UMES SENATE MEETING MINUTES
10 April 2012
Hazel Hall Room 2040, 11:00 am
- The Chair of the UMES Senate, Dr. Mark Williams called the meeting to order at 11:04 am. In his welcome, Dr. Williams explained the change in meeting location as a double booking error and that was why the meeting was moved to room 2040 in Hazel Hall.
II. Approve meeting minutes 13 March, 2012 posted on-line.
Dr. Chapin moved that the meeting minutes of 13 March, 2012 be approved. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
III. Committee Reports
- Academic Affairs - Joseph Bree
There were five curriculum issues brought to the UMES Senate for consideration. The details of each of the five changes will be attached to these minutes by Mr. Bree. All five motions were properly seconded followed by unanimous votes approving the committee's recommendations. Mr Bree stated that the committee did have two items pending for the May meeting: BS degree in Marketing and a BS degree in Finance. There was a question about a proposal for internship being turned in for review. Mr Bree indicated that it never came to the committee for review.
Dr. Chapin indicated that a meeting with the Chancellor will take place on April 13, 2012. He will have more to report at the Faculty Assembly next week. But Dr. Chapin did indicate that the Maryland State Legislature was having difficulty in agreeing on a new budget. He continued to report that they have agreed on a dollar amount but there are no details to report. It appears, according to Dr. Chapin, that the Legislature is shifting expenses elsewhere by either not putting them in the budget or by shifting the responsibility to local school districts, for example retirement costs. Dr. Chapin made it clear that we do not want another legislative session which would only tend to complicate the current situation. By next week, the general public should know what was done by the Legislature. There was one change noted that a single person making over $100,000.00 and a couple with income over $150,000.00 will see a tax increase.
There were no other committee reports.
IV. Old Business
Dr. McLean again requested that faculty please join the LGBTQ taskforce that has been established. The taskforce will be looking at how UMES operates with respect to diversity and sexual orientation. Dr. McLean emphasized that UMES is striving to make all students feel safe and welcome on this campus. He indicated that there is a need for more faculty members to join the task force. Even if faculty were not available to make meetings, but had expertise in this area, they were asked to contact Dr. McLean. In closing, those present were informed that a short survey would be coming out soon and all are going to be asked to fill out the survey.
V. New Business:
- Nominations for officers for the 2012 - 2013 term
The nominating committee has arrived at the following slate of candidates.
Chair Michel Demanche
Vice Chair Mark Williams
Secretary Jeff Molavi
Parliamentarian Joseph Bree
Other people nominated in addition to the listed candidates were:
Chair: Dr. Bennett and Dr Heimdal
Vice Chair: Dr. Johnson
Secretary: Dr. Khoza
Parliamentarian: Dr. Harris
A motion was made and seconded to close the nominations. It passed unanimously.
Dr. Mark Williams stated that a ballot would be prepared and sent out to the general faculty for a vote with the results ready for the May UMES Senate meeting.
Review of the Strategic Plan
Dr. Walker presented a power point that was designed to highlight the goals and objects of the proposed strategic plan. Several questions were raised throughout the short presentation. There were several suggested changes recommended at the presentation. Dr. Williams stopped the presentation and asked that Dr. Walker pick up where she left off at the Faculaty Assembly meeting next week. There was a motion made from the floor to have Dr. Walker continue the presentation. The motion was defeated. Before closing, Dr. Charles Williams indicated that he would try to schedule a general faculty meeting at which time the entire strategic plan would be discussed.
There were no announcements.
VI. The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 pm
Respectfully submitted by Dr. Derry L. Stufft, guest secretary for the day.