September 6, 2001
The September meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2001, in room 7, Gamble Hall. Randy Lee presided until David Perry was elected the new Chair, at which time Mr. Perry presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
A. Mr. Lee reminded the Senate that this year's and last year's Senate members are invited to a reception at the President's residence.
B. Mr. Lee stated that there are a number of committee vacancies that have been filled by the Committee on Committees. The list was not available and will be announced at the next meeting. He announced some remaining vacancies and encouraged members to contact a member of the Committee on Committees if they have a nomination for a vacancy.
C. Mr. Ettling introduced Martha Potvin, the new Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and also announced that Joseph Benoit is the new Dean of the Graduate School.
D. Mr. Lee reminded the Senate that the Constitutional Revision Committee will report their work this year.
E. Mr. Lee reported on behalf of James Grijalva, that the Council of College Faculties will host its Annual State of the Faculty Conference in Grand Forks on September 21-22. Mr. Lee also reported for Mr. Grijalva that the Board has recently made two policy changes on tuition waivers and performance evaluation. He then asked that the Senate be aware of pending Board action on intellectual property, faculty grievance and due process, tuition policy, and changes to the academic policy manual.
The Chair asked for corrections or additions to the May 3, 2001 minutes. There being none the minutes were approved.
The Chair opened the question period at 4:22 p.m. Mr. Poochigian moved to express Senate appreciation of Mr. Lee's service as Senate Chair. Mr. Gagnon seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Lee, for the Committee on Committees, presented the Committee's nominations for Chair of the Senate: Susan Jeno and David Perry. The Chair called for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Mr. Perry was elected Senate Chair.
Mr. Perry, for the Committee on Committees, presented the Committee's nominations for Vice Chair of the Senate: Jon Jackson and Curt Stofferahn. The Chair called for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Mr. Stofferahn was elected Senate Vice Chair.
Mr. Perry, for the Committee on Committees, presented the Committee's nominations for a one-year term on the Senate Executive Committee: John Bridewell and Greg Gagnon. Jon Jackson was nominated from the floor. The Senate voted and Mr. Bridewell was elected.
Mr. Perry, for the Committee on Committees, presented the Committee's nominations for two representatives on the Committee on Committees: Mary Askim and Thomasine Heitkamp. The Chair asked for nominations from the floor. Mr. Poochigian moved to elect them unanimously and Mr. Mochoruk seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously and Ms. Askim and Ms. Heitkamp were elected.
Mr. Perry, for the Committee on Committees, and Matt Brown, Student Body President, presented the nominee to serve a one-year term on the Senate Executive Committee: Mike Cleveland. Mr. Stofferahn moved to cast a unanimous ballot and Ms. Elsinga seconded. The motion carried unanimously and Mr. Cleveland was elected.
Mr. Perry introduced Bill Sheridan as chair of the Ad Hoc Senate Faculty Seed Money Plan Committee. Mr. Sheridan gave a summary of the committee's membership and of its work to date. He noted that the Ad Hoc Committee and the Senate Executive Committee met over the summer and agreed to send to all faculty on campus the document included as Attachment #2 with the agenda. Mr. Petros moved to accept the plan, and Mr. Mochoruk seconded. Discussion ensued. Mr. Murphy moved to remove the words "high-tech" from item 2 under "Community - Economic and Other Benefits to Grand Forks and the Region" in the plan so that it would read "Enhanced attractiveness of the City for recruitment of new industry." Mr. Gagnon seconded. Discussion continued. A point of order was made for a vote on the amendment. The Senate voted and the amendment was approved unanimously. After continued discussed the Chair called for a vote and the motion was approved by a unanimous vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate