On May 11, 2006 the Senate endorsed the following  resolution in honor of Chairperson Michael A. Rice:

Whereas:  Michael Rice has chaired the Faculty Senate with bonhomie and wit during the 2005-2006 academic year, and

Whereas:  He has provided us with the history of, and served us with commitment to, the mission of a Land-Sea-Urban Grant University, and

Whereas:  He has been willing to ask the hard questions that must be asked to maintain true shared governance and

Whereas:  He has created an environment of collegiality and cooperation which facilitates the accomplishment of the task at hand while making it enjoyable for all and

Whereas:  He believes in this University and what it contributes to the state and tirelessly offers his time, effort, and wisdom to convert the nonbelievers at every possible opportunity, political and otherwise, and

Whereas:  He does all this with a smile on his face

Therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate expresses its appreciation for his hard work in the current academic year and its gratitude for his willingness to do it all again, and more, next year.