Senate Steering Committee
January 5, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Open Floor Discussion
Attendees: Mike Katovich
Kim Tanzer Barbara Wingo
Joan Frosch Absent:
Bryan Weber Janie Fouke
Saeed Khan Bernie Machen
Rick Yost Sandra Chance
Rick Regan Guests:
Robert Cousins Steve Pritz
Frank Bova Kyle Cavanaugh
Kim Tanzer called the meeting to order at 3:03 P.M.
Frank Bova made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2005 meeting. The
motion was approved.
Kim Tanzer reported that the annual committee reports will be sent to council chairs and
the Committee on Committees. Please review your reports and determine which committees
(if any) will need to give an oral report to the Senate. Professor Tanzer presented the faculty
productivity data and the tuition data at the BOT meeting in December. She will attend the
upcoming ACFS meeting on January 13. Professor Tanzer also updated the steering
committee on the status of the senators that resigned from the senate due to attendance.
The Committee discussed communication tactics. The committee agreed that all council
meeting agendas and minutes should be distributed to the entire steering committee.
Human Resource Update Kyle Cavanaugh, VP for Human Resources
At the request of Kim Tanzer, Kyle Cavanaugh provided an update on a host of HR related
* Implementation of domestic partner health benefits
* PeopleSoft Centralization Project
* RFP process for Graduate Health Insurance
* Implementation of FICA Alternative Program
* Initial results of the centralized contract with the Chronicle of Higher Education
* Revamped Sexual Harassment Training for faculty and staff
* Exploration of a dispute resolution officer. Mike Katovich will work with the Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards committee to draft a proposal in
support of the DRO position for senate approval.
Senate Union Relations Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer has tried to contact the Union chair. She distributed a FAQ which will be
posted on the Senate Web site regarding Senate/Union relations. The steering committee
discussed this information.
Approval of Agenda for Senate Meeting Kim Tanzer, Chair elect
Danaya Wright made a motion to approve the January Senate Agenda. The motion was
passed with the removal of the Gainesville Regional Airport report and the addition of an
information item by Rick Yost regarding the current IDC changes.
Amelia Hugus will invite Rick Crider to give the airport report before the Senate meeting at
The steering committee agreed to meet on Thursday January 12, 2006 from 1-3 P.M. to
discuss electronic voting and to allow time for council reports.
The meeting adjourned at: 5:07 P.M.