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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2019


Liberal Arts Council—January 16, 2019

2:00 PM—Flowers Hall 230


Presiding: Dean Mary Brennan
Present: Council members: Audwin Anderson, Manda Anderson, Susan Day (recording), Beth Erhart, Ken Grasso, Craig Hanks, Paul Hart, Lucy Harney, Bill Kelemen, Dan Lochman, Yongmei Lu, John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Angela Murphy, Aimee Roundtree, Chad Smith

Absent: No one

The minutes of 12.5.18 were unanimously approved after a motion in support by Dr. Grasso and a second by Dr. Erhart.

Dean Brennan provided a handout listing proposed Big Ideas Update to date. “Big ideas” are to be submitted via a template on the University Advancement’s website. The Humanities Center, Big Data, Internationalism, and Community Health are big ideas that may be proposed from the COLA. The deadline for has been moved to March 25, 2019. Dean Brennan asked COLA proposers to report their ideas to Dr. Roundtree.

Dean Brennan provided a handout from the Council on Inclusive Excellence recommending the creation of a formal Bias Incident Reporting System. A bias incident is non-criminal conduct motivated by prejudice, hatred or bigotry that is directed a individuals, groups, buildings, or businesses. Because these actions do not call forth police action, they often go unrecognized or unrecorded. The handout includes an explanation of bias incidents, the purpose of a bias incident report and a plan for implementing a reporting system through a website

Dean Brennan will circulate the Endowments update to departments by email. She asked chairs to email an explanation for why they have not spent highlighted funds for this academic year to Kimberley Garrett. 

Dean Brennan provided an update of CAD issues.

Susan Day discussed Complaint Logs contained in Procedures for Students Seeking Resolution of Reporting University-Related Complaints (UPPS No. 07.10.06). The kind of complaints to be reported were discussed. Chairs reported that they had not been asked for complaint logs last year.

Dean Brennan reported on the Chancellor’s Fellowship (Leadership) Program. The College may send one application to by February 4, 2019. She asked chairs to forward to interested faculty. She will email the information to chairs and directors.

THE CB may change the core curriculum. When the discussions begin, we are asked to formally comment.

Units that are collecting program specific (application) fees to generate income should be reported to Dean Brennan. Student organizations and honor societies are exempt from this request.


Minutes 1.16.19 (DOCX, 18 KB)