January 13, 2005
ATTENDING: Duane Motsenbocker, Mike Kidd, Laurie Grace, Bill Evans, Sharon Grace, Angelica Chapa, Ken Williford, Wayne Wilkerson, Eugene Columbus, Linda Andrews, Wes Schilling, Deborah Gaddis, Mark Shankle, Robert Meyer, Cliff Hampton, Jacque Deeds, Dan Poston, Steve Nichols
GUEST: Melissa Mixon
The minutes from October's meeting were approved.
New Member: Joe Fratesi will be the new DAFVM Faculty Senate member representing the Center for Governmental Technology. He replaces Mike Allen on the Senate.
Vice Chair Report: Cliff Hampton presented the Legislative Budget Office recommendations for Fiscal Year 2006. He noted the percent (amount of) cut to your department is based on total available funds. Dr. Vance Watson informed Mr. Hampton that there "will be some pain experienced in this year's budget".
Holland Faculty Senate Report: Jacque Deeds presented a report on the Holland Faculty Senate.
Mr. Hampton asked Dr. Watson if he had any challenges for our group. Dr. Watson brought up the issue of standardized guidelines in quantifying annual evaluation scores. In the minutes of our Faculty Senate's first meeting in Fall, 2004, this issue was presented and a commitment was made to address it on a priority basis. During discussion, it appears that the entire DAFVM Faculty Senate does not generally favor quantifying evaluation standards. The suggestion was made to create an ad hoc committee representing several different departments and reporting to the Faculty Affairs committee to study this issue. The head of this committee should be a member of the Faculty Affairs committee. This measure was approved and the committee will be appointed by Darren Hudson.
Wes Schilling brought a discussion to the table concerning MIRS reporting. A faculty member in his department has some issues with this system. Dr. Schilling distributed a question sheet exploring the value of the system. Mike Kidd has worked on the system and brought out the point that it is only as good as the input. Mr. Hampton suggested that we get Clarence Watson to come to our next meeting and address these issues.
Melissa Mixon, Associate Vice President in the DAFVM, made a presentation concerning the new cell phone policies. MSU decided to take a proactive strategy toward cell phones since it was on the radar of the legislature. In our division, we deleted 118 phones completely and of the remaining 237 phones, 141 were placed on monthly allowance. The next step will take place on January 31 and February 1, 2 and 3 from 1 - 4 pm in McArthur. There will be representatives from Cellular South, ITS and Property Control there to enable you to change your service over to private service if you so desire. New appliances, like Blackberries and other data retrieval devices will fall under the same regulations if you activate the cell phone technology.