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(Last updated: 5/26/09)

2007-2008 Resolutions

Resolutions 2871 - 2920

The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from May 9, 2007- current date:

Resolution 2871, 5/09/2007: Appointment of Parliamentarian

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.


Resolution 2872, 5/09/2007: Election of Vice President of 2007-2008 Faculty Senate

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.


Resolution 2873, 5/09/2007: Secretary/Treasurer of 2007-2008 Faculty Senate

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.


Resolution 2874, 5/09/2007: Chair of Committee for Rules

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.


Resolution 2875, 5/09/2007: 2007-2008 Standing Committees Vice Chairs

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

  • Suzanne Sollars, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Juliette Parnell, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • Karen Dwyer, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Henry D'Souza, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • Wai-Ning Mei, Committee on Professional Development
  • Debra Anderson, Committee on Rules


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).


Resolution 2877, 6/06/2007

Appointment of Chair of the Cabinet (President Tarry)

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 the following senator 2007-2008 Chair of the Cabinet:

John Noble, to replace Senator Skreija.


Resolution 2878, 8/22/07: Resignation/Replacement of Senator Sam Brown from UNO & Faculty Senate. (SenatorBarnes)

Be it resolved that the Executive Committee has noted CPACS' Senator Sam Brown's resignation from UNO. Dr. Jay White has been appointed to finish his term on the Faculty Senate through 5/13/09.


Resolution 2879, 8/22/07: Resignation of Senator Deb Anderson from UNO. (Senator Barnes)

Be it resolved that the Executive Committee has accepted Senator Deb Anderson's resignation. Dr. Lyn M. Holley has been appointed to finish her term on the Faculty Senate through 5/14/10.


Resolution 2880, 8/22/07: NU-Wide Gender Equity Committee: Senator Tarry

Be it resolved that Interim Senior Vice Chancellor, Sheri Rogers, reported that the UNO seat on the NU-wide Gender Equity Committee has been filled by Dr. Juliette Parnell.


Resolution 2881, 8/22/2007: Election of Secretary-Treasurer

Be It Resolved, Senator Suzanne Sollars is elected Secretary-Treasurer by acclimation, to replace Deb Anderson, who has resigned.


Resolution 2882, 8/22/07: UCAT Replacemnt

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Leon Dappen's three-year term (July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

Nick Stergiou, HPER, ED.


Resolution 2883, 9/12/07: Senate Vacancy

WHEREAS there are no remaining 2007-2008 faculty alternates from the College of Arts and Sciences, and

WHEREAS it was reported to the Executive Committee that a properly formed caucus of the remaining Senators from this college has elected Griff Elder to serve the remainder of Senator Maher's term (5/9/07 -5/14/10,

BE IT RESOLVED, that Griff Elder is now a member of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2884, 9/12/07 & completed 10.10.07: 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. The ballot will be presented to the UNO faculty. Two tenured faculty members will be elected from the following four nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2007, through October 15, 2010, to replace Joan Latchaw, and Linda Parker, whose terms are expiring:

  • Michael O'Hara (tenured faculty) ELECTED
  • Joe Bertinetti (tenured faculty)
  • Robert W. Smith (tenured faculty)
  • Bonnie O'Connell (tenured faculty). ELECTED

One non-tenured faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve a three-year term from October 16, 2007, through October 15, 2010, to replace Mark Scherer, whose term is expiring:

  • Iulia Podariu (non-tenured faculty)
  • William Torrence (non-tenured faculty). ELECTED


Resolution 2885, 9/12/07: Faculty Grievance Committee Nominees (Elected by Faculty Senate ballot vote)

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 full professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Dale Krane, for a three-year term from September 16, 2007, through September 15, 2010:

  • Marshall Prisbell, (Full Professor) ELECTED (19 votes)
  • Michael Skau, (Full Professor)

One assistant professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Jeanne Harrington, for a three-year term from September 16, 2007, through September 15, 2010:

  • Rachel Erb , (Assistant Professor)
  • Ed Tisko , (Assistant Professor) ELECTED (19 votes)

One member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Stu Bernstein as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2007, through September 15, 2008:

  • Meredith Bacon, from the Committee on Faculty Personnel & Welfare,
  • Jack Heidel, from the Committee on Faculty Personnel & Welfare. ELECTED (17 votes)


Resolution 2886, 9/12/07: UNO Professional Conduct Committee (by Faculty Senate Ballot Vote)

BE IT RESOLVED, that two representatives must be elected by ballot vote to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2007, through October 15, 2010, to replace outgoing members Lisa Boucher and James Dick. In accordance with Section 1.1 of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Professional Conduct Committee's Rules and Procedures, the following four 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:

  • Jeanette Seaberry ELECTED (20 votes)
  • Joe Bertinetti
  • Janice Rech
  • Robert Woody ELECTED (22 votes)

The newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three- years from October 16, 2010, through October 15, 2013.

Lisa Boucher and James Dick will continue serving as an alternates (replacing Rebecca Morris and Carol Mitchell) for three-years, from October 16, 2007, through October 15, 2010, per Resolution R2755.


Resolution 2887, 9/12/07: Graduate Council

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following member of the Graduate Council to be the liaison between the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council for a one-year term from 05/9/07, through 05/09/08:

  • Robert Blair, (to replace Harmon Maher).


Resolution 2888, 9/12/07: Committees to be filled or completed:

A. Educational Policy Advisory Committee

      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:

      • Patti Meglich, CBA (to replace Catherine Co)
      • Richard Stacy, ED, (to replace David Corbin).

    And the following name go forward as a one-year appointment to complete Tracy Bridgeford's term through 07/31/08:

    • Jeffrey Peake, A&S, (to replace Tracy Bridgeford).

B. Resolution 2866, 5/09/2007: (to complete d. with Laura Dickson)

    d. Judicial Committee (Pool of Names)

    BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/2007 through 07/31/2010, 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)
    • Laura Dickson (reappoint).

C. University Committee on Research & Creative Activity

    BE IT RESOLVED: that, on the University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA), the following name go forward to complete the term of Deb Anderson (CPACS), (08/01/06 - 07/31/09):

    • Ann Coyne (CPACS), 08/01/06 - 07/31/09.

     


Resolution 2889, 9/12/07: Complete Resolution 2867, 5/09/2007: (to be completed with Juan Casas)

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)
  • Juan Casas ,(to replace Andrea Zardetto-Smith)

Resolution 2890, 10/10/07: Student Publications Board

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

  • Karen Weber, (selected to serve)
  • Lisa German,
  • Dori Richards.

Resolution 2891, 10/10/2007: University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to temporarily replace Zhenyuan Wang for Fall 2007, on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

  • Linda Parker, LIB (to replace Zhenyuan Wang as At-Large-Member).

Resolution 2892, 11/14/2007: Campus Bake Sales

WHEREAS bake sales have been, historically, the most important and simple source of funds for student organizations, which do not have any other convenient source of needed funds for the operation of their organizations, and

WHEREAS bake sales are easy to plan, organize, and conduct, which are important considerations for students because of the time demands of their academic pursuits and employment, and

WHEREAS hundreds of bake sales by many different student organizations have been conducted at this University in the last several decades, which have not, in any of these hundreds of instances, reported an iota of trouble or complaint, and

WHEREAS health risks associated with bake sales are minimal, and students, staff, and faculty who have severe allergies have taken and do take personal responsibility to avoid them, and

WHEREAS the students, staff, and faculty who purchase bake-sale items are adults, with fundamental rights to engage in simple acts of commerce as free citizens with all the responsibilities pertaining thereto, and

WHEREAS prohibition of bake sales at this University is such a trivial reduction in risk within our modern American society, wherein much greater risk (such as crossing a street or riding a bicycle) is ubiquitous and cannot ever be completely eliminated or even marginally reduced by administrative action, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate strongly urges the Chancellor of this University to promptly and emphatically reverse the recent action by his administration which prohibited the use of bake sales as a fund-raising mechanism for student organizations.


Resolution 2893, 11/14/2007: Incorporating Energy Efficiency in New Campus Construction

WHEREAS global warming and climate change are virtually an established scientific consensus, and

WHEREAS educational institutions are in a position to make both structural and pedagogical changes so as to respond to global warming and climate change in a positive way, and

WHEREAS reducing the "carbon footprint" of UNO's campus as a symbol of our university's belief in environmental responsibility, and

WHEREAS exploring alternative energy sources like fuel cells, geothermal, solar and wind energy could result in substantial saving in energy and utility costs, reducing the need to raise tuition to cover rising utility costs and

WHEREAS lower utility costs will render more financial assets available for academic programs, particularly in times of reduced legislative support, thereby reducing the need to raise tuition, and

WHEREAS architectural plans that incorporate energy efficient elements as part of their design, utilizing fundamentals like natural lighting, have proven to be aesthetically pleasing, and

WHEREAS environmentally friendly policies will garner positive public relations notice from the local community and media, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that we urge the administration to contract with consultants that would help show us ways to incorporate these concepts in any new construction on campus and that preference would be given to architectural firms that would consider these energy efficient elements in their design,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be communicated to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska prior to consideration of any new construction on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Resolution 2894, 12/12/2007: Family-friendly/gender neutral Restrooms

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha is a metropolitan university serving a diverse student body and employing a diverse staff and faculty as well as attracting a diverse community of campus visitors, and

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha strives to be a welcoming campus to all individuals and families, and

WHEREAS increasing numbers of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors have special health needs or medical conditions requiring restroom privacy,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly recommends that all newly constructed campus buildings and all renovations of existing buildings provide for family/gender neutral/individual privacy restroom facilities.


Resolution 2895, 1/16/2008: Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee Member:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a two-year appointment from 08/01/07, through 07/31/09, to serve as a Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee member to replace Bill Wakefield:

Rachel A. Erb, (Systems Librarian).


Resolution 2896, 2/13/08: Opposing LR233CA

WHEREAS, an educated citizenry is among the highest policy goals of any democracy; and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha serves the interests of the State of Nebraska and all of its citizens by providing educational opportunities that make Nebraska more competitive in the global economy; and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s efforts to create a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body serve the educational interests of its students by attempting to provide the most inclusive environment for their personal and professional development; and

WHEREAS, despite clear evidence that they are ultimately able to meet the challenges of and reap the benefits from higher education, certain groups within our state remain woefully under represented in Nebraska’s colleges and universities and in certain disciplines within the university; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nebraska already suffers by not fully engaging under represented groups in educational opportunities that would improve their lives and enhance their communities; and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has developed and implemented a number of policies and programs that take into account, among other factors, race and gender in an effort to address this challenge and has done so in ways that are consistent with the relevant decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States as well as state and federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin and disability; and

WHEREAS, LR233CA introduced by Senator Mark Christensen in the Nebraska Legislature seeks to amend the Nebraska Constitution in ways that would eliminate the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s lawful and beneficial strategies for promoting diversity, inclusion, and the fullest development of our state’s most important asset, its people;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha affirms its support for programs and policies that serve the broad and legitimate interests of the state by providing educational opportunities to all of the state’s citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha believes the consequences of the proposed amendment to the Nebraska Constitution will include the elimination of lawful strategies for engaging under represented groups in higher educational opportunities as well as a real reduction in the economic and social benefits that accrue to the state as a whole; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha opposes LR233CA and urges members of the Legislature to vote against it.


Resolution 2897 , 3/12/08; Amended 5/13/09: Policy on Student Civil Statutory Leave:

Resolution 2897 , 3/12/08; Amended 5/13/09: Policy on Student Civil Statutory Leave:

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha strives to serve the best interests of students,

WHEREAS the call to mandated duty in the community ( involuntary service as an election official, juror, or witness mandated by federal, local, state, or tribal statute or other rule of
law) is an important component of the student's rights and responsibilities,

WHEREAS it has become increasingly difficult to reschedule jury duty, and other legally mandated community service responsibilities often cannot be rescheduled to accommodate class schedules,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha adhere to the following guidelines on Student Statutory Leave

1. When a student receives a written notice to provide mandated community service as an election official, juror or witness, he or she must notify the course instructor of the time when the student's service will be required, within five business days after notice of mandated service is received by the student (or at the start of the semester if notice is received prior to the semester). A copy of the notice must be provided to the instructor.

2. The instructor will allow the student summoned to mandatory community service an excused absence from the course on the day(s) required for Statutory Leave.

3. Upon request of the student taking leave, the instructor will ask the class for another student class member to take notes during the period of Statutory Leave.

4. If Statutory Leave occurs during a critical period in the course ( e.g. an exam; in-class graded assignment; group project; participation-required day), the instructor will work with the summoned student to determine if the missed day(s) will likely have a negative impact on the student's grade and whether the assignment or exam can be accommodated at a later time.

5. If Statutory Leave causes an extensive loss of class time for the student or will likely negatively impact the student's grade or learning experience, the instructor and student will determine whether it is best for the student to receive a grade of ‘Incomplete' or ‘Withdrawal' for the course.

6. If a grade of Incomplete is chosen, the instructor and student will formally document the procedure required to complete the course.

7. If a grade of Withdrawal is chosen, the student should receive a prorated refund of tuition and fees paid for the course.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a policy on Statutory Leave will be included in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Catalogs

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha strives to serve the best interests of students,

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Resolution 2897 , 3/12/08; Amended 5/13/09: Policy on Student Civil Statutory Leave: SHOWING AMENDMENTS

WHEREAS the call to Civil Duty (jury duty; mandated duty in the community ( involuntary service as an election official, juror, or witness mandated by federal, local, state, national or tribal service statute or other rule of law ) is an important component of the student's rights and responsibilities,

WHEREAS it has become increasingly difficult to reschedule jury duty, and other civil legally mandated community service responsibilities often cannot be rescheduled to accommodate class schedules,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha adhere to the following guidelines on Civil Student Statutory Leave

1. When a student receives a call to Civil Duty written notice to provide mandated community service as an election official, juror or witness , he or she will must notify the course instructor no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled date of duty unless specified differently by the instructor on the syllabus of the time when the student's service will be required, within five business days after notice of mandated service is received by the student (or at the start of the semester if notice is received prior to the semester) . A copy of the notice must be provided to the instructor.

2. The instructor will allow the student summoned to mandatory community service an excused absence from the course on the day(s) required for Civil Statutory Leave.

3. Upon request of the student taking leave , the instructor will ask the class for another student class member to take notes during the period of Civil Statutory Leave.

4. If Civil Statutory Leave occurs during a critical period in the course ( e.g. an exam; in-class graded assignment; group project; participation-required day), the instructor will work with the summoned student to determine if the missed day(s) will likely have a negative impact on the student's grade and whether the assignment or exam can be accommodated at a later time.

5. If Civil Statutory Leave causes an extensive loss of class time for the student or will likely negatively impact the student's grade or learning experience, the instructor and student will determine whether it is best for the student to receive a grade of ‘Incomplete' or ‘Withdrawal' for the course.

6. If a grade of Incomplete is chosen, the instructor and student will formally document the procedure required to complete the course.

7. If a grade of Withdrawal is chosen, the student will should receive a prorated refund of tuition and fees paid for the course.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a policy on Civil Statutory Leave will be included in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Catalogs.

 


Resolution 2898, 3/12/08: Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Inclusiveness and Diversity:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names (minimum of two) go forward as nominees to the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Inclusiveness & Diversity:

  • Chris Allen (selected)
  • Maria Villamil.

The Chancellor will then select one faculty member to serve on the committee for a three year term (08/1/2008 - 07/31/2011).


Resolution 2899, 4/9/08: UNO Child Care Center

WHEREAS a large number of faculty will reach retirement age in the next decade, and

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska at Omaha will have to compete with other institutions with similar demographics for new faculty, and

Whereas many, if not most, new faculty will be of an age consistent with young families, and

Whereas UNO’s childcare facility is outstanding but could be extended to include participation by undergraduate and graduate students as part of their degree curricula,

Therefore be it resolved that the Faculty Senate strongly urges the Administration to explore the possibilities of incorporating a laboratory school as an addition to the existing childcare facility, and

Be it further resolved that a professional oversight committee composed of faculty in Developmental Psychology and the College of Education’s graduate Pre-K3 endorsement program be established to oversee the proposed establishment and eventual operation of a laboratory school as part of UNO’s childcare facility.


Resolution 2900, 5/14/08: Faculty Senate Members:

BE IT RESOLVED that Chancellor Christensen, etc., has been notified that the following thirteen (13) faculty members have been elected to serve three-year terms from May 14, 2008, through May 11, 2011, unless noted:

College of Arts & Sciences (5)

  • Jessiline Anderson
  • Charles Johanningsmeier
  • Frederic Laquer
  • Matthew Marx
  • Patrice Proulx

College of Business Administration (1)

  • John Erickson

College of Education (2)

  • Carol Mitchell
  • Mitzy Ritzman

College of CFAM, (1)

  • Bonnie O’Connell

College of IS&T (1)

  • Dwight Haworth

University Library (0) - - - - - - - -

College of PACS (2)

  1. John Bartle
  2. Kyle Kercher

External NU Faculty (1)

  • Stu Bernstein

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the following thirteen (13) senators will be completing their term of service at the May 14, 2008, Faculty Senate meeting:

  • Paul Barnes (ED)
  • Jayaram Betanabhatla (A&S)
  • Nancy Edick (ED)
  • Jack Heidel (A&S)
  • Barbara Hewins-Maroney (CPACS)
  • Owen Mordaunt (A&S)
  • Robert Ottemann (CBA)
  • Juliette Parnell (A&S)
  • Hugh Reilly (CFAM
  • Robert Smith (A&S)
  • Scott Tarry (CPACS)
  • John Thorp (External Member)
  • Victor Winter (IS&T)

Resolution 2901, 5/14/08: 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:

  • Paul Barnes (ED)
  • Jayaram Betanabhatla (A&S)
  • Nancy Edick (ED)
  • Jack Heidel (A&S)
  • Barbara Hewins-Maroney (CPACS)
  • Owen Mordaunt (A&S)
  • Robert Ottemann (CBA)
  • Juliette Parnell (A&S)
  • Hugh Reilly (CFAM)
  • Robert Smith (A&S)
  • Scott Tarry (CPACS)
  • John Thorp (External Member)
  • Victor Winter (IS&T)

Resolution 2902, 5/14/08: Appreciation for Service to Chairs of the Standing Committees

WHEREAS, the Standing Committees are responsible for much of the work of the Faculty Senate,

WHEREAS, the Chairs of the Standing Committees together form the Cabinet and assist 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 Suzanne Sollars (Academic & Curricular Affairs)
  • Senator Lisa Boucher (Educational Resources and Services)
  • Senator Barbara Hewins-Maroney (Faculty Personnel and Welfare)
  • Senator Hugh Reilly (Goals & Directions)
  • Senator John Noble (Professional Development & Chair of the Cabinet)
  • Senator Holly Miller (Rules).

Resolution 2903, 5/14/08: 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, among others,

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:

  • Senator 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 Henry D’Souza (American Association of University Professors)
  • Dr. Robert Blair (Graduate Council)
  • Senator Robert Smith (Strategic Planning Steering Committee)
  • Senator Juliette Parnell (Faculty Task Force for the Development of a Common Course Evaluation)

Resolution 2904, 5/14/08: Appreciation to Vice President Barnes

WHEREAS, Senator Barnes assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Vice President in May 2007,

WHEREAS, he presided over monthly meetings of the Executive Committee & Cabinet with quick wit and keen insights,

WHEREAS, he graciously substituted for President Tarry when called upon,

WHEREAS, he provided thoughtful perspectives and sage advice to the Faculty Senate, the Rules Committee, and President Tarry,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere gratitude to Senator Paul Barnes for his contributions as Vice President.


Resolution 2905, 5/14/08: Appreciation for Service to Secretary-Treasurer Sollars

WHEREAS, Senator Sollars assumed the duties of Faculty Senate Secretary-Treasurer in May 2007,

WHEREAS, she assisted Sue Bishop in the business of the Senate by overseeing and reporting on the budget and contributing to the development of Senate agendas and minutes each month,

WHEREAS, she graciously substituted for President Tarry when called upon,

WHEREAS, she provided excellent leadership to the Committee on Academic & Curricular Affairs,

WHEREAS, she enthusiastically represented the Faculty Senate on a number of University committees and working groups,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere gratitude to Senator Suzanne Sollars for her contributions as Secretary-Treasurer.


Resolution 2906, 5/14/08: Appreciation for Service to Parliamentarian James Carroll

WHEREAS, James Carroll has served for many years as the Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate,

WHEREAS, his knowledge and skilled application of parliamentary procedure have made the Senate a more efficient and effective deliberative body,

WHEREAS, his selfless service as Parliamentarian confirms his dedication to the ideals of shared governance,

WHEREAS, he has advised President Tarry, the Executive Committee & Cabinet, and the Faculty Senate with patience, grace, and a delightful sense of humor,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its sincere gratitude to James Carroll for his service as Parliamentarian


Resolution 2907, 5/14/08: Appreciation for Service to Administrative Technician Sue Bishop

WHEREAS, Sue Bishop has continued her service to the Senate as its Administrative Technician,

WHEREAS, her organizational skills and attention to detail contribute to the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the Senate office,

WHEREAS, she provides support, assistance, and encouragement to the Senate President,

WHEREAS, she is a good steward of Senate resources and effectively manages the Senate budget,

WHEREAS, she assists and supports Senate committees with enthusiasm and good humor,

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


Resolution 2908, 5/14/08: Appreciation for Service to President Tarry

WHEREAS, Scott Tarry has provided excellent leadership as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2007-2008 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, Vice Chancellors, the Board of Regents, and the University President, and

WHEREAS, he has provided confident and positive leadership to his colleagues, the represented faculty of UNO, and the campus community during a year of continued change; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor Scott Tarry for his outstanding service to the faculty and the University as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2007-2008 academic year and wish him continued success in all future endeavors.


Resolution 2909, 5/14/08: UNO Disaster Planning:

WHEREAS natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes have caused several colleges and universities to temporarily suspend operations within the recent past, and

WHEREAS, terrorist attacks and attacks by individuals have had similar deleterious effects on the operation of institutions of higher learning, and

WHEREAS medical pandemics or large-scale civil disturbances could also severely curtail the smooth and efficient operations of this University,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate urges the Administration of this University to develop contingency plans to continue operations in alternate facilities on and off campus in the event that some natural or manmade disaster has degraded the normal functioning of the University’s physical facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Advisory Committees of the several Colleges be consulted regarding the equipment, supplies, capabilities, and facilities that are required for some minimum ability to offer a limited number of courses under extreme, adverse conditions, and that the Administration consider the following items until said consultations can occur:

  • Prepare a list of the courses that would continue to be offered for different sets of circumstances, ranging from the loss of a single building to the temporary loss of the entire campus.
  • Prepare a plan for communicating with students and faculty regarding alternate classroom sites and times; said communication plan should include the possibility of internet failure.
  • Prepare a plan to provide alternate on-campus classrooms (such as the Sapp Fieldhouse) should a single building be rendered unfit for use for a significant length of time.
  • Prepare a list of possible off-campus sites that can act as temporary lecture classrooms, including such possible sites as Crossroads Mall, Qwest Center, Metro Community College, College of St. Mary’s, Creighton University, and area hotels, and the contractual requirements for said usage.
  • Prepare a list of basic classroom items that would be needed and how to procure them. These items should include as a bare minimum smart carts, projector screens, chalk or marker boards, chalk, markers, chairs, and desks.
  • Prepare a plan to provide photocopying services to faculty.
  • Prepare a plan to provide alternate student support services such as financial aid, transcripts, work-study, and so forth.

Resolution 2910, 5/14/08: Membership of Standing Committee Members

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following senators be appointed to the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate standing committees as designated:

1. Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee

  • John Bartle, CPACS 2011
  • Moshe Gershovich, A&S 2009
  • Charles Johanningsmeier, A&S 2011
  • Carol Mitchell, ED 2011
  • George Morcous, EXT 2010
  • M. Jeanne Reames, A&S 2009
2. Educational Resources & Services Committee
  • Lisa Boucher, A&S 2009
  • Jan Boyer, LIB 2010
  • Kyle Kercher, CPACS 2011
  • Frederic Laquer, A&S 2011
  • Mitzi Ritzman, ED 2011
  • Theresa Stanton, IS&T 2010

3. Faculty Personnel & Welfare Committee

  • Meredith Bacon, A&S 2010
  • Karen Dwyer, CFAM 2009
  • Griff Elder, A&S 2010
  • John Erickson, CBA 2011
  • Patrice Proulx, A&S 2011
  • Jay White, CPACS 2009

4. Goals & Direction Committee

  • Jessiline Anderson, A&S 2011
  • Henry D’Souza, CPACS 2010
  • Ziaul Huq, BA 2009
  • Matthew Marx , A&S 2011
  • Bonnie O’Connell, CFAM 2011
  • Doug Paterson, CFAM 2010

5. Professional Development Committee

  • Dwight Haworth, IS&T 2011
  • Teresa Lamsam, CFAM 2010
  • Wai-Ning Mei, A&S 2009
  • John Noble, ED 2009
  • Tatyana Novikov, A&S 2010
  • Yvonne Tixier y Vigil, ED 2010

6. Rules Committee

  • Nora Bacon, A&S 2010
  • Shuanglin Lin, BA 2009
  • Holly Miller, CFAM 2009
  • Parvathi Chundi, IS&T 2009
  • Lyn M. Holley, CPACS 2010
  • Stu Bernstein, EXT 2011

Resolution 2911, 5/14/08: 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:

  • Moshe Gershovich, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Jan Boyer, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • Griff Elder, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Doug Paterson, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • John Noble, Committee on Professional Development

Resolution 2912, 5/14/08: Appointment of Parliamentarian

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the senate president appoints Paul Barnes the parliamentarian of the 2008- 2009 Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2913, 5/14/08: Vice President of 2008-2009 Faculty Senate

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2008-2009 Vice President:

Senator Lisa Boucher, to replace Senator Barnes


Resolution 2914, 5/14/08: Secretary/Treasurer of 2008-2009 Faculty Senate

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article IV, the faculty senate elects the following senator as 2008-2009 Secretary/Treasurer:

Senator Meredith Bacon, to replace Senator Sollars.


Resolution 2915, 5/14/08: Chair of Committee for Rules:

BE IT RESOLVED that according to the Bylaws of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska, Article VI, Section 5.6, the 2008-2009 senate president appoints the following senator Chair of the Committee for Rules:

Holly Miller to be reappointed.


Resolution 2916, 5/14/08: 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 2008-2009 Chair of the Cabinet:

John Noble to be reappointed.


Resolution 2917, 5/14/08: 2008-2009 Standing Committees Vice Chairs

BE IT RESOLVED, that the standing committees have met and selected the following vice chairs from the 2008-2009 members:

  • John Bartle, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Theresa Stanton, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • Karen Dwyer, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Bonnie O’Connell, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • Teresa Lamsam, Committee on Professional Development
  • Lyn Holley, Committee on Rules

Resolution 2918, 5/14/08: Campus Committees:

a. Campus Safety Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, to the Campus Committee on Safety:

David Carter, (to replace Bob Nash).

b. Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/2008 through 07/31/2011, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee to replace:

  • Steve Torres, A&S (to replace Jeffrey Peake)
  • Marshall Prisbell, CFAM, (to be reappointed).

AND one name to go forward to complete the term for Laura Dickson (08/01/06 - 07/31/09), who has retired from UNO:

  • Robert Nash, Library (to replace Laura Dickson).

c. Greek Ideals Implementation Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Jennifer Dalby’s three-year appointment from 08/01/06, through 07/31/09, to the Greek Ideals Implementation Committee:

Mitzi Ritzman, (to replace Jennifer Dalby).

d. Judicial Committee (Pool of Names)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/2008 through 07/31/2011, to the pool of names for the Judicial Committee:

  • Cher McAllister, (to replace Victor Winter)
  • Claudette Lee, (to replace Miriam DeLone)
  • John Grigg (to replace Steve Bullock).

AND, as Laura Dickson has recently retired, to complete her term (08/01/07-07/31/10):

  • Jan Boyer (to complete Laura Dickson’s term).

e. Parking Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as three-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, to the Parking Advisory Committee:

Kenneth Kriz, (to replace Steve Walker).

f. Named Professorship Review Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two faculty serve on the Named Professorship Review Committee (Kiewit, Kayser, & Isaacson Professorships) from 8/1/08, through 7/31/09. (The Administration will select one additional member of this committee.)

  • Lisa Kelly-Vance(to replace Bruce Johansen)
  • Patrice Proulx, (to replace Ann Fruhling).

g. Wellness Stampede

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a two-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/10, to serve on the Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee:

Dave Helm, (to replace Pamela Smith).


Resolution 2919, 5/14/08: University-wide Committees:

a. Athletics, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, to the University Committee on Athletics:

Scott Tarry (to replace Chris Marshall).

b. Excellence in Teaching Award, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty member be recommended for service as three-year appointment, from 08/01/2008 through 07/31/2011, 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."). 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 (08/01/2008 - 07/31/2009).

  • Teresa Dody, CFAM, (to replace Marshall Prisbell)
  • Raj Dasgupta, IS&T, (to replace Leah Pietron)

AND,

  • Elizabeth Leader Janssen, new faculty holding PhD, (to replace Rosemary Strasser) (term: one year).

c. Facilities Planning, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

Jeremy Baguyos, to replace Jeremy Lipschultz.

d. Honors and Awards, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, to the University Committee on Honors and Awards:

Saundra Wetig, (to replace James Akers).

e. University Committee on Library and Learning Resources

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/08 through 07/31/11, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:

  • Barbara Robins, (to replace Shannon Holland),
  • Evangelina Brignoni, (to replace Dwight Haworth).

f. Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee:

Be it resolved, that the following name be forwarded to Executive Vice President& Provost Linda Pratt as a nominee to fill one two-year appointment (8/1/08 - 7/31/10) as the UNO representative on the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creative Activity Award (OTICA) Selection Committee:

  • Ann Fruhling (to replace Karen Dwyer).

Provost Pratt will make the final selection.

g. Student Affairs, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED: that the following name go forward as a three year appointment, from 08/01/08 through 07/31/11 on the on the University Committee on Student Affairs:

  • Carolyn Gascoigne, (to replace Maria Elvira Villamil).

h. Technology Resources & Services, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that, to replace James Akers, Tracy Bridgeford, Victor Winter, and Russ Nordman, whose terms are expiring, the following three names go forward to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services, as three-year appointments from 08/01/08 through 07/31/11:

  • Tracy Bridgeford, (reappointed)
  • Kathleen Henebry, (to replace James Akers)
  • Anita Saalfeld, (to replace Victor Winter)

And the following name to go forward for a one-year appointment from 08/01/08 through 07/31/09 to correct an imbalance in term endings:

  • Neal Topp, (to replace Russ Nordman).

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

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/08 through 07/31/11, to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

  • Juan Casas, A&S (C: Natural Sciences), (to replace Wayne Harrison [A&S:A])
  • Barbara Hewins-Maroney, CPACS (reappointed).

j. UCRCA ( University Committee on Research & Creative Activity)

BE IT RESOLVED: that the following three names go forward as three year appointments, from 8/1/08 through 7/31/11, and the following two names as one year replacements, from 8/1/08 through 7/31/09, on the University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA):

  • Lisabeth Buchelt, A&S (Humanities), (to replace Patrice Proulx)
  • Weiyu Guo, BA, (to replace John Erikson)
  • Pamela Smith, At Large Member, (to replace Zhenyuan Wang Linda Parker)
  • Dana Richter-EggersA&S (Natural Sciences) to complete the term for Scott Snyder, who must resign)
  • Daniel Hawkins, At Large Member, (to temporarily replace John McCarty for one year).

k University Council on Distance Education

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as one three-year appointment from 08/01/08, through 07/31/11, and one two-year appointment, 08/01/08, through 07/31/10 (to stagger term endings), to the University Council on Distance Education:

  • Rami Arav, (08/01/08-07/31/11)
  • Nora Hillyer, (08/01/08-07/31/10).

Resolution 2920, 5/14/08: Appointments by Senate President and Standing Committees to be Faculty Senate Representatives:

a. AAUP Executive Committee (American Assoc. of University Professors)

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 05/14/08, through 05/13/09, to the UNO Chapter of AAUP:

Nora Bacon, (to replace Henry D’Souza).

b. Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president reappoints the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through May 2009, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):

Doug Paterson (reappointed).

c. Alumni Association Board of Directors

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following UNO alum as the senate representative for one year,05/14/08 through 05/13/09, to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors:

Paul Barnes, (to replace David Carter)

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 05/14/08, through 05/13/09:

  • Senator Charles Johanningsmeier, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Senator Henry D’Souza, Committee on Goals and Directions.

e. Budget Advisory Committee (Faculty Senate Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED, the Faculty Senate President has appointed

John Bartle (to replace Randy Adkins)

to the Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee for a term of three years, August 1, 2008 to July 31, 2011.

f. Graduate Council

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints the following member of the Graduate Council to be the liaison between the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council for a one-year term from 05/14/08, through 05/13/09:

Frederic Laquer (to replace Robert Blair).

g. Strategic Planning Steering Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that one member of the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate Goals & Directions committee will be appointed to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for a one-year term from 05/14/08, through 05/13/09:

  • Jessiline Anderson (to replace Robert W. Smith).