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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

6 June 2007, 2:00 pm, FH 321
(Approved 7/18/07)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Nancy Grayson
Council Members: Frank Barrios Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Robert Fischer, Michael Hennessy, Audrey McKinney for Vince Luizzi, John McGee, Philip Suckling.

1. LAC minutes for April 25, 2007, meeting were approved electronically.

2. Congratulations: to Bob Fischer and the computer assisted language learning organization, CALICO, for a fine international meeting held at Texas State last week. Meeting participants came from such prestigious universities as MIT, Stanford, Penn State, Rice plus the Defense Language Institute among many other schools. Participants also came from abroad: some 15 countries were represented including China, Japan, and Russia. Bob's role in CALICO as its executive director is very impressive. Congratulations, also to Liberal Arts/History graduate student, Whitney Milam, who received a Telly Award for an outstanding historical television documentary, “Sniper 66.”

3. Liberal Arts in the News: Christina Conlee, Anthropology, received publicity for a story on Andean Skeletons distributed by UNS. Dr. Conlee's analysis of a newly excavated headless body from the site of La Tiza in Peru provides important new data on ancient ideas of death and regeneration. Britt Bousman, Anthropology, was featured in a story in the Austin American-Statesman about his excavation in the City of San Marcos for a TxDOT project. Sandra Mayo received publicity through an article about her multicultural curriculum transformation workshops, which have attracted the attention of South African educators. Frank de la Teja was shown on KEYE-TV at the State Capitol, being sworn-in as Texas State Historian. The university’s proposed forensics research facility and Dr. Jerry Melbye, Anthropology, continue to draw considerable media interest. In recent days, UNS personnel have been interviewed on the topic by dozens of media outlets, including Time, Newsweek, Houston-ABC and the BBC. The Austin American-Statesman ran a story on Texas State Creative Writing Program Grad Owen Egerton’s writing and comedy. Psychologist Ollie Seay’s picture appears with other Texas Psychological Association members meeting with Rep. Lloyd Doggett. The photo appears in the May issue of the APA Monitor.

4. Thanks to: Octavio Pimentel, Jaime Mejía, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Ana Juarez and Miriam Echeverría, who will serve as mentors for pre-doctoral fellows coming to Texas State through our Summer Pre-doctoral Fellow Program. The program is sponsored by the Graduate College. Thanks also to Ted Hindson and Jim Garber for their service on the General Education Council, after winning the election to these positions.

5. Staffing Changes – Development Office
Dean Ellis briefed Council about forthcoming changes in University Advancement. Elizabeth Denton will be moving to that office. A part-time consultant may join Liberal Arts staff.

6. Research Targets
Dean Ellis distributed a spreadsheet listing Liberal Arts grants (including Centers/Institutes) submitted and funded through FY06, plus two sections showing targets for FY08 and FY09. Chairs will make revisions as needed.

7. Requests for New Faculty Lines
Chairs provided handouts and presented their requests to fill new lines or move a lecturer to Tenure Track. Dean Ellis will request nine new lines in a conference with Provost Moore on June 7.

8. Summer Agenda and Retreat
Chairs will meet with Dean Ellis individually during July for evaluations and for updates on departmental strategic goals. The Liberal Arts Council retreat will be on Wednesday, August 15 at the Inn Above Onion Creek.