Faculty and University Council Meetings

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November 19, 2013

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Approved 1-21-2014




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

PRESENT:  President Simon, Acting Provost Youatt, D. Banks, K. Bartig, M. Becker, T. Bitner, R. Caldwell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, D. Clemons, T. Curry, W. Davidson, T. Davis, N. DeJoy, W. Donohue, J. Dudziak, R. Edozie, S. Esquith, A. Faulkner, M. Ferkany, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, B. Fraser, J. Gaboury, E. Gardner, B. Lynch (for C. Gelbke), M. Goheen, E. Hackert, C. Haka, G. Jackson, C. Jackson-Elmoore, L. Kempel, R. Kirkpatrick, C. Loeb, K. Maass, R. Maleczka, P. Mantha, J. Maurer, D. Maybank, D. Mendez, B. Miller, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, T. Wehrwein (for M. Mundt), M. Nair, M. Noel, D. Pathak, J. Pawloski, R. Brandenburg (for F. Poston), A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), J. Reifenberg, G. Roloff, N. Rovig, R. LaDuca (for E. Simmons), D. Sinistaj, C. Smith, A. Stannard, W. Strampel, C. Taggart, R. Tate, S. Teahan, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, M. Watt, J. Lillie (for P. Whitten), N. Willgus, J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst)

ABSENT:  M. Baba, E. Bank, M. Baumann, C. Bolin, C. Brown, J. Conwell, C. Coursaris, E. Crockett-Torabi, A. Dickerson, P. Dickson, S. Dorsey-Walker, G. Dubes, J. Dunn, D. Estry, H. Fitzgerald, X. Gao, S. Garnett, Y. Gonzalez, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, J. Hall, S. Hanson, D. Heller, J. Howarth, S. Hsu, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, M. Jacobs, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, K. Klomparens, M. Koot, K. Kovac, J. Leacher, S. Lenway, C. Lewis, J. Martin, E. Martinak, L. McCabe, P. Menchik, D. Miller, K. Perlberg, D. Quiroga, A. Rice, L. Robinson, L. Robison, F. Salem, M. Sedlak, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, M. Sticklen, A. Susarla, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, M. Treadwell, J. Turner, , J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts, C. Wiebrecht, M. Worden

The meeting began at 3:17 p.m. without a full quorum.  Full quorum reached at 3:25 p.m.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for October 22, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
The President thanked members for their work this semester. President Simon reported that if you looked at the metrics today that the Departments and Colleges are presenting in the planning process, you would see many positive outcomes of the work of MSU collectively.  She noted we are coming around together on Bolder by Design.  The planning process is providing information for work on Bolder by Design. 

A COGS representative asked the President on her thought regarding the relief efforts in the Philippines.  President Simon responded that as an Institution, the University historically has asked people to contribute through established organizations. The President indicated that there are groups on campus through International Studies and Programs that are working on the issues.

The other role of the University is to come in as a second or third wave, like in Haiti or Japan.  Work was done in the area of health care.  Dr. Strampel went to Haiti when it was safe with staff and other medical personnel from some of the hospitals.  Professor Youatt noted any students from the Philippines have support on the personal level.  Professor Maybanks announced that the Philippine Student Association is having an event at one of the local churches on Saturday.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt announced that the Dean’s Search for the College of Engineering has begun.  There was an excellent conversation in the last UCFA meeting around the kinds of supports in place for faculty, staff and students as increasing numbers of international students come to MSU.  Professor Donohue is convening an ongoing conversation on this topic.  If any faculty has interest or questions contact Professor Donohue.

Professor Youatt announced the opening of a Veterans center on campus last week in the lower level of Student Services Building, Room 8.  This is a renewal of a function that has been going on since WWII.  This space provides for a gathering space for students who are back from their service.  The assistance provided will be a conduit to all of the resources on campus.

The Steering Committee Vice Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Davidson reported that the At-Large members of the Steering Committee is continuing the process of meeting with College CAC’s.  Issues that have come from the meetings include the roll out of the Health Care Options in the Fall and support for the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy.

The At-Large members and the Secretary continue to meet each month prior to the Steering Committee meeting.  Last month there was a good discussion with Professor Curry around the annual reviews in Departments and implementation of policy.  Next month the group is meeting with Professor Udpa to discuss new approaches and initiatives for improving the quality of faculty life.  Professor Davidson reported that the new health care center that the ad hoc group has been discussing for some time is moving forward and expect specifics for administration in the near future.

Budget Update for 2013-2014:
Dave Byelich, Assistant Vice President and Director of Planning and Budgets, presented an overview of current budget planning.  See the power point of presentation on the Governance web site.

Proposed Motion to Amend the Bylaws to Establish a Health Care Council:
Professor Chavez, Chairperson of UCAG, presented the following proposed motion to amend the University Bylaws for Academic Governance to establish a Faculty Health Care Council as follows:

Section 5 – Other University-level Committees
5.3 Faculty Health Care Council
5.3.1. There shall be a Faculty Health Care Council to function as the faculty voice to Human Resources and University Administration on matters related to health care and health care benefits.  The Faculty Health Care Council will have voice in plan design and the capacity to comment on plan implementation.

5.3.2. Composition The voting members of the Faculty Health Care Council shall be nine faculty members. Ex officio members without vote shall include but not limited to Assistant Vice President and Director,
Planning & Budgets.

              5.3.3. Appointment of Members Faculty members of the Faculty Health Council shall be appointed by the Steering Committee. Faculty members appointed to the Faculty Health Care Council shall include those members who are actively involved in health care discussions. Faculty members of the Faculty Health Care Council shall represent a diversity of faculty appointments.

              5.3.4. Terms of Appointment The terms of appointment of faculty representatives on the Faculty Health Care Council shall be three consecutive two year terms to ensure continuity and stability of membership.

              5.3.5. Responsibilities of the Faculty Health Care Council The Faculty Health Care Council will serve as the faculty voice on issues related to the design, implementation and evaluation of health care plans. The Faculty Health Care Council will consult with and provide information and make recommendations to the University Committee on Faculty Affairs on matters concerning the economic impact of health benefits. The Faculty Health Care Council shall advocate for faculty on matters related to health care and health care benefits.

Following discussion the following amendment was proposed to add language (bolded) in as follows: Ex officio members without vote shall include but not limited to Assistant Vice President and Director, Planning & Budgets and one faculty member emeritus without vote to be selected by the Faculty Emerti Association.

A motion was passed to approve the amendment.  A motion was passed to approve the amended motion.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance


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

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
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