FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 18, 2001
MEMBERS PRESENT: G. Avent, P. Bagley, P. Fox, G. Goicoechea, E. Henderson, P. Josey, M. Kuhl, J. Larsen, K. Martin, M. McFarlane, C. McMullen, S. Nielsen, P. O'Hanahan, S. Owen, L. Owens, M. Puccinelli, B. Robertson, K. Schwandt, J. Shaw, J.Shrock, R. Siler, G. Smith, J. Smith, T. Staley, G. Tenney, J. Williams
- ATTENDANCE: Silent roll was taken. Chair John Rice declared a quorum present.
- CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 8:07 a.m.
- WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS : Chair John Rice welcomed everyone to Senate.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the April 27, 2001, meeting were unanimously approved with the following
amendment: Joan Williams was present.
- SENATE CHAIR REPORT:
- GBC will be fully funded since the school met its FTE expectations. Funding will be acquired at 80.75% with the faculty
COLA being fully funded by the state.
- The BA in Integrative and Professional Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, and BA in Elementary Education programs
for GBC were funded from the Nevada Estate Tax. The BoR is lobbying for future funding to be the responsibility of the
- Dr. Remington has been awarded the position of President for CCSN.
- FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMS:
- Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Professional Studies - Drafted core curriculum (general and upper division) with
social science emphasis requirements were distributed with the intention of presenting the program to Northwest
Accreditation possibly by July. Syllabi for classes is requested for approval by Curriculum and Articulation by the end of
June with approval by the Senate pending. The faculty was once again that this program outline is a working draft and
the committee is seeking approval from faculty in order to work forward. Various degrees programs will be articulated as
a cooperative between UNR and GBC. Following questions and clarifications, the program was unanimously approved.
- Bachelor of Applied Science - Group advising sessions were held. Fifteen student applications were accepted with an
additional five applications being reviewed for acceptance.
- COMMITTEE REPORTS:
- Curriculum and Articulation - Written report; approved. Committee minutes reflected numerous course changes and
additions for approval. The committee will meet on June 27 to review syllabi which have not been articulated for the BA
IPS degree. Syllabi must be to Dr. Eric Henderson, BA IPS lead faculty, by June 15 so that committee recommendation
can be presented to Curriculum and Articulation.
- Compensation and Benefits - No Report. A motion was made and unanimously accepted to declare nominations for
committee chair closed. Bob Byram, Frank Daniels and Tammy Staley were declared nominees. Ballot elections were
held electing Bob Byram as committee chair.
- OLD BUSINESS: No old business was brought forward.
- NEW BUSINESS:
- Final's Week Proposal - Courses with a lot of semester material require a 2 hour final. The BoR Handbook requires all
schools in the system to maintain a 15 week semester with a 16th week final's week. This system was overhauled
approximately two years ago to find a better working model to meet student's schedules with the caveat that the model
would be reviewed and amended as necessary. The decision was made at that time that no formal final's week
schedule would be in operation and final exams would be given during regular teaching hours. Currently, there are
classes which hold their final during the 15th week of the semester and dismiss during the 16th week. The
recommendation for re-institution of a formal 16th final's week was forwarded to Academic Standards Committee for
- INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:
- 2001-2002 Faculty Senate Committee Assignments were distributed. The FS Executive Committee made the
determination of committee assignments to better allocate work. The General Education committee was omitted, but will
be re-enforced working directly with Curriculum and Articulation. The Gen Ed committee is ad hoc but necessary for the
next 2-3 years. Salli Macaskill is resigning and will be removed from the Facilities Committee. The Personnel
Committee is smaller than in the past in order to add people from the hiring discipline. Pauline Fisher should be added
to the Distance Learning Committee. Julie Byrnes will be added as an Ex-Officio member of the Bachelor of Applied
Science Committee. Any further recommendations should be brought to Chair Rice.
- Thalia Dondero will be the speaker at the GBC commencement exercises.
- ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:09 a.m..