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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

11 October 2006, 2:00 pm, FH 313
(Approved at Liberal Arts Council meeting of 1 November 2006)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Frank Barrios, Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Nancy Grayson, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Philip Suckling.
Guests: Emilio Carranco

1. Approved LAC minutes for meeting on 10/11/06 (Reach for the Stars campaign, strategic planning, General Education Council recommendations, leadership and collegiality).

2. Congratulations: (a) To Kyong Hee Chee (SOCI), whose article, “Community Mobilization in the Context of Population Aging,” has been named the 2006 Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year. (b) To Tom Grimes (ENG), whose essay, “Bring Out Your Dead,” (recounting his own experiences as a night watchman and pall bearer at a funeral home) been named a “Notable Essay of 2006” by the editors of The Best American Essays of 2006. (c) To Paul Cohen (ENG) and Theron Stimmel (PSY), who both presented papers at the Music Lecture Series and Common Experience event, “Dmitri Shostakovitch—An Interdisciplinary Mini-Symposium” (9/25). (d) To Paul Cohen (ENG), Gil Fulmer (PHIL), Jeff Gordon (PHIL), and Shirley Ogletree (PSY), who participated in a panel discussion attended by 150 students on October 5. Student Kelly Skinner organized the panel, titled “Morality without God.”

3. Liberal Arts in the news: The University Star (10/5) reported on the First Wednesday series for creative writers held on October 4 and organized by MFA poetry student Evelyn Lauer. Five MFA students (Collin Bost, Megan Mercado Soukup, Adam Pedowitz, Ashley Smith, and Jack Kaulfus) read from their work.

4. Reach for the Stars campaign. Dr. Emilio Carranco, Director, Student Health Center, spoke to LAC about the new giving campaign. Discontent with University Fund Drive (not acknowledged fo gifts, gifts not recognized at certain times of year; lack of understanding and the name itself a problem); timing wasn’t liked after Christmas, so starting in the fall; process not as good as it could be. Online gift easy; under LA, lost list of opportunities. Online, a note at bottom says that it needs to be notified to stop, but if you indicate for one year it will only occur during that period; working to fix this problem. Deans given information about how many people are giving. Celeste Norad is coordinator for University, contact her about questions. SEC campaign (parallel state) doesn’t warrant gifts—no Boko. All pledges from September 1 through the rest of this year count for 2007.

5. Strategic Planning. Dean reported on question to Provost about weighting of plans reported to him—programs vs. faculty; requests vs. work intensive issues such as grants, development, etc. Took chairs’ top goals rated with “has dones,” all the goals, and grouped by topic (handout). Discussion of APR schedule on PPS 2.13. Send me the season the APR team came to campus so I can calculate the schedule. Going every 6 years; will realign calendar.

6. General Education Council recommendation regarding the academic core. Dr. Luizzi reviewed current discussion on GEC and several alternative proposals.

7. Leadership and collegiality in tenure / promotion. Dr. Day introduced a brief discussion of departmental approaches to this requirement.

8. Farewell party for Nina Wright. (3:00 pm)

Announcements:

• Thursday, October 12, 10 – 12 noon, JCK 263: Liberal Arts Workshop: SAP Navigation, presented by Jamie Tiemann, Liberal Arts Budget Officer. This workshop is required for all new staff but open to anyone interested
• Friday, October 13, 1:30 pm, ELA 245: LA Graduate Council meets
• Saturday, October 14, 8:15 am – 5 pm, LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas: A Symposium; noon luncheon at LBJ Ballroom: 6-9 pm, LBJ Ballroom: Buffet dinner and silent auction for Latino scholarships
• Wednesday, October 18: Deadline for chairs and center directors to submit revised space needs template to Vicki Brittain
• Wednesday, October 25: College space needs presented to Dean Ellis to add to Liberal Arts Strategic Plan
• Friday, October 27: Deadline for completed Student Commencement Speaker nominee packets; bring to the Dean’s office
• Tuesday, October 31: Deadline to return recommendation grid for reduction of hours in degree programs to Dean Brown
• Wednesday, November 1, 2 pm, FH 313: Dean presents College plan to LAC
• November 1-4: Texas State hosts the Third International Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference
• Friday, November 3, 3 pm, ELA 245: Dean presents College plan to Liberal Arts faculty and Faculty Advisory Council
• Wednesday, November 15, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets
• November 16-22: Deans present to the Provost colleges’ priorities for 2004-2012
• Late November: Nominations for Outstanding Women Graduates due to mcgs@txstate.edu or MCGS, Flowers Hall, Room 336
• Wednesday, November 29, 2 pm, Evans 245: LAC meets
• Friday, January 26, noon: Deadline for College course proposals; bring to the Dean’s office
• February 5-16: Deans share college plans with chairs and faculty
• February 19-23: Deans present draft college plans in open forum
• March 2: Provost presents draft academic plan in open forum
• April 9-13: Draft of revised and extended University plan presented to University community
• May 30: President’s Cabinet approves division plans and University plan