Index – February 6, 2012

Center for International Studies: Hamblin

Space Administration Update: Halle

Faculty Club discussion

   Exhibit A: For Approval  2/13/12

FACULTY SENATE

Minutes of February 6, 2012

 

Call to Order

Karen Stout, Faculty Senate President, called the 2011-2012 Senate to order at 4:04 pm. Stout welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators along with nine (9) others for a total of thirty-four (34).  (See Roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes: Senators accepted the Senate minutes of January 23, 2012.

President Stout reported:

§  The next “Humans vs. Zombies” game will take place on the weekend of February 18 and 19;

§  Stout will be going on “good will” tours in meetings with governance committees;

§  Email surveys regarding administrative review will go out shortly and will provide an option if faculty only have minimal interaction with the administrator.  Response data is entirely controlled by the Senate.

 

Reports

President Shepard reported that:

§  Budget issues are still somewhat murky;  in recent discussions he assured Senators that he is no longer considering program eliminations or major reductions in the near future regardless of budget cuts;

§  Shepard commented on the many emails he received in which faculty students and parents responded compassionately to the recent student suicide.

Steve Garfinkle, UFWW President, reported that collective bargaining agreement negotiations have begun.

§  Garfinkle expressed appreciation to the hard work of the ten member faculty bargaining team.

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP Academics reported that:

§  Mayor Kelli Linville attended a recent workshop for women interested in elective campaigning;

§  AS is preparing a resolution regarding the recent marriage equality bill;

§  A second resolution is planned that will seek support in opposing Arizona’s decision to eliminate Mexican-American studies programs from its schools.

 

Center for International Studies – Vicki Hamblin, Director

Hamblin reported on her efforts to turn Western’s mission statement into actions, including taking the following actions to:

§  Simplify the process for transfer credit and transcript issues;

§  Build stronger international partnerships;

§  Make opportunities known with a plan and process for recruiting international students;

§  Internationalize the curriculum. 

Hamblin reported on the need to review and organize the international choices currently available and focus attention on programs which are both cost effective and beneficial to students in the academic programs in which they are enrolled.

 

Space Administration Update:  Francis Halle, Director

Senators heard Francis Halle discuss future planning in light of major capital requests currently being considered.  Included in a 10-year to 15-year plan is the possibility of having all of the Fine and Performing Arts centrally located on High Street; a new interdisciplinary sciences building within the central campus, reconsideration of some of the current science buildings for less stressful usage; updating the wireless LAN; consolidation within Wilson Library; and updating certain portions of Old Main.  Senators urged continued dialogue with faculty members and architects at the earliest phases of planning.

Faculty Club:  Senators discussed the possibility of establishing a functioning Faculty Club, including a no-pay option and a discrete community space available only to faculty that provided a place for work, or thoughtful dialogue with colleagues, and that was open all day to faculty across disciplines.

 

MINUTES FROM SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

          Topic

University Plan& Resources Council

1/11/12

Accepted.  Western Strategic Objectives

Academic Coordin Commission

12/6/11

Accepted.  Report on IPAC purview; Mark Kuntz appointed Vice Chair; curriculum review

Academic Coordin Commission

1/24/12

Accepted.  Curricular teams review college and standing committee minutes

Academic Technology Committee

1/11/12

Accepted.  Student Printing Working Group; ATC STF Review Process

Faculty Senate Library Committee

11/16/11

Accepted.  Collection Team; Senate Presentation; Subscription Cancellations; Orbis Cascade

Faculty Senate Library Committee

1/25/12

Accepted.  Director of Heritage Recourses; Strategic Planning; Minor Cap; Survey Proposal; Acquisitions; Faculty Fund

 

 

Appointments and Elections:   Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, 2011-12 Officer

Appointed via Exec Council approval and reported to the Senate:

To Campus Dining Committee:  Jacquelyn Baker-Sennett, Human Svcs,  through 2014

To Student Publications Council:  Sheila Webb, Theater and Dance

 VACANCIES:  1 Senator for each:  Academic Technology Committee and Senate Library Committee                         

 

Constituent Concerns:  Senators requested that Blackboard be stabilized; it was upgraded one day during the weekend but was not functioning for a much longer period of time.

Senators were reminded that the Senate would meet next Monday, February 13 in lieu of the following Monday which is the President’s Day holiday.

ADJOURNMENT

Senators moved to adjourn at 5:42 pm without caucus.

January 23, 2012 – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

__________________________________

Kathleen Saunders, Secretary, 2011-2012

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2011-2012

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

 

 

Senate President 2011-2012

1

Craig Moyer

Biology

P

A

 

Karen Stout, President

2

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Appts&Elects

Geology

P

A

 

Spencer Anthonry-Cahill, VP& Parliamentarian (Interim)

3

Kathleen Saunders,  Secty

Anthro

P

B

 

  

4

Paul Chen

Comm

P

B

 

Ex Officio

 

5

Sheila Webb

Journalism

P

C

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

6

Sandra Alfers

M&CL

P

C

2

Catherin Riordan, Provost & VP Academic Affairs

--

7

(Milaca Jelaca Jovanovich elected today)

Music

--

D

 

Dean

 

8

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

P

D

 

                                

 

9

Steve Henson

Economics

P

E

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

10

Mark Springer**

DecisionSci

P

E

1

Scott Pearce, PastPres, Exec NV

P

11

David O Wallin

Huxley

P

G

2

Daniel Boxberger, FacLegRep  2011-12. Exec

--

12

Donald Larsen

Woodring

P

H

3

SteveGarfinkle, President, UFWW

P

13

Don Burgess (for Chuck Lambert)

SMATE

P

H

4

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP-Academics

P

14

Paul Piper

Libraries

P

I

 

Recorder

 

15

Karen Stout, Senate President

At-Large

P

Al

5

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Senate office

P

 

Senators whose terms end in 2013

 

Guests

16

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, VP (Interim)

Chem

P

A

1

Roger Anderson, Chair, ACC (Exec)

P

17

David Hirsch

Geology

--

A

2

Vicki Hamblin, Director, Ctr for International Studies

P

18

Andreas Riemann

Physics/Astron

P

A

3

Francis Halle, Director, Space Administration

P

19

Stephanie Treneer

Math

P

A

4

Maya Price, Distinguished Student Emp: Senate

P

20

Jim Graham

Psychology

P

B

 

 

 

21

Vicki Hsueh, Exec At Lg (Interim)

Poli Science

P

B

 

 

 

22

Charles Sylvester

PEHR

P

C

 

 

 

23

Cecile Hanania

M&CL

--

C

 

 

 

24

Hud Hudson

Philosophy

P

C

 

 

 

25

Sean Murphy

Liberal Studies

P

C

 

Senators Present

25

26

Anne Lobeck (for Johann Neem)

Eng

--

C

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

27

Deb Currier

Theater Dance

P

D

 

Ex Officio

1

28

David Gilbertson

Accounting

P

E

 

PastPres, LegLiaison, UFWW, ASVP , Recorder

4

29

Babafemi Akinrinade

Fairhaven

P

F

 

Guests

4

30

Kate Wayne

Elem Ed

--

H

 

TOTALS:  February 6, 2012 

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