University Council Minutes

March 2, 1998
3:00 p.m.

Present: Dave Stetler (for Bob Bates), Landrum Cross, Peter Eyre, Eileen Hitchingham, Janet Johnson, Paul Knox, Peggy Meszaros, Carole Nickerson, Minnis Ridenour, Ray Smoot, Hap Bonham (for Rich Sorensen), Charles Steger, Andy Swiger, Tom Tillar, Paul Torgersen, Robert Brown, Kelli Campbell (for Raphael Castillejo), Ben Poe, Cosby Rogers, Terry Swecker, Norm Marriott, Paul Metz, Frank Gwazdauskas, Bob Benoit, David de Wolf, Rosemary Goss, Lynn Grizzard (for Kay Burke), Tom Head, Terry Lawrence, Marilyn Norstedt, Judy Fielder (for Nancy Phillips), Joel Donahue, Aaron McClung (for Steve Schneider), Tara Beresak (for Tekisha Everette), Jessica Mayton (for Moya Toohey), Drew Lichtenberger, Jody Olson, Natalie Wilson

Absent: Erv Blythe, Greg Brown, Elyzabeth Holford, Len Peters, Bill Stephenson, Sigrid Gustafson, Terry Herdman, Charles Lytton, Larry Shumsky, Richard Bambach, Deborah Mayo, Kevin Pelzer, Eliza Tse, John Randolph, James Yardley, Pat Scanlon, Bernard Feldman, Gerri Johns, Curtis Lynch, Peggy Rasnick, Rajiv Khosla, Ningling Wang,

Guests: David Ford

  1. Adoption of Agenda

    A motion was made and seconded to adopt the agenda as distributed. The motion passed.

  2. Announcement of approval and posting of Council Minutes of February 16, 1998.

    Dr. Torgersen noted that the minutes of the February 16, 1998, University Council meeting have been voted on and approved electronically. Once voted upon, University Council minutes can be publicly accessed on the Governance Information System on the WEB.

  3. New Business -- None

  4. Ongoing Business

    Second Reading, Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, Resolution 1997-98C: Policy on Auditing Graduate Courses

    Following questions for clarification, Robert Brown confirmed that with the approval of the resolution the Graduate School will no longer approve an audited course and when the auditing is finished there will be a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" assigned to the audit. Another change is that an audit course can be repeated for credit. The purpose is to promote people in their education. It was also noted that this policy applies to graduate audits only. Following discussion the resolution was voted on and passed unanimously.

    Council approved a packet of commission minutes comprised of:

    Commission on Classified Staff Affairs, January 14, 1998, presented by Ben Poe.

    Commission on Faculty Affairs, January 23, 1998, presented by Peggy Meszaros in the absence of Sigrid Gustafson.

    Commission on Student Affairs, February 5, 1998, presented by Ms. Kelli Campbell in the absence of Raphael Castillejo.

    Commission on Research, January 14, 1998, presented by Peggy Meszaros in the absence of Terry Herdman.

  5. Announcements - None

  6. Discussion

    Dr. Torgersen circulated a memorandum regarding "General Assembly Actions on the Budget." He reviewed this information with members present. In response to questions regarding salary increases, Dr. Torgersen commented that additional information will be available in the next two weeks. A question was also raised regarding the Plan to Serve. Dr. Torgersen responded the house is recommending $2.4 million, the senate $400,000; an agreement will be forthcoming.

    Dr. Torgersen shared that Dr. Robert Richardson - Nobel Laureate in Physics, and Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr. - Professor of History and author of Stonewall Jackson - The Man, The Soldier, The Legend were recognized in the House of Delegates and the Senate, both received a standing ovation.

  7. Adjournment at 3:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Carole Nickerson
Executive Assistant to the President


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