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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

April 23, 2009

Number 7

Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Martin presiding.

All members were present except Senators S. Adams, Baudet, Blissmer, Dholakia, DiCioccio; Fastovsky, Forrester, Hedderich, Hicks, Jenkins, R. Lee, Loy Schwegler, Sodhi, Thiem, Torrens, Watts, Wilson and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan, and Weygand; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and Katz, (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Farmer, Higgins, Joseph, McKinney, and Seemann.

2. Chairperson Martin asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6, March 26, 2009. There were none.

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

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements

  1. Chairperson Martin announced that it was the last regular meeting of the 2008-09 Faculty Senate. She asked the Senate to join her in thanking the following Senators whose terms expire at the end of April and are not eligible for election to the 2009-10 Faculty Senate:

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    Carolyn Betensky, English
    Choudary Hanumara, Computer Science and Statistics
    Ronald Lee, Music
    John Leo, English
    Bill Rosen, Chemistry
    Barbara Meagher Smith, Journalism
    Kathleen Torrens, Communication Studies

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Alejandro Hazera

    ENGINEERING
    Godi Fischer, Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering
    Manbir Sodhi, Industrial and Systems Engineering

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
    Lewis Rothstein, Oceanography

    HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES
    Dana Kovarsky, Communicative Disorders

    PHARMACY
    Roberta King, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
    David Fastovsky, Geosciences
    Graham Forrester, Natural Resources Science
    Leonard Gerber, Nutrition and Food Science

    UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
    Andree Rathemacher

  2. Chairperson Martin said that the organizational meeting of the 2009-10 Faculty Senate would be held on Thursday, May 14. One-third of the Senate will be comprised of newly elected Senators who will take their seats and participate in the election of Senate Officers for 2009-10. She explained that not all of the college elections have been completed but she wanted to announce the names of those Senators who have been elected and will take their seats in May:

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    Jerry Cohen, Psychology
    Lynne Derbyshire, Communication Studies
    Nancy Eaton, Mathematics
    Michael Honhart, History
    Leonard Lardaro, Economics
    Louis Kirschenbaum, Chemistry
    Michelangelo La Luna Languages
    Sheri Wills, Film studies
    Kathleen Davis, English

    ENGINEERING
    William Ohley, Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering
    Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi, Industrial and Systems Engineering

    PHARMACY
    Kerry LaPlante, Pharmacy Practice

  3. Chairperson Martin said that the faculty, staff and union leadership are invited to a reception in honor of President Carothers on April 30 from 1-2 p.m. in the Ryan Center. Immediately following the reception, from 2- 4 that afternoon, there will be a larger celebration honor of President Carothers in the Ryan Center that includes students, as well as faculty and staff.

  4. Chairperson Martin reminded Senators that they have been invited to participate in the procession from the Multicultural Center to the University Library prior to the dedication of the Robert L. Carothers Library. The Senate group will join members of the administration and student groups at 11:30 a.m. inside the Multicultural Center and walk down the Hammerschlag Mall toward the Library Plaza. The Program will begin at 12:00 noon. She asked that Senators who had not already indicated that they plan to participate, to contact Ms. Grubman by April 27.

  5. Chairperson Martin announced that the Research and Graduate Education Subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of URI was sponsoring a series of forums for all interested faculty on the Environment for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at URI on Monday May 4 and Tuesday, May 5. She said that faculty members are invited to select the forum that best suits them.

    She noted that the session for faculty in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be on Monday, May 4, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Galanti Lounge.

    The session for faculty members in Natural & Physical Sciences will be Tuesday, May 5, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Galanti Lounge.

    Chairperson Martin said that Professor Chris Anderson and Senator Dana Kovarsky would serve as moderators for the forums.

  6. Chairperson Martin announced the Division of Research and Economic Development will host a brown bag workshop, "NIH Recovery Act Update," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the Multicultural Center. She explained that staff members will review funding opportunities supported by the Recovery Act that are currently open at the National Institutes of Health. -- Administrative Supplements (for personnel, equipment, and summer students on existing grants). She said that it would be an interactive session, and invited everyone to come with questions. For more information, contact Dr. Karen M. Markin, Director of Research Development, at 874-5971.

  7. Chairperson Martin thanked Dean Jordan from the College of Pharmacy for agreeing to sponsor the reception that afternoon. She invited members of the Senate to come to the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.

B. Vice Chairperson Costello said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #20 had been distributed by e-mail and noted they were accessible on the web. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee.

  1. Vice Chairperson Costello moved approval of the Schedule of Faculty Senate Meetings for the 2009-10 academic year:

    3:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the Cherry Auditorium of the Chester H. Kirk Building:
    • September 24, 2009* January 28, 2010
    • October 22, 2009 February 25, 2010
    • November 19, 2009 March 18, 2010
    • December 10 2009* April 29, 2010*
    • May 13, 2010 (organizational)

    Special Meetings may be called upon due notice.
    *Will immediately follow General Faculty Meeting

  2. Vice Chairperson Costello moved approval of the membership of the Nominating Committee for the Officers of the 2009-10 Faculty Senate:
    Graham Forrester, Environment and Life Sciences
    John Leo, Arts and Sciences
    Andree Rathemacher, University Libraries

    The motion carried.

D. Chairperson Martin said that the Presidential Search was proceeding as scheduled and that two of the three candidates have been on campus with the third expected the following week. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers said he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the March Faculty Senate Meeting and had supported all three resolutions as well. He explained that portions of Bill #08-09--15 and all of Bill #08-09--16 would require approval by the Board of Governors.

B. President Carothers said it appeared that the House Finance Committee staff is recommending the Governor's budget rather than the House putting forward a budget of its own, although we can assume that amendments will be forthcoming.

He said that the Governor hoped to subsidize approximately $4 million in the current years for URI from the stimulus bill, but noted that Rhode Island would have to receive a waiver to receive stimulus funds for education, along with Nevada and New Jersey, because it hadn't fulfilled the "maintenance of effort" requirement of the stimulus bill.

The President said that there would be no direct impact on URI from the state discretionary funding portion of the stimulus bill and the University would do its best to attract funds from NIH and NSF, where significant new dollars are being made available.

President Carothers also reported on improvements in the yield of potential students for admissions in the fall compared to this time last year. He said the university was up 8.2 percent in students of color, 3.7% in instate students and 2.9% for out-of-state students and 166% in international students. He explained that the only drop had been in regional students probably due to the University's decision to withdraw from a number of regional programs.

President Carothers announced that for only the third time in its history, a University of Rhode Island student, Jasmine Jennings, won a championship in the Penn Relays. Jasmine is the first woman from URI to win at the Penn Relays. She won the hammer throw event.

The President asked if there were any questions.

There were none.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Leo presented the Four Hundred Seventieth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/470_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none

Senator Leo said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Senator Leo announced that Section III was a joint report of the CAC and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Leo moved approval of part B of Section III.

The motion carried.

B. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-8 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-8.pdf. He explained that the first section of the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

He said that the second section of the report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried

C. Senator Malik presented the University College and General Education Committee Report 08-09-4 which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_08-09-4.pdf. He explained that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He then moved approval of the report.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

D. Professor Pegueros presented the Library Committee Report for 2008-09, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Library_Report_08-09.pdf)

Professor Pegueros then moved approval of the second recommendation of the Library Committee:

  1. It is clear that the Library needs adequate resource allocations in order to continue the level of service demanded of it by the students and faculty. Given that adequate funding does not seem to be generated by recent Capital Campaigns, we suggest that the University encourage earmark funding for the library from any gifts received by the University. We recommend a base percentage of gifts (perhaps 1 to 2 percent) mandatorily be assigned to the library.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, Senator Leo moved approval of the following substitute for the motion on the floor:

    BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate strongly urges that the Administration, in concert with the Faculty Senate, make funding the Library an urgent priority.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, the motion to substitute carried.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, the motion carried.

    Professor Pegueros then moved approval of the third recommendation of the Library Committee:

  2. It has been noted that the Library was not mentioned in the University's own strategic plan. Again from the 2007 accreditation report: Because of resource constraints and without regular and systemic evaluation of the library or information technology the library has suffered and more attention needs to be paid to planning for its needs in the future.This gives a clear directive to include the Library in University wide strategic planning. We suggest the Library be fully accounted for in future strategic plans.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, the motion was accepted as the following resolution:

    BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate supports the inclusion of the University Library in the University of Rhode Island's Strategic Plan

    The resolution carried.

    Senator Pegueros moved approval of the fourth recommendation of the Library Committee:

  3. The Faculty Senate Library Committee recommends periodic review of URI's research classification and the adequacy of library funding for collection development.

    Discussion ensued.

    Following discussion, the motion was accepted as the following resolution:

    BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate supports periodic review of URI's research classification and the adequacy of library funding for collection development.

    The resolution carried.

E. Ms. Morrissey presented the Annual Report of the Joint Classroom Steering Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/JCSC_08-09.pdf. Ms. Morrissey explained that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Discussion ensued during which Ms. Morrissey and Mr. Porter from ITS responded to questions from members of the Senate.

F. Senator Nassersharif presented the Annual Report of the Admissions Advisory Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Admissions_Advisory_08-09.pdf. He said that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

G. Senator Swallow gave the Faculty Senate a brief overview of the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee to Collaborate with the Administration on the Site of the Proposed Research Park.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Rosen moved to extend the committee's deadline until May 8, 2009. The motion carried.

Chairperson Martin expressed her appreciation to Senator Swallow for coordinating the Ad Hoc Committee's work in a very short period of time.

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. There was none.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman