University Senate Minutes 23 Sep 2011


Deborah MacMillan

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Meeting Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2011
Date of Next Meeting: 
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 3:30pm
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University Senate Meeting Minutes
September 23, 2011
Location: Arts & Sciences 2-72

Present: Andrei Barkovskii, Catherine Whelan, Craig Turner, Dianne Chamblee, Jan Clark, Josh Kitchens, Kirk Armstrong, Martha Colvin, Ryan Brown, Interim President Stas Preczewski, Susan Allen, Beauty Bragg, Debby MacMillan, Doreen Sams, Evan Karanovich, Jason Rich, Judith Malachowski, Leslie Moore, Lyndall Muschell, Mary Magoulick, Mike Rose, Rebecca McMullen, Scott Butler, Susan Steele, Amy Pinney, Cara Meade, Carrie Cook, Chris Skelton, David de Posada, Diane Gregg, Jen Maraziti, John Swinton, Ken McGill, Stephen Price, Stephen Auerbach. 

Regrets: Holley Roberts, Jennifer Flory, Edward Whatley, Liz Havey, Provost Sandra Jordan, Dean Baker. 

Absent: Will Hobbs, Toi Franks, Mike Whitfield, Maxwell Pichan, Fadhili Mshana, Greg Mahan, Bryan Marshall, Mike Augustine, Carol Bader.

Guests: David Muschell (Parliamentarian), Matt Rogers (Graduate Assistant), Elizabeth McCauley, Lucy Kachmarik, Kay Anderson, Elaine Whitaker, Tom Ormond.

At the beginning of the University Senate meeting, Presiding Officer Jan Clark asked for a moment of silence in recognition of the two Georgia College students who tragically lost their lives in an automobile accident.

Call to Order

  • Jan Clark - CALLED TO ORDER @ 3:30
  • A motion to approve the agenda as circulated was made, seconded and approved.
  • A motion to approve the minutes was made and seconded, and during the discussion a number of editorial changes were offered as amendments to the minutes from the floor. Following this discussion, the minutes were approved as amended.

Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee: Ken McGill

Ken McGill introduced the representatives of the Heidrick & Struggles Consultant Firm (Ellen Brown, George Conway, Tracy Smith) who will be assisting GC with the presidential search. Ken indicated there would be a brief meeting immediately following the University Senate meeting for faculty who have not already done so, to meet with the representatives and to provide feedback to them. A series of meetings has been held over the last few days to try and get as much participation as possible.

President’s Report: Interim President Stas Preczewski

  • GC has a new Chief of Police on board named Scott Beckner. We also have a new University Architect & Director of Facilities Planning on board named Michael Rickenbaker. The renovation of Ennis was approved by the USG and now goes on to the Georgia Legislature for approval. The Chancellor will be here to visit in October for a brief visit ( about 3 hours). Dr. Preczewski plans to start the tour with Ennis, Terrell, and Beason and then move to facilities that have been renovated like Education and Health Sciences. This approach is because the focus for new funding is on renovations and not on building new facilities. Dr. Preczewski announced that GC would fund the remaining portion of the Faculty Salary Survey. He also announced that a consultant firm has been selected for the Staff Salary Survey. USG has also announced that it will increase the amount of money to be put into the TRS retirement fund, but the ORP will not increased.
  • Strategic planning process (18 – 24 months) is just in the beginning stages. The main focus for this year is on data collection.

Provost Report: Associate Provost Tom Ormond reporting for Provost Jordan

Dr. Ormond announced that 14 submissions were received for new Teaching Circles. He hopes to be able to fund all of these. SACS has secured a consultant, Suzanne Ozment – USG Aiken. Robin Hoffman is the new SACS liaison, and she is from Stone Mountain.

We are in the process of getting Digital Warehousing Software, the committee is working on that piece now and we hope to have one secured soon. Additionally we will be clarifying the committee assignment for SACS with the chairs of the committees. It appears that we may have a more flexible timeline than we originally thought.

University Senate Committee Reports

SubCommittee on Nominations (SCoN) - Ken McGill (committee chair)

  • Motion 1112.CN.002.O: To adopt the slate of nominees for the 2011-2012 University Senate officers and committees as proposed in the supporting documents.
  • This motion was presented by Ken McGill, and as the motion comes from committee, it does not require a second. The University Senate approved the motion as presented.

Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPC) - Ryan Brown (committee chair)

  • CAPC met in A&S 216 on September 2 at 3:30.  The next CAPC meeting will occur in A&S 216 on October 7, 2011.  See meeting minutes for more information.
  • Action Items for the University Senate:
    • Motion 1112.CAPC.001.C: To change the name of the Master of Education in Secondary Education to Master of Education in Secondary Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
      • This motion was presented by Ryan Brown, and as this motion comes from committee, it does not need a second. The University Senate approved the motion as presented.
      • Information Items:

The CAPC officers for 2011-12 are Ryan Brown (chair), Diane Gregg (vice chair), and Cara Meade (secretary)

The UCC ad hoc committee charter was amended at the last meeting and the most recent version has been filed with ECUS.  The 2011-12 UCC members are as follows.

Senators:  Scott Butler, Mary Magoulick, Cara Meade (vice chair), and John Swinton (chair)

Non-Senators: Martha Allen, Kay Anderson (secretary), Kevin Crabb, Esther Lopez, Stephanie McClure, Caralyn Zehnder, CAO Appointee

UCC approved courses for September:

B1 Sections

The New Biology: Promise and Peril

B2 Sections

Myth, Magic, and the Modern World

Orienting to the Middle East

Love Pleasure, Friendship, and the Good Life

Global Perspectives Overlay

ECON 3220: International Trade

BCOM 4283: Global and Intercultural Business Communication

Items for October 7 meeting:

New concentrations in Liberal Studies Program.

Discussion of assessment of CUBE.

Academic Policy Committee (APC) - Amy Pinney (committee chair)

Discussed the plans to review the issue of the increasing number of required statements on course syllabi. A subcommittee has been formed to look at this issue. Stated that there was some confusion regarding return to work date for 10-month faculty and what is currently posted. This issue needs more discussion and clarification and will be added to ECUS agenda in two weeks.

Student Affairs Policy Committee (SAPC) - Dianne Chamblee (committee chair)

Reported that the SAPC would wait to work on the Sexual Harassment Policy until Jennifer Graham’s committee finishes reviewing the Sexual Harassment Policy. SAPC is developing a report regarding retention of students and hopes to “look outside the box” for new approaches. An item on the agenda for discussion at the next meeting is Bobcat Vision Management.

Student Government Association (SGA) update - Evan Karanovich (SGA President)

Information was provided regarding the ribbon cutting planned for October 14 at the new Wellness and Recreation Center. The Wellness and Recreation Center will open on October 24th. The Give Center construction will begin in the next few days. The Den (student lounge) has now received a security camera. Other issues to be discussed this year are:  pedestrian safety, textbook cost, textbook rental vs. textbook purchase, and putting textbooks for core courses in the library. Information was provided regarding the new mascot. Discussions are underway that will look into working with the College of Health Sciences to provide a CPR Clinic.

Resources, Planning and Institutional Policy Committee (RPIPC) - Judith Malachowski (committee chair)

RPIPC met on September 9, 2011. The focus of the meeting was “meet and greet” and a brief overview of each member’s constituent group(s). We began a general discussion of committee operating procedures. The next meeting is scheduled for October 14.

Primary agenda items

Kyle Cullars on the bookstore and textbook ordering

Approval of operating procedures

Faculty Affairs Policy Committee (FAPC) - Craig Turner (committee chair) 

A report providing a summary of the FAPC deliberation at its 2 September 2011 meeting is attached to these minutes.

New Business: None

Unfinished Business: None

Adjourned: 4:39


  • Standing Committees meet Friday October 7th at 3:30 pm
  • Motions due by October 13
  • University Senate meets Friday, October 28th at 3:30 pm

Submitted by Deborah MacMillan

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