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University Arts Committee proposes new name, selection process

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Officials with the University Arts Committee requested Faculty Senate approve a new rubric at the April 22 meeting intended to guide the selection of artists hired to perform at campus events.

“There’s never been a real solidified way of choosing (artists),” said Michelle Nance, co-chair of the committee. “So we came up with a rubric last year, and it has been revised again, so we wanted the senate’s feedback on that rubric.”

Nance said the members want approval to change the title of the organization to “the University Performing Arts Committee.”

President, Provost join Faculty Senate for legislature update

President Denise Trauth and Provost Eugene Bourgeois attended the April 6 Faculty Senate meeting to discuss topics including funding bills and campus carry.

Trauth and Bourgeois shared an update after meeting with legislators and Texas State alumni at the Capitol.

“This looks like it is going to be a good session for higher education,” Trauth said. “Today, the House Bill 100 was laid out. This was a very important day for us.”

Faculty Senate approves University Research Committee recommendations

Faculty Senate discussed a new University Research Committee (URC) report at their Wednesday meeting and considered recommendations for new policies and procedures.

Officials with the URC review faculty research proposals and offer funding recommendations.

Michel Conroy, Faculty Senate chair, recommended four processes and procedures and all were approved.

The first recommendation made was to change the committee’s name to University Research Enhancement Committee (UREC).

Faculty Senate creates new non-voting adjunct position

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Faculty Senate has established a new position to better educate untenured faculty about the role of the legislative body at Texas State.

The Faculty Senate Fellow assignment was created at a March 4 meeting to introduce a nonvoting participant, said Vedaraman Sriraman, vice chair. The senate met with members of the President’s Cabinet March 11 to further discuss the fellow position.

Sriraman said the adjunct-representing member will most likely be selected from the Adjunct Faculty Committee (AFC) and function as a liaison to the group.

Faculty Senate opposes statewide campus carry

Faculty Senate and liaisons approved a “proclamation in opposition” of a campus-carry bill proposed at the ongoing 84th Texas Legislative Session.

Faculty Senators held a joint meeting with liaisons Feb. 18. Liaisons are faculty members elected by their departments to represent interests to the senate.

“I believe there is enough support to begin drafting a statement by the senate and show the president and the provost next week,” said Michel Conroy, faculty senate chair.

Conroy said officials from the University of Texas and Texas A&M University have already sent proclamations to the legislature, creating a push to expedite the process.

UT opposed the campus-carry bill, and A&M approved of it, Conroy said.

Faculty Senate debates shared governance petition

The University of Illinois Faculty Senate has reached out to Texas State’s Faculty Senate after an incoming member’s employment was revoked due to hate speech on Twitter.

Steven Salaita applied for a teaching position at the University of Illinois (UI) for the fall 2014 semester and was hired as a professor of indigenous studies.

Salaita had to wait for the university’s board of trustees to approve his application before officially being employed. The job offer was withdrawn Sept. 15, 2014 after the university saw anti-Semitic tweets on Salatia’s Twitter account.

The UI faculty senate was not included in the decision to revoke Salaita’s job offer, said Michel Conroy, Texas State Faculty Senate chair.

Counseling services rebooted, more improvements to come

University officials are excited to see improvements in the Texas State Counseling Center after an overhaul of their programs.  

The counseling center’s administrators are shifting their focus to the Round Rock campus. Faculty senators asked Kathlyn Dailey, director of mental and clinical health at Texas State, to explain the changes she has been making in the main campus counseling center during their Wednesday meeting. 

Dailey is excited to see the counseling center’s services improve after one semester of being overhauled.

Health care programs moving to Round Rock

University administrators hope the state legislature will approve funding for a new College of Health Professions building on the Round Rock campus.

Ruth Welborn, College of Health Professions dean, hopes the move will be complete by late spring 2018 with three of eight programs in Round Rock opening the following fall.

The clinical laboratory science, health information management, healthcare administration and radiation therapy programs will remain in San Marcos until further funding can be acquired to build in Round Rock. 

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