November 10, 2014

1. Call to Order:  

The November 10, 2014 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Ropp Center, Room 105, by President Michael Swanbom.

2.  Roll Call:  Sandi Richardson

Senators absent from the meeting and without excuse or proxy: Andrew Cline and Jamie Hancock.

3.  Approval of Minutes:  October 2014

The October minutes will be presented for approval at the December meeting.

4. Old Business

  • Award Stipend: The 2014 senate awards are being processed and are scheduled to be paid on the November 2014 check.
  • Survey results update:
    • Survey will be “sanitized” and presented to Dr. Guice in early December
    • Survey was never destined for publication, but was to be used as a guidance tool
  • Online teacher evaluations:
    • Senate concerns were given to Dr. McConathy and a response is forthcoming.
  • Social Media Policy
    • Many comments were discussed regarding the social media policy as written. In the end, a motion of non-support for the policy as drafted was made by Bill Stammerjohan and seconded by Jeff Yule.
    • It was suggested that a joint committee consisting of University Senate members and a representative assigned by Dr. Guerin be formed to resolve the major policy issues. Vote was unanimous.

5. New Business/Announcements:

  • Hotel Planner
    • How did this mandate come to pass?
    • How did LSU “opt-out” or receive exemption from using this tool.
    • SE University Senate rep, Tammy Toups, stated their senate passed a resolution to formally object to the use of Hotel Planner
    • Attempt will be made to trace the public record to discover how the mandate to use Hotel Planner was approved.
  • Standing Committees
    • Policy #1302 (constitution for the University Senate) was reviewed
      • Key functions of the senate were discussed:
      • New business should be presented though committee
      • All senators should be a part of a standing committee
      • Communication with stakeholders should be built into the committee structure for effectiveness
      • Committee work should be assigned according tot he senate’s responsibilities
      • Institutional memory should be maintained (extend term of service for officers?)
  • Dr. Guice will address the Senate at the December 15 meeting.

6. Voluntary Remarks:


7. Adjournment:  A motion to adjourn was made by Ernie Rufleth and seconded by Bill Stammerjohan. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Sandi Richardson, Recording Secretary