Edward Ayers, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Mr. Ayers turned
the floor over to President John Casteen.
Mr. Casteen reported on such issues as the
General Assembly action that will roll tuition back by 20% for
in-State students, seven new chairs that were established at the last
Board of Visitors meeting, and he reported that the scholarship to
children of University staff members will continue this year. He
also reported on the success of the Capital Campaign, the creation of
a special collections library, being made possible by a $10 million
gift, and the creation of a concert hall for the fine and performing
arts. There will be an internet summit at the University in
November, in addition to other programs that will take place in the
fall, to be sponsored by the Planning Commission. Mr. Casteen gave
an overview of the budget work being done by the State. The State of
the University address will be on Wednesday, April 14, Mr. Casteen
announced, and he encouraged everyone to attend.
Mr. Ayers said 244 nominations for 102
faculty members have been received for David Harrison Awards for
advising. He also announced that the Speakers Bureau is being
created. The third, and final, technology session will be held on
Thursday, April 8, Mr. Ayers announced. Mr. Ayers said he is
visiting SCHEV on April 7 to talk about the budget.
Edward L. Flippen, Chair of the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Higher Education, spoke to the Senate on how he got
involved with the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Governor's charge to
the Commission. He gave an overview of the work of the Commission,
showing slides to demonstrate general statistics for Virginia's
colleges and universities. Mr. Flippen then took questions, with
Mr. Ayers moderating.
Richard F. DeMong, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, gave the Senate an overview of the proposed new
degree program in Music, which has already been approved by the Arts
& Sciences Council, the Graduate Council, and the Academic
Affairs Committee. He asked for the Senate's approval of the program
by a show of hands. The Senate's approval was unanimous. Mr. DeMong
reported on other issues that the Academic Affairs Committee is
addressing, such as faculty/student interaction outside the classroom
and the Faculty Senate's Teaching Initiative. The Teaching
Initiative is in the second year of a three-year program.
Additionally, the Committee is working with the Honor Committee to
address concerns with the Honor System. The Honor Committee sent a
survey to faculty, with input from the Academic Affairs Committee.
The survey has received great response, Mr. DeMong said.
Louis A. Bloomfield, Chair of the Committee
on Research and Scholarship, reported on the work of that Committee.
Mr. Bloomfield reported that there are 55 faculty members already
signed up to participate in the Speakers Bureau, and it is
anticipated that the Bureau will be active in the near future. There
is also a web page and brochure being produced for the Speakers
Bureau, Mr. Bloomfield reported. Mr. Bloomfield said the Forum for
Contemporary Thought will soon have a new Director, Joshua Dienstag,
from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs.
Ed Ayers then asked for nominations for
officers of the Faculty Senate and new members of the Executive
Council. The new terms will begin on June 1, 1999. Mr. Ayers called
for nominations for Chair-Elect. Kathryn Neeley, from the School of
Engineering and Applied Science, and Patricia Werhane, from the
Darden School were nominated. Mr. Townsend, who nominated Ms.
Neeley, spoke about Ms. Neeley and why he thinks she would be a good
person to serve as Chair of the Senate in 2000/2001. Mr. Ramazani,
who nominated Ms. Werhane, spoke on her behalf.
For Secretary of the Faculty Senate, Sharon
Utz, from the School of Nursing, was nominated.
Mr. Ayers called for nominations for new
members of the Executive Council. Four new members will be needed to
replace Council members' whose terms will expire on June 1. The
James Clawson, Darden School
Stephen Gladis, Continuing
Donald Innes, Jr., Medicine
Michael Levenson, English
John Lyons, French Language &
Susan Perry, Commerce School
Houston Wood, Engineering & Applied
Sharon Utz, Nursing
An election ballot will be sent to each
elected Senator through messenger mail. Votes will be tabulated, and
the results announced in May.
Jahan Ramazani took the floor to recognize
Ed Ayers for his exemplary leadership of the Senate this past year.
Mr. Ayers received much applause and a standing ovation. Mr. Ayers
term as Chair of the Senate ends on June 1, 1999.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45
Submitted by Marva A. Barnett, Secretary of
the Faculty Senate