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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #31

May 3, 2007

1. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2007, in the Provost's conference room in Green Hall, Vice Chairperson Luebke presiding. All members were present except Chairperson Rice.

2. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Vice Chairperson Luebke announced that Professor Alexa Albert from the Department of Sociology had died the previous day. She said that the burial would be private and that a memorial service will be planned at a later date. Vice Chairperson Luebke explained that Professor Albert was the wife of Professor Yngve Ramstad from the Department of Economics.

Senator Miller announced that the funeral service for Lynne Matoney, wife of Professor Joseph Matoney from the College of Business Administration, was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Christ the King Church in Kingston.

b. Ms. Grubman announced that Library Dean Candidates' interviews are scheduled for Galanti Lounge as follows:

Tuesday, May 7 3:45 - David Maslyn
Monday, May 14 at 4:00 - Richard Coughlin
Friday, May 18 at 4:00 - Robert Danford

She said that she had been informed that additional information would be forthcoming.

c. Ms. Grubman reported that both amendments to the Constitution had been approved in the recent referendum.

d. Senator Miller reported on the May 1 meeting of the Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee. He said that he had heard part of the presentation on the proposal for the URI Center for Molecular Toxicology, which had been well received and approved by the committee.

He also reported on a presentation on the AlcoholEDU program at Rhode Island College. He said that the project was an online education program for incoming freshmen, which appeared to reduce the spike in drinking that is seen nationally.

e. The Executive Committee commented on the proposed reorganization of functions under Vice Provost/Vice President for Research which had been forwarded to them by Vice Provost Alfonso after their April 26 meeting with him.

f. The Executive Committee discussed an e-mail from Senator Rosen regarding difficulties resulting from Final Exam scheduling. It was agreed that Senator Rosen's concerns should be referred to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.

3. The Executive Committee discussed the draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #8, May 10, 2007. Ms. Grubman explained that there were some last minute details that had to be resolved, but that she hoped the Agenda would go to Printing Services that afternoon.

The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to inform Senators that while the Nominating Committee had forwarded an unopposed slate of candidates, nominations could be made at the meeting if the nominees were consulted in advance. If no nominations were forthcoming, the slate could be approved by acclamation, as had been done the previous spring.

4. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following continuing issues:

a. JSPC: It was noted that the last JSPC meeting for the 2006-07 Faculty Senate Executive Committee was scheduled for that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Agenda included updates on the FY'08 Budget Allocation, the NEASC self-study, and the status of administrative searches, as well as progress on the Central Falls initiative.

b. Committee Appointments: Ms. Grubman announced that the annual call for volunteers for Senate Committees should be in Friday's or Monday's mail. She said that she sent an electronic copy to all Senators whose terms had expired in April and intended to send it electronically to all Senators on May 11. She said that she had contacted members of the Provost's ad hoc Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Advisory Committee (SLIAAC) to learn who might be interested in continuing on the new Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee (LOOC). Ms. Grubman reported that the two new joint committees LOOC and the Joint Classroom Steering Committee (JCSC) had been added to the committees list.

c. NEASC Accreditation: Senator Kowalski reported that most of the self-study drafts were now available on the web for review. Senator Barbour said that open forums to answer questions and discuss the drafts were scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the large conference on the second floor of Green Hall.

It was suggested that another open forum be scheduled in the Cherry Auditorium of the Kirk Building immediately prior to the May 10 Faculty Senate Meeting.

5. The Executive Committee agreed to discuss issues that should be brought to the attention of the 2007-08 FSEC at their next meeting. They also and considered the possibility of having a joint meeting early in the summer to acquaint the new members of the committee with the issues that the 2007-08 Executive Committee was likely to encounter.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman