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Minutes
Urbana-Champaign Senate Meeting
September 19, 2005

A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium with Vice Chancellor for Research Charles Zukoski presiding in the absence of Chancellor Richard Herman.

Approval of Minutes

09/19/05-01 The minutes of the April 25, 2005, Senate meeting were approved as written.

Senate Executive Committee Report

Senator Vernon Burton (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), provided the following report.

The SEC has held its first two meetings. Among the items considered were the President’s and Chancellor’s strategic plans, brainstorming sessions for senate issues for the year, and approval of nominations for the Campus Research Board (including ways for the CRB to provide more feedback to individuals who have their proposals turned down.)

The SEC plans to host a shared governance seminar early in the spring semester – you will be hearing much more about this later.
Please pick up a copy of CC.06.03, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committee of the Senate, which was distributed at the door today.
Please make every effort to attend the September 22 inauguration of President B. Joseph White at the Krannert Center, as well as the September 26 Annual Meeting of the Faculty at the Levis Faculty Center.

Floor privileges have been requested for Drs. Huseyin Sehitoglu and Deborah Thurston, department heads of the units in question, to speak to EP.05.22, Proposal to Transfer the Industrial Engineering Program from MIE to General Engineering. I move that such privileges be granted (there was no objection).
Tellers for today’s meeting are
Senators Doug Jones (ENGR), John Prussing (ENGR), and Mark Roszkowski (BUS).
Chancellor’s Remarks

Vice Chancellor Zukoski made reference to developments such as: the campus and University strategic plans; the current size of our fall enrollment (largest ever on this campus); and the 8% increase in National Science Foundation monies. He added that the name of a new Provost is expected to be announced by January/February 2006.

Questions/Discussion

There were no questions.

Consent Agenda

Senator Donald Carlson (ENGR) requested that EP.05.22 be moved to Proposals for Action. The Presiding Officer announced that, absent further objections of any senator, the following proposals were approved by unanimous consent:

09/19/05-02 EP.05.27/EP.05.28*, Proposal to Rename and Revise the Interdisciplinary Minor and the Sciences and Letters Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies,

09/19/05-03 EP.06.02*, Combined BS/MS Degree in MATSE,

09/19/05-04 EP.06.03*, Graduate Minor in Cinema Studies,

09/19/05-05 EP.06.04*, Renaming the M.A. in Russian and East European Studies to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Proposals for Action

09/19/05-06 Vice Chancellor Zukoski presented for action CC.06.03*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate and the Military Education Council. Senator Kim Graber (ALS), Chair of the Senate Committee on Committees, moved approval of the slate. There were no floor nominations and nominations were declared closed.

09/19/05-07 By voice vote, the slate of candidates was approved.

09/19/05-08 Dr. Zukoski presented for action EP.05.22*, Proposal to Transfer the Industrial Engineering Program from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to the Department of General Engineering. Professor Abbas Aminmansour (FAA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, recapitulated the background of this measure; he then moved its approval.

Senator Donald Carlson drew attention to the apparent lack of a college-wide faculty advisory vote on this proposal. Dr. Aminmansour responded that his committee, after seeking counsel of various administrative units, concluded that such a vote was not required by provisions in the University Statutes.

Senator H. George Friedman (ENGR) declared that he chaired the committee that wrote the relevant section of the Statutes (Article VIII, Sections 1 and 2). It seemed to be universally understood that the sentence “The advice of each unit involved shall be requested.” meant that an advisory vote must be taken of all faculty in the college.

Several speakers spoke on both sides of the interpretation of the Statutes component of this proposal; there was no objection to its intellectual content.

A motion to defer this action until the October 24 Senate meeting was lost by voice vote.

09/19/05-09 By voice vote, EP.05.22 was approved.

Proposed Revisions to the University Statutes

09/19/05-10 The Presiding Officer presented for Second Reading and Action SP.05.07*, Revision to the Statutes, Article IX, Section 11. Senator H. George Friedman, member of the Senate Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures, explained that this proposal merely codifies current practice and mirrors policies for faculty and civil service staff. He moved its approval.

09/19/05-11 SP.05.07 was approved by voice vote.

Reports for Information of the Senate

The following reports were presented for information:

09/19/05-12 SC.05.08*, 2005-06 Senate/SEC Calendar,
09/19/05-13 SC.05.11*, May 19 BOT,
09/19/05-14 SC.05.12*, July 14 BOT,
09/19/05-15 HE.05.14*, June 7 BHE,
09/19/05-16 HE.05.12*, April 29 FAC/IBHE,
09/19/05-17 HE.05.13*, May 20 FAC/IBHE,
09/19/05-18 HE.05.15*, June 24 FAC/IBHE,
09/19/05-19 SUR.05.01*, April 12 SURSMAC,
09/19/05-20 UC.05.04*, June 20 USC.

The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.