September 20, 2007
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
The meeting was called to order at 3:01 PM
The minutes of the August 23, 2007 Senate meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Dr. Yost reported that the Faculty Senate is working with administration to form a
faculty/student committee to review the FDLE report regarding the town hall meeting with
John Kerry. The committee will also review the incident and relevant procedures. The
committee will be comprised of 4 faculty members, 4 students and a faculty chair. Dr. Yost
welcomes nominations, suggestions and concerns.
Nominations are being accepted for appointment to the curriculum committee and the
general education committee. The constitutional language has not been approved yet but the
appointments will help transition to the approved structure of have elected and half
appointed members. One quarter of the members will be appointed to serve a one year term,
which is: 5 members to the curriculum committee and 3 members to the general education
The Dean of Students office would like one faculty member to sit on the common reading
program selection committee.
The deadline for nominations for honorary degrees is October 1.
The October Senate meeting will be held at the cultural plaza. Please RSVP for events.
The Welfare council is reviewing options for a faculty club at UF. Friday appears to be the
best time for most faculty members.
In the spring the Faculty Senate office collected shared governance reports from each
college. The summaries will be posted on the senate Web site.
The budget council has a budget FAQ on their Web site. If you have questions about the
budget process, please send them to the council.
President's Report and Budget Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen presented a report on the budget. The Legislature will meet on Oct. 3-10 to
discuss budget cuts.
Board of Trustees Meeting Report
Rick Yost, Chair
Two new committees were created: the task force on cost reduction and efficiency and the
BOT Committee on Resources. Rick Yost sits on the Committee on Resources and Frank
Bova sits on the Task Force on Cost Reduction and Efficiency.
Dr. Machen created goals for next year stemming from SWP goals:
Funds for faculty and staff raises next year
Develop new support for faculty enhancement for research leaves, sabbaticals and
Graduate Council Items Henry Frierson, Dean Graduate School
o LL.M in Environmental & Land Use Law
o Eliminate the graduate degrees in Engineering Mechanics and Engineering
The proposals were approved.
Daniel Wubah, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Affairs
o Elimination ofBS in Engineering Science
The proposal was approved.
Open Floor Discussion
Floor is open to Senators first. Three minute limit per speaker.
The meeting adjourned at 4:01 PM
Mary Ann Ferguson
Christy Harris Lemak
Carrie Haskell Luevano