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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2013

20 March 2013, 2:00 pm, FH 230

Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney
Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Beth Erhart, Bob Fischer, Vince Luizzi, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja (for Mary Brennan), Dan Lochman, Phil Suckling, Vicki Brittain, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, Associate Dean Nancy Grayson
1.    Approve minutes: 3/6/13:
Members unanimously approved the minutes from the Council meeting of 6 March 2013.  
2.    New online research profile system:
Dean Hennessy distributed an informational hand-out with the link to Texas State’s Research Profile System, and asked chairs to inform faculty that they should review their profiles for accuracy and make necessary corrections. Faculty also have the option of deactivating their profiles. It was noted that the profiles contain many errors. Chairs should report any other site problems to Dr. Bousman. The profile system is intended to enhance research collaboration both on campus and with faculty at other colleges.
3.   Brief updates of PPS 7.12 and 7.10:
Dean Hennessy reminded chairs to provide input on revisions to the policy and procedure statements regarding merit and promotion, and the “clear English” requirement for faculty.
4.   Missing assets:
Dean Hennessy provided lists, by department, of computer equipment that is currently unaccounted for. Chairs are asked to review the lists and inform Dr. Bousman about the status of these items. A form was provided for the reporting of lost, stolen, or damaged items.  In addition, stolen items should be reported to the UPD.
5.  Contact by Board of Regents members:
Texas State faculty should not approach members of the System’s Board of Regents, and should report incidental contact with Board members to Provost Bourgeois.
6.   Family Campaign 2013:
Dean Hennessy updated Council members on the plans to encourage Liberal Arts faculty participation in this year’s Family Campaign fundraising event.
7.  Retired faculty and staff scholarship:
Dean Hennessy distributed information for two new scholarships designed for relatives of Texas State retirees and current employees. Chairs are asked to spread the word to students.
8.  Liberal Arts Awards Day:
Council members reviewed procedures for the Liberal Arts Awards Day ceremony on April 4, including plans for group photographs, organization of award recipients, and pre-ceremony musical entertainment. 
9.  Other Business:
Dr. Grayson announced that two scholarships will be available to students seeking teacher certification in Liberal Arts disciplines. She recommended that the associate deans of the College serve as the scholarship selection committee. Council members approved.
Around the table:
Dr. Erhart noted that chalk boards can no longer be included in new or renovated classrooms without considerable expense to departments. Council members discussed advantages and disadvantages of chalk boards and white boards.
Dr. de la Teja announced that the Center for the Study of the Southwest will host an essay contest for graduates and undergraduates. Winners will receive an award of $250, and their essays will be published in CSSW’s journal Southwestern American Literature. The Center also plans to host a campus-wide open-house for interested faculty to promote courses that deal with the study of the Southwest in colleges beyond Liberal Arts.
Dr. Lochman asked about enrollment projections for the fall. Dean Hennessy reported that freshman applications look strong at this point, and that the Provost is supportive of keeping class sections open where possible, and creating new sections where necessary.
Dr. Kelemen asked about the possibility of keeping registration windows open throughout the period of registration to enable chairs to monitor enrollments more accurately. Dr. Harney will invite Jennifer Grant, director of Liberal Arts advising, to an upcoming Council meeting to discuss registration matters. Dr. Day and Dr. Kelemen offered to consult with other faculty regarding the successful use of wait lists for closed class sections.
The meeting was adjourned.