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January 11, 2005

1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the ninth 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 there would be a memorial for the Tsunami Relief on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the brickyard.

Chair Daley called for Faculty elections to the Faculty Senate and to the Grievance and Hearing Panels.

Chair Daley announced a proposed change to regulations on the Holladay Medal.  He noted that anyone with concerns should voice them otherwise the regulations will go into effect.

Chair Daley announced that the General Faculty Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 3 p.m. in Stewart Theatre.  There will be a reception immediately following the meeting in the Ball Room of the Talley Student Center.

The Emerging Issues Forum is scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, February 7-8, 2005 at the McKimmon Center.

An exhibit is on display in the library “Viet Nam A Journey of the Heart” from January 8 - March 6, 2005. 

Donna Brazile, Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, will be the featured speaker for North Carolina State University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Thursday, January 13 at 11 a.m. in the Stewart Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting  No. 8, November 30, 2004
The motion to approve the minutes passed unanimously.

4. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger commented on the Tsunami Relief Effort

Chancellor Oblinger reported that the Provost Search Committee has already posted its membership and the job description on the web.  He invited members of the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee to meet and talk with the Search Firm about what they are looking for in the next Provost.  The goal is to have the process completed by the end of the spring semester.

Chancellor Oblinger encouraged the senators to get to know the Vice Chancellors and Executive Officers of the university. 

Since October 8, Chancellor Oblinger has been meeting with Legislators in full view of the Office of the President.  He noted that they would be fully supportive of the Office of the President’s priorities, which are enrollment increase funding and faculty salaries in which they have submitted for 7.5% increases for each of the next two years.

Chancellor Oblinger stated that they are asking very definitively our General Assembly to fund the operational budget for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Education.  It will provide research and training not just for teachers to be, but he thinks very importantly and very uniquely retention of teachers. 

Chancellor Oblinger commented on NC State having a program in elementary education. 

He noted that we are the only institution in the system without such a program.

Chancellor Oblinger also commented on tuition increase, Pell Grants, and the capital campaign.

5.  Issues of Concern
Former Chair Thomas Honeycutt sent an issue of concern regarding NC State’s position in the National Premium Table for Health Insurance.

Chair Daley assigned the issue to the Academic Policy Committee.

Senator Bruck stated an issue of concern on students cheating.

Chair Daley stated that he would take this issue to the Executive Committee and check with some of the administrators about what is happening and will report back to the Senate.

6.  Resolution of Commendation
Senator Warren presented a Resolution of Commendation for its first reading.

Hearing no discussion on the resolution, Chair Daley called for a vote to adopt it.

The motion to adopt the resolution passed unanimously.

7. New Business
Facilities Forum
The motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting into a committee as a whole to discuss facilities. 

The motion passed unanimously.

8. Diversity
Senator Stephen Middleton addressed the Faculty Senate on his concerns about diversity at NC State.  He has scheduled a workshop with an outside consultant at no cost to the university.  The workshop is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2005 in the Faculty Senate Conference Room.

9. Reports
Senator Bruck, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that he met with the Staff Senate to discuss the tuition remission resolution.  They in turn passed unanimously the same resolution.  He has met with Provost Nielsen to discuss the next steps. Provost Neilsen and Senior Provost Perry are going to be moving through the next investigative stages to figure out how they can make such a thing happen.

The Committee received a reply from Dean Sowell regarding the TOEFL situation.  It was determined at the last meeting that the response was unsatisfactory.  He has invited Dean Sowell to come to the next committee meeting.

Senator Bruck received a preliminary reply from Dean Sowell regarding the issue of PhD Exam attendance.  This will be a subject of additional discussion at the Academic Policy Committee’s meeting.

10. Adjournment
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting 5 p.m.

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