University of Minnesota, Morris

Campus Resources and Planning Committee

 

March 18, 2004

 

 

 

 

Members Present:       Andy Lopez, LeAnn Dean, Mark Fohl, Lowell Rasmussen, Kevin

Ely, Arne Kildgaard, Mike Sullivan, Bryan Herrmann

 

Guests:                        Sam Schuman, John Bowers, Christina Pacheco, Fritz Schwaller,

                                    Sandy Olson-Loy

 

 

(In these minutes:  Discussion of Compact, Computer lab issues, Proposal to rename Center Avenue)

 

Compact

 

The Compact for 2004-2005 was distributed to committee members.  Schuman said one important change from last year is that we are not supposed to put a desired dollar amount in the document, central administration will divide the money on a proportionality basis and let us decide.  Since we didnąt get some of the monies from last year, this document has not changed very much.   Our topic issue again will be to enhance our visibility. The committee suggested minor changes to the document.   Mark Fohl made a motion to support the Compact as presented.  Second by Ken Hodgson.  So moved.

 

Schuman added that he would not be able to stay for the discussion about the proposal to rename Center Avenue.  He believes this is an important thing to do and would encourage the committee to take the necessary steps to do so.

 

Computer lab issues

 

Kevin Ely distributed the following proposal regarding Institutional Technology Planning as outlined below:

 

Proposal:  to have an institutional discussion surrounding technology funding and planning at UMM.  Such a discussion must involve the wide ranging consultation of multiple constituencies to assess how to answer the central questions or issues of technology funding at UMM.

 

A few central questions that need to be answered:

 

1)    Do we want to continue to solely fund technology at UMM through student fees and building renovations?  What sorts of technology should be funded through which funding sources?

2)    What goals are driving technology planning decisions made at UM?

3)    What sort of process should be created for scheduling computer labs?  Do we want multiple classifications for labs, or discipline specific labs?

4)    Who should set the plan for technology which does not support student activities related technology at UMM/

 

Examples of a few problems which reflect the current woes of Technology planning at UMM:

 

Problem 1

€ Currently there is not apparent central funding source for computing labs to be used for instructional use.

€ The Technology Fee is a fund set aside for technological advances that will benefit a maximum number of students and is not used for solely institutional purposes.  Certain Technology Fee Computer Labs have recently been classified as schedulable for classes and have recently been increasingly used for instructional purposes.

  Students currently cannot be sure of the location and number of computers available for their use.  (Students have become increasingly concerned about this issue after the proposed/possible closure of two technology fee labs which would be used in a larger computer classroom to be housed in the new Social Science building.  The number of computers that should be available (day and night) needs to be set.

 

Problem 2

€ The Director of Computing Services is currently the sole continual person in charge of Technology Fee administration and assists in making al location recommendations.  The Director additionally submits proposals to the Technology Fee for funding.  This presents an unfortunate conflict of interest.

 

Problem 3

€ There is currently no definite funding source for computers open to all disciplines which are to be solely used for instructional purposes.

 

Problem 4

€ MCSA continues to receive proposals for the Technology Fee to be used for instructional purposes as no other Institutional Technology Planning board exists at present.

 

Ely suggested creating a subcommittee of CRPC to address the many issues that the current structure does not always address.

 

John Bowers said currently there six computer labs on campus:  Behmler Hall, Room 10 with 38 computers; Briggs Library, Third Floor with 24 computers; Camden Hall, Room with 10 computers (schedulable classroom); Science West Wing, Room 2530 with 24 computers (schedulable classroom); Behmler Hall, Room 39 with 13 computers (schedulable as training facility; and Student Center, Room 127 with 7 computers.   He noted that UMM cannot afford to have an unlimited number of computers.  He added that Computing Services is committed to a four year replacement cycle.   Lopez asked if  the Tech fee was being used to the students wishes.  Ely said the number of proposals has increased significantly and there might be certain amount not fully supported by students.  Fritz Schwaller said that due to budget constraints, offices canąt meet basic operational costs and this will only get worse before it gets better.  The number of proposals have increased because thereąs simply no place to find the money.  LeAnn Dean said that John Bowers, Roger Boleman and she have a preliminary draft of a technology plan along with discussion points and realistic funding.  Lopez asked if the committee could view the draft.  Dean said yes, but added that this is a work in progress.  Bowers asked if this is an issue of the convenience of having computers available.  Lopez asked if a subcommittee should be formed to address the concerns.  Ely thought it would be helpful for next year and future generations.  Ely will follow-up with LeAnn Dean, John Bowers, and Roger Boleman.

 

Proposal to rename Center Avenue

 

Christina Pacheco distributed the following Proposal to rename Center Avenue as outlined below:

 

United Latinos applauds the efforts of the administration to diversify the University of Minnesota, Morris campus, specifically in regards to the renaming of the main University street to be Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  For a few years now, United Latinos has been talking about the possibility of renaming a campus street to Avenida de Cesar Chavez (Cesar Chavez Avenue).  We feel that this would be very appropriate for our University for several reasons:

 

  Cesar Chavez was very instrumental in the development of the National Farm Workers Association.  In keeping with the history of UMM as being an agricultural school, we feel that this re-naming would be very appropriate for our University as well as the rural agricultural town of Morris.

 

  The fact that the road would branch off of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive would be symbolic in that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a mentor and inspiration to Cesar Chavez. 

 

We believe that re-naming one of UMMąs streets for Cesar Chavez would be another great stride to diversify our campus.  We would propose that if the administration is in agreement with this proposal that the re-naming occur on Wednesday, March 31, 2004.  This date is symbolic because it is the unofficial Cesar Chavez day being that his birthday was March 31, 1927.  The state of California has established this day as an official state holiday.  United Latinos would be willing to do a presentation, and may be able to help with some of the monetary costs of the signs. 

 

Administrative Response:  The Vice Chancellors group reviewed and accepts United Latinos proposal to rename one of our campus streets to recognize Cesar Chavez.  The administration and United Latinos recommend that Center Avenue, which links with Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at the stop sign north of HFA) and continues to the center of the campus (by Camden Hall and Social Science) be renamed Avenida de Cesar Chavez (Cesar Chavez Avenue) this spring. 

 

Mark Fohl asked if UMM had a policy on naming streets because itąs possible another student group will come along in a couple of years and want to rename another street.  Lowell Rasmussen said we donąt have a policy on naming streets; proposals are brought to this committee for their consideration and then the committee makes their recommendation to the chancellor.  Kevin Ely made a motion to support the proposal as presented and to move forward in making this official.  Second by Mike Sullivan.  So moved.

 

Adjourned at 9:00 a.m.