(Last updated: 10/10/13)
2013-2014 Resolutions (and link to Action Table)
Resolutions 4103 -
The following resolutions were passed by the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha from June 5, 2013 to May 14, 2014:
RESOLUTION 4103, 7/3/2013: Fall 2013 Submission of Grades
BE IT RESOLVED, that the deadline for Fall 2013 grades be seven calendar days after the scheduled final exam date in classes with exams scheduled before December 17 and ten calendar days in classes with final exam dates on December 17 or thereafter.
RESOLUTION 4014, 7/3/13 : Permanent Replacement for Library Senator
BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate accepts the resignation of Criss Library representative, Linda Parker, who is retiring at the end of June 2013. Melissa Cast-Brede will replace her and serve until May 11, 2016.
RESOLUTION 4105, 8/21/2013 : 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 Jim Carroll the parliamentarian of the 2013-2014 Faculty Senate.
RESOLUTION 4106, 8/21/2013 : Temporary Replacement for Education Senator:
BE IT RESOLVED, the UNO Faculty Senate accepts the temporary resignation of a College of Education senator, Phyllis Adcock, for Fall 2013. John Hill, as runner up in the most recent College of Education election, will temporarily replace her 8/21/2013-12/31/2013.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the deadline for Fall semester grades be seven calendar days after the scheduled final exam date in classes with exams scheduled before December 17 and ten calendar days in classes with final exam dates on December 17 or thereafter.
WHEREAS, Harold M. Maurer, M.D., has served with distinction as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1998, during which time UNMC has prospered and grown in status both as an educational and as a research institution, in no small part thanks to the tireless efforts of Chancellor Maurer; and
WHEREAS, during his tenure as Chancellor, collegial cooperation between UNMC and UNO has increased both educationally, for example in the graduate programs in Public Health and Biomedical Informatics, and in research among faculty and students in the spirit of the University of Nebraska Strategic Framework points 2.b.iii life sciences emphasis, and 4.c intercampus and interdisciplinary research collaboration; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Maurer's record of achievement mirrors those ambitions expressed in UNO's Strategic Plan – student centeredness, academic excellence, and community engagement – particularly those which provide access to the core competencies of the University of Nebraska to local populations, utilizing locally available assets;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha congratulates Dr. Maurer on his myriad achievements as chancellor of UNMC, wishes him well on his retirement, and hopes that his transition to full time fund raising for the new Cancer Center will prove as successful as his tenure as Chancellor.
RESOLUTION 4109, 9/11/13 : University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)
BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to complete Rene Erlandson's three-year term (07/01/12 - 06/30/15) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):
Robert Nash, LIB.
BE IT RESOLVED that the following names go forward to complete Lisa Knopp's term (08/01/11 - 07/31/14) on the UCRCA (University Committee on Research & Creative Activity):
Tammie Kennedy, A&S, Humanities (to replace Lisa Knopp) 08/01/11 - 07/31/14.
RESOLUTION 4111, 9/11/13(completed 10/9/13): Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee (Faculty Senate nomination. The ballot was mailed to the UNO Faculty. Results announced at October 2013 Senate meeting.)
BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 6.5.2 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, 2013, through October 15, 2016, to replace Ann Fruhling and Michael Peterson, whose terms will expire:
Donna Dufner [for: 126 = elected]
Robert Nash [for 120 = elected]
Birud Sindhav [for: 95]
Robert Smith [for: 113]
And one Non-Tenured Faculty member will be elected from the following two nominees to serve three-year terms from October 16, 2013, through October 15, 2016, to replace Jay Irwin whose term will expire:
Chin Chung (Joy) Chao [for: 107]
Ramon Guerra. [for: 128 = elected]
RESOLUTION 4112, 9/11/13 : Faculty Grievance Committee
BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.1, 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 Carolyn Gascoigne, whose term has expired, for three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016:
Marshall Prisbell, (elected)
And one Assistant Professor will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Kerry Ward, whose term has expired, for three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016:
Eugenio DiStefano, (elected)
And one member of the Faculty Senate Faculty Personnel and Welfare committee will be elected from the following two nominees to replace Marshall Prisbell, whose term has expired, as the Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee representative for a one-year term from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2014:
Stan Wileman. (elected)
RESOLUTION 4113, 9/11/13 : UNO Professional Conduct Committee (ballot handed out to full senate, completed, collected, and tallied 9/11/13 )
BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Bylaws, Article VI.5.3, Professional Conduct Committee, the following faculty members are brought forward by the Rules Committee for ballot election by the senate.
BE IT RESOLVED, that two representatives must be elected by ballot vote to serve three-year terms from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016, to replace outgoing members, Shereen Bingham and Janice Rech, whose terms have expired. 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:
Jodi Kreiling (elected)
Christiana Bratiotis (elected)
The newly elected representatives will also serve as alternates for three-years from September 16, 2015, through September 15, 2018.
Shereen Bingham and Janice Rech will continue serving as alternates (replacing Robert Woody and Jeanette Seaberry) for three-years, from September 16, 2013, through September 15, 2016, per Resolution 3059.
RESOLUTION 4114 , 10/9/13: Condolences to Walter Scott, Jr. and the Singer and Scott Children:
WHEREAS, Suzanne Scott was an outstanding philanthropist whose leadership and charity benefited many Omaha institutions serving the public good; and
WHEREAS, Suzanne and Walter Scott have personified visionary leadership for Nebraska which places the University of Nebraska at the center of the state's economic and cultural future; and
WHEREAS, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, its students, faculty and staff, have been among the most generously endowed by the Scotts' enduring dedication to the educational enterprise; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott's legacy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is ongoing and a perpetual reminder of what constitutes visionary leadership and stewardship,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha extends its heartfelt condolences to Walter Scott, Jr. and the Singer and Scott children.
RESOLUTION 4115, 10/9/13: UCAT Replacement:
BE IT RESOLVED that the following name go forward to complete Gwyneth Cliver's three-year term (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016) to the University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT):
David Peterson, English, A&S (Humanities).
EMERGENCY RESOLUTION 4116 , 10/9/13: Halt Merger of UNO CEEN Department to UNL EE Department
WHEREAS the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN), with Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering and electronics engineering, has provided important academic offerings at UNO since the 1990s;
AND WHEREAS the program, founded as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) has been at UNO since 1968;
AND WHEREAS CEEN and EET graduates have for more than four decades made lasting and significant contributions to Omaha's major metropolitan industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations;
AND WHEREAS all of the top 50 major metropolitan cities in the country except Omaha, Nebraska have Colleges of Engineering that are administered by the city's university;
AND WHEREAS the degree programs in Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering contribute to the mission of UNO by directly providing graduates who can uniquely serve this metropolitan region;
AND WHEREAS the UNO- based CEEN faculty have a commitment to directly serve and impact Omaha's major metropolitan industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations by providing highly qualified graduates for these entities;
AND WHEREAS any academic program that is to have success with its students and major employers must be present and not remote from students and employers;
AND WHEREAS there is a proposal to eliminate the freestanding Omaha-based Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering, merging it into the Electrical Engineering Department in Lincoln, Nebraska and eliminating the leadership of the UNO department chairperson;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate at UNO requests a halt to this action until all relevant stakeholders (UNO CEEN students, CEEN graduates, and Omaha's major industrial, business, and manufacturing organizations) have had an opportunity to present to the Board of Regents their views on the importance of keeping a freestanding CEEN department in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Peter Kiewit Institute.
RESOLUTION 4117 , 10/9/13: Support for UNO College of Engineering
WHEREAS UNL engineering programs at the UNO campus consist of architectural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction; computer engineering, electronics engineering, and telecommunications engineering in the Department of Computer and Electronic Engineering (CEEN); and Civil Engineering, whose department is split between the UNL and UNO campuses and headquartered at the UNL campus, thus constituting a sizable core for an independent engineering college;
AND WHEREAS the Langenberg Report, commissioned by the Board of Regents in October 1993 and completed in March 1994, stated among other things that “the accelerating pace of technology development today demands that a working engineer engage in near-perpetual continuing education…, [and] that continuing education must be conveniently available near the engineer's work site and/or home, [and that] without ready access to continuing education opportunities in engineering, Omaha's new businesses will find it difficult if not impossible to recruit and retain top-flight engineering personnel;”
AND WHEREAS the report's principal conclusion was that “the state of Nebraska and University of Nebraska system should initiate a deliberate and carefully planned process leading to the establishment of an independent college of engineering at the University of Nebraska at Omaha;”
AND WHEREAS the report stated that a new engineering college should not be duplicative of the UNL college, but should emphasize educational needs that are particularly germane to the Omaha metropolitan area, but that it should have “full-fledged undergraduate baccalaureate programs in a few basic areas, such as mechanical, computer/telecommunications, and civil/environmental engineering, as well as graduate programs at the master's level and a diverse array of continuing education offerings, [and] all of its programs should be adapted to the special needs of a student body that will include a high proportion of working adults who need access to courses and faculty at non-traditional times and places;”
AND WHEREAS the authors of the Langenberg Report thought that an independent college of engineering at UNO could be established within 5-6 years;
AND WHEREAS the report of the Engineering Task Force, written in November 1994, subsequent to the Langenberg Report, recommended that an independent college of engineering should have as its basic components both the bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, civil and construction engineering, and industrial and manufacturing engineering;
AND WHEREAS the Engineering Task Force also specified certain prerequisites for establishing such a college that included student enrollment, faculty hires, physical facilities, and academic programs that have already been established or which can be established in the 3-5 years necessary to establish the college;
AND WHEREAS in a letter dated June 15, 1995, then-President Dennis Smith, although not then supportive of a new college, stated that “neither I nor the Board of Regents has foreclosed the idea of a separate, independent college of engineering in Omaha. The engineering task force indicated several impediments to creating a new engineering college now. In my view, the most significant of these is student demand. For an accreditable college, the task force said that at least 300 full-time equivalent students are needed in the core engineering programs. A total of 87 were enrolled at the time of the task force report. I advised the Board of Regents in my recommendations last December that should the growth of engineering in the future justify a new college, I would reconsider my recommendation;”
AND WHEREAS enrollment in the College of Engineering Omaha programs is currently at 794, as reported by UNL enrollment statistics;
AND WHEREAS the current situation wherein the civil engineering department, which is divided between the UNL and UNO campuses, is described as dysfunctional by the Academic Program Review Team report, dated November 2008, thereby providing less than optimal services to the engineering community in Omaha;
AND WHEREAS the Director of the Peter Kiewit Institute is afforded a high level of access to the UNO chancellor (as manifested by his inclusion in the Chancellor's Cabinet) but only poor access to the UNL chancellor;
AND WHEREAS the CEEN department, currently scheduled to merge with the Department of Electrical Engineering located at UNL, will probably meet the fate of the civil engineering department and fall into dysfunction, being split between two campuses, consequently providing poor service to the engineering-based businesses and students in Omaha;
AND WHEREAS the Omaha metropolitan area is unique among the communities of this state, in as much as it possesses an inordinate number of the engineering concerns located within the borders of this state;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the UNO Faculty Senate hereby strongly urges the University of Nebraska Board of Regents initiate a process whereby a separate and independent college of engineering be established on the UNO campus by fall 2018, in accordance with the specifications of the reports referenced herein.