University of Minnesota, Morris
Campus Resources and Planning Committee Minutes

February 8, 2001


Members Present:         Margaret Kuchenreuther, LeAnn Dean, Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Lowell Rasmussen, Pam Gades, Ken Crandall, Jim Van Alstine,
                                               Annie Olson, Bryan Herrmann, Andre Chouravong

Absent:                              Joe Timmerman, Norrine Ostrowski, Maddy Maxeiner, Prince Amattoe

Guest:                                 Dennis Templeman
 

(In these minutes: discussion of resource issues related to establishment of Anthropology major)
 

Kuchenreuther called meeting to order and thanked Templeman for agreeing to talk to committee about the proposal for Anthropology major.  Kuchenreuther asked how many students have an area of concentration in Anthropology.  Templeman reported that over the last five years, the average figure is around six; however, the numbers seem to be rising.  He expects the numbers to be 10-12 in the new few years as students tend to gravitate towards the program after they are here.

VanAlstine asked if the three positions were all tenure line.  Templeman noted that two are tenure line, and one is P&A.  He added that Miller was hired on Bridge funding with a three-year term.  It would be desirable to have that position made into a tenure line.   He added it is very difficult to find someone with an American Indian background that can mentor students.  VanAlstine also asked if the added major will impact the Sociology faculty.  Templeman said they did discuss this quite a bit and came to the unanimous agreement that the relationship should not be changed.  The two disciplines will support each other.

Templeman said physical anthropology is in need of a lab.  Rasmussen added that as part of the Social Science renovation plans, perhaps psychology and physical anthropology could share lab space.  Templeman commented that Donna Chollett has spent much of her own money to purchase lab materials even though there is an anthropology fund.  Currently the skeletal collection has about $4,000, but needs to be about $6,000.  Faculty contributions should be able to cover the additional $2,000 needed.  Kuchenreuther commented we need to make sure every discipline has enough money to run their programs.

Rasmussen summarized the following needs:
o continued progress in tenure line position
o need for adequate SE&E  base for instruction
o need to review Social Science renovation plans

Herrmann made a motion to support Anthropology major based on Rasmussen's recommendations regarding financial concerns.  VanAlstine said he could not vote until he knew the implications for the tenure line and how it will impact the campus and asked to defer the motion until committee gains information from the Chancellor regarding the tenure line position.

Bezanson moved to table motion until Kuchenreuther talks to Sam Schuman to clarify the plans for funding, second by Herrmann.

Other

Kuchenreuther welcomed and introduced new student member, Andre Chouravong, who has replaced Bryan Welle.

Kuchenreuther asked what additional information the committees needs regarding resources to make a recommendation for the Archives.  Rasmussen added more space is needed if they are going to correctly run the center.   The committee was given an estimate on additional staffing needs, but not other cost implications.  Rasmussen will put together some hypothetical information for space costs and a list of potential places it might go.

Crandall expressed concern about the lack of snow removal in some of the parking lots on campus, particularly by the P.E. Center.   Crandall thinks parking in general on this campus needs to be addressed, possibly adding long term parking in all of the lots.   Rasmussen explained that the primary concern for the Physical Plant staff last week was to take care of the sidewalks due to the ice.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 a.m.

Submitted by Carrie Grussing