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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

1 November 2006, 2:00 pm, FH 313
(Approved at the 11/15/06 Liberal Arts Council meeting)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Frank Barrios, Ted Hindson for Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Nancy Grayson, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Philip Suckling.
Guest: Gail Ryser

1. Approved LAC minutes for meeting on 10/11/06 (Reach for the Stars campaign; strategic planning; General Education Council recommendation; leadership and collegiality; farewell to Nina Wright).

2. Congratulations: (a) To Arny Leder, who organized the panel discussion, “Just War and Jihad: Religion in the International Public Square” (10/10). Participants included Rebecca Raphael (PHIL), Ken Grasso, Bob Gorman, Ted Hindson (moderator), and Leder (all POLI). (b) To Frank de la Teja (HIST) and other participants in the Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas symposium, praised by one visiting dean as among the best conferences Texas State has hosted and by the editor of the San Marcos Daily Record. (c) To the Department of Philosophy for its successful events related to “Dialogue Focus: Ayn Rand and Objectivism” (10/10-10/16). (d) To Nancy Wilson (ENG) and the Writing Center, for receiving two awards from the Texas State University Parents Association. (e) To Christine Granados, MFA graduate, whose first collection of stories, Brides and Sinners in El Chuco, received the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award. Ms. Granados is the first sole recipient of this prestigious award. (e) To Becky Jackson (ENG) and the MARC Committee, who received Coordinating Board approval for the MA in Rhetoric and Composition.

3. Liberal Arts in the news: (a) Dr. Bob Larson (GEO) was interviewed as President of the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District; the interview appeared in the September-December 2006 issue of Aquifer Bulletin. (b) An article by Dr. Rebecca Raphael (PHIL), “Academe is Silent about Deaf Professors,” appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education (9/15/06). (c) The University Star (10/18) reported that Mark Busby (ENG), Director of the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, hosted a reading by two writers of novels, short stories and non-fiction, L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark, and announced their plans to establish a writer’s residency and arrange a bequest to the University. (d) Deidra Ann Aery Black, an MA student in Anthropology, authored an article on a field school at San Marcos Springs that she co-led with Britt Bousman (ANTH). The article appeared in Texas Archeology: The Newsletter of the Texas Archaeological Association (Fall 2006).

4. The Dean’s Thanks: (a) To the Department of Anthropology, Elizabeth Denton, and Kathy Scott, for participating in and arranging the Liberal Arts Development Advisory Board activities on 10/20. (b) To Mark Busby for providing a wine and cheese reception in honor of gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Rick Baish and Mr. and Mrs. Al Lowman. (c) To Steve Wilson (ENG) in his capacity as the University contact for Fulbrights, who reports that Texas State may have as many as four to five visiting Fulbright scholars at Texas State this year.

5. New procedures at the University Testing Center. Dr. Gail Ryser, Director of Testing, Research, Support and Evaluation, presented to Council information about changes in policies and procedures at the Testing Center regarding scanning of examinations and surveys. She explained that, due to changes in sources of funding, the Center no longer can afford to print response cards for student examinations. She assured the Council that faculty and students will have access to all information previously offered, and that departments may elect to print the information previously supplied on response cards. She noted other services provided by the Testing Center, including service to students taking credit-by-examination and placement tests, as well as to faculty seeking assistance for surveys or research projects. Dean Ellis and the Council expressed its appreciation for her informative presentation.

6. Nominations for Presidential Selection Committee Awards for Excellence in Service and Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities. The Council nominated Dr. Britt Bousman, Department of Anthropology, to replace the Liberal Arts representative for the Presidential Selection Committee for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities, and it nominated Dr. James Pohl, Department of History, to serve as the Liberal Arts representative for the Presidential Selection Committee for Service.

7. Liberal Arts proposals for the Target of Opportunity Program. Chairs identified proposed candidates and are to submit materials today.

8. College of Liberal Arts Plan Update and Extension, 2004-2012. Dean Ellis reviewed with Council a draft of the Liberal Arts Academic Plan, updated from 2004 and extended through 2012. Council agreed to submit an amended version to the Liberal Arts Faculty Advisory Committee and to all Liberal Arts faculty.

Announcements:

• 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 the College plan to Liberal Arts faculty and Faculty Advisory Council
• Friday, November 3: Nominations for Distinguished Professor Emeritus / Emerita due to Faculty Records (PPS 6.01). The Dean must approve nominations, so these must be submitted as soon as possible
• Tuesday, November 14, 9 am, FH 313: Milt Nielson meets with Dean Ellis to discuss Liberal Arts technology needs; those interested in technology issues as well as the web/content management system project are welcome to attend.
• Wednesday, November 15, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets
• Wednesday, November 15: Deadline to forward nominations from Liberal Arts for Presidential Seminar Awards (see PPS 6.03). Submit nominees before this date to receive the Dean’s review.
• 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