MINUTES OF USC UNION FACULTY ORGANIZATION MEETING

12 Noon, Friday, October 7, 2005 - Commission Conference Room

ATTENDANCE
Present:
Bishop, Buchanan, Charles, Edwards, Fatemi, Fouts, Gavalas, Hudson, Ivey, Kearse, Rowland, Shaw, Stokes, Wright
Absent:
Holcomb, Hooper, Simpson, Young,

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2005 MEETING
Minutes were approved as posted to list serve.

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Faculty Advisory - Dr. Charles: No report

Academic Affairs - Dr. Buchanan: No report

Student Affairs - Mr. Ivey: No report

Financial Affairs - Mr. Simpson: No report

Faculty Welfare - Dr. John Wright: No report

Regional Campuses Faculty Senate - Dr. Hudson, Dr. Buchanan, Dr. Fatemi: No report.

Columbia Senate - Mr. Kearse: Posted to list serve. Attachment 1.

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Staff Organization - Mrs. Hooper: No report

Recruitment/Retention - Mr. Young: No report

Financial Aid - Mr. Holcomb: No report

Laurens Campus - Mrs. Parker: No report

OSP Report - Mrs. Stokes: Posted to list serve. Attachment 2

Peer Review Report - Mr. Simpson: No report

Institutional Effectiveness - Mr. Simpson: No report

Palmetto College - Dr. Wright: Dr. Wright called attention to the memo from Chris Plyler regarding Palmetto College as published on list serve on October 6, copy of which is attached. Attachment 3.

DEAN EDWARDS= REPORT:

1. Dean Edwards distributed a copy of the Palmetto College Spring, 2006 course schedule (copy attached). Dean Edwards stressed that the tuition for Palmetto College is the same as the Columbia campus, not the USC Union fee.

2. Dean Edwards reported that the BAIS program here on the Union campus will be phased out by Spring, 2006, and will be replaced with the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.

3. The Palmetto College workshop will be held on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of May, June, and July.

4. The search committee for a chemistry/biology faculty person includes: Hudson, Simpson, Fatemi, Buchanan, Charles, Childers, Edwards, and Rowland.

5. Dean Edwards shared information regarding ERPC a plan for a global computerization of the entire University system including all campuses, communications, and record keeping.

6. We have helped three Katrina students directly getting one enrolled in Clemson, one as a full-time student on our campus, and one as a concurrent student at Jonesville High School.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS None

NEW BUSINESS

1. Elected Denise Shaw (1 year term) and Deborah Hudson (2 year term) to the Research Productive Scholarship committee.

2. Approved request by Gavalas that a campus thanksgiving service be conducted by the Religion 301-Old Testament Class and that the service be held following the Campus Thanksgiving lunch on November 16.

3. Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon will be December 16, 12 noon- 2 PM at Inn at Meriden.

ADJOURNMENT AT 12:50 PM

Respectfully submitted

Anthony N. Gavalas, Secretary
Faculty Organization

 

Attachment 1 - Columbia Senate Report 10/5- Bob Kearse

There was an objection from the floor regarding the Palmetto College curriculum proposal and the proposal was remanded to cmte to resolve the objection.  I could not hear the objector so I know not who or the reason. Hopefully it will be spelled out in the minutes which will be available at http://www.sc.edu/faculty/meetings.shtml   I expect the proposal to be voted on in the Nov 2 meeting.

 The Bookstore Cmte had a report from Tommy Preston, Student Gov Treasurer, and from the Bookstore Manager regarding efforts to ease textbook problems encountered by students, especially textbook prices.  Very interesting presentations and a good exchange with the Senate.  The Bookstore Manager indicated a promising online resource for faculty but didn't give the url.  If it's not in the minutes when they're published, I'll get it for you.

 President Sorensen gave an update on Katrina relief efforts:  $33,000 raised at the Ala game, $15,000 organized and raised from coaches by Coach Dave Odom, and a concert last night at Koger Center for which no figure was given but noted all Koger Center workers, most of them unionized, donated their time.

 President Sorensen announced 2 searches:  VP for Advancement and Law School Dean.

 Provost Becker announced the search cmte for Law School Dean will be formed next Thur and that the Ed and Pharm Dean searches are continuing.  He also announced that tho SACS accreditation is in 2011, the prep process has already begun.  A consultant has been hired and a general ed cmte has been formed.

 

Attachment 2: OSP Report - Tammy Stokes

We have approximately 125 of our 160 students enrolled. That's the latest update after final drop last week. Students have been in the lab in decent numbers this semester. Despite many requests for the subject, unfortunately we've been unable to locate a Chemistry tutor so far this semester. We've been working on completing our intake paperwork for new students, updating returning student files and recruiting new students as well as trying to make at least one contact with each student per semester. There are some students we may see 3 times a week and others who rarely seek our services, but we strive to see each of them at least once per semester.OSP Events:Oct. 7th: we are taking a group to tour USC Upstate. We had over 20 students sign up for the trip. Sept. 26th: Study Skills workshop held. We had about 20 students attend. Sept. 12th: Financial Responsibility workshop held. Approx. 35 students attended.Upcoming:October 17th, NOON: Faculty Roundtable with Dr. CharlesOctober 24th, NOON: Workshop--topic TBA

 

Attachment 3: Bachelor of Liberal Studies - Chris Plyler

Colleagues: Since I understand there were audio problems with yesterday's telecast of the USC Columbia Senate proceedings, I wanted to provide an update on the status of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies.The BLS summary proposal was considered and approved by the USC Columbia Committee on Curricula and Courses on September 19 and sent forward to the full Faculty Senate, which convened yesterday, October 5. When the proposal was presented for questions from the Senate, a representative from the Department of Mathematics voiced concern that his department had not yet had an opportunity to review the proposal. It was correctly pointed out by the chair of Curricula and Courses that Mathematics had a representative on the committee who had voted in favor of the proposal. Nevertheless, the Mathematics representative requested and was granted deferment until such time that his department could review the proposal. Dr. Sally Boyd and her staff have been responsible, in concert with the Palmetto College Faculty Implementation Committee, for shepherding the BLS proposal through the various levels of approval. Prior to the next full meeting of the Senate, the Department of Mathematics and any other interested departments on the Columbia campus will have ample time to review the proposal and have their concerns or questions addressed. FYI, we had previously met with representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences well in advance of submitting the proposal to the Curricula and Courses Committee, and those individuals were more than supportive of our efforts. I am, likewise, confident that we will fully address any questions presented by the Department of Mathematics and will keep you apprized as we move forward. Chris P. PlylerVice Provost and Executive DeanRegional Campuses and Continuing Education313 Thornwell Administrative Annex University of South CarolinaColumbia, South Carolina 29208Telephone 803-777-7695Fax 803-777-8840E-mail chrisp@gwm.sc.edu