NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
of Faculty Council Meeting
Friday, April 6, 2012
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Deason-Toyne
There was ITV access at Muskogee, Broken Arrow and
Council Members in attendance in Tahlequah: Ron Cambiano
(Education), Shari Clevenger (Liberal
Arts), John Diamantopoulos (Science & Health Professions), Isaac
DiIanni (Business & Technology), Kendra Haggard (Liberal Arts),
Miller (Liberal Arts), Brandon Oberg (Library), Dan Savage
(Liberal Arts for Van Den Handel)Council Members in attendance in Broken
Arrow: Jeb Briley (Business
& Technology), Julia Kwok (Business & Technology)
Council Members in attendance in Muskogee: Ryan Fenska (Optometry), Joyce Van Nostrand (Muskogee)
Council Officers in attendance: Denise Deason-Toyne (President),
Pamela Louderback (Vice President), Linda West (Secretary/Treasurer).
Guests: Ernst Bekkering (Business & Technology), Mark Giese (IR),
Les Hannah (Liberal Arts), Jennifer Ivie Barth (CTL), Tom Jackson
(AVP), Jerrett Phillips (Enrollment Management)
Tahlequah. Tom Rink
(Library) - Broken Arrow.
Dr. Jackson addressed the Council concerning the HLC visit.
Our visit went very well. Prior problems were addressed and
resolved and there are no areas for focused visits. We had good
community support. In three to six months we will need to decide
which track to take for future assessment. We have been cited as
good examples for other universities going through the process.
A. Call to Order
1. Review/Approval of minutes of the March 9, 2012 meeting (http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~faculty_council/minutesmar2012.html)
Minutes were accepted.
2. Budget Report
The budget is unchanged.D. New Business
1. Dr. Les Hannah
Dr. Hannah read the
Council a letter he had composed concerning treatment of Native
Americans on the NSU campuses. His concerns covered classroom
behavior, events, administration and general attitudes. He also
voiced a concern about the site of the NSUBA graduation ceremonies.
After Dr. Hannah
left, the Council discussed his concerns. Our campus should not
tolerate racism and we should be leaders in helping others recognize
the problem. There was some concern that the comments were vague
and there was a suggestion that we should look further into the
problems. If there is even one issue, we should be
concerned. It is inexcusable and we should go on record to
address it. It was suggested that Dr. Albin conduct an
investigation and find if this is a pattern of behavior or isolated
incidences. Additional training may be needed such as we receive
for drugs and sexual harassment. There were other comments about
not knowing what Hannah wanted from us, that the problems should be
addressed person to person as they happened, and that we need to be
aware that people feel this way. There was a motion made that
Albin develop training concerning racial diversity and tolerance.
DiIanni moved and Haggard seconded. The motion passed.
B . Committees/Standing Reports
1. Need volunteers to serve on and chair the following:
Committee- Haggard is the only member so far..
C. Old Business/Pending Issues
1. Establishment of a Learning Community in Tahlequah - Rick Shelton/Jennifer Ivie Barth
Ivie Barth addressed the
Council. There are many ways of having learning
communities. They can be separate by topic, such as BlackBoard,
assessment. The College of Liberal Arts has one with monthly
discussions about learning in the classroom. Usually the group
creates a goal and works towards that. The community may then
break off into smaller groups. We need an email to faculty about
the options available.
2. Uses for Faculty Council Budget Funds - Memorial Fund?
Handel is making a flyer for the Art Department about a competition to
design the memorial. It has been sent, but we don't know what the
3. Potential design/location for Circle of Excellence Bricks - Update
The star design was given to Joe
Spence. It will need scaled to the space. He will get back
with us with an estimate of cost. It is felt that since the
Administration removed the bricks, they should pay to put them back.
4. Proposed consolidation of "Celebratory
Events" - i.e. Circle of Excellence celebration with all other
university ceremonies - Revisited
still have a separate event, but will also be recognized at the other
combined event and at graduation.
5. UPC Action Plan ideas for 2012-13
Bekkering brought in several ideas. One idea was to have student
pictures with rosters. This should be underway in the near
future. Another idea is to review the RTP policies and see how we
are following the new guidelines. Another idea is to create an
NSU Faculty Speakers Bureau and provide marketing for faculty to speak
on selected topics. This could be assigned to Research and
Sponsored Programs. The development of a shared governance
document will stay as an action plan again.
6. + and - for grades - Table until May or later.
D. New Business
No new business.
May 1st at 5:30 pm will be the combined University
awards ceremony. The Circle of Excellence ceremony will be April
26th at 3:00 pm at the Branscum Alumni Center.
May 4th meeting. Deason-Toyne
will not be here that day. Perhaps we could find a meeting place
in between campuses.
The meeting adjourned at 4:12 p.m.
Next meeting: May 4th
Submitted by Linda West, Secretary-Treasurer