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Draft Minutes UHM Faculty Senate, October 15, 2003

Faculty Senate Members Present:
Harriet Abe, Tod Aeby, Belinda Aquino, Krystyna Aune, Barry Baker, Andrea Bartlett, Ronald Bontekoe, Thomas Bopp, Rebecca Cann, James Caron, James Carpenter, Michael Chopey, Joel Cohn, Linda Cox, Bonnie Cramer, Ruth Dawson, Michael DeMattos, Daphne Desser, Patsy Fujimoto, Robert Gibson, Donna Grace, William Haning, Thomas Hilgers, Susan Johnson, Nanette Judd, Merle Kataoka-Yahiro, Kenton Kramer, Roberta Lamb, Bruce Liebert, Kem Lowry, Roger Lukas, Lorenz Magaard, Torben Nielsen, Dawn Nishida, Jill Nunokawa, Marvin Ortel, Joan Peters, Brian Popp, David Ross, Thomas Schroeder, Amarjit Singh, Paul Singleton, Jim Skouge, David Stegenga, Norma Jean Stodden, Glenn Teves, Mary Tiles, Janice Uchida, Robert Valliant, Steven Ward, Paige Wilmeth, Kelley Withy.

Robert Bley-Vroman, Hong-Mei Chen, Martha Crosby, Linda Duckworth, Lenora Lee, Yuanan Lu.

Richard Allen, Glenn Cannon, Rosita Chang, Gary Fuller, Michael Graves, Misty Johanson, Fred Mackenzie, Paul McKimmy, Marian Melish, Michael Mottl, Michael Salzman, David Sanders, Lesley Wright, Halina Zaleski

Others in Attendance:
Michael Forman, Sandy Davis, Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, Kathy Ferguson, Denise Konan and 1 name that was not legible.

Vice Chair Tom Schroeder called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm. Chair Mary Tiles was in a meeting with the Governor and would arrive later.


Adoption of Minutes

The minutes of the September 17, 2003 meeting were approved with the following amendments. Spelling corrections for faculty names (Jill Nunokawa and Krystyna Aune) were made and the acronym ACCFS was corrected to ACCFSC. The missingrevised resolution from the SEC on Entrepreneurial Education is attached.

Vice Chairs Report

Tom Schroeder reported on the AAUP Governance conference in Indianapolis that he attended Oct 9-11. The Athletics Coalition sponsored a National Faculty Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics that was initially begun by the Bowl Championship Series schools. As a Division 1-A school, UH was invited to join. The NCAA and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) participated. Nationally a key change for athletics reform is the engagement of faculty on a national level and the participation from each schools faculty senate leader or designated senate representative. Three workshops focused on: 1) developing standards for the appointment and function of Faculty Athletics Representatives; 2) developing standards for the appointment and function of campus athletics committees; 3) developing a strategy for how faculty can fulfill their oversight responsibilities to ensure the integrity of the academic experience of athletes. The Manoa Faculty Senate needs to consider whether it wants to join this coalition.

Resolution from Committee on Athletics

Kelley Withy, chair of the Committee on Athletics presented a Resolution on nutrition education for student-athletes, and on prevention and treatment of student-athletes with eating disorders. The Resolution was read and the following points were raised in discussion:

1) James Caron questioned how the information about the situation addressed in the resolution came to the attention of the CA. Kelley explained that a representative from the Student Health Center obtained information from a student who had come to her.

2) David Ross asked how the Senate could get coaches to participate. Kelley replied that this is an effort to get information directly to students as well as to coaches and trainers.

3) Ronald Bontekoe questioned whether the Resolution was too vague and who would implement it. He suggested that perhaps we need to make recommendations to the chancellor for stronger positions to educate coaches, trainers and students. Later he also suggested that the Senate ask the Chancellor to reconvene the Athletic Advisory Board, but it was noted that the Chancellor wants to eliminate this Board.

4) Torben Nielsen suggested a nutritional course for all athletes, although several senators expressed concern that this may not be a nutritionalproblem and more of an emotional problem, and further that the emotional needs of student athletes were very great and behaviors needed to be addressed (Daphne Desser, Ruth Dawson, Norma Jean Stodden, Merle Kataoka-Yahiro )

5) Jim Skouge noted that we should not jump to solutions and that while the health of the athletes needs to be addressed, we should be concerned for the health of all students. Other senators also expressed concern for all students.

6) David Ross suggested that the Senate draft two new resolutions. One that would be drafted by the Committee on Athletics to the Chancellor and BOR that will identify the health issue of athletes. Another resolution could be drafted by the Committee on Student Affairs to address the health and nutritional problems throughout the general student population.

7) Steven Ward questioned Kelley about how the Athletic Dept felt about this issue. Kelley responded that the problem was first brought to Athletic Director Herman Frazier who passed it to the coaches. They noted that while there were both psychological and eating problems, they were not the cause of the psychological problems but would educate the students on the problems related to eating.

8) Kelley Withy noted that she will review the issue with the CA and the Resolution from the CA was withdrawn. Tom Schroeder noted that the second resolution will be sent to CSA.

Resolution in Support of Prof. Noel Kent's Recommendations

Patsy Fujimoto from Nursing and Dental Hygiene, presented a Resolution in support of Dr. Noel Kents recommendations to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. The resolution (attached) was read, followed by this discussion:

1) Senators were not in complete agreement with all facets of Dr. Kents letter. These included statements that some administrators need to be hired, that we may not be able to maintain current tuition levels, and an overall belief that Dr. Kents letter was too specific (Roger Lukas, Torben Nielsen, Joan Peters and others).

2) Several senators suggested support for the UHPA letter instead (James Caron, Roberta Lamb, Joan Peters, and others).

3) Barry Baker and others (Amarjit Singh) suggested revising the resolution, keeping much of the intent of Dr. Kents letter but without the specifics. The resolution was revised with friendly amendments (attached). The Senate approved the Resolution by a final vote with 40 senators approving, 1 abstaining, and no votes in opposition.

4) During the discussion of this Resolution several senators and faculty raised the issues of the availability of a transparent budget (Lilikala Kameeleihiwa), clarity in what we ask the President and Chancellors for (Kelley Withy), a record of the MFS concerns (Jill Nunokawa), the conviction of the MFS and the need for action (Torben Nielsen). A second resolution for a transparent budget will be developed in CAB.

Report on Faculty Ambassadors Program

Kathy Ferguson reviewed the University of Hawaiis Faculty Ambassadors Program, which was established in 1997 by the Manoa Faculty Senate. The program is funded by the Office of the President, the University of Hawaii Professional Organization and the UH-community partnership. A major goal is to form a bridge between the University and each high school in the state. The program is not a recruitment arm of the University, but ambassadors may encourage Hawaii students to attend UHM.

Sponsorship of the program is contingent on UH funding. The program needs a higher profile (i.e. participating faculty should receive favorable reviews from tenure and promotion committees, bookstore certificates, departmental recognition, etc) and institutionalization.

Kathy Ferguson will communicate with the Committee on Student Affairs.

Chairs Report

Mary Tiles presented the following items to the Senate.

1) Chancellor Peter Englert will be addressing the Congress on October 22, 2003. He will be discussing his strategic plans for building Manoa into a Research University. The SEC is organizing a small panel to question the Chancellor about the strategic plans and other issues.

2) Formal negotiations have begun between the Union and the State.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted

Janice Uchida, Secretary for the UHM Faculty Senate.

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