UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213
Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at
3:35. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mr. Mark
Brothers, Mr. Carey Moore (in lieu of Dr. Richard Collison), Dr. Tom Gonzalez,
Dr. Jeff Gentsch (in lieu of Dr. Mark Griffith), Ms. Ann Ketcham, Dr. Nancy
Kudlawiec, Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Jim Shelton, Ms. Madelyn Mack (in lieu of Dr.
Louis Smith), and Dr. Bill Ward
II. Approval of Minutes from Past
A. Approval of June 17, 2003 Minutes
After corrections to the minutes were suggested from
the floor, Dr. Kudlawiec moved that the minutes (with corrections) be accepted.
Ms. Ketcham seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with corrections
B. Approval of June 19, 2003 (Special Session)
A motion was made to approve the June 19, 2003
minutes by Dr. Kudlawiec, and Dr. Ward seconded the motion. The motion passed
C. Approval of June 26, 2003 (Special Session)
A motion was made to approve the June 26, 2003
minutes by Dr. Kudlawiec. Ms. Ann Ketcham seconded the motion, and the motion
III. Old Business
Status of the UWA Board of Trustees Lawsuit
Dr. Beaird informed the Faculty Senate that the
lawsuit brought against the University by the Board of Trustees had not been
rescinded like the Tuscaloosa News reported, but that the injunction against the
tuition increase was dismissed by Judge Tracy McCooey. The other portion of the
lawsuit is still in litigation concerning the right and proper chair of the
Board of Trustees. If the issue cannot be resolved, the case will likely go to
trial. Dr. Floyd raised the question of tuition bills and whether or not
students enrolled for the fall 2003 semester would have accurate information
regarding their tuition amount. Dr. Beaird replied that President Holland had
told her that a tuition increase could be imposed as late as January even though
it would not be the best situation. Mr. Moore mentioned that the first UWA
Board of Trustees meeting would precede the September 9 tax referendum. Dr.
Floyd asked if any candidates have been considered to fill the five vacating
positions on the UWA Board of Trustees. Dr. Beaird did not have information on
this topic. Dr. Floyd then stated that he thought the Board had voted to
shorten the number of years of a Trustee’s term. Dr. Beaird did confirm that
the Board had voted unanimously to limit terms, but did not know its status in
Alabama Teachers’ Retirement System Visit
Dr. Beaird informed the Senate that a tentative date
of November 18, 2003 has been scheduled for a visit from ATRS. Further details
will be announced later, and the visit coincides with that month’s Faculty
IV. New Business
Tax Reform Resolution
Dr. Floyd asserted that the Senate should add
“unanimously” to the resolution (as in “unanimously endorses”) to show Governor
Riley the UWA Faculty Senate’s strong support. Dr. Kudlawiec moved to
unanimously pass the resolution; Dr. Gonzalez seconded the motion. At the risk
of appearing redundant, the motion passed unanimously.
Tax Reform Resolution
Dr. Gonzalez reported that the Tax Reform Rally will
take place on the SUB lawn on August 28 at 3:00 p.m. Governor Riley is
scheduled to speak at this event. As a member of President Holland’s steering
committee for this event, Dr. Gonzalez encouraged faculty to attend as well as
to promote the event to the student body. Further discussion of the rally
ensued. Dr. Floyd suggested that attempts be made to inform summer students of
the rally (as well as the political issues surrounding the tax referendum) so
that they could return to their hometowns with information prior to the rally.
Dr. Gonzalez directed this suggestion to Mr. Brothers, who also serves on a
Campus Child Development Center
Dr. Beaird updated the Senate on the Center’s
progress, citing that certain plans had been altered to accommodate the federal
grant’s specifications. For example, there will not be a free-standing
building; rather, the armory is being renovated as the primary facility.
According to Dr. Beaird, the center will be operational by September and
initially will enroll for daytime attendance three and four year olds. Children
up to twelve years of age will attend during evening hours. The rate will run
approximately $70-$75 per week. The evening rate will be approximately $8.00.
Review of applications for the position of director begins July 21 and
continues until the position is filled.
Dr. Beaird stated that the copyright laws concerning
educators had been discussed at the Deans’ Council and it had been turned over
to the Library Committee that will be working to clarify what needs to be
included in all course syllabi.
There being no further business, Dr. Kudlawiec moved
that the meeting be adjourned, and Ms. Ketcham seconded this motion. The
meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.