Senate Steering Committee
January 14, 2010
Mary Ann Ferguson
Angel Kwolek Folland
The meeting was called to order at 3:01 PM
The minutes of the December meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Jack Mecholsky, Chair
Jack Mecholsky announced that a Faculty Senate Knowledge and Perceptions of Intercollegiate
Athletics: A Conference-Level Perspective study will be emailed to senators when the survey link is
available. A faculty member within the SEC Faculty Senate group is mentoring a graduate student
who is conducting this study.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Bernie Machen gave the steering committee a budget update and an update on the situation in Haiti
and UF's involvement in the recovery efforts.
Ellis Greiner raised concerns about infrastructure maintenance.
Angel Kwolek-Folland gave a report on behalf of Joe Glover. She notified the steering committee
that the parties involved with the collective bargaining process have reached a tentative agreement
and will be sent to faculty for ratification in February and then to the BOT in March, if ratified by
the faculty. If ratified, the agreement will be in place for three years and will be online and
searchable. There will also be training sessions for chairs on the new agreements. She also
announced that the entire campus is eligible for FEO's.
College of Education Resolution
The steering committee reviewed the resolution. It will be presented as an information item at the
January Senate meeting.
University Curriculum Committee Items Bernard Mair, UCC Chair
Discontinuation of the BSBA majors in Real Estate and Insurance, C. ..0 ofBusiness
Termination of Agronomy and Crop Science, C. .. of Agricultural and Life Science
These items will be presented at the January Senate meeting as information items. Amelia Bell will
update the name of the College of Agricultural and Life Science's proposal to include all four degree
programs that are seeking termination.
Constitution change for senate officer terms Jim Seale, Constitution Committee Chair
This item will be presented at the January Senate meeting as an information item.
Honorary Degree candidate Ken Berns, Honorary Degrees Committee Chair
The Honorary Degrees committee will present a candidate for a Doctor of Science at the January
Senate meeting. This item will be an action item.
Academic Policy Council Tracy Rambo, Co-Chair
Budget Council David Quillen, Chair
The council has no new updates and is meeting later this month.
Infrastructure Council Jane Brockmann, Chair
The infrastructure council received a report on IT security from Mike Conlon. This will be added to
the January Senate information agenda. Febro Zazueta provide a report on the course management
system move from WebCT to Sakai. The council will invite Dave O'Brian to dsicuss maintenance
and how the university approaches maintenance. The council will discuss PK Yonge's heating issues.
Research and Scholarship Council Scott Nygren, Chair
Scott Nygren is working to coordinate a meeting with the chairs of Budget and Infrastructure to
discuss how the councils will follow the RCM process.
Welfare Council Tony Offerle, Chair
Approval of the January Senate Agenda
Academic Integrity Directed Discussion
The January Senate agenda was approved.
The meeting adjourned at 4:46 PM