Louisiana Tech University Senate – March Minutes

Monday, March 27 at 4:00-5:00 pm, Wyly Auditorium

  1. Call to Order – The March 27, 2023 meeting of the University Senate was called to order at 4:01 p.m. in Wyly Auditorium by President, Louis Reis.
  2. Welcome – President, Louis Reis, COES
  3. Roll Call – Alicia Kimbell recorded attendance; a quorum was met
  4. Approval of February 2023 Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes was made by Joseph Williams; all approved
  5. Updates
    1. Faculty/Staff Award Nomination Responses
      1. Reviewed the list of faculty/staff nominees
        1. Faculty Award Nominations
          1. Opened the floor to senate members to make any additional nominations
          2. Motion was made by Joseph Williams/Kyle Prather to close the nominations; all approved
          3. Specialized Services and Library representatives will need to pick a college to caucus with
        2. Staff Award Nominations
          1. Everyone from the senate will vote and will choose the top three nominees from each award category
    2. Deficiency Exam Letter
      1. Posted on the University Senate Moodle page for members to review
        1. Summary letter would be sent to the Provost
        2. Shelcie Menard-Harvey and committee provided explanations of recommendations within letter
      2. Questions/concerns from senate members
        1. Corrections of typos/grammar
      3. Matt Hartmann made a motion to proceed with sending the letter to the Provost; all approved
    3. Response to Reimbursement Procedure
      1. Letter composed by senate members captures some things that are not being considered
        1. Jim Palmer and Ashley Osborne put together information comparing Louisiana Tech and other universities within the UL system.
        2. Concerns regarding communication/voice
        3. Some areas on campus have already started to implement new procedure
        4. A motion was made by Shelcie Menard-Harvey/Joseph Williams to proceed with sending this letter to Dr. Guice; all approved
    4. Announcements
      1. Guice was originally supposed to be at March senate meeting but had to attend a SACSCOC meeting at another university
        1. Will be here for the April meeting
        2. Forum will be posted on Moodle for questions to Dr. Guice
          1. No specific theme or topic
      2. SGA Meeting with University Senate
        1. Discussion on inviting student representatives from SGA to have a joint meeting with the University Senate
        2. A motion was made to conduct half of the May meeting jointly with SGA, and the remainder of meeting will be reserved for senate officer elections; all approved/no opposition
      3. Officer Elections – please let Louis Reis know if interested in any of the 4 leadership positions open for next year
    5. New Business
      1. Discussion of new technology policy
        1. Recommended by the state to remove admin rights
        2. To enhance security of university network to prevent ransomware
      2. Lack of access to COBB parking lot due to construction
  6. Adjournment – Meeting was adjourned at 4:53 p.m.