USC UNION FACULTY ORGANZIATION MEETING
Friday, March 4, 2005, 11:00 AM – Commission Conference Room
Present: Buchanan, Charles, Edwards, Fatemi, Gavalas, Hawley, Hudson, Ivey, Jett, Kearse, Parker, Simpson, Stokes, Wright, Young
Absent: Buchanan, Hawley, Holcomb
Reading/Approval of Minutes of January 28, 2005
Minutes were approved as posted to list serve.
Reports of Standing Committees
Faculty Advisory - Dr. Charles
Academic Affairs - Dr. Buchanan
Student Affairs – Mr. Ivey
Mr. Ivey reported that Columbia directed that a grievance hearing should be given to the student who had been caught cheating (see Student Affairs Report in the January 28, 2005 Minutes. The Student Affairs Committee had originally denied a grievance hearing for this student. The student has been contacted, a grievance hearing has been offered, and the Committee is presently awaiting a reply from the student...
Financial Affairs - Mr. Simpson
Mr. Simpson reported that approximately $35,000 in scholarships has been awarded, with the average scholarship being in the neighborhood of $2,500. Between 20 and 25 scholarships were awarded.
Faculty Welfare - Dr. Wright
Regional Campuses Faculty Senate - Dr. Charles
Dr. Charles reported that the Palmetto College is on target for implementation. Dr. Charles also reported that protocol for a right use of "intellectual property" was being discussed by appropriate authorities related to the Palmetto College.
Columbia Senate - Dr. Wright.
Dr. Wright reported that President Sorensen indicated that a 4% salary increase for all faculty is included in the upcoming budget. Dr. Wright reported that based on information received from President Sorensen, both the Union and Salkehatchie campuses are safe from the governor’s axe for another year.
Reports of Special Committees
Staff Organization – Ms. Jett
Ms Jett reported the following from the Staff Meeting:
1. Graduation will be May 3rd.
2. Vandalism is becoming an issue on campus and all faculty are asked to keep their eyes open and report any unwarranted use or abuse of facilities
3. Individual’s using University vehicles should be careful to record both their beginning and ending mileage, as well as leave vehicle gas tanks full.
4. High school recruitment is underway.
5. Faculty members encouraged to support and submit articles to the school newspaper.
Recruitment/Retention – Mr. Young
See attachment 1. In addition, Mr. Young reported that the SAT scores this year are up over the scores of last year and that USC Union is being listed as a "possible school" by a growing number of applications on the Financial Aid Application. In addition next year’s SAT will include a written component and the perfect score will go from 1600 to 2400. This change indicates that Academic affairs may need to re-evaluate our SAT criteria for admission in the future.
Financial Aid – Mr. Holcombe
See Attachment 2
Laurens Campus – Mrs. Parker
Mrs. Parker reported that (1) Founders’ Day went well, (2) that USCU Laurens and Piedmont Tech are working together to promote higher education in Laurens county, (3) a program will be presented to the Lauren’s Rotary Club emphasizing life-long learning at both USCU Laurens and Piedmont Tech, and (4) walk-in traffic is increasing at the Lauren’s office.
OSP Report – Ms. Stokes
See Attachment 3
Peer Review – Mr. Kearse
See Attachment 4.
Institutional Effectiveness – Mr. Simpson
Palmetto College – Dr. Wright
Dr. Wright reported that the Palmetto College is in the process of developing plans for a BA in English, in addition to the present BAIS in English degree.
Dean Edwards’ Report
Dean Edwards reported the following:
Our legislative delegation assures us that the governor’s proposal to close USC Union and USC Salk will have no support.
The House Ways & Means committee has approved $100,000 for deferred maintenance on our campus.
We have requested permission to have Herbert Adams by our commencement speaker.
USC Union’s 40th Anniversary committee has met and many ideas are being considered. Additional input will be appreciated.
Union Rotary Club will be holding the Miss Union contest in our auditorium on March 19. This is a fundraising event which will help support our Rotary Scholarships.
The Search Committee for the assistant dean and for faculty members has met, determined our needs, written job descriptions, and we will soon advertise the positions. We are advertising for terminal degree, tenure track faculty in the discipline of: English, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Spanish, French, German, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
The next Faculty Organization meeting will be held Friday, April 2, 2005, 11:00 AM.
Adjournment - Adjourned at 12:40 PM.
Anthony N. Gavalas, D. Min.
Secretary, USCU Faculty Organization
Attachment 1 – Student Affairs Report – Terry Young
USCU has a preliminary head count increase of 20.72% over last spring and a 22.7% FTE increase. The FTE total will increase after we enroll our 2nd. 8-week students.
1. SGA social will be held on Wed. March 16.
2. SGA evening pizza social will be held on March 22.
3. SGA will sponsor a blood drive on March 22.
4. SGA will hold elections on March 30.
1. Terry and Bobby met with all Jonesville High School juniors and seniors on March 2 and discussed concurrent class offerings.
2. Terry will attend a career day at the Milliken Cedar Hill Plant on March 17, &am until 11am.
3. The Junior Scholars Program will be held on March 17.
4. Susan and two students visited Broome High School on Feb. 25.
5. Susan and two students will visit Union High School on March 25.
6. 2,750 recruiting letters were mailed to high school seniors on Feb.
Attachment 2 – Financial Aid Report – Mr. Holcomb
The USCU Scholarship Committee met on February 18th and selected scholarship recipients for 2005-2006. Scholarship notifications to the USCU Scholarship Recipients have been mailed.
Julie Harvin from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs completed a VA audit on February 16th. Everything went well.
3. USCU Junior Scholars of Excellence Program will be held March 17th. This year’s guest speaker will be Miss South Carolina 2004, Ann Ashley Wood. We have 115 Junior Scholars who have been invited. This number represents 7 counties and 20 high schools. Please mark your calendar!
4. Students will be mailed summer financial aid applications on March 11th. ADVISORS PLEASE NOTE: IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANY STUDENT WISHING TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID FOR SUMMER SCHOOL 2005 BE ADVISED AND REGISTERED NO LATER THAN APRIL 15TH. THIS INCLUDES HAVING THEIR SCHEDULE ENTERED IN THE SYSTEM. DUE TO PROCESSING, ANY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER APRIL 15TH WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FINANCIAL AID.
5. Bobby, Naida and Carolyn will be in Columbia on March 7th for a SC Student Loan Corporation Meeting.
6. Bobby and Naida will be in Columbia on March 16th for USC Regional Campuses Central Financial Aid Office quarterly meeting.
7. The USCU Awards Ceremony is Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Main Building auditorium. Please mark your calendars!
Attachment 3 – OSP Report – Mrs. Stokes
We're moving right along this semester. We have had decent attendance to our spring workshops but, of course, would love to see more students participate. So please encourage your students to attend our functions and utilize our services. Our workshops start promptly at 12:30 and normally last about 30 minutes. We normally serve food.
Feb. 21st: Reading between the Lines" covered study skills and context clues.
February 23rd: OSP teamed up with SGA to hold the Black History Month program.
March 2nd: Patience: discussed how obtaining patience can assist in making you a better student
March 4th: Mike is taking a group to "Fab Friday" at USC Upstate
March 21st: Career Workshop
March 5th: OSP teamed up with MSU to sponsor a road trip to visit the Greenville Museum and see the movie "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
Attachment 4 – Peer Evaluation Report – Mr. Kearse
The following evaluations have been completed this year:
Shetley Chemistry Lab
Ballenger Spanish Laurens
These remain to be done this semester:
Williams Hpeb Laurens