THE MINUTES OF THE MARSHALL
UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE MEETING HELD
ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2002, AT 4:00 P.M. IN THE ALUMNI LOUNGE OF
THE MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER
PRESENT: Blaker Bolling, Joe
Abramson, Purnendu Mandal, Glenda Lowry, Clara Reese, James Sottile (President), Roxane Dufrene,
Melisa Reed, Kellie Bean, Pam Mulder, Sherri Smith, Nick Freidin, Cheryl Brown (Secretary), Carlos
Lopez, Larry Stickler, Stan Sporny, Joan St. Germain, Matt Carlton, Chuck Somerville, Jeff May,
Clayton Brooks, Ashok Vaseashta, Jamil Chaudri, Denise Landry, Susan Welch, Bruce Brown, Susan Imes,
Karen McNealy, Wendy Moorhead, Judith Arnold, Mildred Battle, Donna Donathan (Vice-President), Gerald
Doyle, Robert Williams, Kenneth Guyer, David Chaffin, John Szarek, Rudy Wang, Charles Clements, Isabel
Pino, Vernon Reichenbecher, Jerry Jones, Fred Pauley, Chuck Bailey, Dan Hollis, and Michael Robinson.
ABSENT: Kurt Olmosk, Bart Cagle,
Elaine Baker, Ray Rappold, Mike Murphy, Hamid Chahryar-Namini, Blake Sypher, and Beverly Delidow.
Dallas Brozik present.
Brandon Dingess, Don Van Horn, Marshall Onofrio, Tony Williams, Ben Miller, Hal Shaver, Sarah Denman,
Christina Murphy, Mike McGuffey, and one signature I could not read.
Faculty Senate President
Sottile called the meeting to order at approximately 4:00 p.m.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
There was a quorum. Minutes of the December 13, 2001 meeting were approved
Introduction of Karen McNealy,
CONHP as replacement for Bill Flannery. Introduction of Michael Robinson, CITE as replacement for Herb
Tesser. Introduction of Susan Welch, CONHP as temporary (spring semester) replacement for Rebecca
Appleton. Introduction of Beverly Delidow as the new chair for the Faculty Development Committee.
The Marketing of Faculty Ad Hoc
Committee has been formed, there are 12 members, and we are in the process of scheduling the first
The President has approved the
following Recommendations: SR-01-02-6 LA--Recommends
that the Faculty Senate continue to support a bill, which will authorize the West Virginia Higher
Education Policy Commission to change employer’s contributions from 6% to 7.5% and reduce employee
contributions from 6% to 4.5% to the TIAA-CREF retirement funds. Such an adjustment should be defined
as an equity adjustment.; SR-01-02-7
LA-- Recommends that the Faculty Senate, the University President, and
the Institutional Board of Governors support an enhancement legislation on SB653 which re-instates the
voting memberships in the WV Higher Education Policy Commission for the State Representatives of the
Advisory Council of Faculty, Classified Employees, and Students;
Recommends that the Faculty Senate support the concept of legalizing state employees’ service in the
West Virginia Legislature; SR-01-02-11
CC-- Recommends approval of the
listed COURSE CHANGE for the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business and Recommends
approval of the listed COURSE DELETION for the College of Education & Human Services ;
and SR-01-02-12 CC-- Recommends approval of the listed COURSE ADDITIONS for the College
of Education & Human Services.
The president has disapproved SR-01-02-8
LA Recommends that the Marshall
University community actively participate in all legislative forums regarding the pertinent issues of
higher education in West Virginia. In addition to voluntary efforts, appropriate representatives from
the various campus constituencies (e.g., President’s Cabinet, Dean’s Council, Classified Staff
Council, student organizations, Faculty Senate, Legislative Affairs Committee, and other faculty and
staff organizations, etc…) and alumni organizations should be identified. The University President,
the President of Faculty Senate, and/or their representative is responsible for the coordination and
assignment. The assignees are encouraged to attend the public hearings as well as the interim and
regular legislative sessions. These representatives could be granted official leave time and
reimbursed financial expenses as appropriate.)
Dr. Angel wrote, “While the university encourages voluntary participation in
legislative forums, it is imperative that the institution speak through its official representatives
to avoid the sending of mixed or conflicting messages and to focus on priority issues. Legislative
efforts are handled by Bill Burdette, Charlotte Weber, David Ice and Tom Hunter in addition to the
president and members of the Marshall University Board of Governors who represent all campus groups.
The HEPC has developed a
legislative tracking system available at: www.hepc.wvnet.edu/resources/tracking.html.
Information about the recent
NCAA sanctions imposed on the MU Athletic Department may be found at www.ncaa.com
University travel is handled by
American Express, if called direct there is a $30 charge, if the Resport http://travel.americanexpress.com/travel/axone
is used there is no charge. Travelers may use other (cheaper) vendors but must provide documentation
that Resport was at a higher rate. Travel is handled by Sherry Osburn, x2214 or Elizabeth Graybeal,
Discussion of Dr. Sottile’s
and Donna Donathan’s presentation to the MU Board of Governor’s.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT:
Dr. Angel stated he had three items to discuss:
Thank you to Senator Byrd for
his assistance in obtaining federal funds for the university these past two years—$25 million
received last year and $10.6 million received this year—for the construction of the biomedical
He spoke about the current
Legislature, stating there are one of two views—optimistic or pessimistic. The governor has cut the
higher education budget by 3% (except for community colleges), which affects 89% of Marshall’s
budget, equal to a $1.9 million reduction. Also there are anticipated increases in the PEIA and BRIM
premiums. The government received $12 million dollars in money but due to expenses there is a zero
increase in its budget. But it is too early to panic. Dr. Angel attended a senate finance committee
meeting where the Chancellor presented his budget and there was no talk about a 3% reduction. It is
thought a reduction may be made up by raising tuition (7 ½ % or 8%) or receiving additional funding
from the Legislature. One major current concern is the possibility of new revenue bonds, which would
be funded from State Lottery proceeds. Marshall University could receive $20 million; however, new
revenue may not be available this year.
Dr. Angel spoke of the NCAA
investigation concerning the faculty member who gave a study guide to athletes and the study guide
later became their test; the Athletic Department coordinating employment for Proposition 48 athletes
and our not being allowed to do so according to NCAA guidelines; and the wage paid to these athletes
being much higher than the prevailing wage paid to the public for similar employment. After a very
long investigation process the NCAA imposed sanctions on the University. Dr. Angel has met with the
Athletics Department and imposed his own sanctons, 24 to be exact, ranging from changes in personnel, disassociation
from an athletic booster,
NCAA rules monitoring and clarification, and letters of reprimand to
certain faculty and staff involved.
Ben Miller reported the ACF met January 17, 2002. They will make a
presentation to the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) on
February 15, 2002 pertaining to faculty workloads. The ACF is also trying to get the Chancellor's approval and support for faculty being
more involved in the evaluation process for deans, vice-presidents, and other major administrators. Administrative evaluations are not being
prepared the same way on all campuses nor in the same manner as faculty evaluations.
The ACF also discussed funding for capital projects. He stated that funds
requested by the University would be used for construction of a Community College building or for a
Visual Arts addition to the Fine & Performing Arts Center. It is a question of priorities.
Dr. Angel responded that the issue is more than just priorities as it was
the Legislature’s intent to separate the Community College from our campus, and that the Community
College not be situated in one location, that it go to the people. There is an issue between HEPC and
BOG of who sets guidelines and priorities.
The ACF has requested the HEPC review legislative outcomes from 1994 to
2000 looking at full-time faculty, classified staff, part-time faculty, etc…to determine if the
legislation has been beneficial. They have also requested comparison of peer data.
BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S REPORT:
Onofrio reported the BOG met January 23, 2002 with several presentations being made by various
Manufacturing, and Faculty Senate. The BOG continues to discuss with the HEPC who has the discretion and power to make decisions.
University’s budget was a primary topic of discussion, especially bond issues and debt allocation.
An auditors report was accepted.
Recommendations for honorary doctorates were approved.
meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Marsh 5, 2002 in Huntington, WV.
IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED TO AMEND
SR-01-02-13 (FS): Recommends to the President
that he marshal all the available resources—faculty, staff, and students—to express to the
Legislature our deep concern over potential budget cuts. WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND PASSED
IT WAS MOVED, SECONDED, AND APPROVED TO
RETURN TO THE AGENDA.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
(None scheduled for this month.)
REQUESTS TO SPEAK TO THE SENATE:
Larry Stickler requested
information about the 2001 pay raises. The Legislature gave state employees a raise effective the
beginning of the fiscal year but higher education employees’ raises were effective in October. He
questioned why the higher education raises were not retroactive and where the excess funds were spent.
Dr. Sarah Denman stated she would investigate this issue and have information at the next Senate
Marshall Onofrio reported on
the last Athletic Committee meeting and their discussion of the NCAA sanctions imposed on the
University. He stated that it was moved, seconded, and approved to form a subcommittee whose charge
will be to work with the Athletic Compliance office from this point forward. This subcommittee will
meet monthly during the academic year with Compliance office personnel. Four members of the Athletic
Committee will serve on this subcommittee. Dr. Sottile requested Senate approval to appoint an
Executive Committee member to serve on this subcommittee. The request was approved.
Purnendu Mandal spoke of his
and other faculty’s dissatisfaction with the current vendor (American Express) contracted for making
travel arrangements. He stated that the agency is based out of state, they have an excessive
transaction fee if contacted directly and that he must pay for travel using his personal credit card
then wait for a reimbursement from the state. Dr. Sarah Denman stated she would investigate this issue
and have information at the next Senate meeting.
Glenda Lowry spoke about the
smoking at building entrances issue. She requested the Senate to approve her suggestion that a red
line be painted around the buildings. This red line would indicate the distance smokers would have to
be from the building entrances. Dr. Sottile stated the Physical Facilities & Planning Committee
is discussing this issue and he would give her suggestion to them.
AGENDA REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS:
THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 5:15 P.M