August 21, 2001

MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Avent, P. Bagley, E. Bateman, B. Byram, M. Cox, F. Daniels, K. Dannehl, P. Fisher, A. Fisk, P. Fox, L. Frazier, S. Garcia, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, L. Hyslop, P. Josey, J. Karr, R. Kampf, J. Kempster, M. Kuhl, J. Larsen, J. Licht, K. Martin, M. McFarlane, C. McMullen, S. Nielsen, P. O'Hanahan, S. Owen, L. Owens, M. Ports, L. Remington, N. Remington, S. Rombough, L. Sanchez-Saenz, K. Schwandt, J. Shrock, R. Siler, T. Staley, S. Sweetwater, G. Tenney, S. Thomson, C. Tomlinson, L. Uhlenkott, J. Williams

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate. Richard Adkins, Margaret Cox, Gary Hanington, Nicole Kelly, Janice King, Brandon Paine, Shirley Rombough, Julie Smith, Carol Tomlinson, Linda Uhlenkott were introduced as new faculty members. Lynette Peterson was recognized as the new classified personnel in the Human Resources office.
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the May 18, meeting were unanimously approved.
    1. Richard Curry began with the Chancellor's office on July 17. His familiarity with Elko is limited but stressed continued communication with GBC and its agenda. The BoR is to begin looking at the Master Plan for Higher Education in Nevada with information assimilating into the system as soon as is possible. The four goals outlined for the Master Plan are: 1)Nevada will equal other states in the participation and success of its students in higher education; 2)Nevada will provide a consistently excellent educational experience for its students; 3)Higher education will be an essential element in developing a strong and dynamic economy in Nevada; 4)Through instruction, service and research, higher education in Nevada will be instrumental in advancing society's objectives and enriching the state's residents. Dr. Curry then opened the floor to questions.
    2. Faculty requests a re-run of the Rand Student to include Community Colleges and that the BoR be approached to enhance the understanding of exactly how neglecting community college education will impact the UCCSN system and its goals. Dr. Curry expressed his hope that the Master Plan for Higher Education is not based on this study and thanked the faculty for being candid.
    3. Sherwin Iverson and Chris Chairsell had made an offer to accept recommendations regarding faculty workload. Faculty wished to know if the offer was still open. Dr. Curry will take the request back to the Chancellor's office keeping in mind factors which make GBC's faculty unique; i.e., community college faculty teaching upper division courses, careful categorization so as not to create factions among the faculty and the necessity of travel in order to teach at the satellite centers and branch campuses.
    1. Presidential Search Committee - An advisory board for the hiring has been established. The campus will be kept abreast of progress. The positive developments on campus are going to enhance the search to bring in some good candidates.
    2. Board of Regents -
      1. The Board gave permission for GBC to proceed with negotiations to purchase the properties located at 611 Walnut, 701 Walnut Street and 1620 College Parkway in Elko. These properties are being sought for use as dorms for GBC students. If the prices are agreed to by the BoR, a loan will be taken to fund the purchases. Estimated purchase price is approximately 2.7 million.
      2. The Nevada State Hospital Association reported an acute nursing shortage. They presented a scholarship bill to attracted potential nursing students; however, the future of the proposed scholarship is uncertain. Nevada is currently approximately four times below the national average.
    3. Senate Committee Assignments - Chair Rice declared the assignments made prior to the close of the 2000-2001 academic year to be nullified. Assignment petition sheets were distributed and will be collected. The Executive Committee will meet in the following week to make placements. Committee Chairs stand as assigned.
      1. GBC's accreditation standards will be worked through senate committees. Vice Chair Pete Bagley will co-chair the steering committee. The standards are as follows: 1) Mission and Goals; 2)Educational Programs; 3) Students; 4) Faculty; 5)Library; 6)Administration; 7) Finance; 8)Physical Resources; 9) Academic Integrity.
    4. Senate Agenda - The Executive Committee will meet to set the fall semester senate meeting dates in the following week. The BoR only meets two more times during the semester but Chair Rice feels the senate should convene at least one additional time.
    1. Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - The program is making progress. The curriculum is fairly well set.
    2. Bachelor of Applied Science - The committee is scheduled to meet Friday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m. to approve program applications. The program expects 50 enrollees.
    3. Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - The accreditation visit to achieve full accreditation is set. Of last semester's graduates, 18 have jobs.
    4. Bachelor of Arts in Nursing - No report.
    1. Academic Standards - No report. Chair Rice reminded the committee of the proposal to re-visit the finals week schedule made at the conclusion of last academic year.
    2. Budget - No report.
    3. Compensation and Benefits - No report. The committee has one item under consideration and will be acted upon as soon as the committee is finalized.
    4. Curriculum and Articulation - Written report. Approved with the following change: INT 400 and INT 496 prerequisites should read "and program approval" in lieu of "and instructor approval."
    5. Distance Learning - No report.
    6. Facilities - No report. The High Tech Center is projected to be online by October.
    7. Faculty and Administration Evaluations - No report.
    8. General Education - No report.
    9. Personnel - No report. The committee convened during the summer with the new hires already in position and previously introduced by Chair Rice.
    10. Scholarships and Awards - The committee is proud to announce the Millennium Scholarship Luncheon to be held Friday, August 24, at Café X.
    11. Student Relations - No report. The committee would like to announce that Student Central is up and running in Berg Hall.
  9. OLD BUSINESS: No old business was brought forward.
    1. Narcisa A. Polonio will meet with campus entities regarding the presidential search. Dr. Polonio is a representative from the consulting firm hired to assist with the presidential search process. All faculty are encouraged to meet at the specified time; however, if unable to attend there is an open forum scheduled.
    2. Today's meeting will not adjourn pending the executive committee's recommendations on committee assignments. A vote will be called for acceptance of the committees and adjournment. This action will take place within the following two days.
    3. An announcement was made that Dr. Gary Heberer will assign the Departmental Chair for Occupational Education. The department does not approve of this measure. Recommendation was made that the department pick the chair and submit it to administration.
    4. Nominations for Part-time Faculty representatives were closed with Cindy Hyslop and Cheryl Pyatt accepting nomination. The vote for approval will be held at the next senate meeting.
  11. REGENT'S AWARD NOMINATIONS: No nominations were brought forward.
    1. The Great Basin Festival - Sarah Sweetwater gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining the Great Basin Festival for the 2000-2001 academic year. The presentation was given in Texas over the summer to substantial support. This year, the festival focuses on the Hispanics of the region. Several workshops, performances and lectures will be given during the week of October 1 - 6. Faculty were encouraged to participate individually and encourage participation among their students.
  13. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was recessed at 3:00 p.m. pending action on committee assignments. The meeting was formally adjourned on August 28 at 4:00 p.m.