Council of University System Faculty
CUSF Meeting of March 18, 2003
GENERAL MEETING AT UMUC
Drs. F. Alt (UMCP), P. Alt (TU), A. Arthur (CSC), V. Brannigan (UMCP), C.
Burry (UMB), W.E. Chapin (Past-President), R. Chennette (UMB), J. Collins (UMBI),
R. Michael Garner (SU – Alternate), J. Gelatt (UMUC), S. Gibson (UB), S. Havas
(UMB), A. Huseonica (UMUC), S. Jacobs (UMB), R. Jagus (UMBI), B. Laufer (TU), J.
Lombardi (FSU - Alternate), M. McClive (FSU), M. Mumper (FSU), B. Noonan (UMES),
A. Norcio (UMBC), K. Olson (UMCP), J. Organ (BSU), W.E. Orser (UMBC), A. Pandey
(SU), D. Parker (CUSF Chair), L. Richardson (UB), M. Siegel (TU), C. Smith (UMCP),
J.C. Stevenson (UMCES), W. Stuart (UMCP), J. Tenney (UMBC – Alternate), Z.
ExcusedP. Alreck (SU), M. Diriker (SU), D. Spinner (UMES)
Dr. Gerald A. Heeger, President, UMUC; Dr. Nicholas H. Allen, Chief
Academic Officer and Provost, UMUC; Dr. Robert W. Jerome, Assistant Provost,
Faculty and International Affairs, UMUC; Dr. Ruth Robertson, USM; and Dr. Nancy
Dr. Parker called the
meeting to order at 10:00 am and welcomed Drs. Jim Gelatt and Art Huseonica who
introduced the President of UMUC, Dr. Gerald Heeger; the Chief Academic Officer
and Provost, Dr. Nicholas Allen; and the Assistant Provost, Faculty and
International Affairs, Dr. Robert Jerome. Dr.
Heeger welcomed all for the first CUSF meeting at UMUC and expressed
appreciation for the work CUSF has done for the USM, particularly at this time
of budget crisis. He stressed that
it is imperative all of USM work with the legislators, through this trying time,
and further challenged CUSF to have a conversation with the legislature in terms
of long-term goals and where the future lies for USM.
Last, he discussed the importance of educating the legislature about
of December 2002 minutes: Approved
Approval of January 2003
minutes: Hold until next meeting
Approval of EC February 3,
2003 minutes: Approved
Approval of EC March 3, 2003
minutes: hold until next meeting
CUSF Nominations The following individuals
David Parker, SU; Martha Siegel, TU; Carl Smith, UMCP
John Collins, UMBI; Stephanie Gibson, UB; Carl Smith, UMCP; Martha
Siegel, TU; Vince Brannigan, UMCP
Pat Alt, TU; Bill Chapin, UMES
(2) Vince Brannigan, UMCP;
Pat Alt, TU; Bill Chapin, UMES; Carl Smith, UMCP; Marci McClive, FSU; William
Motion was passed to close
A motion was passed to alter
the agenda to discuss the budgetary crisis.
Discussion centered on lobbying the legislature concerning the additional
cut of $37 million dollars. The
Senate met and discussed a cut of $2 million dollars. A Conference Committee will now be convened to determine how
large a cut will be made to higher education.
A motion was passed for CUSF
members and other USM faculty, staff and students to go to Annapolis, Tuesday
(March 18th) and Thursday (March 20th) to speak with
delegates about the budget, as well as hold a press conference on Thursday,
March 20th. An amendment
was defeated for members to go only on Thursday, March 20th.
A large portion of the
meeting was utilized to craft the Talking Points to be discussed at the March 20th
rally. CUSF members were recruited
to construct these points.
A motion was passed
regarding dissatisfaction with the Board of Regents and the current budget
situation. “CUSF is unwilling to
accept the slide into mediocrity regarding the current budget crisis.
The citizens and students of Maryland deserve better, and CUSF expects
the Board to advocate the interest of the System as aggressively as possible,
with both the legislature and the Governor.”
It was stressed that an
announcement be made by CUSF members to their various campuses (faculty, staff
and students) about the activities that are taking place on Thursday, March 20th.
Lunch – 11:45
Further discussion about the
Talking Points ensued and a general agreement was made that Dr. Gibson would
finalize the Talking Points and email a copy to all CUSF members prior to the
March 20th rally. In
addition, copies will be available for distribution to delegates and any members
of the press who may be in Annapolis on March 20th.
Dr. Robertson announced that
the USM Regent Faculty Awards will be given out April 11th at the BOR
Meeting at Towson University. Information
concerning the awards is posted on the USM website.
The Elkins Professorship
Award deadline is April 17, 2003. The
$80,000 award, which will be shared between two (2) faculty members, is
available to USM as well as outside faculty members.
The Regents Professorships
are lifetime awards that do not carry a large stipend, but does carry the title
of Professorship, and represents the top faculty in the USM.
announced that their campus is going through the process of reviewing compliance
issues concerning Intellectual Property, and asked members present for feedback
concerning their IP policies.