BOV Rector Volgenau Addresses Faculty Senate

Posted: October 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

By Robin Herron

Board of Visitors Rector Ernst Volgenau told the Faculty Senate at its monthly meeting on Oct. 7 that the BOV was deeply concerned about the university’s budget and has committees working on finding additional sources of income and raising money for the university.

Volgenau also commented that “we’re particularly pleased with the faculty input” the BOV is receiving through faculty representation on the BOV and its committees. He added, “The faculty is probably the best represented than on any other BOV in the commonwealth.”

In response to a question about the BOV’s “World-Class University” initiative, Volgenau responded that it is still in place, with 12 action items in play, four or five of which are concerned with raising money. Faculty Senate Chair Peter Pober added that the BOV is working with the legislature to have an amendment added to the state’s budget proposal that would provide a cost of living adjustment for Mason employees. “The BOV is definitely thinking of us,” Pober said.

In other action, the Organizations and Operations Committee presented a resolution to amend the charge of the Faculty Senate Standing Committee to Review Curriculum and Faculty Matters in Current and Future Satellite Campuses, Academic Programs and Activities of George Mason University.  The committee and its charge were approved by the Faculty Senate last April. Most of the proposed amendments simplified the charge and eliminated redundancies. The motion passed.

The senate also passed a resolution expressing appreciation and sympathy to the de Laski family on the passing of Nancy de Laski, who with her husband, Donald, was a major supporter of the university.

The senate also heard reports from Kim Eby, associate provost for faculty development, and Rachel Bergman, associate professor of music, on the status of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.  The focus of the plan is Fostering a Culture of Student Scholarship and Creative Activity.

The pair urged the faculty to review the information on the web site, contribute ideas to the QEP Café blog and discuss the plan with students and colleagues. Eby noted that the QEP will try to address, among other things, two areas of concern pinpointed through student exit surveys: a desire for more student-faculty interaction outside of the classroom setting and a desire for increased intellectual challenges.

Denise Ammaccapane, Mason Dining Services resident district manager, reported on dining operations and urged senators to express any concerns or suggestions directly to her. Benn Crandall, director of auxiliary services, answered questions on copy center services.

For more information, see the Faculty Senate web site.

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