Senators Stone, Bond, Davidson, Feakes, Furney, Hazlewood, Hindson, McGee, McKinney, Meek, Melzer, Ogletree, Shah, Winek, Wilson
Guests: Rebecca Swindal, Staff Council Representative; and Selina Saucedo, University Star
Meeting called to order at 4:00.
Texas Council of Faculty Senates: It was decided that Senate would send no representatives to the February 15 &16, meeting of TCFS.
Mace Bearers: Senators Feakes, Hindson and Melzer will serve as Mace Bearers for the spring graduation ceremonies. A person representing either Fine Arts & Comm. or Applied Arts still needs to be appointed.
University Curriculum Committee Recommendation: Senator Hazlewood forwarded the recommendation of the UCC to the Senate. The committee recommends approval of:
Formal consideration of the recommendation will be next week.
Dedication of Avent Plaque: It was decided that the formal dedication of the Avent Plaque for the Senate meeting room would be held April 2nd as part of the monthly PAAG meeting. Senate Liaisons and the Music Faculty Quintet will be invited. Speakers suggested were President Trauth, Dr. E. Swinney, and an unnamed colleague of Dr. Avent.
New Senate Web Page: Senator McGee demonstrated the new Senate web page that will be a dramatic improvement over the current page. It will come online shortly.
Joint Senate Meeting with CAD: It was decided that the annual joint meeting of the Senate and the Council of Academic Deans would be held February 27th. Some tentative agenda items might be:
· Required distribution of Dean’s Chair evaluations to Departmental Personnel Committees
· Selection of Interim Chairs
· College Budget Committees’ Travel Allocation Policies
· Compliance with University Policy by Deans
Senate Priorities for Spring: Several issues were considered as possible Senate priorities for the Spring semester. Items included:
· Faculty Perceptions of Deans and Above
· Required Policy Audit – who’s complying and who isn’t.
· Study Abroad
Senators are asked to consider other possible issues for the next meeting.
Minutes: Minutes for 11/28/07 were approved as amended.