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.
Chair Allen announced that there would be an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 3 p.m. The open hearings for post tenure review will be on Wednesday, May 2 in the Faculty Senate conference room.
Chair Allen congratulated and welcomed the new senators.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 14, April 10, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger shared remarks on some developments and accomplishments made by faculty and students. He also updated the senators on his trip to India.
Chancellor Oblinger congratulated Dr. Mary Schweitzer on her name being mentioned in the Economist Magazine. He was pleased that Dr. Schweitzer and NC State University were both mentioned in this very respected and widely read magazine.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that the golf course has received the naming gift from Lonnie and Carol Lynn Poole for $3.0M. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony in June on an Arnold Palmer design, eighteen-hole golf course that will represent a significant amenity on Centennial Campus.
The Capital Campaign stands at one billion, ninety million dollars.
The City Council was not in favor of the roundabouts being located at Horne and Logan Streets so they moved them down by the Bell Tower. It is projected that the work will be completed next summer and that there will be 200 additional parking spaces, streetscapes with benches and trees as well as a median to help students, faculty, and pedestrians cross Hillsborough Street.
The finishing touches are being put on the Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training Education Center. The Trustees chose to name the BTECH facility for Golden Leaf. The dedication of that facility is scheduled on September 6 at 11 a.m.
The dedication of the School of Public and International Affairs was held on March 29 with President Bowles giving the keynote address.
The College of Textiles recently received a million dollar software gift from Align-Net that will help develop future technology.
Representative Bob Etheridge and Representative Tim Holden from Pennsylvania who is the author of the “Farm Bill” were on campus to look at the ethanol work that is being done. Representative Holden was very impressed with what faculty and students are doing in the area of fuels.
Last Wednesday Chancellor Oblinger, Chancellor Moeser, David Murdock and others broke ground in Kannapolis for the Institute of Fruit and Vegetable Science. The facility is a one of a kind facility with instruments that don’t exist anywhere else in the world, said Chancellor Oblinger.
Lieutenant Governor Beverly Purdue approached the Friday Institute for Education Innovation along with the North Carolina Board of Education 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.
The Trustees were very impressed that four students from NC State received the Goldwater Scholarship. Departments represented were Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry. There were six other universities in America that had four winners, which were Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Kenyon, and North Texas.
A student from Civil Engineering will receive a Fulbright and will be going to Bangladesh to study transportation systems.
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.
Dr. Bill Swallow from the college of Physical and Mathematical Sciences will receive the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching from NC State.
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 during more than 32 years at NC State, and 36 years in coaching.
There was a very impressive article in the News 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/Upcoming Trip to China
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 time with the President of India, 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 he would be traveling to China next month. He noted that 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.
Chancellor Oblinger thanked the senators for participating in the CIO discussion. Greg Jackson and Jack McCredie were impressed with the feedback they received.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Governors has approved two new trustees and the Governor will appoint the third. Ann Goodnight, Wendell Murphy, and Richard Vaughn were bid adieu last Thursday night. 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 in lots of different ways.
Chancellor Oblinger requested a moment of silence in remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives at Virginia Tech.
During the Chancellor’s Liaison Meeting last week, student leaders and organizational leaders across the campus discussed campus safety at NC State. They talked about some things that are already in place and discussed some very sophisticated notification systems that were on order long before the incident at Virginia Tech that will enable us to do some text messaging and other things.
Chancellor Oblinger thanked Chair Allen for two years of wonderful representation during her tenure as Chair of the Faculty, not just with the trustees but also in all responsibilities of the things that the Chair of the Faculty ends up doing.
Comments from Chair Allen
Chair Allen stated that she and Chair Elect Martin wrote a letter to the Chair of the Faculty Senate at Virginia Tech and received very gracious thanks back.
Chair Allen attended a conference on Nutrition at Kannapolis and was very impressed with Mr. Murdock. She stated 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 presented outgoing Chair Allen with a chair on behalf of the Chancellor and the Alumni Association.
6. New Business
Online Course Evaluation
Senator Blair, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee stated that Provost Nielsen responded to many of the overarching faculty concerns about the online course evaluation issue and the committee thanks the Provost for his response.
The committee recommends to the Faculty Senate that it: Serves as an additional conduit of information and concerns between faculty and University Planning, and the EOTC as deems appropriate; Request that University Planning and Analysis and Evaluation of Teaching Committee (EOTC) report to the Faculty Senate annually; Review the development/evaluation process annually; Explore the larger issue of how evaluations are used across campus, not only to improve teaching, but also in RPT.
Report on Proposal for Parental Leave & Automatic Tenure Clock Extension
The Personnel Policy Committee was assigned a proposal that was submitted from the Vice Provost of Diversity and African American Affairs via Marcia Gumpertz. 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 committee had a good discussion on this issue but did not reach any firm conclusion.
6. 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
REG05.00.2 – Reasonable Accommodations in Employment
REG01.25.01 – Policy on Conflicts of Interest
Policy04.20.06 – Interpersonal Relationships Among Faculty, Staff and Students
Proposed Regulation on Mandatory Training on Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment for NCSU Employees
Proposed Revision – REG05.20.4 Post Tenure Review of Faculty
REG05.55.8 – Background Checks for Employees
Proposal – Automatic Tenure Clock Extension for Parental Leave
Senator 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 the revision will be voted on by the General Faculty in the fall.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Williams, Chair of the Resources and Environment, Committee reported that the committee addressed 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. 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
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. 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 use as the official Faculty Senate logo.
The Senators voted and Letter C 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 the meeting was moved to the brickyard.
Chair Allen made presentations to the Secretary of the Faculty, Robert Bruck, Chair Elect James Martin, and to Vernice Stevenson, Executive Assistant to the Chair.
Chair-Elect Martin adjourned the fifty-third session of the Faculty Senate at 4:50 p.m.