February 17, 2006
Call to Order: The meeting was called
to order at 2:12 pm.
Members Present: Misty Bennett, Jason
Cooper, Charlotte Daughhetee, Brook Miller,
Michael Patton, Elizabeth Thrower, Cindy
Tidwell, Eric Vaccarella, Jill Wicknick.
Approval of the January 27, 2006 Minutes:
Elizabeth Thrower moved that the January 27,
2006 minutes be approved, Jason Cooper seconded
and the motion passed unanimously.
senate reviewed the schedule for the upcoming
presidential candidate visits. Michael Patton
emphasized the importance of attending the
faculty senate and general faculty meetings
with the candidates.
Using suggestions from the faculty assembly,
the senate generated questions to ask the
candidates. Michael Patton will email a copy
of the questions to the faculty.
Since the next scheduled senate meeting (March
3, 2006) will conflict with the Board of
Trustee’s meeting, the senate decided to
cancel the next meeting.
Senators were reminded that colleges need to
have senate elections prior to the April 20th
faculty senate meeting. Faculty senate
officer elections for next year will take
place on April 20th and new
senators must be in attendance.
Bookstore-The committee has contacted SGA and
received feedback on student bookstore
concerns. The committee will be meeting with
bookstore representatives in early March.
Liaison Reports: None at this time
faculty survey will go out after Spring Break
- The CDC asked the faculty senate for
feedback on several issues. After discussion
the senate agreed upon the following
- Fall Break-the senate recommended using
the Friday and Monday after Founders Day for a
Fall break. We also suggested having the
entire Wednesday before Thanksgiving off for
- The senate is in favor of a picnic on the
quad after the Founders Day program.
- Seating during graduation-Graduation is
for the students and the Flowerhill setting is
very pretty and is a tradition. Moving
faculty seating under the trees might
interfere with shade access for family members
and attendees with health problems. Changing
the time of graduation would do very little to
rectify the heat problem. The senate
recommended that chilled bottled water be
provided for faculty. It was also suggested
that canopies could be erected to provide
shade for faculty.
- Exit interview-the senate discussed the
merits of conducting a faculty senate exit
interview for departing faculty. The results
could provide information that might help with
retention. Also, a fact sheet with
information for both entering and departing
faculty members should be developed.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be on
March 17, 2006 at 2:00 pm in the Merrill Room.
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 pm.
Adjournment: Misty Bennett moved that
we adjourn and Cindy Tidwell seconded. The
motion passed unanimously.
Charlotte Daughhetee, Faculty Senate