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Faculty Senate Meeting Overview July 2014

by Janet Cappiello, communications and marketing last modified Jul 08, 2014 01:51 PM

The Faculty Senate met in regular session July 2 in the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Chair Joe Steffen presided.


Approved the Faculty Senate Meeting Calendar for 2014-2015. The calendar is as follows (all meetings 3 to 5 p.m. in Chao Auditorium except where indicated):

2014: Sept. 3; Oct. 1 (HSC); Nov. 5; Dec. 3.

2015: Jan 7; Feb. 4; March 4; April 1; May 6; June 3 (HSC); July 1.

There is no meeting in August.


Report Highlights

Provost Shirley Willihnganz discussed UofL’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, saying the ACC's strong academics will help push UofL to improve its national rankings. In a briefing on the 21st Century Initiative, she said the Technology Committee has advised overhauling our technical infrastructure and is asking her to create a vision for technology for the university. The Engagement Committee has advised the university must be engaged in a global way and the task ahead is to come up with an engagement agenda. The International Committee has advised that UofL develop a center where global initiatives are emphasized.

She noted the release of a financial review by Strothman and Company that was approved by a Board of Trustees committee earlier in the day and is expected to come before the full board for adoption. The report, which included 17 recommendations, will help the university develop better business models to protect itself from fraud, she said.

President James Ramsey shared the President’s Report that he had presented earlier in the day to the Board of Trustees. The report showed he had met nine out of 12 goals for the year.

Marvin Mitchell, Christine Herring and Christine Simatacolos of the athletics department spoke about UofL’s membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference and what it means for academics. According to a list handed out at the meeting, the ACC has more than a dozen awards and programs in which UofL may now participate. Among them are All-Academic Teams, Scholar-Athlete of the Year, scholarships, service awards, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and All-ACC Teams for each sport. In some cases, UofL has already been allowed to participate in the programs. One program highlighted was the ACC Futures Internships, which is open to student-athletes who graduate from an ACC institution who are pursuing a career in athletics administration or television.

Elaine Wise added that, for non-athletes, the ACC also provides funds for fellowships, student leadership conferences and summer research. “This is the conference we want to be in,” she said. “They value not only their AD, not only their president, they value their faculty.”

Chair Joe Steffen said the new Celebrated Faculty website will soon go live. It will highlight one faculty member each month. Janet Cappiello, UofL Today editor, said she would announce in UofL Today when the website is complete.

Steffen also encouraged staff members to advise the provost’s office if anyone was interested in serving on a committee to plan a new $80 million instructional building on the Belknap Campus.

The meeting marked Steffen’s last meeting as chair. The new chair is Pamela Feldhoff.


The Faculty Senate is part of UofL’s shared governance system, which also includes the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers. The senate will meet again Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.


--Prepared for the Faculty Senate by Janet Cappiello, UofL Today editor, communications specialist, UofL Office of Communications and Marketing.

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