January 13, 2015

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Approved 2-3-15




JANUARY 13, 2015

3:15-5:00 P.M.



Present:  Provost Youatt, E. Bank, T. Bitner, M. Chavez, D. Clark, M. Crimp, W. Davidson, P. Floyd, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, J. Powell, M. Sticklen, E. Strauss, C. Taggart; Others:  T. Curry, S. Lott

Absent:  President Simon, J. Conwell, L. McCabe, A. Paganini, M. Wesolowski


Approval of Agenda for January 13, 2015

The Agenda for January 13, 2015 was approved as amended.

Approval of Minutes for December 2, 2014

The Minutes for December 2, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks

President Simon was out of town.

Provost’s Remarks – June Youatt

Provost Youatt welcomed all to the New Year.

The procedures for calculating the Academic Year appointment salary distributions for May and August have been based on the number of Monday through Friday days.  UCFA reviewed and approved a proposed change in this procedure that uses calendar days to calculate the May and August salaries.  This procedure accurately accounts for the 15 days in May and 16 days in August.

The Higher Learning Commission Site visit is scheduled for 2016.  The report will be electronically documented and thus requires much less campus involvement and involves a much smaller team.  The campus will be engaged by providing information for the report.

Progress on Dean Searches:  Nursing is progressing.  The Business search has posted the job description.  The College of Arts and Letters search is heading for a decision in late spring/early summer.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Science is getting a search committee together and will begin in the near future.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks

Tentative agendas for spring semester include review of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Policy Faculty Learning Video, as well as discussions of campus safety, the role of the Faculty Athletic Representative and IT services/cyber security.

Payroll Debit Cards

Vice President Mark Hass described the new process by which employees who have chosen to receive a paper paycheck will be converted to either a direct deposit account or a debit card account.  The debit card will be automatically loaded with a person’s pay at the same time the direct deposits are processed.  The Program is being managed through the MSU Federal Credit Union and will be implemented in August of 2015.

Integrity of Scholarships and Grades Policy Changes

Professor Cynthia Taggart, UCUE Chairperson, reported the Committee is continuing to review changes that have been recommended and will present its recommendations following discussions.

Update on Faculty Health Care Council

Professor William Davidson reported the Faculty Health Care Council has completed its focus groups and has developed a financial model to present to the Administration, anticipating a follow-up report to the Senate in March.

New Business

Welcome to Ryan Sequanda from the State News.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate for January 20, 2015

  • UCC Report – Professor Anthony Paganini {Action Item}
  • Faculty Health Care Council (FHCC) – Report/Update – Professor William Davidson {Info Item}
  • RVSM Policy Update and E-Learning Faculty Video – Professor John Beck, Human Resources & Labor Relations, and Paulette Granberry Russell, Director, Inclusion & Senior Advisor to the President {Info Item}
  • Campus safety was moved to February.

Draft Agenda for University Council for January 27, 2015

  • Presentation on Payroll Debit Cards – Mark P. Haas, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer {Info Item}
  • Athletic Council Annual Report and Presentation – Professor Sue Carter, Athletic Council Chairperson {Info Item}

The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 3:15am
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :