Senate Steering Committee Minutes
February 9, 2017, 3:30-4:45
Samford 206

Present: James Goldstein (Chair), Dan Svyantek (Chair-Elect), Larry Teeter (Immediate-Past Chair),
Xing Ping Hu (Secretary), Donald Mulvaney (Secretary-Elect), Emmett Winn (Associate Vice-Provost), Lisa Kensler, Timothy Boosinger (Provost), Emily Myers, Lucretia Tripp, Jared Russell, Robin Jaffe, Chippewa Thomas, Constance Relihan, Tim Jones, Althea Tate, Julie Huff.

Absent: None

Dr. James Goldstein, the Chair of Senate, called the meeting in order at 3:30 p.m.
The 1st item was approval of minutes from January 26, 2017.
Dr. Timothy Boosinger, Provost, announced the good news that AU has initiated the process for constructing the Child-Care Center proposed by the Senate. After a broad and deep review, the Advisory Board of 47 members has approved to take the most achievable approach, which is to partner with a private company, aiming at completing construction within a year period.  This center will be in the Research Park and serve AU employees; depending on capacity, other places may be offered later.

The next item was a report by Robin Jaffe, chair of Calendar and Schedule Committee, on changes to the 2017-18 academic calendar and proposal for 2019-2020 academic calendar.

The fourth item was a report on Engagement Scholarship Conference by Chippewa Thomas, Dir Fac Engagement, Univ Outreach. She previewed the report she will be presenting to Senate Meeting on Feb. 14, 2017.

This was followed by a preview of the final report of Ad Hoc Committee on CBE, presented by Constance Relihan, Assoc Prov Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Relihan will be presenting this report to Senate Meeting on Feb. 14, 2017.

The sixth item was the Approval of Senate agenda for February 14, 2017. Dr. Goldstein reported an addition to the Revisions to University Senate Constitution (Action Item #1) by the FHRC, which is to merge the Library Appeals Committee into the standing committee Library Committee, and explained how this change was processed.

After a few announcements from Dr. Goldstein and a brief discussion on other business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 pm