Faculty Council Minutes -- April 2012

April 20, 2012
Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty present
Burton Bluhm – PLPA
Kristofor Brye – CSES (Chair)
Ron Buescher - FDSC
Don Edgar – AEED
Donn Johnson – ENTO (Chair-elect)
Ashley Dowling - ENTO
Scott Osborn - BAEG
Dan Rainey – AEAB
Rick Rorie– ANSC
Kathy Smith - HESC
Others Present:
Nick Anthony – Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee
Nilda Burgos – Faculty Senate Representative
Kelly Way - HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee
Jackie Wiersma – Graduate Council Representative
Administrators Present:
Michael E. Vayda – Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Academic Programs
Clarence E. Watson - Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
Andy Proctor – Director, Bumpers College International Programs

Call to Order – Kristofor Brye, chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda – Motion made and seconded to approve the agenda. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made and seconded to approve the March 16, 2012, Faculty Council minutes. Motion adopted by voice approval.
Administration Reports
Division of Agriculture –Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Research and
Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station - Clarence Watson
Mr. Shawn Clark has been named the superintendent of the Pine Tree Branch Station as of April 16, 2012 after serving as interim since the retirement of Roger Eason. National events will be held in Washington, DC, on June 26, 2012 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act. Scheduled speakers include the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Education.
The Southern Experiment Station Directors and the Southern Extension Directors have combined to host an integrated grant writing workshop. These grants will include more than one function. It will include research and extension but also teaching. Looking for multi-disciplinary and for multi-institutional teams.
Most of the promotional board funding meetings are finished for the year with funding provided to be between $6 million and $7 million for the year.
Bumpers College - Dean Mike Vayda
Dean Vayda's report included a recent gift of $250,000 from the John Tyson family for Bumpers College Distinguished Lecture Series; capital campaign beginning in Summer 2012; graduate student growth initiative, Bumpers College will benefit in the next year with some additional funding from the Chancellor to be put towards a tenure-track faculty line and two graduate student assistantships; and results of Chancellor's Retreat from early April. Please click on the link to view Dr. Vayda's report.

Honors Program – Kris Brye and Nick Anthony on behalf of Curt Rom, Director
Bumpers College has been asked to come into compliance with the University policy regarding the designation of honors to graduating students. The provost has stated that the transition will start with the summer 2012 graduating class. Honors Program students will have Latin distinctions. Non-Honors Program students will have with Distinction, with High Distinction, and with Highest Distinction. This was not a unanimous decision by the Ag Curriculum Committee.
International Programs - Director Andy Proctor
International Programs Committee (IPC) has been active recently establishing connections with the Scottish Agricultural College. Undergraduate and graduate student exchange opportunities are high priorities. RFP forthcoming this summer for international program opportunities for faculty; and the IPC decided to remain an ad-hoc committee. Please click on the link to view Dr. Proctor's report.

Standing Committee Reports
University Faculty Senate – Mike Vayda on behalf of Bumpers College reps
Faculty Senate approved a proposed change to daily class schedules to allow for 15 minutes between classes, change to be implemented in Fall 2013. Please click on the links to view the proposal and the Course Evaluation Schedule.

Awards Committee – Kris Brye on behalf of Lona Robertson, Chair
A call will be going out for volunteers to serve on a subcommittee to discuss the operating procedures of this committee. Their recommendations will be passed on to the full committee for consideration.
Scholarship Committee - Kris Brye on behalf of Lona Robertson, Chair
The College Scholarship Committee met on March 16th to make awards. At that time funds from the Division of Agriculture for the Division of Agriculture Scholarships had not been received. The committee agreed to proceed with the awards and go back and fill in awards with the Division of Agriculture Scholarships later. We have since received those funds and the committee is in the process of deciding how/when they want to meet to make these awards.
The Departments have been sent information regarding departmental scholarships and are in the process of making those awards.
The sub-committee will be called for a meeting prior to the end of the semester so that they can continue to make progress on the operating procedures for the committee.
Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee – Nick Anthony, Chair
The AFLS curriculum sub-committee brought forth a motion for a program change to the AGECMS program, motion was approved by Faculty Council. The AFLS curriculum sub-committee also voted 7-2 to adopt the proposal to give Latin designations to Honors graduates only and give "with distinction", "with high distinction", and "with highest distinction" designation to non-Honors graduates beginning in August and December 2012. Previous designations will still be used for May 2012 graduates. This was necessary to come into compliance with other Colleges on campus. The joint sub-committee of the HESC and AFLS curriculum sub-committees is continuing to discuss options and issues related to ACT 747.
Please click on the link to view minutes from the April 5, 2012 Ag Curriculum Sub-Committee meetings.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Kelly Way, Chair
The HESC curriculum sub-committee presented two program changes:
1) GHESC - Due to ACT 747, reduction from 124 hours to 120: 4 hours eliminated from electives.
2) HRMN - HESC 3604: Major change, separate to 3603 and 3601. ACT 747 changes: eliminate 2112/2111L from Hospitality students' plan of study and 1 hour of electives. HESC 2112/2111L will still be on Nutrition/Dietetic students' plan of study. Program change form: change of science requirements.
The combined motion encompassing both program changes was approved by the Faculty Council.
Graduate Council Report – Jackie Wiersma
The Graduate Council approved
1) a new policy requiring an authority figure's signature on the Doctoral Record of Progress form, similar to what is done on a Master's Record of Progress, so that someone has made sure degree requirements have been met.
2) the use of Turnitin.com as software that will be available to check for plagiarism, but will not be mandatory.
AFLS' Graduate Council reps request feedback on one issue: should a graduate student who has been given a XF grade for an academic integrity issue be allowed the opportunity for grade replacement?
Please click on the link to view Graduate Council report as provided by Drs. Mike Richardson and Jackie Wiersma.
Old Business – Kris Brye
Bumpers College Senators Ballot. One of the five (5) nominees that were identified for the four (4) AFLS Senator positions needing to be filled by July withdrew from consideration, therefore, by acclimation, the four (4) remaining nominees were named to the four open AFLS Senator positions. The fours AFLS senators are Bruce Ahrendsen, Nilda Burgos, Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, and Andy Pereira.
Nominations Committee. Dr. Brye reminded everyone that an election for Faculty Council chair-elect will be held in the fall and requested everyone to begin thinking about possible nominees. A minimum of three nominees are required for the ballot.
P&T College Committee. The College Promotion and Tenure Committee has been established from elected unit representatives. The process to elect a Chair for the committee by April 30th has been initiated.
Review of Faculty By-Laws. All remaining recommendations from the By-Laws sub-committee were reviewed and discussed; minor changes will be implemented in a newly revised By-Laws document and prepared for circulation to the entire College faculty for review and feedback.
New Business – Kris Brye, None
Announcements – Kris Brye
Spring College Faculty Meeting – Friday May 4, 10 am, Hembree Auditorium
College/Division Employee Picnic – Friday May 4, 4 pm, AGRI Park
Graduation Rehearsal – Friday May 11, 2:30 pm, Barnhill Arena
Graduation – Saturday May 12, 6:30 pm, Barnhill Arena
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.
Submitted by
Carmen Alessi