Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting
May 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
ENGR 209

Neil Allison, Chair
Linda Jones, Secretary
Minutes Status:Approved

Roll Call

Present

Officers: Allison, Savin, Rupe, Jones, Brady, Pijanowski, Hall

Senators (elected): (ARCH); (ALFS) Shoulders, Ahrendsen, Edgar; (ARSC) Freund, Bradley, Lee, McIntosh, Christiansen, Jones, Rhoads, Bell, Restrepo, Kerr, Comfort; (WCOB); (EDHP) Hevel, Moiseichik; (ENGR) Hall; (LAW) Beard; (LIBR) Lehman; (At-Large) Murphy, Whayne, Gay, Dennis, Kral, Salisbury, Korth, Allison, Jones, Jensen.

Senators (admin): Saxena, Di Brezzo, Rankin, Martin, McCray, Van Laningham, Shields, Needy, Coon, Fagg

Absent:

Officers:

Senators (elected): (ARCH) Jacobus; (AFLS) Tzanetakis, Hettiarachchy; (ARSC) Gigantino, Scheide, Spiegel, Scheide, D'Alisera, Zajicek; (WCOB) Delery, Kali, Peters; (EDHP) Connors, Kavouras; (ENGR) McCann, Selvam, Rossetti; (LAW) ; (LIBR) ; (At-Large) Johnson, Collet.

Senators (admin): Steinmetz, Reyes, Robinson, Vayda, MacKeith, Waller, Smith, English, Leeds, Henderson Allen, Harwood-Rom, Cromer.

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I. Call to Order: Neil Allison, Chair

Meeting called to order at 3:32

II. Roll Call

Mission accomplished!

III. Approval of Agenda

Approved

IV. Approval of minutes from April 13, 2016

Approved

V. Reports

A. Provost, Ashok Saxena

B. Chair, Neil Allison

VI. Old Business

A. General Admissions Amendment - Suzanne McCray

Attachment

Amendment proposed to add "in terms of CGPA and ACT/SAT score" within the sentence "Out of state students may be held to a higher standard [insert here] if enrollment demand from Arkansas resident applicants requires it.

Motion to amend - approved

Motion to approve the amended motion - approved.

B. Drop Date Proposal, Joel Freund

Proposal Handout

Question called

Question withdrawn

Motion to send the proposal to committee made and seconded

Motion approved.

VII. New Business

A. Resolution - Tim Kral

Resolution

Motion to suspend the rules regarding 30 days timeframe for review only in relation to this item as well as item B. below.

Motion passes

Unanimous approval

B. Resolution - Neil Allison

Whereas the involvement of students in the election process is important for our nation, the Faculty Senate endorses the following resolution passed by the Associated Student Government on April 2, 2016:

ASG Polling Resolution - Passed by ASG April 26, 2016

Unanimous approval

C. Consent Agenda:  The following items are referred by the University Course and Programs Committee and/or the Graduate Council for review and action by the Faculty Senate at its meeting scheduled May 4, 2016:

1.  Course Change proposals – including graduate classes approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on March 18, 2016 as well as undergraduate and law classes on April 22, 2016 and the Graduate Council on April 21, 2016:  (PDF Report).
 
2.   Undergraduate Program Change Proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on April 22, 2016 and the Graduate Council April 21, 2016:  (PDF Report).

a.  Proposed undergraduate program change for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences – NRMT-M, Natural Resources Management Minor (Table One, 2a_NRMT-M-Reconfig-Ltr of Notification, 2a_nat res minor 2015 revised Feb 29 2016).

b.  Proposed undergraduate program change for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences – SOIL-M, Soil Science Minor (Table One, 2b_SOIL-M – New Minor – Ltr of Notification, 2b_proposed SOIL SCIENCE minor checksheet).

c.   Proposed undergraduate program change for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences (Table One, 2c_WLHA-M-Deletion-Ltr of Notification.docx).

3.   Graduate program change proposals approved by the University Course and Programs Committee on April 22, 2016 and the Graduate Council April 21, 2016:

a.   Proposed graduate program change for the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology – AEEDMS, Agricultural and Extension Education, Master of Science (Table Two).

Consent Agenda Passes

4Announcements:

a.   Informational item – Name change approved School of Art changed from the Department of Art (4a_School of Art – Name Change – Ltr of Notification).

b.  Informational item – Center deletion approved Center for Excellence for Nano-, Micro-, and Neuro-Electronics, Sensors, and Systems (CENNESS)–(4b CENNESS Closing Documents, 4b_CENNESS – Deletion – Ltr of Notification).

c.  Lisa Kulczak announced that the dual level course conversion has been delayed due to technical issues within CourseLeaf.  We are currently waiting for the company to resolve the issue before proceeding with additional conversions.  The Registrar’s Office will notify the college deans or departments when the issue is resolved. 

VIII. Announcements

Thank you to Neil for his service this year! Great applause!!

IX. Executive Session

Executive Session NOT held.

X. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 4:50