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Communicate with the Senate

Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of April 21, 2003

Present: Denise Antolini, Meda Chesney-Lind, Martha Crosby, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Frank Sansone, Mary Tiles, and Charlotte Mitsutani.

Chair Mike Forman called the meeting to order at 3:03 pm.

1. The minutes of the meeting of April 14, 2003 were approved as corrected.

2. Chair's Report
Asia -Pacific Task Force - Mike is working on a new draft report from the task force.

VP-AA Search - Letters of reference for the seven finalists are coming in.

Charlot House Committee - The committee met; progress is being made.

CTAHR Senate Meeting - Peter asked Mike, Karl Kim and Rolf Kudritzki to attend. Faculty governance was discussed, particularly the role of CTAHR Senate with respect to the Manoa Faculty Senate.

Interim VC-UE - Sandy Davis has expressed concern about this position, and the apparent lack of faculty input; similar concerns have been expressed by the OSA Senate in correspondence to Peter Englert. However, it is not clear what personnel action was taken by the BOR last week with regards to this appointment. The SEC has discussed this issue with the Chancellor on two occasions to express these concerns.

3. Committee Reports

GEC - Martha reported that Karl Kim and Denise Konan are meeting with the Foundations Board to get a firm report on the board's decision on the articulation of Philosophy 110 courses.

CA - Meda reported that the composition of the Athletics Advisory Board is stipulated by BOR policy and may therefore prevent the merging of the AAB with CA. Thus, joint meetings of CA and the AAB would be useful. Eating-disorder problems reported at the University Health Service have been increasing, and this appears to be due at least in part to efforts by coaches to have athletes loose weight. CA hopes to have a UHS representative meet with the coaches to discuss this problem.

CAB - Frank reported that the committee is still waiting for Peter Englert to sign the follow-up memo on RTRF carryovers and allocations. CAB will consider drafting a resolution detailing the preferred mechanism for the administration to conduct consultation with the faculty on matters being brought to the BOR.

CPM - Denise reported that CPM is continuing to review the results of the Senate Office's phone calls to senators who miss meetings to find out the reason for their absences. The committee has no specific suggestions regarding the proposed workshop on academic freedom. The creation of a university ombudsman position is being discussed to help with the workplace violence issue.

4. Old Business

Faculty Governance Committee - Mary reported that this committee will be meeting again soon.

5. New Business
Agenda Items for next meeting with Peter Englert, 4/23/03
-- Interim VC-UE - status of BOR action
-- RTRF Implementation memo - signed?
-- WASC report - Status; copy for Faculty Senate?
-- How to consult with UHM faculty on BOR-related matters
-- Athletics update - Common meetings of the two oversight committees; the Faculty Athletic Representative; eating-disorder problems

SEC Nominations - Nominations are due on 4/24/03. The SEC understands that Rhonda Black is traveling, so, to expedite the development of the final ballot for the new SEC, the SEC agreed that either D. Flynn (liaison to CFS) or any member of CFS may come in on Friday and open the ballot envelopes. David will oversee preparation of materials that will be returned to Senators for the final SEC balloting.

Senate Meeting, 5/7/03 - A written report from each standing committee is due for the meeting, and each committee chair will be asked to give a verbal report to the Senate. Committee liaisons should transmit these requirements to their committee chairs.

The next SEC meeting will be held on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 3:00 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:12 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Sansone

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