October 5, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the fourth meeting of the fifty-first session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that another delegate is needed to serve on the Faculty Assembly. Anyone interested in filling the position should contact the Faculty Senate Office.
The General Administration is planning to do a health benefits survey of all faculty and staff in the system. They want to establish a baseline on the satisfaction/dissatisfaction with our health care benefits. They are looking at the high cost of dependent coverage, lack of choice in providers or other options and whether or not there is enough emphasis on preventative or disease management.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 3, September 21, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from Interim Chancellor Barnhardt
Chancellor Barnhardt commented on his experiences as Interim Chancellor. He talked about NC State University being a highly respected academic and economic force in this community and in this state. He talked about the multidisciplinary, collaborative concept of the Centennial Campus and how this has shaped our present and will focus us in the future. He expressed his belief that we have indeed become an outstanding university and he is very proud of what we have accomplished.
5. Remarks from Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that the motto that is used in the Division of Student Affairs is “students first”. He noted that the most important things are students, their welfare, education, and their development.
The Division of Student Affairs also emphasizes diversity. He encourages the employees in the Division of Student Affairs to look for ways to help create an environment on campus that welcomes, supports, and provides opportunities for everyone who enrolls here.
This fall they opened a new Dining Hall (Clark Dining) where Student Health Services used to be located; they are planning to add 1200 new beds in the new student residential facility (Wolf Village Residential Complex).
Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that they are planning a major addition to Carmichael Gymnasium. The debt service fee has been approved and since the students’ fees are going to increase, the fee for the university community will also increase.
Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that the lot where the tragic shooting occurred during the football game has been restricted. The lot is now by permit parking only. Additional parking permits have been given to students and members of the Wolfpack Club.
6. Old Business
Second Reading: Resolution on Academic Freedom
A handout outlining the issues of the resolution was distributed.
Senator Bruck moved that the rules be suspended to allow a third reading of the resolution. It is his desire that the resolution be on the record prior to the October 16 meeting with David Horowitz at the McKimmon Center.
The motion was seconded.
Senator Warren presented the resolution for its second reading.
The motion to suspend the rules to have a third reading of the resolution was voted on and passed unanimously.
The motion to adopt the Resolution on Academic Freedom passed unanimously.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator McRae reported that he did not get the revised version of the six realms to the RPT Committee in time, therefore they did not get input on the changes that have been discussed.
The committee is investigating the possibility of increased childcare. There have been a number of studies and the deans are very interested in this topic. It is a strong faculty retention issue. Senator McRae would like anyone who has had experience from prior institutions or knows of some other university where this has been done to contact him.
Senator Krotee stated that the committee addressed several issues of concern with George Wilson, Vice Provost of International Affairs. Vice Provost Wilson will submit his recommendations to the appropriate subcommittee as well as the Chair and hopes to come before the full Senate sometime in the spring.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Bernhard stated that next week the committee has scheduled a discussion on our outreach to the university’s outreach to K-12. There is a potential to pass a resolution to which everyone can agree that we are already doing some remarkable things. This can be a vehicle for extolling and complimenting what we are doing and also I think we can all agree that we could be doing a lot more.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:25 p.m.