January 23, 2017 – Minutes

  1. Call to Order – The January 23, 2017 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 – approved on a Toaddy/Schelonka motion
    2. December 2016 – approved on a Crook/Murray motion
  4. Business – New Business – Updates from around the University/State.
    1. APC Updates:
      1. Numbers are up all around in housing, scholarships, etc.
      2. 2,250 target for 1st time freshmen this year.
      3. Administration is doing a letter writing campaign again for admitted students.
      4. University Research Symposium will be held on Friday, February 10th.
      5. Concurrent enrollment is now open to those outside of Tech.
      6. Health Informatics graduate program will now be available on campus as well as online.
      7. New trading room in COB.
      8. Patty McFadden from Nursing received the Nurses Touch Award (1 of 4 nationally recognized).
      9. Grad Certificate in Cyber Education was recently approved.
      10. There will be a Spelling Bee held on campus.
      11. Taylor Mack from Geography won an outstanding service award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.
      12. Students involved in experimental learning that may require insurance coverage – changes have been made.
      13. Social media is the way to go when communicating with alums.  70%+ e-mails sent were not opened/viewed.
      14. ACT 613 Hewitt’s Bill – in need of 5-7 volunteers from the Senate to give feedback that will be reported to Dr. McConathy.
      15. Faculty Forum in Alexandria on February 2nd.  Dr. McConathy has requested that each Dean have at least 2 representatives per college attend.
    2. Brief Update from Faculty Sub-Committee – Michael Swanbom – Presented slides on the topic of faculty salary analysis and further information on where Tech stands in comparison to peer institutions.
    3. Sub-Committee Work Time – The sub-committees met in order to work on the formal report due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th to the Executive Committee.
  5. Voluntary Remarks and Reminders
    1. February Meeting: Monday, February 20th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Hall 111.
    2. Nominations for F Jay Taylor Teaching Award will be taken at February’s meeting.
  6. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 5:04 p.m. by Toaddy/Syzmanski motion.