Skip to Content

Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2016


Liberal Arts Council

19 October 2016, 2:00pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Susan Day
Present: Council members:  Manda Anderson, Audwin Anderson, Mary Brennan, Dennis Dunn, Ken Grasso, Craig Hanks, Lucy Harney, Bill Kelemen, Dan Lochman, Chad Smith

Absent: Beth Erhart, Alberto Giordano, Britt Bousman and Nancy Grayson

Approve 10.12.16

The minutes from the meeting on 10.12.16 were approved. Approval motion was made by Dr. Grasso and seconded by Dr. Kelemen.

CAD update and discussion

IT Updates (HO)

Computer replacement program will be available for faculty and staff who are at least 50% time and HEF eligible.The University has made $565K available. LA is authorized for 89 machines.


It was announced in CAD that the Digital Measures project to enter CVs is in the final editing stages.


New wireless installations will be done on campus throughout the year.

The new email exchange will be Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. It will save the University $400K. A smooth transition is promised in January 2017.


Rand Report on Graduate Education (HO)

A summary of a Rand report comparing graduate education in Texas to that in New York, California, and Florida was discussed. Comments om the report’s tentative recommendations should be sent to Assoc. Dean Eric Paulsen in the Graduate College by October 29.


Step Up for State—Results and Discussion (HO)

Results of the Step Up for State funding drive were discussed.


Faculty Statistics

Texas State employs 1936 total faculty, 1384 of which are fulltime faculty.


Research Update (HO)

A brief summary of FY16 grants and contracts was distributed.All key research expenditures show remarkable increases.

Other business

Twenty-two Liberal Arts faculty who wrote 29 books were honored at the Faculty Authored Books reception.

A telethon on behalf of Liberal Arts involved paid student employees who made 1013 calls, and received 56 pledges totaling $6843.Employee costs were $4421.

Chairs were reminded to encourage responses to the TRACS survey.


The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has $100K to give in $10K UG scholarships.The College is working to identify an eligible student to nominate


Around the table


Concern was raised about there being no space to describe departments in hiring ads on the Faculty Record university website site.


A crowd funding site has been created in History for Model Arab League students to travel to international conference in Morocco.  Dr. Brennan indicated the site has been set up to solicit donations from individuals, not departments.


A strategic planning sample template for preferred initiatives was requested.  Handling departments’ approaches to planning absent the template was discussed. Dean Hennessy will ask when the template will be available.


Meeting ended at 3:15.

Minutes 10.19.16 (DOCX, 105 KB)