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September 16, 1998
Present: Louis Bloomfield, Paul Cantor, Julian Connolly, Susan
Perry, Kenneth Schwartz, Martha Snell, Houston Wood, Edward Ayers
Lou Bloomfield, Chair of the Committee on Research and
Scholarship, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m., in the Board
Room at Newcomb Hall.
The Committee members introduced themselves. The proposed fall
meeting schedule was discussed, and it will be e-mail to the
Committee members for their review.
Mr. Bloomfield discussed the opening of the new Garden Room, and
the letter that went to all faculty announcing the opening. He
encouraged publicity and participation to ensure the Garden Room's
success. The Garden Room is opened to faculty, staff, graduate
students and invited undergraduates.
The Committee discussed the new Alderman Cafe, which opened on
September 1, 1998. The Alderman Cafe seems to be successful. It was
noted that the cafe is closed from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., and it was
expressed that the hours probably should be extended. Mr. Bloomfield
will contact Linda Lester to discuss this issue.
The Committee needs two additional members. Suggestions were
made, and Ed Ayers, Chair of the Faculty Senate, will contact those
suggested and ask if they are willing to serve on the Research and
The Committee had a discussion regarding the status of the Forum
for Contemporary Thought. Mr. Ayers showed the group a poster,
which announces the fall schedule for the Forum. Mr. Bloomfield will
request a schedule, and he will e-mail it to the Senators, asking
that they forward it to their colleagues.
The next item on the agenda was a discussion of the status of the
desktop computer initiative. Mr. Ayers gave a brief history of the
ITC Desktop initiative. He said ITC is forming a small, short-lived,
committee to review the issues. Mr. Bloomfield said Houston Wood and
Julian Connally have agreed to serve on this committee. Mr. Ayers
and Mr. Bloomfield will also serve on the committee.
Mr. Bloomfield distributed a draft of a working document, which
outlines permanent activities and an annual theme for the Research
and Scholarship Committee for the upcoming year. He asked the
Committee for comments and suggestions. One initiative the document
suggests is a "Life of the University Lecture Series." This
initiative is not directly a part of the Forum for Contemporary
Thought. It is envisioned to be a series of local speakers
describing life in their parts of the University, intended to foster
understanding and a sense of community across the University. Some
of these speakers could be new or ongoing Chair holders. Perhaps
four Chair holders could be identified over the course of a year,
with maybe two Chair holders speaking at the same lecture series.
Also envisioned is a "Faculty Speakers Bureau," an outreach to
people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, initially involving members
of the Faculty Senate, but eventually broadening to the entire
faculty. Talks should be posted on the web with background
information on the faculty member that is giving the talk. It was
suggested that a common form might be created for faculty members to
complete, which would be posted on the web. The Faculty Speakers
Bureau will be discussed at a future Executive Council meeting, and
it will be announced to the Faculty Senate at the October 8 Senate
The second part of the distributed document was discussed, this is
the "Annual Theme - Year One: Information Technology. Part of this
annual theme would involve a series of local speakers, consisting of
faculty, staff, and students, describing information technology
projects underway at the University. Mr. Ayers suggested that this
could be incorporated into the Forum, and sponsored by the Faculty
The Committee then discussed ways to get information from the
faculty regarding their opinions on the development of information
technology at the University. The Committee feels that the Senate
should conduct an open-ended survey of faculty, staff, and students
to get an idea of what problems, expectations, and plans people have
for information technology. Mr. Ayers will develop a draft for the
Committee's review, which will be sent to the Senate via e-mail,
asking for comments.
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.