HSU General Faculty
Wednesday, October 2, 2003
The word of the week to all of us is to VOTE!
Vote today in the General Faculty election to elect a colleague to the HSU Foundation Board of Directors. Ballots are already in your departments. Most likely there will be a run-off election which will be announced next week.
Vote next Tuesday, October 7, in the state-wide recall election. CFA and Associated Students have worked very hard to register voters on campus by September 22. The CFA union has recommendations for the best interests of faculty and for public education - see http://www.calfac.org/ for details.
And finally, plan to attend one of the campus/public forums for the HSU Campus Master Plan. The first one is this evening, October 2, in the Gist Hall Theatre from 6-9 p.m. An identical one will be held tomorrow morning, October 3, from 9 - 12 noon, same place. President Richmond already has alerted you to the importance of this long-term plan for the campus.At the Academic Senate meeting last week Bob Schulz addressed the Master Plan in another way: “Think of how you want the campus to look when your grandchildren come here.”
From the Academic Senate:The next meeting, October 7, at 4 p.m. in Goodwin Forum, will include a second reading of the proposal from the Educational Policies Committee about the new Masters of Social Work program. Also, a resolution on the Budget Process Proposal will be discussed at 5 p.m.
From the Provost’s Council:
Vice President Vrem has reported that our FTES at census this fall was 7,092.4, better than originally expected. (And better than last fall’s, which was 7000.3). The Office of Enrollment Management is happy about this. The average unit load for students, however, is down to 13.7. No one is quite sure how to explain this yet. For example: are students employed more hours than before, and if so, are we seeing the impact of higher student fees in this way?
An All-Department Chairs meeting with the Provost has been scheduled for Friday, October 10, from 1-2:30 pm in the “J” (Room TBA).
The Testing center has had major budget cuts, too. Therefore, they have had to give up scantron scoring of our exams, but will continue to offer their equipment to us. Also, they will no longer be able to monitor make-up testing; however, they will still assist with the testing for students with special needs.
Lou Ann Wieand, General Faculty President
Department of Psychology
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521