UTMB Faculty Senate
July 14, 2003
4:30-6:00 p.m. Caduceus Room
Members Present: S. Ayachi; C. Baker; M. Best; M. Boyars;
V. Braciale; B. Budelmann; K. Calhoun; B. Camune; R. Fabian; S. Gerik; N.
Holcomb; C. Jansen;
R. Lederman (chair-elect); L. Primeau; N. Rubin; V. Sierpina
G. Taglialatela (chair); D. Traber; P. Watson (ex-officio);
C. Wigg; C. Wisnewski.
- Approval of Agenda;
- approval of June 9, 2003 minutes. Motion made, seconded
- President’s Comments – J. Stobo
- The president’s office and the diversity council are
hosting diversity week July 28-August 1, 2003. The events of the week
will include panel presentations with movies; a “common threads” fair to
display employee arts & crafts; guest lecturer Jordan Cohen, who is also
inaugural William C. Levin Guest Lecturer on Health Care and Diversity. An
endowment has been established to award a $2000 per year scholarship
given in the lecturers name to an economically challenged student.
- The recent Supreme Court decision established that
recruitment criteria for students cannot be based solely on race. This
gives us better latitude in our recruitment efforts.
- NIH will conduct a site visit on July 15th as UTMB
is a candidate in the awarding of the national biodefense lab. We have
also applied to be a regional center for excellence – we should know if
we are accepted by early fall.
- AEC Issues
- Dr. Watson reported that a Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools site visit is underway. They are determining if we meet
standards in our distance education programs. There will be a 4-hour
retreat coming soon and faculty senate leadership will be invited. Among
issues are student issues, student sexual harassment and student rights.
- Dr. Watson suggested that Dr. Lemon is the chief academic
officer and could best report on the APT issues.
- Chair Report – G. Taglialatela
- Announced there will be three new senators from the
school of nursing in September. There is an issue with core facilities;
how are schools supported. Dr. Perachio will be invited at the august
meeting to address research support services.
- The chairs of senate committees are invited to share
their report with the senate executive committee and Dr. Stobo on Thursday,
- Nolen Holcomb announced that he will be retiring in
August after 30 years of service. He will be teaching in Africa for the
next three years. G. Taglialatela thanked Nolen on behalf of the senate
as he did a great job as parliamentarian.
- The senate commended S. Cichacki for his work on the
- Chair-Elect Report – R. Lederman
- Suggested a change in the name of the senate newsletter;
make it more brief (i.e., bulleted items) with links to the minutes.
Proposed change accepted by membership present.
- Discussed possible increase in collaboration with UT
system for research and education.
- Past-Chair Report – V. Sierpina
- In light of N. Holcomb’s announcement, the senate will
need a new parliamentarian. Someone who is knowledgeable of the rules of
order, by-laws and time management.
VII. Senate Chair Election
Candidacy speeches by S. Gerik & U. Budelmann. After hearing platform
speeches the senate voted. U. Budelmann is the Chair-Elect for 2003-2004.
- Motion made and seconded – meeting adjourned.