November 6, 2007
1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the sixth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome & Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 23, 2007
The motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by the Chair
Chair Martin commented on the perception and reality of issues of energy sustainability.
Chair Martin performed an experiment with a coke and a diet coke. He stated that there is a difference between Coke and Diet Coke; it’s 39 grams of sugar per can. In the event that you ever have a question to the effect of the diet coke versus the regular coke, the perception and the reality are two different things.
There will be two training events for the Dale Sayers Memorial CPR Challenges on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17; The NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill Executive Committees will have dinner tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Inn; The Executive Committee recommended forming a small strategic plan work group to look at some of the data on strategic planning and to work at developing somewhat of a strategic plan. Anyone who is interested in participating in that process should contact Chair Martin.
Academic Tenure Policy
There is a minor change being made to the academic tenure policy. It is an edit to Section 6.5.2 and this change codifies what has been done in practice: final approval to a non-reappointment with respect to our tenure policy stops at the Provost and not at the Dean.
The bylaws have been successfully revised for the first time since 1996. The votes were 545 in favor and 45 against the revisions.
The Graduate Student Association put forth a resolution proposing that a commemoration be made of the site of the old Riddick Stadium. They would like the Faculty Senate to adopt a statement of support.
Senator Williams presented a statement of support to the Faculty Senate for approval.
A motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules to pass the resolution on the first reading.
Senator Williams moved that the two-paragraph resolution of support for the UGSA proposal to design a commemorative of Riddick Field be adopted.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
6. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen commented on his trip to Japan and noted that NC State is a part of a group called Academic Consortium Twenty-One. Chancellor Oblinger is President of the group and will serve in that capacity for the next two years.
Provost Nielsen stated that they signed the memorandum of understanding in agreement with Seoul National University to create a dual doctoral degree program in genomics, which allows students to be accepted into the doctoral degree program in genomics at both Seoul National University and NC State University.
Provost Nielsen stated that the area of energy and environment has gotten a lot of support across the university.
Provost Nielsen reported that the resources that General Administration will provide out of the new budget would allow us to hire a recruiter to specifically look at recruiting teachers. NC State’s share is $52,788 per year for three years.
7. The Year of Energy and the NCSU Energy Council
Chris Gould – Associate Dean, PAMS, Energy Initiative Coordinator
Dr. Gould stated that the Energy Council is chaired by Provost Nielsen and Vice Chancellor John Gilligan. The membership was drawn from recommendations from each of the colleges to nominate a person to serve and it was supplemented by some additional people who had particular areas of expertise on campus and that also included some people from outside the university.
The charge is to advise the Chancellor and the Executive Officers on energy research, education, outreach and economic development.
Bill Winner- Professor of Forestry and Environment Resources – Energy Council Academic Programs
Dr. Winner stated that the academic planning wing of the Energy Council has four or five people working hard on it. They meet and talk on a regular basis. He stated that he would like to appoint everyone, as members of the academic planning team, to come up with the ideas that are necessary to prepare our students, and in so doing to prepare ourselves for how it is society will be thinking, talking, working to address the needs related to energy environment.
Jack Colby, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations
Dr. Colby stated that he was pleased to be appointed to the council to represent the campus interest. A subcommittee has been created with faculty members, members from the council, members from the Office of Energy Management, from the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team, and from our Office of Waste Production and Recycling. The group brainstormed to generate a long list of potential activities that they could look at for the campus in the year of energy, with an emphasis on things that would raise the awareness of the campus.
Bobby Mills, Student Body President
This Saturday the students are going to announce a water conservation competition between NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill that will run until the February basketball game against them.
Mills pointed out the students’ website that shows the usage of energy in several dorms. Not only does it change from residence hall to residence hall, but this website will also show different elements such as the carbon dioxide produced.
Some of the projects that the students are trying to look into as well are LED lighting in the parking decks and also the brickyard.
8. Issues of Concern
Senator Ambaras stated that he is concerned about the procedure by which the vote on the Academic Policy Committee’s report on the GEP proposal was conducted in the last meeting.
The issue will be reviewed and addressed for future actions.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.