University Faculty Senate
Date: October 17, 2000
Time 3:30 p.m.
Presiding: Dr. R. T. Floyd
Secretary: Mrs. Patricia Taylor (for Dr. Neil
- Call to order by Dr. FloydPresent: Dr. Manley Blackwell, Dr. Joy Cauthron,
Mr. Donnie Cobb, Dr. Richard Collison, Dr. Betty Cowan, Dr. R.T.
Floyd, Mr. Luther Gremmels, Ms. Tina Jones, Dr. Gene May, Dr. Alex
Mechitov, Mrs. Donna Miller, Dr. Helen Moshkovich, Mr. Micky Smith,
Mrs. Patricia Taylor, Mrs. Shannon White
- Approval of September 19, 2000 minutesMrs. Tina Jones moved and Dr. Richard Collison
seconded the motion that the minutes of September 19, 2000 be
approved. The motion passed.
- Approval of September 26, 2000 minutesMrs. Tina Jones moved and Dr. Richard Collison
seconded the motion that the minutes of September 26, 2000 be
approved. The motion passed.
- Old Business
Today was the last regularly scheduled day for
the VALIC representatives to be on campus. As of their last visit
(10/12/00) to campus 40 employees had enrolled. There are quite a
few additional employees who have expressed interest and indicated
their desire to sign up, but have yet not done so. In order to
have payroll deduction we need to have approximately 50 employees
enroll. If there is an indicated need we can certainly have the
VALIC reps return to campus for another enrollment day in late
October or early November. We are working with the administration
to determine if we can change the effective date of the VALIC
payroll deduction from January 1, 2001 to November 1, 2000. Some
administrative process changes would be required in the Business
Office and Information Systems, but VALIC has personnel &
software to assist in these changes. This would provide our
personnel an immediate benefit of being able to reduce their
taxable income this tax year. An example would be placing the
amount of the recent salary increase into the VALIC funds or a
lump sum to catch up. If we are able to move the payroll deduction
up, the faculty & staff will be notified accordingly.
- VALIC Feedback
- e-Campus update
- Stickney & Sisk now have everything installed
for the wireless technology except the electrical power, which
should be done very soon.
- The Campus Pipeline patch to repair the problem
with multiple students sharing the same last name in a class was
installed yesterday and this problem has now been corrected. The
email time-out problem will be repaired with another patch to be
- Information Systems has begun dispensing the
HealthSouth laptops to the various departments. Two laptops will
be provided to each academic department as a priority.
- Faculty, staff and students can now use the new
UWA Proxy Server to access databases from any Internet Service
Provider. Users only need to enter their Campus Pipeline username
& password when prompted to gain access to most indexes and
full-text databases found on the library’s homepage. The UWA
Proxy Server enables current faculty, staff and students to access
the database resources from any Internet connection including
SumterNet, AOL, Mindspring, etc. Those users continuing to dial-in
to the UWA network will not need to use the proxy server since
they are already authenticated as being "on-campus." For
more information on the Proxy Server and accessing databases from
off campus see the following URL: http://www.uwa.edu/lrc/DBs/Off_Campus_Access.htm
If you have any questions regarding the new Proxy Server and
accessing databases please contact Shannon White at 652-3615 or email@example.com.
- Additional tutorials have been added to the
Library tutorial web page at http://www.uwa.edu/lrc/online_tutorials.htm
- Committee updates - The following charge have been issued to the
Faculty Information Committee:
- Meet and elect a chair from among your
- Review the feedback collected last year by Dr.
David Bowen regarding preferences for information and establish
goals and a plan to address each this year.
- Review our new relative position in the state and
region regarding faculty salaries since the implementation of the
90/12 plan and recent pay increase. In realizing that we may still
be below the state average, etc. please also determine if we are
substantially lower (or higher) in the amount of disparity in one
rank versus the other ranks (assistant vs. associate vs. full
professor). In carrying out this charge please develop tables for
faculty loads, faculty compensation, faculty benefits, university
programs, and other data to compare UWA with other state regional
institutions. This charge may need some modifications as we get
into the process. Please provide a preliminary report at the March
meeting with a final report due at the April 2001 Faculty Senate
Faculty/Staff Liaison - The membership of the
this committee has been completed and is as follows:
Mr. Danny Buckalew, Chair
Dr. R.T. Floyd
Ms. Shannon White
Ms. Tina Jones
Dr. Janis Beaird
Mr. Miles Hester
Mr. John Crawford
Mr. Jeff Hood
Ms. Becky Amato
Financial Affairs - The membership of the
this committee has been completed and is as follows:
Shannon White, Chair
Mr. Truel Hicks, College of Business
Dr. Johan van der Jagt, College of Education
Dr. Nancy Kudlawiec, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Mike Reekie, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mrs. Ann Ketcham, Division of Nursing
Mr. Bill Lenning
Dr. Don Salter
Mr. Bob Holycross
Mr. Kurt Behrhorst
The Insurance Committee will meet very soon and
hopefully provide approval on the initiation of the flexible
spending plans by BenefitElect as previously approved by the
President's Council. Following this, BenefitElect will develop
educational/enrollment brochures and set up some dates to come on
campus to begin enrollment. Hopefully all of this will be done in
November & December in order for the program and payroll
deduction to begin January 1, 2001. As soon as we finalize the
details on this you will be notified of the enrollment meetings.
There are basically four aspects to the Flexible Spending Plans,
all of which allow the employee to reduce his/her amount of
taxable income by the amounts elected, which in turn will reduce
the employee's taxes. These plans will additionally reduce the
University's tax expenditure: (1) The Institution Sponsored
Insurance Plan which allows the employee to have the amount
currently deducted from his/her payroll for individual &
medical, dental, group life (up to $50,000.00), disability, and
AD& D insurance premiums placed in the University Flexible
Spending Plan account. The University currently has approximately
140 employees that could take advantage of this particular
component with no risk of income loss. (2) The Dependent Care
Savings Plan allows contributions to an account that can then
be used to reimburse for all allowable expenses related to caring
for dependents so that the employee may work. (3) The Un-reimbursed
Medical Savings Plan allows contributions to an account that
can then be used to reimburse for all allowable deductibles and
other expenses not covered by medical insurance which includes all
co-pays, prescriptions not covered by insurance, eyeglasses,
medical aids, etc. (covered items are included on a list). (4) The
Medical Insurance Savings Plan allows contributions to an
account that can be used to pay for additional medical insurance
- Flexible Spending Plans - BenefitElect -
No report offered. Dr. Schellhammer not
University Board of Trustees Meeting
- Faculty Senate History Committee –
Mr. Paul Hamrick, the Governor's Chief of
Staff, was appointed to the Board. The Board, with all members present
except one, met on October 2 and approved the budget as proposed
without changes. After a lengthy executive session the Board voted to
enter into a contract with Dr. Roach through February 2002.
could not attend this meeting, but sent word
via Dr. Floyd that he appreciates the open faculty senate support of
Mrs. Tina Jones provided a Page Maker 6.5
Workshop. Dr. Helen Moshkovich provided an Excel Workshop on
Charts, Formulas, and Functions. Dr. Floyd provided a Blackboard
Workshop and Dr. Alex Mechitov provided a Basic Access 2000
Database Management Workshop. Mr. Charlie Cook has 1 hour software
application workshops scheduled in Wallace Hall 219 from 3:30-4:30
everyday for the rest of the semester. He is announcing these by
email daily and the topics include Windows, Word, PowerPoint,
Campus Pipeline, & FrontPage. The schedule for the remainder
of the semester is posted at http://www.uwa.edu/infosys/documents/training.htm.
Notice of these workshops will continue to be posted on the
Faculty Senate home page. We still expect to have a few additional
workshops such as FrontPage Basic & Intermediate, Access,
Database, Blackboard, etc. later this semester. Please encourage
your department members to notify us of their needs regarding
Academic Advising Spreadsheet Checklists
- New Business
- Faculty Development Technology Workshops
Dr. Floyd has developed Academic Advising
Spreadsheet Checklists in Excel for every major. He demonstrated how
to download and use the spreadsheets. The advisor/student only has to
input the semester taken, grade, & hours for courses taken. It
calculates QPA, as well as totals taken, totals needed for basics
(including by area), major, minor, overall. It also determines
placement in basic, compensatory, or honors classes based upon ACT/SAT
scores when entered. Most Spreadsheet Checklists have been developed
where selecting and adding a minor or second major is as simple as
copying & pasting. These are in the process of being reviewed and
modified as necessary. R.T. Floyd has begun posting these on the
Forms, etc. download page http://www.uwa.edu/forms.
An entire web page organized by college has been setup for this. The
individual files for the College of Liberal Arts have already been
posted. He expects to have all departments posted by the end of the
week. In some cases, there may be more than one version for a
particular major (different versions may be provided simply to address
formatting preferences, not program differences). R.T. will be
conducting brief workshops on the implementation and use of these as
requested by departments and colleges. A discussion ensued, and R.T.
says he is open to making the spreadsheets more user friendly and
welcomes suggestions from
the faculty. Please contact him for any questions or
The e-Campus Task Force will meet soon to
address remaining and new issues related to advancing our e-Campus.
Some initial topics include student computer labs, student minimal
competence levels, next level of faculty competencies, integrated
networked student printing in labs & the Library,
faculty/staff/student workshops, general access networked computer in
major building hallways. Please encourage any and all feedback to your
e-Campus Task Force representative or directly to Paul Stewart or R.T.
Provost's Report - Dr. David Taylor
1. LRC Name Change
- The Julia Tutwiler ‘Learning Resources Center’
was named such at the suggestion of a consultant (brought in by
Dr. Hines) several years ago. In addition to the LRC staff’s not
particularly liking this designation, it causes problems when
people call and it has to be explained that the Library is part of
- Recently, the facade of the Library was redone
and the Physical Plant ordered the letters for ‘Library’
rather than ‘Learning Resources Center,’ so Dr. Snider felt
that this was an auspicious time to change the name back to ‘Library.’
Also Mrs. Shannon White will begin to revamp the web page soon.
- Dr. Snider made his recommendation to the Deans’
Council in the October meeting, and it passed unanimously. Dr.
Taylor will carry it to the President’s Council for approval and
official word will be sent out when the change is formally made.
Commencement has been scheduled for December 16. There are
about 200 graduates expected. There will be a reception before, and
the Cafeteria will serve lunch afterwards if enough people buy a meal
ticket in advance.
3. Transfer Credit for Ds in
Part of AGSC policy was that no "D"
would be given in freshman composition courses in Alabama public
colleges and universities. There was a question regarding acceptance
of a "D" transfer in composition from an out-of-state
institution. Deans’ Council agreed that the policy would apply to
all transfer students. If a student transfers here with all four
English courses complete, but made a "D" in EH 101, that
course will have to be repeated.
4. Operation Jump
We have tried over recent years to strengthen our ties with local
and area public schools, and the College of Education has several very
successful initiatives underway.
The Sumter County School System has received a three-year, three
million-dollar grant from US Department of Education designed to
enrich the before-school, after-school and summer-school experience of
public school children. It focuses on academic enrichment, safety
(drug and violence free), and on cultural and recreational activities.
Dr. Taylor and a group of faculty and administrators will meet with
Marilyn Armistead, Director of Community Outreach, and Operation Jump
Director, Annie Walker, to discuss how UWA can serve as a resource for
this grant program (NS/M summer program, Fine Arts, etc.). Dr. Taylor
will welcome any ideas.
5. Intellectual Property
Dr. Taylor has asked Patricia Pratt to develop a draft for
consideration. She has used AAUP template and compares it with
policies from other universities.The question is, should distance
learning courses (on-line course and materials) be included or have a
separate policy? The Deans’ Council asked Mrs. Pratt to take this
matter to the Research Oversight Committee for consideration. The
policy draft or drafts will be brought to the Senate for input before
Research Grant Fund
Five grants were awarded and all were in Liberal Arts (four in
H/SS and one in L/L). There are some monies remaining in this fund.
The Deans’ Council has recommended that another call for proposals
be sent. Dr. Taylor will do this at the first of the year, probably in
7. Will Rogers Follies
This is a great musical. Performance will
be in Bibb Graves Auditorium on October 17 and is sponsored by the
Sumter County Fine Arts Council.
8. The Handbook for Faculty and
Professional Staff is in effect at this time. It is a collection
of policies and does not require action by the Board of Trustees.
9. Distance Learning In spring
of this year we will start to import classes in areas of need such
as the sciences and math. Later we will export classes such as
graduate education courses.
10. Questions Mrs. Taylor asked if there
was someone on campus who would help the faculty to write grants.
Dr. Taylor replied that we have a contract with Letta Gorman who
will help us. He said to bring any concrete grant ideas to his
We are in the process of determining the
feasibility of meeting public demand for technology workshops. The
idea is to offer these as non-credit workshops whereby UWA faculty
with interest and expertise may offer workshops to the general
public for a fee with the faculty member receiving a significant
portion of the fee. The Office of Institutional Advancement &
Alumni Affairs will publicize & coordinate enrollment. Remaining
available seats will be open to UWA faculty & staff at no
charge. Please provide concerns, suggestions, etc.
Higher Education Partnership
The web page promoting Alabama’s
Universities established by Dr. David Bronner in conjunction with
the HEP is impressive and located at http://www.thinkalabama.org/.
The Partnership has significantly increased membership benefits
which include vision care discounts, hotel & motel savings, and
car rental savings & upgrades. UWA has a Higher Education web
page located at http://www.uwa.edu/alumni/HEP/hephome.htm.
Our membership year begins in October so please remind your
department members to renew and/or initiate their membership so as
to increase our voice in Legislative matters.
The previously requested report from
Admissions was scheduled for today but was rescheduled for the
November 28 Faculty Senate Meeting due to schedule conflicts.
Faculty Staff Picture Day
Pictures for faculty & staff are
scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and 12:00
noon to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Club Luie of the SUB.
Please make arrangements so all faculty & staff photos can be
included in the yearbook.
Templates for Proposed Curriculum
Changes for the fall are due to University Academic Council Chair on
Oct. 27, 2000.
Dr. Blackwell moved and Mr. Smith seconded
that the Senate adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned
at 4:40 p.m. Because of the upcoming holiday we will meet on the
fourth Tuesday in November, the 28th.