University Faculty Senate
Wise Conference Room, Wallace Hall
Date: November 28, 2000
Time 3:30 p.m.
Presiding: Dr. R. T. Floyd
Secretary: Mrs. Patricia Taylor (for Dr. Neil
Call to order by Dr. Floyd
Dr. R.T. Floyd, Mrs. Patricia Taylor, Dr. Gene May, Dr. June Abrams,
Dr. Lee Day, Mr. Luther Gremmels, Mr. Jim Shelton (for Mr. Donnie
Cobb), Dr. Tom Gonzalez (for Mr. Micky Smith), Dr. Manley Blackwell,
Ms. Shannon White, Mrs. Donna Miller, Mrs. Tina Jones, Dr. Richard
Collier, Dr. Helen Moshkovich, Dr. Alex Mechitov, and Dr. Richard
Approval of October 17, 2000 minutes
Tina Jones moved and Dr. Richard Schellhammer seconded the motion
that the minutes of October 17, 2000 be approved. The motion passed.
have enrolled well over the required number for us to initiate a
payroll deduction slot for VALIC.
Some employees have opted to begin participation in November or
December in order to take advantage of the tax benefit this tax year.
Others have opted to begin payroll deduction in January.
Wireless access is available in the following buildings: Spieth,
Selden, Hoover, Reed, Sub (near the computer lab), Stickney, Sisk, Bibb
Graves (selected classrooms), Webb Hall (selected office areas), LRC
We now have a proxy server in place.
This allows us to let Faculty, Staff and students use our LRC
databases, even if they are not on the campus network (this is a great
benefit for graduate students that do not come to campus much).
The COE has some online streaming media presentations that they
are going to use in their classes, although this has not been
Flexible Spending Plans - BenefitElect
Allan Chappelle of BenefitElect provided information via 3 campus-wide
meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Wallace Hall Auditorium.
Attendance was lower than expected.
It is vital that ALL UWA employees understand the availability
of this employee benefit and act in a timely manner if they desire to
Forms are due to Jessie Egbert by the Dec. 7, 2000 deadline.
This program is only offered once a year and the deadline is
set to allow the company and our Business Office enough time to
process the forms for beginning payroll deduction in January.
who do not take advantage of this program at this time can not enroll
until next December (for the 2002 year). Depending upon each employee's individual situation, an
increase in spendable income through tax savings can range from
approximately $290.00 to $2,500.00.
About the only ones who can not benefit to some extent from
this program are employees with no family medical/dental coverage, no
dependents, and no medical expenses.
Employees may contact BenefitElect directly at 1-800-257-0986 or
review this information at http://www.uwa.edu/facsenate/flex.htm.
This link is also accessible from the Faculty Senate web page.
The Flexible Benefits
Plan Enrollment Form, Medical Reimbursement Account Worksheet, and
all other related forms are available for download from this web page
as well as the UWA Forms, etc. web page.
Faculty Senate History Committee - Report Dr. Richard
committee in is progress to provide a written history of the Faculty
Faculty/Staff Sick Leave Donation Policy
Faculty/Staff Sick Leave Donation program originated by this body is
now in effect. Detailed
information regarding the policy and related forms are available at http://www.uwa.edu/facsenate/SickLvDonProg.htm.
A link to this information is also found on the newly published
Faculty & Staff benefits web page at http://www.uwa.edu/facsenate/fsbenfit.htm.
Academic Advising Spreadsheet Checklists - feedback
Academic Advising Spreadsheet Checklists in Excel, with the exception
of Natural Science & Mathematics were placed on the web (UWA
Forms, etc. http://www.uwa.edu/forms)
prior to pre-registration. The
format of the ones for the College of Business (and those for NSM) is
substantially different from the other two colleges.
All features from the ones presented to the Senate were
preserved with the addition of drop-down selection boxes where options
are available, everything is available on a single page instead of two
and the prerequisites are included throughout.
Dr. Floyd would greatly appreciate any and all feedback so that
these may be further refined and improved.
Dr. Holland & Dr. Buckner are still reviewing the ones for
NSM and hopefully these will be posted in the near future.
Faculty Senate Campus Directory
Floyd has finished updating the Campus Directory.
As of today, this is the most correct and up to date directory
when compared to the Information Systems UWA Campus Directory and the
recent published Campus
Directory. Report to
Dr.Floyd as other changes take place so that he may make the necessary
corrections in the directory.
UWA Faculty & Staff Benefits Page
page was recently published to the web and consists of the material
from the printed brochure of the same name.
Also located here are links to some additional information on
benefits added/improved since the brochure was printed.
These benefit links include the UWA Flexible Benefits Plan,
Direct Deposit, First Educators Credit Union, Retirement Services of
Alabama, UWA Approved Tax Deferred Compensation Plans providers (VALIC,
RSA-1, Jefferson Pilot, Conseco Variable), and the Faculty/Staff Sick
Leave Donation Program. There is a link to this page from the Faculty Senate web
University Credit Union
year there was some Faculty Senate interest in pursuing the
establishment of an on-campus credit union for our employees.
We did some checking and found that this may be difficult to do
given our low numbers.
We then, via the Senate, attempted to publicize the availability of
our current credit union which is with First Educators in Birmingham.
They may be reached at 1-800-264-8031.
They also now have a web page at http://www.memberemporium.com/fecu
. Dr. Floyd has added a
link to their page from the UWA Faculty & Staff Benefit Page http://www.uwa.edu/facsenate/fsbenfit.htm.
Faculty Development Technology Workshops
Floyd offered to teach a Blackboard workshop for next week. This would give faculty an opportunity to become more
knowledgeable as they prepare for the Spring semester.
The Senate members reported that some faculty are using
Blackboard and could teach any other interested people.
It was agreed that a workshop is not needed at this time.
Faculty Senate, in its September meeting, requested a report from the
Admissions Office regarding plans and efforts to address the recent
decline in enrollment. Due
to the Dec. 31, 2000 retirement of Dr. Ervin Wood, Mr. Richard Hester
provided this report and addressed our questions and concerns:
Admissions staff numbers have not changed during the past year even
though we have experienced changes in our division.
We were not able to call on Danny Buckalew to assist us in
working with the Clarke Co. area this fall due to his new
our need for assistance was offset by the travel we discontinued in
Florida and the assistance we received from our student assistant Erin
Eckert and Stephanie Hyche from the University's Upward Bound Program.
regards to where we travel to represent UWA, we cover the state of
Alabama, the coastal area, Jackson area and eight county service area in
Mississippi, the panhandle of Florida (Pensacola to Tallahassee), and
two programs in Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge).
will be hosting a Spring Preview Day in April (date not yet set).
Our plan is to give the day more of an academic feel by involving
the four colleges and the Division of Nursing.
Tentative plans are to hold the event at the Union Bldg. and have
tables set-up for the departments to distribute info and answer
questions. After our
academic session we will sponsor a cookout and then invite the students
to a UWA baseball and/or softball game.
the future we are excited about some of the changes going on in our area
and feel that we will have a fresh start on recruitment this next year.
Recently two consultants from Southern Arkansas were on campus
and shared some of their information concerning recruitment that has
been successful for them. Along
with constructive criticism for some of our publications they also
discussed their focus on an activity driven recruitment program.
There will be more meetings concerning their recommendations.
President's Report - Dr. Ed Roach
Roach talked to the Senate about recruitment at our university.
He is interested in activity oriented recruiting ideas.
He will form a task force to work on initiating activities that
would appeal to potential college students.
The three priority issues at this time are improvement of the
cafeteria service, forming a viable band program and planning programs
that would encourage international students (such as a soccer team) to
come to our university. A
discussion about these issues followed Dr. Roach’s statements.
Dr. Roach informed us that Dr. Debbie Davis is the
international student advisor and working with thirteen students from
different countries at this time.
Janis Beaird & Dr. R.T. Floyd attended the Alabama Council of
University Faculty President's Meeting in Troy on Nov. 10-11.
They heard from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Troy State Chancellor, who
spoke on new approaches to soliciting support for Higher Education in
Montgomery, and in particular the Governor's Office.
Dr. Hawkins presented the attached Case for Investing in
Alabama Higher Education and briefed them on the planned meeting with
the Governor as reported in the attached Birmingham News article.
On a different matter, there was some talk of the ACUFP
planning an approach to address the selection process, conflict of
interest issue, and term of appointments for trustees appointed to
most of the university boards. They
also heard reports from each campus represented.
Dr. Floyd reports that overall, we as a faculty have a great
deal to be thankful for as compared to the faculty at many other state
Community Workshops feedback
much has been done on these plans yet.
Dr. Floyd welcomes feedback on this issue.
Gene May reported that the NCATE accreditation visit results were
Shannon White moved and Dr. Gene May seconded that the Senate adjourn.
The motion passes and the meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
We will meet again on the third Tuesday of January.