Faculty Senate Minutes
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 
Approved November 16, 2011

Members Present:
Kathleen Parrow, Jami Stone, Gina Gibson, Pamela Carriveau, Parthasarathi Nag, Kara Keeter, Chen Wu, Jim Hesson, John Alsup, Brittney Seitz-Student Senate President, Randall Royer (proxy for Nancy Roberts)

Called meeting to order 3:17 p.m.

Approval of the Agenda with revisions.

Approval of Minutes from October 19, 2011 meeting with revisions.

Warren Wilson visited and updated the Faculty Senate on the results of the technology survey from last Spring. The stats for this year so far: 1800 tickets, closed 1785 of those tickets to date. Started the semester with one student tech and now up to six. Approximately 116 open requests per week. Soon they will start to do a monthly survey to find out how many tickets are open in each of the colleges. Also there was discussion about options for backing-up data. Faculty are encouraged to contact Fred Nelson directly if they have continued problems. There is concern because the technical resources to do research are not available although the expectations to do research are there. Internet access has improved on campus. Many students are coming to campus with laptops. BHSU will be eliminating the J205 computer lab after the Spring of 2012. In regards to software, there may be a chance at having some of the software located in a cloud for student use.

Curriculum Proposals Accepted:

New Course:

MCOM 452 Mass Media Issues

Minor Program Modifications:

Major in Mass Communication: Journalism (add MCOM 452)
Major in Mass Communication: Public Relations (add MCOM 452)
Major in Mass Communication: Telecommunication Emphasis (add MCOM 452)
Major Program Modifications:
The Senate approved these proposals earlier, but they were at 128 hours. The only change here is to make the new ones say 120 hours for the degree.
BA Spanish Major
BSED Spanish Major-teaching
Spanish Minor
Spanish Minor-Teaching

Discussion of Faculty Senate Constitution changes. Acceptance of those changes by Faculty Senate. Changes will be emailed to Senators and the Faculty.

Meeting adjourned at 4:37.

Minutes respectfully recorded and submitted by Gina Gibson. 

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