Minutes - April 21, 2004

Minutes - April 21, 2004

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Paul Lloyd (presiding), Susan Swartwout, Rusty Curtis, Rick Althaus, Warren Anderson, David Bibb, Janice Chadha, Jim Champine, Ronald Clayton, Michael Cobb, Dan Dunavan, Craig Elder, Roy Farris, Bruce Hathaway, Linda Heitman, Arrick Jackson, Ted Loso, Anne Marietta, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, David Naugler, Craig Roberts, Nicholas Tibbs, Mohan Tikoo, Larry Underberg, and Min Zou.

Jane Stephens, Alternate David Smith, Senator-elect Martha Zlokovich, Senate Secretary Paula Cunningham, Student Government President Adam Schaefer, and Student Government Representative to the Faculty Senate Ryan Kloeppel also attended.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Mary Ann DeLine, Craig Elder, Al Hayward, and Terry Sutton.

Report from the Chair

  • Paula Cunningham, Faculty Senate secretary, was recognized and congratulated on Administrative Professionals' Day.
  • Martha Zlokovich, Senator-elect from the Psychology Department, was introduced to the Senate.
  • Senator Farris' Faculty Senate farewell reception was a time of sharing fond memories and recognizing his thirty years of dedicated service to the University. Several of his family members were present to add their own appreciation of Roy's service beyond self. Thanks are extended to all who attended.
  • The Senior farewell picnic and softball game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 4:30 p.m. at Capaha Park . . . Faculty are encouraged to attend.
  • Committee Annual Reports will be presented at the April 28 Senate meeting. It is requested that reports be e-mailed to Paula by April 26 so that they can be posted on the Senate website.
  • The University Budget Review Committee will meet in a marathon session on Friday, May 7.
  • Senator Heitman updated the Senate about healthcare issues. A website for the Health Care Task Force is under construction. May 5, during Common Hour, an open Forum is scheduled for the campus community.
  • The Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 23, 2004, at 10:30 a.m.

Approval of the Minutes
The minutes of April 7, 2004, (Vol. XXXVIII, No. 14) were approved with editorial changes.

Report from the Admistrative Liaison
The University Planning Committee will hold an open forum on Thursday, April 29, 2004, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. The topics will include the current draft of the Strategic Plan, including priorities and goals developed by subcommittees of the University Planning Committee. The current draft is posted on the Provost's website.

Report from the Student Government Liaison
Student Government Representative to the Faculty Senate Ryan Kloeppel reported the results of the Student Government election: Dane Huxel, President; Rebecca Langan, Vice President; and Tim Eagan, Treasurer.

On April 12, 2004, the Student Government passed a resolution by a vote of 15 to 5 that recommends that the Board of Regents terminate Southeast's membership in the Student Association of Missouri and the corresponding $1 per semester student fee. President Adam Schaefer elaborated that a majority of Student Senators believe that the Student Government can provide many of the same functions currently provided by S.A.M., such as letter writing drives, voter registration, and visits to the capitol, without the additional cost to students. He also noted that Truman State University students recently passed a referendum making a similar suggestion to their Board of Governors. Currently, Missouri Western State College is the only institution with full member status in S.A.M. that has not passed a resolution recommending withdrawal from S.A.M. President Schaefer also praised the Faculty Senate for their hard work during the year, especially Faculty Senate Representative to the Student Government Dr. Michael Best, who contributed significantly to maintaining effective lines of communication with the Student Government.

Old Business

General Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program
Senator Tibbs, chair of the Compensation Committee, distributed an updated draft of the General Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program. Following discussion, since the draft did not contain cost data, a friendly amendment was accepted that the draft be attached to a letter to President Dobbins requesting his response to the plan.

Sense of the Senate Regarding the Cap on Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Senator Althaus, chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, had distributed the resolution at the April 7, 2004, meeting for discussion today. Senator Althaus moved and Senator Tikoo seconded a motion that the resolution be passed. Senator Althaus noted that the cap was changed from 15% to 20% due to the financial emergency. The purpose of the resolution is to request the return of the cap to 15% as soon as judiciously possible when the financial emergency ends. The resolution passed.

Resolution Concerning Criminal Background Checks for New Faculty
Senator Althaus, chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, had distributed the resolution at the April 7, 2004, meeting. Senator Althaus moved and Senator Bibb seconded a motion to pass the resolution. Senator Naugler noted that as a member of the University committee charged to develop a background check policy, the question from where or whom did the need for criminal background checks arise was not answered. It was also noted that the consent form does not have an item where the candidate can self-report and explain a prior felony conviction. The Provost said the form was prepared by University lawyers, who would not agree to such an item. The resolution passed.

Academics First
Ed Leoni and Melissa Muth of the Academics First Committee reported on the committee's deliberations. Senators Lloyd and Swartwout also are members of the committee.

The committee stressed the importance of academics and athletics working together. A handout titled “Success in Scholarship/Success in Sports” was distributed. Several strategies were listed for publicizing the work of the faculty at a variety of sporting events.

Ed Leoni and Don Kaverman addressed the mascot issue. The University Mascot Committee, after careful deliberation, decided that the University needs to change the nick names of the University athletic teams from Indians and Otahkians if it wants to market a mascot. Possible names include Red Wolves, Red Hawks, Redbirds, Sentinels, and Explorers.

Senator Roberts requested that the rules be suspended to permit a vote on supporting the change in the Athletics Teams' nicknames and to discus the Governance Committee's recommendations on procedures for grievances. Senator Anderson moved and Senator Mims seconded a motion to suspend the rules to consider both items of new business. The motion passed.

A motion was made by Senator Swartwout, and seconded by Senator Champine, that the Senate support retiring the team nicknames "Indians" and "Otahkians." The motion passed.

Senator Roberts, chair of the Governance Committee, distributed the Governance Committee's recommendations regarding (A) the grievance case brought to the Senate's attention on April 7, 2004; (B) a proposed revision to the Faculty Senate's by-law of the Grievance Committee's charge; and (C) an item for next year's Governance Committee's agenda. Due to the time-sensitive nature of the current grievance case, Senator Roberts noted that recommendation (A) must be voted on at this Faculty Senate meeting; whereas, the remaining two recommendations may be considered at a subsequent Faculty Senate meeting. Senator Roberts moved and Senator Underberg seconded a motion to approve the following recommendation.

A.Recommendation regarding the case brought to the Senate's attention on April 7, 2004.

  1. All documentation be forwarded immediately to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
  2. On or before April 28, 2004, the Senate Executive Committee prepare a specific recommendation for resolving the case that is based on the Grievance Committee's report, and the Senate Executive Committee communicate the recommendation to the appropriate decision maker(s) or decision-making body(ies) for timely action.
  3. The Senate Executive Committee will report to the Senate that steps 1 and 2 have been completed at the April 28, 2004, Senate meeting.

The motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

The last Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year will be Wednesday, April 28, 2004, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The first hour will be the conclusion of the “old” Senate, and the “new” Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. to elect officers.

APRIL 28, 2004
3:00 P.M.

I.Approval of Vol. XXXVIII 38-15 Minutes

II.Report from the Chair

III.Recognition of Retiring Senators

III.Report from the Administrative Liaison

IV.Year End Committee Reports

  1. Academic Affairs – Mohan Tikoo
  2. Compensation – Nick Tibbs
  3. Documents - Ann Marietta
  4. Governance - Craig Roberts
  5. Grants & Research -- Bill Snell
  6. Grievance – Larry Underberg
  7. HealthCare – Linda Heitman
  8. Johnson Faculty Centre Susan Swartwout
  9. Professional Affairs - Rick Althaus

V.Old Business


***New Faculty Senate Meeting
4:00 p.m. Missouriana Room
April 28, 2004

4:00 P.M.
April 28, 2004

I.Introduction of New Senators

II.Election of Chair Elect

III.Election of Membership Committee

***Next Faculty Senate Meeting
3:00 p.m. May 5, 2004
Missouriana Room