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DOCUMENTS AND MINUTES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
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DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL

The Minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of September 21, 1998, published below, are included in its Documents and Proceedings. They are also included in the Documents and Minutes of the General Faculty for the information of the members.

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty


MINUTES OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
SEPTEMBER 21, 1998

The first meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 1998-1999 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, September 21, 1998, at 2:15 p.m.

ATTENDANCE.

Present : Patricia A. Alvey, Katherine M. Arens, Efraim P. Armendariz, Neal E. Armstrong, Victor Arnold, Jay L. Banner, Joseph J. Beaman, Carolyn P. Boyd, William D. Carlson, Richard A. Cherwitz, Richard L. Cleary, Alan K. Cline, Jere Confrey, Robert M. Crunden, Patrick J. Davis, Edwin Dorn, Robert A. Duke, John R. Durbin, Catharine H. Echols, Larry R. Faulkner, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Alan W. Friedman, Susan H. Gamel, Teresa Garcia, John C. Gilbert, Denise Gobert, Linda L. Golden, Stuart L. Goosman, Edmund T. Gordon, Lawrence S. Graham, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Thomas A. Griffy, E. Glynn Harmon, Roderick P. Hart, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, Annie L. Holand, Sharon H. Justice, Manuel J. Justiz, Terry D. Kahn, Kerry A. Kinney, H. Paul Kelley, William J. Koros, Michael L. Lauderdale, Steven W. Leslie, Brian P. Levack, William S. Livingston, Vincent A. Mariani, Cynthia Marshall, Reuben R. McDaniel, Jr., Stephen A. Monti, Lisa L. Moore, David A. Nancarrow, Dean P. Neikirk, Kimberly Nixon, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Randall M. Parker, Shelley M. Payne, Johnnie D. Ray, Wayne A. Rebhorn, Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza, Gretchen Ritter, Daron K. Roberts, Jaclyn Y. Roberson, Harriett D. Romo, Thomas D. Russell, M. Michael Sharlot, Lawrence W. Speck, Michael P. Starbird, Ben G. Streetman, Alexa M. Stuifbergen, Teresa A. Sullivan, Michael C. Tusa, James W. Vick, Bruce Walker, Karin G. Wilkins, Stacie C. Wright.

Absent : Urton L. Anderson (excused), Joel W. Barlow (excused), Harold W. Billings (excused), Roger T. Bonnecaze, Ann Cvetkovich (excused), John S. Dzienkowski, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, G. Charles Franklin, Karl Galinsky (excused), James D. Garrison, Julie Hallmark (excused), Thomas M. Hatfield, J. Parker Lamb (excused), Desmond F. Lawler (excused), Richard S. Markovits (excused), Robert G. May (excused), Thomas G. Palaima (excused), Theodore E. Pfeifer, Robert A. Prentice, Mary Ann Rankin, Charles A. Roeckle, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands (excused), James Sidbury (excused), Chandler W. Stolp (excused), Owen R. Temple, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White (excused).
Voting Members: 60 present 17 absent 77 total
Non-Voting Members: 19 present 11 absent 30 total
Total Members: 79 present 28 absent 107 total


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Chair Shelley M. Payne (Microbiology) opened the meeting with a brief ceremony for the placement of the Mace of Authority, or Presidential Mace, which remained on display throughout the meeting. The mace had begun a tour of University facilities on September 15, the University's one hundred fifteenth anniversary. The tour ended on October 6 at an academic convocation in Bass Concert Hall, at which Donald L. Evans, Chair of the Board of Regents, presented the mace to President Larry Faulkner to symbolize Faulkner's assumption of the leadership of the University.

I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D&P 16896-16910).

The Secretary's written report had been distributed in advance as D&P 16896-16910.

Secretary John R. Durbin made several remarks about items on the Faculty Council web site, including an updated membership list and a new link to faculty memorial resolutions. He also expressed the hope that in the spring the faculty elections would be conducted electronically through use of the web.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting of May 11, 1998 (D&M 22483-22484/D&P 16913-914) and Minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 11, 1998 1998 (D&M 22487-22493/D&P 16915-16921). (APPROVED)

The Minutes of the special meeting of the 1998-99 Faculty Council on May 11, 1998, (D&M 22483-22484/D&P 16913-914) and the ninth regular Meeting of the 1997-98 Faculty Council, also on May 11, 1998, (D&M 22487-22493/D&P 16915-16921) were approved as distributed by voice votes.

III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT

A. Comments by the President.

President Larry Faulkner invited members to an address outlining his vision for the University, to be given at the academic convocation on October 6. The convocation was preceded by a symposium on the future of Texas and on the impact that future could have on the University.

The President said he was delighted that Sheldon Ekland-Olson, currently Dean of Liberal Arts, had agreed to serve as the University's Provost, beginning November 1. He offered his best wishes to Edie Oldenberg of the University of Michigan, who had withdrawn as Provost-elect due to a health problem. He also thanked Steve Monti for his leadership as Provost ad interim.

B. Questions to the President — None.

IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Payne thanked President Faulkner for continuing to seek faculty input throughout the search for a new Provost.

She emphasized that although greater use was being made of the web to speed communication and save on printing and mailing, printed copies of documents were available upon request from the Office of the General Faculty.


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  Payne then turned to a report from that day's Austin American-Statesman on the new University Club and the contract between the University and ClubCorps, the managers of the club. She said that members of the Faculty Council had been consulted on the contract, and that several members of the faculty would serve on the governing board of the club. She then asked Patricia Ohlendorf (Vice President for Administration and Legal Affairs) to comment on the contract.

Ohlendorf said the American-Statesman's report had not been completely correct. In particular, the University would not reimburse ClubCorps for its $2.6 million investment in the club. That investment, as well as the $1.5 million investment by the University, would be recouped from income over the fifteen years of the contract. She also said the University's investment was from gift funds of the athletics department. Forty percent of the University's income will go the University's libraries, and the remaining sixty percent, from which the payments on the $1.5 million investment is to come, will go to the athletics department.

Alan Cline (Computer Sciences) asked if a guaranteed return to the University, which had originally been discussed, had been removed from the contract. Ohlendorf replied that it had not been removed; that there was a guarantee for each year of the contract.

Moving to other items, Chair Payne said issues relating to health insurance, the role of lecturers, and a proposed statewide core curriculum had been referred to the appropriate standing committees. She expressed the hope (shared, usually in vain, by all former chairs of the Faculty Council and Faculty Senate) that committees would report early in the year to allow for full debate and action.

V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT — None.

VI. SPECIAL ORDERS — None.

VII. PETITIONS — None.

VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.

IX. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

A. Report on the Capital Campaign.

Vice President for Development Johnnie Ray reported to the Council on the University's capital campaign.He began by emphasizing that the campaign is about academic excellence and the impact it can have on society. It is about fulfilling the University's role as a flagship institution, and about being one of the top ten public universities in the nation today, and, with the impetus and resources from the campaign, moving into the top five tomorrow.

Ray said that a university's reputation is based on the quality of its faculty, and, ultimately, on how that contributes to our economy and culture and improves the quality of our lives. Distinguished faculty attract outstanding graduate students and raise the caliber of the undergraduate programs. Therefore, increasing the number of faculty endowments, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate scholarships will be central to the campaign. This is to be accompanied by a plan that will lead to distinctive academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities.

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  Ray said that the administration has worked from vision statements prepared by the academic deans. This has led to a foundation for the capital campaign with eight overarching themes: health, the environment, economic development, globalization, information technology, the arts and humanities, service, and emerging frontiers of research.

He pointed to the sobering fact that, to raise one billion dollars over seven years, the University must realize, on average, gifts or pledges of 391,000 dollars every day. He discussed the organization and plans for trying to reach this goal. Finally, he made clear that he and other members of the Development Office staff are available to explain the campaign to schools, colleges, and other groups, and how the members of the University community can help the campaign to succeed.

[Secretary's remark: The complete text of Vice President Ray's remarks, as well as an audio tape and transcript of the other items on the agenda, is available in the Office of the General Faculty.]

X. NEW BUSINESS — None.

XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS — None.

XII. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR — None.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 12, 1998. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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