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May 5, 1999 Minutes


PART II
Please note that there are 2 sets of minutes for May 5.
Part I is the last meeting of the 40th Senate
and Part II is the first meeting of the 41st Senate.


Senators Present: Bible, Conroy, Early, Gillis, Gordon, Hays, Irvin, McKinney,
McGee, Peeler, Renick, Skerpan, Stimmel and Winek.

Absent: None

Liaisons Present: None

Guests: None

CONTENTS
CONVENING OF THE 41ST SENATE
INSTALLATION OF NEW SENATORS
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
INSURANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
ACADEMIC POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
LEARNING EXCELLENCE TEAM COMMITTEE
NEW BUSINESS

The meeting was called to order by Chair Bible at 5:20

CONVENING OF THE 41ST SENATE

Senator Stimmel led the Senate's thanks to and praise of Chair Bible's
long and meritorious service.

Newly elected senators are:
Grady Early from Computer Science who replaces Ron Sawey from
the School of Science
Audrey McKinney from Philosophy who replaces Audwin Anderson from
the School of Liberal Arts
Bill Peeler from Theatre who replaces Chuck Pascoe from
the School of Fine Arts.

Senator Joan Hays from HPER was re-elected from the School of Education.
Senator Theron Stimmel from Psychology was re-elected from the School of
Liberal Arts.

Members of the 41st Faculty Senate are:

Name Term Dept School Phone Email

Jon Bible 2000 Fin/Econ Bus 53241 jb18
Michel Conroy 2000 Art F Arts 52611 mc15@internet
Grady Early 2002 Comp Sci Sci 53409 ge01@internet
Marguerite Gillis 2000 C&I Ed 53096 mg06@internet
Stephen Gordon 2001 EAPS Ed 52575 sg07
Joan Hays 2002 HPER Ed 52561 jh22
Jim Irvin 2000 Chemistry Science 53113 ji02@internet
Jon McGee 2001 Anthrop Lib Arts 58272 rm08@internet
Audrey McKinney 2002 Philosophy Lib Arts 52047 am04@internet
Bill Peeler 2002 Theatre Fine Arts 52147 wp03
C. Oren Renick 2001 Health Admin H Prof 52460 cr13
Elizabeth Skerpan 2001 English Lib Arts 53727 es10@internet
Theron Stimmel 2002 Psychol Lib Arts 52526 ds03
Gary Winek 2000 Tech App Arts 52137 gw04

INSTALLATION OF NEW SENATORS
The new senators were introduced.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Joan Hays of HPER was unanimously elected chair of the 41st Senate.
Oren Renick was unanimously elected Vice Chair.
Grady Early was unanimously elected Secretary.

[Square brackets will delimit explanations/comments which I cannot
refrain from adding to the minutes. Personal annotations, ya
might say.

In addition, I will use such comments to explain notation which
I will use within the minutes. For example, a notation like:

Smith/Jones 6-5-2

means that Smith made the motion, Jones seconded it, and the
vote was 6 in favor, 5 opposed, 2 abstentions. If there are
no abstentions, I'll probably use 11-2 to report results. The
word 'Consensus' means that there was no formal vote taken.]

Joan Hays agreed to continue to be the SWT delegate to the Texas Council of
Faculty Senates. It was also agreed that another senator might want
to attend the TCFS meetings with Joan in Oct and Feb of the next academic year.

INSURANCE COMMITTEE REPORT

The Senate agreed to the following recommendations made by
Sen. Renick on behalf of the Insurance Committee:

1. Continue the Patient Satisfaction Survey which has been
conducted in each of the past four years.

2. Share Survey results with hospitals so the hospitals have
a chance to mend their ways.

3. Release group physician ratings this year; release individual
physician ratings by and by.

4. Create Insurance Committee subcommittee[s] to mediate, in
egregious cases, between embattled SWT employees and the
Personnel Office and/or insurers and/or providers.

ACADEMIC POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

The Senate agreed to:

1. Accept the Committee on Committee's recommendation that
Audwin Anderson [Sociology] chair the Academic Policy
Oversight Committee, and
2. Ask Anderson to draft the committee's charge and bring
it back to the Senate.

Bible/Early 13-0.

[What we'd like is for Audwin to see if chairs/departments
are adhering to the performance/merit and evaluation rules.

And wouldn't it be nice if we investigated whether the Deans,
the VPAA, and the President do their own adherin'?

We could even stand it if Chairs brought the faculty into the
process.]

LEARNING EXCELLENCE TEAM COMMITTEE

The Senate agreed to discontinue the Learning Excellence Team.

Irvin/McGee 13-0.

NEW BUSINESS

1. The Senate agreed to add Michael Carns [Educational Administration
and Psychological Services] to the Retirement Committee.

Bible/Renick 13-0.

2. The Senate deferred until the next meeting the issue of
resurrecting the Committee for Study Abroad.

Consensus.

3. The Senate agreed to charge the Academic Standards Committee
with a study of and recommendations concerning Pass/Fail courses.

Conroy/McGee 13-0.

4. The Senate agreed to ask Dr. Gratz to name Senator Winek as an
ex-officio, voting member of the Search Committee for an
Associate Vice President for Research. Chair Hays has sent
the requesting memo to Dr. Gratz via email.

Stimmel/McGee 13-0.

5. The Senate agreed to hold Summer 1999 meetings on the last
Wednesday of each month:

June 30, 3-5 p.m.
July 28, 3-5 p.m.
August 25; 4-6 p.m.

Consensus.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

cheerfully submitted

grady

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