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
Vacancies: Senate Committee on Evaluation of Administrators: 9 tenured faculty from the Colleges
Employee Training and Development Council: 1 faculty (any area)