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THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

April 25, 2000
Raccoon Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present (Current and Newly Elected):
Tom Bibler, Roland Carter, Linda Cundiff, Gene Ezell, Diane Farone, Dawn Ford, Lee Harris, Jim Hiestand, Michael Jones, Michael Long, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, Jonathan Mies, Sarla Murgai, Burch Oglesby, Edward Rozema, Mike Russell, Marsha Scheidt, Ken Smith, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Rick Turpin, Steve Underwood

Call to Order

President Verbie Prevost called the meeting to order at 1:08 p.m.

Elections

Election of Officers:

By acclamation, Roland Carter was elected First Vice President, Tom Bibler Second Vice President, and Susan Davidson Secretary.

Following some discussion, Professor John Trimpey moved that the election of members to the Committee on Committees, the Handbook Committee, and Graduate Council be delayed until the first Faculty Council meeting of the fall. Professor Roland Carter seconded. The motion was approved unanimously on a voice vote.

Honor Court:

The following faculty were elected: Barbara Norwood (Chair), Gail Meyer, Pat Mosher, and Farhad Raiszadeh. Rebecca St. Goar, Anthony Steinhoff, and Jeanette Stepanske were elected as alternates.

Grade Appeals Committee:

The following faculty were elected: Earl Braggs, Irene Loomis, and Victoria Steinberg. Anne Johnson and Melanie McCoskey were elected as alternates.

Parliamentarian:

Jim Hiestand, having served two consecutive terms on Council, said he was ineligible. A disappointed John Trimpey said he would appoint a parliamentarian in the fall.

New Business

Professor John Trimpey asked if anyone from UTC had yet contacted THEC or Hamilton County legislators in response to the motion passed at the April 20 meeting. President Prevost said she knew of no contacts by Council or UTC representatives, the motion having just passed last Thursday. Following some discussion, Professors Prevost and Trimpey decided to discuss the issue further after the meeting.

Professor Bibler said he had been contacted by Professor Ron Moore who inquired about transferring the treasury (about $300) of the now long defunct/long inactive UTC chapter of the AAUP to the Death Benefits Fund. As Chair of the Death Benefits Committee, Professor Bibler said he was inclined to accept it but thought Council might need to know about the gift since the Death Benefits Committee functions as a quasi-committee of Council. Following some discussion, Council accepted Professor Bibler’s report as an information item.

Professor Meyer expressed frustration with the legislative mess in Nashville and noted that legislators who tried to find solutions to the budget crunch seemed to be facing difficult reelection challenges. She said she thought the faculty should show more support for representatives such as Ward Crutchfield and Bill McAfee for their efforts on behalf of UTC and higher education in general.

Professor Mike Russell moved that Council pass a resolution honoring/supporting Senator Crutchfield and Representative McAfee for their efforts on behalf of UTC and higher education. Professor Carter seconded. Professor Gene Ezell asked if it would be appropriate for the resolution to be read at commencement since Senator Crutchfield would be speaking. Council discussed whether other representatives should be recognized. It was decided that the Chancellor’s office should be consulted on that point as well as whether it would be appropriate to read the resolution at graduation. Several Council members suggested a follow-up to the newspaper would be a good idea. Council empowered President Prevost to work out the details and draft an appropriately worded resolution.

The resolution in support of legislators who have supported UTC and higher education passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Professor Bibler said he understood that consideration was being given to hooding the master’s recipients at the May commencement. He said there would be nearly 750 graduates in May and that about 150 would be master’s level. Suggesting it would make the ceremony even more tedious, he moved that Council go on record as opposing the hooding of master’s recipients. Several Council members seconded, but the secretary (perhaps growing tired after two years) failed to record them. A number of Council members suggested hooding should be reserved for doctorates. The motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.

Announcements

Professor Hiestand noted the Council secretary’s work on the Council’s web site and cited President Prevost for her leadership and grace during her term as president. President Prevost thanked everyone for their efforts on behalf of the university and for their involvement in Council.

Adjournment

President Prevost adjourned the meeting at 1:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Breeden**

Faculty Council Secretary

 

**A special thanks to Elizabeth Bailey for attending to so many details of Council including the distribution of the copies across campus.

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