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February 23, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the eleventh 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.

Chair Overton announced that the spring elections are under way.  The colleges will be electing Senators, Grievance Panel members, and members to serve on the Hearing panel.  The Senate will also elect 2 delegates and 1 alternate to the Faculty Assembly and two delegates to serve on the Athletics Council. 

Chair Overton announced that so far three nominations have been received for the Chair-elect position.

Chair Overton announced that the new General Counsel, Eileen Goldgeier will be on campus mid March and the new Chancellor will be here on April 1st.

Executive Committee
Chair Overton updated the Senate on discussions in the Executive Committee meeting.

The Executive Committee discussed the issue of communication in their last meeting.  Also, there was a discussion about assigning additional duties to the Secretary of the Faculty. 

Chair Overton stated that the Executive Committee has put together an ad hoc committee to help consider the way and style that the Senate communicates.  Secretary Hergeth will chair that committee.

3. Comments from Provost Arden
Provost Arden reported that there are no major changes in the budget situation since his last report to the Senate.

Korean Initiative
Provost Ardent stated that the BOT passed several resolutions on the Korean initiative and the bottom line on those is the resolutions give us the ability to accept the funding from the Koreans and to continue planning, but they put the breaks on moving forward in any major way with respect to submitting applications to the Administrative Applications Science and Technology for implementing on the ground programs on site in Korea. 

4. Campus Threat Assessment 
Tina Nelson, Threat Assessment Case Manager stated that after the shooting event on February 12th  at the University of Alabama there has been a lot of debate on having a program that addresses faculty, staff, and student issues.  NC State is the only University in the system that has a Threat Assessment Team that addresses not only students of concern, but also faculty and staff. 

Nelson talked about some of the services that are available here on campus, and she also discussed what her office is doing to address faculty and staff concerns. 

5. Approval of the Minutes, February 9, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

6. Comments on Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi
Kathy Brown announced that Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi are the two general honor societies here on campus as opposed to the specific honor societies. She asked for feedback from the Senate on how to raise awareness with the faculty. A brief discussion on the issue followed. 

Chair Overton suggested that an email be sent from the faculty listserv asking faculty to self-identify to see if it will bring in more people.

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

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