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1.  Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the eighth 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.

3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 7, November 21, 2006
The minutes were approved unanimously. 

4. Provost Nielsen’s Remarks
Provost Nielsen announced that the Carnegie Commission formed a task force to decide how they would classify institutions based on their outreach capabilities.  A large report was submitted from NC State.  There were 62 universities across the country that achieved the top classification of being engaged universities both on the curricula level and on the community outreach level.

Provost Nielsen introduced Pattie Clayton, Director of the Service Learning Program that is currently housed in the Provost’s Office.

5.  Establishment of a Center for Excellence in Service Learning
Pattie Clayton, Director of the Service Learning Program explained that her presence is one in a series of conversations with groups across campus as part of a visioning process for what service learning might look like to fulfill its potential on this campus. 

The program is now in its eighth year and has a network of inner institutional partners as well as campus collaborators. The program is staffed by a full time director and an associate director and is now an independent program in the office of the Provost.

The Service Learning Program is working closely with Provost Nielsen to explore and capitalize on the power of service learning as a way to advance multiple institutional priorities. 

6.  Rocky Branch Restoration, Phase III
Barbara Doll, Water Quality Specialist with the Sea Grant Program reported that she has been on a mission to make people aware of the campus creek and to improve its quality.

Rocky Branch Creek runs through the heart of the campus.  The final phase is going to be the connecting segment of the project, which runs from Dan Allen Drive to just below Morrill Drive.  This is the toughest part of the project because it involves an intensely developed part of the campus. 

In addition to restoring the creek they are building a greenway trail adjacent to the creek.  The City of Raleigh is currently building the connection of that greenway up to Western Boulevard so it will be tied into the city’s greenway system. 

 Draft Resolution on Rocky Branch Restoration, Phase III

A motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules to pass the resolution after the first reading. 

The motion passed unanimously.

Senator Williams introduced the resolution on Rocky Branch Phase III for its first reading.

The resolve states:  The Faculty Senate of North Carolina State University supports the Rocky Branch Creek Restoration Project, Phase 3 and urges that it be absolved from the requirement to replace parking spaces taken by the restoration

After much discussion, a motion was made and seconded to accept the resolution.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion was made and seconded to reinstate the rules.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to reinstate the rules.

8.  Textbook Discussion
John Mickey from the Student Senate presented resolution 49 on Timely Textbook Adoption Act as passed by acclamation from the Student Senate. 

John requested that the Senate be added as a signatory to the resolution.

Secretary Bruck moved approval of the resolution by the Faculty Senate. 

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.

9.  Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Alton Banks, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning gave a brief history of the center and introduced his three assistant directors.

Dr. Banks stated that the FCTL offer a number of services that are accessible from your computer and they will also come to classrooms to work with small groups of students.  There are limited funds available that faculty can use to support teaching efforts to improve their course or a series of courses. 

10.  Issues of Concern
Senator Heitmann raised an issue of concern regarding joint appointment faculty members.

Chair Allen assigned the issue to the Personnel Policy Committee.

11.  Old Business

Regulation on Centers and Institutes
Senator Williams moved approval of Regulation 10.10.4

The motion was seconded and the regulation was unanimously approved.

12. New Business
Chair Allen received a letter from a faculty member requesting that the Senate support the proposal for a Gay and Lesbian Center. 

Chair Allen assigned the issue to the Resources and Environment Committee.

13.  Adjournment
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

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