ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate November 13, 2006

Ira Hyman, 2006-07 Faculty Senate President, called the Fall Quarter meeting to order at 4:05 pm. Senators accepted the Senate minutes of October 30, 2006, and Standing committee minutes.  

§         Hyman reported:  1) ATUS will supply white board markers to faculty who request them; 2) updates will be forthcoming on student use of disability resources for test-taking;

§         Hyman referred Senators to a Bellingham Herald article that includes an Excel download of faculty and staff salaries. 

§         President Morse reported the Governor’s support of Higher Education and Washington Learns, and that the State may make up the money not provided by tuition. 

§         Morse looks forward to agreement on common objectives following her first meeting with UFWW. 

§         Provost Bodman reported that the Higher Education Coordinating Board has dropped plans for a new college for Snohomish and Skagit Counties, proposing core funding instead. 

§         Bodman is conducting searches for the Dean of the College of Business and Economics and for Vice Provost for Faculty Relations. 

§         Bill Lyne, Interim Chief Steward of UFWW reported a good start to the first meeting of the bargaining teams; there are about 160 union members so far, mainly tenure and tenure track.

§         Constituent Concerns. Senators brought concerns related to parking: 1) tenure track faculty parking places in G19 are usurped during football season; 2) only 2 Disabled Parking spaces exist in 19G; 3) can Disabled Parking spaces be made available on weekends as non-Disabled, particularly in 10G?  4)  Miller Hall Disabled spaces are regularly blocked by facility and delivery trucks;  5) FEDEX and other vehicles are driving right down to Haskell Plaza during peak student travel; 5) complaints about skateboarding on the bricks; 6) status of Transportation Task Force; 7) a suggestion that noisy leaf blowing be done at off peak-class hours.   

§         Senators broke at 4:47 for a Faculty Caucus to discuss revisions to the Faculty Handbook, and adjourned at 5:53 p.m.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

VacanciesSenate Committee on Evaluation of Administrators9 tenured faculty from the Colleges

Employee Training and Development Council 1 faculty (any area)