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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2016


Liberal Arts Council

2 March 2016, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

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

Guests: Ron Brown, Jamie Donaldson, Manda Andersen, Jeremy Peña, Elizabeth Prado, Deb Howell, Madelyn Patlan, Katie Alonzo, Dontae McGaugh, Danielle McEwen, Coleen Rankin


1.  Approve LAC minutes:

      Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting of February 10, 2016.

2.  P-card logs:

Liberal Arts Budget Specialist Jamie Donaldson distributed a sample Procurement Card Transaction Log and briefed LAC members and department admins on guidelines for the use of P-cards, purchase orders, and e-NPOs. She discussed upcoming external P-card audits and reviewed common errors and omissions in the reporting of P-card transactions.

3.  General Education Syllabi Model:

AVP Ron Brown introduced the new syllabus template to be used for all general education courses beginning in fall 2016. He provided an individualized template to chairs of departments that offer core courses.

4.  Requests to Provost’s office for campus distribution:

Dean Hennessy distributed rules for sending emails, posters, and flyers to the Provost’s office for campus distribution. He emphasized that requests should be made well in advance of the events to be publicized.

5.  CAD update:

Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on items from the 3/1 CAD meeting:


·   All University employees (including graduate assistants) should be reminded to complete mandatory EEO / Title IX compliance training.

·   Both undergraduate and graduate enrollment projections for fall 2016 are strong. Applications from transfer students have declined.

·   Provost Bourgeois emphasized the continued importance of thorough tenure and promotion reports from deans, chairs, and PC representatives.

·   Multi-course study abroad programs will be considered as a single academic requirement for students desiring to “walk” at commencement.

·   Dean Hennessey reported that Phi Kappa Phi will invite almost 2000 students for induction this year, and reviewed the eligibility requirements.


Around the table:

Britt Bousman will send Council members a link to the recent OSP peer review findings.

Dan Lochman asked about providing input from academic departments on the review of Texas State’s mission statement. Dean Hennessy noted that chairs may wish to solicit feedback from their units.

Bill Kelemen will send an email to chairs to identify one faculty member from each department to participate in a focus group examining faculty perceptions of health behaviors and attitudes at Texas State.

Lucy Harney announced that representatives from Curriculum Services will speak to Liberal Arts Council on March 30 to discuss the new online catalog and online course forms. Staff and faculty involved in curriculum matters, including members of the Liberal Arts College Curriculum Committee, are welcome to attend.


The meeting was adjourned.