Minutes
April 20, 1999

Date: April 20, 1999

Time: 3:30

Presiding: Dr. Kathleen Pittman

Secretary: Dr. Manley Blackwell

I. Call to Order by Dr. Pittman

Roll Call by Dr. Blackwell

Present: Mr. Truel Hicks, Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Janis Beaird, Mrs. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Patricia DeMay, Ms. Shannon White, Mrs. Patricia Taylor, Mrs. Lin Wood, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Dr. Sheri Baggett-McMinn, Mr. James Todd, Dr. Mike Reekie, Dr. June Westbrook, and Mr. Richard Thurn.

II. Approval of Minutes

Mr. Todd moved for approval of the minutes from the February 16 meeting. Dr. Baggett-McMinn seconded, and the motion carried.

III. Old Business

Report by Dr. Ed Roach, President

At the January 19 meeting, the Senate compiled a list of suggestions for improving U.W.A. The following is the list of ideas from that meeting, followed by Dr. Roach’s response to each.

A. Suggestion: Change Faculty Assessment Day to either Tuesday or Thursday.

Response: Next year, Assessment Day will be changed to Tuesday.

B. Suggestion: Rotate the final exam schedule.

Response: It has been customary to have the most popular exams first. This reduces the number of requests for early exams and assists the Registrar’s office in processing the final grades in the proper amount of time. The change to semesters will reduce the number of times per year grades must be processed; therefore, this idea may be reconsidered after the change is in place.

C. Suggestion: Purchase envelopes which can be used multiple times in campus mail. Response: They are available in the Bookstore if individual departments want them.

D. Suggestion: Update the Internet Handbook.

Response: Paul Stewart has been extremely busy in preparation for the semester system. He hopes to update, as soon as he can, the section in the Policy and Procedures Manual concerning the Internet.

E. Suggestion: Obtain more servers for the Internet.

Response: The number has already been substantially increased; however, even more are needed in order to make the "Lap-Top University" concept possible.

F. Suggestion: Explore the idea of a campus day-care facility.

Response: A survey was done several years ago which indicated that an adequate number of day-care facilities already exist in the community. Day-care facilities are very expensive because of the liability insurance and because of the number of personnel they require. If new research indicates a need, the idea could be re- examined.

G. Suggestion: Print a faculty newsletter.

Response: Most colleges already print a newsletter, and the Weekly Report is distributed every week. An inventory of present mailings should be taken before deciding if another is needed. Dr. Roach would like to know what form of communication the faculty desires from the administration. He would also like to know whether more meetings would be helpful and, if so, whether large or small meetings would be preferred.

H. Suggestion: Improve publicity for the institution.

Response: John Crawford and Shelly Findley work very hard in this area and are always looking for new opportunities.

I. Suggestion: Create a web sight for the Faculty Senate.

Response: The administration would have no objection to this.

J . Suggestion: Add e-mail addresses to the campus directory.

Response: The administration would have no objection to this.

K. Suggestion: Add the Campus Directory to the Info-Net.

Response: Neither Dr. Roach nor Dr. David Taylor have any objection; however, it might be difficult to find someone with time to do it. They will investigate whether or not this is feasible.

L. Suggestion: Improve campus lighting.

Response: As funds are made available, such improvements can be considered.

M. Suggestion: Inquire about new policies regarding the return of materials to the L.R.C. by faculty members.

Response: It might be possible for faculty members to check out materials for an entire year. When the automated system goes into effect, materials will have to be returned once a year because new cards will be issued annually.

N. Suggestion: Inquire about policies regarding summer salaries.

Response: The Salary Study Committee has made a proposal which is currently being considered by the Deans’ Council.

O. Suggestion: Inquire about adjustments to the payroll schedule which might occur due to the change to semesters.

Response: The payroll schedule will remain the same.

P. Suggestion: Discuss the problem of parking on campus.

Response: The current parking policies should either be enforced or changed.

IV. New Business

Election of Senate Officers

Dr. R.T. Floyd has been nominated for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate. Because there were no other nominations, Dr. Pittman asked for a motion to allow for a write-in candidate on the ballot. Mrs. Kudlawiec made the motion, Dr. Beaird seconded, and the motion carried.

Dr. Janis Beaird has been nominated for Vice-Chairperson of the Faculty Senate. Because there were no other nominations, Dr. Pittman asked for a motion to allow for a write-in candidate on the ballot. Mr. Todd made the motion, Dr. Baggett-McMinn seconded, and the motion carried.

Dr. Neil Snider has been nominated for Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Because there were no other nominations, Dr. Pittman asked for a motion to allow for a write-in candidate on the ballot. Dr. Reekie made the motion, Dr. Beaird seconded, and the motion carried.

Ballots will be distributed to faculty members in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Constitution, and the results will be reported by the next Senate meeting.

Adjournment

With no further business to discuss, Mr. Todd moved to adjourn, Dr. Reekie seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

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