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November 14, 1997
Jahan Ramazani, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the meeting to
order at 12:10 in the President's Conference Room in Madison Hall. In
attendance were Edward Ayers, Rebecca Kneedler, Janet Horne, Michael
Smith, Sharon Utz, Miles Townsend, Patricia Werhane, Michael
Williams, Robert Grainger, Marva Barnett, Benjamin Ray, and Peter
Low. Julian Connolly and Susan McKinnon, both members of the Faculty
Senate Committee on Research and Scholarship, were also in
Mr. Ramazani welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mr. Ramazani
recognized Susan McKinnon and Julian Connolly, who attended the
meeting to discuss the preliminary report of the Research and
Scholarship Committee and the work being done by the Committee.
Ben Ray commented on the Colonnade Club's renovation and asked if
the Research and Scholarship Committee might work with those who are
coordinating the renovation process. Peter Low said Shirley Menaker,
Associate Provost for Academic Support, is working with those who are
in charge of the Colonnade Club renovation. It was suggested that
someone should work with the Colonnade Board of Governors to explore
how the Club can better meet faculty needs.
The Council had a discussion on how such projects as a possible
faculty center could be funded. Some suggestions made were faculty
fees (membership), private funding, and State funding. Another
suggestion for raising funds was to have faculty raise funds and
approach a possible donor to match those funds.
The topic of "Programming," which is in the preliminary report,
was discussed. The Research and Scholarship Committee is exploring
the idea of University-wide seminar series, possibly to be sponsored
by the Faculty Senate, which will utilize University talent. This
could be in the form of chair-holder lectures. It was suggested that
perhaps the Research and Scholarship Committee could meet with the
deans of the various schools to get their input on this initiative.
The Executive Council will vote at its next meeting on whether to
endorse the Research and Scholarship Committee's report.
The Executive Council reviewed an off-Grounds degree program
proposal, "Master of Arts in Chemistry." Contingent upon the approval
of the Arts & Sciences Curriculum and Education Policy Committee,
the Executive Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal.
Ryan Nelson, a member of the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, resigned because of other commitments. Mr. Ramazani
called for a vote for Kenneth Schwartz, from the School of
Architecture, to serve on that Committee. The Executive Council voted
unanimously for Mr. Schwartz.
Mr. Ramazani called for nominations for a replacement for John
Redick, who has resigned from the Faculty Grievance Committee.
Nominations were made, and Mr. Ramazani will follow-up.
Other issues discussed were the Cavalier Daily article regarding a
proposed University requirement that all students have a computer,
and Faculty Senate co-sponsorship of the University Library's exhibit
The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
Submitted by Janet Horne, Secretary of the Faculty Senate