August 19, 2004
Regular Meeting Minutes of the Faculty Senate
Approved: September 23, 2004
SENATORS, ALTERNATES, AND OFFICERS PRESENT
SENATORS, ALTERNATES, AND OFFICERS ABSENT
C. Lynn Montgomery
E. Michael Smith
EX-OFFICIOS AND GUESTS PRESENT
I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Dr. A.F. Al-Assaf, at 5:05 p.m.
II. GUEST SPEAKER
Dr. Mike Crutcher, Commissioner of Health, spoke to the Senate about the State of the State’s Health. He informed the Senate that a life expectancy in the U.S. has improved from 47 years to 76 over the last 100 years. He also indicated that a good measure of a state’s health is its death rate. Oklahoma’s mortality rate has increased since 1990 and the state ranks among the top five for highest mortality. Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate is also among the nation’s highest, with a ranking of 40. Dr. Crutcher explained that the leading cause of death in Oklahoma is heart disease and that the state ranks 49th in the nation for deaths caused by heart disease. He stated that smoking is related to these deaths and the Health Department is advocating legislation that will decrease the smoking rate in Oklahoma. Dr. Crutcher explained that public health intervention is only one way to increase the health of Oklahoma, that economic intervention is necessary also. Handouts from Dr. Crutcher’s presentation are available in the Faculty Senate Office.
III. APPROVAL OF JUNE 2004 MINUTES
The June 2004 Minutes were approved as circulated.
IV. CHAIR’S REPORT
Dr. Al-Assaf stated that the Executive Committee’s meeting with Dr. Ferretti had been cancelled and that they would meet with him next month. The Executive Committee met with Julius Hilburn, Director of Human Resources, to discuss the outcome of the health and dental insurance review. Mr. Hilburn indicated that Aetna offers the best option for medical and dental coverage and that the Employee Benefits Committee will continue to examine that option. A benefits representative will be at the September Faculty Senate meeting to discuss the outcome of the review.
Dr. Al-Assaf welcomed the new Senators and Alternates to the Faculty Senate and introduced the 2004-2005 members of the Executive Committee: Chair-Elect Nancy Chu, Secretary Toni Ripley, Secretary-Elect Stacy Anderson, and Past Chair Sharukh Khajotia.
V. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee on Committees
Nancy Chu presented the Committee on Committees report. It was passed as presented.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Dr. Al-Assaf presented the Senate with an issue brought by a faculty member concerning the University’s policy on harassment. Dr. Al-Assaf requested volunteers to examine the current policy and present a recommendation to the Senate to pursue changing the policy or to leave the policy as is. There were no volunteers and the issue was tabled.
Dr. Al-Assaf announced again that Julius Hilburn would be the guest speaker at the September meeting. He asked the Senate to forward any suggestions for future speakers to him or to Jennifer Nelson, the office assistant.
The Chair asked for a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved. The meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.
August 2004 Agenda
August 2004 Committee on Committees Report
June 2004 Meeting Minutes (Draft)