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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

February 26, 2004

Number 6

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Beckman presiding.

All members were present except Senators Dicioccio, Glasow, Hicks, Morin, Oviatt, Ramsay, Rowinski, Thiem, Varki and Westin; Vice Presidents Barrett, Beagle and Dougan; Deans Farmer, Mazze, McKinney, Richmond and Taggart (Vice Provosts McCray and Trubatch; Deans Joseph and Seemann were represented by their designees); Mr. Lopes and Mr. Sutherland.

2. Chairperson Beckman asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 29, 2004. There were none.

Chairperson Beckman ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Beckman announced that Senator Wayne Lee from the College of Engineering was taking his seat at that meeting and welcomed him to the Senate.

    Chairperson Beckman said that she also wanted to welcome Mr. Thomas Murphy who would join the Senate at a special forum on his portfolio decision model. She said that Mr. Murphy has also agreed to work with groups of Senators as representatives of the faculty on developing specific criteria for URI. She announced that he had already met with one group that morning and would meet with two additional groups of Senators after the spring break.

  2. Chairperson Beckman reminded the Senate that the deadline for nominations for the URI Foundation Excellence Awards was the following day, February 27, 2004 at 4:00 pm.

  3. Chairperson Beckman expressed appreciation to Dean Edward Mazze of the College of Business Administration for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception after that afternoon's Faculty Senate meeting. She encouraged members of the Senate to come to the University Club that afternoon.

  4. Chairperson Beckman said that she wanted to take the opportunity to announce officially that Senator Faye Boudreaux-Bartels has agreed to serve as Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate for the remainder of the current academic year. She expressed her appreciation and that of the rest of the members of the Executive Committee to Senator Boudreaux-Bartels for her willingness to take over this important position, previously held by Senator Mary Hollinshead.

B. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels encouraged members of the Senate to read the minutes and other communications from the Executive Committee. She explained that by doing so Senators would be informed about the Executive Committee's activities and concerns and, therefore, better equipped to represent their colleagues.

Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #16, #17, #18 and #19 appeared on pages 3-12 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels and Chairperson Beckman responded to questions about the minutes

C. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels said that the minutes of the December 4 and December 18, 2003 meetings of the JSPC appeared on pages 13-17 of the Agenda and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

D. Vice Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels announced that before she moved approval of the Executive Committee's recommendations on committees, she wanted to add the following item:

c. Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee

The Executive Committee recommends that the Faculty Senate approve the appointment of Professor Bruce Marti, MAF, to the CBUM Committee for a term ending in spring 2005.

She then moved approval of the Executive Committee's recommendations on pages 18-19 of the Agenda as revised. The motion carried.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that, as indicated on the Agenda, he had approved Senate Bills #03-04--15, #03-04--16 and #03-04--17 and had supported Resolution #03-04--2.

B. President Carothers reported on the Governor's Budget for fiscal year '05 as reflected in the State of the Budget Address and possible implications for URI. He then responded to questions from members of the Senate.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Professor Kaufman moved approval of the Four Hundred Twentieth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee: Proposal to Reorganize the Department Structure of the College of Pharmacy which appeared on pages 20-22 of the Agenda.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

B. Professor Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Twenty-First Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 23-24 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Senator Feldman made an editorial correction to Section I.

Professor Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval with an editorial correction to item C, 3.

Discussion ensued.

At the request of Senator Jackson, Chairperson Beckman divided the motion into two parts: items A, C, D and E as the first part and item B as the second part.

Following discussion, the motion to approve Section II, items A, C, D and E carried.

Discussion of item B resumed.

After discussion, Senator Wenisch moved that item B be removed from the report.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

C. Associate Dean Kulberg presented Curricular Report No. 2003-04-5 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 25 of the Agenda. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Associate Dean Kulberg said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

D. Senator Jackson moved approval of the University College and General Education Committee Reports #2003-04-4 and #2003-4-5, which appeared as items C and D on pages 26-27 and on pages 28-29 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion to approve University College and General Education Committee Report #2003-04-4 and University College and General Education Committee Report #2003-04-5 carried,

6. SPECIAL FORUM

Chairperson Beckman introduced Mr. Tomas Murphy, who presented his decision portfolio model using a series of slides. During his presentation, Mr. Murphy responded to questions from the floor.

Chairperson Beckman circulated among members of the Senate blank "sign-up sheets" of four possible meeting times for two meetings during the week of March 15. Senators were encouraged to sign up for as many times as they might be available to attend because only two meetings with Senators were to be scheduled.

When the time for the meeting expired, Chairperson Beckman thanked Mr. Murphy and encouraged Senators to participate in the two meetings that were to be scheduled for the week of March 15.

Chairperson Beckman invited members of the Senate and others in attendance to the reception at the University Club sponsored by Dean Mazze.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman