November 5, 2009
A meeting of the University Council was held on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Robert Ball Conference Room of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, located at 800 East Leigh Street.
The following members and alternates were present:
Officers: Dr. Laura J. Moriarty, Acting Chair; Ms. Elaine S. Abernethy, Recording Secretary; and Mr. David L. Ross, Parliamentarian.
Administration: Dr. Cecil Drain, Dr. David Urban, Ms. Cynthia H. Andrews, Dr. Laura J. Moriarty, Dr. Francis L. Macrina, Dr. Henry G. Rhone, Mr. Mark D. Willis, Mr. John Ulmschneider, and Mr. Peter L. Wyeth.
Faculty: Dr. Dianne F. Simons, Dr. Christian Von Howard, Dr. Ruth M. Boldan, Dr. George E. Hoffer, Dr. John Gunsolley, Dr. Joan Pellegrini, Dr. Brent Arnold, Dr. Gabriel Reich, Dr. Linda A. Corey, Dr. Marilyn Miller, Mr. Daniel L. Ream, Dr. Helen Ruth Aspaas, Dr. Charlotte C. Morse, Dr. Theodore D. Chung, Dr. Glenda U. Palmer, Dr. Inez Tuck, Dr. Jeanne Walter, Dr. David Holdford, Dr. Yan Zhang, Dr. David Fauri, and Ms. Teresa Doherty.
Classified staff: Mr. Jose G. Alcaine, Ms. Beverly Beaver, Ms. Melanie Boynton, Ms. Delores Collier, Ms. Coronda Lee, Ms. Lori Floyd-Miller, Ms. Linda Johnston, and Ms. Pam Mason.
Students: Mr. Roberto Celis, Ms. Leah A. Fremouw, and Mr. Gabriel Walker.
Guests: Ms. Fajir Amin, Ms. Cathleen Burke, Ms. Velma Jackson-Williams, Dr. Charles Klink, Ms. Samantha Marrs, Dr. Napoleon L. Peoples, Dr. Reuban Rodriguez, Dr. David C. Sarrett, Ms. Delores Taylor, Dr. Beverly Warren.
Dr. Moriarty welcomed Council members. The minutes of the October 8, 2009, University Council meeting were approved.
The Policy: Course Credit, Active Duty Military Students was presented. Dr. Moriarty discussed the background and purpose of the policy and responded to questions. A motion was made and seconded to approve the policy with the following revision to the last paragraph regarding “returning to the university”: “If the student reapplies for admission after one year, the VCU reapplication/admission fee shall be waived.” It was noted that the policy will be forwarded to the VCU Board of Visitors for their review and approval.
The Presidential Task on Supplemental Funding for Advancement was presented. Dr. Warren provided a power point presentation focusing on the next campaign. Several areas included: 1) cost of reaching our proposed goals/3 year summary with mandatory critical, functional and enhanced capacity priorities; and 2) guiding principles/key recommendations. The task force is being co-chaired by Drs. Warren and Strauss. A general discussion followed with Dr. Warren responding to questions.
Dr. Corey noted that a committee has been formed to discuss faculty/staff benefits and ways to boost morale. Messrs. Celis and Walker discussed the November 18, 2009, Student Year of the Environment Kick-Off. Ms. Floyd-Miller discussed the Staff Senate Safety Forum and Ram Tree, inviting Council members to adopt geriatric patients for this holiday project.
The meeting adjourned at 4:08 p.m.