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Thursday, September 4, 2003

Dear Colleagues:

As your faculty representative at numerous committee meetings on campus these last two weeks, I have gleaned an enormous amount of information, some of which seems important to send your way for reflection, discussion, and even action-oriented responding. Overall, I am encouraged by the gestures on the parts of both administration and faculty representatives to communicate openly with each other about budgetary issues and the impact such issues are having upon the campus. Here are some ways to get involved with your faculty leaders.

From the Academic Senate:

The first meeting of the year will be held September 9 at 4 p.m. in Goodwin Forum. Although you have representatives who sit on this Senate, you also are welcome to come and listen to the proceedings. At the very least, it would be good to find out who your Senate representatives are and to let them know your wishes on the major agenda items of the year. Next week would be an especially good time for many to attend. At this time there will be reports from Steve Carlson updating us on the Strategic Planning process for the year, from Provost Vrem and Linda Phillips on Enrollment Management issues, and from Carol Terry on the budget situation.

The CFA:

The budget language agreement between CFA and the CSU administration states that, during these difficult financial times, the CSU will give priority funding to instruction, student services, and libraries. A fall goal of our local CFA chapter is to educate the campus community about this specific agreement and its enforcements. Additionally, CFA is sponsoring a voter registration drive for students which will include information about Proposition 54, the Connerly Information Ban, restricting the collection of racial and ethnic data, as well as CFA's opposition to the recall. John Travis, HSU faculty member in Government and Politics and Statewide CFA President this year, will be our guest speaker at an open meeting September 22 from 4-5 p.m. in Goodwin Forum. Several of you new faculty members have asked about the difference between becoming a full-fledged member of CFA versus the "fee-payer" status. Hopefully, the distinctions will be spelled out at that time.

From the Provost's Council:

Reports from the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) tell us that we will be open for spring new student enrollment, in contrast to many other CSU campuses, and that we have seen the end of paper registration tickets. Students will still come to us for spring advising, at which time we will issue the registration number and date to register. OEM also has added the critical thinking course requirement to those courses which transfer students must have prior to entering HSU. Provost Vrem has requested that later in the semester informal meetings be held with small groups of department chairs for communication and information dissemination.

Other Faculty Announcements:

  1. If we missed you on opening day, please send your $10 Faculty Association dues to Sharon Tuttle, c/o Academic Senate office.
  2. Scholar of the Year, Luke George, will present his lecture in JVD at 5 p.m., followed by dinner in the University Banquet Room on Thursday, September 18. Tickets for the dinner may be ordered by calling Research and Graduate Studies, x3949. Come and honor your colleague, and better yet, invite a deserving student to come with you.
  3. A new Faculty Handbook is being processed for online availability. Watch for further details about when it will be ready.
  4. There are two general faculty committees which need some new members: the Elections Committee and the Nominating Committee. Please send me an email if you would be willing to be appointed to one of these.

Lou Ann Wieand, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-5263
FAX: 707-826-4993

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