Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Called to Order –3:35 PM
Adjourned – 4:38 PM
Officers Present: Doug Jeppesen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Cliff Luxion, Treasurer
Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
Senators Present: Tim Moriarty (Business and Career Technologies)
(Health Professions and Public Service)
Heidy Kindelin (Counselors and Librarians)
Martine Stuckey (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Tom Pulver (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
Lisa Fozio-Thielk (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages) Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Call to Order
Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:35 PM.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the September 3, 2014 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved. Acceptance of the October 1, 2014 minutes with changes.
Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account has a balance of $19,980 and the checking account has a balance of $100.
Tom Pulver and Denise Nakaji will perform an audit on Monday
President: President Jeppesen began by discussing Gibby’s memorial concert, where over 400 people attended. Mark Popowitch and Mark Lathan did an excellent job organizing the event.
He recently met the president of the adjunct faculty union and provided advice on how to increase membership.
The Faculty Council received two thank-you notes: Dave Quillen thanked the Council for its generous scholarships and John Bitternman thanked the members for their support during his time of loss.
President Jeppesen highlighted the faculty achievements listed in Newsbits.
He also shared an email from a colleague who is not a member of the Council because of his concerns about the political nature of the AFT/IFT.
- · Senator Pulver reminded Senate that the IFT endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates in the recent election.
- · Treasurer Luxion noted some council members’ concerns that a portion of our dues go to political matters and asked the Senate to look into alternative affiliations at a future date.
- · Senator Pulver reminded the Senate that it had created an affiliation committee in the past that had looked into our affiliation. He stressed that it is important for the Council to support Local 604 and that our affiliation provides members with benefits, including legal assistance and various forms of insurance.
Doug will respond to the email and inquire.
Lastly, Jeppesen mentioned the importance of faculty input when serving on hiring committees. Providing faculty with a voice in decision-making would increase engagement.
Local 604 Update: Senator Kiefer noted that the IFT had endorsed Governor Quinn, who lost re-election. The referendum on the minimum wage passed, but is only advisory in nature. The status of pensions is still unclear.
He will attend the next 604 meeting in December.
Scholarship: The Committee is collecting used text books from faculty to raise more money for the fund.
- A. Compensation for Officers
The Council membership will vote on this issue during the upcoming election.
- B. Book Buyers on Campus
Faculty are concerned that book buyers have become intrusive. President Jeppesen talked to Dr. Lovingood, but she informed him that since we have an open campus we cannot prevent them from coming. She added that the Board has a “no solicitation” policy, however.
- C. Upcoming Elections
The process for officer elections will begin at the end of the month. Chair of the Elections Committee, Lisa Fozio-Thielk, will send out nomination forms, but would like to do it electronically this year. Sending and receiving nominations is difficult to do through inter-campus mail, especially since our membership is so large. The Committee would also like to limit the nominations to three per position.
- D. Dual Credit
President Jeppesen had a discussion with Bill Briggs about lack of faculty involvement.
- A. Assessment and Objectives
Faculty Liason Tim Moriarty recently attended an assessment conference in Indianapolis. He is also working with Stacey Randall’s focus group, which will meet on Friday, November 14th at 9 AM. Consisting of four faculty members (Heather LaCost, Jeanne McDonald, Randy Hines, and Tim) and four administrators, the group will create a report with recommendations.
Tim stressed the importance of this group since the HLC is expecting learning outcomes on both course and program levels. He requested that a member of the Senate be involved to give insight into the impact this report and its findings will have on the day-to-day activities of faculty members.
- B. Paycheck elections
A member suggested that paycheck elections be automatic so that employees won’t have to fill out a form each year. Jeppesen suggested that the officers bring this issue up at the next meeting with administration. He will also talk to Cathy Collins about making this a topic for the Long-Range Planning Committee.
Senator Pulver reminded the Senate that members can request that their dues not be used for political matters.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:38 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History