September 20, 2002

MEMBERS PRESENT: P. Anderson, G. Avent, J. Cox, F. Daniels, K. Dannehl, C. Eikenberry, J. Emerson, H. Estes, W. Fisk, L. Frazier, C. Ford, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, B. Hofland, D. Jones, P. Josey, R. Kampf, N. Kelly, J. Kempster, B. Kern, J. King, J. Larson, M. LaSalle, J. Licht, L. Macfarlan, K. Mowrey, B. Murphy, S. Neilsen, E. Nickel, M. Ports, C. Pyatt, J. Rice, B. Robertson, J. Rosenthal, L. Sanchez-Saenz, R. Schaffner, J. Shaw, J. Shrock, D. Smith, Ja. Smith, Ju. Smith, G. Tenney, L. Uhlenkott, P. Warren

OTHERS PRESENT: Danny Gonzales, Steve Houk, Dr. Paul Killpatrick

  1. ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair Pete Bagley declared a quorum present.
  2. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 1:21 p.m.
  3. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair Pete Bagley welcomed everyone to Senate.
  4. PRESIDENT PAUL KILLPATRICK: Dr. Killpatrick thanked the Senate for inviting him back. Conflicts in meeting schedules prevented him from being able to take comments and questions at last month's meeting.
    1. Grant Proposal - Trio Grants and Title III Grants grants are used to strengthen academic institutions. GBC is actively pursuing these monies with the intention of heading off further state budget cuts. The funds can improve the current BA programs and assist in the realization of the planned BA in Nursing, the BA in Secondary Education and the BA in Agriculture. It is essential that the work in this pursuit does not end up on the shoulders of the overloaded faculty and staff - release time is built into the efforts to make them doable.
      1. Trio Grants can build a bridge with under-represented students through such programs as Upward Bound for 9-12 grade students. These programs emphasize getting students on a college track. Currently, Owyhee students participate in an Upward Bound program located in Idaho. These students should be receiving the benefit of such a program through GBC.
      2. Education is the great equalizer within society. Education can change people's lives and this effort must be faculty driven and initiated. Consultant Vince Norelli was brought in from Washington, D. C., to advise GBC in its Title III Grant efforts. Faculty are each asked to choose one thing that GBC can fix with $365,000/year for 5 years and bring the idea to Jeannie Rosenthal. This will assist Administration in its focus for the grant proposal.
      3. The ability to strengthen the college is always good. Such funding is a boost for the college as a whole. Objectives of the programs are made by faculty. GBC is looking for solid performing programs. Take these ideas to departments as a template to discuss areas of academic strengthening which will benefit the students: professional development, staff development for part-time faculty, tenure processes, mentoring/tutoring programs, distance education. Dr. Killpatrick is willing to meet with individual departments.
      4. Twenty percent of the funded monies can be set aside as an 20-year endowment. Contact has been made with the Foundation to research the possibilities of matching that 20 percent.
    2. GBC Employee Giving Campaign - The goal at the college level is 100% participation. The kick-off is in two weeks. The Co-Chairs for the campaign are Danny Gonzales, Lynette Macfarlan, Dan Mahlberg, and Janie Moore.
  5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the August 23, 2002, meeting were unanimously approved.
    1. Board of Regents - No Board of Regents meeting until October.
    2. FS Agenda - The Faculty Senate meeting agenda has been slightly modified to streamline the process.
    3. Voting Representatives -
      1. Faculty are reminded to please get their department voting representatives to Chris.
      2. The Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary will look at ways to distinguish voting members in the Senate. Ideas such as ping-pong paddles for voting members was discussed. However, the most logical idea was to have the voting members seated at the front of the audience. This will be requested at the next Senate meeting.
    4. Compensation and Benefits Funds - Monies cover faculty travel, conference fees, etc., but the college has made a commitment to fostering the individual degree endeavors of the faculty. This could cause awkwardness in funding. Senate suggests that the committee look at percentage-based funding equations and study the mechanics of the monies in order to give equal, easy access. This year the budget is considerably less; Title III grants may help.
    5. Granting Early Tenure - Normally, granting early tenure has been a non-supported mechanism at GBC ; however, there is some leeway with the System policy. The VP of Academic Affairs is looking for direction from the faculty.
      1. UCCSN code states that tenure can begin at hire. Outside institutions have hired with tenure track if the person recruited currently held a tenure track position with their institution.
      2. A clear process and measurable standards with strong Senate input and approval is requested.
      3. Process should be a joint process between the Faculty and Administrative Evaluations Committee and the Personnel Committee.
    1. Academic Standards - The committee will begin addressing a Friday teaching schedule and bring recommendations to Senate.
    2. Facilities - No report.
    3. Student Relations - ASB President Steven Houk addressed the Senate.
      1. He hasn't met with the Student Relations Committee yet this semester, but is looking forward to the opportunity.
      2. Students are here at GBC because the faculty are here. The college gives the unique experience of teachers reaching out to students to help them reach their goals.
      3. Student Life activities is a new object of the ASB and is key to keeping students on campus. Student housing is 93% full - Student Central was highly effective in reaching these goals. Campus tours are offered by appointment. ASB is also looking at mentoring programs for classes and ensuring everyone has completed the student orientation class.
      4. Faculty is asked to inform the students of campus activities, to get involved with the ASB, and to be faculty advisors for student clubs and groups. Faculty are cordially invited to attend their weekly meetings which are held at 10:00 a.m. in HTC 123.
  8. DEPARTMENTAL CHAIRS: John Rice accepted the position of chairing the Departmental Chair Committee. The committee will be in charge of calling departmental chair meetings. Membership will include departmental chairs, department lead faculty and program directors. A standing meeting date will be 10:00 a.m. the morning of Faculty Senate meeting day. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed. These are open meetings with faculty encouraged to attend.
    1. The committee determined that the amount of responsibility of department chairs was equivalent to those of program lead faculty and there should be parity in compensation. Compensation at other institutions will be researched by Senate Chair Bagley. A recommendation regarding department chair compensation will be brought forward at the next Senate meeting.
    2. The committee recommends that the VPAA sit on the committee as an ex-officio member.
    3. The committee will take the lead in class scheduling. The process for fall 2003 scheduling will be discussed at the next committee meeting.
    4. The committee recommends that Senate request that the Senate Chair sit on the President's Council. A motion was made and unanimously approved.
    1. Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Oral report given; approved. A motion was made and unanimously approved for the committee to move forward with researching the viability of pursuing a secondary education degree. A skeletal program is available. Cautionary student advising was emphasized. Special Education endorsement will be explored through Bonnie Hofland. The development of curriculum will probably be met through a part-time faculty hiring.
    2. Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - Oral report given; approved. There are 19 students enrolled with 6 applications pending; the deadline is October 1. A program process report is due to Northwestern soon. The committee is looking for input for the impact of change on the college as a whole since it began offering the program. The input can be negative and positive. It is evident that the four-year programs provide slightly over 10% of all courses and 13% of FTE which equate to a significant economic impact. Copies of the report can be provided for faculty review.
    1. Senate Bylaws - The bylaws reflecting a workable document were brought to Senate for approval. The document reflects changes by Senate as of September 2002. The document was unanimously approved.
    1. Senate would like clarification on the Pharmacology Degree through UNR and UNLV in which GBC was slated to provide the lower division requirements. This degree was approved by the BoR last year but has been overlooked with the development of the four-year programs.
    2. The Governor is speaking in terms of another 3% cut in next year's higher education funding.
    3. The Senate would like to request that reports and other Faculty Senate information be distributed via email prior to the meeting date to speed up meeting length.
    1. Rebecca Schaffner is the new Recruitment Officer for the campus. She welcomes faculty input and faculty attendance at student recruiting functions.
    2. The 6th Annual Soup/Chili Cookoff which will be held Wednesday, October 23. The event raises funds for the Tony Joe Salvatierra Memorial Academic Scholarship which is generated by Classified Staff. Student groups will have the opportunity to raise funds as well, as they will be approached to sell drinks and desserts at the function.
  13. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 3:01 p.m. The Senate will convene on October 18 at 1:15 p.m. in McMullen Hall, room 103.