1. Call to Order
Chair Margery Overton called the first meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.
A forum for the search of a new Chancellor will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Talley Student Center’s Stewart Theatre.
Chair Overton displayed the organization within the Faculty Senate and reviewed committee assignments with the Senators.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 16, April 21, 2009
A motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Woodward
Chancellor Woodward commented on the growth in administrative positions within the university. He considers that to be a serious issue, not just here, but in most of higher education. He stated that his goal is to find how we can reverse what he considers to be a damaging trend.
5. Budget Updates
Provost Arden reported that the budget news is not as bad as it could be, and while some $53 million have been removed from our budget, those 10% planned reductions are pretty close to what the State now makes reality. The actual budget numbers will be available in about one week. At the same time we need to remember that about 60% of the NC revenue come from personal income taxes, and the true income will not be known until some time in April 2010, when the budget may be adjusted again.
6. H1N1 Influenza Faculty Update
David Rainer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health and Public Safety and Mary Bengtson, Medical Director, NC State Student Health Services gave a presentation on the H1N1 Influenza.
The first confirmed case at NCSU was on June 10 and there have been additional cases since then with the most recent case being today.
The H1N1 presentation is available online at http://ncsu.edu/faculty_senate/items-interest/index.php .
Since today’s meeting was the first meeting of the new year, Chair Overton requested that the Senators and guests introduce themselves.
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m.