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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

Minutes No. 4 1998-99
Thursday, April 15, 1999


 

I. CALL TO ORDER, ATTENDANCE AND MINUTES: The James Madison University Council met on Thursday, April 15, 1999, at 4:00 p.m. in Taylor 306, with Dr. Linwood Rose, President, presiding.

PRESENT: Mr. Ralph Alberico, Dr. Jerry Benson, Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Mr. Blair Brown, Dr. Douglas Brown, Dr. Barbara Castello, Dr. James Couch, Dr. James Dendinger (for Dr. John Gilje), Mr. Tim Emry, Dr. Elizabeth Garbrah-Aidoo, Dr. Linda Halpern, Dr. Arthur Hamilton, Dr. Archer Harris, Dr. Dorn Peterson, Dr. Robert Reid, Dr. Robert Scott, Dr. Mark Warner, and Dr. Richard Whitman.

ABSENT: Ms. Lindsay Filz, Dr. Joan Frederick, Dr. Matthew Gilley, Mr. Charles King, Mr. Collin Lee, Mr. Mitch Moore, Mr. Geoff Polglase, Dr. Charles Reynolds and Ms. Cammie Weston.

MINUTES: On motion on Dr. Scott, seconded by Mr. Emry, the minutes of the February 24, 1999 meeting were approved as posted.

II. COMMISSION/COUNCIL REPORTS:

Graduate Council:

Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Chairperson, presented the following report:

The Graduate Council met two times (February and April) since the last University Council meeting. The following actions were reported.

A. Twenty-five faculty members were given graduate faculty status.

B. Thirteen course changes were approved to reflect program changes and to update program offerings.

C. The following Program Changes were approved.

1. Business Administration-a required course was added and an elective was removed. The traditional M.B.A. program will consist of 10 required courses and 2 elective courses for a total of 36 graduate credit hours. This change will reflect current trends in MBA programs nationwide as well as provide a higher quality M.B.A.

2. Business Administration-a new concentration of Information Security was added which will require 39 graduate credit hours and will be a web-based M.B.A. integrated with Information Security topics. This is the only program of its kind in the nation and is anticipated to be highly popular.

3. School of Education-the minor in Higher Education was deleted from Secondary Education and incorporated within the Adult Education/Human Resources Development program. The secondary education program is designed primarily to promote continuing professional development for practicing educators who will instruct pre-adolescent and adolescent learners and this change facilitates that primary goal.

4. School of Art and Art History-the changes will focus the M.A. in Art Education degree as a research-oriented program aligning it with standards established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It will provide for expanded learning opportunities for K-12 art educators who recognize the rigor for art education as an academic discipline.

Commission on Student Services:

Dr. Mark Warner, Chairperson, presented the following report. The Commission on Student Services met on Thursday, March 25.

At the March meeting, Dr. Warner posed two questions to the members: 1) How can JMU maintain/regain the small college feel and 2) What should the profile of the student in the year 2008 look like? The commission discussed the topics and the results of that discussion will be forwarded to the Centennial Commission for their consideration.

Commission on Community:

Dr. Mark Warner, Chairperson, presented the following report. The Commission on Community met on Wednesday, March 31, 1999.

Commission members had read the book Leading Without Power by Max DePree. In addition, members completed a worksheet dealing with what the JMU Community might look like in the year 2008 and what we need to consider to enable us to be successful. The book, worksheet, personal experiences and insights were used to come up with a list of critical elements that create the type of community we envision. This list will be forwarded to the Centennial Commission for their consideration.

III. REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE

Dr. Archer Harris, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, presented the following report:

Senate Constitution Amendment

The faculty approved the following amendment to the Senate Constitution with a vote of 353 For, 40 Against, and 6 Abstaining.

From:
Article VII, Amendments and enabling act:
Section 1. This constitution, or any future amendments, shall become effective when approved by:
A. A vote of two-thirds of the faculty who vote provided that more than one-half of the total faculty have participated in the voting process.
B. The president of the university
C. The Board of Visitors

To:
Article VII, Amendments and enabling act:
Section 1. This constitution, or any future amendments, shall become effective when approved by:
A. A vote of two-thirds of the full-time faculty who vote provided that more than one-half of the total full-time faculty have participated in the voting process, OR if less than one-half of the full-time faculty vote, a vote of one-third of the total full-time faculty.
B. The president of the university
C. The Board of Visitors

The purpose for this amendment was to correct an anomaly in cases where fewer than half the faculty voted, but one third the total faculty voted for the amendment. In such a case, a non-vote would have more power than a No vote. For instance, if there were 599 faculty and 200 voted for an amendment and 50 voted against, the amendment would fail because less than half the faculty voted. However, if 200 voted for an amendment and 100 voted against, the amendment would succeed with more than half the faculty voting and two-thirds approval. This is not an obscure circumstance, a situation similar to this prevented an amendment from being approved in 1998. The amendment also clarifies that it is a vote of full-time faculty, which was not explicit in the constitution wording but was the practice as far as anyone could remember.

To go into effect, the amendment must be approved by the President and then the Board of Visitors.

Faculty Senate of Virginia

The Faculty Senate of Virginia will be meeting at JMU Saturday, April 17, in the CFW room of the ISAT/CS building.

Part-time Instructors

The Faculty Senate passed a motion urging the administration to increase the salaries of or improve the benefits provided to part-time instructors. The motion also recommended reclassifying part-time instructors who teach 12 credit hours as full-time instructors.

Furthermore, the Faculty Senate recommended giving departments the option of signing individual full-time instructors to 3-year "revolving term appointments" (RTA's) to reduce both JMU's and those instructors' employment risks and to retain quality teachers.

Commission and Committees

The Senate selected Gail Ham, Jeff Kushner, and Tracy Hakala as its appointees to the Commission on Student Services. It also has forwarded nominees for various other commissions and committees to the President.

Senate Officers
The officers for the 1999-2000 Faculty Senate are:

Speaker: James Couch
Speaker ProTempore: Joan Frederick
Secretary: William O'Meara
Treasurer: Elaine Day
Faculty Marshal: Dinah Gottschalk

IV. REPORT OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

Mr. Tim Emry, SGA President, presented the following report:

Since much of the meeting will be taken up with a discussion of my motion, I will have a brief report on the happenings of SGA:

A. On Wednesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 7 SGA elections and run-offs were held. The newly elected officers are:

President: Austin Adams
Vice-President: Heather Herman
Treasurer: Mike Parris
Secretary: Michael Flaherty

B. On Tuesday, the Senate had their longest meeting of the year as they approved the budgets of 8 Front-End Budgeted Organizations. In all, we allocated over $365,000 to student clubs and organizations.

C. On Monday, the SGA will be sponsoring an information session for students given by the Harrisonburg Police Department. The topic will be focused on how to protect yourself from sexual deviants (the infamous peeper). We are hoping the program will enlighten students more on these issues.

V. REPORT OF THE HONOR COUNCIL

Mr. Blair Brown, Honor Council President, presented the following information:

Case Update: 21 total cases; 20 informally resolved and 1 formally resolved.

The SGA/Honor Council elections were held Wednesday, March 31, 1999. Honor Council candidates were elected as follows: Jonathan Higgins as President, and Katie McDonough as Vice-President. We are extremely pleased to have capable and competent leadership for next year.

Honor Awareness week was carried out March 29-April 2. The Honor Council had representatives on the Commons, in the Taylor Hall information booths and in the lobby of Zane Showker Hall. The purpose of the week was to assist the JMU community in its continuing knowledge of our Honor System.

President Blair Brown met with Director of Admissions, Ms. Roxie Shabazz, to discuss ways the Honor Council and the Office of Admissions could collaboratively work to increase the awareness of the Honor Code. A proposal was submitted to include a description and acknowledgement of the Honor Code on next year's application. It is our hope that this will assist students even further in their cognizance of the Honor Code before they even reach our campus.

The Honor Council is working with the Honor Advisory Board to interview potential investigators for the next academic year. Applications were due the week of April 5, 1999.

VI. REPORT OF UNIVERSITY PROGRAM BOARD

Ms. Lindsay Filz, the new Executive Director of the University Program Board, was not present during the meeting; however she had forwarded to the chair's office the following update on UPB.

The new UPB Executive Board has hit the floor running! In the two weeks since our term began, the UPB has participated in a multitude of programs including our two big Comedy Novelty events--Pro Wrestling and SL star Jim Breuer.

On Saturday April 10, the UPB hosted Professional Wrestling featuring such stars as Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Disciples of Apocalypse and the Double Doinks. The event was a success--especially among members of the Harrisonburg Community--and it was a great way for us to promote the UPB and JMU to the town.

Our next program is stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live star Jim Breuer which is April 12 in Wilson Hall. Breuer will be performing at 8pm.

UPB has also participated in a large array of co-sponsorships this month...

MACROCK

The Mid Atlantic College Radio Conference was held April 9 & 10. This highly successful annual program was co-sponsored with WXJM and featured workshops and band showcases.The UPB was pleased to help with financial support to this outstanding program.

LABRYNTH

ON April 5 & 6, we cosponsored a Labrynth with a variety of campus organizations. This event was held in the PC Ballroom and featured a replica of the labrynth of Chartes Cathedral.

OFFAFO DAY

On April 9, the SGA and CMSS collaborated with UPB on the OFAAFO day festivities on the Commons. This day celebrates the diversity of the JMU campus with the theme "One for all, all for one"

Our next two co-sponsorships will promote Campus Diversity and the Free Tibet issue. On April 15 at the Festival, a multicultural fashion show will showcase costumes and ethnic dress from many countries. This event is cosponsored by CMSS. Finally, on April 20 in the PC Ballroom, we are co-sponsoring a Tibetan Freedom Festival concert with Students for a Free Tibet, CCM, Amnesty International, and EARTH.

VII. OLD BUSINESS:

A motion was made and seconded to take from the table the motion to include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as a university holiday beginning with the 2000-2001 academic calendar.

Mr. Tim Emry, SGA President, addressed several issues which had been brought up on various occasions. His arguments included: that this is the right thing to do, national trend to observe this holiday at other institutions including many in Virginia, students would be willing to compensate for the lost classroom instruction, there is the support of many student organizations at JMU, and that events and academic functions would be planned so that students would not leave for a 3-day vacation.

Although other Council members agreed that it was appropriate to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a demonstration of our commitment to cultural diversity, concerns were expressed regarding how the lost time in classroom instruction would be made up and that students would use the opportunity to make it a 3-day vacation and leave campus.

To address the classroom instruction lost, Mr. Emry suggested that reading day could be reallocated. They (the students) were willing to adopt any way to make-up this time.

When brought to vote, the motion to include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as a university holiday beginning with the 2000-2001 academic calendar was defeated.

A motion was made by Dr. Warner and seconded to recognize Dr. King by canceling classes Wednesday afternoon and evening, beginning January 2000. Mr. Emry commented that the Monday is the day that is celebrated not Wednesday. There was still the concern regarding lost class time especially for evening classes. After discussion Dr. Warner amended his motion to say that effective January, 2000, there be no afternoon or evening classes on either the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday during the week of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. In addition a Sunday evening could be substituted for one of the other evenings. This motion was seconded. Dr. Rose then asked Dr. Warner, as Vice President for Student Affairs, to appoint a committee to make a determination and report back to the Council early next fall.

The motion carried unanimously.

VIII. ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

 

Linwood H. Rose, President

 

Donna E. Burch, Secretary