Minutes
September 19, 2000

UWA Faculty Senate
M I N U T E S

Wise Conference Room, Wallace Hall 213

Date: September 19, 2000

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Presiding: Dr. R.T. Floyd

Secretary: Dr. Neil Snider

  1. Call to order by Dr. Floyd
    The following members were present: Dr. Neil Snider, Ms. Patricia Taylor, Dr. Manley Blackwell, Mr. Luther Gremmels, Dr. June Abrams, Dr. Marion Madison, Dr. Kathleen Pittman, Dr. Janis Beaird, Ms. Tina Jones, Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Dr. Alex Mechitov, Dr. Helen Moshkovich, Mr. Jim Todd, Mr. Micky Smith, Ms. Donna Miller, Mr. Donnie Cobb, Ms. Shannon White, Dr. Gene May, and Dr. Richard Collison.
  2. Approval of July 18, 2000 minutes
    The following correction was made: Last line under #5 should read: "currently there are two people in this program, one in English and one in Math." Tina Jones moved that the corrected minutes be approved. The motion was seconded by Gene May, and the motion passed.
  3. Old Business
    1. Tax Deferred Compensation Plans & Financial Planning Presentations
      Dr. Floyd reported that Ms. Colleen Baird, Mr. Jeff Hall, & Mr. Darrell Lindsey of VALIC,
      http://www.valic.com, provided four financial planning workshops on Wednesday, July 26. Approximately 50 faculty & staff members attended. Due to the interest shown in VALIC during and since these presentations, a joint meeting was scheduled with the President's Council and the Insurance Committee. Ms. Baird & Mr. Al Westbrook met with both groups on Sept. 4 and subsequently received approval to offer tax deferred retirement plans and other financial services for UWA employees. Representatives of this group returned on Monday, Sept. 18 to provide additional financial planning sessions and to begin enrollment. The enrollment period will continue for the remainder of the calendar year, with payroll deduction beginning in January 2001 - provided we have approximately 20% (50) employees enroll. Additional sessions are tentatively planned from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on Wed., Oct. 4, Thur., Oct 12, & Tues., Oct. 17. These sessions will be one-on-one and will be located in Bibb Graves, Wallace Hall, & possibly Webb Hall. A UWA/VALIC web page is being set up at http://www.uwa.edu/facsenate/valic.htm with contact information and details of future sessions. Interested faculty & staff may contact one of the VALIC representatives to discuss individual concerns and/or set up an appointment. VALIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of American General Finance that specializes in full retirement planning and offers one on one service to clients. VALIC helps you in planning your financial future.
    2. Sick Leave Donation Policy
      Dr. Floyd reported that he met with the Deans' Council in July to discuss the Sick Leave Donation Policy & Forms previously approved by the Faculty Senate. Suggestions for improvement focused mainly on the forms in that the group felt that there was no need for everyone to know the details of the employee's illness/injury. As a result, the policy was adjusted and the form was split into a sick leave donor form and a sick leave recipient form. This was presented to the Deans' Council in September, approved and forwarded to the President's Council for adoption.
    3. Academic Advisor Evaluation Form & Administration
      Dr. Floyd reported that he met with the Deans' Council in July to discuss the Academic Advisor Evaluation Form & Process previously forwarded by the Faculty Senate. A few suggestions/additions were provided. Specifically, the evaluation will only take place in the fall during pre-registration. After incorporating the suggestions, he returned to the Deans' Council in September with the forms and process. Both were approved and plans include beginning the evaluation this semester. He noted that this will be the final review before implementation.
    4. e-Campus update
      Dr. Floyd reported that Stickney & Sisk Hall are in the process of having wireless access installed, as are some classrooms in Bibb Graves Hall. Approximately 15 desktops and 15 laptop student computers have been set-up with wireless cards. Many of the initial glitches with Campus Pipeline have now been corrected.
  4. New Business
    1. Senate Meeting Date
      Dr. Floyd reported that according to the Constitution, the Senate is to decide at the September meeting the time and meeting date for the coming year. There was consensus to keep the meeting date on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
    2. UWA Board of Trustees Meeting Report
      Dr. Floyd reported that only five of the twelve board members were in attendance which resulted in the lack of a quorum. Chairman Bunn then continued the meeting for informational purposes. He explained that he would recommend the approval of the budget to the Executive Committee which consist of Board member Dwight Duke. The Executive Committee can act on behalf of the full Board regarding budget matters.
      Dr. Roach reported on the enrollment, Technology 2000 Campaign progress, UWA Foundation giving, and announced the Gates Millennium Scholarship winner, Tahoma Bell.
    3.  

      Fall 1999

      Fall 2000

      (+) or (-)change

      Undergraduate

      1679

      1595

      -84

      Graduate

      291

      329

      +38

      Total

      1970

      1924

      -46

      Freshmen

      327

      338

      +11

      Transfers

      179

      175

      -4

      Ms. Erin Eckert reported on the SGA activities.
      Dr. Floyd reported on the Faculty & Faculty Senate progress (See Attached Report). In addition to the report, Dr. Floyd stated that he provided a copy of his Sept. 1 letter to the faculty and a copy of the web pages containing all of the Faculty Achievements for 1999-2000.
      Dr. David Taylor provided the Board with the new Handbook for Faculty and Professional Staff and reported on the status of upcoming accreditation visits. He then introduced Dr. Richard Holland to report on the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Similar reports will be provided on the remaining five academic areas in the next five Board meetings.
      Mr. Dee Outlaw reported on athletics.
      Mr. Danny Buckalew reported on Student Affairs with a housing report and provided the Board with the new Student Handbook.

    4. President's Report - Dr. Ed Roach
      Dr. Roach stated that instead of giving a report he wanted to attempt to answer any questions that the members might have. The main concern of the membership was the approval of the budget. Dr. Roach stated that he hoped this will be done very soon so that there could be a smooth transition from FY2000 to FY2001. Dr. Roach also reported on the SACS and gave an update on the e-Campus initiative. He thanks the faculty for its support and hard work.
    5. Committee Appointments Dr. Floyd stated that the following faculty & staff have been elected/appointed as detailed below:
      Faculty Affairs Committee
      Dr. Janis Beaird, Chair
      Mrs. Beth Springer, College of Business
      Dr. Gena Riley, College of Education
      Dr. Alan Brown, College of Liberal Arts
      Mr. Richard Thurn, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      Mrs. Penny Corbitt, Division of Nursing
    6. Faculty Information Committee
      Chair to be chosen by this committee from its membership
      Dr. David Bowen, College of Liberal Arts
      Mr. Donnie Cobb, College of Business
      Dr. Alvin Marson, College of Education
      Dr. Richard Buckner, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      Mrs. Lynn Lashley, Division of Nursing

      Faculty/Staff Liaison Committee
      Mr. Danny Buckalew, Chair
      Dr. R.T. Floyd
      Staff Senate Appointee
      Staff Senate Appointee
      Staff Senate Appointee
      Shannon White (chosen in this Senate Meeting)
      Tina Jones (chosen in this Senate Meeting)
      Janis Beaird (chosen in this Senate Meeting)

      Financial Affairs Committee
      Shannon White, Chair (chosen in this Senate Meeting)
      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 Ketchum, Division of Nursing
      Mr. Bill Lenning
      Dr. Don Salter
      Staff Senate Appointee
      Staff Senate Appointee

      Rules Committee
      Dr. R.T. Floyd
      Dr. Janis Beaird
      Dr. Neil Snider
      Dr. Kathleen Pittman

      University Scholars Committee
      Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Chair (chosen in this Senate Meeting)
      Dr. Helen Moshkovich, College of Business
      Dr. Barry Green-Burns, College of Education
      Dr. Jay Wenger, College of Liberal Arts
      Mr. Micky Smith, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      Mrs. Marsha Cannon, Division of Nursing
      Dr. David Taylor, Provost
      Dr. Merle Peper, Dean, College of Business (ex officio)
      Dr. Ann Jones, Dean, College of Education (ex officio)
      Dr. Roy Underwood, Dean, College of Liberal Arts (ex officio)
      Dr. Richard Holland, Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (ex officio)
      Mrs. Sylvia Homan, Chair, Division of Nursing (ex officio)
      Mr. Clarence Egbert, Registrar (ex officio)
      Mr. Danny Buckalew, Director of Student Affairs (ex officio)

    7. Faculty Development Technology Workshops
      Dr. Floyd reported that two Campus Pipeline orientation sessions have been provided by Mr. Charlie Cook & Mr. Wes Mosley. Dr. Gena Riley, Dr. Lesa Corrigan & he have provided two Blackboard workshops. Mrs. Sharon Underwood has provided a basic and an intermediate FrontPage workshop. Mrs. Tina Jones will be providing a Page Maker 6.5 Workshop on making pamphlets, brochures, etc. 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21 in WH 303. Dr. Helen Moshkovich will provide an Excel Workshop on Charts, Formulas, and Functions at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 in WH 219. Dr. Floyd will provide a Blackboard Workshop at 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 3 in WH 219. Dr. Alex Mechitov will provide a Basic Access 2000 Database Management Workshop 3:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 4 in WH 219. Additional workshops to be scheduled later this semester including a basic Word, basic PowerPoint workshop, FrontPage, and possibly an Excel workshop on academic advising spreadsheet checklists. Dr. Floyd as the Senate to encourage colleagues to notify the Senate of any further desires regarding workshop needs.
    8. University Club
      Dr. Floyd as the members to encourage colleagues to join and to participate in the University Club. Membership is $15.00 per individual and $30.00 per couple. A link to the application is located on the Faculty Senate web page. Interested faculty & staff should contact Miles Hester
      mhester@uwa.edu at 3578.
    9. Other
      Mr. Smith moved and Mrs. Taylor seconded the motion that a committee be appointed to write resolution(s) expressing the faculty feelings and concern over the lack of quorum at the recent Board meeting to pass the budget for 2001. The motion passed unanimously, and Dr. Floyd appointed the following people to serve on the committee: Dr. Richard Schellhammer (Ch), Mr. Micky Smith, and Ms. Patricia Taylor. The Committee is to present the resolution(s) to the full Senate for further action at a called meeting to be held at 3:30 p.m. on September 26.
  5. Adjournment
    Mr. Smith moved and Mrs. Taylor seconded that the meeting adjourned. The motion passed, and the meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
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