MINUTES OF USC UNION FACULTY ORGANIZATION MEETING

Friday, September 9, 2005 - Commission Conference Room

ATTENDANCE

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

COURTESY ELECTION OF ADJUNCT FACULTY TO MEMBERSHIP

Upon recommendation of Chairperson Charles, the USC Union Faculty Organization extended full membership in the faculty organization to all adjunct faculty persons.

READING AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF APRIL 1, 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: Mr. Simpson reported that committee is in process of re-vamping criteria for awarding scholarships with emphasis being placed on academics.

Faculty Welfare - Dr. John Wright: No report

Regional Campuses Faculty Senate - Dr. Hudson: No report:

Columbia Senate - Mr. Kearse: In addition to his written report (see attachment 1), Mr. Kearse also reported on University efforts toward Katrina relief, details of which may be found on the web a www.sc.edu/katrina.

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Staff Organization - Mrs. Hooper: No report.

Recruitment/Retention - Mr. Young: Posted to Listserv. See Attachment 2

Financial Aid - Mr. Holcombe: Posted to Listserv. See Attachment 3

Laurens Campus - Mrs. Parker: No report.

OSP Report - Mrs. Stokes: Posted to Listserv. See Attachment 4

Peer Review Report - Mr. Simpson:

Institutional Effectiveness - Mr. Simpson: No report.

Palmetto College - Dr. Wright: Degree requirements are posted on internet.

DEAN EDWARDS REPORT: No report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted
Anthony N. Gavalas, Secretary, USC Union Faculty Organization.

 

Attachment 1 – Bob Kearse- Columbia Senate Report 9/7

A general faculty meeting preceded the faculty senate meeting on Wed, Sep 7.  President Sorensen opened the general faculty meeting with a report on the University’s efforts to provide relief to victims of hurricane Katrina.  Descriptions of those efforts, FAQs, How to volunteer, How to donate, etc. can be found on the University web site, www.sc.edu/Katrina 

President Sorensen also announced there are 108 new faculty this year and there is a strategic initiative to hire at least 100 new faculty each year for the next several years. 

Provost Becker introduced five new Deans and had each school/college introduce their new faculty members.  Dr Plyler introduced Dr Rowland and named our new faculty along with new faculty at the other regionals. 

 

Attachment 2 - Terry Young

Fall Enrollment: We have a 19.7% decrease in student headcount and a 5.96% decrease in F.T.E. The primary reason for the decrease is because we do not have concurrent courses at Laurens District 55 High School and Clinton High School this semester.

Student Activities:
1. Welcome back cookout on Sept. 7.
2. Ice cream social on Sept. 21
3. SGA senator election to be held on Sept. 28

Recruiting:
1. Bobby and I will attend a high school guidance counselor conference on Sept. 7.
2. Bobby and I will participate in parent (college nights) at Union High School on Sept. 13 and Lockhart High School on Sept. 15.
3. ED-OP recruiting visit will be made to Fairfield Central High School on Sept. 12.
4. Guidance counselor recruiting visits will be made to Laurens 55 High School, Clinton High School, Thornwell High School, and Laurens Academy on Sept. 13.

Attachment 3: Bobby Holcombe

1.  The following data is being reported on funds/recipients, but is inconclusive until summer 2006:

FUND

2004-2005 Recipients 2005-2006 Recipients

LIFE

82 59

LTAP

319 192

SNBG

19 21

SEOG

52 48

NDSL

27 17

SCSL

157 133

UFSL

52 37

PLUS

3 2

CWS

11 13

2.  Terry and  I will attend a State Guidance Counselor Workshop at Converse College on September 7th.

3. Terry and I attended the following Senior Workshops:

Jonesville HS

September 8th

6 p.m.

Union HS

September 13th

7 p.m.

Lockhart HS

September 15th

7 p.m.

4.  The following Scholarship Workshops have been scheduled:

Lewisville HS       September 12th  7 p.m.
Spartanburg HS  September 20th 7 p.m.

5. Dr. Rowland, Terry , Connie and myself will visit the 4 schools in Laurens County on September 21st.

6. Dr. Rowland, Terry and myself will visit the following high schools on the following days:

September 26  

September 28

September 30

Lockhart HS  

Union HS

Whitmire HS

Jonesville HS  

Union Christian Day

Newberry HS

Gaffney HS  

Woodruff HS

Mid-Carolina HS

Blacksburg HS  

 Dorman HS

Chester HS

York HS  

Spartanburg HS

Richard Winn

Clover HS  

Broome HS

Fairfield Central HS

7. 2006-2007 Financial Aid Workshops have been scheduled:

December 1  

 Lockhart HS  

7 p.m.

December 6  

 Union HS  

7 p.m.

December 7  

 Blacksburg HS  

6 p.m.

December 8  

 Gaffney HS  

7 p.m.

January 12  

  Dorman HS  

7 p.m.

January 17  

  Broome HS  

7 p.m.

January 19  

  Woodruff HS  

6 p.m.

January 24  

  Jonesville HS  

6 p.m.

January 26  

  Spartanburg HS

7 p.m.

January 31  

  Byrnes HS  

7 p.m.

February 2  

  Lewisville HS  

7 p.m.

8.  Looking ahead:

USCU Fall Guidance Luncheon has been scheduled November 4, 2005.

The USCU Junior Scholar's Program has been scheduled for Thursday,  March 23, 2006

The USCU Award's Day Program has been planned for Tuesday, April 18, 2006.

Please mark your calendar!  Faculty and staff attendance is important for both events.

9. When advising students to drop a class or w/d completely, please ask them to contact me.  Often times, the student will incur a financial liability.

Thanks,

Bobby

Attachment 4: OSP Report from Tammy Stokes

We are geared up and ready to go for the fall semester. We had our OSP Orientation on Wed, August 31st. We had 85 students in attendance. The students were given a general introduction to the program, the staff and the PMT's for the fall semester. We also provided the students with a goody bag of school supplies and a t-shirt.  Our first workshop will be held on Mon, Sept. 12th at Noon in the Community Room. It will be led by Mike Moton on the subject of financial responsibility. Lunch will be served.  We have another workshop scheduled for Sept. 26th. I will provide faculty with a fall tutor schedule. Please encourage your students to use us when needed. Our tutors this fall are: Christine Carlin, John Crocker, Brandi Spencer and Brandy Woods.  The OSP Lab hours for the fall are: MW: 8:30-6:30TTh: 8:30-5F: 9-4

Tammy Weaver Stokes, Director, Opportunity Scholars Program University of S.C. Union(864) 429-8728, ext. 7732 twstokes@gwm.sc.edu