Wilkins Presents Faculty Senate Report


Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Nicolas Wilkins discussed recent activity of the Faculty Senate during a presentation to the Board of Regents Feb. 21.

Wilkins said the Senate has passed an emeriti status bill for faculty members whose retirement is effective on or before Oct. 1, 2020. The Senate also has passed principles of collegiality that will be moved to the front of the Faculty Handbook.

At a recent meeting, the Faculty Senate heard a presentation from a representative of the Cape Girardeau Area United Way about their Over the Edge fundraiser planned for June 5 at Towers South.  The United Way is seeking volunteers to rappel to help raise funds to support those in need.

The Faculty Senate, Wilkins said, has changed wording in the Faculty Handbook changing the requirement to 10 business days from the previous 30 days for feedback on approved courses and programs.

He also shared that Dr. Diane Wood is spearheading renovations to the Johnson Faculty Centre in collaboration with Facilities Management, Southeast interior design students and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Through a competition, interior design students created proposals for interior renovations to the building and presented them to the Johnson Faculty Centre Committee.  The winner was Georgia Parks, whose designs will be incorporated into the new look and implemented by Facilities Management. The proposal from runner-up, Marlie Shevlin, will be used to renovate the small conference room, just inside the front door.  Wilkins added that Wood and the Foundation are working to develop a scholarship for art students that would result in art students adding artwork to the Johnson Faculty Centre.