December 14, 2015
Call to Order
The December 14, 2015 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Ropp Center, Room 105, by President Patrick O’Neal.
A quorum was met. Those absent without excuse or proxy are: Yolanda Hoof, Bill McCumber, Bill Stammerjohan, Rich Mancil, Teddy Allen, Bill Davis, Bijoya Chakraborty, Lisa Merritt, and Kevin Singh.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes for October 26, 2015 and November 16, 2015 were presented for ratification; a motion to approve of the minutes as presented was made by Leland Weiss and seconded by Steven Toaddy. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
1. Guest Speaker – Dr. Terry McConathy
o Asked for volunteers to serve as participants in Survey Focus Groups • Focus Groups to meet this week
• 8 to 10 climate questions
• Institutional commitment
• Inclusion of faculty, staff, and students
• Ongoing process to affect change
2. President’s Opening Remarks
o Discuss the survey again • Dr. Guice’s concerns Validity of last year’s survey
Need for assurances of validity
Use of organizational email services
Multiple use of IP addresses
Possibility of skewed results
o Brief update of meeting with the president this a.m., with other news (Reneau appt, raises, etc.). • Dr. Dan Reneau has been appointed as Interim President for the University of Louisiana System
3. Business o Old Business
o Announce date for spring faculty/staff meeting • Motion to approve 4:00pm on March 16, 2016 was made by Ernie Rufleth and seconded by Jessica Syzmanski. Motion passed by unanimous vote.
o New Business
o Committee Working Meetings for 20-30 minutes o Other Business – None
4. Voluntary Remarks – None
5. Adjournment – A motion to adjourn was not officially made; Sub Committees worked in groups until 5:00 pm and dispersed as they completed their discussions.
Kim Barlow, Recording Secretary