Faculty Council Minutes -- May 2015

Spring Faculty Meeting
Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
May 1, 2015
Hembree Auditorium


Call to order – Burt Bluhm, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.


Approval of agenda – Motion made to approve.  Motion was seconded and agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes - Motion made, seconded and approved the December 12, 2014 Fall Faculty Council minutes.

Division of Agriculture – Associate Vice President – Research AAES, Dr. Clarence Watson

The entire meeting can be viewed at:   http://tiny.cc/dlyz6x

Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slides 5 – 18.

Our Federal budget has remained level.  For FY 16, we are asking for an increase of 5% in the capacity line and a $125M increase in the AFRI program.  As for State budget, it remained level also with one caveat – 1% of funding for higher education has been moved from Category A to Category B of the Revenue Stabilization Act. This means that we need to budget 1% additional contingency at the start of the year.  There is an increase in the health insurance program.  This is due to excessive claims the past year.  The System Office has decided to go along with the campus that will increase on a tier system based on salary.  We have some new faculty for FY15.  We have 5 positions that have been filled and we have 7 active searches.  We are anticipating being able to fund several more positions.  Research expenditures continue to increase despite lack of additional funding.  In regard to building projects, the addition to the Soil Testing Lab in Marianna, AR is almost complete.  We expect to break ground on the Foundation Seed Facility in Stuttgart, AR in the summer of 2015.  We also received a $5M gift to begin construction on the new Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Science.  There will be some wetlands and greenhouses.  This facility will be available for the departments to utilize to hold meetings.  The headquarters of the Agriculture Experiment Station will also be moving to the new center.  We have other gifts that have not yet been finalized but will be announced as soon as everything is complete.  Finally, we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act, of which the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff is a product.  A convocation will be held in Washington DC July 15 – 16, 2015.



Bumpers College —Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture, Dr. Mike Vayda


Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slides 19 - 29.

Thank you and congratulations to several who are leaving either for retirement or other opportunities.  Rick Bennett who is going to the University of Kentucky.  Nancy Jack, who led the equine program through much growth, is retiring.  Also retiring is Vernoice Baldwin from the Jean Tyson Center.  She helped bring it from small scale to teaching 125+ children.  Robert Harrington is going to Washington State University.  Dave Hensley is retiring to the Colorado Mountains.  Ja Young Hwang is seeking other opportunities in her field.  We currently have several current searches in progress.  Another big change are the increases in the health care costs and the pending changes in coverage.  The budget is uncertain until May 2015 Board of Trustees meeting.  They are discussing salary increases for faculty and non-classified staff, maybe something for classified staff.  If the student facility fee is re-enacted, AGRI and HOEC would be affected.  There may be an increase in TELE fees for our college, as well as some others.  In the budget request for the College, we’d likely get support for additional GA’s, and additional sections in Honors courses.  Thank you for the $1M gift for the Bumpers College Dean’s Innovation Fund for Curriculum Innovation and Enhancing the Student Experience.  HL Goodwin is the Director for Curriculum Enhancement.  We are looking forward to the completion of the AFLS remodel for use in August 2015.  The 6 new classrooms are centrally scheduled through R25Live and include a 100 seat auditorium, classrooms with seating of 60, 40, and 32, a 28 seat teaching lab and a conference room.  Immediately following the meeting, we will have a dedication ceremony for the Maudine Sanders Plaza & Hawkins Terrace.  This space is available for departmental event scheduling as well as Development and Alumni events.  A special thanks to Diana Bisbee for keeping this on schedule and on budget.  Thanks to Garry McDonald and his classes for their work on the gardens.  Spring commencement is May 9, 2015 at Bud Walton Arena.  Our Outstanding Alum is Mark Waldrip and the Young Alum is Allison Taylor.  Honors student Recognition is May 8, 4 – 5:30 pm at Carnall Hall.

Bumpers College —Associate Dean, Dr. Lona Robertson 

Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slides 30 – 39.

First off, the move to Bud Walton for our graduation ceremony is a great thing for the college.  The College has had close to 350 students apply for graduation in May and August.  Dr. Robertson discussed the number of majors by department. For this past Spring semester, we are up .3%.  There has been a reduction of credit hours due to changes to curriculum, specifically changing the semester in which courses are offered.  She also discussed undergraduate graduation data by department and academic year, along with graduate graduation data.  She presented a slide with the admissions activity report.  We on target for another record enrollment in the freshman class.  Data was presented on GPA’s and ACT scores of applicants and admits.

International Programs — Director, Dr. Leslie Edgar

Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slide 40.

For handouts, please see Pages 1 – 6 of reports.

Dr. Edgar is traveling internationally but has left some handouts.  If you have questions, please contact her.

Honors Program — Director, Dr. Curt Rom

Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slides 41 – 55.

It was a great year for the Honors Program.  Dr. Rom discussed the qualifications of our Honors students and the number that are due to graduate soon.  He encouraged faculty advisers to have Honors students apply for Study Abroad grants.  We have many graduating seniors.  Our College is responsible for the best Honors Thesis on campus.  The Honors students sponsored the Food for Thought and the Bumpers Distinguished Lecture.  We are open for nominations for persons to present for both of these programs.  Dr. Rom presented plaques to the new faculty mentors for Honors students.  They are Jamie Baum, David Longer, Kate Shoulders and Lisa Wood.  Thank you to all the members of the Honors committee.


Faculty Council Business — Chair, Dr. Burt Bluhm


Please click on the Fall Faculty meeting link above and see slides 56 – 61.

Dr. Bluhm presented a list of the 2015 Faculty Council Representatives by department and expressed appreciation for their work on behalf of the College faculty.  The Faculty Council has approved the three-year review document.  The College Personnel Document Drafting Committee, chaired by Dr. Bruce Dixon, is still meeting to try to present through your department reps to get this finalized as quickly as possible.  The 2015 Promotion and Tenure committee has been selected, chaired by Dr. Don M. Johnson.  We are in the process of completing upcoming elections this May for Faculty Council Chair-Elect, Faculty Senate and Graduate Council. 


Standing committee reports:

Promotion and Tenure – Dr. Dixon – no report

Nominations – Dr. Proctor – no report

Awards – Dr. Ogbeide – The committee will be forwarding the revised evaluation criteria for the White and Justus awards.  It is hoped that the departments can review them at their May departmental meeting.

Scholarship – Dr. Rorie – Please see slides 64 – 67.  Dr. Rorie discussed the meetings that have been held by the Scholarship Committee. 

AFLS curriculum – Dr. Savin – please see Page 7 of reports.

HESC curriculum – Dr. Smith - please see Pages 8 - 9 of reports.


Old Business – None

New Business – None


Departmental announcements – please see slides 70 – 72.

AECT – Dr. Wardlow - no report

AEAB – Dr. Halbrook – A search is in process for a professor and an instructor.

ANSC – Dr. Looper – no report

CSES – Dr. Bacon – no report

ENTO – Dr. Robertson – Continuing the search for a Department Head.

FDSC – Dr. Meullenet – As of July 1, Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen will promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

HORT – Dr. Mackay – no report

PLPA – Dr. Bennett – We just hired a plant bacteriologist.  Dave Tebeest retired

POSC – Dr. Kidd – Interviewing for Poultry Nutrition faculty.  Stephanie Philpot of the Bumpers College was named the Frank Perdue Scholarship Student of the Year at the annual USPOULTRY Foundation College Student Career Program, held in conjunction with the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

HES – Dr. Garrison was traveling.  No report.


Announcements from the floor

Dr. Vayda reminded everyone about the dedication ceremony for the Maudine Sanders Student Plaza and Garden and Hawkins Family Terrace.

Fall Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 11, 2015.


Motion made, seconded and approved unanimously at 11:11 a.m.


Submitted by Carrie Whitmer