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February 21, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 11th meeting of the 58th session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner welcomed senators and guests. 

Chair Kellner reminded Senators that nominations are due with brief statements by February 23.

Chair Kellner announced that the Board of Trustees met last week and there was one change in personnel.  The Chair of the Board of Visitors, Jimmy Clark, has moved to the Board of Trustees to replace Gail Lanier. 

The General Faculty meeting will occur on March 13.  The two chair elect candidates will speak at that meeting and there will also be general discussion of the QEP. 

Chair Kellner handed out a report he received at the University Budget Advisory Meeting. 

Chair Kellner reported that the Senate concurs with the name change for the Department of Physical Education.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 10,  February 7, 2012
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4. Remarks from the Chancellor
Chancellor Woodson reported on the faculty excellence process that recently concluded for this year.  There were more than 70 proposals submitted for consideration.  The committee reviewed the proposals over the holidays and 17 proposals were funded in 12 cluster areas.

Chancellor Woodson stated that they have worked over the last few months to come up with a more visible and collective way to recognize faculty.  A faculty excellence evening will occur on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Park Alumni Center.  This will be the first of an annual event where all the university and state awards will be celebrated.

NC State will launch a year long birthday party, beginning with Founders Day.  The theme is “Tradition and Transformation.  This celebration will be a way to get ready for the next capital campaign that will be launched in 2013.

5. Discussion on Faculty Role in the QEP “Critical & Creative Thinking”
Chair Kellner stated that critical and creative thinking will be what we make it.  The Senate had an open discussion on the plan where many questions were asked and a number of suggestions were made.

6. Election Speeches
The nominees gave brief speeches on why they are running for the position of Chair-Elect and what they would bring to the table.

7. Discussion and Vote (Closed Session)
The Senate went into closed session to discuss the nominees and to vote on the final two candidates that will run for Chair-Elect. 

Drs. Helmet Hergeth, Textiles and David Zonderman, CHASS were elected as the two candidates to run for the Chair-Elect position. Their names will be submitted to the General Faculty for an open election and the person receiving the most votes will serve as Chair-Elect during the 2012-2013 academic year and Chair of the Faculty 2013-2015.

8. Issues of Concern
Secretary Sawyers stated that he is concerned about the bookstore not providing books in a timely manner. 

9. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

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