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Minutes of November 1, 2006
1:00 P.M.
Faculty Center, East Annex


Present: Cyrus Bina (Chair), Edith Borchardt, Carol Marxen, and Engin Sungur (Ex-officio)
Absent: Jacob Croonenberghs

Bina called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M. in the Faculty Center. Bina informed the Committee that Ahern is appointed to chair the Dean's search committee, thus we are deprived of his wise counsel on this committee. Pederson reminded that she was directed to contact the Executive Committee, which is due to meet on November 6th and will subsequently notify us of the replacement. Pederson also reported that she has notified the MCSA of the need for election of a student representative to the FDC, noting that the MCSA meets today.

FDC Minutes of 10/4/06
Bina asked for any corrections, revisions, and/or approval of the FDC minutes, dated10/4/06. Borchardt noted a couple of minor corrections; motion was carried following the correction. Bina asked the Committee to consider and append (to these minutes) the letter he sent to the Strategic Positioning Committee, via Pareena Lawrence, on October 12, 2006 , following the extraordinary meeting of the Campus Assembly on the same subject. Bina's inquiry and reflection are focused on the Faculty Research & Creative Activity at UMM. After discussion and slight editorial suggestions, motion (Borchardt/Marxen) to append the letter to the FDC minutes of 10/24/06 was carried; for the record, 10/24/06 minutes along with the appended letter will be posted on the FDC website accordingly.

Laptop Computers
Members discussed the significance of making laptop computers available to faculty (an item, among others, that was anticipated in Bina's appended letter of 10/12/06 ). Sungur informed the Committee that laptop computers are available through the Dean's office for faculty to check out when attending conferences; but he noted that such borrowing is subject to a short time limit. Sungur expressed interest in providing laptop computers for faculty use through the FCLT for a longer period of time. A member indicated although each faculty at UMM is provided with a desktop computer, every faculty member needs to have a laptop computer as well. Sungur pointed out that, with support from FDC, he plans to request from the Dean's office additional funding for the FCLT for the purpose of purchasing laptop computers for the extended faculty use and check out. He asked the FDC, the availability of funding, to approve the purchasing of laptop computers for such a purpose. Marxen made a motion (seconded by Borchardt) to that effect accordingly; motion was carried unanimously.

Meeting of Assembly Committees' Chairs ( 10/30/06 )
Bina reported that he met with the Executive Committee and the Chairs of other Assembly, adjunct, and ad hoc committees. Bina reported the activities of the FDC, including the surveys and evaluations conducted by the FCLT during the summer, the FDC accomplishments during the 2005-06 academic year; Bina reported that he also encouraged the attendees to view and critically examine the FDC website and give us a feedback. Bina encouraged the representative of all Assembly committees to contact him if they wish to discuss and put items of interest on the FDC's agenda. He also asked for more cooperation from other committees concerning the overlapping tasks, such as technology and faculty support.

Proposal for UMM Spring Student Experience Celebration Event
Copies of the proposal were distributed for review and discussion. Members agreed that the proposal needs further clarity; a member proposed to invite Pareena Lawrence to a future FDC meeting to hear the substance of the proposal. A member suggested that this proposal should have been sent to the ASL Committee. Motion (Marxen/ Borchardt ) to invite Lawrence to a future FDC meeting for further explanation was carried. Bina will invite Lawrence to either a late Fall or a mid-Spring meeting of FDC, depending on the intensity of the FDC's agenda and availability.

Quality of Life Survey
Sungur reported that a faculty member wishes to have the survey result by gender in the research area; he indicated that the FCLT is now in the process of preparing this report. Sungur observed that the Committee should decide what one should do with the report or who may have access to it or if it can be posted on the web. Members decided to devote the entire next meeting to the discussion over the Quality of Life Survey.

Strategic Positioning Series
Sungur reported that the Strategic Positioning Series is a proposal that is similar to other proposed talks under the umbrella of TAFS. The first of this series begins on November 16 in a similar fashion. Sungur explained that the purpose of these talks is to clarify the process of strategic positioning activity, its evolution, and the development of its objectives. Motion (Marxen/Borchardt) to approve the Strategic Positioning Series; it was carried unanimously.

Teaching of Strategic Languages
Given the time constraints, discussion over Teaching of Strategic Languages moved to the next meeting.

The FDC will meet on November 15 at 1:00 P.M. in the Faculty Center .

Meeting adjourned at 1:58 P.M.

Submitted by:
Linda Pederson