Meeting Minutes: July 20, 1995


Present were: Edward Adelstein, Gary Allee, Joe Charlson, Jay Dix, Leonard Forte, Allen Hahn, Jean Hamilton, Edward Hunvald, Marc Linit for Charles Knowles, Marian Minor, Larry Penney, Glenn Pierce, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Jan Colbert for Donald Ranly, Dennis Sentilles, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Fred Springsteel, Susan Taylor, Gilbert Youmans, and Bob Almony (Librarians) Absent were: Craig Anderson, Lloyd Barrow, Hardeep Bhullar, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Jere Francis, Peter Hall, Richard Hatley, Loren Nikolai, Ron Plain, Michael Prewitt, Harry Tyrer, Sara Walker, 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. After two minor corrections the minutes of the June 22, 1995 Faculty Council Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Chairman Hunvald reminded Faculty Council that one of the issues of Council for this upcoming year will be the establishment of a Campus Curriculum Committee. He reported that the Executive Committee has met with Jo Behymer, Gil Porter and Warren Zahler for discussion on this topic. Gil Porter and Warren Zahler are part of the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) and that group is more familiar with current curriculum aspects than any other. Furthermore, he reported that it is clear that any campus curriculum committee will have to work closely with CUE and one topic of discussion was whether CUE or some subset of CUE should constitute such a committee.

The Chair noted that we are still in the very early stages and we need to meet and discuss matters with the Undergraduate Deans Group, the Graduate Faculty Senate and other groups to work on both the composition of such a committee and most importantly, its charge. The immediate task is to prepare a list of issues that need to be considered.

The Chair then reported that the Executive Committee has also met with Jo Behymer to discuss proposals on the structure for dealing with MU's international activities and the means of insuring faculty participation.

The Chair pointed out that the packet of information sent out to Faculty Council included information and statistics on applications and enrollments for the fall of 1995.

The Chair noted that the next Council meeting is set for August 31, 1995. The Council Workshop will be on Tuesday, September 5, 1995 at the Haden House, with an orientation session beginning at 2:00 p.m. for new members and the business session beginning at 3:00 p.m. Finally he stated that the General Faculty meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 1995.

IFC Report

Pat Plummer reported that IFC recently had a retreat. Some of the topics discussed during the retreat included faculty becoming more proactive on issues such as intercampus cooperation (such as trying to develop a common calendar), the ongoing issue of faculty development, tenure, and the probationary period for tenure. Secondly, she indicated that the IFC has just received a large report from Vice President McGill regarding the current medical insurance program. This will be shared and discussed at a future time.

Discussion Items

Request for Housing Volunteers. Bob Almony noted for Council's attention that the National Hot Air Balloon Championships conflict with the opening of school in the Fall, causing a housing problem for parents bringing their students to campus during the opening weekend. Frankie Minor, Director of Residential Life, told us that, as of this date, approximately 70-75% of the hotel rooms in the Columbia area are currently reserved. Bob Almony asked if Faculty Council would consider passing a resolution that would endorse the idea of faculty and staff opening their homes for one evening during opening weekend for parents that wish to stay overnight. After some discussion, it was moved, seconded and passed to suspend the rules to allow for a motion. It was then moved, seconded and passed that Faculty Council supports the proposal of asking faculty and staff to help with the housing of interested parents during the weekend of August 18-20, 1995. Frankie Minor, Director of Residential Life, noted that the coordination of this would be handled by the Alumni Association.

Multicultural Development Program Request. After some discussion it was moved, seconded and passed to suspend the rules to allow for a motion. It was then moved, seconded and passed that Faculty Council endorses the proposal of bringing Tom Brown of St. Mary's College of California to campus. However, as noted after the passing of the resolution, the request for funding will be coming from another group.

Board of Curators Report

It was noted that the next meeting of the Board of Curators will be in Columbia this next weekend. One action item is the revision of the Faculty Grievance Procedures.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no reports at this time.

Other Business

It was reported that approximately $1 million in computing requests were funded in the last "go round" on the MU campus. A special request is in the legislature at this time for another "round of funding."

Closed Session for Election of Council Officers and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:15 p.m., with Pat Plummer assuming the Chair at that time. The following officers of Council were elected: Recorder-Bob Almony; Observer to the Board of Curators-Gary Allee; Editor of the Faculty Forum-Ed Hunvald; Chair Academic Affairs Michael Porter; Chair Faculty Affairs-Jean Hamilton; Chair Fiscal Affairs-Mary Ellen Sievert; Chair Special Projects-Glenn Pierce; and, Chair Student Affairs-Dale Blevins. Faculty Council adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder