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Minutes for February 02, 2005


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Senators present: Louisa Arriaga, Jana Atkins, Gene Bals, Estella Barron, Ann Bell, Jaclyn Byrd, Bryan Carson, Nick Chavez, Robin Cooper, Gerald Cunningham, Maria Fernandez, Travis Findley, Rocky Gauna, Sandy Gellner, Brent Guinn, Scott Hall, Gary A. Johnson, Carolyn Kennedy, Sheri Lewis, Guadalupe Luna, Amy Martindale, Barbara McArthur, Rebecca Owens, Donna Perry, Larry Phillippe, Valli Ramanathan, Don Roulain, Carol Ann Stanley, Jake Syma, Richard Verrone, Barbara White, Everne Williams
 
Senators absent: Eric Burrell, Doug Crockett, Chance Dragich, Sandy Ellis, Patrick Hancock, Lori Hefley, Rick Loper, Dawn Moreno, Teresa Neal, Eddie Ramirez, Tim Wolf

Priorities are to:

  1. Fund our formula - based on how many credit hours students are taking. This is the main budget used to fund university operations. In speaking with legislators, emphasis will be placed on our recent and project growth.
  2. Increase funding for buildings through HEAF or tuition revenue bonds which is money the state may or may not grant the institution. Tech representatives will argue these funds need to be increased for TTU to continue to expand necessary space as the university grows and changes including new buildings and renovations for classrooms, research facilities, office space, etc. One plan is to add on to the Law School. $6 million in state funds will be match with $6 million of funds from Texas Tech.
  3. Increasing funding to support Techs growing research agenda. Several research projects are already funded, but others need funding to be increased, such as water research and the hill country campus. Tech receives $550,000 from state to offer courses there. TTU is asking the state to double this because of demand

TTU also will make small budget requests for increasing the small business center which helps small businesses in rural West Texas and the Lubbock area.
 
The message is: Weve grown. We deliver high quality education. We do not want that quality to suffer. We need more faculty and staff for our students. We need more buildings to continue to grow.
 
Dr. Whitmore expressed his thanks to the staff for individual contributions.

  • There will be plenty of activity this semester. Tech also receives money from the federal government, so President Whitmore and other Tech representatives will spend 3 days in Washington asking for federal support. The federal government gives money to higher education in 2 forms:
  1. Financial aid, which is approximately 90% of student financial aid awards, is needed to continue are current status quo and also to grow.
  2. Research funding.

The Tech Administration has a vision for a better future for the university and will work on all fronts to make this happen.

  • Tech would like bigger alumni presence in Austin on behalf of Texas Tech. Tech needs support not only from area legislators, but from legislators from all over the state. Our largest proportion of students do not come from the immediate area.
  • A question was asked regarding how soon departments can expect to receive their university budget packages. Typically in a legislative year, the internal budget takes longer to prepare because of having to wait until the very end of the legislative session, when many decisions are made. Things look good for the university, but there is plenty of debate that needs to take place and others are lobbying for the same money. The administration is running models for a budget for next year which includes 3-4 scenarios.
  • Insurance cards are coming out and there are no changes. The Social Security Numbers being removed from the cards needs to come from the state, so this has not been done yet.
  • A question was asked regarding financial aid for students in the arts. Most money from the federal government is based on the income and financial need formula so it is not discipline specific. The university has launched a $100 million scholarship campaign geared to specific colleges, including departments within the arts. President Whitmore helps raise scholarship money in addition to his other duties. The choir held an event at the Myerson center in Dallas on Monday (January 31) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts will hold another event at the Myerson in March. Representatives will be working to raise money for the arts at these events.
  • A question was asking regarding how much interaction Tech has with the Overton renovation. The Overton revitalization project was mostly planned before President Whitmore came to Tech. He took a tour of the project a few months ago, but his personal involvement has been small. Most of the issues are traffic concerns and street closures. There was some discussion about having the buildings reflect the architecture on campus, and some of them are brown brick with red roofs. However, they are private developments. Tech is updated on the project periodically.
  • President Whitmore participated in the job shadow program and hosted a junior from Cooper High School today.

It was discussed that some of this money needed to be moved to the scholarship account so that the number and amount of scholarships awarded next year can be increased. The number of scholarships awarded would increase from three to eight, and the amount of the scholarship would increase from $200 to $300 per award. Since the money for these awards will come from money rolled over from the previous fiscal year, this money is not likely to be available next year. This issue will be tabled until the March meeting.


Appendix A
 
Stating the Staff Senate position on Parking for Visual and Performing Arts Events

Therefore, be it resolved this day that the Texas Tech University Staff Senate proposes that the Board of Regents adjust the ending time of the campus park-and-pay system to 7:00 p.m., rather than 8:00 p.m., in the interest of improving University relations with the visual and performing arts community and improving the frustrating and stressful work environment for the staff members involved.


Appendix B

First Readings:

Article IV Executive Board

Section A Duties

ORIGINAL

2.  The Executive Board shall have general supervision and control of all activities of the Staff Senate and votes on confirmation of presidential appointments. It shall oversee general operation of the Staff Senate and receive annual reports for review and action. Five members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for a meeting. In the case of a tie, the President shall have the deciding vote. Proxy vote may not be assigned. Each EEO Classification shall have one vote on the Executive Board and four of six must be present to vote.

REVISED

2.  The Executive Board shall have general supervision and control of all activities of the Staff Senate and votes on confirmation of presidential appointments. It shall oversee general operation of the Staff Senate and receive reports for review and action. Six members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for a meeting and four of the six EEO classifications must be represented. The officers classifications m ay be counted to make up the quorum. In the case of a tie, the President shall have the deciding vote. Proxy vote may not be assigned.

Article V. Rules of Order

Section A - Order of Business

ORIGINAL

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Minutes from previous meeting and approval

    Minutes shall be made available to the Staff Senate within three working days after the general meeting. Staff Senators may indicate whether they prefer hard copy or e-mail version. After approval, minutes shall be modified and maintained for permanent record. (Special requests for a copy of the approved minutes may be requested by the Staff Senators from the Secretary.)
     
  4. Reports of Treasurer and Standing Committees
  5. Presidents Report
  6. Reports of Special Committees
  7. Unfinished Business
  8. New Business
  9. Adjournment

NEW

The following items shall be covered in each Staff Senate meeting. The order of the items may be determined by the presiding president.

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Minutes from previous meeting and approval

    Minutes shall be made available to the Staff Senate within ten working days after the general meeting. Staff Senators may indicate whether they prefer hard copy or e-mail version. After approval, minutes shall be modified and maintained for permanent re cord. (Special requests for a copy of the approved minutes may be made by the Staff Senators to the Secretary.)
     
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Standing Committees Report
  6. Presidents Report
  7. Reports of Special Committees
  8. Unfinished Business
  9. New Business
  10. Adjournment