The September meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2003 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Jan Goodwin presided until Walter Tschacher was elected as the new Chair, at which time Mr. Tschacher 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. Ms. Goodwin recognized William Sheridan. Mr. Sheridan announced that the Faculty Research Seed Monies will be available again this fall. Between $300,000 and $400,000 will be awarded, and guidelines for submission will be announced soon.
B. Mr. Rice announced that the North Central Association visit is scheduled for October 20-22, 2003. The team will be arriving the weekend before and they will be taking a close look at the University. The self-study report has been published and ready for their visit. An executive summary will be published and distributed widely on campus soon. If someone does not receive one and wishes one, contact Mr. Rice. He asked for the cooperation of everyone for the visit, and that any questions should be directed to him. Mr. Ettling recognized the extraordinary work of Mr. Rice and the others on the team in the preparation of this report and for the visit. Mr. Kupchella added his thanks. He stated that this visit will begin a reconsideration of our strategic plan and will lead us into the future.
C. Mr. Kupchella announced that the State of the University address and the University Council meeting will be held on September 17, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom and he invited all senators to attend.
D. Ms. Goodwin announced the activities scheduled for Employee Recognition week September 15-19, 2003.
E. The alumni association is sponsoring the Innovation Showcase, Friday, September 26 at the Alerus Center. Departments and colleges are encouraged to have a booth to display innovations. In the afternoon there will be a workshop call "Grow UND" to help develop action plans to grow UND departments. Contact the alumni association for more information.
F. Ms. Goodwin updated the Senate on summer events. The State Board of Higher Education approved the new UND Constitution at their June meeting. Because of the changes to the Constitution, the Senate membership has increased. Ms. Goodwin recognized and welcomed the new senators to the meeting.
G. Ms. Goodwin announced policies approved by the President during the summer which included policies on incomplete grades, grade changes, in-progress grades, admission, readmission, teaching evaluation, and faculty resignation. The President approved the copyright policy with one exception: he recommends that the minimum percentage awarded to the faculty be the amount proposed by the Intellectual Property Committee. This has been returned to this committee for review.
H. Mr. Kupchella announced that the NDUS Chancellor has resigned, and an interim will be named and a national search will begin soon. The President announced that the State Board of Higher Education will meet here during the week of homecoming September 25 and 26. He was sure the Board will want to meet with faculty and students. If anyone wishes to be part of that meeting he/she should notify the President.
The Chair asked for corrections or additions to the April 24, May 1 and May 8, 2003 minutes. There being none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The Chair opened the question period at 4:26 p.m. There were no questions.
Ms. Goodwin, on behalf of the Committee on Committees, presented the Committee's nominations for Chair of the Senate: David Marshall and Walter Tschacher. The Chair called for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Mr. Tschacher was elected Senate Chair.
The Chair presented the Committee on Committee's nominations for Vice Chair of the Senate: Richard Crawford, Wendelin Hume and Charles Robertson. The Chair called for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Mr. Crawford was elected Senate Vice Chair.
The Chair presented the Committee on Committee's nominations for a two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee: Al Fivizzani and James Mochoruk. The Chair called for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Mr. Fivizzani was elected.
The Chair presented the Committee on Committee's nominations for two representatives on the Committee on Committees: Jan Goodwin, Paul Lindseth and David Perry. The Chair asked for nominations from the floor; there were none. The Senate voted and Ms. Goodwin and Mr. Perry were elected.
The Chair presented the nominee to serve a one-year term as student representative on the Senate Executive Committee: Adam Baker. Ms. Jenniges moved to suspend the rules to cast a unanimous ballot for Mr. Baker. The motion was approved unanimously and Mr. Baker was elected.
Ms. Krogh moved to accept the slate of Summer 2003 candidates for graduation. The motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Bridewell gave an orientation on the Senate which is available on-line on the Senate web site at: www.und.edu/dept/registrar/senate. The topics covered included the information available on the web site, the parliamentary rules used, the responsibilities of the Senate and of senators. Mr. Bridewell also discussed the role of Senate committees.
A motion was made to approve the report from the Curriculum Committee. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Goodwin reported on the progress of the alternative course evaluation system that the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies is developing. It is moving forward and a demonstration should be available soon.
Mr. Baker reported that an evaluation of Pick-a-Prof will be done by the Student Government sometime before the contract is due for renewal and that he will share this evaluation with the Senate.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
Nancy Krogh, Secretary to the Senate