DATE: May 29,1998
CALL TO ORDER: Dr. Beheruz Sethna, President, called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. in the Humanities Building, Room 312.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Abraham, Ozzie Binion, Susan Boes, Jim Burton, Mike Cass, J. Alisa Coleman, Larry Frazier, Lynne Gaskin, Carol Goodson, Kathryn Grams, Randy Hendricks, Bob Hilliard, Andrew Leavitt, Cecilia Lee, Will Lloyd, Mark McManus, Marc Miller, Dawn Putney, Robert Sanders, Carole Scott, Salil Talpade, James Taylor, Mary Wulff for Jack Charlesworth, Don Medeiros for Tobin Hart, Gwen McAlpine for Winston Pickett, and Royce Chaffin for Ara Volkan
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the April 24,1998 meeting were approved.
I. Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs, Committee #1 (Chairperson: Susan Boes)
Dr. Boes submitted the following
for information only:
Dr. Leavitt also requested information concerning the reason the academic calendar was an information only item for the Faculty Senate. Dr. Miller stated that the calendar was an administrative responsibility. Dr. Bruce Lyon stated that the calendar was pretty much set by the University System. According to the State University of West Georgia Statutes the calendar is the responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In practice the calendar is determined in consultation with the Registrar, Student Services, Academic Affairs, and the President.
Dr. Sethna stated that the University consulted with both the city and county school superintendents when determining the first semester calendar. They stated that they do not know from year to year when their spring break will be held, and declined his invitation to coordinate the calendar.
Steve Taylor stated that Fall Semester will be difficult because there are 11 - 12 weeks without a break. Some systems have a break in October.
Dr. Miller replied that all these factors had been considered by the committee and that this calendar seemed the best choice.
Dr. Sethna replied that he would continue to raise this issue.
Dr. Leavitt requested information about payday in December. Bill Gauthier replied that the last working day would be either December 23rd or 24th.
Dr. Leavitt stated that traditionally payday had been moved from the last of the month so that money would be available at the beginning of the month to pay bills.
Dr. Sethna replied that this presented a problem at the beginning of the year as new faculty could not be processed in time to get the first pay check. Also, some faculty who were unhappy have left the University following receipt of their pay, without completing their responsibilities.
Dr. Sethna stated that he had requested Ray Christie to compute the amount of interest lost due to the change in the pay schedule. Mr. Christie calculated that the amount lost to the average faculty member due to foregone interest is $10.32 per year. The gain to the average faculty member under the new system, assuming all monies are invested, would be $99.10. The net gain would be $84.15.
Mr. Gauthier encouraged all faculty to sign up for direct deposit. Your money is guaranteed to be available at 8:00 A.M. the day of payday. A payday calendar will be available in a few days. In August, faculty will get information about direct deposit and participating in a credit union.
The motion passed unanimously.
I. A tentative list of Senators and standing committee appointments for 1998/99 was distributed.
II. A list of proposed meeting dates for 1998/1999 was approved. (Attached)
III. An election for the position
of Executive Secretary for 1998/1999 was held. Nominees were as follows:
Diane Sharp was elected by secret ballot to the position.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:40 P.M.
Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate