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Faculty Senate

September 2009

posted Sep 11, 2009, 11:00 AM by Andy Bock   [ updated Sep 11, 2009, 11:28 AM ]

  • Meeting held Tuesday 4pm September 8, 2009 in Memorial Union Great Hall
  • First meeting for Fall Semester
  • Preceded by a reception for new and former senators to meet each other
  • New Senate President Arnold van der Valk
    • Meetings over the Summer between Faculty Senate leadership and P&S Council leadership to coordinate areas of mutual concern
    • Budget and 2010-2015 Strategic Planning are focus for Fall
    • New Blog being set up for faculty to discuss (will require faculty status and log-in)
    • October meeting will focus on Budget and Strategic Plan
  • President Elect Michael Owen
    • working on filling committee appointments and planning for Spring conference
  • Provost Betsy Hoffman
    • Welcome change in Fall reception from Reiman Gardens to MU as both cost savings and increased participation
    • Good things happening at ISU
      • Enrollment data to be released on Wednesday will show either highest or second highest amount ever; aproximatly 1,000 more students than year before, largest increase is new students from China
      • Largest increase in research funding, $48m for July and $39m for August, two-month total is more than 1/3 of previous year
      • 93 or 94 new faculty, with retirements and departures, expect positive direction
    • Bad News
      • Have been told to expect a 5%-10% mid-year reversion; [State] Revenue Estimating Conference report due October 7
      • Expect the state revenues to lag the rest of the country and next years cuts will be larger than this years
      • After October report, Governor Culver can either do across the board cuts or call in the Legislature for targeted cuts
    • H1N1
      • ISU has not experienced cases to date as other universities have
      • First 10 cases each week are sent in for testing, so far only one case determined to H1N1
      • Recommend that everyone have flu shot, wash hands
      • Instructions sent out to be kind to students and employees, and stay home yourself if you are sick
    • Question from Audience: What portion of stimulus funds distributed by the state are represented in the July/Aug research totals? Answer: approximately $10m 
  • No new or old business. Adjourned at 4:30 followed by a training for new senate members

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