University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Assembly Minutes

 

November 30, 2005

 

 

The Campus Assembly met on Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. 

 

 

I.               Chancellor's Remarks.

 

Chancellor Schuman asked for an update from Andy Lopez, chair of the Strategic Positioning Task Force.  Lopez reported that the task force has been meeting weekly with only a couple of meetings left this semester.  He added that the meetings are open to everyone.  Over 650 people have participated either in focus groups or on-line questionnaires that have been coordinated by our consultant, Anne Carroll.  The offices of External Relations, Student Affairs and Admissions have been very helpful in contacting stakeholders.  The preliminary report will be submitted by the middle of December. 

 

Nancy Carpenter, chair of the Chancellor Search Committee, reported they are having marathon meetings and are currently working on the job description.   The committee appreciated the participation in the open forums.

 

Chancellor Schuman reported that the Executive Committee did not begin the academic year with an introduction to Campus Assembly as weÕve done previous years.  The Executive Committee has asked Roland Guyotte to commission a document that will be presented at the first Campus Assembly meeting of the spring semester.

 

He also reported that the Constitutional Revision Task Force will begin its work at the start of spring semester.  The membership of that task force is as follows:  Michael Korth, Jeff Ratliff-Crain, Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Greg Thorson, Gwen Rudney, Tom McRoberts, Roger Wareham, Rebecca Webb, Kristen Strissel, and Tim Lindberg.  Rich Heyman and Sandy Olson-Loy will serve as ex-officio members.  The revised constitution will have to be passed by the Assembly.

 

II.             Minutes from 10/31/05 assembly meeting were approved as presented.

 

Rich Heyman expressed concern about the quorum count at the meeting today and noted that half who donÕt opt out need to be present because technically speaking, we should not be conducting business today.  Eric Klinger commented that more often than not we do not have a quorum and if no one brings it up, we simply donÕtÕ address it. 

 

III.           Committee replacements.

 

Dennis Templeman replaces Bart Finzel on Scholastic Committee

Katie Gonier-Klopfleisch replaces Stacey Parker Aronson on Scholastic Committee

Randi Peterson replaces Pam Solvie on Faculty Development Committee

Barry McQuarrie replaces Keith Brugger on Teacher Education Committee

Therese Buchmiller replaces Janet Ericksen on Assessment of Student Learning Committee

 

 

IV.           The 2009-2010 Academic Calendar was presented for information.

 

 

A student member commented that it would be very inconvenient for many students if finals were held on December 23 and asked if the academic year could start earlier.  Clare Strand said the calendar is based on 39 working weeks for faculty.  Jeff Ratliff-Crain asked how our spring break lines up with other coordinate campuses.  Fritz Schwaller said he would look into it. 

 

V.             From the Curriculum Committee.  Course changes/addition were approved as presented.

 

ArtS 1002 Visual Studies for Non-Majors:  Digitally Assisted Design

Engl 3032 Creative Nonfiction

IS 3810 Practicum in the Humanities

Hum 1553 CE:  Literature & History of Jewish and Muslin Spain

Th 3004 Art Direction for Film and TV

Phys 3003 Computer Modeling of Materials

Hist 3708 European WomenÕs History 1600-present

Pol 4507 Politics, Violence, Terrorism, Peace

ArtH 3311 CE: Italian Art in Context

IS 3011 English Language Teaching Assistant Program for Majors

Geog 3251 The Politics of Claiming and Reclaiming Space

Fren 1312 Morocco:  History, Story, Myth (new course [same as Hum 1312]) with deletion of phrase:  Ō2 repetitions totaling up to 8.0 credits.Ķ

Hum 1312 Morocco:  History, Story, Myth (new course [same as Fren 1312]) with deletion of phrase:  Ō2 repetitions totaling up to 8.0 credits.Ķ

WSS 2311 Sports Officiating (new course)

 

VI.           Senators' Reports.

 

Peh Ng reported that one of the agenda items for the University Senate meeting tomorrow is student evaluations.  She added that the proposal is very different than what we currently use right now.   She believes the written comments are just as important as the numbers.  Roland Guyotte suggested that the Chancellor ask the Assembly for a straw poll endorsing the way in which UMM has been doing evaluations.  If there is a broad sentiment, then our Senators would be able to say the proposal messes up what currently works well for us.  Several assembly members said the written comments were more useful than the numbers citing that the numbers donÕt always tell the tale.   The tenure review committee also relies heavily on written comments.   Chancellor Schuman asked for a straw poll of all those in favor of retaining our current system.  There were 84 in favor, 0 opposed, and 2 abstentions.

 

VII.         Old Business.

 

None.

 

VIII.       New Business.

 

None.

 

Adjourned at 5:20 p.m.


 

2009-2010 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - MORRIS CALENDAR

Fall Semester 2009 (73 class days)

 

August 27-30                                Thurs.-Sun.                    New Student Orientation

August 31

Monday

Classes begin

September 7

Monday

Labor Day holiday

October 19-20

Mon.-Tues.

Fall Break (no classes)

November 26-27

Thurs. -Fri.

Thanksgiving holiday

December 16

Wednesday

Last day of instruction

December 17

Thursday

Study day

December 18,19,21,22

Fri., Sat.,

Mon., Tues.

Final examinations

December 24

December 25

Thurs.

Fri.

Floating holiday

Christmas holiday

December 31

January 1

Thurs.

Fri.

Floating holiday

New Year's holiday


Spring Semester 2010 (74 class days)

January 18

Monday

MLK holiday

January 19

Tuesday

Classes Begin

March 15-19

Mon. - Fri.

Spring Break

March 19

Friday

Floating Holiday

May 7

Friday

Last day of instruction

May 10

Monday

Study day

May 11-14

Tues.-Fri.

Final examinations

May 15

Saturday

Commencement


May Session 2010 (14 class days)

May 17

Monday

May session begins

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day holiday

June 4

Friday

May session ends


Summer Session 2010

May 24-June 25

 

Term 1 Summer session (24 class days)

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day holiday

June 28-July 30

 

Term 2 Summer session (24 class days)

July 5

Monday

Independence Day holiday

May 24-July 30

 

Term 3 Summer session (48 class days)

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day holiday

July 5

Friday

Independence Day holiday

 

2009-10 Holidays (Total: 11)--proposed

July 3, 2009
September 7
November 26
November 27
December 24
December 25

December 31
January 1, 2010
January 18
March 19
May 31

Friday
Monday
Thursday
Friday
Thursday

Friday
Thursday
Friday
Monday
Friday
Monday

Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Floating holiday

Floating holiday
Christmas holiday
Floating holiday

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 Floating holiday (Personal Holiday)
Memorial Day