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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2013


Liberal Arts Council

December 4, 2013, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Paul Hart (for Dennis Dunn), Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Bob Fischer, Alberto Giordano, Susan Day, Vince Luizzi, Dan Lochman, Vicki Brittain, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guests: Mike Jansen, Audwin Anderson, Manda Anderson


1.  Mike Jansen, new University Advancement senior major gifts officer for Liberal Arts:

Council members discussed with Mike Jansen various questions related to fund-raising procedures, the eligibility of donations for TRIP matching funds, and the articulation of the Office of University Advancement with the development boards of departments and centers within the College.

2.  Proposal for graduate minor in Diversity Studies:

Audwin Anderson, director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, distributed and reviewed a proposal to create a graduate minor in Diversity Studies. Council members unanimously approved the proposal.

3.  Education minor for certificate students:

Manda Anderson, director of the Liberal Arts advising center, discussed the recently-created minor in secondary education, which has become the default minor for most Liberal Arts majors seeking teacher certification. Lucy Harney will contact chairs whose departments offer certification disciplines to discuss possible revisions in the course catalog to reflect these developments.

4.  2013-2014 curriculum cycle:

Lucy Harney reminded chairs/directors that proposals for course changes, additions, and deletions for the upcoming curriculum cycle are due to the curriculum TRACS site by 15 January 2014.

5.   Board meeting:

The Liberal Arts Development Board will meet on 21 February 2014. Dean Hennessy will send a call to chairs/directors to nominate outstanding students who will be invited to meet with Board members during the event to discuss career opportunities for Liberal Arts majors.

6.   DAAA event:

This year’s Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony will take place on 5 April 2014 in JCK 1100. Dean Hennessy announced the tentative honorees and encouraged Council members to reserve tables for the event.

7.   Computer refresh:

Chairs should submit computer refresh requests to Jamie Donaldson by 10 December so that orders can be placed before the winter break.

8.   Faculty hiring process:

Dean Hennessy outlined his role in interviewing candidates for faculty positions in the College and welcomed suggestions from chairs about this process.

9.   CAD update:

      Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meetings of 10/29 and 12/3:

·   Family Campaign: Dean Hennessy distributed a chart indicating participation rates across campus in the Family Campaign fund-raising drive during the last two fiscal periods. He reviewed the procedures to be followed during the 2014 drive, which will begin on 15 January.

·   Endowment Activity: Dean Hennessy distributed the Fall 2013 Endowment Activity Report. Chairs/directors should check the report for accuracy. Available funds that will not be disbursed in 2014 should be reported to Kimberly Garrett in Donor Services (

·   Summer school follow-up: Dean Hennessy distributed a summary of the 2014 summer school budget requests by departments as well as enrollment figures from FY 2001 to FY 2013. Summer budget deficits and enrollment management will be the priorities in the spring as departmental practices are reviewed.

·   Budget committee:

Dean Hennessy reported on Academic Affairs budgetary priorities, including increased stipends for masters students, increased compensation for adjunct faculty, and merit raises for faculty and staff.

10.   Other business:

Nancy Grayson noted that the Advising Center is working on strategies to encourage students to check their email accounts (to avoid missing deadline alerts, etc.)

Manda Anderson encouraged Council members to send electronic files promoting departmental initiatives and activities to the Advising Center for display on the new flat-screen television.


The meeting was adjourned.