Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

President Katherine Robinson called the meeting to order at 12:45 p.m
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 2, 2009 (2 minutes)
    Minutes of April 2, 2009, meeting were approved, as posted.  There were no corrections.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Kathy Cohen, Associate Dean of Libraries, is retiring after 35 years of service.  She served the Faculty Association in numerous roles throughout her career.  She received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award and Excellence Award.

    Today is Judy Solano’s birthday.  Judy has served as Faculty Association President, University Trustee, and member of the Board of Governors.

    Faculty Association to go electronic next year.  Association elections will be electronic.  The various awards programs run by the Association will also be electronic.  The plan for the awards programs is to have candidates submit their paperwork through BlackBoard and then committees can access the paperwork without the necessity of printing multiple copies.

    UNF is hosting its first D1 championship this weekend.  The Atlantic Sun Conference Track and Field championship will be at UNF.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Arturo Sάnchez-Ruỉz
    Met and processed a few forms.  New members attended.  Len Roberson elected chair for 2009-10.  Lisa Jamba to be vice chair.  Next meeting June 4, 10 a.m.

    Academic Standards Committee – Judy Solano
    Met and considered the Grade Change Policy and a new withdrawal code (WD) to be used in the event a student dies.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Rob Waltner
    No report.  Next meeting not determined

    Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffery Harrison
    Met and discussed President Delaney’s May 11 message regarding the budget.  Elected Paul Mason as new chair for 2009-10.  Next meeting Aug 18.

    Campus Technology Committee – Terry Cavanaugh
    No meeting this month.  Survey on ITS quality of service still available for responses.  Committee sponsored presentation on Orange Grove.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Chip Klostermeyer
    Committee drafted a voluntary exit survey for departing faculty.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Rama Rao

    Next meeting May 21.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Crystal Timmons for Mina Baliamoune
    Results of recent committee elections posted.

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom 
    Report on Research Grant Recommendations and Funding for 2006-09 included in meeting packet.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Dan Richard

    Met with Zak Ovadia and discussed Master Plan, which is about 99 percent complete.  Facilities Planning will be scheduling several open sessions on construction of new Master plan.  If you are interested in serving on a master planning committee, contact Kathy Robinson.

    Support Services Committee – Kristine Webb
    No report.

    Executive Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    Met to set today’s agenda.  Will meet next on May 19, 12:45 p.m., 10/1130.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    UNF President John Delaney
    No report.

    Academic Affairs Vice President and Provost – Mark Workman

    Waiting to receive budget information from Shari Shuman, Vice President of Administration and Finance.  As soon as we get that, we will notify the colleges about visiting lines we want to unfreeze.

    Legislative Liaison Report – Janet Owen
    Budget for 2009-10 not as bad as we feared it might be.  However, it is built on Seminole gaming funds and Federal stimulus funding.  It will be interesting to see if it will hold up long term.  We are about $1.3 million down at UNF.  There will be no layoffs and no program cuts at UNF.  Other universities will be doing different things layoffs, furloughs, program cuts, etc.  The PECO list was cut twice.  UNF got infrastructure funding and funds to complete the science and humanities building.  State employees are getting a 2% salary cut, but university employees are exempt from the salary cut.  Differential tuition bill passed.  This enables us to raise tuition up to 15% per year until our tuition gets to the national average.  An agreement has been reached with the Prepaid Tuition Program to assist it in coping with the rise in tuition.  Bright Futures is now capped, as it will not be paying for any increase in tuition – this decouples tuition from Bright Futures. An excess hours bill passed.  There will be a 50% surcharge for any credits over 120% of credit requirements for the degree.  A distance-learning bill passed.  Indirect cost provision will not allow appropriated dollars to be used to pay for work done through public schools. 

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas
    Satisfaction survey active until tomorrow.
  • TIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    1. For the President:  The April 4 Times Union article about the search for a new UNF basketball coach indicates you put things in order to allow a new coach to be successful, including dealing with admission standards for athletes.  Previously, you had pledged to the faculty that athletes will not have different (i.e., lower) standards for admission than ordinary students.  What gives? 
    Tom Serwatka and Janet Owen responded indicating that the NCAA would not permit us to lower our standards.

    2.For the President:  It appears that the information released in response to UFF’s recent question about administrative salary increases was incomplete.  The information did not include anything on bonuses that might have been given. 
    Tom Serwatka responded that he was the one who put the information together and apologized for not including information about bonuses.

    3.For Shari Shuman:  David Courtwright asked about rumors that space in Bldg 8 formerly occupied by the Bookstore space would be converted to classrooms. 
    Shari Shuman responded that Bldg 14 and Bldg 2 would include new classrooms.  The old bookstore space in Bldg 8 is not considered good for classrooms because of windows and all of the traffic in that area.  Students want more retail space for indoor dining, a spa, a salon, and a Greek apparel store.  These are some of the kinds of uses being considered for the ground floor of Bldg 8. 
    As a follow-up, David respectfully asked that we reflect on what message we would be sending if we build a spa and a salon in the academic core of the campus.

    4.For Shari Shuman:  Scott Hochwald asked what happened to the designated parking spaces in lot 14. 
    Shari Shuman responded that some have been relocated, but the same number of spaces as were previously available will continue to be available.

    5.For Shari Shuman:  Judy Solano asked where all of the old furniture was going as folks moved into new buildings equipped with brand new furniture and who was the furniture czar? 
    Shari Shuman responded that in many cases new occupants being moved in were using furniture behind.  Elizabeth Jones in Facilities Planning is the furniture czarina and should be contacted about any furniture needs you might have.

    6.For Shari Shuman:  Ellie Scheirer indicated that it was her understanding the new College of Education building came in under budget.  If so where does the money that was saved go? 
    Shari Shuman responded that the money will be used for Bldg 2 renovations.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list or 20 minutes to act immediately)
    Agenda Item #1 - FA 09-15:  Submitted by the Faculty Association President
    APPROVED – Annual budget request for the Faculty Association.

    Agenda Item #2 - FA 09-16:  Submitted by the Support Services Committee
    FIRST READING - Change to Bylaws Article VI, Section 4, Paragraph K

    Judy Solano noted the language should be changed before the second reading, because it cites as examples of Auxiliary Services functions that are not auxiliary services.
    1.Religious Observances Policy – no major changes

    2.University Prompt Payment Regulation – does not affect most faculty

    3.ITS Customer Satisfaction Survey

    4.Election Results for 2009-10 Standing and University Committees and 2009 Distinguished Professor

    5.2008-09 Faculty Awards University Selection Committee Members

    6.Report of Faculty Association Research Committee on Research Grant Recommendations and Funding – 2006 to 2009
    Meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.