Minutes No. 4 1996-97
Thursday, April 17, 1997

I. CALL TO ORDER, ATTENDANCE, MINUTES: The James Madison University Council met on Thursday, April 17, 1997, at 3:00 p.m. in Taylor Hall, Room 306, with Dr. Linwood Rose, Executive Vice President, presiding.

PRESENT: Mr. David Baker, Dr. Dorothy Boyd-Rush, Dr. Barbara Castello, Dr. John Cordani, Dr. James Dendinger (representing Dr. Norman Garrison), Dr. Carol Kefalas, Mr. Charles King, Dr. Robert Lembright, Mr. Jeff Nobel, Ms. Michele Parsons, Dr. Jackson Ramsey, Dr. Robert Reid, Ms. April Roberts, Mr. Dennis Robison, Dr. Robert Scott, Dr. William Voige, Dr. Carl Weaver, Dr. Richard Whitman, and Mr. Patrick Wyman. Guests: Ms. Janet Smith and Mr. Kevin Chamberlin.

ABSENT:. Dr. Jerry Benson, Dr. Ronald Carrier, Dr. Norman Garrison, Mr. Gerald Gill, Dr. Linda Halpern, Dr. John Haynes, Ms. Barbara Miller, Ms. Elizabeth Raithel, and Dr. Thomas Syre.

MINUTES: There being no corrections or additions to the University Council minutes of February 20, 1997, they were approved as distributed.


Undergraduate Curriculum Council:

Dr. William Voige, Chairperson, presented the following report:

The Faculty Senate has elected its officers for the coming year. Diane Fuqua was elected Speaker pro tempore and will chair the UCC for 1997-98.

Dr. Voige called attention to the fact that the deadline for posting of course proposals to BB CURRIC by C&I Committees was April 1. If any course proposals are posted after that date, the 15-day clock for questioning such proposals will not begin running until the beginning of the fall semester, and they may not be sent to the President or approval until the end of that 15-day period.

Graduate Council:

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

The Graduate Council met on Tuesday, March 18, 1997, and approved the program changes that follow:

The M.S.Ed. in Human Resource Development increased the required hours to 36 credit hours and changed the name to Adult Degree/Human Resources (AHRD). Eighteen course changes, many involving only the prefix to AHRD, were accomplished at the same time.

The M.S. in Health Sciences was authorized to allow the thesis to be optional rather than required.

The MBA program deleted all of its 1-2 credit 500 level courses. These were not a part of the MBA program and were offered only as a convenience for those lacking in the required prerequisites. In all, eight courses were deleted.

The Psy.D. changed the minimum number of required hours and modified the admission requirements.

The School of Education was approved to offer a new M.Ed. masters. There is to be a common core with five possible concentration areas: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Reading Education, School Administration, and Secondary Education. Thirty-eight courses were approved, modified, or deleted to accomplish this change. It will be in the 1997-1998 graduate catalog and will be implemented this fall.

In addition, five English courses were deleted. Revised versions had previously been approved for inclusion in the new masters of Technical and Scientific Communication.

Lastly, three faculty applications were approved for graduate faculty status.

Commission on Student Services:

Dr. Robert Scott, Chairperson, presented the following report:

The Commission on Student Services has not met formally since the last University Council meeting. In recent action, however, members unanimously approved the recognition of a new organization, the Madison Honors Club. A recommendation has been sent to President Carrier for official recognition of this group.

Commission on Community:

Dr. Carol Kefalas, Chairperson, presented the following report:

The Commission has met twice since the last University Council meeting (March 26 and April 16). The following items were discussed/acted on by the Commission on Community:

Beverly Noel, Manager of Organization and Training and Development, spoke to the Commission on March 26 about the upcoming training opportunities for the University's faculty, staff and wage employees. Beverly briefed Commission members on the University Training Center, which will open in the late summer in the new facilities management building.

Beverly also showed a video to the Commission members titled "A Tale of O." It was aimed at raising awareness about the issue of diversity in the workplace. It was agreed by everyone that the video would be a useful educational tool for employee training at JMU. Following the viewing of the video, she facilitated a discussion.

Recipients of Commission enhancement grants have been selected and are being notified of their selection. Commission members also approved revisions to the grant application forms.

Information Items -- Progress Report on Affirmative Action:

Since the last University Council meeting, the Affirmative Action Office:

1. published and distributed two Affirmative Action Newsletters, one in January and the other in February;

2. received two age discrimination complaints from the Department of Personnel and Training on March 7;

3. conducted a sexual harassment workshop for the School of Education student teachers;

4. received dismissal determination on March 24, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a race discrimination complaint filed by a student;

5. received dismissal determination on April 7 from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a race and sex discrimination complaint filed by a student;

6. conducted reviews of nine faculty searches (to be distributed on April 18);

7. revised Faculty Recruitment Manual checklist;

8. updated the sexual harassment brochure;

9. conducted a mini-survey to compile a list of the most commonly-asked questions about faculty recruitment.


Dr. Carl Weaver, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, presented the following report:

The 1997-98 Senate held its organizational meeting on April 10, 1997, and the following officers were elected:

Speaker - Dr. J. Archer Harris
Speaker pro tempore - Dr. Diane Fuqua
Treasurer - Dr. Elizabeth D. Garbrah-Aidoo
Secretary - Dr. Daniel E. Flage
Faculty Marshal - Dr. Carl G. K. Weaver


Mr. David Baker, SGA President, presented the following report:

Senior Speech Competition:
The senior speech competition was held immediately following spring break. John-Michael Knowles won the competition, and will be delivering the speech on May 3, 1997. SGA received 11 applications. A panel was composed of Speech Communications professors, debate and forensics team members, and SGA executive officers.

The SGA Executive Team attended a conference on student government associations in College Station, Texas, between February 22 and 25. They currently have bills on the floor, which would modify their current methods of operation to better work for students, modeled after workshops and lecturers at the conference. Next year's executive team is considering a conference in Orlando, Florida, in the fall. They feel that knowledge gained in the fall can be better put to use by those in office rather than attending a conference in the spring and trying to make changes late in the year.

Pig Roast:
SGA will hold its annual Pig Roast on Godwin field on April 26, 1997, at 1:00 p.m. The band, Slackjaw, will be performing. Seniors look forward to this event each year to celebrate four or five years of hard work, and they hope the weather cooperates with them this year. President of the class of 1998, Chris Disano, is directing the project.

Breeze Debate:
The SGA, along with 300 additional members of clubs and organizations, took a formal stand last month on the cost of Breeze ads to student organizations. Unlike student papers at other Virginia Universities, such as UVA, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, the Breeze grants no student discount to student groups. The Breeze charges the same money for an ad to Wal-Mart as they do to Student Ambassadors. The SGA made a statement with a bill of opinion strong urging the Breeze to modify this unfair billing practice. Over 300 students in clubs and organizations signed this bill. To date, nothing has changed at the Breeze.

SGA Appointments:
The SGA has modified its selection process for the Student Judicial Coordinator position. In cooperation with the Student Judicial Affairs office, the new process involves a panel of three judicial council members and four SGA officers. The old method of selection involved nine SGA members. Mike Way's office now coordinates the selection process.

The Director of Class Government, the SGA executive office that oversees class government, will be appointed a week from today. A new partnership has been created between Geoff Polglase and class government to improve the operations of class councils and to better establish class identity. They will be looking for a qualified candidate who understands the necessity of this identify.

The Wilson Hall Chimes:
Amidst much debate, SGA and Mr. King's office went ahead with plans to install chimes in the Wilson Hall tower. The chimes can be programmed to chime at various times, and play various songs such as the fight song, national anthem, or hail to the chief. The SGA believes these chimes add an intrinsic value to the campus.

Founder's Day:
The SGA sponsored its first reception in the Warren Hall lounge on Founder's Day. Senators served cake and assisted the Director of Annual Events. The SGA looks forward to hosting this reception next year. Vice-president elect Andrew Sorensen has made a commitment to expanding Founder's Day next year to highly pronounce the pride in this campus.

SGA Commencement Banquet:
The SGA will dismiss for the 1996-97 academic year with a banquet to be held on April 22, 1997. At this time, the newly elected officers will be sworn in by Dr. Carrier. These elected officers will take office on May 3, 1997.

Elections were held on March 26, 1997, for SGA offices and Honor Council offices. The campus-wide turnout was 1,988 students, which is approximately 15% of the campus. The national average for voting on college campuses is 9%. The officers elected are as follows:

April Roberts President
Andrew Sorensen Vice-President
Kyle Wesson Secretary
Lindsay Curran Treasurer


Mr. Patrick Wyman, Honor Council President, explained the following information:

I. Case Update

II. Committee, Activity Update

III. Task Force Information

NOTE: In response to inquiry from Dr. Weaver, it was noted that the proposals will come before the Faculty Senate; in fact, a copy has been forwarded to Dr. Leary, as Chair of the Senate's Academic Policies Committee

IV. Council Information

V. Introduction of the new President


Ms. Michele Parsons, Executive Chair, summarized the following update on UPB events:

The following events have been held since the last Council meeting:

2/20 Jazz Poets Society
2/24 "A Formal Affair" Etiquette Dinner with MMA
3/13 Sister Souljah - Speaker
3/20 Human Sexuality - Multicultural Workshop
3/22 Marty Nau - Jazz Saxophonist
3/24 Camp Heartland Kids
3/25 Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
3/27 Footsteps in Change - Multimedia Presentation
4/1 Chris Rock - Comedian
4/2 African American Storytelling
4/12 Battle of the Bands
4/12-15 Unity Fest

The following events will be held this semester:

4/18 Superchuck - band with WXJM
4/19 Lombardi Gras with AKL
4/20 UPB Volunteer Party

The Press Brunch will be held on August 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Taylor 405.

The UPB constitution is being revised and updated.

The UPB is planning Homecoming, START and other fall programs.

May movies will be in 35mm. There will be no movies in June, July or August.

UPB is moving from two graduate advisors to one next fall. The graduate advisor has been selected and UPB is in contact with him.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Ronald E. Carrier, President

Joyce M. Jackameit, Secretary


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