Minutes of the University Senate Meeting
February 3, 2011
The February meeting of the University Senate was held at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Kathy Smart presided.†
The following members of the Senate were present:
The following members of the Senate were absent:
††††† The following announcements were made:
Ms. Smart asked for corrections or additions to the minutes of the December 2, 2010 meeting; hearing none, the minutes were approved as distributed.
The question period was opened at 4:25 p.m.
The question period closed at 4:30 p.m.
Ms. Smart presented the annual reports of the Senate Legislative Affairs Committee, Standing Committee on Faculty Rights, Senate Essential Studies Committee, and the Senate Summer Sessions Committee, asking if there were questions about the reports. Hearing none, Mr. Stofferahn moved adoption in toto. There was a second by Mr. Munski. The motion was approved.
Mr. Stofferahn moved the addition of a resolution to the business calendar. Mr. Gerbert seconded, and the motion passed with a vote of 45 for, 5 against and 1 abstention.
Ms. Campbell presented the Curriculum Committee report and moved approval. Mr. Munski seconded the motion and the report was approved unanimously.
Margaret Moore Jackson presented information for an honorary doctoral degree to be awarded in May 2011. Mr. Murphy moved approval. Mr. Stolt seconded the motion. The Honorary Degree was approved unanimously and will be sent on for the additional steps in the process.
Mr. Kitzes moved permission for Tom Steen to speak. The motion was seconded by Mr. Gerbert and approved with a vote of 51 for and 1 abstention. Mr. Steen described the process over the last two years in the development of the North Dakota General Education Council, first by the various NDUS institutions and now including the tribal and private institutions. The group has developed a constitution that is being reviewed and ratified by the various institutions.†† He reported that the Essential Studies Committee has voted to ratify the constitution. Mr. Steen requested that the senators ratify the North Dakota General Education Council Constitution and thus support the establishment of the group. He described three outcomes of ratification: 1) a central group for faculty development efforts in general education; 2) a forum for discussing conceptual issues for treating general education as a program in and of itself; and 3) a forum for general education discussions across the state. Mr. Murphy asked about the lack of a president-elect, which could contribute to the loss of institutional memory. Mr. Steen accepted the comment, but the document must be approved as a total document. Mr. Kitzes moved ratification. Mr. Stofferahn seconded, and the constitution was ratified with a vote of 52 for and 2 against.
Mr. Stofferahn presented and moved adoption of a resolution regarding the nickname and logo. Ms. Rakow seconded the motion. Mr. Stofferahn described the resolution that is a re-draft of the Student Senate document in opposition to the three House bills, 1208, 1257, and 1263. Mr. Murphy indicated his opposition to the third whereas paragraph on athletics. There was discussion of the paragraph. Mr. Moen moved to amend the resolution and strike the third whereas clause. The motion was seconded by Mr. Gerbert and approved with a vote of 42 for, 7 against and 2 abstentions. After additional discussion of the resolution, the vote was taken and the resolution was approved with a vote of 45 for, 1 against and 5 abstentions.†
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Suzanne Anderson, Secretary to the Senate