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2000-2001 Senate

Minutes


Wednesday, May 9, 2001, 2:00 p.m., Alumni Center, Bootstrapper Hall



24 Continuing Senators + Past President

Attendees (19 +1): N. Bacon, W. Bacon, Carlson, El-Rewini, File, Hagen, Landis, O'Connell, Paterson, Sobel, Smith, Valle

Excused (2): Chung, Coyne, Shroder, Smallwood

Unexcused: Engelmann, Fawcett, Johnson, Mande, Mitchell, Thompson, Barron-McKeagney, Tuan, Zhao



13 Retiring Senators

Attendees (9): Bartle, Baum, J. Carroll, Elder, Falconer Al-Hindi, Irvin, Metal-Corbin,

Excused (4): Allen, Foster, Metal-Corbin, Shaw

Unexcused: DeLone, Haworth,



13 Newly Elected Senators

Attendees (11): Bragg, Bruckner, M. Carroll, Dickson, Helm, Littrell, Neathery-Castro, Pedersen, E. Williams, Wolcott

Excused (2): Bruckner, Sadlek, Schulte

Unexcused: Nazem,



03 Replacement Senators for Sabbaticals

Permanent Replacement for Sobel (1 Year Sabbatical): S. Williams

Temporary Replacement for Carlson (Fall Semester Sabbatical): Latchaw (Excused)




2001-2002 Faculty Senate = 37 Senators + Past President


Presiding Officers: Paterson & W. Bacon (Constitution, Article IV & Bylaws, Article I, Section 1)

Parliamentarian: Bartle (Constitution, Article IV)

Guests: Paul Kosel, Chairperson, Staff Advisory Council

Stephanie Trudell, Student Senate/Faculty Senate Liaison

Michael O'Connor, Higher Education Reporter, Omaha World Herald

Quorum: Simple Majority/19 (Constitution, Article IV)


  1. Official Call To Order: Senator Paterson called the meeting to order.


  2. Introduction of Guests: Senator Paterson introduced the following guests.


    1. Staff Advisory Council Chair: Paul Kosel


    2. Student Senate/Faculty Senate Liaison: Stephanie Trudell


    3. Higher Education Reporter for the Omaha World Herald: Michael O'Connor


  3. Presentation and Approval of Minutes: Senator Paterson asked for approval of the April 11, minutes (agenda attachments 1-22). The minutes were approved as submitted.


  4. Motion to Suspend the Rules: To ensure a quorum is present, the Executive Committee requests a "suspension of the rules" to move the Committee on Rules' resolutions and reconsideration of the Shanghai Program Resolution 2534 (Old Business) to items V and VI on the agenda.


Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved suspension of the rules.



Second: Senator __ seconded the motion.



Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Standing Committee Report


    1. Committee on Rules: Senator Sobel moved the following resolutions.


      1. Resolutions


        1. Resolution 2543 05/09/01: Committee on Rules


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Academic Fees:



Karen Robinson (to replace Laura Dickson)

John Maloney (to replace Manoj Sharma)

Edmund Tisko (to replace Joseph La Voie)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2544 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the Committee on Goals and Directions each for a one-year term from 05/09/01, through 05/08/02, to the Academic Planning Council:



Ethel Williams, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs (to replace Melodee Landis)

Ann Coyne, Committee on Goals and Directions (re-appointment)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2546 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching:



Susan Maher, College of Arts and Sciences (to replace Angela Valle)

Joanne Sowell, College of Fine Arts (to replace Larry Bradshaw)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2547 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Athletics:



Richard File (to replace Leah Pietron)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2548 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Computer Usage:



Marchel Austin (to replace Kathleen Henebry)

William Clute (to replace Kim Sosin)

Ronald Bauers (to replace Deborah Smith-Howell)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 0000 05/09/01: Committee on Rules = RESOLUTION TABLED


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:



TBA (to replace Russell Smith)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2549 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:



Manoj Sharma ( to replace Carol Ebdon) Ineke Marshall (to replace Juliette Parnell-Smith)

Maria Elvira Villamil (to replace Nicholas Stergiou)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2550 05/09/01: Committee on Rules


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the Parking Advisory Committee:



John Bartle (to replace Frederic Laquer)

Donald Greer (to replace John Noble)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2551, 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, on the University Committee on Research (UCR):



Mark Rousseau (to replace Roni Reiter-Palmon, A&S, Social Science) Thomas Lorsbach (to replace John Hill, Education) Gary Day (to replace Douglas Paterson, Fine Arts)

Roger Hoburg (to replace John Shroder, At-Large)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2552, 05/09/01: Committee on Rules


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the University Committee on Student Affairs:



Barbara Simcoe (to replace Barbara Simcoe) Carolyn Gascoigne (to replace Andrew Smallwood)

Scott Harrington (to replace Maria Elvira Villamil)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2553 05/09/01: Committee on Rules


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, to the Student Publications Board:



Frederic Laquer (reappointment)

Sheri Wilson (reappointment)



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2554, 05/09/01: Committee on Rules (last minute addition=R# out of sequence)


BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as the graduate faculty representative to serve a two-year appointment from 08/01/01, through 07/31/04, on the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs:



Ethel Williams



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.





        1. Resolution 2555, 05/09/01: Committee on Rules


WHEREAS, it is the charge of the Faculty Senate Committee on Rules to provide to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs a list of twice as many willing faculty than are actually needed to serve on Dean Search Committees, and



WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate Committee on Rules has discharged this responsibility in an effective and timely manner twice within the past twelve months (fourteen faculty nominees in the case of the Arts and Science Dean Search, and another fourteen nominees in the case of the CPACS Dean Search), and



WHEREAS, those faculty members chosen to serve have, in good faith, spent a great deal of time and effort discharging their duties, and



WHEREAS, in the case of the search for a Dean of Arts and Sciences, the search committee's recommendation was declined without satisfactory explanation, resulting in the resignation of two members of the committee, and



WHEREAS, faculty are reluctant to serve on committees in which they perceive no useful outcome of their service, therefore making it extremely difficult to recruit faculty to said committees; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate encourages the administration to clarify the position the faculty search committee plays in the hiring of deans, and to provide clear and specific guidelines for such an important task.



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Sobel moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Old Business


    1. Shanghai Program Resolution: Senator N. Bacon proposed reconsideration of the Shanghai resolution (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum).


Resolution 2556, 05/10/01: Amendment of Resolution 2534 on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha amends previously adopted Resolution 2534 as follows:



Resolution 2534, 03/07/01: Executive Committee and Cabinet



WHEREAS, on February 26, 2001, the global e-learning project in cooperation with the International Institute for Information Science and Technology (IIIST) in Shanghai, China was contractually extended in its research and design stage, and



WHEREAS the UNOmaha faculty bear the primary responsibility for the integrity of all UNOmaha degrees and the pedagogical legitimacy of all UNOmaha course offerings, and



WHEREAS, the UNOmaha-IIIST project does not clearly fit into the objectives of the UNOmaha Strategic Plan, and



WHEREAS, global studies remain an important and attractive part of the UNOmaha educational experience for students "to find their place in the world," and

WHEREAS, pedagogical issues involving project courses required for UNOmaha degree programs remain unresolved and require prompt on-site clarification and creative problem-solving, therefore



BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNOmaha Faculty Senate strongly recommends that the Strategic Plan be amended to reflect UNOmaha's continuing commitment to international education, and



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UNOmaha Faculty Senate strongly recommends that delegations from the English and Communication Departments be urgently dispatched to Shanghai for the purposes of issue clarification and problem-solving discussions with the IIIST administration and instructional staff.



Discussion:



  1. End of Suspension of Rules: Return to standard agenda format.


  2. Officers Reports


    1. President's Report: Senator Paterson reported on the following.


      1. Written Reports


        1. Executive Committee and Administration, April 18 (agenda attachment 23)


        2. Chancellor's Council, April 19 (agenda attachment 24)


      1. Verbal Reports


        1. Deans Forum: Per majority agreement by the full senate, the president's report on the activities of the Deans Forum will be given verbally only in order to respect and ensure the confidentiality of the issue discussed therein. No written report will be provided nor minutes taken.


          1. Senate Representation on Deans Forum: At the April 4, Executive Committee and Cabinet meeting Senator Paterson suggested inviting Vice Chancellor Hodgson to the next meeting to address the issue of why the Deans Forum continues to refuse senate representation at their meetings. All present agreed. Vice Chancellor Hodgson was unable to attend the May 2, meeting but has confirmed attendance on June 6.


          2. Resolution: See Resolutions 2556 and 2587 below..


      2. Announcements


        1. Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Banquet: All senators who served during the 2000-2001 academic year as well as all new 2001-2002 senators should have received an invitation from Chancellor Belck to attend the annual banquet on Thursday, May 10. The event will be held in the MBSC Nebraska Room and Ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. (agenda attachment 25)


        2. Board of Regents: The next meeting is scheduled for May 18-19.


        3. Change in Directions Announced for Parking at Civic for May 5 Commencement:

"This morning, May 3, city officials changed the flow of traffic around Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha. As of today, 19th Street has returned to one-way status. This change nullifies the directions sent out by campus officials May 2 in conjunction with Saturday's commencement ceremony at the Civic Auditorium. Platform party, guests and faculty should ignore those directions and proceed north on 19th Street to arrive at the designated lots or parking structure. For more information, call x4-3509." (Copied from 05/03/01 ENotes.)



    1. Vice President/President-Elect's Report: Senator W. Bacon


No report.



    1. Secretary-Treasurer's Report: Senator El-Rewini reported on the following.


Written Reports: April 30 (agenda attachment 26)



  1. Executive Committee Report: Senator W. Bacon reported on the following.


    1. Resolution 0000, 05/09/01: Presented by the Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly = DEFEATED


WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate has asked that the President of the Faculty Senate participate in the Dean's Forum, and



WHEREAS, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Dean's Forum has expressed a reluctance to include the Faculty Senate President in their deliberations, and

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate, as elected office holders, represent the interests of the faculty in a wide-array of academic and curricular issues, and



WHEREAS, the President of the Faculty Senate, as an office holder, represents the faculty in a wide-array of academic and curricular issues; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate recommends to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs that the position of Faculty Senate President also be designated Dean of the Faculty, and, with appropriate duties and responsibilities assigned, be included formally on the Dean's Forum



    1. New Charge - Review Proposed Name Change for the Department of Dramatic Arts: Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, John Farr, has requested the proposed name change from the Department of Dramatic Arts to the Department of Theatre be reviewed by the Faculty Senate prior being submitted to the Board of Regents. The change has already been approved by the Educational Policy Advisory Committee and the Deans' Forum. (agenda attachments 27-28)


Discussion: Senator Paterson reported this issue is being addressed by the Executive Committee and Cabinet rather than a standing committee to expedite the review since standing committees don't meet until August.



    1. Presider Change: President Paterson relinquishes the floor to Vice President W. Bacon


    2. Resolutions: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator Paterson presented the following Appreciation for Service resolutions.


Resolution 2557, 05/10/00: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he assumed the duties of Secretary-Treasurer in the fall due to the appointment of Hesham Ali to an administrative position, and



WHEREAS, he kept track of the Senate Budget and dutifully reported our status from month to month, and



WHEREAS, he has brought a fresh perspectives to difficult matters, and



WHEREAS, he has been a wise colleague who helps the Senate understand the needs and developments of the College of Information Science and Technology; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Professor Hesham El-Rewini for his work as Secretary-Treasurer in this academic year 2000 - 2001.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2558, 05/10/00: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has chaired the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee as well as the Cabinet with commitment and concern for all UNO faculty, and



WHEREAS, he is a passionate advocate for faculty rights, and



WHEREAS, he brought a vast institutional knowledge to numerous issues, providing both the Executive Committee and the Senate with invaluable insight, and



WHEREAS, he represents the finest traditions of UNO in scholarship, teaching; and service, all of which he has brought to the Senate; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Professor Jack Shroder for exemplary service to UNOmaha both as a Senator and Senate leader in this 2000-2001 Academic Year



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2559, 05/10/00: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, she has taken the position of Chair of the Rules Committee with consummate effectiveness as well as with the necessary great good humor, and



WHEREAS, this activity often resembles not only herding cats but trying to find cats to herd, and



WHEREAS, she embodies the ideal of the faculty member who can engage the most detailed agenda while at the same time keep an eye always on matters of principle and fairness, therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its appreciation to Professor Sharon Sobel for her leadership of the Rules Committee during this the 2000 - 2001 Academic Year; and,



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that she has a happy and productive sabbatical for the 2001-2002 Academic Year.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2560, 05/10/00: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has engaged in several dialogues of great importance to the faculty in regard to their professional development, and



WHEREAS, he has advocated for providing resources to faculty that will enhance teaching and research careers at UNOmaha, and



WHEREAS, he has graced the Executive Committee with a buoyancy and humor essential for effective group action; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Professor Chris Allen for his leadership in Chairing the Senate Professional Development Committee for the Academic Year 2000-2001.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2561, 05/10/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, she has provided leadership to the Goals and Directions Committee, and



WHEREAS, she brings an interest in social justice to the vision of UNOmaha and the Committee she chaired, and



WHEREAS, her insight to the development of UNOmaha is enhanced by her years of service and dedication to this institution; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha express its sincere appreciation to Professor Ann Coyne for Chairing the Goals and Directions Committee during this 2000-2001 Academic Year.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2562, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has as Chair of the Personnel and Welfare Committee energetically taken on numerous tasks remanded to his committee, and



WHEREAS, his and his committee researched such matters as library resources and technology effectiveness (Lotus Notes, tech support, on-line course catalogue, etc.) that are crucial for UNOmaha faculty research and teaching, and



WHEREAS, he effectively spearheaded yet another year of successful fundraising for the Senate's Paul Beck scholarship fund; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its deep appreciation to Professor Donald Baum for his capable leadership in this 2000-2001 Academic Year.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2563, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has chaired the Academic and Curricular Affairs Committee with the most capable leadership, and



WHEREAS, he has served as Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate this Senate year but seems hesitant to challenge the record set by his predecessor Dwayne Aschenbrenner, and



WHEREAS, he has provided leadership in such matters as the Fundan proposal, the minus-grade issue, and in a series of important review / approval processes, and



WHEREAS, his ideas and analysis are being sought increasingly frequently by Senators, Administrators and the general UNOmaha Faculty alike; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha sincerely thanks Professor John Bartle for the solidity of his leadership and for his dedication to the integrity of the university in this, the 2000-2001 Academic Year.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2564, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, she has served the UNOmaha Faculty Senate with skill and dedication these past six years, and



WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate has been able to function efficiently and effectively due substantially to her professional management of the Faculty Senate office, and



WHEREAS, she has brought a marvelous positive attitude to her work and to all her relationships with faculty, staff, and administration, and



WHEREAS, she will be missed greatly by the Faculty Senate and the Senate's leadership; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Sandra Jensen for her six years of superior service, and



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate expresses its deepest appreciation for all her efforts on its behalf, and



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate wishes Sandra Jensen well in her new dedication to chaplaincy in hospice and hospital care, realizing our loss is indeed a most wonderful blessing to those whom she will serve.











Resolution 2565, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, she has capably Represented the UNOmaha Faculty Senate on the university Academic Planning Council; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Professor Melodee Landis for this service.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2566, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has capably Represented the UNOmaha Faculty Senate on the university Alumni Association Board of Directors; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Professor William Wakefield for this service. Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2567, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has capably Represented the UNOmaha Faculty Senate on the Board of the American Association of University Professors; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator James Shaw for this service.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2568, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, she has capably Represented the UNOmaha Faculty Senate on the Graduate Council; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Angela Valle for this service.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2569, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has capably Represented the UNOmaha Faculty Senate on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator Franklin Thompson for this service; and,



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate also wishes Senator Thompson well on his current campaign for a seat on the Omaha City Council.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2570, 05/09/01: Executive Committee



WHEREAS, he has served capably and with extraordinary care as the Chair of the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha commends Senator James Carroll for this service.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Paterson moved the resolution.

Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution.

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



    1. Presider Change: Vice President W. Bacon relinquishes the floor to President Paterson.


    2. Resolutions Continued


Resolution 2571, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



WHEREAS, he has provided dedicated leadership of the UNOmaha Faculty Senate as President during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 academic years, and



WHEREAS, he has been an articulate, dramatic, and effective advocate for UNOmaha faculty interests to the administration, the Board of Regents and the media, and



WHEREAS, he has served with energy as the faculty's voice on the Chancellor's Council, the Budget Advisory Committee and (has tried to do so on) the Deans' Forum, and



WHEREAS, he has shared with the UNOmaha Faculty Senate his unique and stimulating blend of humor, social concern, and integrity; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNOmaha Faculty Senate thanks and congratulates Professor Doug Paterson for his service to the faculty, to the university, and to the community.



Motion: On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator W. Bacon moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Standing Committee Reports (Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1)


    1. Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs: Senator Bartle reported on the following.


      1. Written Report: April 25 (agenda attachments 29-30)


      2. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


      3. Resolution 2572, 05/09/01: Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

(agenda attachments 31-34)



WHEREAS, the goals of the proposed Center for Metropolitan Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska at Omaha are consistent with the aims of this metropolitan university, and



WHEREAS, the proposed Center promises to increase the levels of communication and cooperation among the faculty and with community members, and



WHEREAS, the language of the proposal is overly broad in some instances (e.g. "In addition, the center will be an impetus to ensure that students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will be exposed to and experience entrepreneurial issues within their academic education.") and overly narrow in others (e.g. "University organizations that would immediately benefit from entrepreneurial knowledge and connection to entrepreneurs via an entrepreneurial center are the Engineering College, the Information Science and Technology College, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center."), and



WHEREAS, the proposal does not clearly address aspect of the Center's work: graduate and undergraduate components of the proposed initiative; the involvement of the Center with full-time students, part-time student degree candidates, and non-degree students; the potential conflicts of interest which might arise from university financial support (e.g. UNO Initiative Fund) of student ventures, and



WHEREAS, the proposal calls for fund raising by the University for non-academic initiatives (e.g. the University of Nebraska Angel Fund) which may compete with fund raising in support of broader academic goals consistent with the UNO Strategic Plan and academic priorities; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate supports establishment of a Center for Metropolitan Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, while it disapproves this proposal as it is currently written, and recommends against establishment of any fund or fund-raising effort by the Center which does not take into account the impact of the Center on the needs of the whole institution.



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs, Senator Bartle moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



    1. Committee on Educational Resources and Services: Senator Baum


      1. Written Report: April 25 (agenda attachment 35)


      1. Announcement - Paul L. Beck Memorial Faculty/Staff Scholarship Winners:


        1. Graduate Full-time ($800): Stacey Nickles


        2. Undergraduate Full-time ($800): Sandra Vaughn


        3. Undergraduate Part-time ($400): Michele Binkley


      2. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


    1. Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare: Senator Shroder


      1. Written Report: A report was not submitted for the April 25, meeting.


      1. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


      2. Resolutions


        1. Resolution 2573, 05/09/01: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum)


WHEREAS, parking has been, and continues to be, a severe problem for faculty, staff, and students, and



WHEREAS, the university administration can at any time initiate new parking fees, or increase established parking fees, without recourse for those having to pay such fees, and



WHEREAS, the establishment of the facilities of the south campus with significant infusions of private monies is a most welcome addition to the overall betterment of the university, the urban and the local corporate communities, and



WHEREAS, such a gift should not also be a Trojan Horse bearing hidden additional charges for faculty staff and students, and



WHEREAS, the north campus parking fees are subsidizing free parking and free transportation for the south campus, and



WHEREAS, there are commonly too many buses, or empty buses, it is clear that the buses are not well scheduled; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate does not approve of an increase to an already iniquitous parking fees on the north campus, and



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the university administration exert every effort to: (1) charge parking fees for all the parking lots on the south campus; and/or (2) seek other gifts ways to subsidize and/or reduce the cost of operating the shuttle buses.



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare, Senator Shroder moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Resolution 2574, 04/11/01: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum) (agenda attachment 36)


WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is a tax-supported public institution that prides itself on openness and access; and



WHEREAS, the west side of campus does not abut private land where liability could occur, but instead abuts the public thoroughfares of 67th Avenue, 67th Street, and Farnam Street; and



WHEREAS, prior private agreements by UNO administrators with nearby influential neighbors about restricting access on the west should have no recognizable merit or validity under the laws of public access, in the face of the considerable needs of the many student and faculty pedestrians trying to access the campus from the west, and



WHEREAS, the west neighborhoods are already well protected by plentiful no parking signs, and can be further protected by more rigorous police enforcement of no parking restrictions upon request of the neighborhoods, and



WHEREAS, the high fence and locked gates on the west side of campus unfairly restrict public access and have no merit for a public institution; therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that a new west gate pedestrian access to campus be opened permanently, without a locked gate and with a newly maintained sidewalk from Parking Lot H to Farnam Street. , with a new lighting system and an emergency phone system to campus security.



Motion: On behalf of the Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare, Senator Shroder moved the resolution. Second: A second is not required since the committee moved the resolution. Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



    1. Committee on Goals and Directions: Senator Coyne


      1. Written Report: A report was not submitted for the April 25, meeting.


      2. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


    1. Committee on Professional Development: Senator Allen


      1. Written Report: April 25 (agenda attachment 37)


      2. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


    2. Committee on Rules: Senator Sobel


      1. Written Report: The committee meet on Wednesday, April 25; the resolutions presented in Section V, Item A, serve as minutes.


      2. 2000-2001 Final Report: Chairs are required to submit a summary of the committee's activities to the senate office by May 31.


  1. Faculty Senate Advisory Committee Reports (alphabetical)


    1. Budget Advisory Committee: Senator Douglas Paterson


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



    1. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Review Committee: Senator James Carroll


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



    1. Intercampus Resource Advisory Committee: Senator Douglas Paterson


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



  1. Non-Senate Committee Reports (alphabetical)


    1. Academic Planning Council: Senator Melodee Landis


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



    1. Alumni Association, Board of Directors: Professor William Wakefield:


Written Report: 2000-2001 Annual Report (agenda attachment 38)



    1. American Association of University Professors (AAUP): Senator James Shaw


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



    1. Graduate Council: Senator Angela Valle


Written Report: March 5 (held over from 04/11/01 due to lack of quorum), (agenda attachments 39-45)



    1. Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Senator Franklin Thompson


Written Report: A report was not been submitted.



  1. Old Business


  1. For the Good of the Order: (Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3)

  1. New Business (Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3)


  2. Official End of the 1999-2000 Faculty Senate Meeting



Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha

2001-2002 Senate Agenda


  1. Official Start of 2001-2002 Faculty Senate Meeting: Senator Paterson, Presider


  1. Change of Presidency


    1. President-Elect Assumes Office (Constitution, Article IV)


      1. Welcome (by Senator Paterson): Outgoing president welcomes new president.


      1. Thank You (by Senator W. Bacon): New president thanks outgoing president for his service. Outgoing president remains on the senate as an active, non-voting, member through December.


  1. Election of 2000-2001 Officers: One-Year Appointments (05/09/01-05/08/02)

(Constitution, Article III & Article IV, Paragraph 7)



      1. Vice President (Constitution, Article IV)


        1. Resolution 2575, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly


BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as their 2001-2002 vice president:



Ann Coyne (to replace Senator Wally Bacon)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Nominations from Assembly


      1. Secretary-Treasurer (Constitution, Article IV., Organization of the Senate)


        1. Resolution 2576, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly


BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as their 2001-2002 secretary-treasurer:



Hesham El-Rewini (reappointment)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



        1. Nominations from Assembly


  1. Selection of Standing Committee Chairpersons


    1. Appointment of 2001-2002 Chair of the Committee on Rules: (Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5.6)


Resolution 2577, 05/10/00: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 5.6, the senate president appoints the following senator to serve as chair of the Committee on Rules:



Richard File (to replace Senator Sharon Sobel)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



    1. 2000-2001 Standing Committees Assemble to Select 2001-2002 Chairs (except for the Committee on Rules): (Bylaws, Article VI, Section 1 & Constitution, Article III & Constitution, Article IV)


      1. 2001-2002 New Chairs: New chairs come forward immediately and report appointments to the president and coordinator.


      2. Resolution 2578, 05/09/01: On behalf of the Assembly


BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 1, the retiring standing committees have met and selected the following chairs from their continuing members:



Robert Smith, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Bonnie O'Connell, Committee on Educational Resources and Services

Jack Shroder, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

James Hagen, Committee on Goals and Directions

Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Committee on Professional Development



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Recognition of Cabinet and Appointment of 2001-2002 Cabinet Chair (Bylaws, Article VI. Section 3)


Resolution 2579, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 3, the senate president appoints the following senator chair of the Cabinet:



Jack Shroder (reappointment)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Change of Senate Membership


    1. 2000-2001 Retiring Senators Step Down


      1. Thank You: President thanks the outgoing senators for their service and excuses them from the meeting table. Retiring senators are welcome to stay for the rest of the meeting, however, they are asked to leave the meeting table and relocate to the extra seating provided. Retiring senators may keep their name tents.


Outgoing 1998-2001 Senators

Arts and Sciences: Chris Allen

James Carroll

G. Griffith Elder

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi

Business Administration: Donald Baum

Education: Deborah Irvin

Josephine Metal-Corbin

Fine Arts: Douglas Paterson

Information Science and Technology: Dwight Haworth

University Library: James Shaw

Public Affairs and Community Service: John Bartle

Miriam DeLone

External NU Faculty: E. Terence Foster



One-Year Sabbatical / Permanently Replacement

Fine Arts Sharon Sobel



One-Semester Sabbatical / Temporarily Replacement

Arts & Sciences Robert Carlson



    1. 2001-2002 Senators Take Their Places (Bylaws, Article II, Section 7)


Welcome: President welcomes new senators and invites them to the senate table.

Incoming 2001-2004 Senators:

Arts and Sciences: Thomas Bragg

Boyd Littrell

Jody Neathery-Castro

Gregory Sadlek

Business Administration: Sufi Nazem

Education: Martha Bruckner

Laura Schulte

Fine Arts: David Helm

Information Science and Technology: Peter Wolcott

University Library: Laura Dickson

Public Affairs and Community Service: Ethel Williams

Michael Carroll

External NU Faculty: Keith Pedersen

Permanent Replacement for Senator Sharon Sobel from 05/09/01-05/08/02

Fine Arts Steven Williams

Temporary Replacement for Robert Carlson from 05/09/01-12/31/01

Arts & Sciences Joan Latchaw



  1. Standing Committee Appointments:


Resolution 2580 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the 2001-2002 senators to the standing committees as designated:



Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs (6)

1. Nora Bacon, A&S

2. Melodee Landis, ED

3. Carol Mitchell, ED

4. Jody Neathery-Castro, A&S

5. Robert Smith, A&S

6. Ethel Williams, PACS

Committee on Educational Resources and Services (6)

1. Thomas Bragg, A&S

2. Laura Dickson, Library

3. Bonnie O'Connell, FA

4. Laura Schulte

5. Andrew Smallwood, A&S

6. Peter Wolcott, IS&T

Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare (6)

1. James Fawcett, A&S

2. G. Vaughn Johnson, BA

3. Vivek Mande, BA

4. John Shroder, A&S

5. Christopher Tuan, NU Rep

6. Joan Latchaw, A&S (to temporarily replace Robert Carlson, A&S for Fall semester only)



Committee on Goals and Directions (6)

1. Ann Coyne, PACS

2. James Hagen, A&S

3. Boyd Littrell, A&S

4. Franklin Thompson, ED

5. Steven Williams, FA

6. Angela Valle, A&S



Committee on Professional Development (6)

1. Keith Pedersen, NU Rep

2. Theresa Barron-McKeagney, PACS

3. Sufi Nazem, BA

4. George Engelmann, A&S

5. Jihong (Solomon) Zhao, PACS

6. Joong-Gun (George) Chung, A&S



Committee on Rules (6)

1. A&S: Greg Sadlek

2. BA: Richard File

3. ED: Martha Bruckner

4. FA: David Helm

5. IS&T: Hesham El-Rewini

6. PACS: Michael Carroll



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Standing Committees Assemble to Select Vice Chairs (Constitution, Article III, Election of Officers & Constitution, Article, Paragraph 7)


    1. New Chairs Report Selection: New chairs come forward immediately and report appointments to the president and coordinator.


    2. Resolution 2581, 05/09/01: On behalf of the Assembly


BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 1, the standing committees met and selected the following vice chairs:



Nora Bacon, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

Laura Dickson, Committee on Educational Resources and Services

James Fawcett, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

Angela Valle, Committee on Goals and Directions

TBA, Committee on Professional Development = Held Over

Richard File, Committee on Rules



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Appointment of Senate Representatives on Non-Senate Committees


    1. Requirements of Appointment: Representatives must put forth every effort to attend all meetings for their designated non-senate committee, submit written reports to the Executive Committee, and present said reports at the monthly senate meeting.


    2. Resolutions


Resolution 2582, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following member of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs as the senate representative to the Academic Planning Council:



Ethel Williams (to replace Melodee Landis)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2583, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following UNOmaha alum as the senate representative to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors:



Martha Bruckner (to replace Professor William Wakefield)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2584, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator, who is also a AAUP member, as the senate representative to the UNO Chapter of AAUP:



Greg Sadlek (to replace Senator James Shaw)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2585, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president, Senator Wally Bacon, will serve as the senate representative to the Chancellor's Council.



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2586, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president, Senator Wally Bacon, will serve the senate representative to the Dean's Forum.



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2587, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator, who is also a graduate faculty member, as the senate representative to the Graduate Council:



Angela Valle (reappointment)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



Resolution 2588, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly



BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following member of the Committee on Goals and Directions as the senate representative to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee:



James Hagen (to replace Senator Franklin Thompson)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. Appointment of 2001-2002 Senate Parliamentarian (Constitution, Article IV)


Resolution 0000, 05/09/01: Executive Committee on Behalf of the Assembly = TABLED PENDING CONFIRMATION OF STIPEND



BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 5.6, the senate president appoints the following faculty member as the 2001-2002 senate parliamentarian:



James Carroll (to replace Senator John Bartle)



Motion: On behalf of the Assembly, Senator _____moved the resolution.

Second:

Discussion: None.

Vote: The motion was approved unanimously.



  1. New Business


    1. Banquet: Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. (agenda attachment 25)


    2. Executive Committee (Officers) and Cabinet (Chairs): Members meet year round.


    3. Next Senate Meeting: All day retreat at Mahoney State Park on Wednesday, August 22.


    4. 2001-2002 Monthly Senate Meetings:


      1. First Wednesday Every Month: Executive Committee & Cabinet meetings
        1. officers and standing committee chairs
        2. year round (June through May)
        3. 2:00 p.m
        4. RH (CBA) 414


      2. Second Wednesday Every Month: Senate meetings
        1. all senators
        2. August through May (no meeting in June & July)
        3. 2:00 p.m.
        4. MBSC Dodge Room (occasionally in Alumni Center - watch schedule)


      3. Third Wednesday Every Month: Executive Committee & Administration
        1. officers and Chair of the Committee on Rules only
        2. year round (June through May)
        3. 2:00 p.m.
        4. EAB 201


      4. Last Wednesday Every Month: Standing Committee Meetings
        1. all senators excluding president
        2. August through April (no meeting in May, June & July)
        3. 2:00 p.m.
        4. room arrangements (and agenda) are made by chair


    5. August, 2001, Meetings Dates (only month that is different than above schedule)


      1. Executive Committee & Cabinet Meeting
        1. August 15 (3nd Wed)
        2. attended by all officers and standing committee chairs


      2. Retreat
        1. August 22 (4rd Wed)
        2. attended by all senators.


      3. Standing Committee Meetings
        1. August 29 (5th Wed)


  1. Adjourn