Minutes of

MiSU Faculty Senate

September 5, 2002


Members present: Bethany Andreasen, Larry Atwood, Richard Barkosky, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Linda Haider, Nancy Hall, Leisa Harmon, Christopher Keller, Paul Markel, David McCormack, Cheryl Nilsen, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, Michelle Sauer, Richard Seklecki, Tom Seymour, Kenneth Staub

Members absent: Clark Markell, Lisa Borden-King, Linda Olson, Mohammad Saeed, H. Erik Shaar, Elizabeth Steere

Guests present: Bruce Haskins, Stephen Hayton, Alexis Hildebrandt, Wes Matthews, Dick Jenkins


President Keller called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. and offered brief opening remarks.


Podrygula moved and Royer seconded the seating of Draza Markovic as a proxy for Clark Markell. Motion passed.


Keller welcomed new Faculty Senate members Atwood (at large), Nilsen (at large) and Seklecki (replacement for Monte Cole). Replacement senators for McKenney (Arts and Sciences) and Bordelon (Education and Human Sciences) will be elected by their colleges.


For announcements, Keller noted:

¨      The opinion survey is yet to be compiled so he will report on that in the future.

¨      The Arts and Humanities Summit and the State of the Faculty Conference will be held simultaneously in Grand Forks on October 6-7.


Royer moved and Seymour seconded approval of the minutes of May 2, 2002. Motion passed.


In a review of the agenda (attached) items 5a and 5b were addressed out of order to accommodate guests.. Item 5e was dropped from the agenda due to Dr. Shaar's absence.


Wes Matthews reported on the developing faculty sick leave policy. The policy has not been yet implemented to allow the two new deans to have input into the policy. A second reason is the discovery that "service faculty" (such as the NDCPD) need to be included in the policy. Also, the question of short term disability insurance (to bridge between sick leave and long term disability) needs to be addressed. The most recent draft will be sent to faculty (via email) for faculty input.


Dr. Nancy Hall reported on many current issues and needs, and responded to questions:

¨      Campus intellectual property policy must be developed.

¨      Mayville and Valley City are asking authority to grant graduate degrees.

¨      Dean Rod Hewlett is exploring opportunities for partnerships with China to bring graduate students to MiSU. Irene Cheng will visit faculty and administration next week.

¨      The Dean search for the College of Education and Human Sciences is in process. October 15, 2002 is the screening date. Search committee members are Cheryl Gerard, Paul Markel, Beth Pross, Terry Eckmann, Erick Furuseth, Keith Witwer, Rod Hewlett, Cheryl Ferguson (student) and Jim Blomberg (MPS).

¨      The focus of Old Main construction is now shifting to McFarland Auditorium.

¨      The MiSU enrolment headcount is up by 100 from last year. The FTE count is not yet available.

¨      Small Research Grant applications are due September 27.

¨      Grow Your Own Professional Development applications are due September 27.

¨      A Retention Management System survey of incoming freshmen was reported. Based on the survey, our incoming students are more likely to drop out than the norm.

¨      $1000 is available for travel and rooms to send faculty members to the Oct 7-8 Arts and Sciences Summit held in conjunction with the State of the Faculty Conference in Grand Forks.

¨      The maintenance of the Faculty Senate web site may shift at least partially to Cathy Horvath's staff.

¨      Rationale was presented behind the August adjustments of class sizes by chairs, deans, and the VPAA.


Bruce Haskins reported on two finance related topics. The first was the 1.05% budget shortfall allotment declared by Governor Hoeven in July. The allotment is being achieved by $125,000 in reductions including a $65,000 library materials budget cut. The remaining $105,000 allotment, if needed, will be achieved by a $40 spring semester tuition increase. Department funds remained intact.


For the second financial topic, Haskins explained that for 2003-2005, MiSU was required to present two budgets to OMB for consideration: a hold even budget and a needs based budget. A hold even budget would be very difficult for MiSU because it would not sustain a number of current items including the last round of raises.


Dick Jenkins presented an organizational chart showing those University people and activities responsible for recruitment. Alexis Hildebrandt then presented a handout (attached) of (1) what recruiters do and (2) what faculty can do.


Keller presented the committee appointments (attached) which have been confirmed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. One Business faculty person must yet be elected to the Tenure Committee and two representatives must be appointed to the Student Association.


Royer moved and Markel second the nomination of Andreasen as Faculty Senate parliamentarian. Motion carried.


Keller reported his nomination of Don Burke and Tom Seymour to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Fedje moved and Nilsen seconded the confirmation of these appointments. Motion carried.


Keller presented the 2002-3 schedule (attached) of Faculty Senate meetings.


The ad-hoc Committee on Tenure and Promotion will reconvene this fall to complete its task.


Atwood and Markel will check for a possible faculty coffee room in the Union to promote campus wide faculty discussions.


Podrygula announced a September 20 celebration of the 10th anniversary of Gordon B. Olson Library.


Keller declared the meeting adjourned at 5:18 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,


David McCormack
Minot State University
Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Full Senate Meeting September 5, 2002

3:30 p.m. Westlie Room



Faculty Senate President - Dr. Christopher Keller

Faculty Senate Vice President - Dr. Paul Markel

Faculty Senate Secretary - Dr. David McCormack

Faculty Senate Parliamentarian - Dr. Bethany Andreasen (- appointment

pending FS approval)



1. Introductory remarks by Faculty Senate President

2. Announcements

3. Review the Agenda

4. Administrative report - Dr. Nancy Hall

5. New Business

      a. Sick leave policy update - Wes Matthews

      b. Governor's Budget allotment for MSU - Bruce Haskins

      c. Committee appointments

      d. Tentative meeting schedule for Faculty Senate

      e. Faculty and staff family tuition waver

      f. ad hoc Committee on Tenure and Promotion

      g. Faculty involvement in student recruitment - Dr. Richard Jenkins




Enrollment Services



•         High Schools

•         Community College Visits

•         Career/College Fairs


                        Primary Areas Covered:

                                    North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba


•         Power Point Presentations

•         Share Minot State University’s strengths and points of pride

•         Make students aware of the opportunities available at Minot State University

•         Explain procedures & answer questions

•         Provide information on deadlines and important dates

•         Gather student information for future contacts

•         Develop professional relationships with HS guidance counselors


On Campus/Community Activities:

•         Tours

•         State Fair

•         Work with Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau

•         Enrollment Services, faculty, and student services appointments

•         Preview Day

•         Spring Open House

•         Major Days

•         Weekend Tours

•         Involvement in departmental functions such as: science fairs, music festivals, math track meets, and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)  


•         Share Minot State University’s strengths and points of pride

•         Make students aware of the opportunities available at Minot State University

•         Strive to make the student’s introduction to campus an exciting, stress free, pleasant experience

•         Provide information on important dates and deadlines

•         Explain procedures & answer questions

•         Walk students and parents through the application process



  • View Book
  • Application
  • Invitations
  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • Counselor Newsletters
  • Who’s Who in High School
  • Fact Sheets
  • ACT Mailings
  • Search Piece
  • Telemarketing
  • E-mail
  • Enrollment Services Web Page
  • Awards Brochure
  • We’ve Read About You
  • President’s Letter








What faculty can do to help with student recruitment:


•         Provide follow-up contact to students with specific department information- letter, phone call, or e-mail.  Correspondence from a faculty member means more to a student and exposes them to the nurturing environment Minot State offers.


•         Visit with prospective students when they come to campus.  Share with them your department’s points of pride, tell them about programs, and show them around the physical space. Follow up with a thank you note, etc…


•         Let Enrollment Services know about departmental sponsored events that will bring prospective students to campus so our office can: arrange tours, collect contact names, and provide information.


•         Look for ways to improve the retention of current students.


•         Be supportive of recruiting efforts and keep lines of communication open.



MSU Faculty Senate Appointments

( submitted to MSU Faculty Senate Executive Board for approval August 29, 2002 )


1.) Faculty Senate at-large position

            Dr. Rick Seklecki (one year replacement for Dr. Cole until annual election)

            (College representatives [1 for A&S and 1 for E&HS] are to be replaced by election)


2) Academic Hall of Fame        1-three year 

            Dr. Audrey Lundey


3) Athletic Policies Committee

            Dr. Christopher Beachy (3 year term)


4) Budget and Salary Committee

            Dr. Bryce Fifield (one year replacement for Bob Lower)

            Deanna Klein (3 year term)


5) Constitutional Review

            Leisa Harmon (2 year term)

            Dr. Bryce Fifield (3 year term)


6) Center for Extended learning Committee

            Dr. Jerry Stai (Business representative)


7) Faculty Development and Research Committee

            Dr. Linda Cresap (one year replacement for Zitelli/Lipke)

            Dr. Jon Rumney (3 year term)

            Dr. Robert Kibler (3 year term)


8) Faculty Handbook Committee

            Dr. Vicki Michels (2 year term, replacement for LeeAnn Miller in E&SH position)

            Dr. Joseph Jastrzembski (3 year term A&S position)


9) Faculty Rights Committee

            Dr. Allen Kihm (one year replacement for Rand Rodewald) 


10) General Education Committee

            Dr. Gary Ross (Business)


11) Student Rights Committee

            Dr. Rick Seklecki (3 year term)


Tentative Meeting Schedule for the Executive Board and Faculty Senate for the 2002-2003 academic year.

(Unless changed, meetings will be held in the Westlie Room of the MSU Student Union at 3:30 pm)



Executive Board                                   Faculty Senate


August 29                                             September 5


September 26                                       October 3


October 31                                          November 7


November 21                                       December 5


January 16                                            January 23


February 13                                         February 20


March 13                                             March 27


April 10                                                April 17


                                                            April 24 (Annual meeting/elections, Aleshire Theatre)


                                                            May 1



Note: all dates are Thursdays