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Rebecca Kneedler called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. in
Room 200 at Ruffner Hall. In attendance were Jahan Ramazani, Ed
Ayers, Janet Horne, Michael Smith, Sharon Utz, Dan Larson, Susan
McKinnon, Marguerite Lippert, Miles Townsend, Michael Williams,
Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett, Peter Low.
Ms. Kneedler welcomed everyone. Ms. Kneedler recognized Ed
Ayers, the Chair-Elect of the Senate, and Janet Horne, the Secretary
of the Senate. She also introduced the new members of the Council,
Marva Barnett and Robert Grainger. Ms. Kneedler then recognized
those who will be leaving the Council and thanked them for their past
service. Those leaving the Council are Dan Larson, Susan McKinnon
and Marguerite Lippert.
Ms. Kneedler told the Council that nominations are needed for
replacements for those whose terms are expiring on several Senate
standing committees. These committees are the Academic Affairs
Committee, the ROTC Affairs Committee and the Grievance Committee.
Nominations for members to serve on the three committees were made.
Ms. Kneedler will contact those who were nominated.
Jahan Ramazani spoke to the Council about forming a new
standing committee, envisioned in the Senate governance report but
not yet instituted: the Committee on Research and Scholarship. He
also asked the Council to consider changing the membership makeup for
this Committee. The Committee membership orginally called for
fifteen members (the membership will be twelve members). And instead
of five members being appointed by the Executive Council, four
members will be appointed. Also the following sentence will be
deleted: "The committee shall consist of three members selected from
the School of Medicine, three members from the School of Engineering
and Applied Science, three members selected from the math and science
departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and six members
selected from other schools and departments." The following sentence
will replace the preceding sentence: "The committee should be
broadly representative of the University's research interests."
Mr. Ramazani asked for suggestions for members to serve on the
Committee on Research and Scholarship. Suggestions were made, and
Mr. Ramazani will contacted those suggested.
The agenda for next year was discussed. Mr. Ramazani said
there will be a year-long initiative to enhance the intellectual
climate at the University. The Senate plans to sponsor a retreat in
September on enhancing the University's intellectual community. Some
of the issues to address are a faculty club/center; cross
disciplinary exchanges; mentoring; and the faculty/student
intellectual community. The Senate will discuss problems in these
areas and the Senate's role in creating solutions.
The group discussed possible locations for a "faculty" or
"intellectual center." It was noted that time and space are both
issues to consider in establishing a faculty club.
The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Submitted by Janet R. Horne, Secretary of the Faculty