Minutes - April 21, 1999
The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University reconvened on Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at 3:00 p.m. in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Althaus, Anderson, Baldwin, Bernstein, Blattner, Bruening, Chartrau, Cwick, Domazlicky, Eddleman, Farris, Gifford, Green, Hamilton, Johnson, Kulatunga, MacLeay, McKee, Naugler, Needels, Olesen, Pollina, Puryear, Robinson, Willingham, and Yeo. Alternates Shelba Branscum and Mike Delgado were present, as were President Nitzschke, Assistant to the President Art Wallhausen, Senior Associate Provost Dennis Holt, and Gail Overbey, Chairperson of the Grants and Research Funding Committee.
Report from the President
President Nitzschke reported that Provost Kupchella had been selected to be President of the University of North Dakota and would be leaving Southeast later this summer. The President provided Senators copies of the Faculty Handbook provisions regarding the Provost search and selection processes. General discussion took place. By mutual consent, the Senate agreed to select the faculty members who will serve on the Search Committee by the end of the semester. That Committee would begin work during the summer, and early in the fall semester the Senate will consider making recommendations regarding expanded membership of the Committee.
Grants and Research Funding
Dr. Gail Overbey, Chair of the Committee, provided an overview of the Committee’s funding activity. The Committee will make additional funding decisions at a meeting to be held next week.
Senator Anderson, Chair of the Committee, provided an overview of the Committee’s activities during the past academic year. Senator Anderson explained the proposed changes to the Graduation With Honors bill.
Senator Eddleman moved that the proposed bill be brought to the table. Senator Kulatunga seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Senator Robinson called the question. By a voice vote the bill was approved unanimously.
(See Addendum A)
The Senate was provided with an overview of the Committee’s activities during the past academic year.
Senator Althaus, Chair of the Committee, provided the Faculty Senate with an overview of the topics discussed during the past academic year.
Senator Pollina, Chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee had had no grievances reported to them, so therefore, they did not have a report.
Senator Farris, Chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee had spent the year filling vacancies on the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Committees. He also reported that Tom Wallgren from Computer Science, Linda Heitman from Nursing, Bill Eddleman from Biology, and Mohammed Ali from Chemistry have been elected to serve as Senators from their respective departmental units. Michelle Redfearn will serve as Senator Heitman’s Alternate.
Dr. Shelba Branscum, Chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee was going to ask for 2% in raises: 1.5% base merit and .5% for exceptional merit at the Budget Meeting on Wednesday, April 28.
Senator Baldwin, Chair of the Committee, distributed copies of a draft of the proposed Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments bill. Friendly amendments were made to the bill. Senator Eddleman called for the question. Senator Cwick seconded the motion. By a show of hands, 26 Yes votes and 1 No vote, the bill was passed. (See Addendum B)
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.