JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Minutes No. 1 1998-99
Thursday, October 22, 1998
I. CALL TO ORDER, ATTENDANCE, MINUTES:The James Madison University Council met on Thursday, October 22, 1998, at 4:00 p.m. in Taylor 306, with Dr. Linwood Rose, President, presiding.
PRESENT: Dr. Ralph Alberico, Dr. A. Jerry Benson, Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Mr. Blair Brown, Dr. Barbara Castello, Dr. James Couch, Mr. David Eton (representing Dr. Douglas Brown), Mr. Tim Emry, Dr. Joan Frederick, Dr. Elizabeth Garbrah-Aidoo, Dr. Matthew Gilley, Dr. Arthur Hamilton, Dr. Archer Harris, Mr. Collin Lee, Mr. Don Moore, Mr. Geoff Polglase, Dr. Charles Reynolds, Dr. Mark Warner, Ms. Cammie Weston, and Dr. Richard Whitman.
ABSENT: Ms. Amy Edwards, Dr. John Gilje, Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern, Mr. Charles King, Dr. Dorn Peterson, and Dr. Robert Scott.
II. ELECTION OF COUNCIL SECRETARY: Secretary to University Council must be appointed by Council. Duties of the position include preparing and electronically posting the agenda for members of Council, recording attendance, and recording and electronically posting copies of the minutes.
On motion of Dr. Warner seconded by Dr. Benson, Ms. Donna Burch was appointed secretary to the Council for 1998-99.
III. COMMISSION/COUNCIL REPORTS:
Undergraduate Curriculum Council:
Dr. Joan Frederick, chairperson, reported that the Undergraduate Curriculum Council had not met and therefore had no report.
Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Chairperson, presented the following report:
The Graduate Council met two times (April and September) since the last University Council meeting. The following actions were approved.
Commission on Student Services:
Dr. Mark Warner, chairperson, reported that the Commission on Student Services had not met and therefore had no report.
Commission on Community:
Dr. Mark Warner, chairperson, reported that the Commission on Community had not met and therefore had no report.
IV. REPORT OF THE FACULTY SENATE
Dr. Archer Harris, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, presented the following report:
The 1998-1999 Faculty Senate officers and committee chairs are as follows:
General Education SurveyLast spring, the Faculty Senate initiated an effort to conduct a survey of the faculty on perceptions of the General Education program. The Senate was pleased to be able to work with Dr. Halpern and the General Education Council in formulating the questions that appeared on the survey. The survey consisted of eight questions. The first five called for multiple choice responses. All eight provided for comments from faculty. The results of the survey can be found on the WEB at http://www.jmu.edu/facultysenate/year/1997-1998/sendocs.
V. REPORT OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
Mr. Tim Emry, SGA President, presented the following report:
The SGA has gotten off to a very quick start this year, and we have an abundance of enthusiasm throughout the organization. Several of the more important and relevant items they are working on are:
This bill was overwhelmingly supported. It was passed 61-0-3 in Senate and passed 3-1 in Executive Committee. This is obviously that the student body and the SGA feels very strongly about and I would like to see that we could all sit down together and see if we can work anything out, or at least gain some understanding from each other. While I realize that last year's SGA is also to blame for the students not being adequately informed, I feel like we cannot take full responsibility.
I assert that thanks to the new Student Success Center, the paper trail that students have to chase the first week of class is much less. I would move that we begin classes each semester on Monday, rather than Tuesday. That would allow us to take the second Monday off each semester, Labor Day and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It seems that the Monday we get off at the start of each semester is less used for preparing to start the new semester, and used more as another day to party. I feel that if we held worthy events and did enough advertising, we would encourage students to stay on campus for the King Holiday. If faculty offered incentives for students to stay and participate in the activities, we could almost guarantee that, for the most part, the Holiday would not be used as an extended weekend. Obviously this is something that cannot be decided immediately and should be well researched. I am committed to see this endeavor through the long haul and I would like to be included on any discussions or meetings regarding the topic.
This bill was passed by a vote of 46-4-6 in Senate. However, the bill was tabled by the Executive Council by a vote of 2-1. The members who tabled the bill felt that there was not enough research done in regards to the bill. The writer of the bill plans to talk to more people and present her research to us. I expect that we will take the bill off the table and pass it within the next week.
It is clear that these are three issues that the students and SGA are very interested in. I would like to see us establish some formal way of sitting down and discussing these bills with the appropriate bodies and people. These bills will be in vein and worthless to both the students and the University if we are not able to adequately communicate to each other. I think that in the past, SGA has done a negligible job of following up and communicating. I am committed this year to extending and improving the lines of communication.
VI. REPORT OF THE HONOR COUNCILMr. Blair Brown, Honor Council President, explained the following information:
UPB sent thirteen representatives to the regional NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) conference in Winston-Salem, NC. Due to his phenomenal commitment our UPB Coordinator, Chris Stup, was nominated for NACA's "Best New Professional" award. Dave Pascual, our Director of Multimedia and Information Services, also entered a web design competition and was awarded first place for the UPB web page. We encourage you to take a look at our web page at www.jmu.edu/orgs/upb.
A list of our upcoming programs and the dates is listed below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
October 30 - Talent Jam '98
November 17 - MTV Village Area
November 17 - Third Eye Blind with Eve 6
November 19 - Spike Lee
January 17 - Kweisi Mfume for the Martin Luther King Day celebration
VIII. OTHER DISCUSSION
Dr. Rose announced that unless anyone objected, the Council would meet electronically unless there are action items on the agenda. This proved to be effective and time saving for everyone last year. Therefore the December 3rd meeting will be done electronically. The procedure will be: Reports will be sent from the commission/committee chairs to Ms. Burch, secretary to the Council, two weeks before the scheduled meeting. For this first time she will e-mail you to let you know that they are available for your review. You will need to review these minutes and send Ms. Burch (burchde) an e-mail message by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting stating that you have done so. If she does not hear from you, then you are counted as absent.If anyone has any concerns or questions about this process, please let me know.
For the past few years, University Council has had a small number of items brought before this body for approval. It is time to examine the role of the commissions/committees in the decision-making process on campus. I will soon be announcing the formation of a Centennial Commission. One of the charges to that body will be to examine and recommend those programs and processes which will determine the future direction of our academic and university programs. As a result this group will recommend to the President the future role of all commissions, including University Council.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:18 p.m.
Linwood H. Rose, President
Donna E. Burch, Secretary