Minutes for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, September 25, 2014/Categories: 2014

Black Hills State University

Faculty Senate Minutes

Swarts Conference Room, Student Union

September 3, 2014

Members Present: Parthasarathi Nag (President), Michael Wiblishauer as proxy for Jim Hesson, Gina Gibson, Pam Carriveau, Faye LaDuke-Pelster, Jami Stone, Kara Keeter, David Crawford.

Student Representatives Present: Chase Vogel, Lorrin Anderson.

Guests Present: Dr. Custer, Cynthia Chandler.

3:15 PM &ndash Senate meeting called to order. Motion and second to approve the agenda. Motion passed. President Nag welcomed the senators and others present and announced that Tim Martinez will be taking his place as the

representative from the School of Math and Social Sciences. David Bergmann has indicated he is unable to complete the last year of his three-year term so there will be a search and possible election to fill that position.


Updates from Dr. Custer:

Inauguration of President Jackson: The exact date has not been set at this time but the inauguration ceremony will take place in the Young Center. The intent is to keep the cost low but have a classy celebration that will probably include a series of meal events centered on areas such as academics, athletics, the UCRC etc. The committee has been looking at the dates of November 13th&ndash15th. Various entities will be approached as to sponsoring (financing) the events so that the meal amounts received will go to student scholarships at BHSU. A committee has been formed for the inauguration and is made up of the following individuals:


           Rod Custer (co-chair) (Academic Affairs)

           Kathy Johnson (co-chair) (Finance and Administration)

           David Wolff &ndash Dean (Academic Affairs &ndash Liberal Arts)

           John Dixson (Faculty member &ndash Natural Sciences)

           Cyndi Chandler (Faculty member &ndash Education)

           Bailey Sadowsky - Student Senate Representative

           Brittney Lystad - Student Senate Representative

           Forrest King &ndash Student Ambassador

           Jane Klug &ndash Student Life

           Dana Boke (Mayor&rsquos office) (or designee)

           Pete Cappa &ndash BHSU Foundation

           Julie Benedict &ndash BHSU Alumni Association

           Dan Green &ndash Yellow Jacket Foundation

           Corinne Hansen &ndash University &amp Community Relations

           Randy Culver &ndash Facilities Services

           Steve Meeker &ndash University Advancement

           April Meeker &ndash Registrar and event planner

           Gene Bilodou &ndash UCRC Director

           Jodi Gabriel (Admin. Assistant - Committee Support Staff Person) (CSA)

 
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new alumni center: There will be a ceremony for the Joy Alumni Center and it will be scheduled on a date in October.
New Degree Programming: There is considerable deliberation

regarding future new degrees, minors, and certifications at BHSU. Dr. Custer said some of the following programs are most likely to emerge including: Computing Program of some kind Master in American Indian Studies Bachelor of Fine Arts Master of Fine Arts Master of Arts in Teaching (Math and English focus) Criminal Justice Certificate Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology Certificate in Risk Management Executive Leadership Program (non-credit) Project Management (non-credit). Lesser priorities might be an online MBA and a Master of Professional Accountancy.

Developing BHSU Initiatives: These are really project ideas to facilitate engagement by the campus and to search for possible funding sources. Shane Sarver is taking the lead on writing executive summaries of the initiatives. The idea is to have various groups generating ideas and working with Dr. Sarver on them. Dr. Custer passed out some reports regarding initiatives that he was involved in at a former institution.

President Nag inquired about Listening Lunches and dates. A schedule for this will be developed.

Jami Stone asked why Turn-It-In should not be utilized at BHSU and Dr. Custer responded that there was very little use of it in the past on this campus and it was decided to not pay the fee for use of the program. Therefore, technically we are not to use the software.

Dr. Custer was thanked for his updates.

Student Association Update:

Student Senators Chase and Lorrin indicated that election for student representatives will be held on September 11. Also, they are involved in writing a five-ten year strategic plan for the Student Senate and they may approach some faculty members for help with this. There will be a Student Senate retreat for training next Monday on campus.

Approval of minutes from May 7, 2014 meeting:

Motion by Keeter and seconded by Carriveau to approve the minutes but subject to a correction

showing that Kara Keeter had an excused absence for that meeting. Motion passed.

Crawford will submit minutes to Ryan Shippy for posting to the Senate website

after making the change.

Other Business:

Some senators wondered why we had not heard anything about the Outlook memory increase that was

expected by now. Nag indicated he would look into this and follow up at the next meeting.

Motion to Adjourn. Motion seconded. Motion Passed. Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by David Crawford
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