May 2014 (general faculty meeting)MINUTES
Spring Faculty Meeting
Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
May 2, 2014
Call to Order – Michael Evans, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am
Approval of Agenda – Motion made, seconded and agenda approved.
Approval of Minutes – Motion made, seconded and approved the December 15, 2013 Faculty Council minutes.
Please click on this link for the reports from Spring Faculty Meeting.
Division of Agriculture –Associate Vice President – Research AAES, Dr. Clarence Watson
Dr. Watson reported that the 2014 Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation was held in Washington D.C. on May 7-8. Fiscal year 2014 Federal Appropriations are up, with a total of $996 million. House and Senate negotiators announced a bipartisan agreement on the Final Farm Bill known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 on February 7, 2014. New faculty positions have been filled in many departments including Forestry, Food Science, and Plant Pathology. Active searches for faculty are in progress for multiple departments including Entomology, Crop Soil Environmental Sciences, and Agricultural Statistics.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 5-16 for Dr. Watson's report.
Bumpers College —Dean and Associate Vice President for Agriculture, Dr. Mike Vayda
Dr. Vayda reported that Dr. Betsy Garrison has been hired as the Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences, she will start her new position in July. Campus searches are in progress for a Director of Development and Professional Advisors. Thank you to the Faculty that interacted with the Dean's Executive Advisory Board. Priorities set by the Dean's Executive Advisory Board include understanding the corporate culture and soft skills, immersion in the global marketplace, and curriculum innovation and project-based learning.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 17-27 for Dr. Vayda's report.
Bumpers College —Associate Dean, Dr. Lona Robertson
Dr. Robertson reported percentage changes in total majors by department since Spring 2013, total majors by department, and SSCH by department. In addition, undergraduate and graduate graduation data by department and academic year was presented, as well as admissions activity reports for new freshman by GPA range and ACT score range.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 28-36 for Dr. Robertson's report.
International Programs Committee – Dr. Leslie Edgar
Dr. Edgar presented many International Program updates regarding the number of Bumpers College students sent abroad, 2014 funded programs, funded students, and the Global Opportunities Seminar Series. Other updates included adding an undergraduate assistant to the IP team, the student and faculty IP survey, the Panama faculty-led program and risk management actions for international travel. The future focus of IPO was presented as well as IPO financial goals and paperwork.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 37-45 for Dr. Edgar's report.
Please click on the link to view Dr. Edgar's IPO handouts.
Please click on the link to view the International Programs Student Survey.
Please click on the link to view the International Programs Report.
Honors Program Update – Dr. Curt Rom
Dr. Rom presented successes and achievements of the Honors program. Current enrollment is at 117 students. Graduating seniors completing the Honors Program were announced. The Gold Ribbon Medal for Outstanding Bumpers Honors Project was awarded to Ms. Amanda Mishler. Dr. Andy Proctor has received the Gold Medal Award for Mentoring. Outstanding faculty mentors were announced as well as the Bumpers Student Honors Board members. There are five new faculty mentors.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 46-57 for Dr. Rom's report.
University Faculty Senate- Dr. Mary Savin
Dr. Savin presented the Senate's accomplishments for Spring 2014. All announcements will be included in the Senate meeting minutes.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 58-61 for Dr. Savin's report.
Graduate Council – Dr. Jacquelyn Wiersma - No Report
Faculty Council Report – Dr. Michael Evans, Chair
Dr. Evans reported that a Three-Year review ad-hoc committee has been appointed.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 63-64 for Dr. Evans' report.
Standing Committee Reports:
Promotion and Tenure Committee – Dr. John Clark – No Report
Nominations Committee – Dr. Kelly Way
Dr. Way reported that they have nominated and elected the new Faculty Council Chair-Elect and the new DBCAFLS Senator.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 66-67 for Dr. Way's report.
Awards Committee – Dr. Kate Shoulders
Student awards were announced last week at the Honors and Awards Banquet:
– Outstanding PhD – Christopher Rogers
– Outstanding Undergraduate Transfer – Kyle Teague
– Outstanding Masters – Carley Calico
– John W. White Outstanding Student – Maggie Jo Pruitt
Scholarship Committee – Dr. Rick Rorie for Dr. Bruce Ahrendsen
Dr. Rorie announced the current scholarship committee members as well as the 2014-2015 awards to students.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 70-72 for Dr. Rorie's report.
AFLS Curriculum Sub-Committee – Dr. Ashley Dowling
Dr. Dowling announced new courses, program changes and policy regarding online credit hours an on-campus student can take.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 73-74 for Dr. Dowling's report.
HESC Curriculum Sub-Committee – Dr. Kelly Way
Dr. Way announced name changes in course names and alpha codes. Three new courses have been added to the curriculum. Two courses are now inactive. Dr. Kathy Smith is the new HESC Curriculum chair.
Please click on the Spring Faculty Meeting link and see slides 75-79 for Dr. Way's
Old Business - None
New Business –None
Dr. Curt Rom reported on the Red, White and True Campaign.
Announcements by Departments:
CSES: Lyle Thompson has passed away, he was active in civil rights and recycling
FDSC: Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen was recently named the recipient of the Phil Williams Research Award and Fellow with the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC). This award is presented for a significant body of distinguished contributions to the application of science in the cereals area. He will receive a $2,000 honorarium, plaque and will be an invited guest lecturer at the association's annual meeting in October.
HORT: A candidate for the department head position will be here next week.
PLPA: The department has completed their 10 year review, it went well. The department should be advertising for a bacteriologist by next fall.
POSC: Four awards will be announced in the national meeting.
HESC: Dr. Betsy Garrison has accepted the HESC department head position. Dr. Frank Farmer has announced his retirement.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 11:30 pm.
Submitted by Jessica Hulse