Minutes
June
17, 2003

UWA FACULTY SENATE MINUTES
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 3:30 p.m.
Wise Conference Room - Wallace Hall 213

I.  Roll Call

Dr. Janis Beaird called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. Members present were Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mr. Mark Brothers, Dr. Lauren Wells (in lieu of Dr. Betty Cowan), Dr. Tom Gonzalez, Dr. David Bowen (in lieu of Dr. Mark Griffith), Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, Dr. Gene May (in lieu of Dr. Dwayne Massey), Dr. Lesa Shaul, Mr. Jim Shelton, Dr. Louis Smith, Mr. Jim Todd, and Dr. Howell Sheffield (in lieu of Dr. Bill Ward).

II.  Approval of April 15, 2003 Minutes

A motion was made to approve the April 15, 2003 minutes by Mr. Jim Todd. Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Old Business

  1. Post-Tenure Faculty Development Program

Dr. Beaird opened the floor for discussion. Mr. Todd offered praise for the program and commended Dr. Roy Underwood for his efforts in putting the program together. Dr. Kudlawiec moved to accept the program; Dr. Gonzalez seconded this motion. The motion passed unanimously.

  1. New Faculty Senate Officers

Dr. Beaird announced the new faculty senate officers for 2003-2005: President, Dr. Richard Schellhammer; Vice-President, Dr. Lesa Shaul; and  Secretary, Dr. Tom Gonzalez.

IV. New Business

  1. & B. Resolution of No Confidence and Petition for Tuition Hike

Dr. Beaird reported that she and Dr. Schellhammer had been advised that negotiations were taking place between the two groups of trustees and that such documents be considered at a later date, if necessary. Dr. Kudlawiec voiced her concern about the increased difficulty of passing a resolution because of the possible lack of a quorum during the second four-week term when so many of the faculty are away from campus. Dr. Floyd questioned if such documents would address a portion of the UWA Board of Trustees or the entire board.  A discussion followed and Dr. Beaird stated that it would be up to the Senate.  Dr. Schellhammer proposed clarification before taking any steps to draft such documents. Mr. Todd made a motion to allow the Executive Board of the UWA Faculty Senate to draft a resolution, if needed. Dr. David Bowen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Louis Smith stated that Mann Minus wanted to come to the meeting to try and persuade the faculty not to pass the resolution, but Dr. Beaird turned him down because there was not enough time to include him on the agenda.  Dr. Beaird asked the assembly if they would like Mr. Minus to speak at the next meeting.  The majority of the representatives said no to the idea.  Further discussion followed concerning the necessity of assembling all faculty to consider a resolution; Dr. Floyd advocated a presentation of such a resolution at the first general faculty meeting of the 2003-2004 academic year (to be held in August).

  1. Changes to Constitution Reflecting COE Changes

Prior to this meeting Dr. Beaird had distributed copies of the constitutional amendments that change the previous four departments in the College of Education into three departments. Dr. Louis Smith moved to accept; Dr. Kudlawiec seconded. All approved, and the motion passed.

  1. Defibrillators

Dr. Beaird informed the Senate of an action to install defibrillators in each classroom building at UWA as well as in the campus police vehicle. At a cost of less than $2000, Rush will supply these defibrillators to the University. Dr. Floyd questioned the need for a policy regarding the installation of these devices, to which Dr. Schellhammer responded that all campus buildings will have one, except for the student dormitories.

  1. VALIC Visit

Dr. Beaird announced that Jennifer Schiller from VALIC will be in Bibb Graves Hall on Thursday, June 19, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to answer questions.

  1. Retirement System Visit

Dr. Beaird informed the group that a state retirement system counselor will be coming in November to answer questions about retirement. The exact date will be confirmed later. Dr. Beaird also gave a helpline phone number for those who have questions about state retirement.

  1. Other

Additional discussion ensued regarding concerns about health benefits for faculty and staff at UWA. Also, Senate members discussed the topic of UWA’s pending Child Development Center, with Dr. Beaird explaining that the CDC will be built next to the Armory, as the Armory itself posed greater expense for renovation. The funding for this project is contingent upon the rapidity of the University’s response (the funding must be used by September), so Dr. David Bowen proposed that a resolution be drafted by the Faculty Senate to urge that construction begin as quickly as possible. Dr. Beaird in turn advised that approval for such a resolution be sought from the Provost and the President before further action is taken.

V. Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Todd moved that the meeting be adjourned, and Dr. Smith seconded this motion. The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.


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