Title: Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting minutes
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Title: Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting minutes
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Language: English
Creator: Faculty Senate Steering Committee, University of Florida
Publisher: Faculty Senate Steering Committee, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: July 6, 2006
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Senate Steering Committee
July 6, 2006
12:00 -2:00 P.M.
202 Tigert

Approval of minutes
Information Items
Council Reports

Anita Spring Danaya Wright
Rebecca Pauly
Mary Ann Burg Guests:
Frank Bova Ed Poppell
Pradeep Kumar Joy Rodgers
Bernie Machen Jerry Cutler
Barbara Wingo

Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 12:00 P.M.

The minutes of the June 1, 2006 meeting were approved

Chair's Report:

Dr. Wright updated the committee on her meetings with the college Deans, her meetings
with the Vice Presidents and the ACFS meeting. Dr. Wright also reported that the Board of
Trustees were impressed with the work that the faculty did on the Strategic Plan; however
they would like some changes made to the plan.
There will be a Shared Governance workshop on October 17, 2006 for all groups involved
in college or department Shared Governance development. Dr. Wright distributed a draft
agenda for the Senate Workday.
Dr. Wright is meeting with Dr. Fouke to discuss the libraries committee, the Curriculum
Committee, the Academic Personnel Board and the General Education council.

President's Report:

Dr. Machen reported on the current budget priorities and graduate student health insurance.
Dr. Machen also notified the committee that a new institutional research director was hired
as well as an admissions director. The University has recently changed funding for the merit
scholars program and has implemented a first generation scholarship program for students
who are the first in their family to attend college. There are still several ongoing dean

President's Open Floor Discussion:

The steering committee discussed various issues with the President.

Information Items:

Fleet Management Plans Ed Poppell, VP for Finance and Administration

Mr. Poppell discussed the current fleet management plans. The goal is to reduce the number
of state vehicles on campus. Currently there are 2,000 state vehicles with many parked on
campus. This is a result of current sustainability initiatives to survey cars and eliminate those
that are not needed. Mr. Poppell said that the University is exploring alternate transportation
methods such as zip cars or flex cars; allowing users to pay by use. The University is also
exploring the feasibility of offering a taxi service. Mr. Poppell will take any suggestions
regarding this initiative via e-mail. The Faculty Senate will conduct a public education
campaign to promote the existing bus system.

Internal Communications Plans
Joy Rodgers, Internal Communications coordinator

Ms. Rodgers distributed a sample layout of the new InsideUF publication that will be
published biweekly in the Alligator. There will also be a supplemental online publication.
This is one of the new communication tactics for the University to improve communication
with faculty and staff. Ms. Rodgers would like to meet with the Senate in the Fall to
promote these new information sources.

Voting for College Senators Danaya Wright, Chair

Dr. Wright discussed the possibility of having the Senate office run senator elections in the
Spring. Each college would provide the Senate office with the names of faculty members
who are eligible to vote as well as their nominees. The elections would then be opened and
closed by the Senate office. The steering committee agreed to try this plan for the 07-08
elections held in the Spring of 2007.

Council Member replacements Danaya Wright, Chair

There are several council members who have resigned from the councils this year. The
council chairs will look at the candidates from the last election to determine who should
replace the resigned member in order to promote the most diversity on each council.

Library Strategic Plan Committee Danaya Wright, Chair

Dr. Wright will meet with Dr. Fouke again to discuss the library committee.

Danaya Wright, Chair

0Strategic Plan

Dr. Wright proposed that the Senate hold a special meeting prior to the September Board of
Trustees meeting to discuss the strategic work plan. The steering committee will decide on
this issue at the August steering committee meeting.

* Shared Governance Update

Danaya Wright, Chair

There will be a Shared Governance workshop on October 17, 2006. More information will
be available in the Fall.

* Senate Secretary

Danaya Wright, Chair

The Senate Secretary position will be vacant as of August. The Steering committee discussed
whether to maintain a staff secretary or whether to have a faculty officer hold the position.
Further discussion will occur at the August meeting.

* IFAS off site technology costs

Danaya Wright, Chair

The steering committee discussed the cost of making video conferencing capabilities
available to off site IFAS senators.

Council Reports:

No council reports were given.

The meeting adjourned at: 2:10 P.M.

The minutes of this meeting will be open for approval at the August 3, 2006 meeting.

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