FS033115 2.b
Approved by EC 3/24/15 and FS 3/31/15

Executive Committee Minutes

March 3, 2015

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)


1)   Call to order at 3:22 pm


2)   Approval of Minutes:
a)  Executive Committee Minutes February 17, 2015 (EC030315 2.a)

Motion to approve EC minutes of February 17, 2015, and all actions included—(Finch/Ferrell). Passed


3)   Treasurer’s Report—our treasury is still in black numbers. There was a brief discussion of the fate of the South Office Center and the possibility of the FA office moving.   


4)   Announcements/Status Reports

a)   Grievances—Hornstein gave a report. There was brief discussion. Specht-Jarvis also gave a brief report regarding a grievance that Arseneault discussed with him today.

b)   Negotiations—teams have not met. Negotiators are working on the opener. Specht-Jarvis mentioned that tenure was a conversation they hope to have on the table. The team will meet in two weeks and the opener will be finalized. The vote for the current contract is expected around Easter according to John Bohn at the IFO. There was brief discussion.

c)   IFO Board Report—Lobby Days took place Wednesday and Thursday; quite a bit of time was spent on Charting the Future at the board. A joint agreement was reached and sent out by both the FA and Administration today. The new 30-hour-week job description for Chappell was approved—there was no need for an LOU since both sides mutually agreed for Chappell to go from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week on July 1, 2015, when Nayenga retires; the IFO hired an additional attorney needed at the St. Paul office. The next board meeting will be on 9th and 10th of April.

d)   M&C March 5, 2015 cancelled—not enough business on the agenda and both the Provost and President are out of town.

e)   April 14, 2015 Employee Appreciation 4-6 pm; Faculty Senate 3:15-4 pm—announced. April 28, 2015 Faculty Senate will run 4-5:15 to accommodate the Campus Retirement celebration.

f)    The Budget Advisory Joint meeting was cancelled one hour before it was scheduled (McKenna). There was discussion about not getting information requested from Administration.


5)   Call for new agenda items—BESI discussion; Husky Scholarships (McKenna)


6)   Unfinished Business

a)   New M&C items—Dean Evaluations Reminder for the next M&C.

b)   Direct Admit into Major (Finch)—Finch gave an update. This will remain on the agenda.


7)   New Business

a)   British Studies Subcommittee (EC030315 7.a)—there was discussion. There are six faculty members on the new Alnwick Advisory Committee. The process of faculty recommending directors will go to M&C.

Motion to inform Administration that faculty members of Alnwick Advisory Group review and recommend directors for the program, and that the group be renamed Alnwick Advisory Group, and these changes be added to the charge—(Hornstein/Melcher). Passed  


b)   FTNP Exemption for 5th Year (EC030315 7.b)—Specht-Jarvis explained the request.

Motion to approve the request from Administration for FTNP Exemption for 5th Year—(Wall/Ferrell). Passed


c)   Online Restructuring Committee; request to appoint: Mario Hess (M); David Switzer (FS); Barbara Vesely (M); and Susana Nuccetelli (M)—there was discussion. A better charge will be requested. EC did not agree to the list of faculty.

d)   MnSCU Working Group Agreement (EC030315 7.d)—there was discussion. Both Administration and the FA have sent out the latest version.

e)   BESI Discussion—there was discussion regarding the BESI offers.

f)    Husky Scholarships (McKenna)—there was discussion. EC would like to invite the Foundation/Financial Aid (Matt Andrew and Kim Hiltner) to discuss. The FA will ask Faculty Senate for feedback.


8)   Adjournment at 5:17 pm


Submitted by Polly Chappell, SCSU FA Administrative Assistant