November 7th, 1995

  • Location: Severance Great Hall
  • Time: 4:15 pm
  • Present: Students Malika Carter, Paul Dosh, Amy Fox, Christopher Hilberg, Bruce Manning; Professors Charles Carlin, Stephen Durbin, James Finholt, Jack Goldfeather, Anne Ulmer; Deans Mark Govoni, Elizabeth McKinsey; staffpersons Patricia Shanahan, Jill Tollefson; Alumni Observer Salimah Majeed; Trustee Observer Katherine Youngblood.
  • Absent: President Stephen Lewis; Professor Mary Easter; Dean Clement Shearer
  • Guests: President Stephen Lewis
  • Secretary: Gretchen Dee
  • Keywords: smoking policy, calendar,

President Stephen Lewis was out of town; therefore, Dean Elizabeth McKinsey presided over the meeting which was called to order at 4:40 p.m.
Minutes of the October 16, 1995 meeting were not yet available to be approved.

President's Report

Dean Elizabeth McKinsey announced that a new trustee, Ken Baum 52, had been elected to the Board of Trustees, though not officially announced. Dean McKinsey also stated that, as of the recent trustee meeting, many new committee chairs had been appointed.

All Campus Study Break Report

Dean Bruce King was not available to present a report on the status of the project.

Smoking Policy Report

Dean Mark Govoni reported the process had been slowed a bit because little could be done so close to the end of the term. He explained the issue had been broken down into two components: residential and public space. Dean Govoni noted the need to have more mechanical information as well as a better understanding of the fiscal costs of various alternative methods to deal with smoking on campus. Student body president Chris Hilberg is dealing with common space issues while Dean Govoni is working on the residential space side of the issue. Both felt the best case scenario was a well thought out policy statement finished before winter, with possible implementation in the spring. Discussion concerning the current and future use of the game room and its suitability as a smoking space occurred.

Calendar Discussion Report

Dean McKinsey explained that the Education and Curriculum Committee had put forth a motion at the faculty meeting to move the calendar discussion to the next stage. In order to get a more substantial and specific idea of what the curriculum would look like, ECC had proposed that departments get together and by the end of Winter Term map out what a 3/3, 5-course teaching load, and a semester, 5-course teaching load would look like. ECC felt the faculty response to such a proposal would be indicative of how serious the faculty was about making the change.

Professor Charles Carlin added that the faculty meeting had been well attended with a great deal of interest and many questions. Ultimately, the faculty had voted 63 in favor and 25 opposed to mapping out alternative two-year possible programs. Professor Carlin felt the vote demonstrated the facultys commitment to creativity and innovation and stressed that the vote did not represent the support of a definite calendar change, just support of the exercise.

Dean McKinsey stated that student opinion suggested wariness about any changes-- particularly as it related to fewer courses offered. Dean Govoni wondered if the calendar change discussion was indicative of other faculty or student frustrations that had not been adequately addressed in the past. Dean McKinsey and Professor Carlin discussed the issue of pressure on students, through level and amount of course work, and on faculty, through course work, independent study, directing comps, advising, and personal and professional commitments. Questions arose concerning the impact the proposed calendar change would have on the number of courses offered, class size, distribution, major, graduation requirements, and availability of rooms and space. It was decided that many of these questions would be addressed and/or raised when the departments took the next step and began the process of mapping out alternative calendars.

Meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.