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August 24, 2000
Present: Patricia H. Werhane, Robert M.
Grainger, Michael J. Smith, Kathryn A. Neeley,
Rebecca D. Kneedler, Houston G. Wood, III,
Donald J. Innes, Jr., George M. Cohen, Michael
H. Levenson, John D. Lyons, William J. Kehoe,
Doris F. Glick, Peter W. Low
Patricia Werhane, Chair of the Faculty
Senate, called the meeting to order. Ms.
Werhane welcomed everyone, and introductions
The first order of business was a discussion
of the agenda for the Faculty Senate Retreat,
which is being held on Friday, September 8. The
Retreat will be held in the Commonwealth Room at
Newcomb Hall, from 12:30-4:00 p.m.
President Casteen will address the Retreat at
12:30, for approximately 20 minutes. Mr.
Casteen will speak on leadership and diversity
at the University. Faculty members will be
assigned seating at one of six or seven tables,
with at least one member of the Executive
Council at each of the tables.
The theme for the Senate this year will be
"Acts of Leadership". Earlier Faculty Senate
initiatives include Teaching Excellence,
Enhancing the Intellectual Community,
Technology, and Teaching/Research interfaces.
In addition, President Casteen has established
task forces to shape the University's future.
The Women's Leadership Council Report, the
Diversity Conference, and the Roundtables were
established and are still operative. The Faculty
Senate, with the help of the faculty, envisions
their role as one that helps keep these
initiatives and proposals alive. The Retreat
will focus on Acts of Leadership in Diversity
and Excellence at the University.
The tables will each get one of three topics
for their table discussions, and they will be
asked to discuss among themselves the topic and
try to identify acts of leadership that faculty
members may be involved in that could enhance
diversity at the University. Reports on each
of the three topics discussed will be made, and
Ms. Werhane will give the closing summary.
The Executive Council discussed the Faculty
Senate Grievance Committee, and made suggestions
for a Chair of that Committee. Ms. Werhane
agreed to follow-up on the suggestions.
The University Library staff and
administration would like faculty to consider
putting most academic journals on-line. The
Executive Council discussed the intellectual and
financial issues surrounding this possibility
and identified Karen Wittenborg, University
Librarian, and Daniel Ehnborn, the Chair of the
Library Committee, as good contacts to include
in the these discussions. All recognized the
need to gather additional information on this
subject. The Academic Affairs Committee of the
Faculty Senate will take up the issue.
Rob Grainger, Chair-Elect of the Senate, and
past Chair of the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, reported on the status of the
Garden Room initiative. The Senate would like
to see the Garden Room become a successful
enterprise and a place that serves to enhance
the intellectual community at the University.
Mr. Grainger agreed to conduct a few more
inquiries, and he will report back to the
Executive Council. In addition, the Executive
Council would like to invite Robert Fair, a
Senior Advisor at the Darden School, and Ed
Gutauskas, Director of Dining Services, to a
future meeting to discuss possible options.
The final item on the agenda was concerning
the issue of medical insurance for graduate
students. This was briefly discussed, and the
Research and Scholarship Committee of the
Faculty Senate will look more closely at the
issue and possible solutions.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Submitted by Michael Smith, Secretary of the