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MAY 2, 2006

Regular Meeting No. 16 of the 52nd Session

Present:  Chair Allen, Secretary Bruck, Past Chair Daley, Parliamentarian Corbin; Senators Baynes, Branoff, Brownie, Clark, Culbreth, Dawes, Fahmy, Fauntleroy, Fikry, Gustke, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hooper, Hudson, Kellner, Kinsella, Krotee, Lindbo, Martin, Moore, Robarge, Schultheis, B. Smith, R. Smith, Tetro, Williams, Wessels. Yencho

Excused:  Senator Banks-Lee, Blair, Blank

Absent:  Senators Johnson, Overton, Scotford, Young

Visitors:   Jim Oblinger, Chancellor; Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost; P. J. Teal, Secretary of the University; Suzanne Weiner, Department Head, Collection Management; Benny Benton, Editor of the Bulletin; Lauren Gregg, Staff Writer, News Services; J. Reid Clonts, Textile Association of Grad Students President; Julie Rice Mallette, Associate Vice Provost & Director, OSFA; Ellis Cowling

1.  Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the sixteenth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcements from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Allen announced the results of PAMS and CALS election results.

Chair Allen recognized Senators who would be retiring from the Senate.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 15 April 18, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4.   Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger recognized Dr. Dwight Williams, Chief Engineer of Nuclear Physicists with the US Department of Defense and the first African American to be named the National Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineering.  He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from NC State in Nuclear Engineering and his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland. 

Chancellor Oblinger announced, on behalf of President Bowles that Provost Nielsen is chairing the search committee for the new Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

Trip to the Western Part of the State
Chancellor Oblinger and President Bowles visited AB Tech, which is a community college in the western part of the state with high enrollment.  They met with four other community colleges and discussed the way NC State cooperates with them as it relates to students, articulation agreements and also some research that they do and coordinate with Cooperative Extension Services.  They also observed at two different firms in Ogden the impact of the industrial extension service.  One is a diamond bit manufacturer that competes nationally and internationally very well and the other is a manufacturer for component parts for the automobile industry. Both firms attributed their success to the Industrial Extension Services, acquaintances and partnerships that they have. 

They visited the mountain horticulture crops research and extension center at Fletcher.  Congressman Taylor came in from Washington and met them there.  Chancellors John Bardo from Western Carolina and Ann Ponder the relatively new Chancellor at the University of North Carolina Asheville joined them for lunch. 

Their last visit was to a very successful Fraser fir Christmas tree farm in West Jefferson.  President Bowles left and continues to talk in public meetings about how much he is learning about the impact of NC State across the state.  Senator John Gorwood who is running for reelection and is a former member of the Board of Governors joined them there.  

Chancellor Oblinger accepted the following recommendations on tailgating regulations and the Football Taskforce Report:

Chancellor Oblinger recommended alterations to our alcohol policy, which was approved by the Board of Trustees

Chancellor Oblinger also requested additional signage to be posted on the property as it relates to our policy relating to tailgating.  He declined to do NFL style pat downs of everyone that enters Carter Finley Stadium.

They are looking very carefully at crowd control in a positive way and an orderly entrance and exit from the stadium. 

Chancellor Oblinger thanked Julie Rice Mallette and her staff and Provost Nielsen for their hard work in developing and devising the Pack Promise. 

Chancellor Oblinger stated that Pack Promise is a student support plan.  It is not solely financial aid although we do promise to meet 100% of the financial aid needs of students who come from families at 150% of the poverty level and below.  He hopes that donors that have consistently donated dollars for student support in the past will invest additionally in the Pack Promise. 

Engineering Building II is the second building that has gone up as a result of the 2000 bond issue.  Chancellor Oblinger is grateful to the citizens of North Carolina for approving it.  It will be home to electrical and computer engineering and computer science.  Bob McGee, CEO of Progress Energy dedicated the building with a short speech. 

Progress Energy has made the largest gift they have ever made in their history to NC State University, a $1.2M gift.  It establishes two endowed professorships, an unrestricted account for the deans use in the College of Engineering and it names the bridge that connects the two segments of that building with computer science and electrical and computer engineering.

The university received a $10M gift to name the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for Edward P. Fitts who is an alumnus.  He was already in the highest giving level category that the university has because he has been consistently wising his investments in his alma mater and is very proud of it.  He attributes most of his success to his small town upbringing in North Carolina and what NC State University and Raleigh did for him as it relates to both his individual and professional characteristics. 

Chancellor Oblinger visited with the North Carolina Math and Science network on Saturday morning. The program is geared toward preparing underserved middle and high school students for careers in science, technology engineering and math.  About five hundred of those students were on campus to experience the egg toss, and lots of other scientifically based experiments.  Chancellor Oblinger thought it was a very energizing morning with a lot of very well behaved sixth through twelfth graders interested in NC State. 

The portrait of the twelfth Chancellor of NC State University, Marye Anne Fox, is hanging in the hall of Holladay Hall.  All twelve Chancellors are now represented there. 

As of Friday afternoon, $922M had been contributed toward the one billion dollar goal. 

Chancellor Oblinger is hosting a retirement reception this Thursday evening at the residence; Forty-one individuals with a total of 1155 years of service to this university, an average of 27.7 years is expected to attend.  One person, Ernie Burniston has forty-one years of service. 

Chancellor Oblinger is hosting the Faculty Senate’s executive committee for lunch on Friday.

Graduation will be held Saturday, May 13 and the speaker is Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences.


Senator Moore wants to know if the tailgate revisions also apply to the fairground parking.

Chancellor Oblinger responded yes that they have an agreement with the fairground people.

5. Remarks from James Zuiches, Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement & Economic Development
Chair Allen asked me to talk about the concept of extension and engagement. 

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that the traditional definition of extension is the classic we are from the university, we have knowledge and we are here to help you, the communication from the educated individual, the field agent extension faculty member to the people of the state so that is the classic definition and in some ways for many years that is the way we delivered our educational programs off campus. 

In the year 1996, the year after he left the Kellogg Foundation the foundation funded the President’s commission on the future of land-grant universities and out of that commission came a series of reports and one that he thinks is very important is the report on the engaged university.  This report focused on the importance of connecting students to the community of building a new relationship with the community of using the resources of the university better with the community.  They provided seven tests of an engaged university.  Is it responsive to the needs of the community?  Quite frankly, the community can be defined in many ways.  It could be defined as the students.  Is there respect for the partnerships because an essential part of this engagement is a partnership with others?  Is there access to the resources of the university?  Is there integration within the culture of the university of this concept of engagement and is there coordination on campus and is there a mutual effort to get adequate funding and resources to meet the needs of the community? 

Vice Chancellor Zuiches thinks those kinds of attributes are at North Carolina State University. Now that was the report of Presidents, a very interesting result of a national survey of the public.  This survey was done in 1995.  The general public recognizes that there is more to the university than simply the research and teaching.  Teaching is obviously core.  Research is an interval part of it but the general public recognizes the value of off campus education, training, technical assistance, extension, outreach and engagement.  The general public also has a perception that within the university there is all of these resources and we are all working with the community in many different ways. 

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that he wants to align the resources that NC State has in a way for a common theme.  If the theme is economic development, if the theme is k-12 education, if the theme is stem education we bring the resources that we have in an align fashion to support the people of the community. 

The offices that directly report or report with a dotted line to me are Cooperative Extension, Industrial Extension Service, The Shelton Initiative for Leadership, the McKimmon Center and the Small Business and Technology Development Center, and Economic Development and Partnership which was funded by soft money internal funds for a couple of years. 

The web page for our office will be focused on issues and not on departments or colleges.  Issues that people in the community and around the state might be interested in and then from those issues they can go to the sources of the information. 

One of the most important assets that we have at North Carolina State University is we have a presence, a presence throughout the state.  Every one of those counties has an extension office and every one of those counties has more than one extension faculty member.  There are seventeen locations for the Industrial Extension Service as staff, professional staff and you have heard about the success for these two cooperations where the industrial extension service provided lean manufactory training and six sigma training and both of those manufacturing plant managers said they would have been bankrupt without the assistance and support from NC State University.

With the transfer of the small business and technology development offices they also have seventeen offices across the state.  We have an incredible set of critical mass out there that needs to be aligned to make sure that we don’t waste the opportunity to use those resources effectively. 

The leadership development program works primarily now with young people but it has the potential to be a statewide leadership development activity. 

Do we really have an impact?  The results from independent assessments, the industrial extension service, cooperative extension, small business development, and independent assessments say we have a huge economic impact.

Faculty is what it is all about.  One of the reason I am here is I learned that you are the University Standing Committee on extension and engagement.  This committee is advisory to my office and it is a very important committee.  I have met with them twice.  There are eighteen members; fourteen faculty, three students, one ex officio member, seven positions rotating with four of those being faculty positions.  This committee is an important part of the recognition of the extension and engagement activity of the faculty.  This recognition is exemplified by the recognition ceremony that we had two weeks ago where eight faculty were inducted into the academy of outstanding faculty, engagement and extension.  I intend to meet with them to talk with the faculty who are leading extension programs that their peers have recognized as being outstanding and learn from them. 

The other thing that you have done that I think is just amazing is that you have changed the promotion and tenure policy to recognize through the statement of mutual expectations the faculty activities that goes beyond teaching and traditional research activities that incorporate the creative artistry in design and literature activities and faculty that incorporate the recognition of technological and managerial innovations and incorporating extension and engagement with constituencies outside the program, outside the university and continue to incorporate public service activities that many people are engaged in.  One of the things that I can differentiate extension and engagement from public service is that this is a program.  This can be a program of cumulative educational activities that build over time and benefit the community.

There is also an extension operations council that I chair. The council has a representative from each college plus every organization, program that has an extension outreach function.  The council has had four priorities; expand the resource base and there are many ways to expand the resource base.  We can expand it through grants and contracts.  We can expand it by a state request.  We can expand it through fees and through gifts and endowments.  We need to be able to make sure the impact of the value of the programs as part of our effort to be accountable to those who provide the resources.  We have had a date wave pilot project that has been very successful where not just agriculture and life sciences or natural resource sciences but CHASS and design and engineering and management and textiles are all active participating in community program delivery and then key, where are the thrust, what do we do in the future, what are the areas where extension and engagement can really have an impact in the community?  I have been meeting with people for the last six weeks and I have not met with everyone yet on this list but this is just a sample of the kinds of programming that is going on in different colleges.  Every single college has an Associate Dean for Extension and programs associated with extension and engagement. 

It also ties to students.  I have had some great meetings with Patty Clayton and students in the service learning program and students who participate in CLEPS.  They have had a tremendous impact in the kinds of things these students engage in and it is an educational experience. 

Last week the Board of Trustees heard from the College of Design.  After the dean made his introduction a half of dozen faculty made brief presentations and they turned it over to a student and the student finished the presentation and every one of those students talked about what they were doing and whether it was a research project or community engagement project.   The one that I really appreciated was the student who was working with the Lumbee Tribe.   They were developing culturally aware housing for the tribe members. The thing the students said that really hit me is “we learned from them.”  Students were part of the learning process.  We were there as the university.  We brought a lot of expertise to the table in the interactions with the tribal community but we were also learning from them.  That is the kind of engagement that I think is really valued and out of all this activity we expect that there will be scholarships.  There is a scholarship of engagement that should result in peer review journal articles.  It should result in publications and books, presentations and conferences.  A scholarship of engagement is something that is evolving but it will be essential if we take seriously the criteria for promotion and tenure.  What do we bring to the table?  The office does not have a lot of resources but we do have a vision and we are able to use that vision through the resources that we control.  We have been running this extension Seed Grant Program for approximately four years.  Last year they gave fourteen awards in six colleges just to seed grant.  One of the expectations of those seed grants is that those will help to research.  They will help someone do their preliminary work that they can then grow a program, that they can then build a program.  Four years ago the Institute of Non Profit was funded by a seed grant.  It is now a formally accepted institute within the university.  We also have some just in time funds for that kind of bridging or need that is out of the ordinary and out of the normal time cycle for someone who needs a few dollars to make something happen to get a proposal done to bridge between grounds. 

I have also learned that just like the research programs the faculty in extension have brought in millions of dollars in external grants and contracts.  Last year it was $25M and this year to date it is $18.6M in external grants and contracts to support the extension and engagement outreach activities and the faculty. 

We are also raising money.  In my office Mike Davis has raised one million dollars in endowment funds for the Shelton Leadership Program and I have talked to some of the other college development officers and there are millions of dollars that are coming into the university as part of the achieve campaign to support the extension program.  A recent example is in the paper, Mr. Zeiss who gave five hundred thousand dollars for scholarships, five hundred thousand dollars for endowed professorships and five hundred thousand dollars for the Textiles extension, which is a deferred gift. 

What I see us doing at NC State University is modeling the way a university should provide an engaged community, an engaged faculty and students connected with large community of the state.  We do that through our statewide presses.  You do that through the educational programs and the research and extension activities that you provide.  We do that with our partnerships.  We have dozens of partnerships with community colleges around the state but as President Bowles said we need to do a better job of connecting universities and the community colleges in partnership. 

We have modeled a way through our current and new programs that will be developed.  We model it by listening to our constituent priorities so that they will be supportive when we go to the legislature for new requests or when we go as partners to granting agencies, foundations, and to Golden Leaf for funding.  We model it through institutional policy such as changes that we put in place for the promotion and tenure and we model it to our strategic planning activity which we are currently engaged in and just beginning.

I think you have probably seen the news release about the legislative budget request that has currently gone in.  General Administration has supported it, submitted it to the governor’s office and we are hearing very positive signals from the governor’s office and he has to submit it to the legislature.  We did include in the legislative budget request this year funding for the economic development partnerships so that it has a stable base of funding, funding for the expansion of the gateway project, funding for the new business creation initiative, which comes out of the College of Management and the College of Engineering and funding for the Japan Center.  We will be developing a strategic plan and an action plan for the next couple or three years and out of that I expect some major new initiatives.

I spent two hours today to the leadership of the small business technology and development center where the real opportunities that we have is to provide education and training and technical assistance to more entrepreneurs.  The entrepreneurial orientation of many people in this state needs to be supported.  This is a huge area that has tremendous opportunities to benefit the state in terms of economic development.  There is a gap right now. I know this because I have been involved in entrepreneurial-ship development and myself as an extension specialist and it is an opportunity to build on the local heritage, the local resources, the local capacities rather than trying to chase the buffaloes.  I am not high on the relocation of businesses, huge tax incentives because I think it takes away from the revenue of the state.  It takes away from the kinds of resources that we need for K-12 systems and our education.  I think we should be growing our own and I think this is an opportunity where we can make a strong role in the future.

Thank you very much.

Senator Fikry wanted to know how many people other than faculty are helping to achieve this role.

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that they have about one hundred fifty people who are paid basically by soft money. 

Senator Fikry wanted to know if faculty are compensated.

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that teaching, undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and extension and engagement are an interval part of the one’s assignment then the pay is part of the annual pay of the faculty and assignment is defined between you the chair and the dean. We don’t have money for overload pay.  I am going to be trying to influence you that what you want to do and what the community or who ever is the constituency group need to have done is in our mutual best interest and that together we might be able to get some additional funding that would support a graduate student or technician or Post Doc.

I have been a researcher and I have been an extension person and both of those functions need resources and the grants and contracts are how we get those resources. 

Senator Yencho asked, “What do you see in the future for the land grant university?  What does NC State look like in your crystal ball down the road?”

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that he agrees that one reason that he is doing this is that he thinks we are going to see a much more engaged faculty engaged with lots of people.  When I think down the road things that we do extremely well teaching, we have taught in the classroom for years.  We have taught in seminars, studios, and we have advised students.  We then moved to the distance education format in many cases for people who could not get access to our classes.  We have also had some non-formal out of classroom instructions of extension.  I think we are going to see in a transformation of how we educate people across the state.  They are still going to come to the university but we are going to see more and more depending on us in their communities.  With a little additional organization and coordination I think we could do a very good job of helping.  If we are serious about improving the capacity of the people of this state through education, which is our mission, then we have to figure out how to do that better away from Raleigh and I see that as part of the vision of how we are going to do this.  We will use technology but we are still going to have people out there, people that we employ.  We m ay use more trainers.  We have some great examples of where we provide adult education.  We have 200,000 young people in the 4H program but the more important number is that we educate 20,000 adults to teach and role model, mentor those 200,000 young people.  There is an adult education role there that I think we can take and model for other areas for reading, for helping people stay in school.  I think we can do some things differently.  I think we can change the way we affect the communities out there using the organizational skills, the models we had.  It is a different model but it is still the same model, using technology that was available and using the presence that we have in those communities. 

You are going to see a place like NC State recognized in more and more communities around the state and you are going to see other schools want to do the same thing. 

Senator Martin asked Vice Chancellor Zuiches to comment on how you sees some of these broader ideas being able to help leverage support for the core as we try to become much more of a comprehensive instead of just sort technical university prey.

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that in the university requests this year there is money for the STEM Programs and they are requesting $2M for the educational programs supporting science technology, engineering and math.  There is money in there for the biomanufactory of training and education.  He noted that it is always a balancing act to try to keep all of those pieces together.

Senator Martin stated that he would argue even we need to make sure that we have that kind of scientific core because our biotech people need to know the fundamental sciences, how the bonding of that drug impacts how it can dock into whatever we are setting here for.  “I think we really need to make sure in fact, potentially another bullet for your web page needs to be the fundamental sciences because extension in the fundamental sciences or even communication and CHASS, these are areas that don’t traditionally fit into our mold of extension and yet as we move toward an information based economy these are going to be extremely critical and I really think this is where the comprehensive university can be advocated to the legislature.” 

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that he would suggest looking at the strategic plan he thinks is the first step.  “I have been involved with four strategic plans in my administrative career and one of the things that I did in order to help get past a lot of citizens and associated with strategic planning is that I did a little analysis of how much we have changed as a result of strategy planning.  In one-five year period we changed 20% of our programs in the college because we had a plan and every decision we made it was asked, “Is this where we want to be in five years?  Are we going to fill this position?”  We changed twenty percent of the program in five years and that is more than just normal turnovers.” 

Vice Chancellor Zuiches stated that he is sitting in on the compact discussions that the deans are having with the Provost and he is hearing those kinds of conversations from the dean that we have to fill key positions in Science and CHASS and the other colleges as part of the base that we can have a successful program in research and extension as well. 

6. Issues of Concern
Senator Martin received an issue of concern from graduate students and the Director of Graduate Studies in his department pertaining to the switch from biweekly pay to monthly.

Senator Smith stated that he attended the meeting on this issue.  Approximately 100 graduate students were in attendance.  The graduate students were respectful, disciplined, well prepared and had great questions.  Rick Liston from the graduate school portrayed a good faith attitude on the part of the graduate school to resolve the problem without harming the students and he promised the students that there would be a plan to mitigate this affect.  His presentation lasted about twenty-five minutes and then he answered questions.  He referred some questions to Human Resources. 

Senator Smith went on to address some questions from students that were not answered.  He noted that instead of a graduate student coming with $1,000 in their pocket they are going to have to come with $2,000 because they are going to have to survive an extra period of time.  Senator Smith stated that all of the graduate students presented their questions in a respectable and dignified way in spite of the fact that they were not getting many answers. 

There was one very negative thing that happened in the meeting.  With approximately 50 or 60 graduate students still there with their hands raised respectfully waiting for their chance to give input the Human Resources group got up and walked out of the meeting without listening to what the graduate students had to say.  “I have been at NC State since high school hanging around summer campus and using the library for summer programs in the Chemistry Department.  I was an undergraduate here, been an alumni and have been on the faculty here for twenty years and I have never been more ashamed of NC State than I was the moment HR walked out on fifty graduate students without listening to their input.   They put the graduate school in an unbelievable bad spot.  We have a situation in my opinion where NC State is going to have to decide if its priority is on accounting staff or 2600 graduate students and I want to introduce a resolution that I hope we can agree on.” 

Senator Smith presented the resolution for its first reading. 

Senator Hanley Bowdoin stated that her students attended the meeting and from the feedback that she received from the students, the perception was the graduate school was doing every thing they could but that HR had no respect or appreciation for graduate students and that was from the students.  

The motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules to vote on the resolution.  The motion passed unanimously.

Secretary Bruck read the resolution for its second reading. 

The resolution was voted on and passed unanimously.

Senator Brownie stated that at a recent meeting it was anticipated that 4% of faculty in the institution would be retiring within the next couple of years.  “If we are going to treat our so-called substitutes like that, do we at NC State have any concern about replacing that many faculty members who will retire in such a short period of time?

Secretary Bruck stated that he thinks that should be tabled and handed to a committee to investigate as an issue of concern at the next meeting of the Senate.

Chair Allen agreed.

7. Annual Reports
Academic Policy Committee
Course Action Procedures:  A course action form taskforce has been formed and charged to streamline the course action process.

Academic Progress Report:  The suggestion was made to automate this process such that every faculty member will be notified to file academic progress reports through TRACS at least 5 days prior to the drop-add date.

Membership in the Graduate Faculty:  A proposed revision to REG02.40.1 has been provided to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School for consideration.

Scholarships and Financial Aid, Grading and Credit-only Course Regulations:  Revisions to regulation 02.70.2 pertaining to Scholarships and Financial Aid were reviewed and approved with minor revision.

REG 02.50.3 on Grading was reviewed and it was recommended that the exemption to the +/- grading system for students enrolled prior to 1994 be removed from this regulation.

REG 02.20.15 Credit only Courses was reviewed.   No action taken, however it was suggested that there would be administrative efficiency to consolidate Pass/Fail, S/U and Credit/NC grading options.

GER Revision:  A task force has been constituted to evaluate and recommend revision to the general education requirements.  As of January 2006 seven draft proposals had been presented to the taskforce for discussion. 

Disciplinary Home for Teacher Training:  An issue regarding an initiative by the College of Education to transfer teacher education programs in English, Foreign Language and History to the College of Education, out of their disciplinary home departments, was brought to the faculty senate, and assigned to the APC for consideration.  After significant discussion there was no consensus on this matter. 

Fiscal Fitness:  Mr. Zack Adams from the student senate brought a request to the faculty senate with respect to the teaching of fiscal fitness in the general curriculum.  The APC drafted a resolution that was unanimously passed by the full Faculty Senate in support of this matter raised by the student senate.

Summer School:  The Academic Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate has collected information relating to the policies and function of summer school at NCSU in response to concerns raised from various campus units.  It is the recommendation of this committee that a standing university committee (Summer School Advisory Committee) be constituted to provide advice with respect to operation and academic matters.

Late Grades:  The registrar raised a concern regarding the increased number of grades being filed late.  Insufficient information was provided to evaluate this matter.  However, it is clear that grades can not be expected on time when a final exam is given only one or two days prior to a deadline.  In this regard, the APC affirmed the suggestion from the associate deans that we cease the practice of providing diplomas at graduation, but rather send them to graduates in the week or two following, after all grades can reasonably be obtained.

Issues for Future Consideration:

Governance Committee

REG05.50.2, Review of College Deans:  The committee helped formula a better timeline for completing these reviews of academic deans and involved more faculty “input” in the process.  This regulation was passed in early fall of 2005 by the faculty senate.

The second major assignment for the Governance Committee came from information found in the first assignment where it was noted that no formal review process was in place for the faculty to evaluate the performance of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Deans.   As this process was taking place, added to this newly forming regulation was the review of all seven Vice Provosts.  With aid from the Provost office, this regulation was completed in early spring of 2006 and passed by the faculty senate in March of this year under the title of REG.05.50.##  Review of Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs, Dean of Graduate School and Vice Provosts.

Other endeavors completed by the committee included the review of senator representatives allowed from each college, as well as a general review of the General Faculty Handbook and Bylaws.

Personnel Policy Committee

Resources and Environment Committee

Development of Centennial Campus in General and the status of the Lake Raleigh Woods:  No action was taken, but the committee reviewed the general situation. The Committee decided it had nothing to add to the resolution that the Faculty Senate passed in spring '05. Dr. Blank completed the draft of his study and submitted it to Michael Harwood (University Architect).  It is now in the hands of the Planning and Environment Committee for their review and discussion at the next meeting, end of April. Graduate Student Support Plan: The plan was referred back to the full senate. An ad-hoc committee was appointed, has investigated the situation fully, and made recommendations to the administration of the graduate school. Their report will be filed separately. NCSU's Policy on Meningitis and the Activities of the Student Health Center: Information was collected, and a full report was made to the senate. The committee found that no action was indicated on this item. The Presence of Lead-Based Paint (LBP) in University Buildings and the activities of NCSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS):  Information was collected, and a full report was made to the senate. This report is on file. The Senate indicated no action on this item. EHS did implement several changes as a result of the committee’s work, and the stairwells of 1911 Building were improved with respect to LBP. Rocky Branch Renovation: The Resources and Environment Committee (REC) met with Barbara Doll and others in the Faculty Senate Chambers on April 25 to hear a presentation concerning the three-phase Rocky Branch restoration and greenway plan. Phases I and II are complete, and Phase III is scheduled to begin soon. (Phase I is west of Dan Allen; Phase II is east of Morrill; Phase III runs from Dan Allen to Morrill.) The REC members agreed that they support restoration of Rocky Branch, as it will provide many positive benefits including stabilizing the creek; improving water quality, aquatic and wildlife habitat; integrating the creek into the campus environment; and connecting 6000 feet of greenway to Pullen Park and the City of Raleigh Greenway System. Also, NCSU will receive widespread positive recognition for this improvement.

8. Adjournment
Secretary Bruck moved to adjourn the 52nd session of the Faculty Senate.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


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