Meeting Minutes: July 27, 2000

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Judith Goodman, L. Wayne Hess, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Anne McKendry, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, Russ Zguta, G.B. Thompson (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Alice Kuehn, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Loren Nikolai, David Rayl, William Wiebold, Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff), and Eugene Iannotti (AAUP). Retiring Members present: Lloyd Barrow, Elizabeth Geden, Donald Sievert (for Robert Johnson), Glenn Pierce, and Robert Almony (Librarians). Retiring Members absent: Bruce Biddle, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Mark Milanick, and Donald Miles.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Elizabeth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:30 p.m.

Report of Officers

Vice Chair Russ Zguta reported that Faculty Council will schedule public forums during the fall semester to inform faculty about the proposed post tenure review plan. He called Council members' attention to a statement on academic freedom in our packets, distributed at the request of Professor Sudarshan Loyalka with a cover letter, that was presented to the Board of Curators in 1991 by Richard Wallace then Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Discussion Items

Annual Reports from Standing Committee Chairs. Faculty Council Standing Committee chairs presented their annual reports.

Lloyd Barrow, Chair of Academic Affairs, recommended that Council survey Thanksgiving break preferences (that is, whether or not the break should last a week) and noted that Faculty Council will be involved in establishing an undergraduate curriculum committee in the fall.

Bob Almony, Chair of Fiscal Affairs, recommended that the endowment spending policy should be investigated and that Fiscal Affairs should pursue with the Board of Curators a defined contribution program for retirement savings.

Mike Devaney, Chair of Student Affairs, noted that the student absence policy had been revised this past year. Issues next year will include examining changes in the composition of the Committee on Student Conduct and a review of the draft resolution on binge drinking and alcohol abuse forwarded to Council by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Charles Schroeder.

Edward Adelstein, Chair of Faculty Affairs, told Council he didn't have anything further to add to his written report. Bruce Cutter, Chair of Special Projects, was absent.

1999-2000 Committee on Committee's Report. Geden noted that the Committee on Committees submitted an annual report that was included in the packet. Their charge is to review one third of all campus standing committees each year on a rotating basis. This year the Campus Parking and Transportation, Campus Planning, Hearnes, Honorary Degrees, Lectures, Minority Affairs, Missouri Unions Advisory, Persons with Disabilities, and Traffic Appeals Committees were reviewed. A member of Council asked whether the committee had discussed whether non-regular faculty could serve on campus standing committees. Geden suggested that the '00-01 Executive Committee of Faculty Council could discuss this issue next academic year. Members of Council voted to accept the report.

Board of Curators Report

Robert Weagley presented his report of the July Board of Curators Meeting. He noted that some curators have questioned the hiring of outside consultants on a variety of issues.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 3:50 p.m. to make committee appointments. In addition, Council elected the 2000-2001 Executive Committee. The officers for next year are as follows:

Chair: Russ Zguta
Vice Chair: Judith Goodman
Recorder: Tom Hurley
Board of Curators Observer: Robert Weagley
Intercampus Faculty Council Representative/Council Web Editor: MaryEllen Sievert
Academic Affairs: Daniel Hooley
Faculty Affairs: Edward Adelstein
Fiscal Affairs: Robert Jerry
Special Projects: Bruce Cutter
Student Affairs: Michael Devaney

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder