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1.  Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the ninth 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 announced Janet Hudson’s resignation from the Senate.  Janet served three and a half years on the Senate and two and a half of those years were served on the Executive Committee.  The Senate recognized and expressed their appreciation of her service to the Senate and the University.

Senator Cindy Hemenway will replace Janet Hudson as Chair of the Academic Policy Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Chair Martin summarized what was discussed in the December 4th Executive Committee meeting.  The discussions were largely about items they anticipate coming from the committees in the second half of the session. 

The Martin Luther King Seminar will be in Stewart Theatre tomorrow at noon.  Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center will be the speaker. 

The Millennium Seminar will be on January 26 and President Bill Clinton will be the speaker. There will be live web cast.

The Emerging Issues Forum will be February 9-10 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Chair Martin announced that he sent a note to Coach Yow on behalf of the faculty.  He asked that everyone keep her in their thoughts and prayers.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, December 2, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that we had to give back 4% of this year’s budget and he anticipates we will have to give back up to 7% by the end of this year. He stated that they have created an approach so that we (NCSU) are prepared for a one time 7% budget cut this year. 

5. Sustainability at NC State
Tracy Dixon, Director of Sustainability gave a quick overview on the Office of Sustainability.  She talked about what sustainability is and how the campus might get involved.

6. Policies for Consideration
REG 05.20.10 Evaluation of Teaching

Senator Hemenway, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that the Academic Policy and Evaluation of Teaching Committees met last Friday and made some changes to the document.  She reviewed the changes and moved approval of the document. The motion passed unanimously to approve the document.

7. Faculty Senate /Constituency Communication
Senator Lindsay, Chair of the Governance Committee reported that the committee met several times on this topic and the goal is to determine ways to improve communication.  The committee drafted a policy on Faculty Senate communication and would like feedback from the Senate before moving forward.

There was a lengthy discussion on the issue before it was sent back to the committee for further discussion. 

8.  Adjournment
Chair Martin adjourned the meeting at 5:05p.m.


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