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January 16, 1998
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting
to order at 2:00 p.m. in Newcomb Hall, Room 389. In attendance were
Edward Ayers, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet Horne, Michael Smith, Sharon
Utz, Miles Townsend, Michael Williams, Robert Grainger, Marva
Barnett, Benjamin Ray, David Gies, Peter Low, Robert Reynolds.
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone. He then recognized Marva
Barnett, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Junior Faculty Development
and Retention, which is a subcommittee of the Academic Affairs
Ms. Barnett distributed a draft report developed by her
committee. The group read the report, and comments and suggestions
were made. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet on Monday,
January 19, to review and discuss the report. Ms. Barnett will
revise the document, incorporating suggestions made by the Executive
Council and the Academic Affairs Committee, and she will send it to
the Executive Council for review. The Executive Council may send
comments via e-mail to the Junior Faculty Development and Retention
Subcommittee (email@example.com). Mr. Ramazani thanked Ms.
Barnett for the work being done by the Subcommittee.
The next order of business was a discussion of a document that
President Casteen has asked the Executive Council to review. Mr.
Casteen requested that the Council offer its advice. The document is
the "Proposal for the Development of the Center for Multi-Ethnic and
Cultural Affairs of the University of Virginia." Rebecca Kneedler,
who was a member of the task force that developed the document, gave
an overview of the work of the task force.
Mr. Ramazani asked Ben Ray to lead the discussions of the
document. The Council discussed the document and noted some
concerns. Mr. Ramazani also noted concerns expressed to him by the
Faculty Senate members of the task force. Mr. Low and Mr. Ramazani
will convey the Executive Council's thoughts to Mr. Casteen.
The Executive Council discussed the issue of requiring
first-year students to have a computer by the Year 2000, and some
issues regarding "integrated systems" in administrative computing
were also discussed. Peter Low suggested that Polley McClure, Vice
President and Chief Information Officer, should be invited to a
future meeting or meetings to discuss issues involving required
computers for first-year students and issues involving administrative
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate