Minutes - May 6, 2009

Minutes - May 6, 2009

XLIV, No. 2


May 06, 2009

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Stephanie Chamberlain (Chair), Sophia Scott (Chair-Elect), Janice Ward (Membership Chair), Rick Althaus, Julie Banks, David Briggs, Kathy Conway, Kevin Dickson, Marc Fulgham, Bruce Hathaway, Elaine Jackson, Alan Journet, Don Jung, Daniel MacLeay, David Naugler, Walt Paquin, Alberta Sautter (Alternate), Joyce Renaud, Rick Sebby, Kathy Smith, Seidu Sofo, Raj Somarajan, Sven Svenson, Larry Underberg, Carol Veneziano, Haohao Wang, and Victor Wilburn.

Absent and not represented by their Alternates were: Mike Cobb, Phil Nacy, and Willie Redmond.


Senator Ward was elected as the Membership Committee Chair.


Chair Chamberlain reported that she, Senator Ambery, and Senator McGill met with the Membership Committee Monday to finalize the ballot for the Provost Search Committee. The ballot was posted online Tuesday at 1 PM. The voting will end Friday May 8th. If necessary, a run off ballot will commence Tuesday.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee are scheduled to meet with the Provost Friday to discuss summer contracts.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she met with the Council of Deans. She indicated that she reported on the Provost Search Committee and the resolution against concealed weapons.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she attended Common Hour. The speaker was Tom Kelley. He spoke on the background of the sustainability movement. Chair Chamberlain indicated that Mr. Kelley was positive about the Presidents Climate Commitment. She indicated that he suggested that the University would incur no costs associated with signing the Presidents Climate Commitment. In fact, his institution, the University of New Hampshire, had realized cost savings.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she attended the Budget Review Committee meeting. Kathy Mangels indicated that legislature had not yet finalized the budget. The University needs $900,000 for next year's budget. There will be no salary increases for faculty or staff. Executive staff did not request raises either. Chair Chamberlain reported that Ms. Mangels indicated that the Board of Regents could still approve a raise for the Executive staff. The next Board meeting is in June.

Senator Althaus asked if Chair Chamberlain had heard from the President regarding the resolution concerning the online waiver form. Chair Chamberlain indicated that during a meeting with the Executive Committee, the President had expressed displeasure. He indicated that he would not rescind the letter. He suggested that he might put into writing his promise to oversee any potential abuses to the assignment of online courses.

Chair Chamberlain reported that she hopes to have the Membership Committee meet this summer to populate the legislative and reporting committees.


The meeting adjourned at 3:51 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be September 2, 2009 in the Dempster Auditorium at 3:00 PM.

Approved September 16, 2009