Index of Topics –  February 13, 2006

AIC Building over budget – Report

Draft Strategic Plan - Discussion

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 13, 2006

 

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:08 p.m.  Twenty-seven (27) people were present, including twenty-three (23) Senators, three (3) ex officio members and one (1) recorder. (See attached roster). 

 

Approval of Minutes of February 13, 2006

Senators approved the minutes of February 6 with minor corrections. 

 

Items from the Chair

AIC Building President Lyne reported that the architects and Rick Benner and Gil Aiken from Facilities Management had discussed the AIC building at a recent UPC meeting:

·    Plans for the Academic Instructional Center (AIC) are $2-1/2 million dollars over budget.  Benner and Aiken presented a list of possible items, including classrooms, collaborative space with computer terminals, and faculty offices that could be eliminated from the building prior to bidding. 

·    Senators discussed the options and heard that Western is not allowed to bid on state procurement over budget figures.  One of the major cost overages comes from the sophisticated HVAC and electrical system.  President Morse asked why not build the shell, and then seek some money in the 07-09 cap budget to get the interior things going.  Faculty are opposed to losing classrooms, collaborative space or faculty offices, and realize that once the space is cut no add-ons can later be made to the building.  It is important to build the shell, even if you have to wait two years to fill it. 

·    Senators spoke in favor of keeping the building plan intact and completing internal works through future supplemental budgets. Senators encouraged affected departments to be creative in altering architectural plans before publication of the bids this Spring. 

 

Items from the Administration

·    Morse reported that we appear to have support for some level of funding for the Waterfront.  We have a legislator who has agreed to champion the Border Policy Institute funding request, and are working on obtaining support for the Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation degree.

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

 

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate

 

Standing Committee

Date

Topic

o         Academic Technology Committee

1/25/06

“MyWestern” outage; Spam blocker; Lab accommodations; Wireless coverage; Structuring STF proposal ratings;

o         University Planning Council

1/11/06

Classroom update; Strategic Plan; Waterfront Committee; Budget update

 

Draft Strategic Plan

·    Senators suggested that the latest draft Strategic Plan should be seen as an opportunity to explicitly state that certain things cannot be subject to assessment and quantitative measures. 

·    Senators asked for:  greater emphasis on our mission in the world; specific reference to shared governance; specifics regarding the faculty’s mission as educators, our historical niche, and the whole notion of a public institution that serves the common good; a strong preamble specifically emphasizing the value placed on acquiring levels of knowledge in history, science, math, languages and our role in that process as an institution with a liberal arts vision. 

·    Senators encouraged the drafters to include the classical ideals of citizenship, leadership, social responsibility, collaboration, sustainable practice and stewardship.

·    President Morse confirmed that reference to the Strategic Plan is part of the budget process. 

 

Constituent Concerns 

·    Constituents concerns reflected 1) that only 66 faculty belong to the Recreation Center, and suggested that a better pricing plan might support morale and the physical well-being of faculty and staff;

·    The Registrar will investigate the possibility and the implications of student photos accompanying the class rosters. 

 

Adjournment

Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 5:40 p.m. and then adjourned at 6:11 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2/13/06

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary

 

Roster 2005-2006 Senate

 

 

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

2005-2006 Senate President

Bill Lyne

 

 

06

1

Bover, David, Ch, ATC 04-05

A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

 

06

2

Buckley, Patrick

G

P

 

Ira Hyman

 

 

06

3

Ramona Chauvin

H

Exc
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

Exc
 

 

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

P
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

Exc
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

    P
 

Ex Officio

 

 

06

9

    Henson, Steve

E

Exc

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

06

10

Hodges, Hart

E

P

2

Andrew Bodman, University Provost

   P

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

Brad Smith, Dean of Huxley, Provost’s Council

P

06

12

Hyman, Ira, PresElect 06-07(EC)

B

Exc

 

 

 

06

13

Hyatt, Keith

H

P

 

Guests

 

07

14

Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary(EC)

H

P

1

 

 

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

Exc

2

 

 

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

 

 

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

1

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

--

06

18

Lyne, William, President 05-06(EC)

C

P

2

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

06

19

Madsen, Leza

I

P

 

 

 

07

20

Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

 

Monday, February 13, 2006

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Phelan, Laurie (for Kris Slentz, Wtr Qtr)

H

P

 

Total Senators Present

23

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(7)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

  Exc

 

Ex Officio Present

3

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

1

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

 

07

30

Van Boer, Bertil

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article III.  Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is empowered to speak and act for the Faculty in University affairs with particular responsibility in the areas of curriculum, academic programs, Faculty salary, Faculty status, scholarly activities, and all matters relating to the welfare of Faculty, the education of students, and the academic mission of the University.

The Faculty Senate is limited to 30 voting members elected by the Faculty, and the President of the University, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University, and a college dean appointed by the Provost serving as Provost's Council representative as ex officio non-voting members.    (Faculty Handbook, page 55)