April 26, 2021 – Minutes

  1. Call to Order – The April 26, 2021 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in Wyly Auditorium/Zoom Session by President Michael Swanbom
  2. Welcome – President, Michael Swanbom, COES
  3. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell recorded the attendees as they logged into Zoom as well as those that attended in person; a quorum was met
  4. Approval of March 2021 Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made by Louis Reis and seconded by Brandon Waits; all approved
  5. Remarks from Michael Swanbom, Senate President
    1. Discussed the upcoming faculty award nomination process as well as the nomination process for senate officers next year
    2. Remarked that it has been a great honor serving as senate president; appreciative of all the hard work from the senators this year
    3. An instructional email was sent out regarding the Roth 403B option recently
    4. It does appear that the summer salary policy change is happening
    5. There may be a one-time bonus possible for university employees
    6. Tenure clock extension may be moving forward
    7. Guice will speak at the May meeting; senators are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time in preparation for this meeting
  1. Award Nomination Process
    1. Breakout rooms were created in Zoom to represent each of the five colleges so that senate members could meet together and make nominations for the Virgil Orr Junior Faculty Award and the University Senate Chair Award
  1. Adjournment
    1. The meeting was adjourned at 5:01 p.m. on a motion by Louis Reis/Kathleen Heiden