February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011
3:15 p.m., 601 Rudder Tower
Present: Derya Akleman, Ergun Akleman, Jorge Alvarado, Carisa Armstrong, Judith Ball, Hassan Bashir, Michael Benedik, Doug Biggs, Gwendolyn Carroll, William Bedford Clark, Jonathan Coopersmith, Richard Curry, Joe Dannenbaum, Louise Darcey, Walter Daugherity, Janice Epstein, L. Paige Fields, Norma Funkhouser, Holly Gaede, Fran Gelwick, Mike Hanik, Ed Harris, Dirk Hays, Kim Quaile Hill, Shelley Holliday, Richard Hutchinson, Eluned Jones, Larry Kelly, Andrew Klein, Karen Kubena, Rafael Lara-Alecio, Robyn Lints, Carol Loopstra, Blanca Lupiani, Igor Lyuksyutov, Vanita Mahajan, Christopher Mathewson, Kathryn McKenzie, Jeffrey Morris, Adam Myers, A. Gene Nelson, Brian Perkins, Dale Rice, J. Maurice Rojas, Karen-Beth Scholthof, Brian Shaw, Kathleen Speed, Richard Stadelmann, Bob Strawser, Elizabeth Tebeaux, Mike Thornton, Manuelita Ureta, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, Gary Varner, William West, B. Dan Wood
Absent: Jaime Alvarado-Bremer, Perla Balbuena, Maria Barrufet, Charles Bollfrass, Dragomir Bukur, Tahir Cagin, John Carhart, Joe Cerami, Mark Clayton, Thomas DeWitt, Ron Douglas, John Edens, Gioia Falcone, Carlos Gonzalez, Robert Griffin, Mariah Hahn, Gary Halter, Joe Jaros, Vikram Kinra, Ming-Han Li, Paulo Lima-Filho, Thomas Linton, Patrick Louchouarn, R.N. Mahapatra, Sam Mannan, Lanny Martindale, Bo Norby, Weston Porter, Harland Prechel, Dan Roelke, Jorge Seminario, John Stallone, Douglas Starr, Ramesh Talreja, Vatche Tchakerian, Winfried Teizer, Lesley Tomaszewski, Grace Townsend, John Van Huyck, Jijayanagaram Venkatraj, Hank Walker, Wei Wan, Thomas Welsh, Keyan Zhu-Salzman
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Speaker Strawser at 3:15 P.M. There was one senator from Qatar present via videoconferencing.
Speaker Comments:
Speaker Strawser recognized students Cole Smith and Chad Chalker, who presented “Big Event,” the annual student service project. They expect about 15,000 community projects will be performed on March 26th this year, and invited faculty to promote Big Event, to volunteer, or even to request a job. The web site is bigevent.tamu.edu.
Speaker Strawser next recognized Peter Lange, Associate Director of Transportation Services, who presented an update on the Ross Street construction project as well as two upcoming Wellborn Street crossings. He said Ross Street began to collapse in 1995, but the repairs are due to be completed by this September. Fish pond will be moved across the street, and Military Walk will be extended all the way to Sbisa. Access gates will be installed to minimize through traffic on Ross Street except for buses. Northgate improvements include making Houston Street one-way from University Drive to Sbisa. Details are posted at transport.tamu.edu/parking/forums/2011/RossStUpdate.ppt. He said paratransit for handicapped faculty and staff was transitioned to Brazos Transit but that has created some issues; the problem with moving back to TAMU service is that transit is funded by student    fees. The Dean of Faculties is funding paratransit temporarily while working on a permanent solution.
Spekaer-Elect Benedik reminded senators to sign up for the joint meeting with the University of Texas Faculty Council in Austin March 7th; there will be no regular March meeting here.
Secretary Daugherity reported on the System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee (SEBAC) meeting held February 8, 2011. A number of changes are anticipated for the next academic year, at the federal, state, and system levels. At the federal level, Obamacare has already removed some items   from Payflex on January 1st, resulting in a tax increase on those items, and has other requirements effective September 1st (such as covering   dependents to age 26) which will cost the system about 2.5 million dollars in the next fiscal year for these unfunded federal mandates.
*At the state level, the state insurance contribution will be based on the number of employees in 2008 plus the two new campuses, but even with the employees we have lost due to budget cuts, we have more employees in 2011 than in 2008, so we will get less money per employee from the state. The Legislative Budget Board issued a “Government Effectiveness and Efficiency Report” recommending a number of changes. Two recommended   changes which are in the present budget bill are to add a tiered coinsurance requirement for claims above $10,000 (5% from $10,000 to $50,000, and    2% from $50,000 to $100,000), and to add a $30 per month surcharge per tobacco user. Recommended changes which are not in the present budget bill are to require retirees with less than 30 years’ service to pay more, to decrease the state contribution for retirees’ dependents from 50% to 40%, and to reduce the state contribution for active employees by 3.5%. Additional proposals are to lower the TRS contribution from 6.4% to 6% (which would   also lower the cap on employees’ contributions to 6%), to promote pill splitting (since one 20mg pill is cheaper than two 10mg pills), and to cover oral anti-cancer drugs no less favorably than intravenous anti-cancer drugs.
*At the system level, benefit plans must be rebid at least every six years, so this year dental, vision, and long-term disability plans will be up for  change; next year medical, drug, and flexible spending plans will be up. For September TAMUS is looking at $500 and $700 deductible plans instead   of $350 and $1,250, since the $1,250 plan subscribers (mostly younger employees and lower-salaried employees) end up subsidizing the $350 plan subscribers (mostly older employees and higher-salaried employees). The University of Texas and the state Employee Retirement System have already gone to a single plan. It was reported that the percentage of employees selecting HMO’s (Scott & White and FirstCare) was about 30% and dropping.    A random 50% of employees will be required to submit documentation verifying their dependents’ eligibility in the next two months.  SEBAC    currently expects about an 8% change for the next academic year in increased costs and decreased benefits, such as an increase in office visit copays    and a reduction in lab and X-ray coverage from 100% to 80%.
The annual Faculty Senate Aggie Spirit Award will be presented in May; donations are solicited today and also at the April meeting. The Richard Stadelmann Faculty Service Award was presented to Guido Kanschat with a plaque and a check.

The December 13 Faculty Senate meeting  minutes were approved as submitted.               Motion Passed
                                                                                                                                                        Attachment A
Consent Agenda     Without objection, the consent agenda was passed.

GRADUATE COUNCIL                                                                                                                 Motion Passed
New Courses - December 3, 2010                                                                                               FS.28.88                      ANTH 644                        Classical Archaeology                                                                          Attachment B      
BUSH 636                        Quantitative Methods II: Game Theory Emphasis
PSAA 670                         Public Information Systems Management
CVEN 752                        Smart Structures
HLTH 641                        Foundations in Health Education
HLTH 642                        Health Education Ethics
HLTH 643                      Introduction to Epidemiology
MGMT 663                       International Transfer Pricing
New Courses - January 6, 2011                                                                Motion Passed                                                
AFST 601 Methods of Inquiry Into Africana Studies FS.28.89
BIOL 610 Evolution Attachment BB
BMEN 625 Biophotonics  
CHEM-670 Physical Methods in Biological Chemistry  
CSCE 664 Wireless and Mobile Systems  
HIST 635 Writing History  
HORT 645 World Agriculture and International Plant Breeding  
ISEN 643 Strategic Construction and Engineering Management  
MSEN 603 Fundamentals of Soft and Biomaterials  
OCEN 677 Environmental Fluid Mechanics  
SCSC 645 World Agriculture and International Plant Breeding  

Course Changes - December 3, 2010                                                      Motion Passed                                              INTA 603                         American Diplomacy                                          FS.28.90                                                        PHIL 661                          Seminar in the History of Philosophy                Attachment C
PHIL 662                          Seminar in Ethics and Value Theory
PHIL 663                          Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology
PHIL 664                          Seminar in Applied Philosophy
Course Changes - January 6, 2011                                                         Motion Passed                                                  
CHEM 660 Nuclear Chemistry FS.28.91
CVEN 654 Strategic Construction and Engineering Management Attachment CC
HISP 606 Spanish of the Southwest  
HISP 614 Hispanic Dialectology  
NUEN 618 Nuclear Control Systems  
NUEN 630 Monte Carlo Methods for Particle Transport  

Special Consideration - December 3, 2010                                            Motion Passed                                                  
College of Architecture                                                                              FS.28.92
Department of Visualization                                                                      Attachment D
Master of Fine Arts in Visualization.
Special Consideration - January 6, 2011                                               Motion Passed                                                 
College of Liberal Arts                                                                              FS.28.93
Request for a Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies                           Attachment DD

UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE                                                   Motion Passed
New Courses - December 10, 2010                                                               FS.28.94                                                     
ALED 223 Practicing Diverse Leadership and Cultural Exploration Attachment E
ALED 313 Culture Theory, Orientation and Adaptation  
ALED 401 Advanced Professional Leadership Development  
ALED 439 Agricultural Extension Philosophy and the Land-Grant Mission  
ANTH 444 Classical Archaeology  
ASIA 325 International Business Behavior  
ASIA 330                          Modern Mediterranean World
ASIA 335                          Cultures of Central Asia
ASIA 355                          Modern China
ASIA 358                        Chinese Cultural History
ASIA 360                          Archaeology of the Old World
ASIA 365                          Asian Governments and Politics
ASIA 401                        Slavery in World History
ASTR 119                        Big Bang and Black Holes: Laboratory Methods
BIOL 452                         Fungal Functional Genomics
CLAS 444                         Classical Archaeology
COMM 452                      Cultural Studies of Communication Technology
COMM 453                      Communication and Video Games
JOUR 215                        Interviewing: Principles and Practices
JOUR 230                        Communication Technology Skills
JOUR 250                        New Media and the Independent Voice
JOUR 365                        International Communication
JOUR 450                        Political Reporting
JOUR 458                        Global Media
MUSC 328                       Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
PHYS 119                        Big Bang and Black Holes: Laboratory Methods
SCEN 201                        Self-Directed Experiences with Adolescents
SPAN 452                        Hispanic Sociolinguistics
THAR 328                        Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
THAR 435                        New Technology for Designers
THAR 445                        Design as Performance
THAR 482                        Topics in American Theatre and Performance
Course Withdrawal - December 10, 2010
ANTH 351                                       Classical Archaeology
Change in Courses - December 10, 2010
ALED 301                      Topics in Agricultural Leadership
ALED 340                         Professional Leadership Development
ALED 426                      Methods of Adult Agricultural Education
ALED 440                         Principles of Technological Change
AMST 210                        American  Expressions
AMST 220                        Constructing Identities
AMST 230                      Civic Engagement
AMST 240                        Cultures of Science and Technology
AMST 250                        Comparative Border Studies
AMST 350                      Materializing America
ANTH 225                      Biological Anthropology
ARCH 205                     Architecture Design I
ARCH 206                     Architecture Design II
ARCH 207                     Architecture Design II
ARCH 305                      Architectural Design III
ARCH 405                     Architectural Design IV
ARCH 406                     Architecture Design V
ARCH 407                        Integrated Home Architecture Studio
ARCH 408                        Experimental Home Architecture
ARCH 491                        Advanced Architecture Innovation Research
BUSN 101                        Freshman Business Seminar
ENDS 105                      Design Foundations I
ENDS 106                      Design Foundations II
ENGL 353                      History of Rhetoric
ENGL 354                        Modern Rhetorical Theory
ENTC 369                        Software Systems Technology
JOUR 490                        Journalism as a Profession
MATH 147                     Calculus I for Biological Sciences
MATH 151                     Engineering Mathematics I
MATH 152                     Engineering Mathematics II
MATH 171                        Analytic Geometry and Calculus
MATH 172                        Calculus
MATH 221                        Several Variable Calculus
MATH 251                     Engineering Mathematics III
MATH 253                     Engineering Mathematics III
MATH 304                        Linear Algebra
MATH 311                     Topics in Applied Mathematics I
MATH 323                        Linear Algebra
MATH 423                     Linear Algebra II
MKTG 447                     Advertising Procedures
NUEN 460                        Nuclear Plant Systems and Transients
Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                    Motion Passed               
College of Architecture                                                                                        FS.28.95
Department of Architecture                                                                                 Attachment F
B.E.D. in Environmental Design
Architectural Studies Option

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                    Motion Passed                                        
College of Architecture                                                                                        FS.28.96
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning                             
Attachment G
B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                    Motion Passed   

Dwight Look College of Engineering                                                                   FS.28.97
Department of Aerospace Engineering                                                               Attachment H
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                    Motion Passed
Dwight Look College of Engineering                                                                   FS.28.98
Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution                    Attachment I
B.S. in Industrial Distribution

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                   Motion Passed                       
College of Liberal Arts                                                                                        FS.28.99
American Studies Program                                                                                Attachment J
B.A. in American Studies
Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                  Motion Passed                                          
College of Liberal Arts                                                                                       FS.28.100
International Studies Program                                                                           Attachment K
B.A. in International Studies

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                  Motion Passed                                          
College of Liberal Arts                                                                                       FS.28.101
Department of Communication                                                                          Attachment L
B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies

Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                                Motion Passed                                            C
ollege of Science                                                                                          FS.28.102
Department of Chemistry                                                                                Attachment M
B.A. and B.S. in Chemistry


Change in Curriculum - December 10, 2010                                               Motion Passed                                            College of Science                                                                                         FS.28.103
Department of Mathematics                                                                           Attachment N
B.A. and B.S. in Mathematics
B.S. in Applied Mathematical Sciences
Administrative Change - December 10, 2010                                             Motion Passed                                            
College of Architecture                                                                                  FS.28.104
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning                        Attachment O
B.S. in Urban and Regional Sciences
Request to change degree name to B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning
Special Consideration - December 10, 2010                                              Motion Passed

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences                                                       FS.28.105
Department of Animal Science                                                                      Attachment P
Request for a Certificate in Dairy Management

Special Consideration - December 10, 2010                                            Motion Passed         
College of Liberal Arts                                                                                 FS.28.106
Minor in Religious Studies – requirement changes                                    Attachment Q

Special Consideration - December 10, 2010                                          Motion Passed                    
College of Science                                                                                     FS.28.107
University Studies Degree Area of Concentration                                     Attachment R
Mathematics for Business
Mathematics for Pre-Professionals Mathematics for Teaching
Change in grade requirement
Special Consideration - December 10, 2010                                                         Motion Passed  
College of Science                                                                                                    FS.28.109
Department of Chemistry                                                                                          Attachment S
Minor in Chemistry – requirement changes
Texas A&M University at Galveston                                                                        Motion Passed
New Course - December 10, 2010                                                                            FS.28.109                                        
MARS 423                        Ecological Economics                                                       Attachment T                                                                  
Change in Courses - December 10, 2010
NVSC 201                        Naval Ship Systems I
NVSC 302                        Naval Operations and Seamanship
NVSC 401                        Naval Systems
NVSC 402                        Leadership and Ethics
December 16, 2010 Report                                                                                              Motion Passed
W certification:                                                                                                               FS.28.110                                  MARS 431                        Earth's Climate                                                                       Attachment V                                              
C certification:
ACCT 489                        Improving Accountants' Communication Skills
MGMT 425                       Human Resource Selection
W recertification:
HIST 280                         The Historian's Craft
MARS 430                        Global Tectonics
January 26, 2011 Report                                                                                           Motion Passed
W certification:                                                                                                          FS.28.111                                          
ANTH/WGST 404             Women and Culture                                                        Attachment W                                                      

W recertification:
AGSM 439                     Management of Agricultural Systems I
AGSM 440                     Management of Agricultural Systems II
COMM 454                      Telecommunications Policy
HIST 444                         American Military History Since 1901
HORT 225                       Horticulture Learning Communication
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                                                                        Motion Passed 
Revisions to Student Rules 57, 57.1.1, 17.3                                                              FS.28.112                                                                                                                                                                             Attachment W

                                                                             End of Consent Agenda 

Committee Reports
CORE CURRICULUM COUNCIL                                                                              Motion Passed 
Executive Summary Report                                                                                       FS.28.113                                                                                                                                                                            Attachment X
Attachment X was moved and seconded, and then discussed by Andrew Klein, chair of the Core Curriculum Council, who explained that the core curriculum must be revised at least every ten years for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The motion passed.
BYLAWS COMMITTEE                                                                                                 Motion Passed 
Amendment to the Bylaws                                                                                             FS.28.114                                                                                                                                                                             Attachment Y
Attachment Y was moved and seconded. Dale Rice explained the proposed simplifications to the voting process and offered an amendment to change paragraph G3 to “elections shall be scheduled during a two-week period in April.” The amendment was seconded and passed. The motion as   amended was passed.
Amendment to the Constitution  (For Discussion Only)                                                 For Discussion Only                                                                                                                                                             Attachment Z
Attachment Z was brought up for discussion only.  It is to clarify who is eligible to serve in the senate, and also to eliminate term limits.  Kim Hill (Liberal Arts) noted that the wording could be improved as was invited to submit his suggestions.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                                                                       For Discussion Only
Elimination of Distinguished Professor Rank (For Discussion Only)                         Attachment ZZ

Attachment ZZ was brought up for discussion only. Dean of Faculties Antonio Cepeda-Benito explained that “distinguished professor” rank nomination and approval procedures are not consistent with other ranks, and so “distinguished professor” needs to be changed to an honor or award. He confirmed that the “distinguished professor” title is given only for research.  Interim Provost Karan Watson noted that “distinguished professor” was an honor till 1997, when it was changed to a rank, so it is now being proposed to change it back to an honor.
Doug Biggs (Geosciences) asked if there would be a numerical cap; Karan Watson replied that there will be no more than five per year.
Secretary Daugherity urged that in addition to distinguished researchers, distinguished teachers also be recognized as “distinguished professors.” He also recommended that some Association of Former Students awardees be included on the distinguished professor selection committee.
Rafael Lara-Alecio (Education and Human Development) agreed that we need to award and recognize faculty across all their endeavors.
Chris Mathewson (Geosciences) suggested that since Regents Professors like him received that honor for service, and “distinguished professor” is for research, there should be a “distinguished teaching professor” award too.
Speaker Strawser recommended that the title explicitly say “Distinguished Researcher” or “Distinguished Research Professor.” Karan Watson replied that the “Regents Professor” title did not say “Regents Service Professor.”
Beth Tebeaux (Liberal Arts) asked about “University Professorships.” Karan Watson said that at other universities these professors are not assigned by a department of a college but by the university.
Unfinished Business

Committee of the Whole
Speaker Strawser then called on Speaker-Elect Benedik to convene the Committee of the Whole.
Chris Mathewson (Geosciences) said that the task force on university emergencies on which he serves reported that fewer than 30% of faculty are registered with CodeMaroon for text messages; he urged faculty to register.  Secretary Daugherity added that (at least on some phones) alerts can still be received with the phone on silent or vibrate.
Speaker-Elect Benedik again reminded senators to RSVP for the joint UT-TAMU meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:39 P.M.