ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate November 24, 2008

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-09 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:02 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of November 10, 2008 and Standing Committee minutes. 

§    Liao-Troth reported that: a) Faculty should contact Jim Shuster (x3451) about excessive noise in Red Square; b) Prerequisite checking is available in Banner for classes taken since January 2006; c) a fact sheet is available for determining the current indirect cost rate at Western for grants.

§    Provost Murphy reported that Teach WA and the Financial Economics projects were recommended as Decision Packages by the HEC Board.  Although not optimistic about the State budget since revenue depends largely on state and excise taxes and vehicle sales, Murphy hopes the capital project for Miller Hall will materialize.

§    Faculty are urged to submit comments regarding the provost search prior to the December 3rd meeting with President Shepard.

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, reported that the union has been invited to get involved in budget planning, and he invites faculty to send ideas and concerns to the department steward. 

§    Constituent Concerns:  a) the  Music Library materials funding is integral to maintaining its high standards;  b) loose bricks in front of the Communications oval may pose a safety hazard; c) workers are leaving used cigarette butts on walkways; d) bicyclists are proving hazardous to pedestrians near Carver Gym; e) SWOT language that omits reference to the liberal arts needs revision.

§    MOTION:  In the required second vote the Senate unanimously approved the revised Faculty Senate Handbook which will be presented for approval to the Board of Trustees in December.

§    MOTIONSenators voted to approve the PRO-U1600.01AAppointment of Opportunity Procedures which can now be implemented by the EO office.

§    Senators heard a presentation by Chris Cox, Dean of Libraries which summarized the Libraries’ mission.

§    Cox announced that on December 1st a new Summit catalog will become available hosting materials from thousands of libraries around the world. Materials checked out in old Summit must be returned by December 12 as all 35 Summit libraries are migrating to the new system simultaneously.  Additional information can be found at http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/new-summit or the Library at x3084.

§    Senators voted to adjourn at 5:25 p.m.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

To the University Planning Council:  Doug Park, English, to replace Chris Wise through 2009.

VACANCYAcademic Technology Committee:  One Senator through 2009.