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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY FOR 2010-2011

Following are the minutes of the General Faculty meeting of Monday, January 23, 2012.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY FOR 2011-2012

The regular meeting of the General Faculty for the academic year 2011-12 was held on Monday, January 23, 2012, at 2:15 p.m. in the Main Building, Room 212. President William C. Powers Jr. presided over the meeting. After calling the meeting to order, the president invited Secretary Sue Greninger (human development and family sciences) to present the minutes of the previous meeting held February 14, 2011.

I.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

Secretary Greninger asked if there were any corrections to the minutes. Since there were none, she called for a vote to approve the minutes as posted. The minutes of the 2010-11 regular meeting of the General Faculty, which was held on February 14, 2011 (D 8622-8623), were unanimously approved by voice vote.

II.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL, 2010-2011.

Secretary Greninger presented an overview of the annual report, which was published as D 8816-8848 and posted on the Faculty Council website, noting that there were a few items of major legislation, as well as some resolutions. Resolutions approved by President Powers pertained to faculty involvement in budget issues and the use of firearms on campus, an issue the General Faculty also addressed in a letter to Chancellor Cigarroa. Another resolution was a vote of confidence for President Powers.

Major legislation included issues involving faculty retrenchment and voting rights of members of the General Faculty, both of which are still pending. General legislation involved the function, composition, and selection of leadership of various committees, as well as terms of service, term limits and rules for chairs of Standing Committees. The description of the parliamentarian, as well as the Secretary of the General Faculty, was also addressed. Further issues involved students, undergraduate students dropping classes, receiving approval for one-time drop exceptions as well as retroactive withdrawals. Attendance policies at Faculty Council meetings were tightened and representation to the System Faculty Advisory Council was changed.

Curriculum changes, largely in anticipation of the new catalog, have been ongoing until just recently. Natural sciences, liberal arts, and geological science all created new degree programs.

The Office of the General Faculty established thirty-six memorial resolution committees and completed twenty-eight resolutions. Nineteen resolutions are currently pending.

Secretary Greninger acknowledged the chairs of the General Faculty Standing Committees for their work throughout the year and for submitting their annual reports. She also stressed the importance of these committees’ work in faculty governance.

Lastly, Secretary Greninger referred everybody to the General Faculty and Faculty Council website, where any of these items and their history can be found and where current issues can be followed in the legislative status report.

III.
DISCUSSION OF ANNUAL REPORT—None.

IV.
COMMENTS BY AND QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT—None.

V.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

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

A. Committee to Nominate a Candidate for Secretary of the General Faculty.

Alan W. Friedman (professor, English and committee chair) reported that Professor Sue Alexander Greninger was the committee’s choice for the secretary position. Also serving on the nomination committee were Drs. Mark I. Alpert (marketing), Shernaz B. Garcia (associate professor, special education), Dean P. Neikirk (professor, electrical and computer engineering), Alba a. Ortiz (professor, special education), Karen I. Rascati (professor, pharmacy), and Stanley J. Roux (professor, molecular and developmental biology).

VII.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Election of the Secretary of the General Faculty.

President Powers asked if there were any nominations for secretary from the floor. Since there were no other nominations, he called for the vote. Professor Greninger was unanimously elected to serve through August 31, 2013. President Powers extended his congratulations and gratitude to Professor Greninger for her willingness to continue serving as secretary.

He also reiterated Secretary Greninger’s earlier comments regarding memorial resolutions. The president mentioned that he always enjoys reading them when they come to his desk for his signature and that they are a reminder of the legacy so many people leave on the campus.

VIII.
REMAINING QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT—None.

VIX.
AJOURNMENT.

The meeting adjourned at 2:27 p.m.

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on August 9, 2012.