Senate Steering Committee
February 2, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Approval of minutes of the January meetings
Open floor discussion
Attendees: Rick Ragan
Kim Tanzer Bernie Machen
Danaya Wright Pradeep Kumar
Bryan Weber Rick Yost
Pierre Ramond Guests:
Frank Bova Steve Pritz
Robert Cousins Chris Snodgrass
Janie Fouke Carol Kem
Mike Katovich Jill Vares
Barry Ache Mike Conlon
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer discussed Academic Summit plans for bringing students and faculty
together to facilitate conversations on making the undergraduate experience more rigorous.
Professor Tanzer is working with Jess Johnson from Student Affairs and Joe Goldberg,
Student Body President on this project. The goal of the summit is to look at the student-
teacher ratio and engagement as set forth by the Board of Trustees. Professor Tanzer is also
planning to meet with the Graduate Student Association to discuss co-sponsoring a
lunchtime faculty panel discussion where faculty will talk to graduate students about the
importance of having a well rounded life. Professor Tanzer hopes the Senate will co-sponsor
the event and participate. Mike Katovich moved to endorse the event. The motion was
approved. Professor Tanzer also discussed some ways to make meeting run more smoothly
for councils and committees. Amelia Hugus is available to make necessary copies and
distribute necessary materials prior to meetings. Professor Tanzer also requested that the
council chairs always report to the Steering Committee if a Vice President informs the
council of an upcoming issue. The Senate may decide that further action is necessary either
in the form of a workshop or an information item.
Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen updated the Steering Committee on the upcoming Board of Trustees retreat.
The University has sent out acceptance and rejection letters for undergraduates. The goal is
to have a freshman class of about 6600 students. The university received an endowed gift so
support the Water Institute which will be announced soon. The Governor's budget was
recently distributed. There is no raise money for University budgets however, there is a 2
percent raise for other state employees. Dr. Machen updated the Steering Committee on
other budgetary items of interest.
President's Open Floor Discussion
The Steering Committee discussed various items of interest with Dr. Machen.
PeopleSoft Report Mike Conlon, Director of Data Infrastructure
Mike Conlon updated the Steering Committee on the current tactics that are being used to
make PeopleSoft more user friendly. He will present this information to the Senate.
Intercollegiate Athletics Report Jill Varnes, Dean HHP
Dr. Vares presented the intercollegiate athletics report to the Steering Committee. She will
present this information to the Senate.
Constitution Committee report on Proposed Regulation Changes
The Constitution Committee will meet before the Senate meeting to discuss proposed
regulation changes. The constitution committee will give their recommendations to the
Senate at the February Senate meeting.
Honor Court Report Barry Ache, Academic Policy Council Chair
Dr. Ache briefed the Steering Committee on the Honor Court report that was given to the
Academic Policy Council by Paige Crandall. Dr. Zdziarski will update the Senate on the
Status of Committee on Committee report for AY 2004-2005
Carol Kem, Member
Carol Kem discussed the COC report from 2004-2005. Danaya Wright will work to move
the recommendations from this report to the proper committees for further work during the
2006-2007 academic year.
Changes in Research Council Committee Structure Rick Yost, Chair
and council name
Rick Yost presented proposals to change the name of the Research Council and to make
changes to the Graduate Council and the Research Policy Council. He will present these
proposed changes to the Senate.
Electronic Voting Preliminary Research Findings Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer briefly outlined the initial findings regarding electronic voting. She will
present to the Senate.
Provost's Office Reorganization Plan Kim Tanzer, Chair
The Steering Committee briefly discussed the Provost's office reorganization plan.
Office of Sustainability Report Kim Tanzer, committee member
The Office of Sustainability has a director. Les Thiele, Chair of the Sustainability Committee
will report to the Senate.
Council chairs will email any necessary reports to the Steering Committee
Approval of Feb. 23, 2006 Senate Agenda
The agenda for the Feb. 23, 2006 meeting was approved.