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January 12, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Margery Overton called the eighth meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Lawrence Davenport, Chair of the Board of Trustees, will give comments at our next Faculty Senate meeting.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 in the Hood Board Room of the Park Alumni Center on Centennial Campus.

Dr. Robert St. Amant from the College of Engineering will complete Senator Honeycutt’s term on the Faculty Senate. 

Senators are invited to the women’s basketball game on January 25th.  There are plans for invitations to two men’s basketball games on February 10th and March 7th against Virginia Tech and Boston College. 

3. Comments from Chancellor Woodward
Chancellor Woodard stated that Chancellor Elect-Woodson is an excellent appointment for this university.  He has spent most of his career at Purdue where he excelled in every position he held.  In many ways he is the face of Purdue University.  In his current position Dr. Woodson is the Chief Academic Officer for the entire system which enrolls in access of 70,000 students.

Chancellor Woodard said the new Chancellor is likely to be in office on April 1, 2010, and between now and then he will make a number of visits to our campus.

State Funding
Chancellor Woodward reported that NC State had put together a budget this year that assumed a 10% cut in state funding and the distributed funding was held back five percent.  He does not think we will have to start this year worrying about further cuts this academic year.

Talley Student Center
Chancellor Woodward reported that the Talley project is important to this campus in order to attract the undergraduate students we want. We must give them a gathering place that properly presents the image of NC State.  The Board of Governors discussed fees last week, and our fee was part of those discussions.  The President will make his recommendations next month, and the Board will then act. 

Chancellor’s  House
Chancellor Woodward stated that the project is moving forward very well.  Sufficient private money has been raised to build.  It is a $3M house and it is roughly the same size as the one he built in Charlotte, and it is uniquely designed for this campus. His goal is to break ground on the house before he leaves. 

Hillsborough Street Post Office
Chancellor Woodward responded to concerns about the closing of the Hillsborough Street Post Office.  The City Council passed a resolution with the leadership of Thomas Crowder, and the resolution has gone to the appropriate people in the Postal Service asking that the office not be closed.  He plans to also write a letter requesting that the Hillsborough Street Post Office remains open.

4. Approval of the Minutes, December 1, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

5. Faculty Senate Spring 2010 Elections (Senators, Grievance Panel, Discharge Hearing Panel)
Information was handed out with the number of open slots for each college.  There was a discussion on involving the deans to persuade faculty to get more involved in faculty governance.

6. Issues of Concern
Senator Kiwanuka-Tondo stated a concern about the performance of NC State’s athletic teams.

Chair Overton stated that the Senate will plan a meeting to talk about this and to talk about the relationship between athletics and the other good things that NC State does.  She noted that Chancellor-Elect Woodson mentioned this when he spoke at the Board of Governors on Friday.

7. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

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