October 14, 2014

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Approved 11-11-14
2014-2015:1

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE

MINUTES

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
115 International Center

Present: President Simon, Provost Youatt, K. Bartig, M. Becker, N. Bunge, G. Burns, S. Carter, G. Chao, M. Chavez, M. Crimp, W. Davidson, P. Dickson, J. Dudziak, R. Edozie, G. Fink, R. Fisher, P. Floyd, K. Forrest, J. Francese, L. Harris, G. Howe, X. Liu, R. Maleczka, J. Maurer, L. McCabe, E. McCallum, E. Moore, D. Moriarty, D. Nails, M. Nair, M. Noel, A. Paganini, J. Palac, J. Powell, S. Printy, M. Raven, L. Robinson, J. Rosa, J. Schwartz, J. Sherry, C. Smith, W. Spielman, B. Sternquist, G. Stone, E. Strauss, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, J. Torrez, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, M. Worden, S. Yoder

Absent: E. Crockett-Torabi, A. Faulkner, M. Floer, D. Grooms, R. Hula, F. Ravitch, F. Salem, L. Sochay, M. Sticklen, C. Traister, K. Vaninsky, J. Walton, C. Waters, B. Zandstra, Pending ASMSU Rep, Pending COGS Rep, Pending CANR Rep, Pending Engineering Rep, Pending Education Rep, Pending Social Science Rep, Pending Veterinary Medicine Rep

Approval of Agenda for October 14, 2014:
A motion was made to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded and approved as presented.

Public Comments – Professor Joseph Francese:
Professor Francese bought up two issues 1) In reading the State News, we are ahead of everyone else in the Big Ten with the Faculty Health Care Facility, but we are behind with the smoke-free campus and wondering how do we know where that is going.2) Changing the culture of how students and faculty ride bikes on campus. There is a need to publicize the memo that was sent from the Department of Police and Public Safety (DPPS) regarding bike issues, by possibly setting up posters in the dormitories.

On the smoke-free campus, Provost Youatt commented that Dr. David Weismantel, University Physician, has taken this on and is meeting with COGS and ASMSU. She reported that there will be smaller groups in the next few weeks where faculty, staff and students beyond our student leaders will be invited to have conversations around the issues of becoming a smoke free/tobacco free campus. She said the campus community needs to think about how to accommodate individual concerns and to give adequate warning to visitors to create a smoke-free environment, supporting those who want to quit. MSU has access to the state of Michigan’s service where there are supports, and is the only institution in the state that can use this service free. There is a 1-800 number with a set of supports; and Provost Youatt will bring the number to the next meeting. No other university asked the state or state community health, but MSU inquired and the state was happy to support the university and its efforts.

President Simon added that this is the third or fourth conversation she has heard about a smoke-free campus.In previous discussions, MSU has fallen under the weight of how we handle people who insist on smoking. She hopes that this is a time to move forward on the issue of a smoke-free campus. In order to address this issue effectively, there must be an enforcement mechanism. It is important to think about how a smoke-free campus initiative can be enforced across the university community, because without some enforcement we will stand where we are now with a minority of individuals who smoke driving the discussion.

The bike issue is a challenge as MSU policy has added long boards to the existing mix of bikes and people. By aggressively making bike paths smoother and more effective, increased speed has been added to the equation, with the result being very congested crossways. More signs on yielding to pedestrians and others have gone up. The memo from DPPS has been reinforced through the residence halls communication system.  We need to think about how these issues of safety are delivered and received by the University community. We have challenged the students to join us with their voice for the issues regarding safety on campus.All of us worry about health and safety issues; it will take all of us to encourage folks to think about our own safety and that of others.

Approval of Minutes for September 9, 2014:
A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of September 9, 2014. The motion was approved as presented.

President’s Remarks:
The lame duck session of the U. S. Congress is a matter of concern regarding research funding. Congress has charted bills regarding research, but they have not been enacted. If these bills do not pass by the end of the year, and we have a new Congress, it calls into question the funding plans developed in the sequestration.

In Michigan, our budget is in place and there is nothing on the horizon that suggests a change is on the way. The lame duck session makes it unknown what will happen with a variety of non-budget issues.

President Simon encouraged all to attend the Capital Campaign Kickoff Friday, October 24, at 5:00 p.m., in the Wharton Center.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Youatt presented a video on the upgrades to campus completed last summer.Except for changes in the residence halls, most of the modifications in the video were funded privately, e.g., Summer Circle Theater and Bessey Hall. The Capital Campaign is about helping MSU do things on campus that could not yet be accomplished. There is a dedication of the new Chittenden Hall scheduled for November 7; Chittenden Hall is the new home of the MSU Graduate School. Having a place to recognize the Graduate School is important to the campus. Also, there is a dedication of the Bessey Hall renovation with the new high-tech flipped classrooms. Provost Youatt will provide the time and date. Finally, tomorrow at noon there is a Walk-Rock-n-Roll at the Rock. This is a one mile walk as an activity in the Healthy Campus Initiative to encourage healthy habits.Everyone is welcome.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Moriarty announced that the October 24 Capital Campaign Kickoff will feature a new musical composition by William David Brohn, an MSU alumnus and Tony Award winning Broadway orchestrator. This is very exciting for all who can attend. Professor Moriarty withheld further comments until later.

UCC Report:
Professor Paganini, UCC Chairperson, reported the following actions since its last report: There have been two new programs, 13 program changes and three deletions; there were 68 new programs, 283 changes and 31 deletions.(UCC Short Report).

Professor Paganini moved to accept the report. The motion carried.

Faculty Senate Survey and Assignments to Committees:
Each standing committee is reviewing the list of comments circulated at the previous meeting to identify what can be initiated, what is on-going, what needs to be re-visited, and new items. Dean Klomparens will attend the next Senate meeting to discuss issues identified in the survey that affect the Graduate School.

Faculty Senate Feedback from Small Group Sessions:
The comments have been grouped and the most consistent concerns seem to be better communication, better meetings, more interactive meetings and clarifications of the activities of the Senate.

Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct Committee (RVSM Policy):
E-Training Video: An important change in the new policy includes a mandate for all faculty members to be reporters. To prepare for this role, there will be training for all faculty. Today’s video was developed for staff and is being used for their activities. Its presentation is for the Senate to provide feedback and suggestions on how it could be improved for use in the faculty training program.

E-Training Video used for Staff – followed by small group session:

Following the video, there was a good discussion on recommendations. The information will be collected and distributed.

New Business:
None

A Motion to adjourn was seconded and approved. The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

John W. Powell
Interim Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
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