Chairperson Joel Piperberg called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m. in Chryst 210. All departments were represented. Student President Senate Thomas Baker and Vice President Jennifer Potson attended. Two student journalists were also present.
The minutes of the meeting on June 15 were approved.
Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
Report of the Student Senate President
President Baker announced that the first meeting of the Student Senate would be held on Thursday, September 8. Two major events are planned for the Fall Semester. 1. MU Dialogue on Race will be held on October 4 and 2. MU Pride Day is scheduled for October 27. President Baker said that freshman elections were taking place. He had spoken at the freshman convocation and this semester will be writing a weekly column in The Snapper.
Report of the Graduate Student Organization No report
Reports of Administrative Officers
Provost Francine McNairy Welcomed faculty. She reiterated remarks made at Fall Convocation with regard to Scholarship Celebrations that honor faculty. She encouraged faculty to engage in discussions regarding the Honors College (see attachment).
Millersville enjoys the distinction of being the most competitive of the 14 State System Universities and the Administration hopes to maintain this competitive edge in attracting outstanding students to the University. This year, recommendations with regard to recruitment and admissions will be implemented to enhance the quality. Faculty will have a key role to play in discussions of the manner in which the ability of the University to attract students is enhanced. Efforts are also being made to increase scholarship support.
Associate Provost Stager Dr. Stager said that the process of implementing Banner continues. The degree audit is being converted to Banner. This year voice registration will be implemented (Spring). Students will be able to obtain their grades using this system. This system will be followed by Web Registration in the Fall.
In reply to a question about whether the new system would reduce the role of advisors, Dr. Stager said he hoped it would not, since he considers advisement to be extremely important.
Associate Provost Phillips said she would be working with Academic Advisement on the new equipment.
Reports of Faculty Senate Standing Committees
Honors Committee Chairperson Warmkessel said that two applications had been received for the Director of the Honors Program position. Provost McNairy has appointed Dr. Steve Miller (Department of English) as the new Director. She drew senators' attention to the series of discussions about the Honors College and encouraged faculty to participate. (see attachment)
UCPRC No report.
Faculty Emeritus An M. Warmkessel/S. Luek motion to recommend Librarianship Emeritus status for Professor Robert Coley was passed by the Senate.
Elections The Senate proceeded to committee elections. Chairperson Piperberg distributed ballots and will announce the results when these are available. Nominations for unfilled committee seats may continue until the first meeting in October and reopened as required thereafter. Elections for the Honorary Degree Committee and for the nonschool position on UCPRC were deferred until the next meeting.
A D. Hutchens motion to elect the nominees in uncontested elections was passed.
The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.