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 Minutes of the Campus Assembly November 22, 2005


April 11, 2006




Tuesday, November 22, 2005

2:00 p.m. Kirby Ballroom B



Rick Hoffman, Chair, Executive Committee, called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. 

Committee members were reminded to sign the attendance sheet.


A motion for approval of the April 12, 2005, minutes was seconded and passed.


Below are highlights of Committee activity.


Executive Committee:  Rick Hoffman, Chair

            Shortage of Classroom Space

The Executive Committee received a memo from Eileen Zeitz, UEA, stating that some faculty were concerned about a shortage of classroom space.  The Executive Committee invited Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Krumweide to explain the classroom scheduling process, and he noted that the majority of problems occur when faculty want to run their course on a different class schedule than what is allowable in the scheduling software (Resource 25).  These problems are minimized if individual faculty stay within the parameters of the standard campus class and room-scheduling model.  Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Krumweide agreed to meet with the Deans to discuss the variables (specific needs: seating, technology) that faculty can request and enter into the software.


Budget Committee:  Greg Fox, Chair

Review of Rates & Fees

       All members reviewed and approved all new rates and fees, as well as those that had proposed increases in excess of three percent.


Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Parking Committee

       Greg Fox is Chair of the Ad Hoc Parking Committee.  This committee will review parking issues on campus, including the possibility of a ramp.  Public Forums will be held regarding parking issues.  A report from this ad hoc committee is due in January 2006.


Internal Budget Project Update

       The proposed “Earned Income and Full Cost Model” is nearing completion. The new model is revenue neutral and restructured to assess costs more accurately to the appropriate units.  Nine cost allocation pools have been created: Facilities-Operations & Maintenance, Utilities, Debt & Leases, Office of Information Technology, Administrative Service Units, Research, Libraries, Student Services and General Purpose Classrooms.  Each pool is associated with a base: consumption (actual use), cost driver (relative share) and common good (used by all).


Enterprise Financial System

       The new financial system is delayed by one year.  Due to this delay, an additional $10m will be required.


Student Affairs Committee:  Eric Weldy, representative

Organic Food Selection in the Food Court

       Students want an assortment of organic food in the food court.  Some students attended an Organic Food Conference in Chicago. There will be further discussion.


Bulldog Taxi Program

       Students are working on the Bulldog Taxi Program.  For $2 and with student identification, they could get a cab ride from a business to residence or residence to a business.


Student Organized City Clean Up

       Better Neighbors Program sponsored an all city clean up for student organizations.  About 50 students participated.


Campus Athletic Committee:  Jeff Maahs, Chair

Early Athlete Registration

       The two-year trial for early registration for athletes is almost complete.  Two issues will be discussed:  has the program had its intended benefits and was there an adverse impact on non-student athletes.  At this time, the data that has been pulled indicate that there was minimal impact on non-student athletes and that the program is having its intended benefits.


The committee is also preparing for the NCAA self-study.


Physical Facilities Committee:  Bob Krumwiede, Chair

Various ongoing projects and planning activities include: Recreational Sports addition, Labovitz School of Business & Economics building design, Life Science Building renovation, Chester Park School, American Indian Learning Resource building, Stadium Apartments, Capital Budget planning and anticipated fuel costs.


A question was asked on the status of Chester Park School.  Vice Chancellor Greg Fox responded that we are currently involved in negotiations with the School District.  We do not have a final agreement as of yet.


Educational Policy Committee:  Jerry Pepper, Chair

Various issues were noted, such as CLA Diversity language, Accreditation, Campus Honors, Academic Integrity Policy and Student Athlete Registration.


For more detailed information see the fall 2005 Educational Policy Committee Activity Report in the Library.


              University Planning Process

       UMD has been involved in a planning process for the last 10 years.  We began with a transition report, next was the compact, and once a year the Deans, Vice Chancellors and, at          times, the department heads meet.  We are now discussing plans that describe issues on        campus, timelines, financial aide, and development.


       Vice Chancellor Vince Magnuson and Chancellor Martin are coordinating an effort of eight or          nine 2- to 3-person committees that will create a small report encompassing issues over the next 2 years.  Committees include: UMD capital facilities and budget, advising/retention, graduate, undergraduate, American Indian Education – both in the Education Department and the College of Human Service & Professions, American Indian Center and all contributing entities in those areas campus wide. 


       The University in Twin Cities may be doing planning sessions, surveys, etc. of their own that our campus knows nothing about.  Annually, broad issues such as diversity will be discussed     campus wide.



       Eric Weldy, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support & Student life, chaired a committee with Admissions and Financial Aide. They were to find a way to best use $1.4m in recurring and nonrecurring funds in student retention and recruitment.   We increased Presidential Scholars and Chancellor Scholars to awards of $1000/each with financial aid for each of two years at $1000.  Previous years scholarships were $500/year.


       The University can now hire an Admissions person to work with the recruitment of transfer students from campuses that have 2 + 2 programs on the Iron Range. We need a unified presence on the        Range campuses to discuss UMD and answer any questions potential students might have.


Honors Program

       We have about 77 students in the Honors Program that began 2 years ago.  Three years ago the Best of Class scholars program began.  This program is for outstanding young people who are not planning on going to college in Minnesota due to availability and/or affordability.  We are making a keen effort to find a way to recruit the students in 2-year colleges to transfer to UMD and finish out with a 4-year degree.



        James I. Swenson Science Building had a great opening ceremony.  It’s a remarkable facility.  The controversial issue of these vandals automatically receiving scholarships has been resolved. This was a miscommunication.  We do hope these young people turn their lives around and are able to perhaps attend college and someday qualify and apply for a scholarship, whether here or elsewhere.   This year we have our first Swenson scholar on the faculty and St. Lukes Hospital has hired a Swenson Scholar physician. 


       The Sports and Recreational facility is ahead of schedule.  The building should be complete in September 2006 if not before.


       Annual Fundraising of $5.146m was received for this campus. We have been working hard to have an endowed scholarship base for each collegiate unit.


       Legislature meets March 1.  Labovitz School of Business & Economics is at the top of the list for Capital Projects and also the DECC expansion.


       The Jazz Ensemble has been invited to the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe, July 2006.


Chancellor Martin attended the NCAA Annual dinner in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 2005.  The purpose was to recognize women athletes. The representative for the state of Minnesota was Heather Hamilton.  Heather is a UMD Social Work major with a 4.0 grade point average and is a track athlete.  She later was the Division ii student athlete of the year in the United States and represented the entire state of Minnesota-all campuses, all colleges as the student athlete to be considered for the national student athlete of the year. She did not receive the award, but it is a great honor for one of our students to be considered for such a prestigious award.


Meeting adjourned 2:45 p.m.


Wendy J. Larrivy, Clerk of Campus Assembly

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