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Minutes of the Faculty Senate

Present:  Chair Allen, Secretary Bruck, Chair-Elect Martin, Provost Nielsen; Senators Blair, Branoff, Dawes, Evans, Fauntleroy, Fleisher, Gustke, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hudson, Jones, Kellner, Khosla, Kinsella, Muddiman, Moore, Murty, Overton, Ozturk, Raymond, Robarge, Scotford, Smith, Wessels, Williams, Yencho

Excused:  Parliamentarian Corbin

Absent:  Senators Akroyd, Anson, Banks-Lee, Culbreth, Genzer, Heitmann, Lindbo, Mulvey, Schultheis, Shamey

Visitors:  P. J. Teal, Secretary of the University; Marcia Gumpertz, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Diversity; Mary Higby Schweitzer, New Senator from MEAS; Lauren Gregg, Writer, NC State News Services; Suzanne Weiner, Librarian; Tom Miller, Professor & Vice Provost; Peggy Domingue, New Senator from Physical Education; Thomas Conway, Dean, Undergraduate Academic Program; Lee Fowler, Athletics Director; Dennis Daley, Immediate Past Chair of the Faculty

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

2.   Welcome and Announcements
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and guests.

There will be an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, April 26.

Chair Allen congratulated and welcomed the new senators. 

The open hearings for Post Tenure Review is scheduled on Wednesday, May 2 in the Faculty Senate Conference room.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 14, April 10, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4. Remarks from the Chancellor
Chancellor Oblinger congratulated Dr. Mary Schweitzer on her name being mentioned in the Economist Magazine.  He was pleased at the way Dr. Schweitzer’s name and NC State University are both mentioned in this very respected and widely read magazine.

Chancellor Oblinger shared remarks about development and things that faculty have been doing that relates to academics, research, and extension to reflect the overall mission of the university. He also mentioned athletics and some student accomplishments, and gave an update on his trip to India and upcoming trip to China. 

The golf course has received the naming gift from Lonnie and Carol Lynn Poole for $3.0M.  There will be a ground breaking ceremony in June on an Arnold Palmer design, eighteen-hole golf course that will represent a significant amenity on Centennial Campus, a significant amenity as it relates to a public golf course but at the same time taking advantage of that facility will be our world class turf grass research program.  Teaching, Extension, and Research!

The Capital Campaign stands at one billion, ninety million dollars at the end of last month.

Hillsborough Street
Chancellor Oblinger stated that the City Council was not opposed to the roundabouts but they were not in favor of the locations that we thought might serve us best at Horne and Logan so they have moved them down the street by the Bell Tower.  It is projected that once that work begins next summer they will try and finish that project during the summer and the road that comes into that area will go through the parking lot next to the old Daryl’s.  Chancellor Oblinger thinks the amenities that will be coming are 200 additional parking spaces, streetscapes that will have benches and trees across the entirety of the front door of campus as well as a median to help students, faculty, and pedestrians cross Hillsborough Street.

Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training Education Center
The finishing touches are being put on the Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training Education Center.  The Trustees decided to name the BTECH facility for Golden Leaf, who in fact, had contributed some $38M to its construction.  The dedication of that facility is going to be September 6 at 11 a.m.

The dedication for the School of Public and International Affairs was held on March 29 and some of the faculty attended.  Chancellor Oblinger stated that with some of the partnerships the school will have with the Institute for Emerging Issues under its new leadership from Anita Brown-Graham, we will do even more than we have done in the past as it relates to a lot of our disciplines in a constructive way related to public policy.  President Bowles gave the keynote address for that dedication.

Faculty continues to innovate and bring attention to NC State.  The College of Textiles has recently received a million dollar software gift from Align-Net that will help develop future technology.  The Cooperative Research Center that is dealing with non-wovens in the College of Textiles is a one of a kind operation that has attracted business and industry as well as students and faculty to our campus and this area.

Alternative Fuel Research:  If you look at the portfolio of energy research that is done on this campus, it is as broader range of energy research as anywhere in the world. 

An NC State faculty member sat with President Bush in Franklinton to talk about her work in Biological and Agricultural Engineering as it relates to biofuels. 

Representative Bob Etheridge and Representative Tim Holden from Pennsylvania, the author of the “farm bill”, were on campus to look at the ethanol work that is being done here.  Representative Holden saw what our role could be and was very impressed with what our faculty and our students are doing in the area of fuels.

Work of Dr. Ruben Carbonelle:  Report about the resin that has been developed that can filter out prions from blood, which is really cutting edge biomedical research and something that can be leveraged.

Last Wednesday Chancellor Oblinger, David Murdock, Chancellor Moeser, and some others broke ground in Kannapolis for the Institute of Fruit and Vegetable Science, predominantly the work of NC State’s faculty, students, and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences based on their expertise in Plant Biology.  The facility is a one of a kind facility with instruments that don’t exist anywhere else in the world.  Chancellor Oblinger said the work would not stay on the Kannapolis campus, that it would be distributed just the way research findings are distributed at NC State and have been since 1887 so he is very proud of the way things are shaping up in Kannapolis. 

Pioneering work across the whole frontier of fields: Lieutenant Governor Beverly Purdue approached the Friday Institute for Education Innovation along with the North Carolina Board of Education approaching NC State about being responsible for the implementation of $6.0M worth of high-speed network connectivity to all K-12 programs in the state of North Carolina. 

Four students from NC State received the Goldwater Scholarship and the areas represented were   Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry.  There were six other universities in America that had four winners, which is the maximum that one university can have.  Those institutions were Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Kenyon, and North Texas.  

One of NC State’s undergraduate Civil Engineering students received a Fulbright and will be headed to Bangladesh to study transportation systems. 

O Max Gardner
Dr. Trudy MacKay in Genetics was taken into the Royal Society last year, the equivalent in UK of the National Academy of Sciences in the US.  This year she is the recipient of the O Max Gardner Award from the Board of Governors.   Of the last eleven O Max Gardner recipients, eight of them have been from NC State.

Award for Excellence
Dr. Bill Swallow from Physical and Mathematical Sciences in the Department of Statistics is the recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Coach Yow continues to receive accolades and recognitions.  The 2007 Naismith women’s outstanding contribution to basketball went to Kay Yow for her significant impact with more than 32 years at NC State, and 36 years in coaching. 

There was a very impressive article in the New and Observer about Coach Tom O’Brien and part of the football team working with the less advantaged individuals in downtown Raleigh at a soup kitchen.  When Coach O’Brien was in Boston he was also known for giving back to the community.

Trip to India
A very small group of College Presidents traveled to India with Karen Hughes who was a communications person during President Bush’s first term.  They spent an hour with the President of India, an hour and a half with the Foreign Secretary, and more time with the Minister of Science and his cabin. 

They visited Saint Stevens College in Delhi and taped a television show with one hundred students who are headed to the US.  The students talked about opportunities that lie ahead of them and how NC State is the best in the world as it relates to what they are going to do.  Chancellor Oblinger stated that the economy there is hot and many of them are returning back to careers and job opportunities. 

There are four offices of Red Hat in India.  They were not aware that Red Hat’s International Headquarters was located at NC State University on Centennial Campus.  SAS has four offices in India and will soon have six. 

Upcoming Trip to China
Chancellor Oblinger will be traveling to China next month.  China is the second largest provider of international students with India being the largest.  India supplies more international students to NC State than any other country in the world. 

Those joining him to China on May 5 will be Dean Terri Lomax, Dean Martin-Vega, Dean Arden, Dean Solomon, and a group of partners from Wake County as well as from the Research Triangle regional partnership group.

CIO Position
Chancellor Oblinger thanked the senators for participating in the CIO discussion.  Greg Jackson and Jack McCredie were impressed with the feedback they received. 

VC for Advancement Search
The Vice Chancellor for Advancement Search will be initiated this week.  A consultant is here today taking temperatures and helping alignment at this point and time.

Board of Trustees
Chancellor Oblinger reported that two trustees have been approved by the Board of Governors:  Barbara Mulkey, an engineering graduate of NC State who runs a very successful engineering firm, and John Sall, one of the architects of the SAS organization.  “We are proud to maintain that connection because Ann Goodnight, Wendell Murphy, and Richard Vaughn were bid adieu last Thursday night and they were three really good members along with the Student Body President who worked very well.”  Chancellor Oblinger is optimistic that the new members will be wonderful additions to the board.

Also reappointed were Bob Jordan, former Lieutenant Governor of the State, and Cassius Williams, who is from out east and is in the insurance business, but knows NC State backwards and forwards in lots of different ways.

Virginia Tech
Chancellor Oblinger asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives at Virginia Tech.

The students held a vigil last Tuesday night and it was a wonderful event.  They were expecting four or five hundred people to attend and ended up with more than 1200, which included faculty, staff as well as many local graduates of Virginia Tech, including the Chairman of the Centennial Authority who was most grateful for what our students did that evening. 

Campus Safety
Chancellor Oblinger stated that there have been a variety of statements on our web site and the open letter from the Chancellor in the Technician about campus safety.  On Wednesday of last week during the Chancellor’s liaison meeting there was a discussion of campus safety here at NC State.  They discussed the items that are currently in place and the ones that are coming on line literally and figuratively.  There will be some very sophisticated notification systems that were ordered long before Virginia Tech that will enable us to do some text messaging and other things because if you’ve looked into that, the challenge at the time was how do you get in touch with all of these people.  A month prior to that, when we were doing our exercise of a derailment of toxic gas and materials between our two campuses on the tracks, we discovered within the first sixty minutes that being able to get in touch with everyone at 9 o’clock was going to be a challenge and it proved to be a challenge.  We are ready willing and able to talk with this group or groups that you have connections to outside of the Senate representation that you provide.  We have a very talented group in our campus police and they aren’t the only ones that are charged with the responsibility of thinking about safety at all levels and of all kinds and as I said in many of my statements and as you have read in other people’s statements, safety is everyone’s responsibility.  When we notified the trustees of what was happening at Virginia Tech one of our trustees called back and indicated, “but by the grace of God that could be NC State.” 

In closing, Chancellor Oblinger thanked Chair Allen for two years of wonderful representation in so many different ways of the Faculty Senate and faculty, not just with the trustees but also in all the things that the Chair of the faculty ends up doing and has the responsibility to do.  “Nina has represented us very well.  Jim Martin will do the same since he has already transitioned into that role and has done an excellent job of representing the faculty.  I ask that you join me in a round of applause for Nina Allen.” 

Chair Allen noted that she and Chair Elect Martin wrote a letter to the Chair of the Faculty Senate at Virginia Tech and received very gracious thank you back. 

Chair Allen stated that she attended a conference on nutrition at Kannapolis and was blown away by how impressive Mr. Murdock is.  She feels that it is worthy of everything NC State can do to make the Kannapolis venture a success.

5. Remarks from Lennie Barton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
Associate Vice Chancellor Barton stated that the Alumni Association is the voice of 165,000 living graduates of NC State and they are about promoting this university, in particular the academic excellence.  They are very proud of the Caldwell Scholars and that endowment was raised through the efforts of alumni.  There are approximately 120 scholars on campus.  They also provide all the faculty awards, i.e., convocation, outstanding research, outstanding teaching, and outstanding extension. 

The Alumni Association instituted a faculty picnic about three years ago that is truly a free lunch to honor and thank the faculty for their services to the university and to the students.   The picnic is held every year at the student center during the first or second week of classes.

Associate Vice Chancellor Barton stated that it has been their tradition to honor the Chair of the Faculty at the end of his or her term.  He presented Chair Allen with a chair on behalf of the Chancellor and the Alumni Association.

6. New Business
Online Course Evaluation
Senator Neal Blair stated that teaching is their profession as faculty and many faculty take the evaluation of that activity seriously.  Disruption of the evaluation process, even if it leads to improvements, must be undertaken thoughtfully.

Provost Nielsen responded to many of the overarching faculty concerns with a statement dated 3/13/07 and the Academic Policy Committee thanks the Provost for his response.  

The Committee recommends to the Faculty Senate that it:

The committee also recommends that there be standards set for acceptable levels of evaluation return.

Report on Proposal for Parental Leave & Automatic Tenure Clock Extension

The Personnel Policy Committee was assigned a proposal submitted from the Vice Provost of Diversity and African American Affairs via Marcia Gumpert.  Senator Robarge stated that it is a case where the administration is reaching out to all avenues of this campus, including faculty, for input before an attempt is made to draft a policy or a regulation. 

The proposal is that when parental leave comes up, that there be an automatic extension to the tenure clock.  The current policy on the campus is if you are expecting a child you can ask for parental leave and you can also file a request for an extension of your tenure clock, usually for a year.  Vice Provost Gumpertz reviewed that; out of the 115 cases that she documented of people asking for an extension of the tenure clock for the past four or five years, there have been eight that have been related to parental leave.  There is some concern as to why that is occurring and if this is having a negative impact on the success of female colleagues at the early stages of their career.  Senator Robarge wonders if they are being put in the position of having to decide between having a family or getting tenure.

An idea that is being proposed is that when you ask for parental leave that there be an automatic extension to your tenure clock.  This policy is in regard to that and is being solicited at this time before a proposal is drafted.  This is being circulated to the administrators as well as to the Faculty Senate. The committee had a very good discussion on this issue but did not reach any firm conclusion.

7. Annual Reports
Personnel Policy Committee
During the past academic year, the Personnel Policy Committee (PPC) of the 2006-2007 NCSU Faculty Senate has reviewed, discussed and provided detailed comments and recommendations on the following policies, regulations and proposed actions assigned to the PPC by the Chair:

REG04.20.5 – Service Animals for Persons with Disabilities
Recommendation – Accept with minor revisions.

REG05.00.2 – Reasonable Accommodations in Employment
Recommendation – Accept with minor revisions.

REG01.25.01 – Policy on Conflicts of Interest
Recommendation – provided detailed comments and suggested revisions to regulation.

Policy04.20.06 – Interpersonal Relationships Among Faculty, Staff and Students
Recommendation - provided detailed comments and suggested revisions to policy.

Proposed Regulation on Mandatory Training on Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment for NCSU Employees
Recommendation – Provided extensive comments and suggestions for revisions.

Proposed Revision – REG05.20.4 Post Tenure Review of Faculty
Recommendation – recommendation was permanently tabled by faculty senate.

REG05.55.8 – Background Checks for Employees
Recommendation – provided extensive comments/suggestions for changes in regulation.

Proposal – Automatic Tenure Clock Extension for Parental Leave
Recommendation - provided detailed comments and suggested revisions to proposal.

Senator Robarge acknowledged the members of the Personnel Policy Committee and the members of the administration for their work with the committee.

Governance Committee
Senator Paul Khosla, Chair of the Governance Committee reported that the main activity of the Governance Committee has been to review the bylaws.  The committee revised Article II, which was passed by the Faculty Senate and will be voted on by the General Faculty in the fall.

Senator Khosla thanked the administration and members of the committee for their support.

Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Williams reported that they worked on four major issues:  Centers and Institutes—they resolved that issue and received a final document.  Campus security is back on the agenda. 

The Rocky Branch III project is still being discussed. 

Another issue the committee dealt with was the resolution on the GLBT Center.  They will await the creation of the center and monitor to see if it accomplishes things that they are hoping it will accomplish. 

Academic Policy Committee
Senator Blair thanked the committee and co chair Janet Hudson for their work on the committee.

The Academic Policy Committee addressed the following items during the 2006-07 academic year:  General Education Requirements; On-line Course Evaluations; Off-campus electronic hosting of courses; MP3 policy; Creation of Department of Elementary Education; Communication and Process; Committee on intercampus transfers.

The final issue was how the Faculty Senate should deal with Student Government resolutions.  The committee discussed that at length and decided that the Senators should not place themselves in a situation of responding directly to a lot of these resolutions.  Dean Thomas Conway concluded that his office would filter the resolutions and that they would work with the students to develop better resolutions.

Chair Allen thanked all the committees for their work. 

Faculty Senate Logo
Senator Scotford created several logos (A-F) to be used as the official Faculty Senate logo. 

Letter “C” the logo with the two-color variation was chosen to serve as the Faculty Senate logo.

Provost Nielsen thanked Chair Allen for her advice and counsel during her term as Chair of the Faculty.

The fire alarm went off at approximately 4:30p.m. and Chair Allen continued the meeting in the brickyard.

Chair Allen made presentations to Dr. Robert Bruck, Secretary of the Faculty; James Martin, Chair-Elect of the Faculty; and Vernice Stevenson, Executive Assistant to the Chair.

8. Adjournment
Chair-Elect Martin adjourned the fifty-third session of the Faculty Senate at 4:50 p.m.


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