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(Last updated: 6/9/09)

2008-2009 Resolutions (and link to Action Table)

Resolutions 2921 - 2989

The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from June 4, 2008-May 13, 2009:

Resolution 2921, 6/04/2008: 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 Randall Adkins, to replace Paul Barnes, who has resigned, as the parliamentarian of the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2922, 9/10/08: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee Nominees (ballots sent to all full time faculty, results reported next month)

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, 2008, through October 15, 2011, to replace John Noble and Carey Ryan, whose terms are expiring:

  • James Shaw (tenured)
  • Robert Smith (tenured)
  • Juliette Parnell (tenured)
  • Jayaram Betanabhatla (tenured).

Resolution 2923, 9/10/08: UNO 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.

Two Associate Professors will be elected from the following four nominees to replace Chris Marshall and Victor Winter, for a three-year term from September 16, 2008, through September 15, 2011:

  • Franklin Thompson, (Associate Professor)
  • Maria Villamil, (Associate Professor) ELECTED
  • Janice Rech, (Associate Professor) ELECTED
  • Matthew Harden, (Associate Professor).

One member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Jack Heidel as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2008, through September 15, 2009:

  • Karen Dwyer ELECTED
  • Jay White.

Resolution 2924, 9/10/08: UNO Professional Conduct Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that one representative must be elected by ballot vote to serve a three-year term from September 16, 2008, through September 15, 2011, to replace outgoing member Bob Nash. 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:

  • Joe Bertinetti ELECTED
  • Joyce Neujahr.

The newly elected representative will also serve as alternate for three- years from September 16, 2011, through September 15, 2014.

Bob Nash will continue serving as an alternate (replacing Kathleen Danielson) for three-years,
from September 16, 2008, through September 15, 2011, per Resolution R2803.


Resolution 2925, 9/10/08: Library and Learning Resources Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to complete terms on the Library and Learning Resources Committee:

  • James Hagen (to complete Jeanne Harrington term: 8/1/06-7/31/09)
  • ____tba________ (to complete Karen Hein’s term: 8/1/07-7/31/10).

Resolution 2926, 9/10/08: Technology Resources and Services Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward to complete terms on the Technology Resources and Services Committee:

  • Donald Rowen (to complete John Reidelbach’s term: 8/1/06-7/31/09)
  • Joyce Neujahr (to complete Karen Hein’s term: 8/1/07-7/31/10).

Resolution 2927, 10/8/08: Celebrating UNO’s 100th Anniversary

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is celebrating its Centennial this fall of 2008; and,

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has become one of the leading metropolitan universities in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha has played an essential role in building the faculty strengths of this institution; and,

WHEREAS, the 2008–2009 Faculty Senate wishes also to celebrate the achievements and promise of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with the larger university community;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2008–2009 Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha congratulates the entire university community, both past and present, for its remarkable achievements in the previous century; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 2008–2009 Faculty Senate looks forward to the University of Nebraska at Omaha becoming an even more vigorous, effective, and distinguished institution for higher education in Nebraska and the world in the next one hundred years.


Resolution 2928, 10/8/08,Electronic Communication Systems:

WHEREAS, Faculty, Staff, and Students depend on electronic systems for communication of all types of information, and

WHEREAS, several collaborative applications similar to Lotus Notes are commercially available, and

WHEREAS, other available applications may better serve the needs of the University community,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha recommends:

  1. An investigation of available applications be conducted that outlines functionality and costs of commercially available systems.
  2. Faculty Senator be a member of the investigation team.
  3. Results of the investigation be communicated to the Faculty Senate and other interested parties for appropriate action.

Resolution 2929, 11/12/08: Supporting the Proposed Restricted Data Security Policy and the University of Nebraska Privacy Policy

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is responsible for protecting faculty, staff, and student personal and confidential information, and

WHEREAS, identity theft is a growing problem and electronic information is a primary source of data used for identity theft, and

WHEREAS, Information Technology Services has identified classes of information that should be secured and has developed methodology to protect that data, and

WHEREAS, Information Technology Services has written two policies, “Restricted Data Security Policy” and the “University of Nebraska at Omaha Privacy Policy”, to address these issues and has sought comment from various campus constituencies and incorporated feedback into those policies,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports the “Restricted Data Security Policy” and the “University of Nebraska at Omaha Privacy Policy” and recommends the adoption of the policies.


Resolution 2930, 11/12/08: Park-and-Ride/Park-and-Bike System of Transportation or Other Transportation Alternatives

WHEREAS parking on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus has been and continues to be problematic and is a legitimate concern for faculty, students and staff by impacting work productivity and participation in University activities,

WHEREAS parking on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus will likely worsen as a result of the increase in population and building capital, extensive finances would be required to build more parking garages on campus to help alleviate the parking problem, and the cost of shuttle buses and current off-campus parking alternatives are expensive,

WHEREAS single-use motorized vehicular transport has a detrimental effect on the environment and a negative impact on finances via the cost of fuel,

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska Omaha is an established source of information for Omaha citizenry regarding the impact of sustainable measures on the environment and is an established source of information for Omaha citizenry regarding economic sustainability,

WHEREAS cities across the United States have well established forms of public transportation using Park-and-Ride and Park-and-Bike systems that allow ease of transportation and parking, flexibility in commuter locations, extended times of transportation availability throughout the day and into the late evenings, provisions for economic incentives to their citizenry to encourage use of the Park-and-Ride/Park-and-Bike system and special operational provisions for College/University campuses,

WHEREAS limited Park-and-Ride locations and times are currently available in the Omaha area,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska Omaha become the leader in the Omaha metropolitan area in proposing alternative, economically and environmentally sustainable forms of transportation,

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska Omaha become a beacon of educational information regarding safe, effective and sustainable transportation alternatives for the University of Nebraska Omaha campus and the Omaha metropolitan area,

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska establish a consortium of individuals from the University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha Metro Area Transit and other interested parties from College campuses and businesses across the Omaha area to examine the issue of establishing a Park-and-Ride/Park-and-Bike system of transportation or other transportation alternatives serving the entire Omaha metro area.


Resolution 2931, 11/12/08: “Shots Fired – When Lightning Strikes” Video

WHEREAS the “Shots Fired – When Lightning Strikes” video, although it is a potentially useful tool for training of students, faculty and staff regarding strategies in an “active shooter” scenario on campus, it is only one component of adequate training, which, in itself, raises many questions about security preparedness on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, and its irresponsible use has potential to cause alarmed concern among faculty, students and staff about safety on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus,

WHEREAS faculty are the frontline of preceptorial guidance to students, faculty need fundamental and foundational training in all aspects of emergency preparedness to be empowered to act as an authoritative voice in the case of an “active shooter” or any other emergency scenario, and the “Shots Fired – When Lightning Strikes” video does not address basic fundamentals of faculty training needs,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly urge a multi-step program of training for faculty, prior to the further showing of“Shots Fired – When Lightning Strikes” video to students.

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED that we strongly recommend any further showings of the “Shots Fired – When Lightning Strikes” video be accompanied by an educational component provided by trained faculty and other personnel, provide adequate training materials to accompany the video, and that prior to any further showings, action steps are first implemented to place emergency preparedness guidelines within each classroom, residence hall and other campus facilities, and that safety components addressed in the video (the ability to lock each classroom door; establishment of a Violence Prevention Program) are initiated.


Resolution 2932, 11/12/08: Time Capsule for UNO Centennial:

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska Omaha, established with a proud tradition of forward- looking initiative, endeavor and success is celebrating its Centennial year,

WHEREAS the University of Nebraska Omaha’s successes from its inception to the present have been based upon the unwavering strength of faculty, students, staff, administration, alumni and community,

THEREFORE, the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska Omaha supports the creation of a time capsule commemorating the University’s dynamic history and enterprising future, with participation from each constituent group (faculty, students, alumni, staff, administration, alumni and community), to be placed at Mammel Hall during the closing ceremonies of Centennial events in Autumn 2009.


Resolution 2933, 11/12/08: Endorsing Proposed BS in IT Innovation at the College of Information Science and Technology

WHEREAS, the Faculty have a preeminent responsibility for academic and curricular validity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and,

WHEREAS, the formation of innovative new degree programs adds to the success of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s missions of being student-focused, providing research opportunities across disciplinary boundaries, and deepening links with the community; and,

WHEREAS, the College of Information Science and Technology has initiated the creation of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (IT) Innovation, which is designed to recruit new students seeking greater flexibility within the field of IT, and

WHEREAS, the proposed degree would not duplicate any currently available program in the University of Nebraska system and would be unique among degree programs in the nation,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly endorses the creation of the proposed BS in IT Innovation at the College of Information Science and Technology.


Resolution 2934, 11/12/08: Endorsing Center for Israel and Judaic Studies, and Institute for Collaboration Science

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is initiating the establishment of a Center for Israel and Judaic Studies, and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is initiating the establishment of an Institute for Collaboration Science, and

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is requesting the University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents to approve the establishment of these new initiatives, and

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha approves in principle of any initiative which helps promoting academic research, teaching, and professional opportunities;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha endorses the establishment of these two initiatives.


Resolution 2935, 11/12/08: Senate Membership on the Chancellors Committee on Inclusion and Diversity

WHEREAS, UNO has changed its official committee structure to address diversity on campus from the Chancellors Multicultural Committee to the Chancellors Commission on Inclusion and Diversity; and,

WHEREAS, the UNO Faculty Senate has a vested interest in dialogues concerning the improvement of diversity and inclusion at UNO; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chancellor include in the standing membership of the Chancellor’s Commission on Inclusion and Diversity a member from the UNO Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2936, 12/10/08: Regarding Resignation and Replacement of IS&T Senator (Executive Committee)

WHEREAS Senator Stanton (2007-2010) resigned as of November 12, 2008, for health reasons,

WHEREAS Stan Wileman is the College of IS&T faculty member next in line and has indicated his willingness to serve as Senator Stanton’s replacement,

THEREFORE the Faculty Senate welcomes Stan Wileman to complete Senator Stanton's term to May 14, 2010.


Resolution 2937, 12/10/08: Create a Team to Implement a Common Course Evaluation (Committee on Educational Resources and Services)

WHEREAS in response to Faculty Senate Resolution 2849 the Faculty Task Force to Design a Common Course Evaluation deliberated for more than a year and produced recommendations and a proposed set of questions, and

WHEREAS the recommendations suggest that a pilot project be undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed questions, and

WHEREAS issues of developing versions of the questions to better evaluate courses that are not classroom based, such as online, distance education, or other special circumstances were not addressed, and

WHEREAS a common scale was not recommended, and

WHEREAS department chairs and academic deans have not reviewed the questions,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate recommends that an Implementation Task Force be appointed by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs with representatives from each College to:

  • identify departments to conduct a pilot project to validate the questions,
  • develop a subset of questions for the evaluation that is suitable for courses not based in the classroom,
  • establish a common scale for the evaluation,
  • communicate with department chairs and academic deans to ensure the usefulness of the instrument,
  • and evaluate the instrument after it has been administered for at least two semesters.

Resolution 2938, 12/10/08: NU 10-Year Calendar (Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee)

WHEREAS the students, staff and faculty of the University of Nebraska system are affected by many public school systems, not just the Lincoln Public Schools,

WHEREAS we are one university and there are joint programs,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Nebraska at Omaha adopt the proposed fixed 10 year calendar, noting that any such calendar will pose certain inconveniences, but that the benefits for the purposes of planning outweigh the inconveniences.


Resolution 2939, 12/10/08: Concerning the Dis-Invitation of Professor William Ayers (Goals & Directions Committee and amended by members of the Senate)

WHEREAS, a preeminent purpose of higher education is to empower students to think independently by equipping them with critical reasoning skills; and,

WHEREAS, among the common methods for achieving these objectives is exposing students to both academically outstanding research and controversial views; and,

WHEREAS, Dr. William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, was invited by the faculty of the UNL College of Education to speak on educational reform, a topic in which he has earned national renown, only to be disinvited because of his controversial political activities and beliefs and alleged security concerns; and

WHEREAS, the Bylaws of the Board of Regents (1.12.1) state that the Faculty Senate is empowered to “[p]rovide for the protection of academic freedom” defined (4.2) as “[t]he right to search for truth, to support a position the searcher believes is the truth, and to disagree with others whose intellect reaches a different conclusion” which is “the fiber of America’s greatness” and “the strength of a great University. . .” the preservation of which is deemed “vital;”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, fulfilling its Board of Regents mandate to protect academic freedom, deplores the cancellation of Professor Ayers visit as a violation of academic freedom and urges those responsible for this breach of academic freedom to reiterate their commitment to this vital component of a great University.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges President Milliken to re-invite Professor Ayers to visit the University of Nebraska, taking appropriate measures to ensure the security of the speaker and those attending.


Resolution 2940, 12/10/08: Student Publications Board, Position A (Rules Committee)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names constitute the approved list of nominees to the Student Publications Board, Position A, to replace Marsha Kruger, from which the Chancellor is to select one for three-year appointment from 01/01/09 through 12/31/11 as specified in the By- Laws of the Board of Regents:

  • Dorianne Richards
  • Kerry Ward (selected to serve)
  • Theresa Stanton.

Resolution 2941, 12/10/08: Faculty Grievance Committee Replacement (Rules Committee) (Ballot Vote by Senate)

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 assistant professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Steve Bullock, who has resigned, to complete his three-year term from September 16, 2006, through September 15, 2009:

  • Sekhmet Ra Em Kht Maat (Cher McAllister) (Asst Professor) (ELECTED)
  • Joyce Neujahr (Asst Professor).

Resolution 2942, 12/10/08 Concerning Accusatory Remarks by a Member of the Board of Regents (Omaha World Herald October 17, 2008) (from the full Senate)

WHEREAS, the accusatory remarks by a member of the Board of Regents (Omaha World Herald October 17, 2008) concerning the invitation of Professor William Ayers to speak at the UNL College of Education defamed faculty of the University of Nebraska and were framed in a highly intemperate way during a hotly contested general election; and,

WHEREAS, the use of intemperate language of this kind brings disrepute on the academic enterprise of the University of Nebraska,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly urges members of the Board of Regents and the University of Nebraska Administration to desist from such defamation so that the University may pursue its academic missions undistracted by manipulated public agitation.


Resolution 2943, 1/14/09, Returning Faculty Senators

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following be thanked for having served as Senators for Fall 2008, and welcome back to returning Senators:

  • Tom Sires served for George Morcous,
  • Graham Mitenko served for Shuanglin Lin, and
  • Carson Holloway served for Jeanne Reames.

Resolution 2944, 1/14/09, Permanent Budget Line for UCRCA

WHEREAS the University Committee for Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) is a valued committee that encourages research and creative activity by UNO faculty, and

WHEREAS, UCRCA needs funding to carry out their stated objectives, and

WHEREAS, without said funding UCRCA is impeded from proceeding in a timely manner,

THEREFORE, let it be resolved, that UNO administration reinstate a regular and permanent budget line for UCRCA.


Resolution 2945, 2/11/09: Faculty Senate Recognition of Good Works and Deeds of Members of the University Community

WHEREAS, UNO faculty, students, staff and administrators often demonstrate outstanding dedication to the University and community “above and beyond” and,

WHEREAS the UNO Faculty Senate seeks to celebrate the day-to-day accomplishments and strengths of faculty, students, staff and administrators,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at UNO will implement the “whooot!!! Salute” wherein faculty, students, staff and administration will be recognized for outstanding work.

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED that the “whooot!!! Salute” will be announced in the minutes of the Faculty Senate meetings, forwarded to the Chancellor and appear on the Faculty Senate blog site.


Resolution 2946, 2/11/09: A "Seven Days of Service” Project

WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, its faculty, students, staff and administrators, are committed to the enhancement of the quality of life among the broader Omaha community as part of UNO’s mission of community outreach, and

WHEREAS UNO’s Service Learning Academy organizes “seven Days of Service” during Spring Break 2009, during which time students participate in the construction of homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at UNO calls upon its members and UNO faculty in general, to join this building project and volunteer with the students during “Seven Days of Service.”


Resolution 2947, 2/11/09: Support for Bike Lane

WHEREAS many UNO students, staff and faculty use Leavenworth Street to reach the UNO campus from the east as part of their daily commute, and the number of those who currently bike to work is growing,

WHEREAS encouraging more UNO students, staff and faculty to walk and bike to work is consistent with the goals of President Milliken's ad hoc NU-wide Wellness Committee, Activate Omaha and the City of Omaha's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee,

WHEREAS Leavenworth Street between UNMC at 42nd and UNO at 60th is one of the most heavily biked stretches of road in Omaha, and is shared by both UNO and UNMC cyclists,

WHEREAS there are already plans underway and $600,000 of funding for the development of 20 miles of bike lanes that will connect Creighton University to the Henry Doorly Zoo (North- South) and will connect Downtown to the Keystone Trail (East-West),

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha supports Activate Omaha, Bikeable Communities and the City of Omaha in their development of a bike lane on Leavenworth Street between UNMC at 42nd and UNO at 60th and urges that this part of the 20 miles of bike lanes receive priority implementation.


Resolution 2948, 2/11/09: Regarding New “Building Temperature Policy”

WHEREAS, it is both environmentally and fiscally responsible for the University of Nebraska at Omaha to develop policies that strive to reduce the University's energy consumption,

WHEREAS, the University is a work environment for a population of students, staff, and faculty, who require reasonably comfortable working conditions and whose schedules cannot be easily confined within normal operating hours: 7 AM - 10 PM, five days a week,

WHEREAS, there is variability in the temperature as one moves about most University buildings, and certain temperature extremes have made space heaters necessary,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha applauds the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the development of a new Building Temperature Policy,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the University of Nebraska at Omaha to provide the following information prior to the implementation of this policy:

1. Implementation details for each building:

a. Normal operating hours for each building, including exceptions: e.g. weekend classes/labs, animal facilities

b. The temperature for each building during normal operating hours and the temperature outside of normal operating hours.

2. Detailed procedure for resolving problems and identifying exceptions

a. Expected time frame for response (including provisions for temporary solution until problem is resolved).

b. What issues should be communicated directly to John Amend, Director of Facilities Management and Planning.

c. What issues should be communicated to one's respective Dean.

3. A list of recommended appliances (low energy consumption, low risk): space heaters and fans.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Chancellor to inform all faculty of the new policy with an email letter that includes the above information.


Resolution 2949, 2/11/09: Improving the Efficiency of Energy And Water Usage on UNO’s Campus and Ascertaining the Level of UNO’s Carbon Output

WHEREAS, UNO has no energy policy regarding overall campus energy use, which would serve to lower costs; and

WHEREAS, UNO has limited information about the energy and water usage of individual buildings, and limited information about campus carbon output; and

WHEREAS, UNO still uses inefficient incandescent bulbs in some of its facilities; and

WHEREAS, UNO uses some water systems inefficiently and has limited information about water usage on campus;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to create and implement a comprehensive energy policy, which would help lower operating costs while better conserving resources; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to conduct building energy and water audits of all major university buildings to correctly ascertain energy and water efficiency, and conduct a campus carbon audit to ascertain the levels and locations of UNO’s carbon output; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to mandate the elimination of the purchasing of incandescent bulbs for fluorescent or LED technology bulbs on campus by 2012; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to install wise water use faucet aerators in all applicable locations (bathrooms, kitchens, water basins, showers); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to mandate the purchasing and installation of low flow toilets and urinals, or and/or waterless urinals in new or renovated campus buildings.


Resolution 2950, 2/11/09: Improving Transportation On, To, and From Campus

WHEREAS, UNO has no policy on considering sustainability and the environment in purchasing new campus vehicles, primarily those with internal combustion engines; and

WHEREAS, UNO has no agreement with the City of Omaha’s mass transit system in providing a large portion of UNO students, staff and faculty with practical alternatives to single-occupant vehicle trips to and from campus; and

WHEREAS, UNO has no plan to provide incentives or organize programs to reduce single- occupant vehicle trips to and from campus;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to create a vehicle purchasing hierarchy to phase out the use of traditional internal combustion engines in campus vehicles for those which can be run on alternative fuels, including electricity, biodiesel, human-power (or appropriate combinations) and to develop a program of converting used cooking oil (available on campus or elsewhere) to create more efficient and environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to create a program to provide incentives and a means of organizing rideshare/carpooling (perhaps through MetroAreaRideShare) for UNO’s students, staff and faculty.


Resolution 2951, 2/11/09: University Purchasing Guidelines For Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

WHEREAS, UNO has no policy on considering environmental sustainability in its purchasing guidelines; and

WHEREAS, UNO has no policy on recognizing purchasing preferences with recycling contracts (primarily paper, aluminum, and plastic);

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to adopt Energy-Star purchasing guidelines; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to adopt Responsible Purchasing Network guidelines (or equivalent); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to connect purchasing preferences with recycling contracts, where applicable.


Resolution 2952, 2/11/09: Sustainability Practices in UNO’s Built Environment

WHEREAS, UNO has no system in place to increase community consciousness by informing students, faculty, and local citizens of elements of environmental sustainability being incorporated into university projects; and

WHEREAS, UNO has no master plan in considering environmental sustainability in campus landscaping projects; and

WHEREAS, UNO still purchases and uses “formaldehyde added” material in construction and furniture purchases;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to describe, in full public view, elements of environmental sustainability being incorporated into new or existing construction projects; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to create an environmentally sustainable master landscaping plan for UNO’s campus which includes planting perennial landscaping that does not require long term irrigation from first use water sources; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to eliminate completely the purchase of “formaldehyde added” material.


Resolution 2953, 2/11/09: Environmental Sustainability Practices in UNO’s Food Service

WHEREAS, UNO’s food services use environmentally unfriendly and non-biodegradable materials (such as Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, and bleached paper napkins), contributing to needless waste and preventing beneficial composting of bio-based and organic material (including meat, which could be composted in a university-owned, on-site industrial composter);

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to explore a partnership with a supplier (like NatureWorks, a local company) to provide UNO’s food services with locally-made bio-based food container products. Successfully implementing this partnership would open up an additional opportunity to use a university-owned, on-site industrial composter to produce rich soil that could be used in UNO’s landscaping projects (or future university and community garden projects, which could then supply UNO’s food service with locally-grown, fresh vegetables).


Resolution 2954, 2/11/09: Regarding the Position of a Sustainability Director

WHEREAS, UNO’s goals of saving money through promoting sustainability initiatives, reducing the inefficient or needless use of energy, limiting the university’s negative impact on the natural environment, and creating awareness of sustainability issues both on campus and in the community at large cannot be realized without knowledgeable and meaningful leadership;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha urges the Administration to create a position of University Sustainability Director to facilitate effective, timely implementation of university sustainability initiatives. As heightening awareness of environmental issues for faculty, staff, students, and the community at large is an important part of sustainability initiatives, such an appointment could be both administrative and pedagogical in nature, and include a service learning component.


Resolution 2955, 2/11/09: Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward to complete Victor Winter’s term (08/01/06 - 07/31/09) on the Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC):

  • Leah Pietron, IS&T (to replace Victor Winter).

Resolution 2956, 2/11/09: University Committee on Research & Creative Activity (UCRCA)

BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward to complete both Wendy Guo’s term (08/01/08 - 07/31/11) and Shing-Jye Chen's term (08/01/07 - 07/31/10) on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):

  • Catherine Co, CBA (to replace Wendy Guo) 08/01/08 - 07/31/11
  • David Carter, ED (to replace Shing-Jye)08/01/07 - 07/31/10.

Resolution 2957, 3/11/09: Condolence for Dr. June L. Mecham (History)

Whereas the late Dr. June Mecham was a highly valued member of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, recognized for her outstanding teaching and research, and

Whereas Dr. Mecham will be sorely missed both by the faculty of the University of Nebraska and by her loving family,

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its heartfelt condolences to Dr. Mecham's husband Gary Mecham, Jr., to her daughter Evelyn Mecham, to her mother Sheryl Mueller, and to the rest of her family, friends and colleagues.


Resolution 2958, 3/11/09 : Shared Governance

WHEREAS, the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha moves forward in tandem with the visionary strength of its administration, faculty, staff and students; and

WHEREAS, shared governance is a cornerstone of an enlightened University;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its appreciation to the Board of Regents, President Milliken and Chancellor Christensen for their continuing commitment to the principle of shared governance of which the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is the equal and fully committed partner.

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate acknowledges the commendation of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate for the considerable, ongoing work of the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate in its productivity, demonstrating its continuing striking commitment and dedication to the founding principles of the University of Nebraska, the Bylaws of the Board of Regents and the Constitution of the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Resolution 2959, 3/11/09: BS in Neuroscience in College of Arts & Sciences

WHEREAS, the Faculty have a preeminent responsibility for academic and curricular validity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and,

WHEREAS, the formation of innovative new degree programs adds to the success of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's missions of being student-focused, providing research opportunities across disciplinary boundaries, and deepening links with the community; and,

WHEREAS, the Departments of Biology and Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with members of the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center have initiated the creation of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, which is designed to recruit students seeking new interdisciplinary opportunities, and

WHEREAS, the proposed degree would not duplicate any currently available program in the University of Nebraska system and would be unique among degree programs in the nation,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly endorses the creation of the proposed BS in Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Resolution 2960, 3/11/09: Change Name of Four Degrees Offered by School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

WHEREAS the faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha request a change in the names of each of the four degrees currently offered by the school to “Criminology and Criminal Justice,” and

WHEREAS this change in degree names will ensure that the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, which is one of UNO's priority programs, will be able to continue its development as one of the leading programs of its kind in the world.

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha approves of the request for changing the name of each of the four degrees offered by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Resolution 2961, 4/8/09: Create a Long-Term Disability (LTD) Task Force

WHEREAS University faculty and staff may be placed in a nearly untenable position, should they find it necessary to go on LTD before retirement age, because of the increase in health insurance costs for those that transition from the active pool (faculty & staff) to the non-active pool (retired or disabled individuals) coupled with the loss of income from their disability,

WHEREAS there appear to be long-term policy issues regarding University, faculty and staff retirement planning as related to the overall aging of the faculty and staff, health-care costs and LTD,

WHEREAS the University may be exposed to potential legal liability resulting from the pool split (active and non-active),

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends formation of a task force to study the issues involved.

FURTHERMORE BE IT RESOLVED that such a task force be composed of members from all 4 campuses, including administration, faculty and staff, staff, and also including representatives of the two active bargaining units in the NU system, as well as an NU Benefits representative.


Resolution 2962, 4/8/09; Amended 5/13/09: Inform Faculty and Staff of Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Policy Offsets, Waiting Periods, and Phase-Out Ages

WHEREAS NU faculty and staff may not be aware of the specific terms of coverage in the LTD insurance policy regarding offsets, waiting periods, and phase-out ages

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UNO Faculty Senate recommends the following actions:

1. Faculty should be explicitly informed (via the Web and other means as appropriate) that they should only primarily consider options [i], [iv], and [v] options [ 1 i] none, [ii] 50% replacement 9minus (minus offsets) after a 180-day elimination period, [iii] 66 2/3% replacement (minus offsets) after a 180-day elimination period when buying the LTD policy.

2. Faculty and staff should be explicitly informed (via the Web and other means as appropriate) that the LTD plan offsets other income so that the total disability compensation is never more than 66 2/3% of their income, and that it is taxable.

3. Faculty and staff should be explicitly informed (via the Web and other means as appropriate) that the LTD pay-out (reduced benefit to the employee) begins phasing out at age 65 and is completely phased out by age 68 (no benefit to employee), so there may not be a need to purchase the LTD insurance at those ages.

That the NU benefits personnel at the various campuses should be encouraged to be more proactive in explaining these issues to new hires as well as long-time employees.


Resolution 2963, 4/8/09 : Newly Elected A&S Senator (2009-2012)  

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate accept the report of the A&S senators caucus selecting Ana Carballal as the new A&S senator for 2009-2012, replacing Joe Brown who decline to serve.


Resolution 2964, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Dr. Steve Bullock, Interim Asst. V.C. for Academic & Student Affairs

WHEREAS the principle of shared governance rests upon the open and frequent communication between the administration of the University and the Faculty Senate on matters of common concern, and

WHEREAS Steve Bullock, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, has frequently presented the information essential for shared governance to the Faculty Senate in a concise and thorough manner,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses its gratitude to Dr. Bullock for his timely reports to the Senate, noting that they may serve as a model for the effective and consistent provision and exchange of information upon which shared governance rests.


Resolution 2965, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Student Government of the University of Nebraska at Omaha

WHEREAS the student body and the faculty share many of the same priorities for realizing the common goal of making the University of Nebraska at Omaha an outstanding metropolitan university, and

WHEREAS the Student Government of the University of Nebraska at Omaha has regularly sent members of the Student Senate to observe the meetings of the Faculty Senate, thus enhancing communication between the two bodies and facilitating the two bodies'  fulfillment of their responsibilities as stipulated in the Bylaws of the Regents of the University of Nebraska,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate acknowledges and thanks the Student Senate for its commitment to open communication between the two bodies and to our common efforts to make the University of Nebraska at Omaha an outstanding metropolitan university.


Resolution 2966, 5/13/09:  Faculty Senate Members

BE IT RESOLVED that Chancellor Christensen, etc., have been notified that the following  twelve (12) faculty members have been elected to serve three-year terms from May 13, 2009, through May 9, 2012, unless noted:

College of Arts & Sciences (5):    

  • Ana Carballal  
  • Timi Barone
  • Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado
  • Shelton Hendricks 
  • Richard Lomneth

College of Business Administration (2):  

  • Christopher Decker
  • John Hafer (2009-2010)

College of Education (1): 

  • Karen  Hayes             

College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media (2)        

  • Russ Nordman
  • Jeremy Baguyos

College of Information Science & Technology (1):

  • Harvey Siy

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

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (1):

  • Arwiphawee Srithongrung

External (0):      - - - - - - - -

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the following  twelve (12) senators will be completing their term of service at the May 13, 2009, Faculty Senate meeting:

 

  • Lisa Boucher (A&S)  
  • Wai-Ning Mei, (A&S)
  • Parvathi Chundi (IS&T) 
  • Holly Miller (CFAM)
  • Karen Dwyer (CFAM)
  • John Noble (ED)
  • Moshe Gershovich (A&S)
  • M. Jeanne Reames (A&S)
  • Ziaul Huq (BA)
  • Suzanne Sollars, A&S
  • Shuanglin Lin (BA) 
  • Jay White (CPACS).

Resolution 2967, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Outgoing Senators

WHEREAS faculty, elected as representatives of their colleagues to serve on Faculty Senate, have volunteered considerable amounts of time and effort in their terms as Senators, and

WHEREAS the following faculty have honorably and admirably represented their constituents,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate thanks the following outgoing Senators for their hard work and dedication to the process of shared governance:

 

  • Lisa Boucher, A&S 
  • Wai-Ning Mei, A&S 
  • Parvathi Chundi, IS&T 
  • Holly Miller, CFAM
  • Karen Dwyer, CFAM
  • John Noble, ED
  • Moshe Gershovich, A&S
  • Jeanne Reames, A&S
  • Ziaul Huq, BA 
  • Shuanglin Lin, BA
  • Jay White, CPACS

Resolution 2968, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Chairs of the Standing Committees and Chair of Cabinet

WHEREAS the work of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees forms much of the foundation of the forward movement in the process of shared governance, and

WHEREAS the role as Chair of a Standing Committee adds considerably to the work involved in being a Senator, and

WHEREAS this was a year of substantial and varied work for each of the Standing Committees, and

WHEREAS the Chair of each Committee served the role in a manner of utmost diligence, integrity and attention to detail,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following Senators receive the thanks of the Faculty Senate for their excellent leadership:

 

  • Senator Moshe Gershovich (Academic & Curricular Affairs)
  • Senator Jan Boyer (Educational Resources & Services)
  • Senator Griff Elder (Faculty Personnel & Welfare)
  • Senator Doug Paterson (Goals & Direction)
  • Senator John Noble (Professional Development and Chair of Cabinet)
  • Senator Holly Miller (Rules)

Resolution 2969, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Faculty Senate Liaisons

WHEREAS communication with all aspects of the University is especially important to the overall work of the Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS Faculty Senate liaisons provide monthly reports to the Senate and provide a method whereby faculty are well represented to organizations involved in University concerns,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following representatives receive the thanks of the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for their work in keeping the Faculty Senate updated and informed:

 

  • Senator Doug Paterson:  Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska
  • Senators Charles Johanningsmeier and Henry D'Souza:  Academic Planning Council
  • Dr. Paul Barnes:  Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Senator Nora Bacon:  American Association of University Professors
  • Senator Frederic Laquer:  Graduate Council
  • Senators Jessiline Anderson and Meredith Bacon:  Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Resolution 2970, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Vice President Lisa Boucher

WHEREAS Senator Lisa Boucher graciously assumed the duties of Vice President of Faculty Senate in May 2008, and

WHEREAS Senator Boucher effectively and efficiently conducted the meetings of the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and

WHEREAS Senator Boucher provided consistent, sound advice to President Sollars and served as a strong advocate for the process of clear communication with the administration, and

WHEREAS Senator Boucher fulfilled her role as Vice President to the Faculty Senate admirably and with dedication,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses appreciation and thanks to Senator Lisa Boucher for her service.


Resolution 2971, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Secretary-Treasurer Meredith Bacon

WHEREAS Senator Meredith Bacon accepted the duties of Secretary-Treasurer in May 2008, and

WHEREAS Senator Bacon served the Executive Committee well through clear communication, marked by inspiring and purposeful resolutions, thoughtful minutes and insightful updates on budgetary issues, and

WHEREAS Senator Bacon serves on the Budget Advisory Task Force and Standards of Communications Committee, providing insight and an emphatic voice for her constituents, and

WHEREAS it is without question that Senator Bacon demonstrates a resounding commitment to faculty, student and University concerns,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers gratitude and thanks to Senator Meredith Bacon for her continued service to the University.


Resolution 2972, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Parliamentarian Randy Adkins

WHEREAS Dr. Randall Adkins served as Parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate since May, 2008, and

WHEREAS Dr. Adkins helped the Faculty Senate run efficiently by upholding the standards of Parliamentary procedure as specified in Robert's Rules of Order, and

WHEREAS Dr. Adkins served as a resource for Faculty Senate to align its actions fully with its Constitution and Bylaws,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha expresses it appreciation for Dr. Randall Adkins' service.


Resolution 2973, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For Admin. Tech Sue Bishop

WHEREAS Sue Bishop serves the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as coordinator and administrative technician in a role vital to the work of the Senate, and

WHEREAS Ms. Bishop was a primary resource to President Sollars, the Executive Committee and Cabinet, and to the University at large regarding Faculty Senate business, and

WHEREAS Ms. Bishop explored new technologies by switching to Microsoft Word, working with PowerPoint slides, making major modifications to the Faculty Senate website, formatting the website with a search engine, working on paper saving practices, blogs and whooots, and

WHEREAS Ms. Bishop remained in good humor throughout many and varied challenges this year,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha thanks Sue Bishop for her continued and exceptional work for the Senate.


Resolution 2974, 5/13/09:  Appreciation For President Suzanne Sollars

WHEREAS, Suzanne Sollars has provided excellent leadership as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2008-2009 academic year, and

WHEREAS, she has served as an effective facilitator in meetings of the UNO Faculty Senate, and

WHEREAS, she has thoughtfully and passionately represented her colleagues and the university in discussions with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, the Board of Regents, and the University President, and

WHEREAS, she has provided confident and progressive guidance to her colleagues, the represented faculty of UNO, and the campus community during a year of many exciting changes and challenges; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its deep appreciation to Professor Suzanne Sollars for her outstanding service to the faculty and the University as President of the UNO Faculty Senate during the 2008-2009 academic year and wish her continued success in all future endeavors.


Resolution 2975, 5/13/09:  Proposed School of Interdisciplinary Informatics within the College of Information Science and Technology:

WHEREAS, the Faculty have a preeminent responsibility for academic and curricular validity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and,

WHEREAS, the formation of innovative new degree programs adds to the success of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's missions of being student focused, providing research opportunities across disciplinary boundaries, and deepening links with the community; and,

WHEREAS, the College of Information Science and Technology has initiated the creation of a new School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, which is designed to integrate various disciplines and offer degrees in new areas such as bioinformatics, public health informatics, information assurance, IT innovation, collaboration science, and multimedia systems, and

WHEREAS, the proposed school would not duplicate any currently available program in the University of Nebraska system and would not require the allocation of substantial resources, 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha strongly endorses the creation of the proposed School of Interdisciplinary Informatics within the College of Information Science and Technology.


Resolution 2976, 5/13/09:  Standing Committees Membership

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following senators be appointed to the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate standing committees as designated:

a.   Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee

  • Jeremy Baguyos, CFAM                    2012
  • John Bartle, CPACS                           2011
  • Shelton Hendricks, A&S                    2012
  • Charles Johanningsmeier, A&S          2011
  • Carol Mitchell, ED                              2011
  • George Morcous, EXT                        2010

b.   Educational Resources & Services Committee

  • Jan Boyer, LIB                                   2010
  • Kyle Kercher, CPACS                        2011
  • Frederic Laquer, A&S                        2011
  • Mitzi Ritzman, ED                              2011
  • Harvey Siy, IS&T                               2012
  • Stan Wileman, IS&T                           2010

c.   Faculty Personnel & Welfare Committee

  • Meredith Bacon, A&S                        2010
  • Ana Caraballal, A&S                          2012
  • John Erickson, BA                              2011
  • Russ Nordman, CFAM                       2012
  • Patrice Proulx, A&S                           2011
  • Arwiphawee Srithongrung, CPACS   2012

d.   Goals & Direction Committee

  • Jessiline Anderson, A&S                    2011
  • Henry D'Souza, CPACS                    2010
  • Richard Lomneth, A&S                      2012
  • Matthew Marx, A&S                          2011
  • Bonnie O'Connell, CFAM                 2011
  • Doug Paterson, CFAM                       2010

e.   Professional Development Committee

  • Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, A&S   2012
  • Dwight Haworth, IS&T                      2011
  • Karen Hayes, ED                                2012
  • Teresa Lamsam, CFAM                      2010
  • Edmund Tisko, A&S                          2010
  • Yvonne Tixier y Vigil, ED                  2010

f.    Rules Committee

  • Nora Bacon, A&S                               2010
  • Timi Barone, A&S                              2012
  • Chris Decker, BA                               2012
  • John Hafer, BA                                   2010
  • Lyn M. Holley, CPACS         ---------2010
  • Stu Bernstein, EXT                             2011

Resolution 2977, 5/13/09:  Campus Committees

a.       Campus Safety Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/09, through 07/31/12, to the Campus Safety Committee:

  • Jukka Savolainen, to replace Gregory Petrow.

b.       Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12, to the Educational Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) to replace Leah Pietron, Robert Nash, and Miriam DeLone:

  • Stan Wileman, IS&T (to replace Leah Pietron)
  • Robert Nash , LIB (reappointed)
  • Scott Vlasek, PACS (to replace Miriam DeLone.

c.        Judicial Committee Pool/List

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments, from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12, to the pool of names for the Judicial Committee:

  • Steven Walker, to replace Joshua Nichter
  • Joseph Bertinetti, to replace Peggy Jones
  • Nora Hillyer, reappointed
  • Barbara Simcoe, to replace Patricia Carlson.

d.      Parking Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from  08/01/09 through 07/31/12:

  • Andrew Swift, to replace Donald Baum.

e.       (Named) Professorship Review Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two faculty members serve on the Named Professorship Review Committee (Kiewit, Kayser, and Isaacson Professorships) from 8/1/09 through 7/31/10.  (The Administration will select one additional member of this committee.)

  • Wai-Ning Mei, to replace Lisa Kelly-Vance,
  • Patrice Proulx, to be reappointed.

f.       Wellness Stampede Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a two-year appointment from 08/01/09 through 07/31/11 to serve on the Wellness Stampede Committee:

  • Holly Miller, to replace Rachel Erb.

Resolution 2978, 5/13/09:  University-wide Committees

a.      Athletics, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/09, through 07/31/12, to the University Committee on Athletics:

  •       Philip Nordness, to replace Mark Scherer.

b.      Excellence in Teaching Award, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following faculty members be recommended for service as three-year appointment, from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12, on the University Committee on Excellence in Teaching.  (Of the committee, 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 (08/01/09-07/31/10).

  • Rosemary Strasser, A&S (to replace Carolyn Gascoigne)
  • Jonna Holland, BA (to replace Lynn Harland)

AND

  • Adam Tyma, new faculty holding Ph.D. (to replace Elizabeth Leader Janssen) (term: 8/1/09-7/31/10=one year)

AND

  • Paige Toller, CFAM  (to finish Teresa Dody's term: 8/1/08-7/31/11).

c.       Facilities Planning, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/09, through 07/31/12, to the University Committee on Facilities Planning:

  • Michael O'Hara, reappointed.

d.      Honors and Awards, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment from 08/01/09, through 07/31/12, to the University Committee on Honors and Awards:

  • Elizabeth Dahl, to replace Sue Maher.

e.       Library & Learning Resources, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12, to the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources:

  • Jeff Peake, to replace Jan Boyer
  • Matthew Harden, to replace Jeanne Harrington,

And, since Karen Hein has resigned, the following faculty member to complete her term (08/01/07 – 07/31/10): Courtney Fristoe, to complete Karen Hein's term.

f.    Student Affairs, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following name go forward as a three-year appointment, from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12 on the University Committee on Student Affairs:

  • Ramon Guerra, to replace Franklin Thompson.

g.   Technology Resources & Services, University Committee on

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following three names go forward to the University Committee on Technology Resources & Services, as three-year appointments from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12:

  • Timi Barone, to be reappointed
  • Gregory A. Petrow, to replace John Reidelbach
  • Rami Arav, to replace Neil Topp.

And, since Karen Hein has resigned, the following faculty member to complete her term (08/0/07-07/31/10):

  • Mark Leonard (to replace Karen Hein).

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

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following two names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/10/09 through 07/31/12 to the University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):

  •    Kath Henebry, BA, reappointed
  •    Phyllis Adcock, ED, to replace Nick Stergiou
  •    Leah Pietron, IS&T, to replace Kerry Ward.

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

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following three names go forward as three-year appointments from 08/01/09 through 07/31/12, to the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity): 

  • Dana Richter-Egger, A&S – Sciences, reappointed
  • Dhundy Bastola,  IS&T, to replace Harvey Siy
  • Angela Eikenberry, PACS, to replace Ann Coyne.

Resolution 2979, 5/13/09:  Chairpersons of Standing Committee Members:

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 for 2009-2010 from their continuing members:

  • Charles Johanningsmeier, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Jan Boyer, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • John Erickson, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Doug Paterson, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • Teresa Lamsam, Committee on Professional Development

Resolution 2980, 5/13/09:  Parliamentarian for the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Article IV, the senate president reappoints Randy Adkins the parliamentarian of the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate.


Resolution 2981, 5/13/09:  Vice President of the 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 Vice President:

  • Carol Mitchell, to replace Senator Boucher.

Resolution 2982, 5/13/09:  Secretary/Treasurer of 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Senator Frederic Laquer, to replace Senator M. Bacon.

Resolution 2983, 5/13/09:  Appointment of Chair of the 2009-2010 Rules Committee:

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 as 2009-2010 Chair of the Rules Committee:

  • Lyn Holley, to replace Senator Miller.

Resolution 2984, 5/13/09 (completed 6/3/09) :  Appointment of 2009-2010 Chair of the Cabinet

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 as 2009-2010 Chair of the Cabinet:

  • Jan Boyer , to replace Senator Noble.

Resolution 2985, 5/13/09:  2009-2010 Standing Committees Vice Chairpersons

BE IT RESOLVED, that according to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the senate president appoints the following senators as Vice Chairpersons of 2009-2010 standing committees:

  • Shelton Hendricks, Committee on Academic and Curricular Affairs
  • Frederic Laquer, Committee on Educational Resources and Services
  • Patrice Proulx, Committee on Faculty Personnel and Welfare
  • Matthew Marx, Committee on Goals and Directions
  • Edmund Tisko, Committee on Professional Development
  • Nora Bacon, Committee on Rules.

Resolution 2986, 5/13/09:  AFCON (Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the senate president appoints (or reappoints) the following senator to be the senate representative for a one year appointment, through May 2010, to the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON):

Doug Paterson (reappointed).


Resolution 2987, 5/13/09:  AAUP Executive Committee (American Association 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 05/14/09, through 05/14/10, to the UNO Chapter of AAUP:

Nora Bacon, reappointed.


Resolution 2988, 5/13/09:  Alumni Association, Board of Directors

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate president appoints the following UNO alum as the senate representative for one year, 05/14/09 through 05/14/10, to the Alumni Association, Board of Directors:

Paul Barnes, reappointed.


Resolution 2989, 5/13/09:  Budget Advisory Committee

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate president appoints the following faculty member to the Faculty Senate Budget Advisory Committee for a three-year term 08/01/09 through 07/31/12:

Ken Kriz, reappointed.