February 27, 2008

University Senate

Minutes of the Sixth Meeting of the Executive Committee for Academic Year 2007-08
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Picotte Hall at Dundale at 11:30 AM


PRESENT: Dr. Susan Mackey-Kallis, Chairperson; Mr. Brian Murray, Executive Secretary; 
Dr. Sohail Chaudry; Dr. Lowell Gustafson; Mr. John Von Euw; Dr. Barbara Wall

ABSENT: Mr. Robert Dormish (NIA); Mrs. Mary Quilter (NIA); Fr. John P. Stack, OSA (NIA)

Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary
 

 


AGENDA:
I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 25, 2008 MEETING
II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
III. POWER OF INTERPELLATION
IV. RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGING CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE
V. AMENDMENT REGARDING CHANGE IN THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE
VI. PREPARATION OF THE SENATE AGENDA FOR THE MARCH 14, 2008 MEETING 
VII. CONSIDERATION OF SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR THE MARCH 25, 2008 MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
VIII. QUESTIONS FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
IX. DISCUSSION OF GUEST SPEAKERS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETINGS
X. NEW BUSINESS

 


The Executive Committee meeting was called to order by the Chair, Dr. Susan Mackey-Kallis, at 11:30 AM

I. The minutes of the JANUARY 25, 2008 were unanimously approved as submitted. 

II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
 The Chair confirmed that the biannual meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of 
Trustees with the University Senate Executive Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday, 
March 25, 2008 at 3:00 P. M. in Dundale. The meeting between the University Senate
Executive Committee and the President has been scheduled for 2:30 P. M. 

III. POWER OF INTERPELLATION
A question was submitted regarding the Basketball Lottery and eligibility for graduate students to participate in the lottery. John Von Euw, SGA President, explained that the lottery was only for undergraduate students and this was because their undergraduate student fee covered their eligibility for the lottery. Jon Von Euw agreed to answer the question orally at the upcoming Senate meeting. 

IV. RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGING CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE
 
Rules and Review Recommendations for Changes in Constitutional language
 
 
a) Issue Regarding Graduate Student Senator The Rules and Review Committee made a motion to remove the words “graduate school” to be replaced by “a graduate student” in the Constitution, Article 5, Section III. 
 
The phrase” graduate school” has been interpreted in the past to mean a graduate student from the Arts and Science “graduate school. ”The new language makes it clear that the graduate student representative could potentially come from the Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, or VSB graduate programs, but not the Law School, as the Law School already has a Senate student representative. 

b) Replacement of Position of University Vice President The Rules and Review Committee passed a motion as follows:in Article V Section 4, replace the phrase "University Vice President" by "Special Assistant to the President for Mission Effectiveness”.  Since the University Vice President position has been eliminated by the President, and the President has decided to change the Special Assistant to the President for Mission Effectiveness to one of the President’s five standing administrative appointments to the Senate, the Constitutional Language needed to reflect this change. 
 
They also noted the change in amending the wording from “Vice President of Finance” to “Vice President for Administration and Finance” to reflect the new title associated with this position. 
Senator Malloy stated that these small wording changes to the constitution must follow the full amendment process. 

Constitutional Changes A, B and C will be voted on at the next Senate meeting. 

The Executive Committee felt since these changes were previously approved at the 
Rules and Review meeting, that they would be announced at the next Senate meeting 
This will make the university community aware that these changes will be in the next printing of the Constitution. In the interim, the changes will be made on the Senateweb site. 

V. AMENDMENT REGARDING A CHANGE IN THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE
ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE

Rules and Review recommends the following amendment concerning the Academic Policy Committee in Article VIII, Section 2 that a sentence may be added directly after the first sentence which lists the APC membership. The new sentence should read as follows:“A dean may designate an associate or assistant academic dean to attend in his or her stead with full voting authority of the dean. ”

 VI. PREPARATION OF THE SENATE AGENDA FOR THE MARCH 14, 2008 MEETING

Invocation – Sandra Toslosky-Patterer ’93
 
1. Approval of the minutes for the February 8, 2008 meeting


2. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
 Committee for Mission and Social Justice – Dr. Jonathan Doh
 Committee on Faculty – Dr. Q. Chung

3. POWER OF INTERPELLATION
Question submitted by Senator Richard Cullen regarding the Basketball Lottery. John Von 
 Euw will present a brief rationale regarding this issue. 

4. RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGING CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE

Rules and Review Recommendations for Changes in Constitutional language
 
a) Issue Regarding Graduate Student Senator The Rules and Review Committee made a motion to remove the words “graduate school” to be replaced by “a graduate student” in the Constitution, Article 5, Section III. 
 
The phrase” graduate school” has been interpreted in the past to mean a graduate student from the Arts and Science “graduate school. ”The new language makes it clear that the graduate student representative could potentially come from the Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, or VSB graduate programs, but not the Law School, as the Law School already has a Senate student representative. 
 
b) Replacement of Position of University Vice President The Rules and Review Committee passed a motion as follows:in Article V Section 4, replace the phrase "University Vice President" by "Special Assistant to the President for Mission Effectiveness” 
Since the University Vice President position has been eliminated by the President, and the President has decided to change the Vice President for Mission Effectiveness to one of the President’s five standing administrative appointments to the Senate, the Constitutional Language needed to reflect this change. 
 
They also noted the change in amending the wording from “Vice President of Finance” to “Vice President for Administration and Finance” to reflect the new title associated with this position. 
Senator Malloy stated that these small wording changes to the constitution must follow the full amendment process. 
 
Constitutional Changes A, B and C will be voted on at the next Senate meeting. 
 
The Executive Committee felt since these changes were previously approved at the 

 Rules and Review meeting, that they would be announced at the next Senate meeting 
This will make the university community aware that these changes will be in the nextprinting of the Constitution. In the interim, the changes will be made on the Senateweb site. 

5. AMENDMENT REGARDING CHANGE IN MEMBERSHIP ON THE ACADEMIC POLICY 
 COMMITTEE

Rules and Review recommends the following amendment concerning the Academic Policy Committee in Article VIII, Section 2 that a sentence may be added directly after the first sentence which lists the APC membership. The new sentence should read as follows:“A dean may designate an associate or assistant academic dean to attend in his or her stead with full voting authority of the dean. ”
 
VII. CONSIDERATION OF SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR THE MARCH 25, 2008 MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

1) Could Father provide us with a list of the benchmark schools regarding admissions? As well, as faculty and staff salary compensation for each of the four colleges, including the Law School?
2)A suggested proposal for a forum to discuss retirement, maternity leave and evaluation ofRank and Tenure with a projected date for next Spring. 
3)When are we prepared to move on to a final version of the Master Plan? Would Father consider hosting a forum for the campus community to provide input on the reaction to the plans that are on the web?In addition, the information for these forums will be on a web site so that those involved in this forum will come informed. 

 VIII. QUESTIONS FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

1)What are the goals for the Endowment?
2)What is the Board looking for in terms of new leadership of the Development Office as we move into the aftermath of the previous campaign?
3)Are they anticipating another Capital campaign?
4)Is there any projection as to when the next campaign will be launched and what would be its goals?

IX. DISCUSSION OF GUEST SPEAKERS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETINGS
Dr. Robert Langran, the first Chair of the Senate, will speak at the Organizational meeting

X. NEW BUSINESS
There was no new business at this time. 

There being no further business, the committee adjourned at 1:20 P. M. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2008 at 11:30 AM in Picotte Hall at Dundale
 
Sincerely,
 
Brian M. Murray

Executive Secretary


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