Senate Steering Committee
November 5, 2009
Attendees: Joe Glover
Barbara Wingo Bernie Machen
David Quillen Mike Katovich
Tracy Rambo Guests:
Scott Nygren Mark Bishop
Jane Brockmann Harry Daniels
Ellis Greiner Jim Seale
Jim Maruniak Margaret Temple Smith
The meeting was called to order at 3:02 PM
The minutes of the October meeting will be approved at the next meeting.
Chair's Report Jack Mecholsky, Chair
Dr. Mecholsky reported that there is an initiative to provide open source textbooks to students.
Information on the initiative will be presented to the Senate at a future meeting. Mecholsky also
announced that he would like to meet regularly with the various faculty councils within each unit in
order to discuss shared governance processes at the unit level.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen reported that the university is still working on the budget situation to reduce the budget
by $6 million without making program or personnel changes.
Scott Nygren stated that the Research and Scholarship policy council would like to recommend the
creation of a faculty group to look at academic consequences of RCM at the university level.
Mecholsky stated that the faculty councils in each unit should be working with their respective deans
to understand how RCM works in their college.
Constitution Committee Definition of a layoff unit and regulations update
Constitution and Bylaw language to change officer and chair start from May 15 to June 1
Jim Seale, Constitution Committee Chair
These issues will be information items at the November Senate meeting.
Resolution Concerning the Reorganization of the College of Education
Harry Daniels, Faculty Council chair
The resolution will be forwarded to the Academic Policy Council for review.
Compensation Committee Report James Maruniak, Compensation Committee Chair
This report will be given as an information item at the November Senate meeting.
Creative Campus Committee Update Lucinda Lavelli, Dean College of Fine Arts
This presentation will be given as an information item at the November Senate meeting.
Blog change to general blog Jack Mecholsky, Faculty Senate Chair
Jack Mecholsky announced that he would like to have the budget blog be turned into a general blog
for university issues. The Steering Committee agreed this is a good idea.
Finance and Accounting Error Correction Charges Jack Mecholsky, Faculty Senate Chair
This item was referred to the Infrastructure Council for consideration.
Termination of M.S. in Poultry Science and Termination of M.S. in Dairy Science College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences
This item will be given as an information item at the November Senate meeting.
Council reports will be given at a special steering committee meeting to be convened on November
Approval of the November Senate Agenda and development of topics for guided discussion.
The agenda will be approved at the special steering committee meeting to be held on November 13,
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM