Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Called to Order –3:31 PM
Adjourned –4:16 PM
Officers Present: Doug Jeppesen, Vice President Cliff Luxion, Treasurer
Amy Powers, Secretary Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604
Senators Present: Keith Bickley (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)
Pat de Boom (Health and Life Sciences)
Cathy Collins (Business and Information Systems)
Amy Del Medico (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)
Jamey DiVietro (Counselors and Librarians)
Lisa Fozio-Thielk (Social Science and Education)
Ellen Field (Learning Enhancement)
Todd Laufenberg (Communications and Library Services)
Mark Popowitch (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)
Officer Absent: Paul Olson, President
Senator(s) Absent: Tim Draper (Social Science and Education—alternate)
Guests: Tracey Dosch Mark Lathan
Call to Order/Roll Call
Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:31.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Acceptance of the March 13, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account balance is $22,883.89 and the checking account balance is $100.00. He also noted that the audit has been completed.
President Olson was not present.
Local 604 Update: Senator Kiefer informed the Senate that the Illinois State Senate and House passed a number of bills regarding pensions. The next Local 604 meeting is Wednesday and he will report their reaction to this legislation at our next Senate meeting.
Scholarship: Chairperson Luxion provided an update on the status of the endowment. The committee has decided to endow the scholarship funds at $25,000, not $50,000 so that we can free up some of our funds to provide more scholarships.
He also told the Senate that the committee plans to offer three $1000 scholarships and three $350 scholarships next year.
He also mentioned that we would like to have a representative from the Faculty Council on the Foundation Committee. VP Jeppesen said that he will talk to Kathy Richardson.
Sunshine Committee: Vice President Jeppesen received a thank-you letter from Jerri Wills.
- Article X Section 3 Review
As agreed at the last meeting, we will address this issue in the Fall.
- Negotiations Update
VP Jeppesen told the Senate that negotiations are progressing well and that the next meeting will be held on April 19th.
- Faculty Responsibilities
VP Jeppesen stressed that faculty understand their responsibilities and obligations as per the contract. He reminded everyone to follow correct procedures when taking time off or missing office hours.
- Hiring Practices
VP Jeppesen mentioned that Dr. Lovingood’s office had sent an email to faculty and staff asking for input about the reorganization process that will occur when a number of administrators retire this year. The Senate drafted an email to Dr. Lovingood thanking her for this opportunity and requesting a meeting with her. The Senate approved the wording of the email.
The Senate discussed the results from the Employee Engagement Survey, which faculty received in an email today. The election results from yesterday were also discussed.
The Senate decided not to sponsor a hole for the golf outing this year.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:16 PM. The Senate will next meet on May 8th.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History