Minutes: March 11, 2003 

Present:   Goudie, Jacobson, Petersen, Reinert, Walls, Weiland, Graumann, Naber, Sweetman, Torstveit, and Wirkus 

I.   Chair Wirkus called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM. 

II.   Approval of minutes.  M/S/P. 

III.     A meeting will be planned for 2:30pm Thursday, March 27, in 102 Wing to update all academic staff on the budget situation.  Ron Lostetter will be speaking. 

IV.     Ron Lostetter spoke with the Council about the budget situation, answering several of the Council’s questions. 

V.      A list of questions for Chancellor Hastad for the March 25 FC meeting was listed in the previous minutes.  An additional question for the Chancellor is: In light of the budget reductions, what is happening with the Strategic Plan? 

VI.     Ballot counting for the Academic Staff Council election will take place at 8am on Friday, March 14.  The results will be announced in the Campus Connection. 

VII.    There is no additional information to present to the Council regarding either the Professional Development grants or the Excellence awards. 

VIII.   Nothing has been reviewed or changed regarding the Strategic Plan.  It is still in the Faculty Senate and Provost offices. 

IX.     According to Petra Roter, academic staff should be notified in April if they are being renewed, and also how long their contracts will be.   

X.      It is possible that the survey questions/concerns for IRAS will fall by the wayside due to the budget.  The Council has decided to not push this issue presently, but they will not be the group to table it. 

XI.     Old Business
Chair Wirkus will contact Betsy Morgan regarding domestic partner benefits. 

XII.    New Business
Joint Finance Committee:  Liz Hitch wants all IAS to increase their loads to 15 credits, believing this is the policy at all other campuses.  However, John Magerus sent out a memo detailing that the majority of IAS have a standard load of 12 credits. 

XIII.   Adjournment 

M/S/P to adjourn at 4:50 p.m. 


Respectfully submitted,
Sarah Westbrook, PA