Senate Steering Meeting
March 7, 2023
Via Zoom:

Members: Mark Carpenter (Chair), L. Octavia Tripp (Secretary), Dan Svyantek (Past-chair), Lisa Kensler (Chair-elect), Linda Gibson-Young (Secretary-elect), Vini Nathan (Interim Provost), Evelyn Hunter (Rules appointee), Robert Norton (Presidential appointee), Danilea Werner, Robert Cochran (Presidential appointee), Laura Kloberg (Senate admin support).

Special Guests:   Susan McCallister Dir, Campus Safety & Compliance, and Floyd Johnson, Dir, Emergency Mangement • Campus Safety and Security.  Gerry Dozier, AI@AU initiative (i.e. Artificial Intelligence at Auburn University).  Mitchell Brown, Chair of the Senate Faculty Handbook Review Committee. Leslie Cordie (chair) and Ralph Kingston, Senate Retention Committee.

Steering Minutes:

3:30: The Chair called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm

3:33: Discussion/approval of Steering Minutes from March 7, 2023.
Minutes approved

3:35: Vini Nathan, Interim Provost, Announcements from Provost Office
Dr. Nathan shared information about the recent three Dean Searchers and gave a recent update from the February SASCOC visit.

3:40: Special Guests:

Floyd Johnson provided a presentation about campus safety by sharing a powerpoint of the overview of safety on campus. In his presentation he discussed three main areas, Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness. He reviewed Auburn Safety and Security by reminding the committee that Auburn police  are present on campus and that there is a university Auburn police precinct located on campus. He furthered discussed carrying a concealed weapon on campus. He discussed that while there is a new law in reference to carrying a concealed weapon there will be no major opinion that campus security will continue to reinforce the law when necessary.

Doizer presented a PowerPoint presentation on the AI @ AU Initiative. He gave an overview of the AI initiative by sharing that AI@ AU has goals of conducting transformative multidisciplinary research to address society’s critical issues. He shared the importance of the Initiative for Auburn University. He introduced several committees made up of AU faculty that will be working on the AU Initiative. Those committees are Research, AI Computational Infrastructure, Inclusive Excellence & AI Ethics, and AI Education. Dozier

4:00: Senate Committee Business

5:01: Steering discussed the approval of Senate Agenda for 3/14/2023

5:08: Unfinished or New Business? None

The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
L. Octavia Tripp, Senate Secretary