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2006-2007 Faculty Senate

Minutes


Wednesday, May 9 , 2007, 2 p.m., MBSC Dodge Rooms

Attendees: Arbelaez, Barnes, Bernstein, Betanabhatla, Boucher, Bullock, Edick, Hewins-Maroney, Holley, Lahue, Mei, Miller, Mordaunt, Noble, Parnell, Randall, Reames, Reilly, Shaw, Skreija, Smith, Sollars, Stanichar, Tarry, Thorp, Tilton-Weaver, Wetig, Winter, Wolcott

Excused: Chundi, Roland

Absent: Brown, Corcoran, Gascoigne, Huq, Lin, Ottemann

NEW MEMBERS for 07-08:

Attendees: Anderson, M. Bacon, Boyer, D'Souza, Dwyer, Morcous, Novikov, Paterson, Stanton, Tixier y Vigil

Excused: N. Bacon, Lamsam, Maher


Presentations: President Shaw presented the framed resolution passed last month to congratulate the most recent Truman Scholar, Sheila Korth. NU President Milliken then addressed the Senate and answered questions.

I. The meeting was called to order at 2:45 p.m.

II. The April 11, 2007, minutes were approved as presented.

III. Officers' Reports

A. President's Report: Senator Shaw reported

    1. Executive Committee and Administration meeting was held April 18, 2007. President Shaw reported the resolutions passed at the last Faculty Senate meeting were presented. Sheri Rogers, Acting Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, said that no reports had been created, from myMapp based on the 2006-2007 Faculty Annual Reviews, and that she was forming a group to work on the project. Dr. Steve Bullock will be asked to be a Faculty Senate representative working with the group, and we decided that would be a likely prospect. He is already working with the myMapp Development Team and would likely be working on the project anyway. We discussed the tragic events at Virginia Tech, and Interim-Chancellor Christensen told us he intends to send a letter to all UNO parents describing the campus security arrangements. Wade Robinson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, said that he expects to review procedures again as more information is gleaned from Virginia Tech. The Omaha Police Department has already expressed interest and willingness to conduct an exercise to help UNO test its procedures.

    2. Board of Regents met April 20, 2007. The afternoon business meeting was unusually swift. The Regents addressed several UNO-related items:

    • Accepted donations to fund the Holland Computing Center at the Peter Kiewit Institute. UNO will receive about $4.5 million to purchase the equipment necessary to create a supercomputer based on a grid of as many as 800 computers.
    • Approved UNO's new Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and the Certificate in Global Information Operations.
    • Approved the replacement of the Arts and Sciences Hall elevator and also the replacement of the roof on Sapp Fieldhouse.

    As of April 20, the legislature's Appropriations Committee had the University set for a 4% increase in 2007-2008 and a 4.1% increase in 2008-2009.

    3. Chancellor's Council met April 26, 2007. Senator Tarry reported Linda Mannering from Institutional Research reported on the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement. UNO applied for classification in 2006 and received both the Community Engagement & Outreach and Partnerships classification, which places it among 34 other public institutions receiving classification in both categories. Institutional Research is interested in refining its data collection in these areas ahead of the next classification process in 2008. Mannering also discussed the Voluntary System of Accountability, a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). The program is an effort to get ahead of any effort by the federal government to impose its own system of accountability for universities and colleges. Numerous construction and renovation projects are underway or will commence this summer. These projects will have an adverse impact on parking and access to some buildings and resources. A significant project is the construction of new residential units on the Dodge Street Campus, which will involve the demolition of some existing offices and the relocation of the roadway that now loops around the southwest corner of campus.

B. Treasurer's Report: Senator Tarry reported the April 2007 Budget.

IV. Executive Committee Report: Vice President Randall reported

A. Senator Lahue asked to resign from the Faculty Senate as she will be on professional leave for 2007-2008. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee accepted her resignation. Dr. Jack Heidel, as first runner up in the most recent College of Arts & Sciences election to the Faculty Senate, will be her permanent replacement and finish her term to May 8, 2008.

B. Resolution 2856, 5/09/2007: Faculty Senate members:

BE IT RESOLVED that Interim Chancellor Christensen, etc., have been notified that the following thirteen (13) faculty members have been elected to serve three-year terms from May 9, 2006, through May 14, 2010, unless noted (*):

  • College of Arts & Sciences (4)
    • Meredith Bacon
    • Nora Bacon
    • Harmon Maher
    • Tatyana Novikov
  • College of Business Administration (0)
  • College of Education (1)
    • Yvonne Tixier y Vigil
  • College of CFAM, (3)
    • Karen Dwyer* (2007-2009)
    • Teresa Lamsam
    • Doug Paterson
  • College of IS&T (1)
    • Theresa Stanton
  • University Library (1)
    • Jan Boyer
  • College of CPACS (2)
    • Debra Anderson
    • Henry D'Souza
  • External NU Faculty (1)
    • George Morcous

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the following thirteen (13) senators will be completing their term of service at the May 9, 2007, Faculty Senate meeting:

  • Maria Arbelaez (A&S)
  • Stuart Bernstein (External)
  • Steve Bullock (A&S)
  • William Corcoran (CBA)
  • Lyn Holley (CPACS)
  • Amanda Randall (CPACS)
  • Tomm Roland (CFAM)
  • James Shaw (Library)
  • Andris Skreija (A&S)
  • Christopher Stanichar (CFAM)
  • Lauree Tilton-Weaver (A&S)
  • Saundra Wetig (COE)
  • Peter Wolcott (IS&T)

There being no objection, at this point the duty of presiding transferred to Vice President Randall so that President Shaw might present the following resolutions.

C. Resolution 2857, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Outgoing Senators

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its gratitude to the following outgoing Senators, in deep appreciation for their service to the Faculty Senate:

  • Maria Arbelaez (A&S)
  • Stuart Bernstein (External)
  • Steve Bullock (A&S)
  • William Corcoran (CBA)
  • Lyn Holley (CPACS)
  • Amanda Randall (CPACS)
  • Tomm Roland (CFAM)
  • James Shaw (Library)
  • Andris Skreija (A&S)
  • Christopher Stanichar (CFAM)
  • Lauree Tilton-Weaver (A&S)
  • Saundra Wetig (COE)
  • Peter Wolcott (IS&T)

D. Resolution 2858, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Chairs of the Standing Committees

WHEREAS, the Standing Committees undertake much of the work of the Faculty Senate and keep projects moving forward,

WHEREAS, the Chairs of the Standing Committees addressed their duties diligently, responsibly, and cheerfully,

WHEREAS, the Chairs of the Standing Committees together formed the Cabinet and assisted the Executive Committee in responding to the concerns of the faculty and in setting the agenda for the Faculty Senate,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to members of the Cabinet:

  • Senator Scott Tarry (Academic and Curricular Affairs)
  • Senator Peter Wolcott (Educational Resources and Services)
  • Senator Andris Skreija (Faculty Personnel and Welfare & Chair of Cabinet)
  • Senator Hugh Reilly (Goals and Directions--Fall)
  • Senator Saundra Wetig (Goals and Directions--Spring)
  • Senator Steve Bullock (Professional Development)
  • Senator Paul Barnes (Rules)

E. Resolution 2859, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Faculty Senate Liaisons

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate depends upon reliable communication with other faculty, student, and alumni organizations,

WHEREAS, the following colleagues provided reports on the activities of the Academic Planning Council, the Alumni Association, the UNO Chapter of the AAUP, the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska, the Graduate Council, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and the UNO Spirit Committee,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its gratitude to the following colleagues for serving as liaisons to these various groups:

  • Dr. Douglas Paterson: Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska
  • Senators Nancy Edick and Hugh Reilly: Academic Planning Council
  • Dr. David Carter: Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Senator Elaine Lahue: American Association of University Professors
  • Dr. Paul Williams: Graduate Council
  • Senator Steve Bullock: myMapp Development Team
  • Senator Lyn Holley: Strategic Planning Steering Committee
  • Senator Stuart Bernstein: UNO Spirit Committee

F. Resolution 2860, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Task Force to Design a Common Course Evaluation Instrument

WHEREAS, faculty in colleges and departments across the University have expressed concerns about the quality of course evaluation instruments,

WHEREAS, faculty representing all the colleges volunteered to serve on a special Task Force to review relevant research and design a common instrument to address faculty concerns,

WHEREAS, the Task Force met three times during Spring 2007, and its members are committed to meeting again in Fall 2007 to continue their work.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its gratitude to the following colleagues who have stepped forward to work on the Task Force to Design a Common Course Evaluation Instrument:

  • Professor Jenny Farrar
  • Dr. Erica Neidlinger
  • Dr. John Grigg Professor
  • Elaine Bylund
  • Dr. Wayne Harrison
  • Dr. William Mahoney
  • Professor Laura Ilcisin
  • Professor Marvel Maring
  • Dr. Melodee Landis
  • Dr. Nancy Kelley-Gillespie
  • Dr. Franklin Thompson

G. Resolution 2861, 5/09/2007: Appreciation to Vice-President Randall

WHEREAS, Senator Randall assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Vice-President in May 2006,

WHEREAS, she presided over remarkably short, efficient, and good-humored meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet,

WHEREAS, she graciously substituted for President Shaw at a Board of Regents meeting,

WHEREAS, she on many occasions offered wise counsel to the Faculty Senate, most especially to the Rules Committee and to President Shaw,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere gratitude to Senator Amanda Randall for her contributions as Vice-President.

H. Resolution 2862, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Secretary-Treasurer Tarry

WHEREAS, Senator Terry assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Secretary-Treasurer in May 2006,

WHEREAS, he worked in concert with the Faculty Senate Administrative Technician to track the budget, and he dutifully provided monthly reports,

WHEREAS, he assisted the Faculty Senate Administrative Technician in production of agendas and minutes,

WHEREAS, he graciously substituted for the Faculty Senate President at several events,

WHEREAS, he demonstrated strong commitment to the work of the Faculty Senate when he stood for election to President-Elect,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends deep gratitude to Senator Scott Tarry for his work as Secretary-Treasurer.

I. Resolution 2863, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Parliamentarian James Carroll

WHEREAS, Dr. James Carroll has long served as Faculty Senate Parliamentarian,

WHEREAS, his knowledge of the appropriate implementation of Robert's Rules of Order helps to keep Faculty Senate deliberations moving ahead efficiently and properly,

WHEREAS, he performs his duties with remarkable patience and grace, even when the phrase "herding cats" must surely come to mind,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. James Carroll for his work as Parliamentarian.

J. Resolution 2864, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for Service to Administrative Technician Sue Bishop

WHEREAS, the work of the Faculty Senate depends greatly on the Administrative Technician's efficient management of its office,

WHEREAS, Sue Bishop proves herself invaluable every week as she keeps the Executive Committee apprised of upcoming activity and then follows-up to insure that matters are tended to properly,

WHEREAS, she regularly extends herself on behalf of the Faculty Senate, which this year included providing many hours of administrative support to the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee,

WHEREAS, she is always cheerful, energetic, and utterly dependable in completing the Faculty Senate's work,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Sue Bishop for her work as Administrative Technician.

There being no objection, at this point the duty of presiding transferred back to President Shaw.

K. Resolution 2865, 5/09/2007: Appreciation for President Shaw (Senator Randall moved the following:)

WHEREAS, James Shaw has provided excellent leadership as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2006-2007 academic year, and

WHEREAS, he has served as an eloquent facilitator in meetings of the UNO Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS, he has articulately and passionately represented his colleagues and the university in conversations with the Chancellor, Interim Chancellor, and Vice Chancellors, the Board of Regents, the University President, the legislature, and the media, and

WHEREAS, he has provided confident leadership to his colleagues, the represented faculty of UNO, and the campus community during a year of tremendous change and upheaval in a calm, candid, and professional manner; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor James Shaw for his outstanding service to the faculty and the University as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2006-2007 academic year and wish him continued success in all future endeavors.

All resolutions from the Executive Committee were passed.

V. Standing Committee Reports

A. Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs: Senator Tarry reported the committee met April 30, 2007. Members for the year were: Scott Tarry (chair), Carolyn Gascoigne (vice-chair), Owen Mordaunt, Nancy Edick, Suzanne Sollars, Juliette Parnell (fall semester), M. Jeanne Reames (spring semester). They reviewed the committees goals and accomplishments of the past year and identified goals for 2007-2008.

Goals for Past Year:

  1. Examine the Global Information Operations Certificate Program (look into how certificate programs are approved and/or reviewed and what oversight there is for the programs);
  2. Examine how and where graduate assistants are assigned on campus;
  3. Review policies and procedures for Post Tenure Review;
  4. Continue to monitor the Dual Enrollment Program which is still evolving.

Accomplishments during Past Year:

  1. Monitored Dual Enrollment Program. Committee reviewed program and discussed implications for recruitment and retention. Steve Bullock briefed the committee and answered questions about the expansion of the program to other units at UNO and other schools in the Omaha area. Committee recommends that monitoring continue.
  2. Committee collected information and data on the distribution of state-funded graduate teaching assistants (GTA) across campus. Analysis of data and discussions with current and former administrators led the committee to decide that while there may be concerns about the current distribution of GTA, remedies are best left to individual colleges, since strategic decisions about internal allocation of resources have been made at that level over time. The committee does believe, however, that the allocation of any new resources for GTA be consistent with the university's strategic plan.
  3. Reviewed proposal for the Global Information Operations Certificate Program. The committee also examined the process by which certificate programs are evaluated and reviewed.
  4. Reviewed proposal for a B.A. in Foreign Languages, which was a consolidation of existing language-specific majors.
  5. Reviewed proposal for a B.S. in Information Assurance.

Resolutions from Committee in Past Year:

  1. Resolution 2847, 10/11/06: Graduate Certificate in Global Information Operations.
  2. Resolution 2850, 12/13/06: Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages.
  3. Resolution 2852, 4/11/07: Bachelors of Science Degree in Information Assurance.

Other Committee Work:

  1. Common Course Evaluation development project. Scott Tarry sat in on meetings of task force.
  2. General Education Task Force. Carolyn Gascoigne and Scott Tarry are task force members.

To be Continued Next Year:

  1. Examine Post-tenure review policies and procedures.
  2. Continue to monitor dual enrollment program.

B. Committee on Educational Resources and Services: Senator Wolcott reported the committee met April 25, 2007. Those present were John Thorpe, Peter Wolcott, Lisa Boucher, Christopher Stanichar, Juliette Parnell. The only subject of this meeting was to chose the Paul Beck Scholarship winners:

Graduate Full-Time Scholarship ($800)
(11) applications were received.
Winner: Bobbi Olson

Graduate Part-Time Scholarship ($400)
(5) applications were received
Winner: Erin Gallagher

Undergraduate Full-Time Scholarship ($800)
(13) applications were received
Winner: Tiffany Ackerman

Undergraduate Part-Time Scholarship ($400)
No applications were received. Therefore, the committee decided to award this scholarship to one of the undergraduate full-time applicants.

Winner: Bonnie Errett

Additional funds available for distribution will be allocated proportionally to this year's recipients rather than being reinvested.

C. Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare: Senator Skreija reported the committee met on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Present: Samuel L. Brown, Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Lauree Tilton-Weaver, and Andris Skreija, Chair. Absent: Stuart P. Bernstein, and Elaine E. Lahue. The committee discussed the Interim Progress Report of the UNO Faculty Climate Survey which was attached to the May 9, 2007, Faculty Senate agenda. They committee will continue to assess campus climate, assess why faculty depart UNO, and complete the project with focus groups using the data compiled so far.

D. Committee on Goals and Directions: Senator Wetig reported the committee met April 10, 2007. Members or Attendance for last meeting: Jayaram Betansbhatla, Lyn Holley, Ziaul Huq, Hugh Reilly, Robert Smith, Saundra Wetig.

Goals for Past Year:

  1. Continue to study student diversity, UNO's image, and student retention;
  2. Fine tune the draft of a "Strategic Plan for Minority Recruiting;
  3. Try to look at what every department is doing for outreach and recruitment looking for commonalities
  4. Check with Student Recruitment and also Institutional Research to see what is available and survey trends that could be used to UNO's advantage for recruiting and retaining students.

Accomplishments during Past Year:

  1. This goal was the inspiration for the committee's quest to get a comprehensive list of all of the outreach programs that UNO has with the local community. While the list will never be complete, it is nearing completion and a representative list will be available for presentation at the May 2007 Faculty Senate Meeting.
  2. Draft was finished last spring. Dr. Bacon turned in a draft to the Senate during the summer.
  3. Committee Members noted below collected data to be shared with Linda Mannering, Director of Institutional Research:
    • Jayaram Betanabhatla, A&S
    • Lyn Holley, CPACS
    • Ziaul Huq, CBA
    • Hugh Reilly, CFAM
    • Robert Smith, A&S
    • Saundra Wetig, ED

    Committee members' task was to collect data from each college on "Major Community Engagement Initiatives/Partnership Programs. Data was collected in the following categories:

    1. Length of partnership,
    2. Number of faculty involved,
    3. Number of staff involved, and
    4. Number of students directly or indirectly impacted. Some colleges collected data in the area of 'Grant Funding.'
    5. Goals and Directions Committee met with Student Recruitment and Institutional Research. The task outlined in #e was a result of the meeting.

Other Committee Work: (by committee member)

  1. Senator Holley: Strategic Planning Steering Committee (August 2006-May 2007)
    • Promotion of the "Be a Mav" Campaign to recruit high school students
    • Recasting plans for the UNO Strategic Planning Event after departure of UNO Chancellor
    • .Participation in UNO Strategic Planning Event (as a faculty member and presenter)
  2. Senator Reilly: Academic Planning Council Committee.
    • Senator Reilly chaired the review of the Department of History.
  3. Senator Betanabhatla: Member of the Judicial Committee.
    • Assisted in adjudicating cases involving student code of conduct.
  4. Senator Huq: Assessment Committee

To be continued in the NEXT Year:
Continue to collect data in the following categories:

    1. Length of partnership,
    2. Number of faculty involved,
    3. Number of staff involved, and
    4. Number of student directly or indirectly impacted. Some colleges collected data in the area of 'Grant Funding.'

E. Committee on Professional Development: Senator Bullock reported the committee met May 1, 2007. Attendance for last meeting: Senators Bullock, Mei, Corcoran present. Senators Rowland, Winter, and Noble absent. The committee reviewed the goals and accomplishments of the past year, identified goals for 2006-2007,

Goals for Past Year:

  • Implementing sensitivity training as part of professional development
  • Ways in which the faculty can use FacConnect;
  • Ways to promote and use FacConnect;
  • Policies and procedures for UCR/UCAT;
  • Sabbaticals: equity and pre-tenure sabbaticals;
  • Family leave policies: what they encompass and how new parents develop professionally.

Accomplishments during Past Year:

  • Discussed the advisability of and decided against a formal mentoring policy
  • Examined the structure and use of the FacConnect website and developed suggestions for maximizing its impact. This information was shared with Academic and Student Affairs
  • Examined policies related to pre-tenure sabbaticals
  • Examined the university's future plans for assessment
  • Examined the myMAPP system and its implementation this year during Annual Review

Resolutions from Committee in Past Year:

  • #2851, February 2007 (Equitable Distribution of Workload Within Departments)

Other Committee Work: (and which committee member was working on each)

  • myMAPP Steering Committee (Bullock)
  • Faculty Development Advisory Committee (Bullock)

To be continued in the NEXT Year:

  • The members recommended the committee continued to examine the impact and evolution of myMAPP as it relates to professional development.
  • Investigating if faculty members with children have difficulty gaining tenure and promotion compared to peers and develop strategies, if necessary, to address such issues.

F. Committee on Rules: Senator Barnes gave the End of the Year Report: May 1, 2007. Members: Dr. Paul Barnes (Chair), Dr. Maria Arbelaez, Dr. Parvathi Chundi, Dr. Shaunglin Lin, Instr. Holly Miller, Dr. Amanda Randall. As numerous campus-wide committee vacancies emerged, the Rules Committee identified willing and qualified faculty to serve. The names of appropriate faculty were advanced to the full Faculty Senate, in resolution form, for discussion and final approval. Official documentation of each resolution is recorded in the minutes of the Faculty Senate.

In preparation for the 2007-2008 academic year, the committee worked to fill 39 committee vacancies. At the time of this report 33 of the 39 vacancies have been filled.The vacancies that will carry over for the 2007-2008 Rules Committee are:

  • AAUP Executive Committee - 1
  • Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) - 2
  • Judicial Committee - 1
  • Technology Resources & Services, Univ. Committee on - 1
  • UCRCA - University Committee on Research and Creative Activity - 1

The committee last met on April 25, 2007. Those present were Maria Arbelaez, Paul Barnes, Holly K Miller, Shuanglin Lin.

On behalf of the Rules Committee, Senator Barnes moved the following two resolutions, which passed:

1. Resolution 2866, 5/09/2007: Campus Committees

    a. Campus Safety Committee

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/10, to the Campus Committee on Safety:

    Laura Grams, (to replace Don Greer).

    b. Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as two-year appointments from 08/01/07, through 07/31/09, to the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs:

    • Nora Bacon, (A&S), (to replace Lauree Tilton-Weaver)
    • Gregory Morin (CBA), (to replace Rachel Wilson)
    • Lyn Holley(CPACS), (to replace Henry D'Souza)
    • Evangelina (GiGi) Brignoni, (Graduate College), (to replace Karen Hayes).

    c. Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/2007 through 07/31/2010, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee to replace:

    • ______________________ CBA (to replace Catherine Co)
    • ______________________ ED, (to replace David Corbin).

    d. Judicial Committee (Pool of Names)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/2007 through 07/31/20109, to the pool of names for the Judicial Committee:

    • Amanda Randall, (to replace Candice Batton)
    • Lisa Scherer, (to replace Doug Paterson)
    • Andrew Swift, (to replace Shereen Bingham)
    • ___________________, (to replace Laura Dickson).

    e. Parking Advisory Committee

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as three-year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/10, to the Parking Advisory Committee:

    Jan Boyer, (to replace Sharon Sobel).

    f. Professorship Committee

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two faculty serve on the Named Professorship Review Committee (Kiewit, Kayser, & Isaacson Professorships) from 8/1/07, through 7/31/08. (The Administration will select one additional member of this committee.)
    • Bruce Johansen, (to replace Brigette Ryalls)
    • Ann Fruhling, (to replace Nick Stergiou).

2. Resolution 2867, 5/09/2007: University Committees

    a. Athletics, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/10, to the University Committee on Athletics:

    Bob Shuster, (to replace David Ogden).

    b. Excellence in Teaching, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty member be recommended for service as three-year appointment, from 08/01/2007 through 07/31/2010, on the University Committee on Excellence in Teaching. (Two members should be recipients of the award and one member should be ''first year faculty member holding a Ph.D.") (* Except for the A&S member who will serve two years to balance term endings.) These members will serve staggered terms, and their replacements will be appointed to serve terms that would balance term endings, except for the first year faculty member, who serves one year (08/01/2007 - 07/31/2008).
    • Carolyn Gascoigne, A&S, (recipient of the award - 2005) (to replace Karen Dwyer) (*term: 08/01/07-07/31/09)
    • Don Greer, ED, (to replace Phyllis Adcock) (term: 08/01/07-07/31/10)
    • Pamela Smith, CPACS, (recipient of the award - 1994)(to replace Theresa Barron-McKeagney) (term: 08/01/07-07/31/10

    AND,

    • Rosemary Strasser, new faculty holding PhD, (to replace John Erickson) (term: one year).

    c. Facilities Planning, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/10, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

    Russell Smith to replace Michael Carroll.

    d. Honors and Awards, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/10, to the University Committee on Honors and Awards:

    Iulia Podariu, (to replace Lisa Boucher).

    e. Library and Learning Resources, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/07 through 07/31/10, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:

    • Karen Hein, (to replace Charles Johanningmeier)
    • Steven Torres, (to replace Maria Anderson Knudtson)

    AND the following name go forward as a one-year appointment from 08/01/07 through 07/31/08, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources, to correct an imbalance in term endings:

    • Shannon Holland (to replace Peter Wolcott).

    f. Student Affairs, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED: that the following name go forward as a three year appointment, from 08/01/07 through 07/31/10 on the on the University Committee on Student Affairs:

    Andrew Swift, (to replace Claudette Lee).

    g. Technology Resources & Services, University Committee on

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/07 through 07/31/10, to the University Committee on Technology Resources& Services:

    • Rex Cammack, (to replace Kath Henebry)
    • Karen Hein, (reappointed)
    • ___________________ (to replace Andrea Zardetto-Smith)

    h. UCAT (University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as three-year appointments from 07/01/07 through 06/30/10, to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

    • Melanie Bloom, A&S (C), (to replace Teresa Lamsam)
    • Matthew Harden, CFAM, (to replace Melissa Burke).

    i. UCR (University Committee on Research)

    BE IT RESOLVED: that the following names go forward as three year appointments, from 8/1/07 through 7/31/10 on the University Committee on Research (UCR):
    • Shing-Jye Chen, ED, (to replace Mary Friehe)
    • Jayaram Betanabhatla, A&S (Social Science), (to replace Melanie Bloom)
    • ____________ CFAM, (to replace Sharon Sobel)
    • John McCarty, At Large Member, (to replace Dwight Haworth)

VI Non-Senate Committee Reports

A. Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Senator Holley reported the regular monthly meeting of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee was canceled.

VII New Business

A. Resolution 2868, 5/09/2007: Expansion of HPER Building (Senator Noble moved and Senator Barnes seconded the following motion, which passed, 22 for, 2 opposed):

Whereas Alexander Williams, UNO student government President/Regent, has reported to Faculty Senate that the UNO student body is overwhelmingly supportive of the renovation and expansion of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building for Campus Recreation and Student Health programming, and

Whereas both Student Government and the Staff Advisory Council have unanimously supported said renovation and expansion, and

Whereas Wade Robinson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNO, recognizes the impact said renovation and expansion could have on recruitment of students to UNO,

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED, that the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Senate support the proposed renovation and expansion of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building at this time,

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be expeditiously communicated to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska prior to their consideration of the aforesaid building expansion and renovation.

B. Resolution 2869, 5/09/2007: Membership of Standing Committee Members: Senator Barnes, on behalf of the Committee on Rules, moved the following, which passed:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Rules Committee assigns senators to the 2007-2008 standing committees as follows:

Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs

  1. Nancy Edick 2008
  2. Carolyn Gascoigne 2009
  3. Owen Mordaunt 2008
  4. M. Jeanne Reames 2009
  5. Suzanne Sollars 2009
  6. George Morcous 2010

Educational Resources & Services

  1. Lisa Boucher 2009
  2. Robert Ottemann 2008
  3. John Thorp 2008
  4. Juliette Parnell 2008
  5. Theresa Stanton 2010
  6. Jan Boyer 2010

Faculty Personnel & Welfare

  1. Sam Brown 2008
  2. Barbara Hewins-Maroney 2008
  3. Elaine Lahue 2008
  4. Meredith Bacon 2010
  5. Harmon Maher 2010
  6. Karen Dwyer 2009

Goals & Direction

  1. Jayaram Betanabhatla 2008
  2. Ziaul Huq 2009
  3. Hugh Reilly 2008
  4. Robert Smith 2008
  5. Henry D'Souza 2010
  6. Teresa Lamsam 2010

Professional Development

  1. Wai-Ning Mei 2009
  2. John Noble 2009
  3. Victor Winter 2008
  4. Doug Paterson 2010
  5. Yvonne Tixier y Vigil 2010
  6. Tatyana Novikov 2010

Rules

  1. A&S: Nora Bacon 2010
  2. BA: Shuanglin Lin 2009
  3. ED: Paul Barnes 2008
  4. CFAM: Holly Miller 2009
  5. IS&T: Parvathi Chundi 2009
  6. PACS: Debra Anderson 2010

C. Transfer of Presidency: President Shaw passes the gavel to President-Elect Tarry.

The Senate recessed for retiring Standing Committee members to caucus to elect Chairs, except for Committee on Rules. Results were reported to President Tarry for the following resolution which passed:

D.Resolution 2870, 5/09/2007: Standing Committee Chairs: (passed)

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

  • Carolyn Gascoigne, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Lisa Boucher, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • Barbara Hewins-Maroney, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Hugh Reilly, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • John Noble, Committee on Professional Development

VIII. 2006-2007 (Outgoing) Senate Concludes (Exiting Senators were Excused / Incoming Senators took their Seats)


IX Organizational Meeting of the 2007-2008 (Incoming) Faculty Senate

A. Resolution 2871, 5/09/2007: Appointment of Parliamentarian (Passed)

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Article IV, the senate president appoints James Carroll the parliamentarian of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate.

B. Resolution 2872, 5/09/2007: Election of Vice President of 2007-2008 Faculty Senate (Passed)

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2007-2008 Vice President:

Paul Barnes, to replace Senator Randall.

C. Resolution 2873, 5/09/2007: Secretary/Treasurer of 2007-2008 Faculty Senate (Passed)

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2007-2008 Secretary/Treasurer:

Debra Anderson, to replace Senator Tarry

D. Resolution 2874, 5/09/2007: Chair of Committee for Rules: (Passed)

BE IT RESOLVED that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Article VI, Section 5.6, the 2007-2008 senate president appoints the following senator Chair of the Committee for Rules:

Holly Miller, to replace Senator Barnes.

E. The Senate consented to postpone appointment of the Chair of the Cabinet to the next meeting to give President Tarry an opportunity to speak with newly elected committee chairs before selecting his appointee.

F. Resolution 2875, 5/09/2007: 2007-2008 Standing Committees Vice Chairs (Passed)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the standing committees have met and selected the following vice chairs from the 2007-2008 members:

  1. Juliette Parnell, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  2. Karen Dwyer, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  3. Henry D'Souza, Committee on Goals and Directions
  4. Wai-Ning Mei, Committee on Professional Development
  5. Debra Anderson, Committee on Rules

X. New Business:

A. On behalf of the Committee on Rules, Senator Holly Miller, moved the following resolution, which passed:

1. Resolution 2876, 5/09/2007: Faculty Senate Representatives to:

    a. AAUP Executive Committee (Faculty Senate Liaison to)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator, who is also a AAUP member, as the senate representative for a one year appointment from 05/09/07, through 05/14/08, to the UNO Chapter of AAUP:

    Henry D'Souza, (to replace Elaine Lahue).

    b. Alumni Association, Board of Directors

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president reappoints the following UNO alum as the senate representative for one year,05/09/07, through 05/14/08, to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors:

    David Carter, (reappointed).

    c. AFCON (Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president reappoints the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through May 2008, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):

    Doug Paterson (reappointed).

    d. Academic Planning Council (APC)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as the Faculty Senate's representatives to the Academic Planning Council from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs and the committee on Goals and Directions each for a one-year term from 05/09/07, through 05/14/08:

    • Nancy Edick (reappointed) from the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs,
    • Hugh Reilly (reappointed) from the Committee on Goals and Directions.

    e. Budget Advisory Committee for the Faculty Senate (Faculty Senate Committee)

    BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate President has reappointed

    Don Baum (reappointed)

    to the Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee for a term of three years, August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2010.

    f. Graduate Council

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following member of the Graduate Council to be the liaison between the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council for a one-year term from 05/10/06, through 05/09/07:

    Michael O'Hara, (to replace Paul Williams).

    g. Strategic Planning Steering Committee

    One member of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate Goals & Directions committee will be appointed to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for a one-year term from 05/09/07, through 05/08/08:

    • Robert Smith, (to replace Lyn M. Holley).

B. 2007-2008 Calendar of Senate and Standing Committee meetings

    1. Executive Committee & Cabinet Meet: First Wednesday Every Month:

      • Officers, Chair of Cabinet, and Standing Committee chairs
      • Year round (June through May)
      • 2:00 p.m.
      • ASH 196

      2. Full Senate Meetings: Second Wednesday Every Month

      • All senators
      • August through May (no meeting in June & July; see special instructions below for August)
      • 2:00 p.m.
      • MBSC Dodge Room

      3. Executive Committee & Administration: Third Wednesday of Every Month

      • Officers, Chair of the Committee on Rules, and Chair of Cabinet only
      • Year round (June through May)
      • 2:00 p.m.
      • EAB 201
      • Agenda made by Senate President, typed by Faculty Senator Coordinator

      4. Standing Committee Meetings: Last Wednesday of Every Month

      • All Senators excluding President
      • August through April (no meetings in May, June, & July)
      • 2:00 p.m.
      • Room arrangements (and agenda) are made by each Chair

      5. Faculty Senate Retreat:

      • Wednesday, August 22, 2007
      • Day long meeting (8:30 am to 2 pm)
      • Mahoney State Park
      • Attended by all Senators

Schedule for 2007-2008

EC&C Meetings
(usually 1st Wednesday of month)
Faculty Senate Meetings
(usually 2nd Wednesday of month)
June 6 June
July 4 (4th of JULY!! Changed to ???) July
August 1 August 22, 2007 (Retreat) (4th Wednesday)
September 5 September 12
October 3 October 10
November 7 November14
December 5 December 12 (commencement 12/21/07)
January 2, 2008 (semester begins 1/14/04) January 9, 2008 (semester begins 1/14/04)
February 6 February 13
March 5 March 12 (spring break 3/16-23/08)
April 2 April 9
May 7 May 14 (commencement 5/9/08)

XII The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m. with announcements.