Meeting Minutes: August 26, 1996


Present: Lloyd Barrow, Edward Colapinto, Leonard Forte, Jere Francis, Elizabeth Geden, Allen Hahn,Hildegarde Heymann, Nancy Knipping, Darryl Sanders (for Charles Knowles), William Kurtz, Ed Hunvald (for Nanette Laughrey), Henry Liu, John Miles, Marian Minor, John Baumann (for Patricia Plummer), Michael Porter, Don Ranly, Robin Remington, Ray Rothenberger, Dennis Sentilles, Mary Ellen Sievert, Robert Weagley, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), Wayne Decker (Retirees), Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Benedict Campbell, Peter Hall, and Alex Pickard.

Approval of Minutes

Chairperson Dennis Sentilles called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the July 25, 1996, meeting were amended by removing Robert Weagley's name from "absent" and adding his name to "present." The minutes were then approved with that change.

Report of Officers

Chair Dennis Sentilles began his comments by stating that there had been real dismay, even despair, on the part of many faculty at the loss of Charles Kiesler as Chancellor. "There had grown up among many of us during his administration the feeling that this is a good place to be, and that, we are finally on the move. His experience, his vision, his academic values, and his determination, leave us a legacy that we can choose to continue. At the same time, given that administrative personnel has changed dramatically, there is widespread, uniform, and very genuine optimism and good feeling about the appointments of Richard Wallace and Mel George. I have heard nothing but good about them as individuals and about the situation we are now in." Dennis then reported that he has met three times so far with Richard Wallace, twice with Ed Hunvald present. He stated that all of Richard Wallace's remarks convey a sound, reassuring sense of things. Richard Wallace is determined to find a workable solution for the current situation in the Engineering College. Dennis further reported that Richard Wallace is putting together a goals document that he is eager to share with the campus, and that he seeks input on it from Faculty Council.

Dennis and Ed Hunvald also met in a lengthy luncheon meeting with Curator Fred Hall. Dennis had this to report from the luncheon:

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Both Dennis and Ed made the following points with Curator Hall during the luncheon:

  1. We are tired of hearing about planning; especially relative to the lack of institutional memory in Jesse Hall.
  2. "The University does a good job of recognizing exceptional performance among the faculty--Curators' professorships, endowed chairs, etc, and most non-performances are dealt with adequately, case by case. But, the University needs to show much more concern for the remaining 80-85 percent of the faculty who do most of the everyday work that keeps this place running. These solid citizens of the institution need encouragement to continue to do the very job they are now doing. Steady service to the institution, daily dedication to classroom teaching--even innovative classroom teaching--are largely not believed to put bread on the family table."
  3. Curator Hall seemed to agree that there is a huge difference in management philosophy and effect between the approach of defend yourself against cuts versus tell us what you want to do and the resources that you need to do it.
  4. There is a good deal more support for niche planning (perhaps by some other name) than one would have expected to normally hear.
  5. Finally, Curator Hall indicated agreement that the University has a unique role to play in originating new models for health care rather than simply mimicking national trends.

Dennis reported that he is not aware of anyone who is pleased with how the presidential search for the UM System is currently organized. However, as it stands, anyone can submit a name to the Board of Curators, or may send a recommendation directly to Fred Hall.

At the direction of the Executive Committee, Dennis reported that Gil Youmans is preparing a letter to Mel George (Interim President) asking that Executive Order #1 be set aside, given its current history and the timing of its implementation, perhaps to be taken up by the next president of the university.

Dennis reported that the General Faculty Meeting for the fall semester of 1996 has been scheduled for Sept. 17. Finally, Dennis reported that Becky Flanders is getting a modern computer with a scanner and convenient e-mail processing. We will become more electronic this year and cut down on paper.

Discussion Items

Changes in Health Care with Guest Michael Paden. Michael Paden, Director of Faculty and Staff Benefits, presented an overview of planned changes in the health care plans available to employees on Jan. 1, 1997. Communication on the details of the new plans will be through Health Spectrum and direct mailings from Faculty and Staff Benefits. Enrollment materials will be mailed on approximately Oct. 15, 1996 with the enrollment period open through the first two weeks of November. The following is a very brief summary of the changes.

The $250 deductible Non-Network Plan will be eliminated. The Out-of-Network Area Plan for active employees will be eliminated. The Point-of-Service Plan will be changed to offer three levels of benefits. The highest level will use the current HMO network (University

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Physicians, University Hospital, and certain local area physicians) and will feature $10 co-payments for office visits as well as 100 percent coverage for other medical services such as in-patient confinements, laboratory services, etc. The second level will feature the services of Boone Hospital and a network of other local area physicians. This level will not have a deductible, but will have a $15 co-payment for office visits and 80 percent co-insurance. The third level will apply to "all other providers, and will feature a $500 deductible and 80 percent co-insurance." Mike further stated that the mental health benefits of the POS plan will be administered by Value Behavioral Health and will feature 90 percent co-insurance for in patient and out-patient services when received from a network provider. "Finally the Gen Care HMO will continue to be available as well as the catastrophic plan."

Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care. Marian Minor presented a proposal for an Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care. The committee shall consist of three members of Faculty Council and the charge is as follows:

It was moved, seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow for a vote on the Ad Hoc Committee proposal. It was then moved, seconded, and passed to adopt an Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care as presented and amended in discussion.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Gil Youmans reported that there were several items of leftover business for Academic Affairs to address this year including such things as +/- grading, possible grading changes on repeated courses, a change in the withdrawal from a course policy, and possibly some changes in the suggested academic calendar for the future.

Special Projects: Al Hahn reminded everyone that Faculty Council now has a web page and that he needs current biographical information for the brief bio sketches on the page.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 5:25 p.m. for committee appointments. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Almony, Recorder