1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the tenth meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and guests.
Chair Martin welcomed Drs. Daun Daemon and James Kiwanuka-Tondo to the Senate. Dr. Daemon will replace Janet Hudson who resigned from the Senate and Dr. Kiwanuka-Tondo is serving as an interim Senator for Akram Khater who is on leave this semester.
Reflections on Coach Yow
Chair Martin stated that Coach Kay Yow was an extraordinary person, a leader, and a role model, someone that we were all privileged to soldiering with here at NC State. I had no opportunity personally to get to know Coach Yow, but precariously through many people who did know her, I do know that Coach Yow was a passionate person. She was passionate about her game of basketball. She was passionate about her faith and she was passionate about life itself. She was an inspiration and a leader.
The Faculty Senate endorsed a statement in honor of Coach Yow’s life and the services she provided to everyone at NC State.
A tribute to Coach Yow is scheduled tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. All are invited. The public viewing will be Friday, January 30 from 10 – 2 p.m. and the funeral will follow at 3 p.m. at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary.
The Brotherhood Dinner and Lecture is scheduled February 6 and Wiley Gary who is a renowned trial lawyer, humanitarian and co-founder of the Gary Foundation will give the lecture.
The Union Activities Board (UAB) is participating in the national teach in solutions for the first 100 days, which is focusing on global warming awareness.
The Emerging Issues Forum is February 9-10.
There will be a reception for Senior Vice Provost Katie Perry’s retirement on March 30th.
Remarks from Chair Martin
Chair Martin reported that last year in thinking about the reorganization of the Faculty Senate, we worked to formalize relationships between the University Standing Committees and the Senate Committees. That is now done and was adopted by the committee on committees last Friday.
Chair Martin stated that the Executive Committee reviewed the letter from President Bowles and the campus response to it pertaining to faculty workload issues. Also, there was a significant discussion on more budget information.
The General Faculty meeting will be coming up on March 23 and it is highly likely that the meeting will in some way focus on budget related issues.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January 13, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Reflections on Coach Yow
Chancellor Oblinger referred to Coach Yow in many regards as a life’s coach. He stated that he came to NC State as an Associate Dean for Academic Programs and for a long time the only coach who ever brought a prospective student by his office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was Kay Yow. She wanted her “girls” to know what they were getting into academically, because she knew they knew through her what they were getting into as it relates to the competitive spirit in women’s basketball.
Chancellor Oblinger asked that a moment of silence be observed in recognition and in honor of Coach Kay Yow.
Chancellor Oblinger announced that Founders Day is March 7 and there will be a weeklong celebration.
Chancellor Oblinger will give a State of the University Address Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Stewart Theater. He noted that there would be considerable attention paid to the budget.
The Princeton Review listed NC State as sixth out of the top ten public universities in America that they termed best values. This is a combination of cost, accessibility, quality, and the ability of students who leave us as alumni to find meaningful employment in today’s market place.
The University will have five members rotate off the Board of Trustees and one of those five is the Student Body President. The other trustees either fill out someone’s four-year term or have a four-year team of their own and of the remaining four, two will be appointed by Governor Purdue and two by the Board of Governors.
The Campus Culture Taskforce Draft Report is now on the Student Affair’s website. Chancellor Oblinger noted that it is a fine draft report, but they are soliciting input, reaction, suggestions, etc., and he has delayed turning in the final report from early February to the end of February.
Chancellor Oblinger announced that he would be meeting with the Board of Governors on Friday to have an additional seven-hour workshop on tuition and fees.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that the administration and the Deans in concert with department heads have been spending a lot of time on the budget for the last two months. He solicited suggestions on how to address the budget situation.
Chancellor Oblinger urged people to go to the homepage to find out where the University stands on the budget. The administration will begin to get increasingly specific, especially since people want to know if there will be jobs lost if we get these levels of cuts. Chancellor Oblinger stated that the answer is yes.
5. Risk Assessment and Campus Safety
Tina Nelson, Risk Assessment and Campus Safety Manager stated that her role is to help administer the threat assessment team. There are several different individuals on that team, which includes representatives from University Police, Office of Student Conduct, Counseling Center, and the Department of Housing. As a team they look at incidents where there is concern about students, faculty or staff. Staff and faculty issues will have representatives from Human Resources and will have legal representatives present to give legal advice.
The group meets weekly to review cases and Tina meets daily with the University Police to make sure that they are doing what they need to do to properly assess these cases.
Nelson urged the faculty to contact her at 513-4224 or you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Budget Reductions Strategies and Options
Chair Martin provided a copy of a summary put together by Provost Nielsen with a cover letter from the Chancellor, of information the Senate requested in a resolution to receive reports from the various units on budget cuts.
Chair Martin requested that everyone who wanted to participate break out into four groups to discuss and identify university-level programs, strategies, processes that can be eliminated, reorganized, etc., to meet the challenge of cutting $36 million from the University’s continuing budget.
Everyone reassembled into one group and representatives from the groups offered input on where they thought cuts should be taken.
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.