Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
September 4, 2008
The September meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2008 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Jon Jackson presided.
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
Sens, Mary Ann
Wilson, H. David
The following announcements were made:
Smith, who passed away over the summer.
The chair asked for corrections or additions to the May 1, 2008 minutes. Hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The question period was opened at 4:51 p.m.
Ms. Potvin asked to whom comments on the Promotion and Tenure Report should be addressed. Mr. Petros indicated they should be sent to him as chair of the Committee. Mr. Weisenstein commented on the background for establishing the Committee and thanked the Committee members for their good work on a difficult task.
The question period was closed at 4:53 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Perkins, and seconded by Ms. DeMers, to accept and file the Senate Honorary Degrees Committee annual report. The motion was approved.
The election for vice chair/chair elect of Senate was opened. Mark Hoffman and Wendelin Hume were presented as nominees. There was a call for nominations from the floor and Dexter Perkins was nominated. The Senate voted and Wendelin Hume was elected.
During the elections, Mr. Jackson oriented the senators on their duties. The Senate exercises business under authority of the University Council to act on behalf of the University. Committees perform work of the Senate. He stressed the value of student participation in Senate business and committees. The standing rules were reviewed. Highlights of Sturgis parliamentary order were reviewed.
The election of a faculty representative for a two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee was opened. Van Doze and Kathy Smart were presented as nominees. There was a call for nominations from the floor and Donald Poochigian was nominated. The Senate voted and Kathy Smart was elected.
The election of two members for Committee on Committees was opened. Janice Goodwin, Sherryl Houdek and David Lawrence were presented as nominees. There was a call for nominations from the floor and none were presented. The Senate voted and Janice Goodwin and Sherryl Houdek were elected.
The election of the student representative for Senate Executive Committee was opened. Tyrone Grandstrand was presented as the nominee. There was a motion by Mr. Munski and a second by Ms. Elsinga to accept the ballot by acclamation. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Jackson presented the list of August candidates for degrees. Mr. Poochigian moved approval and Mr. Haskins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Goodwin, on behalf of the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights, gave an update on the SBHE Policy 605.4 changes. The Committee worked for two years on the originally approved procedure. Ms. Goodwin presented additional changes regarding the implementation of SBHE 605.4 at UND involving the paper review procedure. There was a motion by Mr. Haskins and a second by Mr. Perkins to approve the changes. Mr. Sun pointed out that there were typographical errors. Mr. Haskins and Mr. Perkins accepted correcting those errors as a friendly amendment. The motion was approved with a vote of 52 for and 2 abstentions.
The meeting adjourned at 5:26 p.m.
Secretary to the Senate