Members present: Senators Stone, Bond, Feakes, Furney, Hazlewood, Hindson, Hurt, McGee, McKinney, Melzer, Ogletree, Shah, Wilson, Winek
Guests: President Trauth; Former Senators; Senate Liaisons; the SouthWest Brass Works; Assoc. VPAA Debbie Thorne; Rebecca Swindal, Staff Council Representative; Mary Dichard, University Star
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
The Avent Dedication: President Trauth, Senate Chair Stone and former Senator Swinney spoke at the dedication to rename the Senate Offices as “The Henrietta Avent Faculty Senate Room” which honors Dr. Henrietta Avent, a former Senator and Senate Chair from HPER. Attendees included past Senators, current Senators and Senate Liaisons of the Senate. The SouthWest Brass Works (Jack C. Laumer, Trumpet; Stephen Hager, Horn; Charles R. Hurt, Trombone; Raúl I. Rodríguez, Tuba -- all from the School of Music), provided entertainment.
University Curriculum Committee: The Senate approved a motion to accept the UCC recommendation to accepting the plans and exceptions approved by the various College Curriculum Committees to meet the state’s 120-hour mandate.
Wellness Program PPS Revision: There was some discussion of the recent revisions to PPS 04.04.32 – Wellness Program. There were only minor changes in the new version of the PPS, but there was some concern with the provision allowing only 30 minutes release time for staff. Also questioned was the requirement of managerial approval for staff members to participate. The University’s Staff Council will be considering the revisions. It was decided to wait and see what the Staff Council recommends to determine whether the Senate might support changes.
Minutes: Minutes for 03/26/08 were approved as amended.