February 4, 2010
A meeting of the University Council was held on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 3 p.m. in the Founders Room of the Siegel Center, located at 1200 West Broad Street.
The following members and alternates were present:
Officers: Dr. Michael Rao, Chair; Vice Chair; Dr. Stephen D. Gottfredson; Ms. Elaine S. Abernethy, Recording Secretary; and Mr. David L. Ross, Parliamentarian.
Administration: Dr. Cecil Drain, Dr. Timothy Hulsey, Dr. F. Douglas Boudinot, Ms. Cynthia H. Andrews, Mr. John M. Bennett, Dr. Laura J. Moriarty, Dr. Francis L. Macrina, Mr. Wayne Turnage, Dr. Henry G. Rhone, Mr. Mark D. Willis, and Mr. John Ulmschneider.
Faculty: Dr. Amy J. Armstrong, Dr. Dianne F. Simons, Dr. George E. Hoffer, Dr. Philip R. Olds, Dr. John Gunsolley, Dr. Joan Pellegrini, Dr. Brent Arnold, Dr. Gabriel Reich, Dr. Krzysztof Cios, Dr. Frank Gupton, Dr. Micah McCreary, Dr. Marilyn Miller, Mr. Daniel L. Ream, Dr. Marilyn Stern, Dr. Helen Ruth Aspaas, Dr. Glenda U. Palmer, Dr. David Holdford, Dr. David Fauri, Dr. Frank Baskind, Ms. Teresa Doherty, and Ms. Yuki D. Hibben.
Classified staff: Mr. Jose G. Alcaine, Ms. Melanie Boynton, Ms. Delores Collier, Ms. Lori Floyd-Miller, and Ms. Pam Mason.
Students: Mr. Roberto Celis, Ms. Leah Fremouw, Mr. Ta’Shawn Lyle, and Mr. Gabriel Walker.
Guests: Dr. P.J. Coney, Dr. Fred Hawkridge, Ms. Velma Jackson-Williams, Dr. Charles Klink, Ms. Pam Lepley, Dr. John Nestler, Dr. Napoleon L. Peoples, Dr. Reuban Rodriguez, and D. Saes.
Dr. Rao welcomed Council members. He introduced his new Chief of Staff, Mr. Wayne Turnage. The minutes of the December 3, 2009, University Council meeting were approved.
The Revised Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities Policy was presented. Dr. Macrina discussed the revisions and responded to questions. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Revised Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities Policy.
A Proposal to Change the Name of the Office of International Education to The Global Education Office was presented. Dr. Gottfredson introduced the proposal and noted that it was unanimously approved by the University Council Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Brown discussed highlights of the proposal and responded to questions. A motion was made, seconded and approved to Change the Name of the Office of International Education to The Global Education Office.
A Proposal to Establish a Master of Sustainable Community Design Degree Program was presented. Dr. Gottfredson discussed highlights of the proposal and responded to questions. A motion was made, seconded and approved to Establish a Master of Sustainable Community Design Degree Program.
The Monroe Park Campus SGA Constitution was presented. Dr. Rhone discussed the history of the document noting a vote was tabled at a previous UC meeting. A motion was made, seconded and approved to untable the vote on the constitution. A general discussion followed. Messrs. Walker and Celis informed Council members that, since the previous discussion, no changes were made and the document passed with a majority vote of the students polled. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the current Monroe Park Campus SGA Constitution as submitted.
A Proposal to Establish a Dual Degree Program Leading to the Master of Education in Sport Leadership and Master of Business Administration was presented. Drs. Warren and Clark discussed the background and highlights of the proposal. A general discussion followed with Drs. Warren and Clark responding to questions.
A Proposal to Change the Structure of the School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine: Merging Quality Health Care with General Medicine was presented. Drs. Sarrett and Nestler discussed highlights of the proposal and responded to questions.
It was noted that the above two proposals were “for information only” and will be brought back to University Council for approval.
A Report of the President was presented. Dr. Rao discussed various items, to include his recent meeting with the faculty senate and the financial situation of the university. A general discussion followed with Dr. Rao responding to questions.
A Budget Update was presented. Mr. Bennett discussed Governor Kaine’s budget acting stimulus program its impact on VCU. A general discussion followed with Mr. Bennett responding to questions.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.