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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting May 2, 2005

·       Jim Stewart, 2004-2005 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:15 pm.  Senators approved minutes of April 18, 2005 and Standing Committee minutes.

·       Stewart reminded Senators to RSVP the President’s Dinner for new and continuing Senators to be held in SMATE on May 23rd.

·       President Morse introduced Robert Frazier, Vice President for External Affairs, who arrived today from the University of Montana.  Morse also introduced and thanked Judy McNickle for her substantial contributions to Western’s budget approved by the legislature.

·       Morse announced that the President’s Planning & Resource Council will continue its current meetings to assess budget allocations, and encouraged open discussion.

·       Morse reported that the Waterfront Committee is still accepting proposals but no decisions have been made.  Morse emphasized this as a time for “envisioning” ideas, and that there are myriad opportunities for funding. 

·       Bodman reported that Western now occupies a prime position both in the State and nationally in producing science and math teachers.  The HEC Board has agreed that new admissions standards for science and math cannot be implemented by 2008.

·       Senators anticipate the final report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Freshman Interest Groups (FIG) which will come through the Academic Coordinating Commission by quarter’s end.

·       Senators heard David Bover present plans for a new advisory structure for campus technology which will bring stakeholders together to discuss common issues.

·       Concerns:  Senators request:  a) that Facilities discuss the possibility of a sky bridge between Communications and the AIC building; b) that safety issues be addressed concerning bicycles on campus, and include discussion of bicycle racks; c) that major problems with ventilation now occurring in the Communications Facility be resolved as well as addressed in future building plans; d) clarification about where decisions regarding investment will be discussed in any new campus technology advisory structure.

·       Executive Council MotionsSenators amended then passed a resolution that faculty salaries become more competitive and that the percentage of faculty FTE filled by non-tenure track faculty decrease in the next biennia.   Senators emphasized the need for continued discussion. 

·       The Senate moved to a Committee of the Whole at 5:45 pm. and adjourned at 6:25 pm.

 

Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

Vacancies:

Deputy Legislative Liaison

Faculty Senate: 1 from College of Fine and Performing Arts, through 2006

Academic Coordinating Commission:  Faculty nominations are requested from Science and Technology, Business and Economics, Huxley, and Woodring.