University Senate Minutes 18 Nov 2011


Deborah MacMillan

Recorder Email: 
Meeting Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2011
Date of Next Meeting: 
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:30pm
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Minutes Text: 

Present: Kirk Armstrong, Mike Augustine, Andrei Barkovskii Ryan Brown, Scott Butler, Dianne Chamblee, Jan Clark, Martha Colvin, David de Posada, Diane Gregg, Jen Maraziti, Bryan Marshall, Ken McGill, Rebecca McMullen, Cara Meade, Leslie Moore, David Muschell, Lyndall Muschell, Amy Pinney, Stas Preczewski, Stephen Price, Jason Rich, Holley Roberts, Mike Rose, Chris Skelton, Susan Steele, John Swinton, Craig Turner, Edward Whatley, Catherine Whelan.

Absent: Susan Allen, Carol Bader, Beauty Bragg, Toi Franks, Liz Havey, Will Hobbs, Greg Mahan, Mike Whitfield.

Regrets: Stephen Auerbach, Dean Baker, Carrie Cook, Jennifer Flory, Sandra Jordan, Evan Karanovich, Josh Kitchens, Deborah MacMillan, Mary Magoulick, Judith Malachowski, Maxwell Pichan, Doreen Sams.

Note: While not a formal member of the University Senate, Matt Rogers, Graduate Assistant of the 2011-2012 University Senate, extended his regrets for this meeting.


Matthew Buchanan - Administrative Specialist, Academic Affairs,

Lucy Kachmarik - Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education,

Elizabeth McCauley - Parking Services Monitor,

David Muschell - Parliamentarian of the 2011-2012 University Senate,

Tom Ormond - Associate Provost,

Joanne Raatz - Student.

Call to Order: Jan Clark, Presiding Officer of the 2011-2012 University Senate, called the meeting to order at 3:34pm.

Agenda: A motion to approve the 18 Nov 2011 agenda, as circulated, was made, seconded, and approved.

Minutes: A motion to postpone consideration of the 28 Oct 2011 University Senate meeting minutes to the next University Senate meeting – scheduled for 27 Jan 2012 – was made, seconded, and approved.

President’s Report: Stas Preczewski, Interim University President, provided the President’s Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Provost’s Report: Tom Ormond, Associate Provost, provided the Provost’s Report.

  • Provost Jordan sends her regrets and is currently taking part in airport interviews for the Director of the Did everyone receive our first Academic Affairs newsletter? If yes, December’s is in the works. Just another way for us to keep everyone apprised of what our office is doing.
  • SACS: Two items: (1) Suzanne Ozment (our SACS consultant) visited campus on November 9 to work with our SACS standards’ writers – comments from session attendees were very positive (2) Compliance Assist Training for standards’ writers is underway with a due date to train all writers on or before December 5.
  • 2012-2013 Academic Affairs budget proposal discussions are underway. More to come later from Dr. Jordan.
  • Two accreditation visits were held recently (1) American Association of Museum (AMM) and (2) The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). While no final word has been forthcoming, preliminary reports appeared quite positive. Faculty and staff who participated in both visits should be applauded and thanked.

Interim President Preczewski supplemented this report from the floor with the following information:

  • American Association of Museums (AAM): The Governor’s Mansion will be one of only three Historic house/sites recognized in the state of Georgia with AAM with accreditation approval pending.
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): While AACSB reaccreditation is not official until it is confirmed by a vote the AACSB Board, the AACSB site visit could not have gone better. The members of the site visiting team were extremely complimentary of the College of Business providing an extremely positive review and indicating their intention to strongly recommend our College of Business for reaccreditation to the AACSB Board.
  • The Middle Grades Program received national recognition as a Top Program from NaPOMLE.
  • University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby recognized our Enrollment Management division with the 2011 gold level Chancellor’s Outstanding Customer Service Excellence Award.

Faculty Affairs Policy Committee (FAPC) Report: Craig Turner, FAPC Chair, provided the FAPC report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy Committee (RPIPC) Report: Jen Maraziti, Staff Council Chair and RPIPC member, provided the RPIPC report on behalf of Judith Malachowsk, RPIPC Chair. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Student Affairs Policy Committee (SAPC) Report: Dianne Chamblee, SAPC Chair, provided the SAPC Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Student Government Association (SGA) Report: While each of the selected student senators – Evan Karanovich, and Maxwell Pichan – had extended regrets and were unable to attend this meeting, they had emailed Jan Clark requesting that she let the University Senators know that the Student Government Association had directed a formal resolution to the University President that advocated for reinstituting a fall commencement ceremony effective as early as December 2012. Interim President Preczewski indicated that he has endorsed this resolution for steering to the appropriate university committees for consideration. The steering of this SGA resolution has been considered in consultation with the Executive Committee of the University Senate and is being steered to the Academic Policy Committee.

Academic Policy Committee (APC) Report: Amy Pinney, APC Chair, provided the APC Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Curriculum and Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC) Report: Ryan Brown, CAPC Chair, provided the CAPC Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Executive Committee of the University Senate (ECUS) Report: Jan Clark, Presiding Officer of the University Senate and ECUS Chair, provided the ECUS Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

University System of Georgia Faculty Council (USGFC) Report: Catherine Whelan, institutional USGFC voting representative due to her role as Presiding Officer Elect of the University Senate, provided the USGFC Report. This report is attached to these meeting minutes.

Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business.

New Business: There was no new business.

Announcements: Jan Clark invited announcements from the membership.

University Senate Calendar: Jan Clark summarized the upcoming events on the calendar of the University Senate including upcoming meetings of Standing Committees (Friday 2 Dec 2011 3:30-4:45 & Friday 12 Jan 2012 3:30-4:45), the next meeting of the University Senate (Friday 27 Jan 2012 3:30-4:45 A&S 2-72) and noted that the deadline for motion submission is always no later than fifteen calendar days prior to a University Senate meeting. The Jan 2012 motion submission deadline is 12 Jan 2012.

Adjourn: There being no further business, a motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved. The meeting adjourned at 4:37pm.

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