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October 18, 1990
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Tom Bibler, Stan Byrd, Rick Callaway, Terry Carney, Delores Craig, Jim Hiestand, Steve LeWinter, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Peter Pringle, Tapan Sen, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, David Wiley, Rock Wilson, Terry Zivney

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, Robert Dardenne, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Gary McDonald, Lyn Miles, Peter Pringle, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, Colbert Whitaker

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Deborah Arfken, Jim Macomber, Mike Meyer, Roy Stinnett, Janet Wixson

Summary of Action Items of Today's Meeting

Delores Craig was elected to replace Robert Rogers on the General Education Committee Grade Appeals Committee.
Committee-on-Committees will nominate two members to serve on the Graduate Council.
A new committee, Graduate Grade Appeals, was approved by Faculty Council.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by acting President Tom Bibler at 3:16 pm. Approval of the minutes of the October 4th meeting was moved by Wiley and seconded by Weisbaker. A correction to the impoundment figure was made to reflect an impoundment responsibility of $405,000 for the academic affairs division. The minutes were approved unanimously by voice vote.

Report from Committee on Committees

Committee on Committees Chair Tom Bibler reported the nomination of Delores Craig to replace Robert Rogers on the General Education Committee Grade Appeals Committee. Rogers has been selected for the Honor Court. Election was moved by Watson, seconded by Venters and approved unanimously.

Report from the Athletic Director

Mr. Ed Farrell, new Director of Athletics, spoke to Faculty Council. He stated that the athletic program must make a positive contribution to the University through success in competition and through maintaining integrity in the program. The program is also responsible to the community on behalf of the University.

The faculty has access to the athletic program both through the Faculty Committee on Athletics and the Advisory Board for Athletics. Mr. Farrell also noted that the NCAA is governed in the final analysis by vote of the chief executive officers of the Universities, not by athletic directors. Faculty members with questions or concerns about students in the athletic program should talk with Mary Tinkler, Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics.

John Trimpey asked how faculty members can learn about NCAA proposals before they come to the floor of the convention. Mr. Farrell said that the Faculty Athletics Committee received the approximately 100 proposals for this year's convention on October 15, and they can furnish these to other faculty as needed.

Sandra Packard observed that, with Mr. Farrell's cooperation, every coach of every sport at UTC attended an orientation on academic rules, regulations and services conducted by Jane Harbaugh and Mary Tinkler. Mr. Farrell observed that questions to faculty from coaches about students should invariably come through Mary Tinkler.

Gail Meyer expressed concern about student trainers and other peripheral personnel who get little support from tutoring services, etc. Mr. Farrell agreed that this is a problem caused by the limited budget in this area. Some relief is in sight, as NCAA will distribute $25,000 to each institution member from their TV largesse specifically for academic tutoring which will substantially broaden the scope of our tutoring services.

Jane Harbaugh commended Mr. Farrell for inviting the academic affairs division to address the coaches. Roy Stinnett asked about the plan to honor student athletes. Mr. Farrell responded that a ceremony was scheduled for October 27th to honor those with GPA's above 3.0 or Dean's List grades. He apologized for some confusion on dates and confirmed October 27th as the real date. Deanna Campbell of the Cross Country team (from Stinnett's School) will receive particular recognition.

Report from the Graduate Council

Jim Macomber brought to Faculty Council a request for election of two at-large members to Graduate Council, traditionally from departments without a graduate degree, and a request for the formation of a Graduate Grade Appeals Committee.

Weisbaker moved that nominations be sought from the Committee on Committees, seconded by Venters. The motion was approved unanimously.

A description of the Graduate Grade Appeals Committee had been distributed to Faculty Council with the minutes. Approval of the formation of this committee was moved by Weisbaker, seconded by Wiley. The proposed committee description was amended by adding the line "Decisions of the Graduate Grade Appeals Committee may be appealed to the Chancellor" with agreement from the movers. The revised committee description is attached (Attachment A).

Jane Harbaugh and Sandra Packard pointed out that this proposal has other steps to complete after passing Graduate Council and Faculty Council. David Wiley observed out that this sets up a new due process procedure. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Jim Hiestand called for a short recess to observe Eric Schonblom on national TV for his summer camp work in Kentucky with disadvantaged children. It was found buried amongst a welter of advertisements and lasted approximately 100 milliseconds.

Discussion of Campus Networking

John Lynch introduced a concern about lack of integration between the plans to upgrade the campus telephone system and to network campus computing facilities.

Marvin Ernst, Chair of the Fiber Optics Planning Committee, stated that the objective of that committee is to integrate all UTC campus communications via a fiber optic backbone. This requires switches capable of handling voice, video and digital data information, and fiber optic highways to carry information to every academic space on campus (including dorms and offices). The steps required are to require the new telephone system to have upgradeable switching, and to incorporate fiber optic connections each time new cabling is done. Thus the system will be developed in steps as we can afford it.

Janet Wixson advocated a "big bang" approach, where we borrow to develop an all-digital system now to avoid buying analog to digital translators to continue to support our analog system. Sandra Packard stated that networking the campus is a goal with planning sponsorship from the UC Foundation. Breakdown of the telephone system short-circuited the planning job, preventing an orderly process. Mike Meyer discussed the current system where campus computers are connected by the Gandalf network which transfers information at about 2000 characters/sec. Local area networks, which are just beginning to be put in place on campus, communicate at 10 million characters/sec, allowing access to remote computer facilities (and software) as if one had exclusive use of the facility. Speeds on the order of 1 billion characters/sec are required for useful video data transmission and will need the fiber optic backbone. The major barrier to campus development right now is problems with connecting buildings. The existing switches in Grote, Hunter and Founders are connected by fiber optic paths, but not the other buildings. The current proposed phone system will only replace the switches, not the data paths. Recapping, Janet Wixson pointed out that the new switch will be digital but that all the existing analog telephony remains. Upgrading the system to digital end-to-end requires wiring connections beyond our present capacity. If we do the "big bang" now, we avoid the cost of A/D converters at the switch at the cost of doing the fiber/wire connections and adding digital telephone sets.

Jim Hiestand asked if the costs of networked software for very large numbers of connected workstations would be prohibitive. Mike Meyer stated that the licensing costs can be controlled by allowing the server to limit the number of workstations accessing a product simultaneously. Marvin Ernst said that, if fiscally possible, the feasibility study advocated a campus network, and that the Chancellor supports it. Don Weisbaker asked how soon? Sandra Packard expressed hope that Governor McWherter will provide state assistance for campus networking in the near future. In the interim, UTC will be working toward a campus network.

Jane Harbaugh asked about the difference in cost between the "big bang" approach and other proposals. Janet Wixson estimated the cost of the "big bang" at two million, the alternative approach at four to six million. Margaret Trimpey asked if there is an intermediate path. Janet Wixson replied that it doesn't make sense to incur additional expenses if you put in devices with a 20-30 year lifetime. John Trimpey asked what the lowest cost first alternative would be. Richard Brown replied that the proposed switch replacement would cost between $600,000 and $700,000. He stated that he shares the concern for integrating campus communications and would do the all digital system if we could afford it. Basically, the connections in the current voice communication system are in horrendous condition (both building-to-building and within buildings). He proposes to do the new connections in phases and use fiber optics. Terry Zivney observed that there may be a problem with the "big bang" approach given the rapid rate of change of technology. John Trimpey asked if we could postpone the new switch. Richard Brown answered that we are leasing the current switch, and it is very expensive. Sandra Packard said that the Chancellor has decided to replace the switch. Richard Brown said that UTC will borrow the money for the replacement, repay over three or four years. David Wiley asked if the Administration has explored the Wixson proposal. Richard Brown said yes and that UTC has sought grants for that purpose without success.

Member Concerns

Jim Hiestand reported that Jim Henry has a serious finger injury from an accident in an engineering lab, but that he is doing well and will be back on campus tomorrow.

Sandra Packard said that she is seeking faculty volunteers to serve on a committee to evaluate and improve the EDO process and would welcome inquiries.

Facilities Concerns

There were none.


Faculty Council was adjourned at 4:41 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Carney
Secretary Pro tem

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