FULL FACULTY MEETING December 6, 2007
Brock Forum 10AM
(Robin Snyder taking minutes for Michael Hogue)
Invocation/Prayer: Don Sandley
Minutes Approved: Jennings Marshall and Dennis Jones
Larry Davenport recognized as 2007 Alabama Professor of the Year.
Dr. Westmoreland’s report:
Importance of Tuesday's announcement for entire campus (Harry Brock
Business School endowment); sets new standard for entire compus; era of good
feelings is moving into accomplishments; Andy is feeling weight of responsibility
of getting things done.
Diversity consultant (Dr. Lewis) did a good job of giving us tough information;
surveys and follow up yet to be done
Go Green Initiative- sucess will rise and fall on our individual participation
Fall Applications- about 200 applications ahead of past years
Alumni giving- has bee an issue in past; now up about 216%; % rate of
participation is up 2%; goal is to go up 2 or 3% points every year
President’s House; sensitive matter; have received about 40 emails (all
favorable); do not want it to impact any fiscal responsibilities on campus.
Question from a faculty member (?): When will diversity committee report be
available. Answer: Joe Scrivner answered it will be available "soon" .
Dr. Creed’s report:
Trustees met 3 times this semester to approve minors, doctorates, Brock business school,
Metro schedule is going away, JanTerm is staying
Pete Hannah Center is a success
Brock Recital Hall- received design award
Go Green Initiative- working more on recycling
SACS accreditation meeting in New Orleans next week...should have final action
requests from SACS.
Parking problems seem to have subsided
Committee Reports (Note: Full reports of committees are posted on the faculty
senate website at www.samford.edu/facultysenate) :
Academic Affairs (Jim Rayburn) Jan Term Faculty Dev. grants now $2500
2008-09 calendar- will start getting Labor Day off if trustees approve
Thanks (from Don Sandley for all of us) to Jennings Marshall and Cynthia Lohrke for
working on retirement benefits. Thanks (from Jennings) to Buck, Andy, and
administration for dialoging with faculty on this issue.
Athletic Committee- had a meet and greet with coaching staff. Growing in ability to be
liaison between athletic department and faculty
Business affairs- Jennings Marshall stated faculty retirement plan not changed for
existing faculty (see above comments)
Curriculum- (Kathryn Fouse) gave report and referred to website and new online forms
Diversity (Joe Scrivner) stated he and Nancy Whitt would make report available soon
Handbook (Mike Floyd) -descriptions for all revisions of committees (Don Sandley asked
that all these be completed by spring term); also, committee chairs act as ex officio
members of senate
Elections- spring is election
SARLUR (Ken Kirby) - looked at new student clubs; decided to keep student affairs and
external relations and not form new committees (keep as is)
Learning Resources- (Charlotte Brammer) Writing Committee asked that W course
review requests be submitted in Jan/Feb so they can be processed by the committee
Don Sandley reported on all senate action items this semester (7 items) there was no
discussion or change. (NOTE: These can be found on the faculty senate’s home page
under “action items” on the front page.)
Issues to be brought up to Faculty Senate:
Charlotte Brammer asked that the status of classrooms be addressed. She said they are
sorely outdated and should be revamped especially in Brooks. David Bains stated that
Chapman wing of Reid Chapel has received less attention than Brooks.
Andy replied that this is under serious review with facilities planning doing a class by
class inventory. Next revamp will probably be the University Center. Brooks Hall and
other areas are in discussion. Faculty will have input.
Printing on campus especially in the library is a problem. Need some type of print
management. Asks that Learning Resources Comm. address this and also be an item on
the “Go Green” initiative.
Meeting adjourned by President Don Sandley