Index of Topics –  May 1, 2006

Pandemic Preparedness – Updated by Gayle Shipley

Combined Fund Drive – Information Session with Tim Wynn

Parking Fee Review Committee – Report from Bill Lyne

Old Drive-In: MOTION from Senate

Extended Education and Summer Programs – Report from Barbara   Audley, Dean Stephanie Salzman

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – May 1, 2006

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:02 p.m.  There were twenty-six (26) Senators present, two (2) ex officio, the recorder, and six guests for a total of thirty-five (35).  (See attached roster)

 

Approval of Minutes of April 17, 2006

Senators approved the minutes of April 17, as written. 

 

Items from the Chair

·    Lyne wished Provost Bodman a Happy Birthday (in absentia).

·    Lyne reported that the Faculty Senate at Central Washington University is running as usual and that a new handbook is being rewritten by three faculty and three administrators.  Lyne reported that the Central Board had simply temporarily suspended the handbook since it did not want two legal documents covering the same items.  The institution of the Senate at Central is preserved in the contract.  Lyne suggested that a cautionary tale for Western might be that the Senate here will need to get working on handbook revisions as soon as possible.

 

Report from Director of Environmental Health and Safety – Gayle Shipley

·    Lyne welcomed Gayle Shipley, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, who reported on Federal, State and local meetings being held to address emergencies that would affect campus life such as a flu pandemic or earthquake. 

·    While planning is taking place on the federal and State level, Shipley emphasized that ultimately this is a local issue and preparation needs to be local.

·    Last November Whatcom County began county wide pandemic flu task force meetings, and formed several subcommittees on which Western is represented, including social, economic, medical, and transportation subcommittees.  Western itself has reconstituted its emergency management committee, and one of its tasks is to implement a template from A.J. Gallagher (an insurance broker).  This template is reputed to be even more detailed than that provided by the Center for Disease Control.

·    Senators pointed out the need for individual planning, for simulating emergency scenarios, and the need for sufficient bandwidth to continue work online with students in the event people cannot come to campus. Scenarios are being planned.

·    Shipley encouraged constituents to prepare personally and to view the work of other Universities as well as planning templates online.  Information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ or http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

 

Report from Chair of the WWU Combined Fund Drive – Tim Wynn, Facilities Management

·    Senators heard Tim Wynn, Director of Facilities, ask for promotion ideas for the Combined Fund Drive, of which he is the Chair.

·    Wynn described the Combined Fund which is a statewide campaign for the more than 1900 charitable organizations that wish to reach State employees.  The Fund provides one campaign in which people can get involved.  The Combined Fund is particularly good for the charities, because the contributions to its general fund are individually divided beyond the gifts donated to individual charities.

·    Faculty participation is less than that of staff primarily because faculty chose to donate individually, and some expressed privacy concerns.  Also there is not a lot of familiarity with the information available as to the increased benefits to the charities when donations are made through the Combined Fund.

·    Senators learned the best arguments for donating through the Combined Fund:

à        Any 501C-3 charity can be named as a gift recipient through the Combined Fund;

à        The charities get a little more when done this way; the Fund charities receive about $4 to $6 more per every  $100  gift than if donated to separately.  As a single mechanism for distributing donations, the Fund is less costly to administer; the 8% administrative costs are more than offset by the general funds.

à        Contributions can be made through pre-tax payroll deduction.

à        Online direct giving to the Fund has no visibility; only the amount deducted from the salary shows, no other information can be accessed.

·    Senators suggested that the Fund be offered during the Benefits Open Enrollment period.

·    Senators also pointed out that they give quite a bit to internal scholarship funds, and that the Drive should highlight those charities that serve particular areas of interest.  Senators are invited to email Wynn with ideas for promoting the Combined Fund.

 

Parking Fee Review Committee Report – Senate Motion

·    Lyne reported on discussions held by the Parking Fee Committee to which he is the faculty representative. Lyne’s position generally is that fees should not go up. Final recommendations of the committee will be made to President’s Council by the end of this week.  Lyne reported that Chair, April Markiewicz, and Chief of Police Jim Shaw will join the Senate at its next meeting to present their points of view.

·    Lyne described the challenge to cover the growing parking deficit and the general reluctance to tap into the reserve, which would prevent a raise in the fees for perhaps a year, not longer.  The increase seems to come from the Old Drive In, maintenance costs, and salary increases which amount to approximately $100,000 without adding positions.

·    Lyne explained that WAC rules state that parking must be self-sustaining, but some items charged to parking are not necessarily legally mandated.  Lyne pointed out that the $1.03 million proposed next year is the size of a medium-sized academic department. 

·    Senators asked whether the difference between the Civic Field and Lincoln Creek is the difference between renting and buying; Lincoln Creek would be $250,000, but renting the Civic Field is $32,000 per year.

·    Lyne asked for the Senate’s position on the recommendation and vote by the Parking Committee that will take place on Friday of this week.  Senators pointed out in the discussion that there are many points of view, and many issues ranging from the City’s deal with the University for providing parking spaces, the cost of building a parking structure, the need to keep the campus “green”, the difficulty in obtaining permits. 

·    Senators asked for more information on the budget and long-term proposals.

MOTION

Following discussion Jeff Newcomer made a motion, seconded by Jim Stewart, which passed, in which the Senate supports “that funding to purchase the Old Drive-In for the State of Washington should not come from the pockets of Faculty, Staff and Students.”

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

 

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate.

 

Committee

Date

Topics for Senate Review

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

4/11/06

General  Studies Major; Capstone course for GSM; Off-campus course descriptions; Ad Hoc Committee on Withdrawal Policy

o        Academic Technology Committee

4/8/06

Computer homepages; Lan Listserv; Software updates; Student employees; certificate verification; Lab signage

o        University Planning Council

4/5/06

Transportation Initiatives Task Force report;  UPC contingency plan; Decision Packages; Proposal for Center for Global and Cultural Studies

o        Salary & Welfare Cte

3/10/06

Update on salary equity study; status of compression study; retention funds; departmental chair compensation; role of the committee

 

 

Appointments and Elections:  Jeff Newcomer, Officer

 

Senators appointed the following faculty:

To ACC :  John Rybczyk to replace David Wallin, Huxley, Spring Qtr only

 

The following vacancies are reported on Standing Committees as of this date:

 (see “Memberships” on Senate website at http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate)

 Faculty Grievance Committee (5 until 2009); Academic Coordinating Commission (5)

University Planning Council (4)  Faculty Senate Library (4)

Academic Technology Committee (3); Salary and Welfare (1)

 

ORIENTATION

Orientation for newly elected Senators will take place on Monday, May 1st at 3 p.m. in OM340, followed by the regular Senate meeting.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – EXTENDED EDUCATION AND SUMMER PROGRAMS (EESP)

 

Senators heard Barbara Audley, Director of Extended Education and Summer Programs, and Stephanie Salzman, Dean of Woodring College explain that EESP’s former sites have been combined to four completely self-sustaining programs in Bremerton, Oak Harbor, North Seattle, and Everett.  Curriculum at these accredited sites matches the high quality offered on campus and is approved by the Academic Coordinating Commission.  Summer School revenue over and above costs is divided between the Provost and the colleges. 

Senators viewed a power point presentation on the “Who, What and How of EESP” (see attached)

Adjournment

Senators adjourned at 5:35 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4/17/06

                      

 

                                                                                    _______________________

                                                                                    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

--
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

P
    

May 1, 2006

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

P
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

    P
 

Ex Officio

 

 

06

9

    Henson, Steve

E

P

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

--

06

12

Hyman, Ira, PresElect 06-07(EC)

B

P

 

 

 

06

13

Hyatt, Keith

H

P

 

Guests

 

07

14

Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary(EC)

H

P

1

Tim Wynn, Chair Combined Fund Drive

P

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

2

Barbara Audley, Director, EESP

P

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    --

3

Marlene Harlan, Director of Marketing, EESP

P

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

4

Stephanie Salzman, Dean, Woodring College

P

06

18

Lyne, William, President 05-06(EC)

C

P

5

Gayle Shipley, Director, Central Health & Safety

P

06

19

Madsen, Leza

I

P

6

Western Front Student Reporter

P

07

20

Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

--

 

 

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

-

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

06

25

Slentz, Kris

H

--

 

Total Senators Present

26

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

    P

 

Ex Officio Present

2

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

1

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

6

07

30

Hamilton, Bruce, (for Van Boer, Bertil)

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)