The meeting was called to order by President John
Yeutter in UC 228. There was ITV access at Muskogee, Broken Arrow
Council Members in attendance: Terri Baker (Liberal Arts), Ernst
Bekkering (Business & Technology), Harriett Hobbs (Library), Rick
Matzen (Science & Health Professions), Alan
McKee (Optometry), John Milbauer (Liberal Arts), Thomas Salmon
(Optometry), David Scott (Liberal Arts), Lallie Scott (Liberal
Arts), Dan Sisk (Science & Health Professions), Robert
Taylor (Education), Dawn Yonally
Council Members in attendance in Broken Arrow: Jon Shapiro (Business & Technology), Marilon Morgan (Education), Joan Wipf (Education).
Council Members in attendance in Muskogee: Joyce Van Nostrand (Muskogee).
Council Officers in attendance: John Diamantopoulos (Vice
President), Linda West (Secretary/Treasurer), John Yeutter (President).
Guest: Diana Mashburn (Muskogee)
[Council will set aside time at the
first of each meeting to visit with President Williams, Interim VP
Academic Affairs Bahr and/or VP Administration Cherry should they be
able to attend. No guests attended this meeting]
Dr. Milbauer moved that the minutes be approved. Dr. Bekkering seconded the motion. After discussion, the motion passed.
2. Treasurer's Report
The report will be posted to Dr. Yeutter's I drive this weekend.
3. Faculty Welfare Committee Report
There was no report. Discussion
during the approval of the minutes concerned the size of messages
allowed at NSU and space on I and L for Faculty Council business.
This matter was refered to the Faculty Welfare Committee with a
recommendation that it be passed to the Academic Technology Committee.
Lallie Scott and Tom Salmon are co-chairs of the
committee. Other members are: Carl Farinelli, Linda West, Deborah
Carment, and Denise Deason-Toyne. Documents for the committee are
located on Dr. Matzen's I drive. Dr. Yeutter will coordinate the
1. WordPerfect/Quattro support
There was a use survey of the products conducted
by the Academic Technology Committee in 2002. That is where the
current plan was formulated. The Deans, Department Chairs and
Directors will be asked where support is needed for the products in the
2. Employee Fringe Benefits
a. Faculty Lounge
Due to the Science building renovations, extra
space on campus will be at a premium in the near future. BA
representatives also reported that plans for the new buildings did not
include Faculty lounge space because of cut backs. Student space
was given the priority.
b. Fitness Center Fees
This item will be grouped with others to be taken to VP Cherry.
c. Tuition Waver
Increasing this benefit would be a way to add low
cost fringe benefits as an advantage in hiring new people. After
discussion of information presented about benefits at other campuses in
Oklahoma, a motion was made.
Motion: "We institute a tuition waver policy similar to two other sister institutions."
(At two other schools, there is a 100% tuition waver for faculty, staff, immediate family and retirees)
Dr. Baker made the motion, Dr. Mekkering seconded
the motion and it was approved. Dr. Yeutter will send the
recommendation along to VP Cherry with details of the other
There was a survey recently from the Regents that
faculty were asked to participate in. There was discussion of the
avenue of appeal for denials of coverage. We need an advocate in
Human Resources. There was also discussion of the difficulty of
dealing with our insurance when out of state. There is an
Insurance Committee that represents us with the Board of Regents.
Gary Wickham is our representative to that committee. Dr. Yeutter
will check with Barbara Abercrombie about who to talk to and how to
The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.