The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Martin presiding.
All members were present except Senators Baudet, Baxter, Betensky, Blanthorne, Dholakia, Forrester, Gordon, Lasky, R. Lee, Y. Lee, Roworth, Sodhi, Wilson and Wishner; President Carothers, Vice Presidents Beagle and Weygand; Vice Provost Bozylinsky (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Higgins, Joseph, Maslyn, Richmond and Seemann; (Mr. Ahrens was represented by his designee).
2. Chairperson Martin asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 25, 2008. There were none.
Chairperson Martin ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Chairperson Martin made the following announcements:
1) Chairperson Martin reminded everyone that the first URI Disability Summit is scheduled for tomorrow, October 24 from 8:30-3:30 in the Galanti Lounge. She asked that persons who were interested in the program and would like additional information contact her after the meeting.
2) Chairperson Martin said that the next Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for November 20 at which time Vice President Weygand will present the "State of the Budget" address.
3) Chairperson Martin explained that President Carothers was not able to attend the Faculty Senate meeting but had agreed to sponsor the reception that afternoon. She expressed appreciation for the President's support and invited everyone to the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.
B. Vice Chairperson Costello said that the Minutes of the 2008-09 Executive Committee Meetings #3, #4 and #5 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web. She asked if there were any questions.
Discussion ensued during which Senator Rosen requested a list of the members of the Presidential Search Committee. (The list of members is available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/URIPresSearch_committee.pdf)
C. Vice Chairperson Costello moved, on behalf of the Executive Committee, that the Faculty Senate consider informally various models of alternative funding for the University. (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Alternative_Funding_links.htm)
Following discussion, the motion carried.
During discussion, Chairperson Martin encouraged Senators to review the links in preparation for then next Faculty Senate meeting on November 20 at which both President Carothers and Vice President Weygand would be available to answer questions.
When there were no further questions or comments, Vice Chairperson Costello moved to terminate the informal discussion and move to the next item of business. The motion carried.
D. Chairperson Martin announced that the 2008-09 FS Executive Committee would continue the tradition of reporting on the status of the Presidential Search at every Senate meeting. She said that, as a member of the committee, she would keep the Senate apprised of the Search Committee's activities. She noted that the only thing new to report was that the Presidential Search Committee would hold its organizational meeting on November 3 in Kingston.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
In President Carothers' absence, Provost DeHayes gave the President's report.
Provost DeHayes explained that President Carothers was unable to attend the Faculty Senate meeting that afternoon because he had fund-raising commitments that afternoon.
Provost DeHayes began by noting that there were two unfortunate news stories that mentioned the University of Rhode Island. He said that former Professor Robert Felner was in the national news and that the recent incident of 'hate speech" and the Provost's response had aroused the interest of the local media. He said that both matters were regrettable but that he felt he should acknowledge them at that time.
Provost DeHayes said that he also wanted to report on two very positive matters at that time. He noted that URI's third Annual Achievement Awards has been celebrated the previous weekend. He said that the recipients of the President's award were: William Flynn '75, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings; John King '85, CNN chief national correspondent; Clarice Odhiambo '88, founder of Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions; and Bruce Sherman '69, CEO and chief investment officer of Private Capital. He reported that there were 27 Dean's List Award recipients as well.
Provost DeHayes also reported on the URI's Excellence Awards Ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. He said that the Administrative Excellence Award was presented to Linda Acciardo, Director of Communications and Marketing; the Scholarly Excellence Award went to Mohammad Faghri, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; the Teaching Excellence Award was given to Gerry Tyler, Professor of Political Science and Ronda Hammond, former Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, received the Staff Excellence Award.
In addition, Provost DeHayes announced that the call for nominations for Honorary Degrees for the 2009 Commencement had been forwarded through the Faculty Senate mailing list. He said that he hoped faculty would take the opportunity send nominations, along with supporting information, to Ms. Williams in the Provost's Office by November 21, 2008.
Provost DeHayes asked if there were any questions about the report. There were none.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Sixty-Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/463_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was
informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none
Professor Mundorf said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.
Professor Mundorf announced that Section III was a report on 400-level courses and coursed for the Pharm.D. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Professor Mundorf moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.
B. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-1 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-1.pdf. He explained that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-2 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-2.pdf. He explained that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
D. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2008-09-1, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_08-09-1.pdf. She explained that the recommendation to add AST 118 to the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education program required confirmation of the Faculty Senate. Senator Hicks then moved approval of the report. The motion carried.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Martin asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Martin asked if there was any new business.
Vice Chairperson Costello moved approval of the following resolution recommended by the Executive Committee:
RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate supports the URI Part-Time Faculty United (AAUP) in efforts to achieve equity and fairness in conditions of employment at the University of Rhode Island.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman