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Liberal Arts Council

 8 April 2015, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney


Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Dennis Dunn, Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Bob Fischer, Alberto Giordano, Craig Hanks, Dan Lochman, Ken Grasso, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson


Guests: Jessica Schneider, Meredith Williams, Frank de la Teja


1.  Approve LAC minutes:


      Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council      meeting of March 25, 2015.


2.  Interviews with Jones Professorship applicants:


Council members interviewed candidates for the Jones Professorship in Southwestern Studies. After discussion, chairs ranked the candidates. Dean Hennessy will announce the Council´s selection once President Trauth has confirmed the recommendation.


3.  Research website:


Liberal Arts Research Coordinator, Jessica Schneider, distributed screen images of the new research section designed for the College website. She and Britt Bousman reviewed the resources envisioned for the new tab, including funding sources, grant proposal development, grant management, and departmental research highlights. Council members are encouraged to explore the site and make suggestions for additions or changes.


 4.  Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony:


Council members discussed procedures for the annual Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony on April 9.


5.  CAD update:


      Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meeting of 4/7:


·   Wellness Program update: Dean Hennessy passed around a usage report and program specifics for Phase I of the Texas State Employee Wellness Program. Chairs and deans are encouraged to engage faculty in daily activities that promote wellness.


·   Proctored exams in Round Rock: The fee for students to take a make-up exam at the Round Rock campus is $30.


·   Certificate Programs: Dean Hennessy distributed a handout prepared by AVP Debbie Thorne concerning the review of certificate programs currently offered at Texas State, including Liberal Arts departments and centers (Geography, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology). Chairs and directors are asked to assess their departments’ commitments to these programs, and to consider eliminating those that have very low enrollments, or that are not viewed as critical to address departmental mission/goals or student demand. Chairs discussed the value of certificate programs in promoting graduate enrollment. Dean Hennessy will follow up on this point with AP Opheim. Deadline for chairs to determine whether to continue or discontinue certificate programs is 9/30/15.



Around the table:


Dennis Dunn distributed brochures and asked Council members to publicize the upcoming Conference on Southeast Asia to be held at Texas State on April 21-22, with the theme: “Globalization in Southeast Asia: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on Opportunity, Understanding, and Experiences.” This event is sponsored by several Liberal Arts departments and centers, along with the Graduate College.


Craig Hanks announced the conference: “Religious Studies, Liberal Arts, and the Public University,” to be held at Texas State on April 10-11 in Flowers 230. The event is organized by Rebecca Raphael, Texas State’s current NEH Professor.


Dean Hennessy reminded chairs of the annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards event to be held at Texas State on April 11 in JCK 1100.


Nancy Grayson reported that Liberal Arts academic advisors are being asked to consult with her or Manda Anderson on questions regarding student advising rather than contacting chairs directly.


Council members asked about possible enrollment increases for the University in 2015-16. They also discussed the practice of pre-enrolling entering freshmen in classes prior to orientation and registration.


Bob Fischer announced that 2015-16 will be his last year as chair of the department of Modern Languages.




The meeting was adjourned.