FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 15, 2011
1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 6th meeting of the 58th session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.
2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner announced that Assistant Vice Provost Gumpertz has requested a Senate representative to serve on the University Diversity Advisory Council.
Chair Keller reported that the issue of wolf alert and what happened on campus during a lockdown was much discussed in the Chancellor’s Liaison meeting. He stated that the Staff and Student Senates are concerned about wolf alert and whether it works.
The Faculty Assembly met last Friday where most of the day was spent dealing with the Academic First Project. The ultimate question that came up was, why are we so interested in time to graduation. That is to say instead of dealing with seat time, why are we concerned entirely with clock time?
Chair Kellner commented about the Board of Governors meeting. He stated that all of the documents are online. The first is the Woodward report about duplication and the second one has to do with a lot of facts and figures about tuition.
Chair Kellner announced that a faculty workload study will begin soon, and a Director of Military Education to the system will be hired soon.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, November 1, 2011
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden reported that they are moving forward with strategic planning and strategic realignment and he will share the task force reports in the coming weeks.
Provost Arden announced several different events that will be taking place during the week.
Provost Arden reported that progress is being made on the faculty hiring program, and finalizing our enrollment which is due to GA on Friday. He stated that tuition is the other big issue that is on the agenda.
Provost Arden talked about the Honorary Degree process and asked for the faculty’s assistance with nominations. A handout describing the process was passed out.
5. Remarks from Nevin Kessler
Vice Chancellor Kessler updated the Senate on the 125th Anniversary celebration for NC State. He stated that the 125th anniversary is particularly important for NC State right now because it is the year before he hopes to go into the next comprehensive fund raising campaign. This 125th anniversary is a year long and the celebration is going to impact two academic years. The celebration will launch on March 5, 2012.
Vice Chancellor Kessler highlighted some of the major activities that are planned during this 125th year.
6. Remarks from Benny Suggs
Associate Vice Chancellor Suggs stated that the Alumni Association is already planning the magazine editions for the 125th year and one of them will be a hard bound much bigger production. It will be a collectable that will capture 125 very, very special years.
Associate Vice Chancellor Suggs stated that to be a member of the Alumni Association you do not have to have a degree, you just have to be a friend of NC State. About two thirds of NC State’s alumni live in North Carolina and one third live outside. One half of them have graduated since 1992 and the median age is in the low forties.
Suggs stated that outreach is a very strategic initiative here when Chancellor Woodson is leading by example, which he is definitely doing. He pointed out some of the locations where the Chancellor has reached out to local leaders, alumni, telling the story about NC State.
Suggs highlighted some things that Alumni Association do and support. He also encouraged the faculty to become members of the Alumni Association.
7. Old Business
Second Reading: Resolution for the Provision of Parental Leave for Graduate Students
Chair Kellner presented the resolution for the second reading.
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.
Resolution to Insert the Office of Parliamentarian in the Faculty Senate Bylaws
Chair Kellner presented the resolution for first reading.
A motion passed to accept the amended resolution.
8. Issues of Concern
Senator Carver had an accident and is concerned with the difficulty in getting access to handicap parking.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.