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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of December 10, 2012.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council



MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
December 10, 2012


The fourth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2012-13 was held in the Main Building, Room 212, on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.


ATTENDANCE.

Present: Lawrence D. Abraham, Gayle J. Acton, Urton L. Anderson, Jacqueline L. Angel, Seth R. Bank, Catherine Boone, Simeon P. Bochev, Keffrelyn D. Brown, William "Wills" Kerby Brown, Andrew McKinley Clark, Janet M. Davis, Patrick J. Davis, Lesley A. Dean-Jones, Diana M. DiNitto, Michael P. Domjan, Jeannie Farahnak, William L. Fisher, Alan W. Friedman, Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Sue A. Greninger, Patricia I. Hansen, Hillary Hart, Fred M. Heath, Linda A. Hicke, Martha F. Hilley, Neville Hoad, Hans Hofmann, Robert L. Hutchings, Jody Jensen, Susan R. Klein, Nancy P. Kwallek, Judith Langlois, Steven W. Leslie, Thor Ericson Lund, Blinda E. McClelland, Michael R. Morton, Gretchen Murphy, Luisa Nardini, Gordon S. Novak, Jon E. Olson, Yolanda C. Padilla, Gage E. Paine, Anthony J. Petrosino, William C. Powers, Llewellyn K. Rabenberg, Ellen M. Rathje , Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Linda E. Reichl, Andrew M. Riggsby, Jack L. Ritchie, Patricia Roberts-Miller, Ehud I. Ronn, John J. Ruszkiewicz, Victor B. Saenz, Cesar A Salgado, Sonia T. Seeman, Marvin D. Shepherd, Snehal A. Shingavi, Clayton T. Shorkey, Henry Joel Simmons, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, David S. Stein, Sharon L. Strover, Daniel D. Sutherland, Gary A. Thomas, Emanuel Tutuc, Leslie J. Vaaler, Lynn R. Wilkinson, Leo E. Zonn, Nina I. Zuna.

Absent: Kamran S. Aghaie (excused), Byron P. Almen (excused), William Beckner (excused), Carl S. Blyth (excused), Hans C. Boas (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon (excused), Douglas J. Dempster, Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, Matthew S. Eastin (excused), Zachary S. Elkins (excused), Bradley G. Englert, Ward Farnsworth, Gregory Fenves, Oliver Freiberger (excused), Thomas W. Gilligan, Linda L. Glessner, Mark A. Gooden (excused), Beverly L. Hadaway, Roderick P. Hart, Kevin P. Hegarty (excused), David M. Hillis (excused), Coleman Hutchison (excused), Kedra B. Ishop, Christine L. Julien (excused), Manuel Justiz (excused), Hunter C. March (excused), Alberto A. Martinez (excused), John H. McCall, Matthew S. McGlone, Sharon Mosher, Patricia C. Ohlendorf (excused), David S. Onion, Juan M. Sanchez, Frederick R. Steiner, Alexa Stuifbergen, Gregory J. Vincent, Jo Lynn Westbrook (excused), Luis H. Zayas.


Voting Members:
59
present,
17
absent,
76
total.
Non-Voting Members:
12
present,
23
absent,
35
total.
Total Members
71
present,
40
absent,
111
total.


I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President—None.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES—None.

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.
A. Proposed Change to the Faculty Welfare Committee Function (D 10136-10138).
B. Fall Break Proposal from the University Academic Calendar Committee (D 10139-10147).

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
A. The next Faculty Council meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2013, in Main 212 at 2:15 p.m.
B. Solicitation of Standing Committee nominations, January 21-February 8, 2013.
C. Joint Meeting with Texas A&M Faculty Senate and UT Austin's Faculty Council, February 25, 2013, UT Club.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.
Professor Ronn asked about the procedure for submitting an alternate proposal for a fall break. Secretary Greninger suggested that any amendments or comments be sent to the committee chair or to the Faculty Council office. The Council would likely still vote on the current proposals, but Council members could take into account any additional ideas. With the approval of Professor Bailey, Secretary Greninger thought that any additions to the current proposals could be shared with Faculty Council members. She also used this opportunity to commend Professor Bailey for the excellent work she had put into this controversial proposal and encouraged those in attendance to participate in the upcoming General Faculty Standing Committee nominations process, which starts on January 21.

When Chair Hilley asked Professor Bailey if she and her committee would accept an alternate proposal, the committee chair replied that, although the committee had already considered many alternatives, it was willing to hear more. She also verified that she was invited to attend the January Council meeting to get a chance to give the committee’s impressions to any alternatives that might be proposed at that meeting.

Secretary Greninger once again reminded Council members that this was a piece of major legislation that would need to be submitted to the General Faculty with an opportunity for protests to be raised, even if the Council were to approve the proposal at its next meeting.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.
Chair Hilley adjourned the meeting at 3:32 p.m.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 24, 2013.