April 2, 2008
I. Call to order
The meeting was called to order at 3:30 by the Chair, Janine Parry.
II. Approval of Agenda
The agenda was approved.
III. Minutes of the fall 2007 meeting.
The minutes were approved.
IV. Roll Call
Officers: Parry, Miller, Jones, Brady
Voting Members - Ex-officio: Whayne, Looney, Bixby, Hand
Administrative Representatives: Geren
Faculty Senators: Gay, Freund, Hardgrave, Parry, Wall, Kral, Jensen, Riggs, Speigel
Staff Senators: Vaught, Lane, Erbe, Payne, Lacy, turner, Mounce, Curren, Perrodin, Williams, Yell
Student Senators: Adams, Chen, Bennie
Non-Voting Members, Ex-officio: Smith
Voting Members - Ex-officio: Rupe, Lippert
Administrative Representatives: Weidemann, Shannon, Bobbitt, Worrell, Beene, Greenwood, Saxena, Nance, McMath, Allen, Pugh
Faculty Senators: Evans, Killenbeck, Martin, Curington, Goodstein-Murphree, Rosenkrans, Murphy
Staff Senators: Clay, Blagg, Golden, Scott, MacAtee
Student Senators: Woodruff, Ford, McClellan, Burns, Miller, Winchester, Mattiza, Smith, Gilbert, Shin, Rose, tuttle, Zhang
Non-Voting Members, Ex-officio: White, Pederson, Brazzell, Gearhart, Hudson
V. Reports of Activity
a. Report of the Faculty Senate, Jeannie Whayne
- New early textbook adoption policy is in place. This legislation was developed by Sue Madison. It allows students to know sooner what books will be required for their courses and allows them to shop for possible alternative costs.
- The campus is reviewing needs for classrooms. Faculty must remain in the loop with regards classroom construction, classroom sizes, classroom technology and so on. Faculty must not be left out on any level of discussion.
- Jeff Long visited with the Faculty Senate and shared his overview of academics and athletics.
- The Provost continues to examine a uniform notification system for inclement weather on campus.
b. Report of the Staff Senate, Paul Bixby
c. Report of the ASG/Student Senate, Nate Looney
- ASG elections are underway. The newly elected will be sworn in on dead day.
- Martin Luther King Day vigil was held; worked with Black Student's Association and the Multicultural Center to create the event.
- A women's issues forum was held to allow women on campus to discuss issues of concern to them.
- The Safe Ride program and the Readership program are both expanding. In 26 weeks, there were over 9,500 riders. Readership is increasing as well.
- Recycling continues to grow on campus. The students are working with Facilities Management and the athletic department to increase recycling on campus.
- The students want to take a higher stance with higher education within the state; they want to work towards promoting higher education throughout all of Arkansas.
- The early textbook adoption policy has been helpful for students.
- The students would like to see childcare become a more accommodating factor on campus.
- Students are working with the Health Center to make excuses for health reasons more efficient.
VI. Old Business – Smoking Policy/Tobacco Use Policy – reports; see October 2007 meeting minutes
The different governing bodies on campus were asked to offer their views on the new smoking policy.
- Among on-campus residents - 54% are opposed to the policy while 46% are in favor of the policy;
- The Staff Senate is opposed to this policy;
- ASG - a proposal was put forth to oppose the policy. This proposal failed and no other action was taken;
- Faculty Senate - no action was taken.
VII. New Business
Ryan Miller announced that Senior class gifts were being put in place on campus. The 2006-2007 class had four new antique light posts added to campus; the 2007-2008 class is having a mosaic installed in the Student Union building.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:20.