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February 4, 2002

A regular meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium with Chancellor Nancy Cantor presiding.


02/04/02-01 The minutes of the December 3, 2001, Senate meeting were approved as written.


Senator Robert Fossum (LAS), Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), reported that the SEC met with President Stukel recently; in addition to discussing other issues, the President conveyed uncertainty over the state budget picture for FY03.

After reminding everyone to pick up the handouts at the door today (CC.02.07 and CC.02.06), Fossum announced that floor privileges have been requested for the following individuals, and he moved (without objection) that such privileges be granted, to speak to: - SP.02.07, Ginger Winckler, Past Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC); and Jenny Barrett, Senior Research Programmer, Dept. of Psychology

Fossum announced that the following senators have agreed to serve as tellers: R. Linn Belford (LAS), Richard Jerrard (LAS), David Ziebart (CBA), and Ronald Peters (ILIR).


Chancellor Nancy Cantor spoke to a number of campus initiatives:


Senator Peter Loeb (LAS) asked Senator Fossum if UC.02.00, Revisions to the University of Illinois Statutes - Terms of Faculty Employment (ST-30), has been changed since it was approved by the UIUC Senate on October 29, 2001. Fossum replied no, that the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) only expressed its own concerns to USC and the President. President Stukel submitted the version passed by UIUC to the Trustees; the Trustees may make amendments to it.

Senator Loeb and Senator Harry Hilton (ENGR) requested that the SEC ask President Stukel to delay transmitting ST-30 to the Board so it may be placed on the March 11 Senate agenda for discussion of the amendments that the SEC recommended to the President. Senator Fossum indicated that he was not supportive of that idea.

Senator Stephen Kaufman (MED) applauded the Chancellor's response to the arrest of an alleged disruptive individual at a recent campus sporting event, but he asked if the state's attorney has been contacted and asked to drop the charges. Dr. Cantor replied that her comments which have been publicly circulated did not touch upon the arrest, but only the behavior of some members of the security staff at Assembly Hall.


The Chancellor announced that, absent the objections of any senator, the following proposal was approved by unanimous consent.
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.


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.


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.


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.