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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

Liberal Arts Council Minutes

2:00 PM—Flowers Hall 230

Presiding: Dean Mary Brennan
Present: Council members:
Audwin Anderson, Aimee Roundtree, Angela Murphy, Susan Day (recording), Ken Grasso, Alberto Giordano, Craig Hanks, Lucy Harney, Bill Kelemen, Dan Lochman, Chad Smith.

Absent: Beth Erhart, Dennis Dunn

Guests: Ross McEwen, Christine Conlee.


Dr. Kelemen and Dr. Lochman moved and seconded approval of the 9.13.17 minutes.


Ross McEwen and Dr. Grasso discussed the consequences of a Liberal Arts Computer Lab change by providing data about student computer “traffic” in labs.   The data demonstrate that students are able to find lab space; the only "crunch" periods are peak hours during first and last week of classes and midterms.  These data suggest that the LA Computer Lab space could be put to other uses.  Print stations in the building could provide assistance for the approximately 50% of students who come in for printing only.  Mr. McKuen will summarize his report in writing, sending it to Dr. Grasso.  The change would relieve some of the space shortage common to the Departments of Psychology and Sociology.


CAD discussion items

Dr. Ronald Brown is stepping down from his position as Assistant Vice President for Academic Services, and Dean Brennan will nominate a Liberal Arts faculty member or chair to be on the internal search committee.


Time keeping and sick leave records were discussed. The circumstances under which paper copies are kept were discussed.  The conditions under which faculty may have to report sick leave were discussed.  Provost Bourgeois will communicate with the staff and faculty about these issues by the end of the month.


The 12th day enrollment report revealed fall 2017 enrollment to be 155 fewer students than fall 2016.  Dean Brennan noted that the number of high school students with high school-earned college credits in Liberal Arts courses is increasing and may influence future enrollment in the College.  Registering students and attracting majors at all levels will become more important in the College as first-year student SCH declines. Scholarships for first-year students should be considered by departments.


All Academic Affairs M&O accounts will be cut by 3.5% this year because of the enrollment decline.


The faculty on the Academic Program Coordinators list must be the faculty members who complete student learning outcome reports.  The listed faculty must have the terminal degree in their field and be tenured faculty.


Library allocations were discussed.  Modern Languages and Philosophy have seen declines in their budgets.  Dr. Cathy Jaffe and Ginger Williams will be asked to attend a future meeting to discuss allocations.



    • Dean Brennan reminded about the “Step Up for State” on September 20-21.  
    • A handout on “Research America” was circulated.
    • Suggestions about Undergraduate Research and Bob Cat Day were well received by Drs. Dana Garcia and Heather Galloway. Chairs and Directors should send examples to Honors Dean Galloway.
    • Dean Brennan reminded chairs to remind faculty that Jessica Schneider should be advised about grant submissions prior to grant deadlines.
    • Dean Brennan is considering having a “Community Happy Hour” in late October in celebration of our College graduate directors who will all receive certificates.  Chairs were asked to submit their directors’ names and a one-sentence laudatory statement. 


NEH Fellowship discussion will be RTA at the next meeting.



  • Dr. Roundtree asked chairs to send her Department achievements for promotions.  She has a form on the COLA website to be used for submitting information.  She will also be meeting with all departments to discuss grants and research for 10-15 minutes.  She noted the importance of accuracy on the Digital Measures vita for the COLA.  She also asked for updated CVs to be available for her in order promote the College.  Dr. Harney noted that Leslie gets faculty accolades from chairs.
  • Dr. Kelemen asked whether the slow processing of PCRs is a problem and whether the issue should be taken to the Council of Chairs. There was a consensus that the issue should be taken to the Council of Chairs.
  • Dr. Smith proposed that two faculty members be appointed to the search committee for the Latino studies minor that are not from Sociology; the Latino Studies working committee will make suggestions and Dean Brennan will appoint from those suggestions. 


The meeting ended at 3:57.

Minutes. 9.20.17 (DOCX, 19 KB)