Faculty Senate Meeting
February 25, 2010
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM
The January 2010 Senate Minutes were approved.
Chair's Report Jack Mecholsky, Faculty Senate Chair
Jack Mecholsky reported that nominations for chair elect of the Faculty Senate are now open. He also announced
colleges should be going through the nomination process for Senators within each college. The Academic Integrity
Task Force is being formed and will considering issues raised during last month's directed discussion. The
Academic Assessment Committee is also being finalized. Mecholsky encouraged faculty to be proactive and discuss
RCM with their Dean.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Bernie Machen reported on events at the Graham Center and the Water Institute. He also notified the Senate about
the upcoming Florida Legislative session and said budget information will be forthcoming as the session is
Provost's Report Joe Glover, Provost
The Provost reported on his trip to Saudi Arabia for the International Higher Education Exhibition. UF was one of
15 universities designated as an elite university, which means that the Saudi government fully fund students to study
at UF. Saudi universities are seeking research partners and collaborators. The university will work with departments
in order to process applications from international students who will be conditionally accepted to graduate school
based on language competencies.
College of Education Shared Governance Resolution
Harry Daniels, College of Education Faculty Representative and Tracy Rambo, APC Co-Chair
This resolution was approved.
University Curriculum Committee Items Bernard Mair, UCC Chair
Discontinuation of the BSBA majors in Insurance, C.. of Business Administration
Termination of B.S. in Agronomy and Crop Science, Dairy Science, Plant Pathology and Poultry Science
C. ofAgricultural and Life Science
These proposals were approved
Senate officer terms start date change in the constitution Jim Seale, Constitution Committee Chair
This proposal was approved.
Faculty as Facilitators for Student Well-being
Wayne Griffin, Associate Director of the Counseling Center
Wayne Griffin presented information on student well-being and made suggestions for how faculty can facilitate
student well-being. He also provided resources for faculty to use if a student needs assistance.
Cultural Plaza Presentation Rebecca Nagy, Ham Museum Director
Doug Jones, FLMNH Director and Michael Blachly, Phillips Center Director
The Cultural Plaza directors provided information about educational and research opportunities for faculty and
students with the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for
Creative Summer B Project Lucinda Lavelli, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Lucinda Lavelli presented information on the Creative Summer B project that will occur in Summer B 2010.
Elimination of the BA in American Studies Bernard Mair, UCC Chair
Bernard Mair presented this proposal. It will be an action item at the March Senate meeting.
Procedures for college and department constitutions/by-laws and regulations summary
Jim Seale, Constitution Committee chair
Jim Seale presented the procedure proposal and it will be an action item at the March Senate meeting. He also
presented a summary of proposed regulations.
Open Discussion from Senate Floor
Senators discussed FERPA and how it relates to letters of recommendations for students. Provost Glover
recommended that the Senate Parliamentarian and Deputy General Counsel, Barbara Wingo, present an
information item to the Senate on FERPA requirements.
The meeting adjourned at 4:49 PM
Mary Ann Ferguson