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(last updated 5/2003)

2002 - 2003 Senate

RESOLUTIONS

#2637 - 2680


The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from June 12, 2002 to May 14 & 16, 2003:


Resolution 2637, 06/12/02: Regarding Funding to Attend Conference

WHEREAS President Greg Sadlek has received notification of the Governance Conference in Atlanta, GA, to be held October 17-20, 2002, and

WHEREAS there will be much relevant information offered for both the Faculty Senate and the AAUP,

WHEREAS the cost of the trip and conference will be approximately $1200,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate will fund one half of the cost for President Sadlek to attend the conference.


Resolution 2638, 07/10/02: PhD in Information Technology

WHEREAS the academic content of the PhD in Info Tech program has the potential of being high quality,

WHEREAS we have been assured that the initial funding has been allocated.

WHEREAS it is our understanding that the future increases in funding for this program will not come from reallocation of funds from other uno academic units.

We recommend approval of the PhD in info tech program.


Resolution 2639, 07/10/02: MFA in Creative Writing

The Faculty Senate approves the proposal for Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with the understanding that there will be no new faculty lines created and that all additional costs will be covered by surcharges to the students.


Resolution 2640, 08/07/02: Chair of the Cabinet

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:

Laura Dickson.


Resolution 2641, 09/11/02: University Committee on Technology Resources & Services

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as three-year appointment from 08/01/02 through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services:

Leah Pietron (reappointed)

AND BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to replace Marchel Cuppett Austin, who has left the university and whose term runs 08/01/01 through 07/31/004, to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services:

Kathy Henebry


Resolution 2642, 09/11/02: University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Amy Rodie's three-year term (July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2003) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Lynn Harland, BA


Resolution 2643, 09/11/02: Graduate Council Representative

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator, who is also a graduate faculty member, as the senate representative for a one year appointment from 09/11/02, through 05/14/03, to the Graduate Council:

Darryll Lewis (to replace Senator Tom Bragg)


Resolution 2644, 09/11/2002: Community Service Project

WHEREAS UNO is a metropolitan university with one of its missions to be involved in the community;

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate and Student Senate are two of the leader groups at UNO;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate along with the Student Senate complete a community service project this academic year after gathering information about possible sites and projects.


Resolution 2645, 09/11/2002: Memorials, etc., for Faculty Members

If a faculty member dies while teaching during the academic year, he/she shall be honored with a brief remembrance ceremony at the beginning of a designated, regularly scheduled Faculty Senate meeting to which faculty, students, administration and staff have been invited. This remembrance shall include the pealing of the campanile bells for at least 10 minutes.


Resolution 2646, 10/09/2002: Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) Representative

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through 05/14/03, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):

Beth Ritter


Resolution 2647, 10/09/2002: University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to for a three-year term (July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2005) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Pam Smith, CPACS
Bruce Chase, A&S


Resolution 2648, 10/09/2002: University Committee on Athletics

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/02, through 07/31/05, to the University Committee on Athletics:

Leah Pietron (to replace Michael Stewart)


Resolution 2649, 10/09/2002: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee are brought forward by the Rules Committee for senate nomination. If approved, a ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty.

One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Bruce Chase:

Elaine Lahue, Assistant Professor, Biology
Lisa Boucher, Assistant Professor, Biology

One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, David Helm:

Tim Yontz, Assistant Professor, Music
Steve Williams, Associate Professor, Theater

One faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from
October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Michael O’Hara:

Bill Corcoran, Associate Professor, Economics
Richard File, Professor, Accounting


Resolution 2650 (Revision), 11/13/2002: Funding for Programs of Excellence During 2003-2005 Biennium (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS the state budget continues to be in grave financial difficulty, and

WHEREAS 80% of UNO’s budget is in Academic Affairs, and

WHEREAS the university thus faces the prospect of further cuts in faculty lines of non-prioritized programs, and

WHEREAS faculty in non-prioritized programs are just as essential to the well being of the full university curriculum as those in prioritized programs, and

WHEREAS increasing the extraordinary funding for Programs of Excellence is a worthy goal when appropriate state resources are available, but

WHEREAS the proposed increase in the funding for Programs of Excellence for the 2003-2005 biennium ($3,000,000) would threaten approximately 50 NU faculty lines in essential non-prioritized programs,

WHEREAS the proposed increase in the funding for Programs of Excellence for the 2003-2005 biennium ($6,000,000) could cause the reallocation of approximately 100 NU faculty lines in essential non-prioritized programs,

BE IT RESOLVED that should the budget remain flat or be cut in the 2003-2005 biennium the UNO Faculty Senate strongly recommends to the Board of Regents that funding for Programs of Excellence not be increased during that time.


Resolution 2651, 11/13/2002: Reduction in Spending, Decision Making and Termination Procedures (Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare)

WHEREAS, the recent state appropriation cuts made it necessary for the university to cut its expenditures, and

WHEREAS, the university terminated 19 staff employees to reduce expenditures, and

WHEREAS, UNO faculty and staff generally felt a lack of input into the decision making process, and input that was given appeared to be ignored, and

WHEREAS the procedures used by the university focused on the potential security risks created by disgruntled employees and that the procedures implied a lack of trust and excessive use of security personnel.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the administration meaningfully involve faculty and staff leaders in a future reduction decision making, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the administration, in consultation with faculty and staff leaders, develop termination procedures that are sensitive to the issues of timing and the manner of notifying employees. Furthermore that such procedures express appreciation for service to UNO and avoid the use of security personnel.


Resolution 2652 : 11/13/2002: Professional Conduct Committee (Committee on Rules) Ballot vote by Senate

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following two nominees (all tenured faculty ranked assistant professor or above) are brought forward by the Committee on Rules for ballot election by the full senate as follows:

Kathleen Danielson (elected)
Graham Mitenko

One representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace outgoing member Karen Falconer-Al-Hindi. This newly elected representative will also serve as an alternate for three-years from from October 16, 2005, through October 15, 2008.

Karen Falconer-Al-Hindi will continue serving as alternate (replacing William Tapprich) for three-years from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 20005, per Resolution 2416.


Resolution 2653, 11/13/2002: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (Committee on Rules)

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with section 6.1 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws the following nominees for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee are brought forward by the Rules Committee for senate nomination. The ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty.

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Bruce Chase:

Steven Williams
Ziaul Huk

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, David Helm:

Sajda Qureshi
Carol Loyd

One tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three year term from October 16, 2002, through October 15, 2005, to replace retiring member, Michael O'Hara:

William Corcoran
Richard File

One non-tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to complete the remainder of Carol Ebdon’s term from October 16, 2001, through October 15, 2004. Professor Ebdon has received tenure:

Elaine Lahue
Timothy Yontz


Resolution 2654, 11/13/2002: Student Demonstrations

WHEREAS the October student demonstrations forcefully brought the negative consequences of budget cuts to the attention of the public, and

WHEREAS the demonstrations were conducted in a dignified and appropriate manner,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate commends the organizers of and participants in the demonstrations and encourages all members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha community to continue to raise the issue of budget cuts to the legislature, the Board of Regents and the people of Nebraska.

This resolution passed unanimously.


Resolution 2655, 12/11/2002: Election of Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (Committee on Rules)

WHEREAS, the results of the faculty-wide election for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee have been tabulated, and the following individuals elected,

THEREFORE, be it resolved, that

Steven Williams replaces Bruce Chase (tenured faculty),
Carol Lloyd replaces David Helm (tenured faculty),
William Corcoran replaces Michael O’Hara (tenured faculty),

as members of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee for a three year term, October 16, 2002 through October 15, 2005, and

Elaine Lahue to complete Carol Ebdon’s term (non-tenured faculty),

through October 15, 2004.


Resolution 2656, 12/11/02: Ratification of President-Elect Election Results

BE IT RESOLVED, that the results of the election for President-Elect of the Faculty Senate be ratified.

Senator Greg Sadlek has been elected.


Resolution 2657, 12/11/2002: Reaffirmation of Senate Resolution 2370

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha reaffirms Senate
Resolution 2370, 4/14/1999.

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(Resolution 2370 was reiterated in Resolution 2440, in April 2000:

Resolution 2440, 04/12/00: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha passed Resolution 2370 on April 14, 1999, endorsing domestic partnership benefits for all UNO non-married staff and faculty, and WHEREAS, neither the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska nor the chancellor of UNO have responded to this resolution; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha wishes, yet again, to express its strongest support for the sentiments expressed in Resolution 2370.

Resolution 2370, 04/14/99: Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska has declared and affirmed a policy of equal employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment, and nondiscrimination; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate endorses domestic partnership benefits for all UNO non-married staff and faculty as long as procedures can be adopted that provide for documentation of: 1) the partners' commitment to each other (e.g. the partners have been in an exclusive relationship for a specified number of months and intend to remain together indefinitely; the partners are not married to each other or anyone else, or related to each other by blood so closely that state law would prohibit them from being married to each other, etc.), 2) sharing of financial obligations (e.g. they own a home together or are jointly listed on a lease; they hold joint bank accounts, they have joint liabilities, including motor- vehicle loans or credit-card accounts, etc.), and 3) joint responsibility for each other's welfare (e.g. they are named as each other's beneficiary on life-insurance policies; they are named as the primary beneficiary in each other's wills; etc.)


Resolution 2658, 01/15/03: (Executive Committee and Cabinet) Appreciation to Professor Johnson:

WHEREAS Professor G. Vaughn Johnson has meritoriously served the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Senate in numerous capacities, most recently as chair of the Committee of Faculty Personnel & Welfare, and,

WHEREAS Professor Johnson has retired from the University and must resign his Senate seat, and

WHEREAS his insightful observations have enriched numerous senate meetings and discussions; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate thanks Professor Johnson for his outstanding service to the faculty and wishes him well.


Resolution 2659, 02/12/03: (Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs) Investment Science and Portfolio Management Specialization in CBA:

WHEREAS the proposed specialization in Investment Science and Portfolio Management is academically sound,

WHEREAS it addresses student interests and meets a need identified by the business community, and

WHEREAS the program does not require the addition or reallocation of resources,

BE IT RESOLVED that the faculty senate approves the proposal.


Resolution 2660, 02/12/03: (Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs) Revisions to the Policy on Academic Integrity will be brought to the full Senate next week:

WHEREAS the University Committee on Undergraduate Academic Appeals is not charged with ruling on appeals in cases involving academic integrity,

AND WHEREAS in theses cases the decision at the college level should be final,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that sections 3d and 3e of the policy (appearing on page 52 of the 2001-02 undergraduate catalog) be deleted.


Resolution 2661, 02/12/03: (Committee on Rules) Faculty Grievance Committee:

BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, section 6.1, Faculty Grievance Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.

One associate professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Judith Harrington, for a three-year term from September 16, 2002, through September 15, 2005:

Christopher Marshall (Elected)
Carol Ebdon

One associate professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Lynn Harland, for a three-year term from September 16, 2002, through September 15, 2005:

Scott Harrington (Elected)
Jarene Fluckiger

One member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Jack Shroder as the committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2002, through September 15, 2003:

Robert Carlson (Elected)
Henry D’Souza


Resolution 2662, 03/12/03: (On behalf of the Executive Committee and Cabinet) In Support of the University Budget

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska budget was reduced by $31.1 million in 2002, and the current outlook is for an additional 10% cut ($41 million) in 2003,

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska is a crucial educational resource and economic driver and, thus, is essential to the recovery and long-term economic well-being of the state,

WHEREAS additional cuts of the magnitude proposed are likely to necessitate increases in tuition and fees that would make higher education less affordable for Nebraska citizens,

WHEREAS the effect of the additional cuts would be to make higher education less able to respond to the educational and service needs of Nebraska citizens,

WHEREAS it would take years for the university to recover from the effects of a budget reduction of the magnitude proposed,

WHEREAS the university realizes that it must bear an equitable share of cuts in order to resolve the current budget crisis,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha calls upon state officials to consider means by which to reduce the adverse impact that the presently proposed budget cuts will have on the quality and diversity of education and services provided by the university.


Resolution 2663, 03/12/03: (On behalf of the Executive Committee) Student Government Resolution LS02/03-4

WHEREAS the Faculty Senate supports UNO Student Government resolution LS 02/03-4 (that students not be penalized for missing class to attend the Appropriations Committee meeting in Lincoln on March 10, 2003),

THEREFORE, while it does not support cancellation of classes on that day, it does encourage UNO students to participate in the political process.


Resolution 2664, 03/12/03: (On behalf of the Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs) Maintaining a record of students who violate the academic integrity policy

WHEREAS the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha places a high value on academic integrity,

WHEREAS violations of the policy on academic integrity warrant meaningful sanctions,

WHEREAS the sanctions should be appropriate to the offense, with progressive discipline for repeat offenders,

THEREFORE be it resolved that

  • The Office of Student Affairs shall maintain a record of students who violate the policy on academic integrity;
  • After the faculty member has taken the appropriate action as outlined in the Academic Integrity policies, he or she is encouraged to report violations to the Office of Student Affairs;
  • Reports should be made by the faculty member in whose class the violation occurs;
  • On a first offense, Student Affairs will take no action unless the faculty member specifically requests their intervention;
  • On subsequent offenses, students will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, as deemed appropriate by the judicial officer in Student Affairs;
  • The judicial officer will inform students of their right to appeal;
  • A student’s record of offenses will be confidential and will be destroyed when he or she graduates.
  • students will have access to their own confidential record

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the section on academic integrity in the undergrad catalog be revised to inform students of this policy.


Resolution 2665, 03/12/03: (On behalf of the Assembly) Election of Faculty Senate Vice President

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 to complete the term of 2002-2003 Vice President:

Bob Blair.


Resolution 2666, 04/09/03: (On behalf of the Committee on Professional Development)

WHEREAS the number of retirements of faculty at UNO will likely increase in the coming years, and;

WHEREAS there will be a significant influx of new faculty in need of professional development programs, and;

WHEREAS the projected budget reductions will severely limit the ability of new and tenure-track faculty to receive professional development services, and

WHEREAS there will be significant and potentially detrimental consequences resulting from the elimination of faculty development services, especially to tenure track faculty;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Faculty Senate of UNO supports the principle that the provision of professional development services to faculty is important to maintaining quality higher education, and should be a priority to the Administration.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administration of UNO takes all measures possible to provide professional development services to all faculty, with special emphasis on tenure-track faculty.


R esolution 2667, 04/09/03: ( On behalf of the Committee on Rules)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as appointments to the Kayser Professorship Selection Committee:

Cassia Spohn (Criminal Justice)
Doug Paterson (Theatre).


Resolution 2668, 04/09/03: ( On behalf of the Executive Committee and Cabinet)

WHEREAS Professor Thomas Bragg served with distinction on the UNO Faculty Senate from May 2001 through February 2003,

WHEREAS Professor Bragg held the position of Senate Vice-President from May 2002 through February 2003, and in this position shared his leadership, uncommon vision, unfailing tact, indefatigable initiative with the UNO faculty during a period of exceptionally difficult university circumstances,

WHEREAS Professor Bragg was called to serve UNO as Dean of Graduate Studies, beginning in March 2003,

BE IT THERE FORE RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate expresses its sincerest gratitude for Professor Bragg’s service to the Senate and wishes him every success in his new leadership role.


Resolution 2669, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends to
the following outgoing senators its deepest appreciation for service on the Faculty Senate:

Nora Bacon (A&S) Wikil Kwak (BA) Bonnie O’Connell (FA)
Robert Carlson (A&S) Shuanglin Lin (BA) Donna Dufner (IS&T)
Andrew Smallwood (A&S) Robert Blair (PACS) Angela Valle (A&S).


Resolution 2670, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service (Standing Committees/Chairpersons)

WHEREAS, the smooth and productive functioning of the Faculty Senate is dependent upon effective leadership of the standing committees,

WHEREAS, by their service in meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, committee chairpersons assist the Executive Committee in responding to the needs of the faculty and charting a course for the Senate,

WHEREAS, this academic year was a year of unusually large and complex challenges due to the continuing budget crisis,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to members of the Senate Cabinet – Professors Nora Bacon, Bob Blair, Laura Dickson, Henry D’Souza, Bruce Garver, and Boyd Littrell – for their dedication, hard work, and leadership during this academic year 2002-2003.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Laura Dickson and Boyd Littrell be further recognized for their outstanding additional service as members of the Executive Committee.


Resolution 2671, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service (Vice President/Bob Blair)

WHEREAS, he assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Vice President in March 2003,

WHEREAS, he assumed the responsibilities of Vice President in addition to his annual asignment as Chair of Professional Development Committee,

WHEREAS, his clear vision and warm good humor guided the Executive Committee through crucial year-end meetings,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Professor Bob Blair for his work as Vice President during the final months of this academic year 2002-2003.


Resolution 2672, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service (Secretary-Treasurer/Ethel Williams)

WHEREAS, she assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Secretary-Treasurer in May 2002,

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

WHEREAS, she has regularly coordinated with the Senate Office Administrator on the production of Senate agendas and minutes, and

WHEREAS, she brought a fresh and insightful perspectives to difficult matters,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere appreciation to Professor Ethel Williams for her work as Secretary-Treasurer in this academic year 2002-2003.


Resolution 2673, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service (President/Greg Sadlek)

WHEREAS, Gregory Sadlek has provided excellent leadership in word and action in this time of pressing budgetary crisis for the University as President of UNO’s Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS, he as served as a facilitator, a supporter, a role model, and an advocate for UNO, and

WHEREAS, he has wisely and eloquently represented his colleagues and his university in conversations with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors, the Board of Regents, the University President, the legislature, media representatives, and many others, and

WHEREAS, he has dealt with multiple and very diverse topics in a calm, straightforward, and professional manner,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor Gregory Sadlek for his outstanding service to the faculty and the University as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2002-2003 academic year and wish him continued success for the 2003-2004 academic year.


Resolution 2674, 05/14/2003: Appreciation for Service (Harvey Leavitt)

WHEREAS Professor Harvey Leavitt has meritoriously served the University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Senate in numerous capacities over his career, most notably serving with distinction as President of the Senate during the 1980-81 academic year,

WHEREAS Professor Leavitt has retired from the University and must resign his Senate seat, and

WHEREAS his insightful, witty and humane observations and contributions have enriched numerous senate meetings; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate thanks Professor Leavitt for his outstanding service to the faculty and the faculty senate and wishes him well in retirement.


Resolution 2675, 05/14/2003: Resolution Regarding Merger of the College of Continuing Studies into The College of Public Affairs and Community Service

WHEREAS the restructuring team established by the Chancellor has endorsed the merger of the College of Continuing Studies and its Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies into the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; and

WHEREAS the Dean’s Forum has endorsed, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Chancellor have endorsed this recommendation; and

WHEREAS the Faculty of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service has voted to accept this merger of the College of Continuing Studies; and

WHEREAS the College of Public Affairs and Community Service is committed to suppporting the structure and intent of the Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha endorses the merger of the College of Continuing Studies and its Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies into the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.


Resolution 2676, 05/14/2003: Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate President appoints the following three names to go forward as appointments to the senate Budget Advisory Committee for terms specified:

John Bartle (CPACS), Chairperson, May 14, 2003 to July 31, 2006
Randy Adkins (CAS), May 14, 2003 to July 31, 2005
Donald Baum (CBA), May 14, 2003 to July 31, 2004

These members would serve their full terms or until such a time as the Budget Advisory Committee is redefined by the Senate.


Resolution 2677, 05/14/2003: Faculty Associates and Professional Development Activities

WHEREAS it has been recommended to the Administration that Faculty Associates will be assigned to coordinate core programs of professional development, and;

WHEREAS Sponsored Programs and Research, and the Graduate Office will provide operational support for professional development programs like the University Committee on Research, and the Research Triangles, and;

WHEREAS Faculty Associates will be provided workload adjustments to oversee other core professional development activities, including Teaching Circles, TABS, the Annual Faculty Development Workshop, and UCAT;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Faculty Associates be identified as soon as possible by the Academic Affairs Office so affected academic units can make workload adjustments, resulting in a continuation of core professional development activities in the fall semester of 2003.


Resolution 2678, 05/14/2003: Tuition Increase

WHEREAS in AY 2001-2002, the University of Nebraska at Omaha already went through a series of budget cuts, totaling $5 million,

WHEREAS, among other cuts, the university lost 58 faculty and staff positions, two academic programs, and important resources for “at risk” students,

WHEREAS now a threat exists to cut an additional 3 to 10% out of UNO’s 2003-2004 budget, cuts which will mean further crippling reductions in administration, faculty, and staff support, seriously damaging the ability of the university to serve its students, support faculty research, and engage with the community,

WHEREAS unavoidable increases in fixed costs of approximately $21 million system-wide will further magnify the size of the proposed cuts,

WHEREAS 15% increase in tuition system-wide would raise $19.3 million and, thus, come close to covering the increase in the system’s fixed expenses, thus, sparing the system further damaging cuts,

WHEREAS the tuition at UNO is currently 8.3% behind the average of its peers,

WHEREAS tuition will likely increase in many if not most of UNO peer institutions, putting UNO’s tuition rate even further behind its peers,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate urges the Board of Regents approve a tuition increase of at least 15% for AY 2003-2004.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that at the same time the Board of Regents make more funds available for need-based scholarships and loans to help the most economically disadvantaged among UNO’s students.


Resolution 2679, 05/14/2003: 2003-2004 Standing Committees Membership (On behalf of the Committee on Rules)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the 2003-2004 senators to the standing committees as designated:

Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs (6)

1. James Akers (ED)
2. Gary Krause (NU)
3. Joan Latchaw (A&S)
4. Jody Neathery-Castro (A&S)
5. Ethel Williams (PACS)
6. Wally Bacon (A&S)

Committee on Educational Resources & Services (6)

1. Robert Shuster (A&S)
2. Laura Dickson (LIB)
3. Laura Schulte (ED)
4. Peter Wolcott, (IS&T)
5. Marsha Watson (A&S)
6. Rebecca Pasco (ED)

Committee on Faculty Personnel & Welfare (6)

1. Natalie Bennett, (A&S)
2. Henry D’Souza, (PACS)
3. Wai-ning Mei, (A&S)
4. Graham Mitenko (BA)
5. David Helm (FA)
6. Pamela Jean Owens (A&S)

Committee on Goals & Directions (6)

1. Chris Allen, (A&S)
2. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado (A&S)
3. Bruce Garver, (A&S)
4. Karl Kosloski, (PACS)
5. Caroline Simpson (FA)
6. Richard Ortman (BA)

Committee on Professional Development (6)

1. James Carroll (A&S)
2. Josie Metal-Corbin, (ED)
3. Sufi Nazem, (BA)
4. Keith Pedersen, (NU)
5. Beth Ritter, (A&S)
6. John Shroder (A&S)

Committee on Rules (6)

A&S: Boyd Littrell
BA: Darryll Lewis
ED: Yvonne Tixier y Vigil
FA: Peter Madsen
IS&T: Raj Dasgupta
PACS: Michael Carroll


Resolution 2680, May 14, 2003: Standing Committee Chairs

Resolution Regarding Standing Committee Chairs:

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 (except for the Committee on Rules, who is appointed by the President):

Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs: Jody Neathery-Castro Committee on Educational Resources and Services: Laura Dickson Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare: Henry D’Souza
Committee on Goals and Directions: Caroline Simpson
Committee on Professional Development: Sufi Nazem