ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting February 9, 2009
· James Loucky, Senate President, called the Faculty Senate to order at 4:03 pm. Senators approved minutes of January 26, 2004 and Standing Committee minutes.
· Loucky encouraged continuing faculty participation on vital campus issues, including growth and quality learning space, and reported that Vice President Pierce will address capital budget issues and parking concerns at the next meeting.
· Senators passed a motion to hold Faculty Assemblies on collective bargaining and on campus growth in Winter and Spring Quarters, with dates to be set by the Executive Council.
· The Faculty Senate Associated Students will co-sponsor a University-wide Assembly on Thursday, February 19, from 4-5:15 pm, in SMATE 150, on threats to academic freedom posed by the USA Patriot Act. A Senate resolution on this comes up for vote on Feb. 23.
· President Morse announced the finalization of the committee on compact issues and expressed pleasure in finding common ground with the Senate in appointing mutual nominees.
· Provost Bodman reported that House Bill 2747 to implement filtering software in libraries is dead in the Senate.
· Tom Downing, Chair of ACC, reported progress on GUR recommendations which will be presented to the Senate following a review of the first-year experience.
· Senators completed a second vote to revise handbook language on limited-term faculty.
· After a presentation by Jeanne Armstrong and Allan Sleeman of the Senate Library Committee, Senators passed a motion requesting President Morse and Provost Bodman, in conjunction with UPC and UBAC, to investigate ways to address alarming inflation costs in library acquisitions.
· Following comments by Dan Warner, Senators passed a motion that proposed increasing the sale of local produce in Viking Union eateries.
· Senators moved into Executive Session at 5:30 pm to discuss enabling legislation issues, and adjourned at 6:20 pm.
Appointments and Elections Officer, Kristen Parris: Faculty are asked to consider running for the Senate and will receive nominating packets in the mail shortly.