December 19, 2016 – Minutes

  1. Call to Order – The December 19, 2016 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in University Hall, Room 111, by President Julie Rutledge.
  2. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell – A quorum was met.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    1. October 2016 – postponed until January meeting
    2. November 2016 – approved on a Schelonka/Rufleth motion
  4. Guest Speaker – Dr. Stan Napper, Vice President for Research and Development
    1. Presented ways to overcome the grand challenges that are faced in reference to Theme 3 of the University Strategic Plan.  Dr. Napper discussed using the Research Centers as ways of communicating to alumni, potential donors, and prospective students about the strengths of the university.  He also discussed the purpose/initiatives for developing innovation solutions and performing basic, applied, and traditional research as well as the potential challenges that are faced in preparing leader for the future.
    2. All colleges can contribute to this initiative by learning about the current research in other areas on campus as well as hiring new faculty that already have an established network.
  5. Business – New Business – Updates from around the University.
    1. APC Updates:
      1. Housing applications have increased by over 100 from last year at this time.
      2. Mississippi has recently lowered out of state tuition rate.
      3. Research Office is updating Human Subjects Guidelines and the process for subcontracts.
      4. Reminder that Who’s Who applications and interviews are coming up.
    2. ALFS Updates:
      1. Faculty Forum will be held in Alexandria on Thursday, February 2nd (all day).  The date is firm and faculty attendance is encouraged.
      2. Four universities have applied and were told no on exemptions for raises.
      3. Expecting a $12 million budget cut.  There is also an estimated $200 million shortfall for next year.
      4. Two year plan to make open source text material mandatory and make bound textbooks a thing of the past.
      5. Increase high school to college partnerships through Dual Enrollment.
    3. Sub-Committee Work Time – The Sub-Committees not formally meet due to time limitations.
  6. Voluntary Remarks and Reminders
    1. January Meeting: Monday, January 23rd, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Hall 111
    2. After January’s meeting, the Executive Committee is requesting a formal report from each sub-committee by January 24th at 5:00 p.m. in order to move forward in closing the loop on these initiatives by the end of the academic year.
  7. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m. by a Murray/Schelonka motion.