ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate March 8, 2010


Daniel Larner, Faculty Senate President, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:03 pm.  Senators accepted Senate minutes of February 22, 2010 and Standing Committee minutes. 

·         President Larner reported: 1)  The agenda item on the program elimination policy will be postponed pending outcome of Larner’s discussions with the President and Provost.  Efforts are underway to reconcile the policy with the Faculty Handbook; 2)  Faculty are encouraged to volunteer for the 2010-2012 Senate. 

·         Provost Riordan reported on a recent Memo to Chairs and others to allay fears about freeze language which is unrelated to faculty positions. 

·         Riordan will announce a campus presentation with Bill Lyne on the Graduate White paper in late March.

·         Faculty have volunteered to serve on the Search Committee for the position of Vice Provost for Extended Education and Summer programs which Riordan has launched in connection with the EESP white paper.

·         Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison, reported that State budgets are in reconciliation and include a potential lottery bill for Higher Education.  However, prospects are “bleak” for  Higher Ed with continued cuts on the horizon.  A strong faculty message is needed to convince legislators that 4-years can no longer be the State’s “rainy day fund”.

·         Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics, reported 1) AS is recruiting for the Student Trustee as well as other positions; 2) a  vote in AS will consider whether to continue purchasing renewable energy or to fund the student technology fee.

·         Steven Garfinkle, UFWW President, reported 1) UFWS President Bill Lyne will report on the legislative session at an All Faculty meeting (not limited to union members) on Tuesday, March 16, at 4 pm-Fraser 3; 2) Garfinkle was proud of the 26 students from Western, the largest student contingent present, at a recent breakfast in Olympia hosted by the trustees of the six baccalaureates. 

·         Constituent Concerns included: 1) Lack of an overall campus plan about both wired and wireless computer networks and potential impact on the academic mission of the university; 2) Imminent new security upgrades that may potentially compromise faculty ability to teach.   

·         Resolution on Earth Week.  The Senate unanimously passed a resolution (see text below) encouraging faculty to remember Earth Week in their classes, brought forward by Robert Marshall and former Senate President James Loucky.

·         John Lawson, Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO), with members of his technology team discussed with the Senate its concerns about wireless and wired computer networks, the timing of server and security upgrades, state regulations regarding security and other issues.  Lawson encouraged continued direct interaction.

·         Motion to Endorse PolicyThe Faculty Senate moved to endorse University Policy U5000.xx, Honorary Degree Policy which allows the nomination of a person to receive consideration for an honorary degree.

Senators voted to adjourn at 5:46 pm.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Chuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

Senators are asked to request constituents to nominate colleagues for the Senate for 2010-2012.  Nominating petitions can be obtained from the Senate office via email. 

Candidates for the search committee for Vice Provost for Extended Education and Summer Program (Provost appoints): Marsha Riddle Buly, Education; Babafemi Akinrinade, Fairhaven; Daniel Boxberger, Anthropology; Leza Madsen, Library



On March 8, 2010 the Faculty Senate passed the following Resolution:

Recalling that the first Earth Day was celebrated forty years ago on April 22, 1970; and

Aware that the integrity of many ecosystems continues to deteriorate; and

Believing that addressing common concerns is central to the mission of the University:

The Faculty Senate of Western Washington University

1)         affirms our institutional commitment to educating about, and developing effective responses to, the environmental challenges we face; and

2)         encourages faculty and students to include activities in classes during the week of April 19-24 that acknowledge the vital and ethical connections that humanity has with Earth.