Index of Topics – April 19, 2010

             Exhibit A:  Amended and Approved 5/3/2010

AS Green Fee Initiative - Presentation (Matt Moroney, AS)

 

Role of Senate , UPRC, Legislative Liaison - Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – April 19, 2010

 

Call to Order

Scott Pearce, Vice President and Parliamentarian, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:04 pm in the absence of President Larner who was ill.  Pearce welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators, and nine (9) others for a total of thirty-four (34) people.  (See attached roster).  

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes - Senators accepted Senate minutes of April 5, 2010 as written.

Report from the Vice President: 

·         Vice President and Parliamentarian Scott Pearce reported that remaining Senate agendas include a presentation by Vice Provost John Lawson, discussions of the General Studies program, and the White Paper for Extended Education and Summer Programs.  Orientation for new Senators is at 3 pm on Monday, May 17th.

 

Items from the Administration:

·         President Shepard reported that the $3.8 million cut to Western will more than likely end up at about $3 million, and this is due to efforts from faculty, staff and alumni.  Shepard emphasized the need to educate the public and get people involved in the facts about higher education.

·         Shepard reported that planning units are about to consider budget cuts and he asked faculty to reserve judgment about “across-the-board” cuts.  Presentations that will be audio cast over the next two days from the unit leaders are based on a larger budget cut scenario than the $3 million required by the legislature. 

·         Shepard suggests that colleges should develop stronger faculty governance planning committees elected by faculty to ensure shared responsibility for their budgets. 

·         Shepard reported that Western can develop its own plan to accommodate the furlough bill in the legislature which is not expected to affect faculty.  The expected $1.2 million required in cuts would require great sensitivity in implementation, including discussions with union leadership.

·         Provost Riordan reminded Senators of the Graduate Studies forum to be held April 20th at 4 pm in Bio 234. 

·         Riordan plans a forum on the EESP White Paper later this quarter.  Ongoing discussions will ensure the creation of a firewall between a planned nursing program and programs that might be impacted.

·         Riordan noted that students and employees off campus might be particularly interested in the International Studies White Paper currently posted to the web.

 

Other Report Items:

Legislative Liaison:  Marsha Riddle Buly

·         Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison acknowledged that we need to be much more pro active to help the legislature understand our story so that we can continue to be a publicly funded premier university.

ASVP Academics:  Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, Associated Students Vice President – Academics:

·         Rinonos-Diaz reported on AS efforts toward the renewable energy fee, and presented Matthew Moroney, AS, who will make a presentation about the Green Energy initiative.

UFWW President:  Steven Garfinkle

·         Steve Garfinkle, President, UFWW, reported: 1) legislators paid attention when it was reported that faculty had agreed to delay the award of merit raises; 2) UFWW supports a mechanism of elected faculty governance in the colleges to consider issues of budget and planning; 3) please consider getting involved in election to union leadership.

·         Garfinkle emphasized that we need to advocate more forcefully for higher education.  Whether or not you are a union member you are part of a diverse faculty with different opinions and what unites everybody is the value of a 4-year university.  Mike Mana suggested that we ought to thank the legislators who have helped us so far.  It sends a subtle message that we are paying attention to what they are doing.  Marsha Riddle Buly and the others involved in university relations will help get such an email out.

·         Shepard mentioned that if you furlough faculty, students cannot be expected to get their classes.  Furloughs have serious implications for staff.  Shepard suggested that the legislators “would faint” if they thought our faculty cared that much about students and adjunct faculty to consider any salary reductions.   Garfinkle noted that it is still UFWW’s position that furlough is bad and does not address the problem. It raises the question of equity issues on campus and creates other problems for faculty.

 

Constituent Concerns

·         Constituent Concerns:  An increase in the number of students biking at high speed through campus poses a safety factor; skateboarders are also of concern on certain narrow paths.

 

PRESENTATION:  AS Green Fee:  Matthew Moroney, Representing Students for Renewable Energy

·         Matthew Moroney presented information on the Green Energy Fee Initiative and asked faculty to post information on Blackboard for students. The fee, capped at $9 per quarter would include creation of a campus-wide student grant program.

·         Moroney reported that the vote next week would have a direct impact on the fate of the fees and our use of green energy to supplant hydrocarbon combustion sources.  The renewable energy fee was passed by 87% of the students voting.  Funds went to purchase RECs[1] which pay the difference between alternative and traditional power sources.

·         Moroney reported that in 2005 the Environmental Protection Agency gave Western students a national Green Power Leadership Award, and named us 8th in the nation for use of 100% renewable energy.  We have inspired other groups to purchase fees.  With efficiency in the growth of the wind industry, and the lowered cost of RECs, we now have a surplus of $300,000.  Students surveyed wanted the program to continue and expand its role on campus. 

·         Moroney is seeking a big student turnout for these new initiatives.  If it passes by only 55% the board could alter it, which means we could not create the grant program, the most innovative aspect, and a sign of why students are choosing to pay.  Moroney asked faculty to post one of two announcements on Blackboard so students will vote in the week of April 26th thru April 30th

·         Faculty pointed out that even though they may personally support the issues they cannot advocate for a position during class time.  However, they can invite students to come and speak during class. Faculty who have a vested role in the university should inform their students as much as possible. Garfinkle suggested making the vote up or down since everybody uses energy at the university.

·         Vicki Hsueh thanked Moroney and suggested the important idea is to encourage students to think about the issue, rather than encouraging them to vote one way or the other.  Hsueh suggested encouraging students to be deliberate and pro active in taking a stand on the issue.  Vice President Pearce agreed to contact Wendy Bohlke, Assistant Attorney General, about whether faculty can encourage students to vote “yes”.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Academic Technology Committee

3/3/2010

ACCEPTED.  Concern re lack of overall wireless plan

Resolution to survey students about portable device usage.

Senate Library Committee

2/17/2010

ACCEPTED.  Library Charge revised; report from the Dean.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Chuck Lambert, Appointments Officer

The following faculty were elected to the 2010-2012 Faculty Senate from each Area:

A:  David Bover, Computer Science; Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Geology;   B: Kathleen Saunders, Anthropology;

C:  Bradley Howard, Journalism; Karen Stout, Communication; Sheila Webb, Journalism;  D:  Cynthia Camlin, Art; Penny Hutchinson, Dance;  E: Steve Henson, Economics; Mark Springer, Decision Sciences; G: David Wallin, Huxley;

H: Chuck Lambert, Special Education; Donald Larsen, Educational Admin;  I: Paul Piper, Libraries.

Appointed to the Senate for one-year terms: Ron Helms, Sociology, Lesley Sommer, Music

 

DISCUSSION

The Role of the Faculty Senate, UPRC and the CFR representative;

Collaborative governance :  Marsha Riddle-Buly (Exhibit E), Jeff Newcomer, Provost Riordan

·         Senators discussed the role of the Senate and standing committees including equitable representation from small colleges, encouraging younger faculty members to serve, collegial relationship with the administration, and the revised charge to the Senate Library Committee.

·         Senators acknowledged a more commodious and collaborative relationship now exists with the administration, and that the University Planning Council, the new Committee on Undergraduate Education, the efforts of the Academic Coordinating Commission, as well as the Graduate Strategic Advisory committee all demonstrate a more engaged listening to the Faculty Senate and its committees. The issue is to think about how to maintain that and sustain faculty’s continued role in these collegial discussions.

·          UPRCJeff Newcomer reported that the UPRC’s first year has gone fairly well with lots of room for improvement.  The capital process worked well, but there is a wish to get more effective interaction of faculty reps with the constituency, and that reps will get feedback when they ask for it. 

·         As a functioning model UPRC’s plan is to discuss things before they happen and not after the fact.  Regarding the budget phase, we hope to engage it earlier next time.  Other items next year include the future of the 5-year strategic plan, accreditation efforts and the university themes.  UPRC is so unique, with representatives from every unit on campus.  This is a good testing model -- bring ideas to UPRC for a first discussion, send them out to campus for a much broader discussion, then back to the Senate and the President’s council for continued discussion.  Bruce Shepard thanked Newcomer and the committee for a very good experimental effort.  Shepard emphasized the importance of bringing people in from a campus wide perspective to think at the university level about the university and its goals. Shepard wants to make sure he has heard all of the good ideas that people have.  Shepard mentioned that eliminating special programs is a separate issue that has to be talked about carefully and carefully worked out.

·       Build Foundations:  Jim Hearne pointed out that in articulating the authority of the Senate we should not take for granted we will always have a collegial relationship to the administration. We are very blessed, and despite evisceration of Senate authority in the past it has continued to last because of its strong history and tradition. The Senate should be careful about being complacent and needs to remember it is a separate entity within the institution that needs to carry on and solidify its role in a continuing way.  Senators are here for a time and then move on so we need to build a solid foundation.

·         Hearne emphasized that one important firewall is the relationship of the faculty to the curriculum, and that firewall should be made solid by electing concerned people.  We need to work hard that all of these bodies strengthen the culture that enables faculty participation.

·         Strengthen Faculty in College Governing Bodies: Other Senators pointed out that not every college has a strong decision-making body composed of faculty and we need to spread that culture more broadly across the university.  In the smaller colleges it becomes a challenge to serve on so many committees.  And for some faculty on two or three committees there is no mechanism to report back to the college at all, and that is one of the challenges. 

·         Faculty agreed there needs to be a culture change in this regard, and in these bleak times we had better pull ourselves together and get involved.  To make this an equitable model we can expect every college had its own governing committee and could inform the broader university committees.

·         Encourage Young Faculty To Serve:  Robert Marshall suggested there needs to be a change in the culture of service, which must be considered as important as teaching and research.   Small colleges, as “Tiny states” can have an enormous effect on the rest of the university. 

·         Jim Hearne suggested that service should be considered a normal part of new faculty responsibility and they should not be discouraged from serving.  One Senator suggested there could be negative consequences to young faculty who serve too early or too often.   Mike Mana agreed that to change the culture you have to start early.

·          Getting tenured suggests that faculty have achieved all that is important.  Service is important because younger faculty have the opportunity to prevent bad things from happening, and that message is not getting out. 

·         Young faculty have an important role in shaping this institution.  The issue should be raised again next year.

·         CFR Marsha Riddle Buly and John Purdy asked the Senate for its blessing to continue the efforts of the past year and described the process of aligning different groups (Senate Presidents, Vice Presidents, Union representatives, alumni, local legislators and students) to work strategically to lobby the legislature, even though the different groups might have different opinions (for example, on the topic of tuition setting authority).  This year the CFR initiated a 2-day retreat with Senate presidents and CFR reps and created a united legislative agenda.  This gave Senate Presidents a first opportunity to meet together and then support each other over the year. 

·         Purdy mentioned how much more effective it was when a CFR member and a Union member make legislative rounds together.  Both Riddle Buly and Purdy want to make the legislative group more formalized in the faculty handbook to provide greater communication and support.

·         Senate Library Committee:  Senators reviewed the charge which proposes having the college governing councils name members to the Library committee.  The Senate will vote on this at the next meeting.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

·         Elizabeth Stephan announced a presentation on Digital Institutional Repositories at 12 Noon Tuesday in the Library Presentation room.  Recent legislation requires federally funded research to be made publicly available.  Western looks to take the lead on such a repository which may reduce the need to purchase journals in which faculty research is published.  Stephan directed Senators to the webpage for the institutional Repository Task Force at http://libguides.wwu.edu/western_research_repository

AdjournmentSenators voted to adjourn at 5:58 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4-19-2010

                                                                                                ___________________________

                                                                                                Karen Stout, Secretary 2009-10

FACULTY SENATE ROSTER 2009-2011

 

Faculty Senators whose terms end in 2011

 

 

Senate President 2009-2010

 

1

Spencer Anthony-Cahill  SenACC

Chemistry

A

P

 

Daniel Larner, Fairhaven

 

2

Branko Curgus

Math

A

P

 

Past President

 

3

Chris Suczek   ATC

Geology

A

P

 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

4

David Hartenstine

Math

A

P

 

 

 

5

Michael J Mana

Psychology

B

P

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Vicki Hsueh

Political Sci

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology      

B

--

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Provost’s Council

--

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

 

 

 

10

Kristin E Denham

English

C

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa   At-Large Exec

M&CL

C

--

1

Matthew Liao-Troth, Senate Pres 2008-09

--

12

Erin Hazard

Art

D

--

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison 09-10

P

13

Shawn Knabb   Sen Libraries

Economics

E

P

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

--

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

P

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

P

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2010

 

Recorder, Guests and Totals

16

Roger Anderson  ACC to UPRC

Biology

A

P

1

John Purdy, English, Deputy Leg Liaison

P

17

James Hearne   VChair ACC

Comp Sci

A

P

2

Jeff Newcomer, Chair, UPRC

P

18

Robert Marshall

Anthropology

B

P

3

Matthew Moroney, AS Green Fee Initiative

P

19

Scott Pearce  VP & Parl, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

 

 

 

20

Karen Stout   Secretary Exec

Comm

C

P

4

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

21

Diana Wright

History

C

P

 

 

 

22

David Meyer

Music

D

P

 

 

 

23

Madge Gleeson  UPRC mem

Art

D

P

 

 

 

24

David Gilbertson

Accounting

E

P

 

 

 

25

Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

 

 

26

Daniel Larner   Sen President

Fairhaven

F

--

 

Senators Present

25

27

Grace Wang

Env S

G

P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

28

Mary Lynne Derrington

Ed. Admin.

H

P

 

Ex Officio

2

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

P

 

Past Pres, Leg Liaison, UFWW, ASVP

3

30

Elizabeth Stephen

Libraries

 I

P

 

Guests and Recorder

4

 

DATE:  April 19, 2010

 

TOTAL PRESENT

34

 


 


[1] Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green tags, Renewable Energy Credits, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities that can be traded or borrowed and that represent proof that a megawatt-hour (MHz) of electricity was generated from a renewable energy resource.