URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE MEETING
February 4, 2002
- There will be semester-long activities (Exploring the Human Experience) culminating in Maya Angelou's address at Commencement in May; the campus website and the Daily Illini will carry weekly updates on events and performances related to this theme.
- Recommendations from the campus Diversity Initiatives Committee include the establishment of a Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society, and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case.
- Female UI employees will now be able to receive free oral contraceptives from McKinley Health Center.
- Due to less than stellar budget news from Springfield, the University is looking at how peers are handling similar situations. Dr. Cantor asserted that we must keep making hard choices about where to invest, but we must keep investing.
- There will be a faculty retreat on February 27 to consider cross-campus investment areas as highlighted earlier by the Chancellor and Provost -biotechnology/bioengineering in a "nano" world; the humanities in a globalizing world; American institutions in a demographically-changing world; arts in a technology-intensive world.
02/04/02-02 EP.02.16*, Proposal from the College of Engineering for a Biomaterials Concentration for the B. S. in Materials Science and Engineering. PROPOSALS FOR ACTION 02/04/02-03 The Presiding Officer presented for action CC.02.07*, Nominations for Membership on Standing Committees of the Senate, the Military Education Council, CBOC, and SURSMAC. Senator Michael Murphy (ACES), Chair of the Committee on Committees, moved approval of the slate of nominees. There were no floor nominations and nominations were declared closed. 02/04/02-04 By voice vote, the nominations were approved. 02/04/02-05 Chancellor Cantor presented for action CC.02.06*, Senate Approval of Nominations for the Athletic Board. Senator Michael Murphy (ACES), Chair of the Committee on Committees, moved approval of the slate of nominees. There were no floor nominations and nominations were declared closed. 02/04/02-06 By voice vote, the nominations were approved. PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE SENATE BYLAWS 02/04/02-07 The Chancellor presented for action SP.02.07*, Revisions to the Bylaws to add Academic Professionals to Committee Memberships. Senator Joseph Finnerty (CBA), Chair of the Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures, briefly described this proposal, which would grant full voting privileges for academic professional members of selected Senate committees; he moved its approval. Senator H. George Friedman (ENGR) strongly endorsed the proposal; he stated it has been his experience that academic professionals (AP's) make important contributions to the work of Senate committees. It is appropriate to grant them voting rights on such committees. He moved, however, that portions of lines 10-11 that now read, "…faculty members and academic professionals of standing committees…" should be phrased as such, "…faculty and academic professional members of standing committees…". There was no objection from the assembly. Senator Geneva Belford (ENGR) also supported the measure, citing a number of examples of the contributions that academic professionals have made to the deliberations of Senate committees. She urged senators to vote in favor of the proposal. Jenny Barrett, Senior Research Programmer in the Department of Psychology, spoke as the Chair of the UIUC Association of Academic Professionals (AAP). She thought this proposal was a good first step, but ultimately her group would like AP's to receive full voting membership in the Senate. Ginger Winckler, past Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), thanked the Statutes Committee for bringing this measure forward as recognition for the time and effort AP's devote to their work on Senate committees. 02/04/02-08 By voice vote, SP.02.07 was approved. REPORTS FOR INFORMATION OF THE SENATE The Chancellor presented the following reports for information:
02/04/02-09 SC.02.08*, Appointments to Committees,
02/04/02-10 HE.02.04*, Report of the December 7, 2001, FAC/IBHE Meeting,
02/04/02-11 HE.02.05*, Report of the December 11, 2001, BHE Meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.
Robert C. Damrau, Senate Clerk
*Filed with the Senate Clerk and incorporated by reference in these Minutes.