EC120914 2.a
Approved by EC 12/9/14 and FS 1/13/15

Executive Committee Minutes

November 18, 2014


Attendance: (Those present indicated by an underline)

Officers: FA President Roland Specht-Jarvis, Past President and Vice President Steve Hornstein, Secretary Joe Melcher, Treasurer Lisa Splittgerber

IFO Board Members: Jack McKenna, Debra Leigh 

Unit Representatives: CLA: Tracy Ore (SOC&ANTH), John Harvey (HIST); COSE: Ravi Kalia; HBS: Susantha Herath (IS); SCEE: Tony Hansen (EAS); SoA: Matt Ferrell (MUSIC); SoE: Frances Kayona (EDAD); SHHS: Laura Finch; SPA: David Wall (GEOG&PLAN); SPEC: Steve Jenkins (COUNS)

Negotiator: Shawn Jarvis (FORL)

Guest: Tom Hergert


1)   Call to order at 3:24 pm


2)   Approval of Minutes:
a)  Executive Committee Minutes November 4, 2014 (EC111814 2.a)

Motion to approve EC minutes of November 4, 2014, and all actions included—(Hornstein/Melcher). Passed


3)   Treasurer’s Report—we are $8,500 short due to a new staff contract. Specht-Jarvis will request more money from the IFO Board.


4)   Announcements/Status Reports

a)   Grievances—Hornstein gave a report. There was discussion. Two step-three grievances have been resolved through MOAs.

b)   Negotiations—no negotiations at this time. There are concerns about the contract being signed by the new legislature. There was discussion.

c)   Subcommittee on Committee Report (Hornstein, Harvey, McKenna, Finch)—in the process of setting up a meeting.

d)   Centralized Evening Class Facilities—to save money this is a consideration of Administration; perhaps Education Building and ISELF Building. Consider this and if you have any concerns please bring them to EC. Smart classroom space and parking were two concerns. Hard sciences would not be affected. There was discussion.

e)   Stay on University Schedule (starting-ending times)—this impacts when students are ready for the next class. This needs to be minimized so that the flexibility is not removed. There was discussion. There were concerns about the few faculty who only come to campus two days a week and the misconception this creates in the public eye.

f)    Prioritizing Academic Programs—Specht-Jarvis explained the need to look at academic programs in the near future, and ongoing. There was discussion. It was noted that there is a budget town hall meeting on Thursday at 12:30.

g)   Terminate Exchange Week (students first week of classes when they can switch classes)—Administration claims SCSU is the only MnSCU university that does this and they are thinking about making this change. There was discussion.

h)   FA List Communications on Mondays and Thursdays—Specht-Jarvis announced that email communications from the FA will go out on Mondays and Thursdays unless they are urgent so we don’t overload faculty email. There was discussion.  


5)   Call for new agenda items—Laptop Campus (Specht-Jarvis); FA Committee Meetings with Administrators and Requesting Information (McKenna); Fixed Term and Adjunct Faculty (Leigh)


6)   Unfinished Business

a)   New M&C items—this will remain on the agenda from now on for new M&C items. There is a meeting on Thursday. Laptop Campus, DAC Distribution Issues, and FA Committee Meetings with Administrators and Requesting Information will be added to the agenda.

b)   Vote of No Confidence—faculty have been flooded with information. The Board of Trustees met today but it was a closed session. The IFO has been crystal clear that they want the Chancellor to go and then they will reenter conversations of Charting the Future. There was discussion about whether SCSU had a vote of no confidence at Faculty Senate or not.

c)   Subcommittee on Electronic Reviewing of Article 22/25 (Hornstein to convene)—Hornstein is looking for volunteers. Joe Melcher and Roland Specht-Jarvis volunteered. A fourth volunteer will be sought from Faculty Senate. There was discussion.


7)   New Business

a)   DAC Distribution Issues (Harvey) (EC111814 7.a)—Harvey explained the situation. There was discussion. This will be added to the M&C agenda.

b)   Meet and Confer November 20, 2014 (EC111814 7.b)—There are only two items from Administration on the agenda. EC will request to add the other items above.

c)   Laptop Campus—there was discussion. This will be added to the M&C agenda.

d)   FA Committee Meetings with Administrators and Requesting Information (McKenna)—McKenna explained what is happening for the Budget Review Committee. This will be addressed in M&C. McKenna will contact Pat Arseneault for legal advice.

e)   Fixed Term and Adjunct Faculty (Leigh)—Leigh asked for EC’s advice on how to proceed. She has met with Judith Siminoe twice and they discussed matters at the university that fixed term and adjunct face and need information on. McKenna noted that Mark Jaede, as FA President, tried meeting with fixed term and adjunct faculty a few years ago and it was not well attended. There was discussion and EC gave Leigh ideas on how to proceed.


8)   Adjournment at 5:16 pm


Submitted by Polly Chappell, SCSU FA Administrative Assistant