UMES Senate Meeting
Minutes for November 13, 2012
11am Frederick Douglass Library
- The Meeting was called to order at 11:00.
- Dr. Bennett is on travel; therefore, the meeting will be presided over by Dr. Johnson.
- Corrections to Section “Appointment of Committees”
- Correction from Dr. Mark Willlams to correct the spelling to the spelling of “Michel Demanche.”
- Correction to add “Dr. Ted Mollett” to the Academic Affairs committee list as he was inadvertently omitted.
- Correction to clarify that the motion carried to “keep the committee the same”
- Correction to clarify that a motion carried to “accept these as these individuals as the 2012-2013 Academic Affairs Committee”.
A motion to approve the October 9, 2012 minutes was made by Dr. Mark Williams and seconded by Dr. XX . The vote was approved and carried.
- UMES Senate Constitution Review Committee
- Dr. Bob Johnson read a list of standing Senate committees that are in need of members. Dr. Johnson would like individuals who are interested in these committees to indicate interest at the December meeting for consideration. The committees are:
- Academic Affairs Committee (complete)
- Admissions Committee
- Campus Security Committee
- Physical Plant Committee
- Faculty Grievance Committee
- Athletics Committee
- Library Committee
- Student Concerns Committee
- Information Technology Committee
- Dr. Mark Williams stated that in the past, each of the committees have been filled on an as needed basis.
- New Business
- Chief Sumpter Devin Clay Tragedy
- Chief Sumpter spoke to the Senate and stated that not all information or facts are in regarding the cause of the accident and that the investigation is ongoing. A vigil was held in which Devin’s family attended. The family has expressed their gratitude toward the University’s outpouring of sympathy.
- College backbone road is a Somerset County road and not controlled by the University; therefore, there are several considerations and/or mitigating factors that need to be considered before action can take place.
- If you feel that the road needs changes to it, then a formal request must be made to Somerset County.
- Chief Sumpter discussed the University’s involvement with other traffic/pedestrian concerns that present dangers to students and the community. The University has written letters of support and have testified at hearings in the past to help make the roads safer.
- Chief Sumpter encourages the Senate to write letters of support for any additions to make the road safer and for a traffic study to assess the situation.
- Laura Figgs- Devin Clay Tragedy
- Ms. Figgs is a lab coordinator in the School of Pharmacy. Ms. Figgs read an account of her experiences with College BB road and her perceptions of the dangers associated with it.
- Ms. Figgs has been in touch with a number of officials concerning the road which will help to demonstrate the need for a study, as stated by Chief Sumpter.
- Dr. Maryam Rahimi stepped up to state her concerns about College BB road and Dr. William Talley inquired about the possibility of petitioning or drafting a resolution as a means of bringing attention to the situation.
- Ms. Figgs will lead a committee to write a letter to the Somerset board to address the safety concerns and make requests for action. The committee will consist of:
- Ms. Figgs (Committee Chair)
- William Talley
- Linda Troutman
- Ashley Collier
- Ms. M. Downing – Staff matters
- Ms. Downing addressed staff concerns and their perception of participating in UMES Senate meetings.
- Matters concerning solutions were addressed by Ms. M. Billie from Human Resources in that non-exempt and exempt staff is represented by AFSCME at the University. There are issues that cannot be addressed by the Senate if the staff member is covered by AFCSME. Mr. Joe Hartman is the president of the local AFCSME.
- Dr. Johnson suggested that the Human Resource office share at the December or February meeting what the Senate can do for Staff.
- Dr. Mollett and Dr. Boyd raised the issue of collective bargaining having an effect on staff participation at the Senate meeting and the need for awareness of boundaries in terms of participation at Senate meetings.
- Ms. M. Billie: Maryland Charity Campaign
- Ms. Billie encouraged the body to complete the campaign forms and take advantage of supporting recent hurricane and university scholarship needs.
- Voice of the UMES Community: Issues and Concerns
- Other entities need to be involved and participate in the Senate meetings.
- A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Dr. M. Williams. Dr. Talley seconded the motion and the motion was passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 pm
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