Senate Steering Committee
August 9, 2007
Attendees: Amelia Bell
Rick Yost Rebecca Pauly
Danaya Wright Guests:
Barbara Wingo John Leavey
Jerry Cutler Carol Kern
Chris Snodgrass David Denslow
Carol Murphy Daniel Wubah
The meeting was called to order at 12:10 and the minutes of the June 28, 2007 meeting were
Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Dr. Yost notified the committee about the creation of the cost reduction and efficiency task
force. The task force is chaired by Kyle Cavanaugh. The task force will work to find ways to
trim costs and operate more efficiently.
The textbook affordability bill will be reviewed by the APC.
The student government forwarded a sustainability resolution to the Senate. The resolution
will be reviewed by the sustainability committee and the infrastructure council.
Kim Tanzer is discussing the possibility of having a Faculty Club Happy Hour at the Harn.
Senate Workday and New Senator Orientation- August 21
Rick Yost, Chair
The Senate workday agenda is on the Senate Web site and all council chairs should attend
the appropriate sessions.
Daniel Wubah, Associate Provost Undergraduate Affairs
o Elimination of BS in Engineering Science
Dr. Wubah presented the proposal to eliminate the BS in Engineering Science. This item will
be an information item at the August Senate meeting.
Honorary Degrees Committee Report
Dave Denslow, Honorary Degrees Committee Chair
The Steering Committee offered recommendations on the presentation to the Senate and
requested clarification on several points of the report.
The Steering committees feels the ideas in the report should be written into resolutions for
the Senate to vote on. Barbara Wingo noted that the Honorary Degrees committee can
establish their own criteria and can act on the new criteria without a Senate vote to approve
the criteria. The Senate will need to vote if the recommendations are to remove the Senate
Graduate Council Items
o LL.M in Environmental & Land Use Law
o Elimination of graduate degrees in Engineering Mechanics and Engineering
Dr. Yost presented two items from the Graduate Council. These items will be on the Senate
agenda in August as an information item.
Faculty Authored Course Materials Carol Murphy, APC Chair
Dr. Murphy updated the committee on the APC's progress on the faculty authored course
materials charge. Rick Yost will notify the Senate of the council's work during his address at
the August Senate meeting.
Gordon Rule Proposal Carol Murphy, APC Chair
Anita Spring was working on a document to send to the General Education Committee,
outlining the APC's concerns about this proposal. Dr. Murphy will report back when the
concerns have been forwarded to the General Education Committee.
Facilitation of on campus speakers and seminars Ellis Greiner, Member
Dr. Greiner would like to find a place for departments to enter information on speakers and
seminars on campus. He will discuss the issue with Jane Adams and Marc Hoit.
Academic Policy Council Carol Murphy, Chair
Research and Scholarship Council Saeed Khan, Chair
The council will look into technology transfer.
Academic Infrastructure Council Jerry Cutler, Chair
The infrastructure council will review the master plan and will work with the sustainability
committee on issues brought forward by the student government.
Budget Council Allen Wysocki, Chair
The Budget council will look for ways to assist in the budget process and create a FAQ
about the budget situation.
Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
The Welfare council will continue to look into child care, a faculty club and equity in salary.
Approve Senate Agenda for August 23, 2007 Rick Yost, Chair
The Senate Agenda for August 23 has been approved with the removal of the Honorary
Degrees committee report and the Course Materials report.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 PM