February 10, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the tenth meeting of the fiftieth 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 the President of the University of North Carolina System offered bonuses to experienced Chancellors. Chancellor Fox immediately donated her bonus to the university. Chair Daley congratulated the Chancellor on her actions.
Chair Daley noted that Bruce Mallette has accepted a position as Managing Director of the Statistic Survey in the Computing Sciences Division at the Research Triangle Institute.
Chair Daley announced that two candidates will be elected to run as Chair-elect of the Faculty, at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Chair Daley announced that nominations are being requested for the Holladay Medal for Excellence.
Chair Daley announced that rave reviews have been given to the Emerging Issues Forum this year.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January 13, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks on the Safety Task Force Report
Chancellor Fox appointed the Campus Safety Task Force in Fall 2003. The task force was put together to look at various issues related to safety across campus.
Associate Vice Chancellor David Rainer and Chief Thomas Younce from the Campus Police reported on the findings and recommendations of the task force.
5. Issues of Concern
Chair Daley stated an issue of concern he received from Daniel Ward about wanting to establish a clock on the NCSU webpage to show the proper time for the start and end of classes.
Chair Daley assigned the issue to the Resources and Environment Committee.
Senator Bruck stated the following issues of concern:
Concern: The President of the UNC System’s political understanding of both the state and university system has been called into question. He noted that he has five letters to the editor in the News and Observer, another eleven from around the state and of course an editorial from the News and Observer working out this problem.
Issue of concern: The contents of a letter the governor wrote to the Board of Governors yesterday.
Issue of concern: A book that was released entitled, Faces Not Numbers, a 125-page book written by the students.
Issue of concern: We have students in the College of Management who say they work five jobs to pay their tuition. We have a problem if that is true. The question is why?
Senator Brownie stated that a colleague wants to know if something can be done to stop her car from getting scratched in the parking lot. Chair Daley stated that our parking spaces are in compliance. He suggested that Senator Brownie discuss this concern with transportation when they present at the next meeting.
Senator Peacock is concerned that the President of the UNC Systems awarded the Chancellor a bonus when a letter of reprimand was put into her file with the resolution of censure last year.
Senator Peacock is concerned that the students think their tuition increases are going to faculty salaries.
Senator McRae stated that if you use the figure that the News & Observer had in their article for faculty salaries, which was $5.9M and divide that by roughly 1625 faculty you get $5,000 per faculty member. He wants to know where the money is going.
Senator Tetro wanted to know how the faculty could help the student body understand where the money is going.
Report on resolution of an issue of concern by Senator Bernhard: The successful deletion by the Provost's Office of a large number of deceased faculty members from the Official List of Voting Faculty. This was never listed as an official issue of concern but it would be appropriate to recognize the good job the Provost's Office, especially Jevonda Greer & Sandy Connolly, have done in fixing this.
6. Old Business
Second Reading: Resolution to form a Faculty Advisory Committee
Senator Allen presented the resolution for its second reading.
After several friendly amendments were made to the resolution the faculty senate voted and the resolution passed unanimously.
7. Report on the Faculty Assembly
Senator Bernhard reported that the Faculty Assembly meets four times a year. The delegates hear very polished presentations at these meetings. They meet from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 6 p.m. and much of it is planning sessions with distinguished people speaking and then answering questions. There are also committees where issues are debated and resolutions are formed.
Senator Bernhard noted that the Faculty Assembly has a website where minutes of the meetings and proposed resolutions can be reviewed.
Any concerns for the Faculty Assembly, especially regarding the Governors letter to the UNC Board of Governors, should be sent to Senator Bernhard.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.