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September 4, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 2nd meeting of the 59th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner welcomed Senator Derek Aday, a new senator from CALS and announced that Santiago Piedrafita (absent) would be the new senator from the College of Design.  

Chair Kellner reviewed information from the Faculty Senate handbook.

Chair Kellner stated that he met with  two scholars from Japan who were interviewing people at the local universities regarding faculty governance.  He pointed out to them that NC State’s Senate model is different from other models in the UNC System, which have larger Senates and fewer meetings with more being done by committees.

Chair Kellner reported that Karen Helm attended the Executive Committee meeting to discuss the SACS process.  She wants to make sure that everyone is being informed of the process of inventorying all of the credentials of every faculty member at NC State and what an enormous task this is going to be.

Chair Kellner attended the 604/607 training last week that was offered by Sarah Lannom from the Office of Legal Affairs.  He reported that the grievance process continues to be a difficult process, but we will continue to work on it. 

Chair Kellner reported that another process that is beginning is the Physical Master Plan Revision Advisory Committee and that there will be an opportunity for the Senate to bring to the table concerns and new ideas about what might be possible to change the physical structure of the campus for the better. 

The Tuition Review Advisory Committee had its first meeting.  This is where they discuss what the number is going to be for the tuition increase next year. 

Chair Kellner solicited Senate representation to serve on the Administrative Board of the Graduate School and on the CEST (Campus Environment Sustainability Team).

Chair Kellner stated that the implementation of BORST is something that he has protested because there is no faculty representation.  He feels that there is always a concern when we don’t have an ear and a voice in matters of academic interest.                                                                                                                         

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 1, August 21, 2012
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4. Remarks from Mike Mullen, Vice Chancellor/Dean of Academic & Student Affairs
Vice Chancellor Mullen hails from Indiana and holds two degrees from Purdue University and a PhD in Soil Science from NC State. He is an alum of CALS and Professor in the Soil Science Department. 

Mullen stated that he sees what has been done  in the new department of Academic and Student  Affairs as a start, not a finish.  He was intrigued by this model and was also very intrigued by  the enthusiasm of Chancellor Woodson and Provost Arden when  he spoke to them about the opportunity to take what he considers to be pretty successful student numbers and make them even better.

5. Questions for Louis Hunt, University Registrar
The senators submitted questions and concerns that they would like the registrar to address when he gives remarks at the next meeting.

6. Discussion of Senate Topics of Interest
The votes and comments from the last meeting were tabulated by Secretary Sawyers and the top three topics of interest were Distance Ed, Faculty Recognition, and Governance.   There was a lengthy discussion on the issue of distance education where a number of concerns were  voiced.

7.  Issues of Concern
A faculty member from CALS is concerned that a group of students was not approved to take a  study abroad trip to Australia.  Chair Kellner assigned the issue to the Academic Policy Committee.

Senator Snyder inquired about the functioning of security cameras in DSO.  Chair Kellner assigned the issue to the Resources and Environment Committee.

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 p.m.

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