Summary: Meeting of the Faculty Senate, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
August 23, 2001
Approved on September 20, 2001
1. Call to Order: Presiding Officer Irwin Bernstein called the meeting to order at 3:35 pm.
2. Identification of Proxies and Visitors:
Proxies: Cliff Pannell for I.B. Logan (Geography), Jeff Yates for Christopher Allen and
John Maltese (Political Science), and Michael Heald for Jean Martin (Music). Visitors:
none. Absent:Dezso Benedek (Comparative Literature), Wei-Jun Cai (Marine Sciences),
Charles Eidsvik (Drama).
3. Approval of the Minutes for April 19, 2001: The Minutes were approved as written.
4. Remarks by the Presiding Officer:
Officer Bernstein noted that last year was an unusually busy one for the Senate, due
mostly to proposals, originating outside the Senate, for two new colleges that would
change the composition of the Franklin College. He expressed hope that the new colleges
will be successful. Bernstein suggested that the Senate should be proactive rather than
passive. To encourage this, he then outlined how the Senate normally handles issues. The
Steering Committee sets the Agenda for meetings. Items for inclusion on the Agenda can
be sent to the Chair of the Steering Committee or the Presiding Officer, who will forward
them to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will consider these directly, or
can send them to an appropriate Senate committee for their recommendation back to the