for comments by May 1. Council directed Youmans to handle the matter.

Closed Session and Adjournment

The election for the 1998-99 Chair ended in a tie. Council moved that the chair's election be conducted by a mail ballot commencing immediately and the election for the 1998-99 vice chair be conducted at our next full Council meeting in June. The meeting was adjourned at 5:40. The mail ballot was completed on May 11. Robert Weagley was elected chair for 1998-1999.

Respectfully submitted,
MaryEllen C. Sievert,, Recorder