Friday, September 10, 2010 -10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall

Members present:  VJ Agarwal, Carol Angel, Melissa Bingham, Peg Maher, Kasi Periyasamy, Jodie Rindt, Anton Sanderfoot, Glenn Wright

Consultants present: Bruce May, Ray Abhold, Charles Martin-Stanley, Chris Bakkum

Members excused:  Tom Krueger, Bernadette Taylor

Students present: Michelle Fuentes, Katie Josephson

1.      Introductions were made


2.      V.J. Agarwal provided an update on things pertinent to Graduate Studies (Grad Student Orientation, Graduate Studies Task Force, Grad Assistantships, Tuition waivers)


3.      Graduate Council will meet twice a month (2nd and 4th Fridays at 10 a.m. in 325 Main); meeting dates available at


4.      A motion was made, seconded and affirmatively voted to postpone the election of chair, vice chair and secretary until the Sept. 24th meeting


5.      A motion was made, seconded and affirmatively voted to increase the RSEL grants upper limit from $1,600.00 to $2,000.00


6.      V. J. Agarwal reviewed the Faculty Senate charge to the committee


7.      The following subcommittees were formed (students will be added to the subcommittees after formal appointment to the Graduate Council by Student Senate):

a.       GRC 799 Subcommittee: Agarwal, Angell, Bakkum, Periyasamy, Rindt

b.      RSEL Grants Subcommittee: Bingham, Maher, and student (TBD)

c.       Graduate Faculty Status Review Subcommittee: will ask for volunteers at next meeting

d.      Thesis Guidelines Subcommittee: Sanderfoot, Wright, and student (TBD)


8.      Next meeting will be Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. in 325 Main Hall. Agenda items will include election of chair, vice chair, secretary; hearing of a student appeal; and discussion of GRC 799.

Submitted by: Chris Bakkum