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University Senate Meeting Minutes

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY SENATE

Volume 22                  March 18, 2013                   Number 7

1. Call to Order:  

The March 18, 2013 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Ropp Center, Room 105, by President Larry Jarrell.

2.  Roll Call:  Sandi Richardson

Senators absent from the meeting and without excuse or proxy:  Donny Crowe, Kate Perot, Jessica Schrom, Michael Swanbom, and Sarah Vance.

3.  Adoption of Agenda:

A motion to accept the agenda was made by Jeff Pike and seconded by Selwyn Ellis; the agenda was approved without change.

4.  Adoption of Minutes:  February 2013

A motion to accept the February 2013 minutes was made by Marilyn Robinson and seconded by J Bennett; the minutes were approved without change.

5. Special Guest Speakers: Chief Randal Hermes and Assistant Chief Bill Davis

Chief of Police, Randal Hermes, addressed Senator inquiries about the current parking sticker process adopted by Louisiana Tech University

  • Many questions regarding the merits of the existing parking sticker system vs a proposed hang-tag parking system were discussed citing pros and cons of each.
  • Pros of the existing sticker system:
    • No budget strain for start-up expense
    • 3-Day rule for multiple vehicles
    • Allows tracking of who is on the campus for security reasons
    • Low risk of counterfeiting 
  • Cons of existing sticker system:
    • No on-line renewal
    • Difficult to obtain multiple stickers for alternate vehicles
  • Hang-tag system Pros:
    • May be switched from vehicle to vehicle
  • Cons of hang-tag system:
    • Start-up expense
    • Penalty if tag is not properly displayed (easy to forget in alternate vehicle)
    • Easy to counterfeit
    • More difficult to track who is on campus
  • 3-Day rule explained:
    • Rule only applies to those persons having a valid parking permit
    • Valid permit holder (VPH) may obtain "forgiveness" for a ticket when the 3-day rule is in force
    • Scenario #1: Three tickets over three consecutive days
      • VPH brings a vehicle without a parking sticker onto the campus and receives a parking ticket, this counts as day #1. Fill out the back of the ticket with name and comment "alternate vehicle," and the ticket will be forgiven and removed from record.
      • VPH brings non-sticker vehicle back on campus the next consecutive day and also receives a parking ticket, this counts as day #2. Again, fill out the back of the ticket with name and comment "alternate vehicle," and the ticket will be forgiven and removed from record.
      • VPH brings non-sticker vehicle back on campus the third consecutive day and again receives a parking violation, this counts as day #3 and subsequent violations will be at metered cost. Go to the ticket office and get a temporary permit at a cost of $2/2-weeks.
    • Scenario #2: One ticket then skip a day
      • VPH brings a vehicle without a parking sticker onto the campus and receives a parking ticket, this counts as day #1. Fill out the back of the ticket with name and comment "alternate vehicle," and the ticket will be forgiven and removed from record.
      • VPH brings non-sticker vehicle back on campus the next consecutive day and does NOT receive a parking ticket. The count resets to Day Zero and everything begins again.
      • This can continue indefinitely so long as the VPH does not receive tickets on three consecutive days. The key word is CONSECUTIVE.
  • While it is possible for faculty/staff to obtain additional vehicle parking stickers, the process is still a bit cumbersome. Chief Hermes is working on how to make the acquisition of multiple blue stickers easier. When a faculty/staff member has a student attending Louisiana Tech, at this time, Chief Hermes must verbally approve the purchase of the multiple stickers.
  • Purchasing parking decal renews online is currently being explored.
  • Homer Street continues to be the property of the City of Ruston, and as such, cannot be designated as either student or faculty. Traffic violations on Homer Street are worked by Ruston Police Department.
  • Bill Davis showed the extensive camera system newly installed around the Louisiana Tech campus. The new cameras have stunning clarity and some also capture voice.

6. Old Business: 

  • Benefits Committee: Dr. O'Neal reported he will speak to the April APC meeting regarding the child-care issues and will report findings back to the Senate body in April 2013.

7. New Business

  • February budget report discussed: LaToya Pierce
    Senators were asked to approved the withdrawal of current CD's to continue to have operating funds for the 2013-14 fiscal year. A motion was made by J Bennett and seconded by Nicole Duet to withdraw $5000 from the current CDs and then purchase new 12-month certificates of deposit from Community Trust Bank with the balance.
  • Reports from Committees:
    • Technology committee: Michael Swanbom, liaison
      • Nothing to report
    • Benefits committee: J Bennett, liaison, Patrick O'Neal, Chairman
      • Nothing to report
    • Policies and Procedures committee: Marilyn Robinson, liaison
      • Nothing to report
    • Campus Quality of Life committee: Julie Holmes, liaison
      • Senators were polled to determine how much money oculd be used for the Ruston Forum. It was proposed that approximately $280 be allocated for refreshments and $200 for speaker gifts. A motion was made by J Bennett and seconded by Nicole Duet to accept these figures.
  • F. J. Taylor nominees (voting in April 2013).( Review packets here.)
    • Tammy Schilling
    • Stan McCaa
    • Brad Cicciarelli
    • Dawn Ericksen (withdrawn)
    • Frank Hamrick
    • Joe Pullis (withdrawn)
  • A vote was taken to determine if the University Senate would purchase a gift for Dr. Daniel Reneau. The vote was unanimous in favor of a gift to be presented at the May 2013 meeting. A temporary Committee consisting of Larry Jarrell, Kim Barlow, and Sandi Richardson was formed to decide what gift to purchase.

9. Voluntary Remarks:

None

10. Adjournment:  A motion to adjourn was made by J Bennett and Jean Gourd; the meeting adjourned at 5:14 p.m.

Sandi Richardson, Recording Secretary


OmniUpdate

Officers

President
Michael Swanbom
Engineering and Science
318-257-3908
mswanbom@latech.edu

Vice President
Patrick O'Neal
Engineering and Science
318-257-5235
poneal@latech.edu

Treasurer
Dave Merchant
Professional & Workforce Development
318-257-4433
davidm@latech.edu

Parliamentarian
Lisa Merritt
Liberal Arts
318-257-2377
lisa@latech.edu

Secretary
Sandi Richardson
College of Business
318-257-3702
sandir@latech.edu

Ex-Officio President
Heath Tims
Education
318-257-3770
htims@latech.edu

Representative
Ernie Rufleth
Liberal Arts
318-257-5500
erufleth@latech.edu

Representative
Julie Rutledge
Applied and Natural Sciences
318-257-4456
rutledge@latech.edu

Representative
Colin Wick
Engineering and Science
318-257-2345
cwick@latech.edu

Representative
Rich Mancil
Education
318-257-2045
rmancil@latech.edu

Representative
Bill Stammerjohan
College of Business
318-257-3828
wstammer@latech.edu

Representative
Boris Teske
Prescott Library
318-257-2992
teskeb@latech.edu

Representative
Justin Kavalir
Specialized Services
318-257-2325
jkavalir@latech.edu


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