Meeting Minutes: April 29, 1999


Present: Everett Adam, Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Melvin Blase, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, Bruce Cutter (for William Kurtz), Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, David Rayl, Robin Remington, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), Robert Almony (Librarians), and John Bauman (Retirees). Absent: Dan Edidin, Mark Milanick, William Wiebold and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of April 1, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley announced Council's summer meeting schedule. Executive Committee will meet on June 3 and July 22. The the full Council will meet on June 10 and July 29.

Weagley reported that the request from Staff Council to examine the possibility of providing equal staff seats per faculty seats on campus standing committees will be discussed with the current chair of the Committee on Committees, whose committee charge is to examine one-third of all campus and faculty standing committees each year.

Weagley reported that he was waiting for a data from John Heyl's office regarding the level of support provided by international offices of other schools in the Big 12. Weagley further noted that the Graduate Faculty Senate passed a resolution proposing that International Scholar and Support Services pursue Permanent Residence status for all non-resident aliens who have been offered tenure-track or tenured positions. Under the revised policy this year, the International Center has been helping only those who qualify for the Outstanding Professor and/or Researcher category.

A "memorandum of understanding" has been sent to the Chancellor, and copied to Council, that outlines the procedure for assigning honorary degrees. This action followed previous discussions of the Executive Committee with Chancellor Wallace. The Honorary Degree Committee will present its nominations for Honorary Degrees to a closed session of Council at either the last meeting of the Fall Semester or the first meeting of the Winter Semester. The Chancellor's Office will be notified of the nominees at this time as well.

Action Items

Distribution of the Service Award Plaques. Weagley distributed the service award plaques to the following members of Council who will be completing their terms at the end of the summer and retiring from Council. Those members are: Everett Adam, Melvin Blase, Gordon Christensen, James Curtis, Henry Liu, William Kurtz, Nancy Knipping, Edward Hunvald, Dennis Wright, and Robin Remington.

Approval of the 1997-98 Committee on Committees Report. Council voted by unanimous voice vote to approve the 1997-98 Committee on Committees Report.

Discussion Items

Acceptable Use of MU Computing Resources. Michael McKean, Chair of the Campus Computer Policy Committee, reported on a draft proposal concerning the acceptable use of MU computing resources. This committee represents faculty, staff, and student computing concerns on the Columbia campus. One of the points of this proposal was to ensure that people with academic concerns would have priority over nonacademic users. A university system committee is also discussing this same issue.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs. Lloyd Barrow, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported a plan from the Provost on establishing a new committee focusing on undergraduate education. The Academic Affairs Committee will be studying the proposal and will report back at a later date.

Faculty Affairs. Beth Geden, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, reported that the committee is still meeting with non-regular faculty members and receiving comments.

Fiscal Affairs. Bob Almony, Chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee, encouraged everyone to send opinions concerning the health care plan to Andrew Twaddle, faculty Co-Chair of the Health Plan Oversight Committee.

Special Projects. Paul Weirich, Chair of the Special Projects Committee, reported that revisions to the Faculty Handbook should be completed this summer.

Student Affairs. Mike Devaney, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, reported that the Missouri Students Association (MSA) is working on a proposal concerning student conduct procedures.


The meeting moved to closed session at 4:20 p.m. to discuss committee appointments. There was also a secondary discussion on The International Center's revised policy concerning the permanent residence status. Chair Weagley appointed an ad hoc committee consisting of Weagley, Glenn Pierce, and Mel Blase to examine international programs on campus. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder