ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate January 26, 2009

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-09 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:03 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of January 12, 2009 and Standing Committee minutes.  ACC minutes were approved except for a paragraph requiring further definition of “Concurrent” and “Co-Requisite”.

§    John Purdy, Legislative Liaison reported on bills currently before the legislature, and noted that SB5237 which proposed a 3-year baccalaureate degree has been temporarily set aside.  Faculty are invited to email Purdy for additional information. 

§    Liao-Troth reported on constituent concerns: 1) Colleges are tasked with transparency in their budget reduction planning; 2) Linda Beckman is temporarily managing the bookstore until the hiring process for a manager is completed; 3) Commercial business entities allowed on campus must be permitted through the Viking Union; 4) Recapturing a Monday is challenging with the current winter quarter class schedule.

§    President Shepard laid out on the ramifications of a 3.5% cut to instruction and 5% to the remaining areas of the university.  Shepard will ask legislators how we can address prolonged budget cuts when we have already admitted paying students. Senators support a strong combined presentation from all the baccalaureate presidents.  Shepard reported that Vice President Pierce has put in place a “Temporary Procedure To Fill Vacancies Through Internal Placements”. 

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, noted the exceptional work that President Shepard, Vice President Swan and Associate Vice President Burkey were doing to represent Western before the legislature. Lyne reported that American Federation of Teachers (UFWW’s national affiliate) is seeking the passage of legislation beneficial to higher education. Lyne asks faculty to email him with their home addresses.

§    Past President Jeff Newcomer has been appointed to represent faculty on the new Parking Committee. The committee has been given a broad charge to look at parking and spending policies as well as costs, and he requests faculty to send him emails with related concerns.

§    MOTION.  Senators approved a list of eight documents to be included as Appendices to the revised Faculty Handbook. Executive Council plans to discuss inclusion of policies from the Office of Sponsored Research such as Faculty Development Grants Committee.

§    Senators heard Doug Nord, Executive Director, Center for International Studies, and Paul Mueller, Risk  Manager, Environmental Health & Safety, present POL-U5950 which directs faculty to the types of issues to be considered for students to travel abroad.  Additional input is needed in order to produce an adequate policy for faculty travel.

§    Senators moved to a Faculty Caucus at 5:15 prior to adjourning at 5:27 p.m.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

University Planning Council:  Midori Takagi, Fairhaven, to replace Larry Estrada thru Spring Quarter.

The Senate Election Calendar was presented for review prior to approval at the next meeting.