MINUTES OF USC UNION FACULTY ORGANIZATION MEETING

12 Noon, Friday, January 13, 2006 - Community Room

ATTENDANCE

Present: Bishop, Buchanan, Charles, Edwards, Fouts, Ivey, Kearse, Kemper, Shaw, Young

Absent: Fatemi, Gavalas, Holcomb, Rowland, Simpson, Stokes, Wright

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF November, 11, 2005 MEETING WAS POSTPONED UNTIL February meeting.

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Faculty Advisory - Dr. Charles: No report

Academic Affairs - Dr. Buchanan: No report

Student Affairs - Mr. Ivey: Files under review at this time

Financial Affairs – Mr. Young: Will begin review of scholarship applications (deadline for application is 2/1/06).

Faculty Welfare - Dr. John Wright: No report. Dr. Denise Shaw volunteered to temporarily assume position of Chair until Dr. Wright’s ongoing participation in this committee is determined.

Regional Campuses Faculty Senate - Dr. Buchanan: Next committee meeting scheduled for 2/17 in Columbia.

Columbia Senate - Mr. Kearse: Minutes from last meeting posted to Columbia Senate web page. BLS degree approved at last meeting. (Attachment1)

Library Report – Terrence Kemper: No report

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Staff Organization - Mrs. Hooper: No report

Recruitment/Retention - Mr. Young: Enrollment for Spring 2006 looks good (350 students registered for classes); applications for Fall 2006 also look promising.

Financial Aid - Mr. Holcomb: No report

Laurens Campus - Mrs. Parker: No report

OSP Report - Mrs. Stokes: No report

Peer Review Report - Mr. Simpson: No report

Institutional Effectiveness - Mr. Simpson: No report

Palmetto College - Dr. Buchanan voted in as replacement for Dr. Wright (moved by Mr. Bishop, seconded by Mr. Ivey).

Productive Scholarship – Dr. Shaw: Meeting scheduled for 1/20 in Columbia

Dean Edwards’ Report (combined with Dr. Rowland's report)

Dean Edwards discussed the Governor’s budget proposals for 2006-07. Dean Edwards noted that the proposal does not call for closings of USC Union / USC Salkahatchie. A detailed memo outlining budget proposals was distributed by the Dean. Dean Edwards then distributed Dr. Rowland’s Academic Dean Report that included updates on the status of the Baldrige Process, the creation of a Writing Skills ad hoc committee (discussion tabled until next meeting), issues concerning the Smart Classroom and Palmetto College courses, and issues concerning Library staffing and improvements.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS None

NEW BUSINESS None

ADJOURNMENT AT 1:00 PM

Respectfully submitted

Denise R. Shaw, reporting for Anthony N. Gavalas, Secretary

Faculty Organization

Attachment 1

At the Columbia Faculty Senate meeting, Wed, Dec 7, 2005, the Palmetto College BLS degree was unanimously approved.

Provost Becker addressed scholarship at length.

As always, complete minutes and a video will be posted to the web at: http://www.sc.edu/faculty/meetings.shtml