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2010-2011 Faculty Senate

Executive Committee & Cabinet

Minutes

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2 p.m., ASH 196
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Present:     Barone, Bartle, Benjamin-Alvarado, Elder, Laquer, Marx, Mitchell, Siy

Excused:  Erickson

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I.          The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m.

II.        Presentation and Approval of Minutes:  (agenda attachment – pages 1-28)

III.      Officers' Reports

A.    President's Report:  Senator Laquer reported

1.      The Executive Committee and Administration (EC&A) met May 19, 2010.  The meeting began at 2:05 p.m.  Chancellor Christensen had a prior commitment and was unable to attend.          

      This was the first meeting for the new Faculty Senate Executive Committee and everyone was introduced.

      Business began with discussion of Faculty Senate RESOLUTION 3033, 5/12/10: Distribution of Instruction on the "Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers."  It's a beginning of a policy to get things in place so faculty has a policy to give out to students.  It does not include anything on graphic design.  So this is a policy that will be expanded upon.  There were questions about if the Administration should just endorse this policy, distribute it, and put it on web, etc.  Nancy Castilow, Assistant to the Chancellor, said the Chancellor will want to look at it and make recommendations.

      Discussion continued with RESOLUTION 3034, 5/12/10: Strategic Plan - Goal #2, incorporating faculty more explicitly in the Strategic Plan.  President Laquer noted that there are communications with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to consider this already.  It was also suggested that prominence of faculty research and creative activity be explicitly noted and formulated in the Strategic Plan.  Castilow asked about the vote having two opposed.  Bartle explained that he was one of them and (his personal view) was that a strategic plan should be about outcomes, goals, strategies, and what you are trying to achieve, and not about inputs.  SVC Hynes asked if it could be stated in an outcomes manner that contributes to the excellence of the institution.  Bartle pointed out that the second goal is not about research.  His interpretation of the motivation behind the resolution was that research and creative activity is a significant component of what faculty do, and does not have a lot of visibility in the Strategic Plan.  Hynes responded that they also do teaching and service.  Laquer noted that this institution is striving to become more prominent in the research role, and resources are being gathered from research and creative activity to maintain the teaching role.  Granted this institution will continue to have a major role in teaching.  But if the institution is serious about growing more research and bringing in money that comes with that external funding, then it needs to be explicitly supported in the Strategic plan, as a goal or an outcome that we are looking for, that resources are then made available to encourage that activity.  As opportunities to do research are whittled away with less time, faculty members receive the message that research is not so important. SVC Hynes agreed that this was an appropriate concern for all of us. Her only concern is that excellence is not only about faculty research or creative activity; in fact, being student centered in this day and age at the undergraduate level means finding opportunities to have research programs built into opportunities for students.  If concerned about excellence, then strategy Two is the place to discuss that.  Research could be discussed under Student Centered, under Excellence, and under Engagement.  Bartle noted that the current plan does not do that.  President Laquer noted that this would be an ongoing discussion, not to be solved this afternoon, just as the Strategic Plan is an evolving document, and that Faculty would continue to be involved in the process.  Past President Elder pointed out that the lack of prominence of faculty research and creative activity as part of the Strategic Plan are not recent concerns.  These also came up in 1997-99, when Shelton Hendricks was the Faculty Senate President. 

      No other resolutions were identified as needing additional discussion. 

      President Laquer noted that it is his perception that UNO is not as well known, in the community and out of state, as we should be.  SVC Hynes suggested this subject be placed on hold until the Chancellor is available.  This would come under University Relations which falls under the Chancellor.  Laquer noted that to grow enrollment we need to have people, and to attract people we need to have a good reputation.  VC Conley suggested that we should be looking at the effectiveness of our advertising.  Senator Barone asked how we could get the community to hear and see UNO.  Senator Bartle suggested the Faculty Senate invite Tim Kaldahl, Director of Communications, to speak to the Faculty Senate sometime in the fall and maybe work with one of the committees so that the Faculty Senate has some sort of measure as to what is going on, and then make comments about what the Senate perceives is working and what is not.  

      The next agenda item was a discussion of the appearance of the campus walkway through the center of the campus.  President Laquer noted that the concrete is deteriorating or corroding in many places and it sends a poor message to visitors.  He asked whether it whether this was caused by bad concrete or the hard winter.  Further, Laquer asked, "should we find a good concrete consultant who can tell us what has gone wrong?"  VC Conley said he would speak with John Amend, Director of Facilities Management & Planning, in the morning.  There are plans to repair concrete this summer, as they do every summer.

      There was discussion about the AQIP meeting.  A team of 8 from UNO attended the Strategy Forum.  Regent Whitehouse was a member of the UNO team.  SVC Hynes said they realized that UNO was ahead of what would normally be expected at this stage. SVC Hynes noted that we have already started, and almost completed, projects on general education, and the advising action project.  We were also working on an AQIP Task Force on Engagement, which is almost completed, and we have a Task Force on Research.  There is still a lot of hard work ahead.  This event was better than the one three years ago, as the participants were not lectured to this time, but instead were engaged in active discussion.  There were 5 different institutions in same room; many institutions (20-30 or so) attended the Forum.

      The Budget Advisory Task Force is no longer a separate task force.  It has been incorporated into the Strategic Planning process.  The BATF web site has not been updated.  It has not yet been decided how the BATF and Budget Advisory issues will be handled within the Strategic Planning process.   The Chancellor will be sure the Faculty Senate is represented. 

      SVC Hynes discussed legislation [LR542,  http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=11220 ] that requests, from all public agencies, a report of recommendations/documentation, by September 1, 2010, about how budgets could be cut, i.e., merge administrative units, 4 day work week, etc.  More information on this report will be given later this summer.  SVC Hynes reiterated that State resources are not going to sustain us over time, which is why we are working so hard to grow our contracts, grants, enrollment, etc.  SVC Hynes and VC Conley both noted that what response was needed and for what budget period was still not clear.  President Laquer noted that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Cabinet do meet over the summer and are available for input.  Hynes continued that she was very empathetic, that if we want to go forward and demonstrate excellence as an institution, we have to have the research and scholarly record overall.  If faculty are teaching four course loads on any sort of sustained basis there is no way that they can do research.  We cannot devolve into a model where that becomes the standard of activity.  The flip side is that given time there needs to be productivity.  We need to be very conscious of where we want to be five years out; and anywhere we offer the Ph.D., that has to be a nationally competitive environment, so the faculty there, have to have at least most of the time a 2-2 load to maintain the depth of scholarship in order to maintain that Ph.D. program. 

      SVC Hynes continued that we are in a game changing environment.  For example, Herzing University, a private for profit institution is attempting to move into the Omaha area, to offer degrees in areas that directly compete with UNO that will generate a profit for them.  [http://www.ccpe.state.ne.us/publicdoc/ccpe/meetings/2010/may13/AGENDA.pdf 

http://www.ccpe.state.ne.us/publicdoc/ccpe/meetings/2010/june10/AGENDA.pdf ]

VC Conley pointed out a recent PBS Frontline show, College, Inc on the topic. 

[View online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/

Bartle concurred with SVC Hynes on the importance of nimbleness in this competitive environment, noting that the non-profit concentration area in Public Administration was through Continuing Studies and was completed in 8 months.  He continued that there are two kinds of students, one that just wants the degree and does not care about the cost or accreditation, and the other wants the accreditation, the quality, and a moderate cost.  It is the latter set of students that we want here. 

      The Community Engagement Center Building project was brought up by President Laquer.  VC Conley assured him that there is no program statement, no donor funds, no ground breaking scheduled, etc.  There is a timeline for October 2010, for being on CCPE.  There must be a program statement first.  VC Conley reminded the group that there is a UNO master plan on the web [http://www.unomaha.edu/bnf/PDFs/UNO-Facilities-DevPlan-2006.pdf ]; it evolves and changes.  They are looking at the campus and the many opportunities that might be available. 

      UNO is recognized by Carnegie as a University of Engagement.  This must be renewed regularly.  Once Psychology is recognized as a PhD program at UNO, probably in fall 2010, we will be moved up into the next Carnegie category. 

[http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/, Institution Lookup tab

      During the Roundtable portion of the meeting it was noted that a tuition decision will be made at the June 2010 Board of Regents meeting.  Also mentioned was the Purchasing Card changing banks.  The rules for Purchasing Cards have been finalized U-wide and can be found on the Policy page on the web site. [www.unomaha.edu/policies/      item: Purchasing Card Policy  ]  Construction/renovation will take place in Durham Science, Mammel, HPER, Roskens Hall, Welcome Center, Scott Court, University Village, 200 stall parking lot on Lot 9 on Pacific, Community Engagement Center, Eppley, windows on Allwine, windows in Eppley, and the exterior of ASH. 

      There was discussion on use of space at Kayser Hall.  The Dodge Street campus could use the space.  There is also a need for classroom space.  The Service Learning Center and the American Humanics program is moving to MBSC for a year or two.  The Thompson Learning Community students now grown to about 400 students might need space.  The Testing Center also needs space, especially as on-line programs gather steam. There are many ideas and concern for the renovation of Kayser Hall.  Barone noted that there is lots of competition for rooms that hold more than 40 students.  Trying to expand a class to accommodate a few more students sometimes does not work since there are not enough chairs.  SVC Hynes said AVC Smith-Howell and John Amend are a committee of two as the Chancellor's Space Committee.  They will send out a call for proposals, evaluate the suggestions, and then forward their recommendations to the Chancellor. 

      The meeting adjourned at 3:30 pm.

2.      The Board of Regents met May 21, 2010.  Business was limited to a Resolution on University of Nebraska at Omaha Student Housing and Parking required prior to the Sale of Revenue Bonds as required by federal law. This also required a public hearing, to be held at Varner Hall that afternoon; and it there were opposition presented there, then the topic would be reconsidered.  The resolution passed, the business was over in four minutes, a record.  The rest of the day was the UNMC site visit.

      Chancellor Maurer discussed the successes and current challenges at UNMC.  US News and World Report rankings;  College of Medicine Primary Care 14/146, College of Medicine Rural Health 17/146, Research 71/146.  UNMC holds a "Big Ideas" retreat each November.  Of those ideas from 2005-2008, about half have been completed or are in progress.  Those with potential UNO collaboration impact [items in brackets are post meeting additions or FL's opinion] are College of Public Health (CoPH, 2005) [note: the Master of Public Health Program was changed from joint status (UNMC/UNO) to UNMC, and from the Graduate College to the UNMC College of Public Health as a Professional Degree at the April 2010 BoR meeting], Healthy Aging (2006, in progress in the CoPH),  Science Literacy (2007, "Science Café"), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC, 2008, with the US Army), a new degree: Master of Health Services Administration (2008, for hospital CEOs, many Nebraska students travel to U. Mich.).  In April of each year, UNMC holds a six hour Strategic Planning Retreat with 100-120 faculty.  A three year strategic plan results that helps target resource allocations.  One current goal is the establishment of a Health Sciences High School in Omaha.  UNMC has identified key strategic issues and questions to thrive in the next 5-10 years.  They see a risk to the institution by the decreasing funding from state, federal, and clinical sources.  Collaboration is the new competition.  Medicine must reduce costs, or others will do it for them.  Regent Ferlic is looking for a faculty environment where collaboration exists, "breaking down the silo."    

      The College of Nursing described changes in their educational curriculum.  Now more evidence based, not on old texts.  Data deluge leads to a just-in-time informational platform.  Wired students (digital natives) are used to multitasking.  Concept based instead of disease based; team work & case scenarios.  Curriculum changed from five semesters starting fall and spring, to four semesters starting fall only.  New Norfolk campus.  Nursing shortage ameliorated by delayed retirements or half time to full time due to the economy.

      Nebraska Center for Staphylococcal Research [BoR approved April 2010] has major NIH grants, new faculty.  New vaccines are needed.  They are also looking at outreach to K-12 schools for education on prevention (sports). 

      Pancreatic Cancer Research has a tissue databank generated by rapid autopsy of patients "fighting cancer after death."

      The Changing Healthcare Environment presentation discussed concerns on the new federally mandated changes to health care [ http://www.unmc.edu/healthcarereform/ ].  One regent suggested the need for a "Center for Understanding Health Care Reform" to assist business with the decision making process.  Academic medical centers unlikely to ever be the low cost provides as the academic enterprise needs to be supported.  Keeping medical costs down was one goal of enrolling UNMC employees in the SimplyWell program.  [www.simplywell.com medical preventive maintenance, started in 2003 http://app1.unmc.edu/PublicAffairs/TodaySite/sitefiles/today_full.cfm?match=1272 ]   Goals include annual screening, weight loss (gym), and lowered blood pressure.  That group has demonstrates a flat cost profile, while the non-participating employees' cost profile is increasing.  There is apparently an extra $500 charge to the non-participating employees of The Nebraska Medical Center [could not be independently confirmed].

      At lunch there were two minute presentations.  UNMC has 5000 financial subaccounts, but now because of the increased financial risks they are moving away from decentralized administration.  Research funding is 26% ahead of last year.  There are declining numbers of international students but increasing numbers of global partnerships.  Pharmacy students helped administer flu shots last year.  Medical school applications still competitive; less than 10% are accepted.  There are 22 new Clinical faculty in the last four months.  College of Dentistry has new CAD-CAM technology for dental crown manufacturing.  They will be working with Special Olympics this summer alone with the Munroe-Meyer Institute.  The new Bellevue hospital has their medical records stored on UNMC servers, thus information technology reliability is important.

      In the afternoon there were presentations by five graduate students as to why they came to UNMC.  Undergraduate students are being sought for summer research opportunities [Mary McNamee, Director, Office of Student Equity and Multicultural Affairs; asked me how to identify more students from UNO for summer research placements, especially disadvantaged students.  I have forwarded her email to Chemistry, Biology, Goodrich, and the Thompson Learning Community.]  Next was a visit to the Clinical Skills Lab, where Regent Hassebrook delivered a simulated baby.  http://app1.unmc.edu/publicaffairs/todaysite/sitefiles/today_full.cfm?match=6919  http://www.flickr.com/photos/unmc/4627678714/   EMT training is one community outreach they have identified.  A bus tour of the construction on campus followed.  The power plant has both gas and electric boilers and an agreement with OPPD to be able to choose which in real time which to use depending on cost.  Significant construction is underway, along with plans for more green space and a stainless steel sculpture (icon).  Saddle Creek modifications will be announced in the near future.  The last event was on breakthroughs on vision research at UNMC. 

      One additional item; UNMC student regent Andrew Klutman of Columbus told me that many more Columbus high school students were now interested in attending UNO than when he graduated about ten years ago.

3.                  The Chancellor's Council met May 27, 2010.

      Chancellor Christensen introduced Josh White, the Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.  [http://www.omavs.com/news/2010/1/26/GEN_0126102151.aspx] 

      The Chancellor noted the Glacier Creek Dedication and the prospect for a Center for Environmental Education building at the Allwine Prairie Preserve.

      Molly Anderson presented a Supervisor Training Program; requires a 2 ½ day commitment.  Goal is for all Chairs and Deans to take it.  Tentative dates:  2010 July 15, 22, and 29; 2011 January 13, 20, and 27; 2011 June 2, 9, and 16 (all Thursdays).  She also distributed a draft Fair Labor Standards Act summary document to assist in identifying employee exempt and non-exempt classifications.  Graduate students are difficult to classify.  This is in response to concern that the wrong classification could lead to expensive lawsuits.  She announced that there will be a change (Sept. 1, or Oct. 1 at the latest) from PeopleAdmin (the current online recruitment management software provider) to NeoGov [http://www.neogov.com/ ] for posting jobs and accepting applicants.  The new software is cheaper.  The opportunity to make the change now was also due to a major change in the PeopleAdmin software package.  Last year there were 5000 applicants for 100 positions at UNO.  There are six short training videos to be available in July or August.  Additional information is available (4 pages).

      Bill Conley noted a change in student billing from twice each term (23 and 44 days from the start of the semester), with the second half due about a month after the first, to a single unified billing due the end of September or February (33 days following the start of the term).  The need is due to limitations in PeopleSoft.  Billing will be electronic only; less than 1% of students receive a paper bill now. 

      Conley reported Scott Court housing financing at 4.4% for 30 years.  Additional current projects include Mammel Hall, $34 million; HPER, $38.6 million; Welcome Center for Recruitment Services, $1.7 million; University Village deferred maintenance $1.3 million; 200+ parking stalls to lot 9 [Pacific location], fall 2010; Video Board for Caniglia Field, August 2010, Sokol Family gift; concrete and sidewalk repairs, summer 2010; Roskens Hall $13.7 million; MBSC fireplace and south lounge renovations; summer 2010.  Upcoming projects include Community Engagement Center – program statement to BoR Sept 2010; update to campus utilities master plan (water main at Dodge location); and PKI Renovation project.  Speed humps planned near MBSC and Childcare center.  Change in the University bank means a change in purchasing card. Service Learning moving into space vacated by Student Health.  Eco-friendly packaging will be implemented in the Food Court this summer. 

      Linda Mannering reported a Student Retention Workshop to be held June 23 10-11 am.  RSVP Jean Gutheil-Bykerk, 4-2367 or jgutheilbykerk@unomaha.edu.   She is involved in the development of Career Coach; a test site is at [available for a limited time only] http://www.unomaha.edu/instres/oir/home/econ.php http://uno.emsicareercoach.com/ccindex.php  

      A video is at http://www.economicmodeling.com/career-coach/

      Mannering also distributed a Net Price calculation to be posted on College Navigator [http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/  ]. This facilitates determining the actual cost of one college over another.

      A selection of roundtable items follows:

      Dean Nancy Edick announced the Roskens Hall [renovation] groundbreaking would be August 19.  Two conferences will be held this summer; Midwest School Library and Special Olympics educators.

      Josh White, athletics, announced that there would be only a single booster fund effective July 1, though donors can still select their target sport. 

      Lee Denker, Alumni Association, announced that there are plans for a bigger Homecoming celebration.

      Dean Audrey DeFrank, Library, announced that the trial extended library hours during finals week was a success and that it will be continued.  A new Encore discovery system http://encoreforlibraries.com/ is coming July 1 that will lead to a revolution in the way students do research.  UNL and UNK have already implemented and it can be seen in action in their library catalog. 

      Merry Ellen Turner, International Studies, noted that MavLink will enable compliance with SEVIS.

      Steve Bullock will share AQIP experience later.  This summer he is part of a civic engagement project in Political Science involving 10 high school teachers and 40 HS students at UNO.

      Lanyce Keel (ITS) reported the need to develop a mobile platform for smart phones for UNO's web site; working with Kaldahl and Athletics.  Three of the four Online Worldwide grants went to UNO:  Planning IS&T, Public Administration and Criminal Justice [details not confirmed at press time].

      Tim Kaldahl, University Relations, noted the recent editorials in the Omaha World Herald supportive of UNO, as well as recent stories quoting UNO Faculty.  More events such as the Glacier Creek Dedication are planned with the repurposing of Roskens Hall, and dedication of Mammel Hall.  He has a CBA student intern working on q-codes [actually QR-codes, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code ]. These are readable with an app on a mobile phone.  [The UNO library has some already.]  His office is also working on a draft "Social Media Policy" along with HR, SAC, and Student Government.  [Dr. Juan Casas, Psychology, is the Faculty Representative; no draft yet available; Kaldahl email to FL 2010 June 01.]

      Deepak Khazanchi (IS&T) reported that 20 Norwegian and 9 Indian students are in UNO for a summer workshop.  Three UNO students are in Norway funded by a grant from the Norwegian Government.

      Lorie Byrne (NU Foundation) reported that the Community Engagement facility has raised $12 million of the $23 million needed.  In addition they are at $109 million of the initial $150 million UNO minimum goal, with the target still $250 million.

      BJ Reed (Public Administration) noted the picture of the CPACS building in the Southwest Airlines magazine.  Their Assistant Dean Search (to replace Kathy Menke) is nearly finished.  Eighty five students have returned safely from overseas travel, though one group was stuck in Ireland by the Iceland volcanic eruption.

      Dean Dave Boocker (Arts and Sciences) noted that the A&S Centennial fund raising cabinet will meet in July.

4.      AQUIP Strategy Forum was held May 12-14, 2010.

      On June 1, 2010, Scott Tarry reported:  "I was pleased to serve as faculty representative for the UNO team that attended the AQIP Strategy Forum in Lisle, Illinois in May 12-14, 2010.  Others on the UNO team were Chancellor John Christensen, Sr. Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes, Associate Vice Chancellor Deb Smith-Howell, Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Bullock, NU Regent Bob Whitehouse, Professor Neal Topp, and Linda Mannering, Director of Institutional Research.

      The Strategy Forum is an opportunity for institutions accredited through the AQIP process to meet and share their plans for and progress on various Action Projects.   Our team focused on the General Education Action Project during the exercises and presentations.  We were actually further along than most of other institutions since we've been working on an overhaul of general education for quite awhile, but the process was still useful for helping the team think about how change is facilitated across campus.

      One of the more interesting presentations was from an official of the Higher Learning Commission, who discussed how things are changing in the way institutions are assessed and accredited.   He pointed to a higher level of involvement by the US Department of Education.  He also noted the rise of for-profit institutions (and those who are not-for-profit, but look a lot like the for-profits), focusing especially on those who have moved to purchase distressed liberal arts institutions to acquire both a physical presence as well as an accreditation from which they can expand operations at other locations and via the Internet.  These institutions are growing and exerting considerable political influence at the state and federal levels.  I think we will continue to hear more about this in the future and hope that our faculty and administrative leadership can take a role in educating both the public and elected officials about these issues that are becoming so critical to the future of higher education."

5.      Written Acknowledgements of Resolutions (& Table):

      In an e-mail, received on May 27, 2010, Nancy Castilow, Assistant to the Chancellor, wrote "The chancellor acknowledges receipt of Res. 3022-3032.   While he is supportive of Res. 3033, he acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate.  Relative to Res. 3034, he acknowledges receipt, will share its contents with the Strategic Planning Committee chairs, and suggests the Faculty Senate work with its representative to the Strategic Planning Committee to bring these issues forward.  He acknowledges receipt of Res. 3036-3038." And "Relative to Res. 3035,g. the chancellor appoints Michael O'Hara to the Publications committee.  The chancellor acknowledges receipt of Res. 3039-3051.  He also adds his appreciation to all those appointed and elected for their service to the campus."

2010-2011 Resolution Action Table

(Action Pending and Current Year Resolutions)

Res.#

Date

Senate

Passed

Title

Admin Accept

Sent for Senate Action

Denied

Deferred

In Progress

Final Action/Resolved

3051

5/12/10

Strategic Planning Steering Comm.

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3050

5/12/10

Graduate Council Rep.

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3049

5/12/10

Fac Sen Budget Advisory Comm.

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3048

5/12/10

Academic Planning Council (APC)

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3047

5/12/10

Alumni Assoc Brd of Directors

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3046

5/12/10

AFCON

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3045

5/12/10

AAUP Executive Committee

5/27/10

     

X

Acknowledge

3044

5/12/10

Standing Committees Vice Chairs

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3043

5/12/10

Appointment of Chair of Cabinet

5/27/10

     

X

Acknowledge

3042

5/12/10

Chair of Rules Committee

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3041

5/12/10

Election of Secretary/Treasurer

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3040

5/12/10

Election of Fac Sen Vice President

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3039

5/12/10

Appointment of Parliamentarian

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3038

5/12/10

Standing Committee Chairs

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3037

5/12/10

Membership of Standing Committees

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3036

5/12/10

University-Wide Committees (a-i)

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3035

5/12/10

Campus Committees (a-h)

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3034

5/12/10

Strategic Plan – Goal #2

5/27/10

&X*

     

*Chancellor acknowledges receipt, will share its contents with the Strategic Planning Committee chairs, and suggests the Faculty Senate work with its representative to the Strategic Planning Committee to bring these issues forward.

3033

5/12/10

Instruction on the Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers

5/27/10

     

X*

*Chancellor acknowledges that the subject matter is primarily an Academic Affairs issue and has asked Vice Chancellor Hynes to respond as appropriate.

3032

5/12/10

Appreciation for President Griff Elder

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3031

5/12/10

Appreciation for Admin Tech Sue Bishop

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3030

5/12/10

Appreciation for Parliamentarian Randy Adkins

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3029

5/12/10

Appreciation for Secretary-Treasurer Frederic Laquer

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3028

5/12/10

Appreciation for Vice President Carol Mitchell

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3027

5/12/10

Appreciation for Faculty Senate Liaisons

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3026

5/12/10

Appreciation for Chairs of Standing Committees & Chair of Cabinet

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3025

5/12/10

Appreciation for Outgoing Senators

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3024

5/12/10

Faculty Senate Members

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3023

5/12/10

Resignation of Senator Johanningsmeier

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

3022

5/12/10

Congratulating Fac. On Rec. Continuous Appt (Tenure and/or Being Promoted)

5/27/10

       

Acknowledge

                 
                 

CARRIED FORWARD

3013

3/10/10

Recommended Plagiarism Policy

3/18/10

4/21/10

     

X*

-Returned to Faculty Senate for additional language consideration as discussed at the 3/17 meeting with administration.

-Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with  the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.

3004

10/14/09

Parking Issues (Events Calendar)

       

X*

 

3003

10/14/09

Regarding Stem Cell Research

 

X*    

     

F.S. sent to all on 1014/09

2944

1/4/09

UCRCA Funding

     

X*

   

2931

11/12/08

"Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes" Video

       

X*

Senate in-progress following report

2930

11/12/08

Park-and-Ride/Park-and-Bike System of Transportation or Other Transportation Alternatives

 

Senate Working on

   

X*

 

2928

10/8/08

Electronic Communication

     

X*

   

2909

5/14/08

UNO Disaster Planning

 

Senate to Comm

   

X*

Return to Senate for further work

2899

4/9/08

UNO Child Care Center

 

Senate Deferred

 

X*

2009 Retreat Item

 

*3013  (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 3/11/10) "The chancellor said the first resolution" (3013)  "needs to be considered by Terry" (Hynes) . . . ) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/21/10:  Relative to the minor language changes on 3013 (Plagiarism), the chancellor indicates that he would like Academic Affairs to share the policy with  the academic deans at an upcoming meeting.)

*3004 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 10/15/09:  "The chancellor will discuss the resolution with Vice Chancellor Conley and Tim Kaldahl, University Relations.")

*3003 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 10/15/09:  "While the Chancellor has not taken a public position on this matter, he suggests that, should the Faculty Senate wish to do so, this resolution could be forwarded to Donal Burns, BOR Corporation Secretary, to document Senate support."  (This was done by the UNO Faculty Senate on 10/14/09)

*2961 (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 4/0/09:  "The chancellor acknowledges receipt of the resolutions, but suggests that the Senate may want to make a call to Central Administration to inquire about the existence of the U-Wide Benefits Committee, under whose auspices, this might normally fall.  There may be no need to establish a separate task force if this committee, or a subgroup, is active, and would entertain an examination of the existing disability benefit procedure.")

(The Faculty Senate Admin Tech notified the UNO rep to that committee, David Corbin, on 4/9/09.  He replied on 4/12/09:  "The NU Benefits Committee will be meeting on April 16.  I will bring the two resolutions to their attention.  It does seem that the Benefits Committee should be able to handle the issues without a new committee, but I'll wait and see what kind of response I get.")

*2944 (From the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09: The Chancellor supports the concept in Resolution 2944 on funding an UCRCA budget line but opined we wouldn't get it during the years of budgetary problems.)(6/10/09 Nancy Castilow wrote for Chanc. Christensen: "One clarification related to  Res. 2944, dealing with ongoing support of the UCRCA budget.  I said that I was open to the concept and supportive of continued funding of the UCRCA budget, albeit we would need to review its  funding during times of budget constraints, as we do with other such programs.  The decision to fund and how much to fund remains the purview of the Office of Academic Affairs.  I did not opine that the UCRCA budget line would automatically see no funding during years of budgetary problems.")

*2931 (From the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09:  Senator Sollars gave Wade Robinson a list of faculty willing and qualified to comment on "Shots Fired" While Robinson says all the feedback he has received has been positive, faculty senators reported that students who had viewed the video were not impressed.)

(From Wade Robinson via e-mail on 2/16/09:  "The Shots Fired issue is resolved based on the wording listed.")  

(From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 2/20/09: Acknowledge receipt of resolution and list of faculty educators to Assoc. VC Wade Robinson.  Robinson reports that presentations to large campus groups is essentially completed with no further presentations scheduled. No additional action required.)

(From Wade Robinson via e-mail on 2/24/09: "Based on the information you gave me I have contacted a person at NASP to learn more about their PREPaRE program and learn about the program structure and costs.  I have also contacted De. Scott Pollard to get program and cost information as well and hope to hear from both in the near future.  I will also be communicating the UNO faculty you provided as well.")

9/2/09:  As a recently appointed member of the UNO Disaster Preparedness Committee, Past-President Suzanne Sollars will be sent to training to be certified, as are the other members of the committee, by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  It is affiliated with FEMA and provides a standardized structure for organizations to coordinate incident management.

*2930 (At the EC & Admin Mtg 11/19/08:  VC Conley said that there were a number of components of Resolution 2930, as written, that needed further consideration.) (At the EC & Admin Mtg 1/21/09:  Vice Chancellor Conley reported that B. J. Reed was working with MAT and that there will be an integrated campus parking plan. The Regents will be asked to extend the contract with Crossroads. There was some discussion of providing bicycles for students to go between campuses.) (From Chancellor Christensen via Nancy Castilow in an e-mail sent on 2/20/09: Acknowledge receipt and forward to Vice Chancellor Conley for additional review and implementation as feasible.)

*2928 (From 10/15/2008 EC & Admn Mtg:  Chancellor Christensen said he would bring up Senate Resolution 2928, 10/08/08, concerning seeking alternatives to Lotus Notes, with the President's Council. John Fiene is aware of the problems and supports the direction suggested in the resolution.)

Follow-up by Sollars via e-mail: "Chancellor Christensen brought the matter to President Milliken who concurred with the Lotus Notes problem, but said the matter needed to be deferred until after SIS implementation."

*2909 6/20/08 EC&A Mtg:  Associate Vice Chancellor Robinson discussed Emergency Planning and asked about the creation of a faculty committee that can assist the administration in planning for the continuation of academic programs in crisis situations.  Senate will need to determine in there is a specific senate committee that could do this or if there is a need to develop a committee outside the senate.  See Minutes of Exec Committee and Cabinet 7/9/2008 for further information: See Minutes of Exec Committee and Cabinet 7/9/2008 for further information: http://www.unomaha.edu/facsen/minutes/2008_2009/08_7_minutes.php

9/2/09:  As a recently appointed member of the UNO Disaster Preparedness Committee, Past-President Suzanne Sollars will be sent to training to be certified, as are the other members of the committee, by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  It is affiliated with FEMA and provides a standardized structure for organizations to coordinate incident management.

*2899 EC&A Mtg April 16, 2008.  The Chancellor responded to the Senate's recently passed resolution regarding the University's day-care facility.  He was primarily concerned about the Senate's recommendation that UNO develop a lab school as part of the day-care facility, since this represents a significant departure from what the university is doing and would require a substantial investment of resources.  He pointed out that the original goal was to develop a day-care that would meet national accreditation standards.  The differences between day-care and preschool curricula and facilities was discussed.  The administration agreed to provide the Senate with information about the current day-care operation and also agreed to work with the Senate and Student Government to explore the issue if that is desired.

B.     Treasurer's Report:  Senator Benjamin-Alvarado submitted the May 2010 Budget Report.

IV.          Standing Committee Reports

A.    Committee on Rules:  Senator Barone moved the following for the committee, to complete resolutions passed on 5/12/2010.  Both resolutions passed.

1.      To complete RESOLUTION 3043, 5/12/10:  Appointment of Chair of the Cabinet

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the senate president appoints the following senator 2010-2011 Chair of the Cabinet:

John Bartle.

2.         To complete RESOLUTION 3035, 5/12/10: Campus Committees (a-h)

g.   Student Publications Committee, Position B

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names constitute the approved list of nominees to the Student Publications Board, Position B, to replace Karen Weber, from which the Chancellor is to select one for a three-year appointment from 07/01/10 through 06/30/13 as specified in the By- Laws of the Board of Regents:

            Lotfollah Najjar,
            Michael O'Hara (selected to serve).

V.        Old Business

A.    NU Wide Email Taskforce:  Senator Hendricks has been contacted by President Laquer for information about this topic. 

B.     Community Engagement Facility (Building): CPPE, BOR proposal in Sept 2010.  Senator Benjamin-Alvarado will keep the Faculty Senate apprised of this project, including the program statement.

C.    Restricted Data/Social Security Numbers:  President Laquer reminded all EC&C members that SSNs needed to be cleared off all campus computers by June 1, 2010. 

VI.      New Business

A.    EC&C Summer Scheduling:  The EC&C decided to change its July meeting to July 14, 2010.  Still undecided is whether the date of the August meeting will be changed from August 4 to August 11. 

B.     Restricted Data Stored on Photocopiers:  All digital copy machines, built since 2002, have a hard drive.  This hard drive stores every single image (copy) made on that machine.   Special steps can be taken to wipe this drive clean, but it is not generally done.  This problem has been reported to Assoc. V.C. Fiene, but is thought to be so important that President Laquer assigned follow-up to the ER&S committee.

C.    Faculty Senate Budget Proposal:  President Laquer shared a draft of the 2010-2011 Faculty Senate Operating Budget Estimate that he hopes to forward to SVC Hynes this week. 

D.    Retreat Planning:

a.      Administrative Invitees/speakers for the Faculty Senate Retreat were discussed.  It was decided to invite two speakers.  If unable to attend the next, in order, would be invited from the following:

1.      Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget & Planning, Central Administration (Re:  Budget)

2.      Sharon Stephan, Vice President for University Affairs, Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing (Re:  Online Worldwide)

3.      Mark Goldsberry, Project Director, NeSIS (Re:  MavLink)

4.      Deb Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Re:  Community Engagement); and the architect for the Community Engagement Center building.

VII.   LR542:  http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=11220

VIII.  The next Board of Regents meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2010.

IX.      The meeting adjourned at 3:52 p.m. with announcements.