September 9, 2003
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the second meeting of the fiftieth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m..
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that there is a vacancy on the Fee Appeals Board. He is also looking for Senators to serve on the Watauga Medal Selection Committee, the Grievance and Hearings Panels, and the Honorary Degree Committee.
Chair Daley announced that the policy on excused absences from Faculty Senate Meetings is to notify the Senate Office in advance.
Chair Daley announced that a Phi Beta Kappa Lecture will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Witherspoon Student Center.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting 1, August 26, 2003
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from Provost Oblinger
Provost Oblinger shared ten items that he felt the faculty would have more than a casual interest in.
He also announced that Dr. Oscar Fletcher would be stepping down as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective June 30, 2004.
Provost Oblinger announced that Dr. Katherine Perry would be joining the Provost’s Office on October 1st as Senior Vice Provost.
5. Issues of Concern
Senator Beverly Tyler submitted a concern from a faculty member about the library’s request listing of people who are on editorial boards and the concern that this somehow leads into the university’s desire to gain control of the copyright of publications, which could be a disadvantage to the university.
Interim Vice Provost Thomas Conway handed out literature that is sent out to prospective students and their parents. He discussed the issues associated with students who will be under special consideration for admission.
7. Remarks from Lennie Barton, Association Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
Dr. Lennie Barton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations commented on the services of the Alumni Association.
Dr. Barton handed out a special faculty edition of the Alumni Magazine. He noted that one article in particular is on professors who shape their lives.
Dr. Barton announced that on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 12 noon the Alumni Association will be sponsoring a picnic at the Talley Student Center to honor faculty.
Dr. Barton recognized Dr. Philip Carter as being the retiring Chair of the Faculty, and presented him with a Captain’s Chair from the Alumni Association for his services as Chair. .
8. Athletic Update
Dr. Donn Ward, Faculty Athletics Representative reported on the ACC Expansion, and the Academic Athletic Highlights for 2002-2003.
9. Memorial Statement in Honor of Dr. Thomas N. Blumer, Professor Emeritus of Food Science
Dr. Donn Ward, Professor and Associate Head of Food Science presented a memorial statement to honor Professor Emeritus Thomas N. Blumer.
10. Memorial Statement in Honor of Dr. Dan Guerstel, Professor of Genetics
Dr. Fred Corbin, Professor of Crop Science presented a memorial statement to honor Professor Dan Guerstel..
11. Committee Reports
Senator Scott McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee stated that the committee has met briefly and decided on two or three issues to work on. One is in the area of diversity, the second is to continue looking at the RPT process regulations and implementations and the new report of the University RPT Committee. They will also consider the final version of the special faculty ranks regulation. He would like input from the Senators on diversity and as far as RPT he would like ideas based on the senators’ reservations of the process in things that they see and do not see happening. He noted that he is not looking for grievances since that is another process.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:45 p.m.