February 19, 2013

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Approved 3-19-13




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Atrium, Radiology Building

President Simon, Acting Provost June Youatt, G. Aben, W. Anderson, K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Carter, E. Charles, K. Clifton, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, J. Dunn, R. Fisher, J. Foss, X. Gao, K. Greenwalt, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, E. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, Y. Komori, M. Koot, R. Maleczka, P. Menchik, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Noel, J. Powell, L. Robinson, L. Robison, L. Selanders, A. Susarla, C. Vermeesch, J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT: M. Aldrich, C. Bolin, S. Carey, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, L. Dillon, J. Francese, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, L. Mak, H. Marianne, J. Maurer, L. McCabe, R. McCormick, F. Ravitch, K. Renn, G. Roloff, C. Roseth, F. Salem, C. Scales, M. Shapiro, D. Sheridan, A. Singh, R. Spreng, G. Stone, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, J. Turner, F. Villarruel

The meeting began at 3:18 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for January 15, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon announced that Dr. Udpa (formerly Dean of Engineering) was appointed as Executive Vice President for Administrative Services. The President will be discussing the process for the selection of the Provost with the Steering Committee, which will be an external search. Hopefully the Search Process and Procedures will be on the next Faculty Senate agenda. An announcement for a search for the Vice President for Infrastructure will go out when Dr. Udpa is in place.

President Simon noted the work on Bolder by Design is an ongoing process and the materials are accessible on the web. There is a digest of the State of the University address which outlines the imperatives and focus of Bolder by Design on the web.

The President reported waiting to see what the sequestration and budget reductions mean for all of us. The recommendations for the State Budget have been made by the Governor and he has recommended the nonrecurring allocation last year to be recurring this year and is allocating things using the same formula as last year. This formula does not advantage large institutions with many students. The University is pleased that the money for Extension and Agriculture Research has been sustained and increased in this budget. There are also monies in the Governor’s budget available to support agriculture, food, and food processing. There is also recognition of the State’s obligation to FRIB. The President has some concern regarding the appropriations in the budget regarding the strings that may be attached, like tuition.

President Simon noted that the University is working on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the University and our health care. There are many implications for providers, partners across the State and for faculty.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt gave an update regarding roles and positions in the University. The Steering Committee will be reviewing a set of procedures and processes for the formation of a search committee and the search for the Dean of International Studies and Programs. An Interim Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology has been named, Tom Davis, and he will work with Professors Udpa and Youatt. Professor Youatt noted that the working drafts are on the web. The headlines or the figments of aspiration under each of the imperatives describe what we would want others to say about the University in a few years. Professor Youatt identified the following actions that need to be taken immediately if we want to achieve the aspirations:

  • Develop a campus-wide plan for technology, teaching and learning
  • Support of Interdisciplinary Research across the campus
  • Work on persistence, retention and graduation and particularly for the students of color and academically vulnerable students
  • Creating a healthier campus for everyone on campus

Professor Youatt noted that teams would be developed around the four areas to identify the kind of things that need to be attended to in order to achieve the outcomes.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported the At-Large members of the Steering Committee are continuing their meetings with the College CAC groups to enhance communication with governance. Professor Powell reported meeting with Dave Gift and his faculty and staff regarding a stronger input from faculty about issues relating to technology issues. Professors Davidson and Powell went to a Health Conference in January to look issues the University has been working on in terms of developing a health clinic on campus. As a result of the National meeting, the Health Care group is working on an aggressive approach to doing a financial due diligence on the ROI.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There were 7 new programs, 18 program changes and no deletions. There were 44 new courses approved, 356 course changes and 17 course deletions approved. Information items included 2 Moratorium extensions in Environmental Soil Science and Plant Pathology through Fall 2014. There was 1 Moratorium in Sustainability effective Summer 2013 through Summer 2016. A motion was passed to accept the report.

Health Care Benefits Update:
Professor Powell requested voice be granted to Sharon Butler and Renee Rivard from Human Resources. A motion was passed giving voice.

Sharon Butler gave an update on the Verification process reporting 217 dependents were removed from the health Benefits, totaling a $615,000 savings. There were 300 employees that did not respond or have incomplete information.

Renee Rivard reported that a RFP was initiated last summer to identify the third party administrator. The University is a self-funded plan so a third party administrator pays the claims and administers the plan. Every few years there is a review of the financial picture for a third party administrator, the technology needed and the physician network needed. Three different venders were interviewed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PHP and Aetna. A broadly represented group was involved in the process. Following the review process, Blue Cross/Blue Shield was selected.

Athletic Council Slate of Nominees:
Secretary Wright presented the slate of Nominees for the Athletic Council, 2013.

  • Joseph Anthony (T) Business, Accounting & Information Systems
  • Franklin Boster (T) Communication Arts & Sciences, Communication
  • Erin Brown (NT) Business, Marketing Department
  • Chris Corneal (T) Arts & Letters, Department of Art History & Design
  • Tracey Covassin (T) Education, Department of Kinesiology
  • Richard Groop (T) Social Science, Geography
  • Constance Hunt (T) James Madison
  • Lifeng Luo (NT) Social Science, Geography
  • Robert Ofoli (T) Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Derek Polischuk (T) Music, Piano
  • Debra Stieve (FT) Nursing

President Simon will select five faculty from the slate of nominees.

The Steering Committee At-Large Slate of Nominees:
Secretary Wright presented the slate of nominees for the three At-Large faculty vacancies on the Steering Committee.

  • Georgia Chao (T) Business, Management
  • William Davidson (T)* Social Science, Psychology
  • Steven Kautz (T) Social Science, Political Science
  • Deborah Moriarty (T)* Music, Piano Area
  • Mariam Sticklen (T) Agriculture & Natural Resources, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
  • William Taylor (T) Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fisheries & Wildlife

A motion was passed approving the slate of nominees. The ballot will be sent to all voting faculty.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:19 pm.

Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance


Tapes of complete meetings of the Faculty Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 3:18pm
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