FACULTY SENATE MEETING
November 5, 2013
1. Call to Order
Chair Zonderman called the fifth meeting of the sixtieth session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.
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There are rumors of memos coming from General Administration about decisions on who would be eligible under the new Affordable Care Act. There were rumors at other campuses that people who had been receiving benefits are now being told that they don’t qualify. Chair Zonderman assured the faculty that this is not happening on NC State campus.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 4, October 22, 2013
The minutes were approved as submitted.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson commented on Hofmann Forest.
Chancellor Woodson stated that after a lot of hard work on behalf of the university from our Legal Counsel, we have secured a buyer that meets all of the criteria and has agreed to purchase the property for $150 million. To put it into perspective, $150 million for this property will go into an endowment to support the College of Natural Resources and with the current spending policy of endowment it will generate $6 million per year.
Chancellor Woodson announced that Phase I of the Talley Student Center has opened.
Chancellor Woodson announced that he and Chancellor Martin of North Carolina A&T State University are co-chairing a security initiative for the UNC System where they will be looking at three broad areas: campus security and safety, sexual harassment and other offenses against persons, and our reporting and compliance obligations.
Chancellor Woodson announced that Justin LeBlanc, Assistant Professor in the College of Design was a finalist in Project Runway. He placed third in the competition.
Chancellor Woodson announced that Omer Oralkan, Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jonathan Hauenstein, Assistant Professor in Mathmatics, were recipients of the Young Investigator Award.
5. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden reminded the faculty that four candidates for dean of the graduate school will be on campus for the next two weeks. The first one is on campus today. He encouraged the faculty to attend the seminars.
Provost Arden announced that Deans Weiss and Braden will be up for their five year comprehensive reviews in the spring.
6. Alternative Funding Sources for the University
Vice Provost Bristol reported that if we are going to continue to make progress on the Strategic Plan there needs to be financing for it. There are groups across campus that are looking at potential financial resources, looking at better efficiencies, but this is an effort that everyone can contribute to. A website has been developed (go.ncsu.edu/ideas) where anyone can go to and submit ideas.
Vice Provost Bristol presented a PowerPoint entitled “Financing the Strategic Plan”
7. Park Scholars Program
Eva Feucht, Director of the Park Scholars Program reported that it is a four-year program and the students can choose any major. They recruit for scholarship, leadership, service and character and that is also how they make selections. In the last three years their numbers have been growing. The out of state applicants doubled between 2010 and 2012 application years, which are important for a number of reasons. The Park Foundation requires that at least one third of the students come from other states. This year’s applications are at almost 1700 students.
Feucht stated that it puts it into perspective to say that the Hofmann Forest sold for $150 million and will generate $6 million a year for the College of Natural Resources. That is what the Park Scholars Program would mean to be fully funded. The Park Scholars Program received a $50 million gift, but at the same time that only funds about 40% of the program. She stated that they are just beginning with their fundraising.
8. Old/New Business
Resolution on Public School Teachers and Advanced Degrees – First Reading
The resolution was presented for a first reading. The resolution will be presented for a second reading and discussed at the next meeting.
UNC Faculty Assembly Resolution on Core Competencies
Past Chair Kellner stated that the resolution has been worked on by four groups at the Assembly and that it is important that all of the Senates endorse the document so that it will go to the Board of Governors as a united front. He explained that in the implementation of the Board of Governors Strategic Plan there is a lot of information on General Education. The Assembly remains concerned that this remains in the hands of faculty and faculty at the campus level.
A motion passed with unanimous consent to endorse the resolution.
9. Issues of Concern
Senator Krause presented an issue of concern on there not being automatic doors on one side of Phase I of the Talley Student Center.
Chair Zonderman stated that the issue will be discussed in the Executive Committee meeting and assigned to a committee.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:26 p.m.