Call to Order – The May 20, 2019 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:02 pm in COBB, Room 221, by President Michael Swanbom.
Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell called roll; a quorum was met.
Approval of April Minutes – A motion was made and was approved by the Senate body.
President Guice: Remarks and Q & A
Thanked the Senate members for their work in bringing forward policy ideas this year
Gave updates regarding repair efforts in response to tornado damage
Governor visited campus earlier today to assess progress
Working to determine the best options for damaged athletic areas
Discussed positive movement forward on campus such as roofing projects, ADA accessibility for sidewalks, and a/c repair for A.E. Phillips
Mentioned the success of Giving Day, the $125 million dollar campaign to help Tech move forward
Around $450,000 was raised for disaster relief
Thanked senate members for their participation in this initiative
Senate members asked Dr. Guice additional questions as time permitted
Voting for Award Recipients
Senate members voted for F.J. Taylor, Virgil Orr, University Senate Chair, and the classified and unclassified staff awards
Paper ballots were immediately tallied by Laura Gentry, Alicia Kimbell, and Lynne Nielsen
Winners will be announced at the Fall Faculty/Staff meeting held in September
Review of Senate’s ’18-’19 Accomplishments and Vision for ’19-’20
President Swanbom shared updates on this year’s Senate initiatives including salary adjustment letter, UNIV 289A course, overload pay adjustment request, professorships for promoted faculty, and the adjusted office hours memo
Discussed the role of the Senate going forward into the ’19-’20 academic year in regards to policy changes for the university, interest in pursuing some assistance in the cost of parking decals for staff, and some type of “relief program” for the University Senate President
Electing Senate Officers for 2019-2020
Voting took place by paper ballot and was counted immediately by Laura Gentry and Alicia Kimbell. No need for a run-off.
Those holding officer positions for the ’19-’20 academic year include:
Michael Swanbom – President
Lynne Nielsen – Vice-President
Nina Collum – Treasurer
Jonathan Walters – Parliamentarian
Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 4:56 p.m.