EFC Meeting Minutes 2000-2009

2009

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., December 7, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Clay Dungy, Tony Franken, Rose Friedrich, Al Hood, H.D. Hoover, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, James Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:30 AM.

Minutes: There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the November 2, 2009 meeting.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate: No report from Faculty Council meeting. Rose Friedrich reported that an overriding issue during the Faculty Senate meeting was the decrease in the number of faculty who were being considered for Professional Development Assignments. 

UIRA: Rose Friedrich reported that there are 544 members in UIRA. There is concern about the difficulty in obtaining the names of new retirees. Program meetings have been well attended, particularly the Staff Benefits presentation with Richard Saunders. Addressing health insurance related issues needs broad representation from retired faculty and staff. The December 8, 2009 agenda of UIRA will include discussions of issues/concerns about which EFC and UIRA may want to cooperate, including discussions about retirees health insurance options. 

Tony Franken recommended the insurance sub-committee of EFC identify a list of questions/concerns regarding retiree health insurance and present these to the EFC Council as a preliminary step in identifying issues EFC may want to explore in the future. 

Elections: Nothing to report.

Emeriti Listserve, Web site and Handbook: Norbert Malik reported the retiree handbook has been updated.

Senior College: Al Hood and Nancy Sprince distributed a list of eight course offerings for Spring 2010, including dates and sites. Suggested modifications to the bylaws may be developed by this committee and presented to the EFC Council. Bylaws modifications will reflect the current duties and responsibilities of the Senior College Committee. 

Annual Meeting: David Carew reported on plans for the annual meeting of retired faculty. The date will be May 17, 2010. Possible sites include the Levitt Center, Pappajohn, Athletic Club and MERF. The first preference of the council is the Levitt Center and secondly, the Athletic Club. Speakers for the event were also discussed. 

Research Council: Ken Hubel reported on three Research Council meetings. On October 13, 2009 the Research Council discussed a variety of topics including University Centers and Institutes. Vice-President Cohen discussed the lack of information that the central administration currently had concerning the number and types of centers within the University. The first step will be to identify and list the centers that exist, their governance structures, faculty effort to sustain them and the financial support they require. Other topics included diversity in research, research computing and research council membership. It was noted that biomedical science representation on the Research Council is meager relative to the proportion or research support it attracts. The question of more proportional representation may be a topic for future consideration. 

A joint meeting of the Research and Graduate Councils was held on November 12, 2009. The focus was the program of ethical instruction that will be required for faculty, students and staff who receive support through NIH and NSF. The intent is to increase scholarly integrity and an ethical sense in all participants. 

On December 3, 2009 the topic was University Centers. A committee will be formed to clarify the following: the definition, identify existing centers; approval process for creating a center; support -- current and future; duplication of function and topic; and strategic plans for each center.

Funded Retirement and Insurance: Ray Muston reported on the November 6, 2009 meeting of Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee. There was extensive discussion of several issues of concern including TIAA/CREF contributions; council reactions to proposed health plans; UIHC philanthropy proposal and retiree life insurance coverage. 

There has been a reduction of university contribution from 10% to 8% to TIAA/CREF accounts. A vesting proposal is under consideration that would require an employee to be employed for three years before becoming eligible for institutional contributions to TIAA/CREF. 

Changes to UI Choice health insurance provide a financial incentive for UI faculty and staff to use UIHC providers and facilities. When the proposal was presented to FRIC, UIHC representatives agreed to make concerted efforts to increase its focus on enhancing access and service for members of the UI faculty and staff. Council discussion on the changes in the health care plans focused on their concern regarding inequitable treatment of off-campus units such as Ankeny and Northwest Iowa. Off campus units do not have easy access to UIHC and are pushed into high expense options. Concern was also expressed regarding the offer of easier access to UIHC services because some departments have several months of backlogged appointments.

The committee is not supportive of the UIHC philanthropy proposal to solicit contributions from patients. Retiree life insurance coverage will be discontinued with an option for retirees to buy in a group rates at the time of retirement.

Ray Muston met with Richard Saunders following the meeting. Mr. Saunders agreed to the possibility of meeting with the Emeritus Council at a future date. He acknowledged that approximately 3000 emeritus faculty and staff are now covered in university health insurance programs.

Hancher: Nothing to report.

Libraries: Nothing to report.

Guest Speaker: Crissy Canganelli, executive director of the Shelter House.

Ms. Canganelli updated the council on the fundraising activities for the new Shelter House, including the Capital and Endowment Campaigns. Five years of legal opposition ended Spring, 2008 when the Iowa Supreme Court made a ruling in favor of Shelter House. 

The Shelter House has been in existence since 1983, when it was called the Emergency Housing Project. The bed capacity of the current shelter is 29 beds. The Iowa City Shelter House is a general use homeless shelter for men, women and children. It serves a diverse population: 1/3 experience job loss and economic hardship; 1/3 are mentally ill and 1/3 have substance abuse disorders (significant numbers have dual diagnoses). The maximum stay is 90 days. During this period staff work in partnership with clients on self-sufficiency goals. Clients have access to program resources for up to two years through the STAR Program. 

The new facility will house 70 clients; consequently, there is a need for additional staffing and other resources. Income for operating expenses comes from a variety of sources: 58% from federal and state grants; 27% private and business contributions; 7% county and city government; 5% United Way; 3% Faith Groups (who also provide overflow services, including 450 volunteers).

Adjournment: The meeting ended at 11:00 AM.

Next Meeting: There will be no January meeting. The next meeting will be February 1, 2010 in room B5, Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Rose Friedrich

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., November 2, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Clay Dungy, Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich, Tony Franken, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, H.D. Hoover, Gerald Rose, Robert Sayre, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:32 AM.

Clay Dungy was introduced as the replacement for Richard Lynch.

A moment of silence was held for Richard Lynch who died recently. A memorial service will be held at McBride Hall on Sunday, November 22, 2009.

Minutes: There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of the October 5, 2009 meeting.

New Business:

Changes in the health and dental benefits were discussed. Participants are being encouraged to elect UI Choice (by having a smaller rate increase for UI Choice than for Chip II and other adjustments to the plans). Chip II is expected to end at some point in the future. There will be a meeting Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at Parkview Church at 1:30 PM about health and dental benefit programs for retirees. The University is self-insured so rate increases are a function of past experience. Costs are expected to continue to rise as participants age and experience more health problems. Interest in learning more about the process by which benefit provisions and levels are determined was expressed by several attendees. There was also interest in having a benefits spokesperson meet with the EFC to discuss the process. It was noted that assessing insurance benefits would be facilitated by having data on the costs of using external benefit providers like HMOs. A sub-committee of the EFC consisting of Carol Fethke, Rose Friedrich and Ray Muston was created to learn more about the process and what issues the EFC may want to explore in the future.

The retirement programs at Iowa, UNI and Iowa State differ. A three person subcommittee of the Board of Regents is reviewing the state universities’ benefit plans to try and make them more comparable. Employees can elect to contribute to their retirement funds to compensate for the 2% reduction in the UI contribution. However, this cut represents a serious problem, particularly for those who are early in their careers. Federal legislation that would cap flexible benefits programs’ tax deductibility at $2,500 is being considered. This may reduce current employees’ ability to contribute to their own retirement plans.

Public forums to discuss strategic planning are scheduled for November 5, 2009 (University Capital Center) and November 10, 2009 on the medical school campus. Ray Muston is attending meetings of the Outreach and Civic Engagement group.

Old Business:

Recommendations for a speaker for the annual meeting are urgently needed.

Tony Franken’s letter to the provost suggesting emeritus faculty could be used to help improve student retention has not been answered.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate: Rose Friedrich reported on the October 5, 2009 meeting of the Faculty Council. The Council was updated on the Partnership for Alcohol Safety, the joint effort of the UI and business leaders. It was noted that there is no representation on the 34 member steering committee from any faculty who have direct contact with freshman and sophomores in their classes. For those who teach, alcohol is an academic as well as a health issue. Heavy drinkers have grade-points that are one-fourth to one-third lower than student averages. New initiatives include required alcohol skills training for UI Greek chapters and mandatory on line health assessments for all UI sophomores to provide immediate feedback on risks.

The Ombudsperson’s Annual Report to the Council disclosed a 15% increase in cases (487 being new) over last year. Problems remain similar to last year but were intensified due to flooding, recession, layoffs, pay reductions and sexual assault involving athletes. There have been numerous cases of staff and faculty spiraling downward due to a combination of poor health and poor work performance. Reluctance to talk openly about health problems, especially mental health problems, discouraged people from seeking treatment.

The Council learned details of changes in health and dental coverages. As noted above, those changes encourage greater use of UIHC. For example, co-payments for UIHC services will decline relative to copayments for non-UIHC office services. Premiums for single coverage for Chip II will rise more than those for UIChoice. The Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee is considering dropping Chip II as fewer and fewer people elect it. FRIC is working with UIHC to develop a questionnaire assessing employees’ level of satisfaction with UIHC care they receive.

An extended Council discussion of budget cuts included questions on how the cuts occur.

Bob Sayre reported the Council agreed that the pain of budget reductions should be shared equally but that there was little agreement on specific implications. In the EFC discussion, Carol Fethke pointed out that the strategic implications of across the board cuts should receive attention as they have a greater adverse impact on departments with low costs of instruction, threatening enrollment and tuition income associated with those departments. Doug True, who made the presentation about reductions to the Council, seeks opinions on these issues. No conclusions were reached by the Council. At the EFC meeting it was noted that President Mason’s report on the reductions can be found on the web.

EFC Secretary: Rose Friedrich and Jerry Walker will assume the EFC Secretary’s duties for the months of December through February.

UIRA: Rose Friedrich said that Pat Kelly attended the October 13, 2009 meeting of the UIRA and reported the following developments. There was a question as to whether the UIRA needed a liaison with the EFC. It was agreed that the representative from the EFC provided that capability. The FRIC wellness committee reported there is discussion of eliminating the death benefit payment for future retirees. Since there is no complete Listserve of all retirees, UIRA suggested working with EFC to compile this information, with Ray Muston as the contact person.

Elections: Nothing to report

Emeriti Listserve, Web site and Handbook: Nothing to report

Senior College:  Nancy Sprince reported the bylaws of the EFC and Senior College are inconsistent and need to be aligned. Tony Franken met with Bob Wallace and determined that an alliance between the Senior College and OLLI is not feasible at this time. Fall courses went well. Spring courses have been determined and brochures will go out before Christmas.

Annual Meeting: The date, time and location have not yet been determined. Recommendations for a speaker are needed.

Research Council: Nothing to report

Funded Retirement and Insurance: See previous discussions in Old Business and Faculty Council.

Hancher: Nothing to report

Libraries: Graduate and honors students will now only need to review materials once each year. The Google license is being renegotiated. Deferred gifts are down 50% to about $980,000. Kindle is being considered for students’ textbooks.

Guest Speaker: Nicole Nisly, Co-chair of the UI Charter Committee on Diversity, Co-chair of the provost’s Internalization and Diversity Strategic Task Force, Professor of Medicine, Diversity Officer for the Department of Internal Medicine (among other responsibilities)

Due to many similarities in the needs of international and minority students, and while also recognizing important differences (e.g., in student sources of support), the provost combined diversity and international planning. The provost stresses two tasks, advancing the goals of increased enrollment, retention and support of international and minority students, and closing gaps between elements of those students who are receiving less attention than others. Sustainability differences were discussed. Foreign students are self-funded or supported by grants or families whereas many minorities are from lower economic strata and need aid. Staff members are the primary sources of services to these students. More faculty involvement is needed. Methods to improve the situation for minority and international students include increased international and minority content in course and research activities, improved mentoring by faculty, adding to faculty promotion and tenure criteria the nature and extent of international and minority effort, increased study abroad opportunities for minorities, and improved housing. It was noted that, if created, a ListServe for emeritus faculty could be used to help match minority and international students with interested retired faculty.

Adjournment: The meeting ended at 10:54 AM without a formal adjournment.

Next Meeting: Monday, December 7, 2009 in room B5 of Jessup Hall. Our speaker will be Crissy Canganelli, executive director of the Shelter House.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., October 5, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Rose Friedrich, Tony Franken, Al Hood, Pat Kelly, James Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, H.D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, Gerald Rose, Nancy Sprince, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:30 AM.

Minutes: There being no additions or corrections the minutes of the September 14, 2009 meeting were approved.

New Business: Tony Franken announced that Richard Lynch had resigned from the committee. His replacement will be Clay Dungy, as Dungy was the candidate for the council when Lynch was elected. Members present approved a motion to offer Dungy this position.

Old Business: Strategic Planning Committee Representation: Pat Kelly and Ray Muston volunteered to serve. Pat is awaiting contact and Ray has been invited to attend a meeting

Senior College / OLLI follow-up: Tony Franken discussed the relationship between OLLI and the Senior College with Bob Wallace. Tony and Al Hood will discuss this further with Bob next month.

Committee Reports:
Faculty Council/Senate: Rose Friedrich will attend the next Faculty Council meeting and Bob Sayre will attend the next Faculty Senate meeting. Rose and Bob met with previous Senate president, Mike O’Hara, last year to discuss under what conditions EFC members would be able to attend closed sessions. No conclusion was reached at that time. They plan to meet with current Senate President David Drake to pursue this issue. (See the report below on President Drake’s views.)
EFC Secretary: Nothing to report
UIRA: Pat Kelly and Rose Friedrich will alternate attending UIRA meetings.
Elections: Nothing to report
Emeriti Listserv, Web site and Handbook: Revisions to the handbook have begun.
Senior College: Things continue to go well for all but one of the courses. Attendance has neared 400. Work is beginning on the spring schedule.
Annual Meeting: Suggestions for the guest speaker are welcome. A date has not been set.
Research Council: There has not yet been a meeting of the council.
Retirement and Insurance: Carol Fethke attended the last meeting.
Hancher: There will be another forum soon. (It will be Monday, October 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Macbride Hall.)
Libraries: Nothing to report.

The January 2010 EFC meeting was discussed. Because only six attendees would be able to attend it was decided that there would be no meeting unless business arose that required a business meeting.

Guest Speaker: David Drake, president of the Faculty Senate noted that his primary role is to assure that faculty views are heard by the administration and Regents. To that end he has one on one meetings with individual Regents, “testifies” at Regents meetings when requested to do so, and meets at least monthly with the president, weekly with the provost, and more often with other administration personnel. Despite heavy research obligations he spends about 90% of his time in his presidential role. One of his two major concerns is the plight of the music and fine arts faculty. The second is sustainability and budgetary/financial constraints and reversions. The allocation of substantially diminished state resources is a very difficult issue to be resolved by the administration. He again emphasized that the faculty’s views must be heard in that process. More reversions are anticipated and they come with little warning. A number of other issues were discussed in a question and answer session. The major ones were concerns about undergraduate admission standards, attracting the best graduate students if TA positions are reduced, possible ways to improve retention of freshmen, health campus and athletic construction projects that some incorrectly believe are funded with state money, changes in the mix of students (e.g., a declining proportion of Iowa students and growing numbers of foreign and out of state students), ways to deliver off-campus courses that do not sacrifice the quality of an Iowa degree, tuition rates, and students’ changing expectations and values (e.g., their desire to feel personal connections to faculty and their utilization of digital technology). Suggestions were made for using retirees to serve on university committees and to help make new undergraduate students feel welcome and better connected to people at the U of I. President Drake concluded by promising to discuss with his Senate and Council colleagues the EFC’s request to be permitted to attend closed sessions. He also promised to permit EFC members to ask questions at meetings he chairs. (Let him know prior to a meeting if possible.)

Adjournment: The meeting ended at 10:52 AM without a formal adjournment.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 5, 2009 in room B5 of Jessup Hall. Our speaker will be Nicole Nisly, chair of the U of I Diversity committee.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., September 14, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Attendees: David Carew, Rose Friedrich, Carol Fethke, Tony Franken, Al Hood, James Lindberg, Norbert Malik, Ray Muston, H.D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, Gerald Rose, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tony Franken at 9:30 AM.

New Business: Tony Franken provided a summary report of the meeting of the Big Ten Retirees Association this summer. About 50 people, half from the Iowa City area, attended. The focus of the meeting was on academics in the Big Ten. Our Senior College was of interest because other schools do not have equally developed (or any) similar programs. The Association has a web page maintained at the University of Michigan.

Introduction of Members: Attendees introduced themselves and their college affiliations.

Strategic Planning Committee Representation: In response to a letter to the Provost the EFC was requested to submit names of EFC members interested in serving on Strategic Planning Committees. Those EFC members who are interested should contact the Provost’s office.

Old Business: There was no old business discussion.

Committee Appointments:
Faculty Senate/Council Representatives: Robert Sayre, Rose Friedrich, and Al Hood as alternate.
EFC Secretary: Gerald Rose with Jerry Walker and Rose Friedrich as alternates.
EFC Liaison Representative to the UIRA: Rose Friedrich and Pat Kelley.
Elections Committee: Pat Kelley, James Lindberg and David Carew.
Emeriti Listserv, Web Site, and Handbook: Norbert Malik (chair) and Ray Muston.
Senior College Members: Richard Lynch, Nancy Sprince, and Al Hood.
Annual Meeting Committee: David Carew (chair) and Carol Fethke.
Research Council Representative: Kenneth Hubel and H.D. Hoover.
University Libraries Committee Representative: Jerry Walker and H.D. Hoover.
Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee Representative: Carol Fethke and Ray Muston.
Hancher Committee Representative: James Lindberg, Jerry Walker, and Kenneth Hubel.

Committee Reports:
Faculty Council/Senate: David Drake, president of the Faculty Senate will be our speaker at the October meeting. At that time we may want to discuss with him whether our representatives can attend closed meetings of the Senate. (As an advisory unit the Senate is not subject to the Iowa open meetings law. However, some of its members report preferring to avoid closed meetings when possible.)
EFC Secretary: No report
UIRA: No report
Elections: Nothing to report
Emeriti Listserv, Web site and Handbook: Al Hood reported that the Provost’s office had not supported past efforts to maintain the Listserv by updating lists and email address of new and deceased retirees. The consensus appeared to be that without that support a Listserv is not viable. There is no EFC web page. There was no report regarding the handbook. The rumor that emeritus faculty email would cease being supported has been denied by an IT employee and no one in attendance knew of anything to support the rumor.
Senior College: Al Hood reported things are going very well. All but one course is full or has substantial enrollment.
Annual Meeting: Moving the date to May did not affect attendance and June meetings are easier to set up. So the meeting will remain in June.
Research Council: No report
Retirement and Insurance: There will be a meeting on Friday September 18th to discuss insurance needs for those between the ages of 62 and 65. Faculty interested in early retirement face a two week deadline for applying. It appears likely that in 2011 there will be a change in the flexible benefits program for employees. It is unlikely to affect retirees. Faculty members who are about to retire are reminded that they should sign up for Medicare Part B one month before the retirement date. There will be a meeting on November 3, 2009 at Parkview Church to discuss next year’s health and dental insurance options for retirees.
Hancher: No report
Libraries: No report

Guest Speaker: John Streif, Men’s Intercollegiate Athletics Trainer, discussed his work at the U of I since he began in 1966. His seven day a week responsibilities include detailed planning and execution of road trips by the men’s teams, negotiating with hotels and bowl representatives, assuring first class experiences for all athletes, coaches, and other entourage members, and doing everything possible to help student athletes cope with issues they face. He tries to help athletes who are traveling or injured to view their situation as learning and personal growth opportunities. It is clear that John feels an extremely strong affection for and commitment to the U of I, the athletic department, and student athletes.

Adjournment: The meeting ended at 10:56 AM without a formal adjournment.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 5, 2009 in room B5 of Jessup Hall. Our speaker will be David Drake, president of the Faculty Senate.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry Rose
Secretary

MINUTES OF THE AEF ANNUAL MEETING

June 15, 2009

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Opening Remarks: Welcome from Susan Johnson, Associate Provost. Johnson noted that despite current circumstances such as the flood effects and budget problems, we are in the process of emerging as a stronger institution. There is a strategic initiatives process now underway looking at special areas of the university for further advances.

Introduction of council members: Patricia Kelley introduced the council members to the assembled group.

Report of the election committee: Ken Hubel reported the results of the recent election. The new representatives include: 

1. Engineering: Norbert Malik
2. Business: Gerald Rose
3. Liberal Arts: Al Hood and Patricia Kelley
4. Graduate College: Ray Muston

Special thanks: President Kelley noted that Debbie Millsap will give up her administrative duties with the Emeritus Faculty Committee; she will be replaced by Renee Sueppel of the Provost’s Office. A round of applause was given to thank Debbie for her previous duties.

Report of the Emeritus Faculty Council 2008-2009: President Kelley noted that there were monthly meetings of the council from September thru May, and that the minutes were on the website. All emeritus faculty are welcome to attend the council. We may be able to put future agendas on the website so that those interested may choose to attend. 

Kelley announced:

a. Carl Orgren attended the meeting of the Big Ten Retirees Association this last year.

b. Kelley attended the Association of Retired University Employees this year. She felt it was a valuable experience. She noted that some institutions have more organized programs for emeritus faculty activities; such as temporary job assignments, volunteering opportunities, etc.

c. Kelley reiterated the policy that individual emeritus faculty are unable to purchase software at a discount from the bookstore; however, arrangements can be made thru one’s individual department for purchase.

d. There was some discussion of the URIA request for parking privileges similar to those of emeritus faculty. 

e. A request for emeritus faculty participation in the strategic initiatives committee was made to Provost Loh. No response at this time.

f. There have been efforts to allow emeritus faculty representatives to the faculty senate to be included in closed sessions of that group. 

g. Kelley noted that there will be no summer meetings unless circumstances require one.

Upcoming Big 10 Meeting: Sara Wolfson discussed the upcoming meeting which will be in Iowa City. The theme is the academic counterpart of the Big Ten, the Council for Institutional Cooperation. Sam Becker and the Big Ten commissioner will speak at the upcoming meeting, followed by discussion amongst members of the group. There will be a tour of the campus for visitors from outside Iowa City. There will be dinner Friday and Saturday nights with entertainment.

Action on the May 4, 2009 minutes: Approved.

Modification of Bylaws: George Lance announced that the council recommends that we allow the term of the secretary be extended to several years. This will require a paper ballot to the emeritus faculty

Questions from membership: James Spratt asked had there been discussion with President Mason on the budgetary impact of adding several members to the upper level of administration. Kelley responded that this will be discussed at upcoming meetings of the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Memorial Moment: A moment of silence was observed in honor of colleagues who died during the year. 

Passing of the Gavel: Kelley passed the gavel to the upcoming new president of the Emeritus Faculty Council, Tony Franken. Franken thanked the group for offering this position to him and requested ideas for activities from the membership. 

Guest Speaker: George Lance, chair of the annual meeting committee, introduced the speaker, Larry Weber, Director of the Iowa Institute of Hydro-Science and Engineering, and the Iowa Flood Center.

Weber discussed some items of last year’s major flood; the causes (snow, subsequent rain), and the analysis by the institute. They hope to develop predictive models for future flooding. They ultimately will have maps available on Google on potential flood conditions for individual properties. 

Weber noted an upcoming program, the National Center for Flood Research and Education, will be funded by the National Science Foundation, and that The University of Iowa is an applicant for such funding. 

He indicated that the Iowa Flood Center, partially funded by the state, has the mission to develop models for predicting floods, educate the community regarding the community regarding flooding, and to be a resource for people and programs in the state of Iowa. 

Following Weber’s presentation, there were multiple questions relating to the floods, the effect on the university, and plans for the future. 

Comments from Carl Orgren: Carl Orgren, who is leaving the Emeritus Faculty Council, brought to the association’s attention the needs for close attention to several issues including parking for emeritus faculty, emeritus faculty involvement in the strategic initiatives planning, and the Emeritus Faculty Council’s relationship with the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council.

The meeting was adjourned at noon, followed by lunch and fellowship. 

Respectfully submitted.

Tony Franken
Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., May 4, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Rose Friedrich, Kenneth Hubel, Carl Orgren, George Lance, David Carew, Pat Kelley, Richard Lynch, Jerry Walker, H.D. Hoover, Hyman Joseph, Carol Fethke, and Tony Franken, Phillip Cummins, Robert Sayre, Jim Lindberg, and Nancy Sprince.

Absent: none

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the April 6, 2009 meeting were approved, with amendments regarding closed faculty council sessions and recreational services.

New Business: 

1) List of faculty who has died in the past year was discussed. It was noted that there will be a silent moment to honor these faculty at the upcoming Emeritus Faculty Meeting.

2) President Kelley announced that this would be her last meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Council. She thanked the group for their assistance during the year. The group reciprocated by thanking Kelley for her contributions last year.

3) Annual Meeting. Larry Weber of The College of Engineering will be the speaker at the Annual Meeting. 

Old Business:

COMMITEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Bob Sayre and Rosemary Friedrich met with Michael O’Hara, current president of the faculty senate; and David Drake, president elect regarding attending closed sessions of the faculty senate and council. O’Hara was not particularly enthusiastic. It was recommended that we contact David Drake next year. We will make it clear that we are only asking for our representatives to attend closed sessions.

Bob Sayre discussed the election results and changes to the faculty constitution, which had been discussed at the faculty council meeting.

UIRA: Phil Cummins attended the April 14 meeting. There was a written request from the provost that emeritus faculty chair freshman seminars regarding retention of students. Upcoming programs with UIRA include Islam, Plum Grove, and UIRA picnic on June 16. Also discussed was the involvement of UIRA in the upcoming Big Ten Meeting. 

Elections: Ken Hubel indicated that this was moving appropriately, he will report the results of the elections at the annual meeting. 

Retirees Website: No Report.

Research Council: No Report.

Senior College: Dick Lynch announced that fall courses have been approved for next year and that they will pick two more of seven applications to fill out the field.

Annual Meeting: Kelly announced that Provost Loh will welcome the faculty to the meeting. She stated that as of yet, she had no answer from the provost regarding membership committees.

Hancher: No Report.

Libraries: No Report.

Retirement and Insurance: Hyman Joseph noted that the programs being considered include early retirement, changes in phased retirement, buy-out programs, reduced contributions for TIAA/CREF, and a three year vesting requirement for TIAA/CREF. Carol Fethke commented that the early and phased retirement proposals are now out. She further stated that the minutes of the retirement and insurance committee meeting are available on the web.

Big Ten Planning Meeting: Kelley announced that registration fee for the meeting would be $125, but UI Faculty, emeritus or active, can attend for the meal charge only. President Kelley passed a request list for those willing to drive people from the airport. 

Guest Speaker: President Kelley introduced the speaker, Chuck Swanson, the director of Hancher Auditorium.

Swanson noted that he began his career with Hancher as business manager 24 years ago. 

At a recent meeting regarding strategic planning for the next few years, Hancher’s mission was noted to be “striving to enhance lives for all Iowans through artistic endeavors”.

Fortuitously, they had some advance planning for activities in the event of flooding. The first move of staff was to the Lindquist Center. A week later they had the opportunity to see the extent of the damage. The first estimate was that it would be one year before Hancher reopened. The first decision was to cancel the big spectacle shows. They ended up cancelling 13 of 30 events scheduled for this year. 

Swanson noted that there had been considerable support for Hancher from the community, from the state, and from artists around the world. For instance, they are scheduling three benefits to raise funds for Hancher. One of these is a chamber music group from the Eastman School which will be held at the Brown Deer facility. The second will be an appearance by Don Zanes, a family folk singer. Joffrey ballet will have two presentations, one at the Joffrey tower in Chicago and another at the Civic Center in Des Moines (on the eve of the Iowa vs Iowa State football game).

Next season there will be several events including a homecoming week performance at the Pentacrest, creative campus projects including a combined program of fine arts, the macular degeneration program, and the writing facility of UIHC with a presentation on the effect of loss of sight on individuals. 

The Board of Regents has approved the concept of a new Hancher which will allow accommodation to changes and the growth of technical requirements that has occurred in the last many years. Proposed are rehearsal space, and audience needs such as handicapped facilities. They will probably be out of the building for about four years.

There were many enthusiastic questions and comments after Swanson’s talk. Points made were that the new Hancher should continue the geographic association with other fine arts, and that accessibility regarding the interstates and parking be considered. Swanson noted that ticket sales cover about 65% of needs, The University of Iowa pays employee salaries, and that the remainder comes from grants and solicitations. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: The annual meeting luncheon is June 15, 401 Pappajohn. The date of the next Emeritus faculty council meeting will be announced.


Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., April 6, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Rose Friedrich, Kenneth Hubel, Carl Orgren, George Lance, David Carew, Pat Kelley, Richard Lynch, Jerry Walker, H.D. Hoover, Hyman Joseph, Carol Fethke, and Tony Franken, Phillip Cummins, Robert Sayre.

Absent: Jim Lindberg, Nancy Sprince.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the March 2, 2009 meeting were approved.

New Business: 

1. Letter to/from Provost Loh. The faculty council had sent a letter to Provost Loh recommending emeritus members be appointed to the strategic initiatives committees of the university. Provost Loh replied that he would inform the committee chairs of this request. 

2. Faculty engagement corps. Information has been distributed to all members regarding this program. Interested individuals are asked to contact the organizer of the program.

3. Regarding the annual meeting and by-laws. It was noted that the by-laws now allow for continuation of duties of office of members of the council if the committee approves, even if that person is not reelected for the new term of office. President Kelley noted that the by-laws require that the vote for Vice President and Secretary be held after the annual meeting. After some discussion, it was unanimously agreed by the council that Professor George Lance, as the organizer of the annual meeting, introduce our guest speaker, Provost Loh.

4. Upcoming Big Ten Meeting of Emeritus Faculty. President Kelley is asking for volunteers to provide trips to the airport for visitors to this meeting. She also noted that all university emeritus faculty are welcome to attend this meeting without any fees except for meals.

5. Role of emeritus representative to faculty senate and faculty council. Both Bob Sayre and Rose Friedrich discussed that they are excluded from closed sessions such as discussion on budget cuts. Both feel they could have had impact in recent material discussed in closed session. The committee agreed with their comments. A motion was made by Carl Orgren and passed unanimously that we request emeritus representatives be allowed to attend closed sessions of the faculty senate and council. The fall-back position would be to ask each president for permission each year. President Kelly along with committee representatives will talk with the president of the faculty council.

Old Business:

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Rosemary Friedrich noted that the faculty senate entered a closed session to discuss proposals regarding decisions on how to respond to decreased funds available to the university. 

Bob Sayre indicated that the main discussion at the last council meeting was regarding changes in by-laws (which do not need regent’s approval). There was some discussion regarding the TRIP program (temporary reduction in pay).

UIRA: Rosemary Friedrich reported on the meeting of March 10, 2009, which included nominating officers for the upcoming year, reports on a variety of cost-saving measures, and the action that 118 UIRA members now receive electronic news letters rather than paper copies.

Elections: Ken Hubel reported on a meeting with Debbie Milsap, protocol has been developed which is unchanged from prior years. Nominations for the emeritus faculty council should be received by May 8, 2009.

Retirees Website: George Lance indicated that the site is up and running. 

Research Council: No Report.

Senior College: Dick Lynch noted that there is good feed-back regarding the current classes.

Annual Meeting: See new business.

Hancher: No report.

Libraries: Jerry Walker announced that this summer the library will celebrate its five millionth acquisition. The response of the library to the reduction in funds will be difficult; some library branches will be eliminated. Walker also commented that recreational services are enforcing policies that no one will be eligible for free recreational services. There will be single point of entry to rec facilities in the future. Alumni will get a reduced rate, but not emeritus faculty. (Perhaps this will be an issue for next year)

Retirement and Insurance: No report.

Big Ten Planning Meeting: No report. 

Guest Speaker: President Kelley introduced the speaker, Tom Walz, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Family Practice who now serves as director of Extend the Dream Foundation. 

Professor Walz distributed an organizational chart of the Extend the Dream Foundation and discussed the various activities of this group. These include Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop, Uptown Bill’s Small Mall, the E-Commerce Center, the media activities of Sackter House, and the F Street Shop. Some of the small businesses at these sites include Ed’s SuperGraphics, Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop, Bill’s Book Mart, Mad Hatter’s room, The Vintage Shoppe, The Framery, Music Shop, Media Group, Furniture refinishing group, and Ramp/Chore handyman services.

He indicated the Uptown Bill’s Small Mall was a venue for evening music on the weekends with a focus on non-alcohol related entertainment. Similarly the facility is a site for AA meetings.

Professor Walz requested new volunteers for the programs of the foundation. He discussed upcoming need for space, perhaps as a joint provider with The University of Iowa for non-alcohol related programs. Most volunteers now come from the School of Social Work, College of Nursing and the Entrepreneurship program at the College of Business.

Following Professor Walz’ presentation, there were numerous questions and comments from the audience, including the suggestion that the “non-drinking committee” of The University of Iowa might be a source of support.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, May 4, 2009, B5 Jessup Hall. Chuck Swanson will report on activities regarding Hancher.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., March 2, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Richard Lynch, Rose Friedrich, Carl Orgren, George Lance, H.D. Hoover, Jerry Walker, David Carew, Nancy Sprince, James Lindberg, Carol Fethke, Pat Kelley, Tony Franken, Hyman Joseph

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Robert Sayre

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the Monday, February 2, 2009 meeting were approved.

New Business:

1. Patricia Kelley proposed a slate of officers for the upcoming year, Tony Franken as President and Nancy Sprince as Vice President/President Elect. There were no further nominations, and the candidates were approved unanimously.

2. Committee assignments – President Kelley suggested having notes (a 2 sentence summary) about the work entailed in each committee, so everyone knows what they are committing to when volunteering for various committees.

3. Suggestions for new speakers. One suggestion was that we have Richard Saunders from health benefits talk with us regarding changes in benefits for Emeritus Faculty. Carol Fethke agreed to talk to Mr. Saunders.

Old Business:

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Rosemary Friedrich reported. Highlights of the meeting of February 17, 2009 included approval of the revised parental leave policy, and discussion of options for budget cuts. Further discussions regarding budget cuts were made in closed sessions with Provost Loh.

UIRA: Rosemary Friedrich reported on the meeting of February 10, 2009. Items discussed included a future tour of the Hawkeye Hall of Fame, over 100 UIRA members received their newsletters by email, and a consideration of increasing the dollar amount of life insurance policies of those retiring in the future. President Stevenson will review and update the UIRA entry in the Retirees handbook.

Elections: No report. (Ken Hubel is working on assignments with this duty)

Retirees Website: George Lance is awaiting more responses from individuals regarding material to be included in the website.

Research Council: No report.

Senior College: Dick Lynch noted that there were 375 enrollees in the Senior College this year and that all things were working well.

Annual Meeting: No report. George Lance did note that Debbie Millsap has things set up for the annual meeting and that Provost Loh will be the speaker.

Hancher: No report.

Libraries: Jerry Walker noted that at the previous meeting of that committee that the Librarians felt they could take up to a 5% cut without severe effects. Limited space for study in the library was noted.

Retirement and Insurance: No report.

Big Ten Planning Meeting: Carl Orgren noted some details regarding the meeting.

Guest Speaker: President Kelley and Carol Fethke introduced the speaker, David Hensley, Executive Director and Clinical Professor, Entrepreneurship Program at Iowa. Mr. Hensley noted that there are now 5 sites for the Entrepreneurship Program in Iowa, and the University of Iowa is the largest in the state. There is an element of life-long learning in that there is community out reach for further education and entrepreneurial activities. 

The focus of the entrepreneurial program is to instill course skills to the graduates of the program including academic excellence, skill enhancement, business creations and youth development, teacher education and outreach programs.

Professor Hensley noted that The University of Iowa now offers a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management for undergraduates from the various colleges. There are about 750 students per year enrolled in the program. In 2007-08 there 228 graduates of the program. It was also noted that several of those courses are now on line and that they will soon offer an on line non-degree class.

The Entrepreneurial Program is staffed primarily by clinical and adjunct faculty. Most of these are people who have had real experience in entrepreneurial activities, with the majority still involved in business. The faculty are rated highly by the students. Research is accomplished primarily by interaction with colleagues in other colleges. There is now a laboratory for students working on actual case studies, with 64 student teams involved. 

Professor Hensley responded to many questions after his presentation from an appreciative audience.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, April 6, 2009, B5 Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., February 2, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Rose Friedrich, George Lance, Jim Lindberg, Robert Sayre, Richard Lynch, H.D. Hoover, Pat Kelley, David Carew, Carl Orgren, Jerry Walker, Nancy Sprince.

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Carol Fethke, Tony Franken, Kenneth Hubel.

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: Minutes of the December 1, 2008 meeting were approved.

Old Business: It was noted that Emeritus faculty are able to purchase computers at faculty rates, but that software cannot. From the AROHE meeting, Kelley noted that there was no pattern on this matter, but that many --or most--universities have similar plans. Many emeritus faculty have software through their departments. THAT'S ALL. Thanks Carl.

New business: Announcement of the AROHE Newsletter which was passed around. Interested persons could borrow it; otherwise it will be kept for the file for new president. Announcement of letter from Provost, thanking us for our suggestions. Request: ask for a third person on library committee to fill in when both Walker and Sprince have conflicts. R. Lynch agreed to be third person. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Faculty Senate: Sayre reported Senate redrafting of faculty conduct policies, significantly improving the document. One concern expressed in the Senate was interest in protecting faculty from accusations of rudeness to administrators couched as violations of civil conduct. Honorary degree policies were refined.

Faculty Council: No meeting

UIRA: No meeting

Senior College: Richard Lynch reported the release of the Spring brochure. Senior College continues to garner widespread favor.

Annual Meeting: David Carew reminded Council of the June 15th meeting in Pappajohn to be addressed by Provost Loh.

Hancher: No meeting. Hoover noted potential return of Hancher facility in October, 2010. A discussion of University, State and Federal flood response and prevention ensued.

Big Ten Planning: Orgren reported on plans for the Senior College presentation at the 2009 Big Ten Meeting. 

There were no reports for Elections, Libraries, Website, Research Council or Funded Retirement and Insurance.

Guest Speaker: President Kelley introduced Joan Kjaer, Communications Director for Iowa Public Radio. Kjaer noted that the Regents’ directed amalgamation of public radio activities is completing its third year. The new director (following the death of predecessor) has a background in fundraising. The Regents’ intent is to have public radio represent the Universities more uniformly, more effectively, and less didactically thus encouraging listener support. Implementation is left up to staff of the amalgamated effort. Programming is now delivered over 20 frequencies, each in one of four schedules: news services; classical music; the Studio One effort; or a blend of the above three. News service has the largest group of listeners. 

Kjaer stated that such scheduling has increased uniformity, and a better spreading of resources across the state. However, it provides less diversity and results in specific losses—such as agricultural programming, and the Prairie Lights author presentations.

Questions and comments by Council members and Kjaer’s responses drew attention to the following:

Content within the four schedules is influenced by the number of listeners and cost of content. For instance, while classical music has a small audience the content is nearly free. Cost of unique programming results in excessive repetition of NPR feeds.

Funding from each of the Regents’ institutions is vulnerable. U of I has contributed about 1.5 million dollars annually. The CPR has given the amalgamation about $750,000 per year, and the combined member contributions, while not increased by the merger, have remained steady at about 2.15 million dollars. To the present, staff positions have not been cut.

Board structures vary, with KUNI having 401-C-3 status. More formal and consistent structure of the boards is needed. Their role is not oversight, but consultation.

Efforts continue to obtain a Des Moines FM frequency.

The Council meeting was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted, Carl Orgren for Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., January 5, 2009
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Rose Friedrich, Kenneth Hubel, Carl Orgren, Nancy Sprince, George Lance, David Carew, Pat Kelley, Richard Lynch, Jerry Walker, H.D. Hoover, Hyman Joseph, Carol Fethke, and Tony Franken.

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Robert Sayre, Jim Lindberg.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the Monday, January 5, 2009 meeting were approved, with minor corrections by President Kelley which she has forwarded to the Provost’s Office.

New Business: 

1. Herbert Proudfit’s request for emeritus status was approved unanimously by the committee.

2. Website: George Lance asked members of the committee to look at the website now and bring back comments for the upcoming meeting.

3. AROHE: President Kelley circulated a list of books on retirement. It was her suggestion that we continue with membership in this group if approved by the Provost’s Office. There was consensus that this was the correct approach.

4. Office of the Vice President and President-Elect: Pat Kelley noted that Jim Lindberg would be unable to fulfill these duties. She asked for volunteers to serve as current vice president and upcoming president. There were no nominations or self-nominations at the meeting. Therefore, Kelley will contact individuals on the committee regarding serving individually. 

5. Letter from Provost Loh: There was discussion whether we should respond to his request for information on suggested budget cuts. The group thought our request to have a member of this group on the budget cut committee would be appropriate.

6. Committee assignments: Pat Kelley asked each member of the committee to send her a note about how much effort is involved with their assignment.

Old Business:

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Rosemary Friedrich reported for Bob Sayre. Betsy Altmaier, faculty representative to the Big 10, reported that the NCAA has loosened its rules to allow the use of names and images of student athletes in advertising. The Council approved of a new parental leave proposal which gives slightly longer time off to parents of newborns. The committee discussed a request from the Provost’s office regarding a committee to advise the Provost on promotion decisions; the thought seemed to be that it would create more bureaucracy. Specific proposals would be looked at. Post-tenure reviews of faculty have been done differently, if at all, among the various departments and colleges. The Council voted to form a committee to look into this subject.

UIRA: Rosemary Friedrich reported on Phil Cummins’ visit there. Subjects under discussion included considering converting to an internet newsletter as a cost saving move, support for the group from the university rather than the Alumni Association, the problem of declining membership, and preparation for nominating and securing new board members and officers.

Elections: Ken Hubel will meet with Jim Lindberg and others to set up procedures for the upcoming election.

Retirees Website: As was indicated earlier, this is in the process of update.

Research Council: Ken Hubel noted several items of discussion at the Research Council meeting: a) the low rate of acceptance at the NIH for new grants (about 7%), b) a program TIG, a group employed by the university to help “polish” grant requests at the cost of about $10,000 per month, c) the conflict of interest policy is being revised to confirm exactly to the USPHS conflict document, d) Provost Loh noted the response to budget cuts, indicating that one way is to not replace staff who are resigning, leading to an approximately 10% cut that way, and e) a National Science Foundation policy limiting salary support of their investigators for two months of individual salary.

Senior College: Dick Lynch noted that enrollment is doing well. There has been some discussion of possible courses for next semester. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

Annual Meeting: George Lance noted a need to move on this soon. It will be discussed at the next meeting.

Hancher: No report.

Libraries: No report.

Retirement and Insurance: No report.

Big Ten Planning Meeting: No report from the committee. Carl Orgren did note a need for faculty volunteers for a Cedar Rapids marketing group, the annual bus tour of Iowa by faculty on May 20-22, and diversity operations on the campus.

Guest Speaker: President Kelley introduced Associate Provost Barbara Eckstein who is the coordinator for the sustainability program at the University of Iowa.

Provost Eckstein said that the timing of this new program was fortuitous, in that sustainability is now a big issue for everyone. Also, the recent flooding on campus indicates that sustainability will be implicated in our response to this.

She indicated that there is now a task force from the Provost’s office looking at the sustainability in the University of Iowa curriculum and all the colleges. There is now in development a sustainability certificate which emphasizes economic, environmental and ethical aspects of sustainability in a transdepartmental program.

The certificate will provide for basic literacy in the appropriate sciences, make a connection across disciplines within the university, and promote specific engagement in individual projects.

Provost Eckstein responded to several questions from the committees.

1. The operations of the University of Iowa will be included in the sustainability project.

2. The learning groups will be students, those involved in lifelong learning, and continuing education projects.

3. There is a request for proposals circulating regarding organizing across disciplines’ programs, with suggestions for courses and faculty in this area.

4. She noted that the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have some programs related to sustainability, especially as regards public health.

5. Funded research of this program is anticipated but there are many challenges here at the University of Iowa which will be addressed in the initial portion of the start up. As to the organization’s effort, Provost Eckstein noted that some universities have set up separate colleges for sustainability. This is not to be anticipated here. It will initially be hosted by the Provost’s office to avoid problems arising from the individual department or college procedures.

6. There was discussion of the flood mitigation process at the University of Iowa. She described the task force committee working on this, particularly as to replacement versus restoration of Hancher auditorium and the allied music buildings. A presentation will be made to the Board of Regents in the near future.

7. The minimum grade point average required for students in the program on sustainability is 2.0, related to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, so that students can tackle subjects that they are not otherwise exposed to.

8. It was noted that there is a need to understand the scientific approach to truth, as well as the effects of “public pressure” on activities.

9. She indicated there is considerable student interest in the sustainability program, with initial planning for 30-50 students in the first year.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, March 2, 2009, B5 Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

2008

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., December 1, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Rose Friedrich, Jim Lindberg, Robert Sayre, Richard Lynch, Nancy Sprince, Hyman Joseph, Pat Kelley, David Carew, Carl Orgren, Jerry Walker, Kenneth Hubel.

Absent: H.D. Hoover, Phillip Cummins, George Lance, Carol Fethke, Tony Franken.

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on Minutes: Minutes of the November 3, 2008 meeting were approved.

NEW BUSINESS: President Kelley led a discussion of Provost Loh’s draft Strategic Initiatives 2009-2014. 

Issues suggested for forwarding to Provost Loh include:

• Further open discussion of process, noting difficulty with oaks/houseplants analogy
• Representation of Emeritus faculty on committees developing the Strategic Initiatives process
• Attention to prevention in clinical and translational medical research

COMMITTEE REPORT:

• Faculty Council/Senate: Rose Friedrich reported on November 18, 2008 meeting.
• Sexual assult policy currently pertains only to student-on student misconduct. Faculty misconduct policy will be dealt with in upcoming meeting.
• Board of Regents concerns include Iowa grads leaving the state and the perennial notion of duplication of efforts of Regents institutions.
• Searches are in motion for General Counsel, VP for Strategic Communications, VP for Student Services and Chief Diversity Officer.

UIRA: Rose Friedrich reported (based on Phil Cummins’ attendance) discussion on a dues increase (no action); future programming including Dick Stevenson’s January 21 presentation on mortgage-backed securities; further study by the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee of flexible benefits plan.

Annual Meeting: No report.

Elections: No report.

Hancher: No report.

Libraries: No report. 

Website: No report

Big Ten Meeting: No report.

Research Council: Ken Hubel reported on a joint meeting of the Research Council and Associate Deans for Research and Graduate Studies on November 18, 2008. discussion included: 

• Plan for December meeting with President Mason on budget issues and plans for increasing the number of faculty lines.
• New NIH rules capping salary support of grants at 50% and limiting renewals to one in order to maximize the quality of initial submissions and emphasize innovative hypotheses.

Senior College: Nancy Sprince indicated that evaluation of courses shows excellent progress. The Spring schedule will go to the printer in December, 2008.

Funded Retirement: Hy Joseph noted that annual registration forms show a modest increase in University subsidy for retired faculty health benefits.

Guest Speaker: President Kelley introduced Mike O’Hara, President of the Faculty Senate. O’Hara is meeting with a variety of collegiate leadership groups during this period of multiple traumas affecting the University. 

Issues before the Senate include:

• Faculty civility, behavior towards colleagues, staff and students, is difficult to regulate given the multiplicity of cultures, local control and academic freedom. These issues have been under discussion for three or four years. The Senate and Council will shortly propose new policies.
• Honorary degree policy discussions attempt to find a balance between philanthropy and general contributions of a candidate to the University’s mission.
• An unusual number of administrative searches are in process. As a result, the search for VP for Research is on hold.
• A recent meeting of CIC presidents and faculty senate officers at the University of Michigan noted incidents in which faculty members have been sanctioned for speaking out against administrative actions. Perhaps a new committee should be formed to revisit academic freedom issues in order to protect faculty’s right to express views counter to administration.
• Strategic Initiatives efforts were characterized by O’Hara as keeping the existing strategic plan, with the addition of initiatives to identify major strengths for further concentration of resources and sustainability as a new area of development.
• O’Hara’s interaction with the Emeritus Council concluded with a general discussion of sexual harassment—its causes and potential processes for managing investigations and sanctions.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

Next Meeting: Monday, January 5, 2009, B5 Jessup Hall

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Orgren for Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., November 3, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Kenneth Hubel, Carl Orgren, Phillip Cummins, Robert Sayre, Jim Lindberg, Nancy Sprince, George Lance, David Carew, Pat Kelley, Richard Lynch, Jerry Walker, Hyman Joseph, Carol Fethke, and Tony Franken.

Absent: H.D. Hoover, Rose Friedrich.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Announcements: The speaker for the January meeting will be the Joan Kjer of WSUI. Kelley asked for suggestions from other individuals for speakers be sent to her. 

Guest speaker: Pat Kelley introduced Wallace Loh, the executive vice president and provost of the University of Iowa. She summarized many of Professor Loh’s accomplishments prior to coming here, which involved multiple posts at several institutions. 

Provost Loh noted that he is now in the learning phase of trying to understand how the university runs. He is looking for ideas both for transitory and long term problems at the University of Iowa with suggestions for their solution. He noted that he had his “educational roots” in Iowa. Vice President Loh delivered an informal session, responding primarily to questions from the audience. Some points made included the reduction in state funding for the university. He indicated that this creates a problem in that it lessens the “full public benefit” of offering an education to the people of the state, which he thinks is part of our heritage for the people of Iowa.

He further noted that 48% of the students at UI are from out of state, and that their tuition increase will be 7%; at the same time there is a big increase in student aid proposed. He indicated that he is familiar with working with a group such as the Iowa Board of Regents. Loh commented that the emeritus faculty have many resources and at the same time can be independent. He would appreciate input from us on changes proposed in the strategic plan. His philosophy would be to emphasize “mighty oaks” as well as educating all people. He proposes keeping the funding available for quality faculty by increasing the number of nontenured track lecturers, etc. to assistant teaching. He sees this as a part of President Mason’s plan for 100 additional faculty. Another aspect of the plan being studied is to assess the PhD programs for quality, and therefore, for continued funding. He noted that research support could be a requirement for tenure in some colleges at the university but not in all. He felt this is generally a part of the culture of the specific college. Provost Loh noted a need for increasing collaborative efforts among departments and across colleges to increase research at our institution. As others have mentioned, he noted the tremendous support for higher education as a percentage of assets by the people of Iowa. He described the problem of K-12 education in our state and elsewhere as being a major issue in the USA and thinks that there may be a role for the university to assist here, particularly in developing programs for science teachers. 

Following Dr. Loh’s presentation, Patricia Kelley indicated that we would ask for the Provost’s suggestion for the strategic plan to be distributed to members of the Emeritus Faculty Council. 

Action on the Minutes: Minutes of the October 6, 2008 meeting were approved except for changing the name of the “Association of Retired Officers of Education” to “Association of Retired Officers of Higher Education”.

Additional Announcements: President Kelley noted the web address of the AROHE as www.arohe.edu. If individuals want further information on the organization, please contact Kelley at vkelley279@msn.org, and she will send a copy.

There was subsequent discussion among the emeritus faculty council members about possibilities of having more contact with emeritus faculty in the Iowa City area for increasing their service to the university. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Bob Sayre noted recent meetings the group considered a stronger ethics and behavior program, and several other small items, as well a closed session in which the Emeritus Faculty representative was not included. 

UIRA: No report. 

Elections: No report.

Retirees Website: No report.

Research Council: Ken Hubel noted at a recent meeting of the Research Council there were suggestions for an administrative assistant for post-doctoral and other graduate students which would include having a paid permanent advocate in the Graduate School office. There was also a call for promoting scholarly and personal responsibility in research, with applications to be studied by departmental task forces. 

Senior College: Dick Lynch noted that all courses currently running have received very high ratings. He asked committee members for suggestions for speakers for the Senior College. 

Annual Meeting: George Lance indicated that this will be June 15. 

Hancher: No report.

Libraries: Nancy Sprince reported that there had been a recent discussion of flooding effects on the libraries (no loss of material). They are now working on access to material in the upper levels of the Music Building and the Art Museum. Another big issue currently under study is the copyright implication of Google’s book copying service. Other items under discussion included delivery of books through campus mail and the privacy issue of library users as related to Homeland Security. 

Retirement and Insurance: No report.

Upcoming Big Ten Meeting: This will be held August 14-16. All are invited without registration fee, although one must pay for meals. Kelley noted a need for volunteers to serve as drivers for guests coming to the meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, December 1, 2008, B5 Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., October 6, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Patricia Kelley, Rose Friedrich, Jerry Walker, Hyman Joseph, James Lindberg, Nancy Sprince, Phil Cummins, David Carew, Carl Orgren, Robert Sayre, Kenneth Hubel, and Tony Franken.

Absent: Carol Fethke, Richard Lynch, HD Hoover and George Lance.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley.

Action on the Minutes: The minutes of the September 8, 2008 meeting were approved.

Announcements: Data on the council members was distributed to the group; this consists of name, phone number, email address, etc. Patricia Kelley announced that the new University Provost will attend the next meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Council and, because of schedule, will speak from 9:30am to 10:00am. She requested that everyone be on time for this presentation.

COMMITTEE REPORTS 

Faculty Council/Senate: no report

UIRA: no report
It was noted that the communications of timing of meetings of that group needs to be improved. Phil Cummins will follow up on this. 

Elections: no report

Retirees' Web Site, Handbook, and Annual Meeting: Reports of these committees were combined. As the details discussed are present on the website. The bylaws of the Emeritus Faculty Council were distributed, with some changes suggested. One was article four, paragraph 3 item B. “Elections will occur” was changed to “elections of officers.” And item D, “except for the secretary” was the new wording. The council moved and approved these proposed changes unanimously. They will not take effect until they are distributed for approval by the entire emeritus faculty. 

Research Committee: no report

Senior College: Nancy Sprince attended a recent meeting. She noted that the Senior College made a five thousand dollar donation to the UI Foundation for Flood Relief. Eight of the nine classes for this fall are being held; a family emergency resulted in cancellation of one.

Hancher: no report

Libraries: no report

Retirement and Insurance Committee: no report 
Hyman Joseph indicated that the new rates will be coming in November.

Big Ten 2009 Planning Committee: Carl Orgren said that members of the Emeritus Faculty Council will be asked to assist at the time of the meeting with activity such as meeting guest at the airport. Planning is moving along. Pat Kelley noted she will be attending a meeting of a similar organization, Association of Retired Offices of Education, and will bring back information regarding that meeting.

Guest Speaker: Pat Kelley introduced Pamela White, the Interim Director of UI Art Museum and permanent Director of the Pentacrest Museums. Ms White informed the council about several items including firm support for keeping the Jackson Pollock painting. The museum of art will not be returning to the current building (location to be determined after decisions on flood mitigation); the current building will be used for music classes. Many art museum collections are available for specific educational needs, with a number of activities and exhibits now taking place with number of sites allover UI. Questions from audience: risk management will be major player in future use activities, she discussed flood activities, noting all artwork was saved, but all paperwork (such as records of purchase, etc.) were lost. The theme is to have art activities be part of the university, related to research, education, and “community” service.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, November 3, 2008 at B5 Jessup Hall

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., September 8, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall 

Present: Kenneth Hubel, H.D. Hoover, > Rose Friedrich, Jim Lindberg, Nancy Sprince, George Lance, David Carew, Pat Kelley, Richard Lynch, Jerry Walker, Hyman Joseph, Carol Fethke, and Tony Franken. 

Absent:  Phil Cummins, Susan Johnson, Carl Orgren, and Robert Sayre. 

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Patricia Kelley. 

Action on the Minutes: Minutes of the July 7, 2008 meeting were approved. 

Announcements:  Kelley noted that a number of members were away because of other obligations at this time.  She passed on a request from Phil Cummins, inviting members to the September 21 meeting of the Triangle Club, with speakers Doctor and Mrs. Poinsett. She noted that the Emeritus Faculty Council meetings for the remainder of this academic year will be in the classroom in Jessup Hall. 

COMMITEE REPORTS 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Rose Friedrich reported on her attendance at the meetings of August 26 and September 2, 2008 of the faculty council and the faculty senate. The concept of a research track faculty line proposal led by the College of Medicine was approved. The faculty were encouraged to ask constituents to participate in a working in Iowa survey that hopes to provide a snapshot of working at the University. The University is in the early stages of the developing a new strategic plan. A committee will be formed to begin the search for Vice President Research. 

Elections:  No report 

Retirees Website and Handbook:  George Lance led the discussion of the value of the listserv which is now inactive. Lance noted that most of the information on the listserv is available elsewhere at the University. He personally feels that there is no need to reactivate it. The group in attendance were in agreement.  

Research Council:  No report. 

Senior College:  No report.   

Annual Meeting:  George Lance gave the report of the committee headed by Carl Orgren.  It was felt that June is the best time for the annual meeting, with no formal Emeritus Faculty Council meeting at that time. A motion was made that there be no June, July, or August meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Council unless circumstances required it. This motion passed unanimously.   

Hancher:  No report. 

Libraries:  No report. 

Retirement and Insurance:  Hyman Joseph noted that the flexible benefits proposal is still in flux, and there will be no annual meeting of the UI benefits section with the faculty.  

Big Ten Planning Committee:  No report. 

New Business:

1-Big Ten meeting:  George Lance distributed a note from Carl Orgren who had attended the meeting held at the University of Illinois August 15-17 2008.  There were sessions regarding retirement planning and “maintaining a healthy mind and brain”. Orgren will expand on this at a later meeting. The meeting speakers noted that state support for higher education is reduced in almost all public higher education. Specifically at Illinois it is now 8% of the budget. Other activities included campus tours, dinner with humorous entertainment,and a report by each institution of developments on their campus regarding benefits and challenges for retirees. 

2-Emeritus Software Problem:  Discussion of this item was deferred until next month’s meeting. Pat Kelley did note that computer hardware can be purchased through University of Iowa by Emeritus Faculty. 

Guest Speaker:  Pat Kelley introduced the speaker, Edward Saunders, director of the School of Social Work. Saunders indicated that the School of Social Work developed in the 1930’s, and returned after a lapse during World War II. They have offered a masters degree in social work since 1951, a bachelors degree since 1974, and a PhD program, first approved in 1997. The School of Social Work has missions in many fields regarding education and research, including aging studies, children and their families, family services, marriage and the family, rural social work, substance abuse, and end of life care. There are now approximately 75 students in the bachelors program (all juniors or seniors), and about 225 in the MSW program. The school operates five different centers around the state, including Des Moines, Ottumwa, Sioux City, and the Quad Cities. Some faculty are at these other sites, and Iowa City faculty travel to some of the outreach programs. The faculty in the School of Social Work consist of about 18 individuals, both tenure track, as well as clinical. 

About 98% of the MSW workers in Iowa are graduates of this program. 

The National Research Center for Family Centered Practice, located at Oakdale, is aligned with the School of Social Work. 

A number of programs in the school are funded by national agencies and foundations. These include programs in gerontology and international efforts.   

Wild Bill’s coffee shop is still in North Hall, and continues to operate with some supervision by individual members of the school. 

New ventures of the School of Social Work include developing a certificate of critical cultural competence, increase development of the Des Moines program, and more online courses via the internet. 

Saunders’ presentation provided many questions from the audience, indicating their interest and an approval of the program. 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m. by President Kelley. 

Next Meeting:  Monday, October 6, B5 Jessup Hall. 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., July 7, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Pat Kelley, Carl Orgren, George Lance, David Carew, Tony Franken, Rose Friedrich, Jerry Walker, Carol Fethke, and guest Howard Field

Absent:  Richard Lynch, Phil Cummins, Nancy, Sprince, H.D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, Susan Johnson, Jim Lindberg, Bob Sayre.

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Pat Kelley. 

Action on the Minutes:  The minutes of the June 2, 2008 meeting were accepted, subject to minor corrections such as typos.   

COMMITEE REPORTS 

Annual Meeting: it was noted that attendance was about the same on the 2008 and 2007 meetings, one which was held in May and another in June.  There was considerable discussion regarding the timing and location of the upcoming 2009 meeting.  The annual meeting committee will investigate further regarding these items and report back to the EmeritusFaculty Council at a later date regarding their recommendations. Note was made that there were some discussion of the impact of the flood on the Big Ten planning for the 2009 meeting.

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley noted she had attended a faculty council meeting on the proposed faculty benefits.  She reiterated that Emeritus Faculty are not affected, with the possible exception if the retirees spouse is still a UI employee.  Subsequent discussion from Carol Fethke after confirming this with administrators, indicated there would be no effect on UI retirees.  Fethke will bring further information to the September meeting regarding the benefits package. 

There were no other committee reports. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Elections:  The Council welcomed new members elected by the Emeritus Faculty: Nancy Sprince from Public Health; Rose Friedrich from Nursing, Carol Fetke was appointed to replace G. Lowenberg from College of Liberal Arts. Pat Kelley announced that Jim Lindberg had agreed to be Vice President, and Tony Franken to remain as secretary. There being no other nominations, these recommendations were accepted.

COMMITEE ASSIGNMENTS

Annual Meeting: George Lance, David Carew, and Carl Orgren will constitute this committee.   

Big Ten Planning Committee:  Pat Kelley and Carl Orgren. 

Elections Committee:  Kelley reappoints Hubel, with new member Jim Lindberg. 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Robert Sayre  and Rose Friedrich. 

Hancher: Jim Lindberg and Jerry Walker will constitute that committee. 

Libraries:  Jerry Walker and Nancy Sprince will be the members of the committee. 

List Serve,Retirees' Web Site, and Retirees' Handbook:  These committees are collapsed into a single committee.  George Lance and Carl Orgren will remain on the committee, with Hyman Joseph and Bob Sayre also appointed. 

Research Committee: Ken Hubel, with H.D. Hoover as the new member.

Retirement and Insurance Committee:  Hyman Joseph and Carol Fethke are designated. 

Senior College:  Richard Lynch will be appointed, as well as another person to be named.   

UIRA: Appointments by President Kelley include Phil Cummins and Rose Friedrich. 

OTHER NEW BUSINESS: 

Campus Software Program:  It was noted that Emeritus Faculty are excluded from the license with Microsoft regarding University faculty and purchase of software.  The situation is such that the University would need to either license all Emeritus Faculty or no members.  Negotiations are now underway with Microsoft, and these must be concluded within one year.  The sentiment among the group varied from demanding such access to acquiescing to the recommendation that Emeritus Faculty be excluded.  Carl Orgren will have further discussion with UI officials, and report back at the September meeting on this discussion.   

Guest Speaker:  Sharon Benzoni, executive director of CIVIC and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council was the speaker.  Ms. Benzoni indicated that the role of the Foreign Relations Council is primarily to provide speakers with expertise in foreign affairs, usually associated with a luncheon for members and visitors.  The speakers may be local individuals or visitors from elsewhere.  CIVIC, Council of International Visitors to Iowa City, coordinates visitors supported by the U.S. State Department who are in Iowa City.  They are looking for volunteers to assist the program here with activities such as meetings with visitors, providing transportation, and hosting meals.  It was noted that the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council receives considerable support, including office and finances from the University of Iowa.  There was considerable discussion and questions from the group regarding potential for volunteer activities with CIVIC and the Foreign Relation Council. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Next Meeting:  Monday September 8, 2008 in room 3111 Seamans Center 

NB: there will be no August meeting. The September meeting will be in the College of Engineering conference room.   

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE NINTH ANNUAL MEETING

Association of Emeritus Faculty 

May 7, 2008

Carl Orgren, President of the Emeritus Faculty Counsel introduced Jordan Cohen, Interim Vice President of research. Vice President Cohen welcomed the emeritus faculty to the meeting, and noted that the campus, faculty, regents, and everyone seemed to be calming down now and making progress. 

Introduction of council members: Carl Orgren introduced the members of the Emeritus Faculty Council in attendance. 

Report of the election committee: H.D. Hoover introduced the new members of the Emeritus Faculty Council. 

Report of the Emeritus Faculty Council of 2007-2008: President Carl Orgren indicated that meetings of the faculty council are open and all emeritus faculty are welcome. He noted that there are a number of good speakers throughout the year, and that summaries of the speakers’ presentations can be found in the faculty council minutes of the monthly meeting.

Phil Cummins made a short presentation regarding the Triangle Club and its monthly meeting. They are soliciting new members.

Orgren described the committees of the Emeritus Council and some of the items discussed: 

a. From the faculty senate; the new faculty research track, smoking and alcohol policies of the university and arming of the campus police.

b. From the finance/insurance committee; numerous changes in the benefits program, none of which had direct relevance to retirees.

Tom Conway described the activities of the senior college of last year in which many emeritus faculty participate, both as lecturers and attendees. Conway outlined some of the new programs for the coming year. He further noted that attendance continues to increase, so they are now approximately 500 participants per year. The hope is that this activity will ultimately evolve into a faculty club building.

Carl Orgren discussed the upcoming 2009 meeting of the Big Ten Retirees Association in Iowa City. Sarah Wolfson is the organizer of the meeting. The emphasis will be on academics.
George Lance was recognized as being responsible for the emeritus faculty survey and the redo of the retirees handbook. 

Carl Orgren noted that 2/3’s of the respondents of the faculty survey participate in activities with the university. And many also are involved in community activities. A total of 12 FTE positions are filled by the activities of the emeritus faculty.

A moment of silence was held for deceased emeritus faculty members.
A list of these members is part of the agenda of the meeting.

Audience comments: Jim Spratt wants to familiarize the current board of regents with a booklet written by Howard Bowen when president of the university. It was known as the “green book”. It was suggested that anyone with this document please contact Jim Spratt.

Passing of the Gavel: Carl Orgren passed the gavel to Pat Kelley as the incoming president of the Emeritus Faculty Council. Kelley reinforced the idea that emeritus faculty are welcome to attend the council meetings.

Questions from the audience: Question was asked regarding adding or subtracting emeritus faculty from the listserve. Carl Orgren noted the difficulties of editing such information in a purely volunteer organization, that is without any additional support. A member noted that a deceased faculty member, Michael Balch needed to be on the list of emeritus faculty who died this last year. Pat Kelley asked the group for ideas or people for speakers at the meeting. Hope Solomon noted that emeritus faculty are not eligible for discounts on software purchases from the university. 

Speaker: Bill Hausler introduced our speaker President Sally Mason to give the “University of Iowa Annual Report #1”. 

President Mason said that one of her first priorities was “lots of listening” as to how the university works, and for hopes and dreams for the future. She noted a number of issues had been “saved” for the incoming president. So her learning curve had to be steep so that decisions could be made. The shared government system here at the university made such decisions easier.

Examples included the campus wide smoking ban, comprehensive safety/security plan, research track faculty policy, a ten year self survey (preparing for a North Central Association accrediting visit) with resulting ten year accreditation. She further discussed athletic challenges, commenting on our national championship in wrestling and three UI coaches earning big ten coaches of the year. She mentioned some of the individual student athletes. 

President Mason participates in a number of outreach events throughout the state and even nationally, allowing her and members of the UI foundation to meet with alumni, friends, legislators, and lobbyist. She was impressed to find that the support for education in Iowa is greater than that in other states where she has had experience, and that there is a favorable atmosphere for donations. Our strategic plan in place, The Iowa Promise, is being adhered to. She and other planners are working with the Board of Regents to develop a subsequent strategic plan. 

Some accomplishments and aims for the future included increasing access to the university for students by lowering financial burdens while maintaining quality, a need to raise the salary of faculty as a quality measure (noting an average 7% increase last year). She mentioned that the faculty has shrunk by about one hundred over the last few years, and this hopefully will be remedied soon.

Some facilities coming online in the last year include the Iowa Institute for Medical Discovery, the college of Public Health building, the campus recreation/wellness center, and a new boat house. There is a plan for healthcare needs at the university hospital complex. The Carver Hawkeye Arena facelift, and improvements in the Dental Sciences building are underway. 

President Mason hopes for many more accomplishments in the future, particularly related to leadership activities such as our new provosts, as well as vice presidents for research, dean of the college of public health, the hospital ceo, and the dean of the college of medicine. 

Finally, President Mason noted the sustainability issue regarding the university. Some new items here include creating a sustainability office, a focus on bio- renewable resources, and adding five new faculty positions in the sustainability area.

Questions from the audience included: Jim Spratt noting the research information regarding the flat budget of the NIH, Phil Cummins advocating a faculty club and Carl Orgren asking about diversity issues.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:10 a.m., to be followed by lunch and fellowship hour.

Respectfully submitted,
Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 10:00 A.M., May 7, 2008
Levitt Center

Present: H.D. Hoover, David Carew, George Lance, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Kenneth Hubel, Pat Kelley, Jerry Walker, Bill Hausler, Tom Conway, *Richard Lynch, *Nancy Sprince, *Rose Friedrich, Debbie Millsap, Phillip Cummins, Tony Franken 

*Newly elected members of council

Absent: Susan Johnson, Hyman Joseph

Call to Order: President Carl Orgren called the meeting to order.  Orgren introduced new members: Richard Lynch, Nancy Sprince, and Rose Friedrich.  Orgren asked for suggestions for the vice president and president elect offices via e-mail to Pat Kelley.   

Minutes: The minutes from the prior meeting were approved as submitted.   

Faculty Council/Senate:There were no recent meetings of the faculty council, therefore no report. 

Retirement/Insurance Committee: Pat Kelley noted that there was considerable activity regarding changes in benefits, but that these do not affect retirees. 

UIRA: No report 

Election Committee: H.D. Hoover noted that Bob Sayre and Jim Lindberg have been re-elected.  Carl Orgren noted that Gerhard Loewenberg had resigned from the counsel, a new member from the liberal arts faculty will be appointed.   

Emeritus list search/website:George Lance announced that paths to the website are present at several places within the University website. The retiree’s site has had 2,300 hits so far. There was recent publicity in FYI regarding this site so that more traffic is anticipated. 

Senior College: Tom Conway announced there were several new classes to be offered in the fall.  Examples included “It’s the law”, “Reprise” an international writers program class, “Latin American economy”, Nancy Andredsen presenting “Introduction to neurosciences”, and “Advanced football 102”.  One can get on the list for mailing by contacting the alumni association at 335-3204, or through www.iowalum.com/srcollege .

Annual Meeting: Bill Hausler indicated the new site for the meeting today at the Levitt Center seemed an improvement over previous sites of the Emeritus Faculty Association meeting.

Research: Ken Hubel noted that the Liberal Arts and the College of Medicine have different types of research efforts. He believes it would be wise to have representatives of both colleges on the committee as well as to have continuity of representation. 

Hancher: Jim Lindberg representing indicated there is no recent report.

Libraries: Carl Orgren reported that enhancement of the electronic catalog is becoming quite expensive.  Thesis are now available electronically.  And students would like to have the library open 24/7. 

New Business: Carl Orgren noted a request from one emeritus faculty member to obtain a faculty discount on software.  Unfortunately the contracts of the University with the software makers do not allow for that.  He reminded us that electronic access to library material continues for emeritus faculty without a fee. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m.

Next meeting:  September 8, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00am, B5, Jessup Hall

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., April 7, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present: Tony Franken, Robert Sayre, David Carew, H.D. Hoover, George Lance, Carl Orgren, Tom Conway, Hyman Joseph, Pat Kelley, Jim Lindberg, Marion Johnson 

Absent: Bill Hausler, Phillip Cummins, Susan Johnson, Kenneth Hubel, Gerhard Loewenberg, Jerry Walker 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Carl Orgren.   

Speaker:  Carl Orgren introduced Joan Cook, Director of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Elder Services, Inc.  Ms. Cook’s presentation was primarily on RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program).  She noted that there are over 700 such programs in the United States.  The primary mission of RSVP is to connect senior volunteers for purposeful volunteer activities.  The Iowa City area includes the four counties adjacent. 

Ms. Cook shared several volunteer activties possible.  These included serving as mentors in reading in the schools, as well as individual instructors for school children, as well as in programs for elderly and at-risk populations.  Community volunteer activities are in such organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as the Free Medical Clinic.  Public safety volunteers can become involved with the police department administrative activities of Iowa City, Coralville and the sheriff’s office.  At the University of Iowa, volunteers participate in mock trials at the law school, as volunteer patients for med students, and with the digital library project.  Volunteer activities for the care of the elderly include assistance such as visiting, transportation, meals, tax help. 

Following Ms. Cook’s presentation there were numerous questions and enthusiastic responses from the audience. 

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the March 3, 2008 meeting were approved. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Faculty Council/Senate: Carl Orgren reported on a recent meeting of the Faculty Senate, at which the speaker was the chair of the Board of Regents.  He spoke about central issues to the university such as the need for more communication among all groups, and the problem of decreasing support from the state.  Other matters occurring in the meeting included change in policy on consensual relationships for the university, and the DEO periodic reviews.   

Pat Kelley reported on a recent meeting of the Faculty Council, noting changes in the Operations Manual to better define issues of clinical faculty and like appointments.  She also noted activities regarding reducing the display and availability of social security numbers. 

UIRA: Marion Johnson noted that the recent survey of UIRA members had a low response rate.  Among the suggestions received were for special interest groups, periodic speaker at meetings, and expanding the news in the UIRA newsletter.  This organization plans to ask the central university for support of the upcoming meeting of the Big 10 Retirees Association.  

Elections Committee: Carl Orgren noted that there were many volunteers for positions in the upcoming election.  

Webpage and Retirees Handbook: George Lance indicated that the administration was working on more publicity to increase awareness of the website. 

Research Council: No report.   

Senior College: Tom Conway noted the program was running well.  They are always in the market for new speakers.  They are now firming up the fall courses.   

Annual Meeting: Carl Orgren noted the next meeting will be the annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty on Wednesday, May 7 in the Levitt Center.  Preceding the general meeting will be a 30 minute meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Council.  The speaker at the meeting will be President Mason.   

Hancher Committee: No report. 

Library Committee: No report.   

Retirement/Insurance Committee: Hyman Joseph indicated that there is continuing discussion of flexible benefits among the group.  The theme seems to be “reducing benefits”.   

Big 10 2009 Planning Committee: No report. 

New Business: 

1.   Tom Conway suggested that a speaker from the “Life Long Learning Institute” of the College of Public Health would be of value.   

2.   Note was made of the recent death of Phil Cummins’ wife.   

3.   Tony Franken brought up the question of publicizing the Emeritus Faculty Council meeting so that interested emeritus faculty could attend, when the speaker is of interest to them. 

Next meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00am in Levitt Center.  (Note the change in day and location.) 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., March 3, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Tony Franken, Robert Sayre, David Carew, Kenneth Hubel, H.D. Hoover, Gerhard Loewenberg, George Lance, Tom Conway, Hyman Joseph, Pat Kelley, Carl Orgren, Jerry Walker 

Absent:  Bill Hausler, Marion Johnson, Jim Lindberg, Phillip Cummins, Susan Johnson 

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Carl Orgren.   

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the February 2008 meeting were accepted as distributed.   

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley noted three principal items from the recent Faculty Council meeting.  Elizabeth Altmaier, the representative from athletics, discussed restructuring of the NCAA on a national level.  Jim Throgmorton presented a program to make the campus more sustainable: green, social justice, etc.  Interim Provost Lopes discussed a committee that had been set up to evaluate proposals on when and how to cancel classes.  She noted that there were many problems with this.  Bob Sayre had no report as the Faculty Senate had not met. 

UIRA:  No report. 

Elections Committee:  H.D. Hoover noted that we are on target.   

Webpage and Retirees Handbook:  George Lance noted that there had been no major changes in recent weeks.   

Research Council:  Ken Hubel indicated there was no report.   

Senior College:  Tom Conway announced that the group was working on next fall’s program.  They are looking for volunteers to serve as lecturers.  The number of attendees to Senior College continues to increase.  Approximately 500 people will participate this year.  Senior College activities will be part of the Iowa presentation at the 2009 Big Ten meeting of retirees.   

Annual Meeting:  No report. 

Hancher Committee:  No report. 

Library Committee:  Carl Orgren noted that the storage facility is still in the planning stage.  There has been a recent academic review of the university libraries.  The main emphasis of the review is that these are insufficient funds for needed changes, particularly for the remodeling of Hardin Library.  Attendance is increasing at the Main Library; the biggest new need is for Sunday morning.  There is also a need for group projects space.   

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  Hyman Joseph noted that the Dental III program will be eliminated; Programs I and II remain.  There is continued discussion regarding changes in flexible benefits.  The committee voted down a proposal that faculty have a mandatory contribution of 1% to an SRA. 

Big 10 2009 Planning Committee:  Carl Orgren noted that Sarah Wolfson is chairing the planning of the meeting, emphasizing academics.  The meeting will run Friday through Sunday morning.  The nature of the Sunday morning session is still to be determined, perhaps to be about the Senior College.   

Speaker:  David Thayer, president of the Gray Hawks and retired emeritus faculty member from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and theater arts, was the speaker.  Thayer indicated that there are about 400 members of the UIRA.  There is some concern regarding this small number.  Their activities consist of a program every three to four weeks, usually, but not always, associated with university activities.  The planning committee is appointed by the President-Elect of the UIRA.  Last year the social hour associated with the UIRA activities was discontinued.  This was probably a wrong decision.  Other activities include an annual banquet and dinner, and an annual picnic with entertainment. 

The newsletter is a positive aspect of the UIRA.  It has in the past been predominantly a notice of upcoming events.  On a recent questionnaire, there was noted to be sentiment for adding more information to the newsletter, including university activities, death notices, and retirees’ current activities.   

Thayer noted that the initial orientation of the UIRA, as recalled by Sam Becker, was that it was to serve as an advocacy organization for retired staff.  Current examples of this are negotiating for parking for retired staff and the use of the library.  

There were several questions from the committee after Thayer’s presentation.  It was estimated that about one-third of the UIRA membership are emeritus faculty.  There is no fiscal support for the UIRA from the university, and we’re somewhat behind our peers in that respect.  Thayer indicated that the Senior Center keeps a list of volunteer activities so that the need for this in the UIRA is limited.  H.D. Hoover suggested that the UIRA might negotiate for support from UI Foundation.  Several comments from the audience indicated that there are a large number of activities at the Senior Center which do not need to be duplicated by the UIRA.   

New Business: 

1.   Carl Orgren passed out copies to the attendees of the by-laws of the Association of Emeritus Faculty, the UIRA homepage and by-laws of this organization, and the homepage of the Retirees Handbook.  These handouts are to be part of the archived minutes of the meeting, but not to be distributed as part of the minutes. 

2.   Carl Orgren reminded the group of the 2008 annual meeting and election on Monday, May 12, 2008.   

Next meeting:  April 7, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00am in B5, Jessup Hall. 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., February 4, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Tony Franken, Marion Johnson, Kenneth Hubel, H.D. Hoover, Gerhard Loewenberg, Jim Lindberg, George Lance, Pat Kelley, Carl Orgren, Phillip Cummins, Jerry Walker, Susan Johnson 

Absent: Tom Conway, Hyman Joseph, Bill Hausler David Carew, and Robert Sayre

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President, Carl Orgren.  He introduced the speaker of the day, Tom Rocklin, Vice Provost of the university. 

Provost Rocklin gave an excellent discussion of student profiles and student successes (success being keeping students here till graduation).  He noted that approximately 17% of students drop out in year one, and that about 2/3 graduate within 6 years.  There are several approaches to working with students, to keep them in school.  Examples include increasing financial aid, more advisors for minority and first generation college students, involving students in student organizations, and like activities.   

Provost Rocklin noted that the Provost’s website describes student profiles in great detail.  Handouts given as part of his presentation included the first year student profile, information on the student success team, and preliminary discussion of “The Message” project (a statement on what it means to be an undergraduate at The University of Iowa).  The handouts are included in the minutes. 

There was lively discussion among the group after Provost Rocklin’s presentation.  He encouraged interested individuals to send comments to him, particularly regarding “The Message” project. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the January 7, 2008 meeting were approved without correction. 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley reported on the Faculty Council meeting of January 22, 2008.  She noted that the majority of that meeting was spent on the discussion of the proposed research track.  Although the proposal was approved, the discussion regarding the proposal was lively. 

Modification of the “Herd Book” publication to increased privacy of faculty and students, as well as revisions in the consensual relations policy was discussed.  

Provost’s Office: Susan Johnson, from the Provost’s Office, discussed with the council categories for consideration of appointment to the Emeritus Faculty. 

UIRA:  Marion Johnson reported that the UIRA wanted clarification regarding representation of that organization on the Senior College Committee.  Carl Orgren indicated he would discuss the situation with Al Hood and Tom Conway.  Marion Johnson noted that membership in the UIRA was declining. 

Elections Committee:  George Lance noted that the usual sequence of nominations for the Emeritus Council starts in April, followed by submission of nominations in June.  This will be advanced, to coordinate with the earlier annual meeting in 2008. 

Webpage:  George Lance announced that the webpage is now functioning and can be accessed via a search the university site for “retirees”, or through Google/UI/retirees.  George Lance suggested combining the webpage and the retiree’s website committees to oversee further development of this site. 

Research Council:  Ken Hubel reported that the major discussion at this meeting was regarding research faculty.    He thinks that the research council was opposed to this.

It was noted that graduate student funding was changed, from being a block grant with decisions on a departmental basis to distribution of such funds by the Dean’s Office.  Ken Hubel made the council aware of a project to expand The Natural History Museum with a section on environmental, cultural, and global activities. 

Senior College:  No report. 

Hancher Committee:  No report. 

Library Committee:  No report. 

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  No report. 

Big 10 Meeting:  No Report. 

New Business:  None. 

Next meeting:  March 3, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00am in B5, Jessup Hall. 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., January 7, 2008
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Carl Orgren (President), David Carew, H.D. Hoover, Marion Johnson, Hyman Joseph, George Lance, Jim Lindberg, Bob Sayre, Jerry Walker, and Tom Conway (Secretary, Pro Tem).  

Absent:  Phil Cummins, Tony Franken, Bill Hausler, Ken Hubel, Patricia Kelley, and Gerry Loewenberg. 

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Orgren who introduced our speaker, Nancy Foster. Nancy is a TIAA-CREF consultant at the Coralville, IA office serving the University of Iowa and other colleges in eastern Iowa. She was formerly the Assistant Directory of the UI Human Resources office. 

The TIAA-CREF Coralville office opened on August 16, 2005 in a 2,260 square-foot facility at 327 2nd St., Suite 103. This office is one of two in Iowa, the other is in Ames. There are 40 such regional TIAA-CREF offices nationwide. Nancy’s office has 10 staff members who assist clients in wealth management and estate planning. 

There are many options for TIAA-CREF participants and also for other members of the community not affiliated with TIAA-CREF. The University of Iowa Human Resources office maintains a useful list of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) on their website:http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/retire/retirees.html. This website does a good job explaining many of the TIAA-CREF financial options available to UI faculty and staff. 

Some of us were not familiar with newer TIAA-CREF offerings such as a money market fund yielding 4.6%, CD’s, and brokerage services. 

Individual counseling sessions are available and may be booked by calling the Coralville office at (319) 356-8010, toll-free at (866) 842-2977, ext. 7010, or online at  www.tiaa-cref.org/moc/ .   

Action on Minutes: Minutes of the December 3, 2007 meeting were approved.  

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council and Senate.  ( Kelley, Sayre) The last meeting was cancelled due to the ice storm. 

Liaison to UIRA. (Johnson) Cummins attended the last meeting.  

Elections. (Hoover, Hubel) Planning for the next election will start in February.

Retirees’ Website (Handbook). (Lance, Carew, Joseph, Sayre) The site is ready to go online, but we need a name for the site. [NOTE: On January 16, following the meeting, an e-mail to the Council from Lance stated that the Retiree’s Handbook can be accessed by an “A-Z Search under “R” from the UI website.] 

Research Council (Hubel, Conway) No report. 

Senior College. (Conway, Hausler)  Brochures for the spring 2008 courses were distributed to the Council. One course is already filled and the others are filling nicely. Registration for the courses can be done by mail, phone or online at www.iowalum.com/srcollege . 

Annual Meeting. (Lance, Hausler) Plans are getting started. 

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Walker)   No meeting. 

Libraries Committee. (Walker, Loewenberg)  No meeting. 

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Joseph) No meeting. 

Big 10 2009 Planning. (Kelley, Orgren) Meeting will be next week. 

New Business:

President Orgren asked for suggestions for speakers at future meetings. 

Materials were distributed listing the dates and times for a number of activities associated with Human Rights Week during and following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Next Meeting: February 4, 2008, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in room B5, Jessup Hall. 

The speaker will be Vice Provost Thomas Rocklin. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Tom Conway, Secretary Pro Tem

2007

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., December 3, 2007
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Tony Franken, Hyman Joseph, Carl Orgren, Jerry Walker, Pat Kelley, George Lance, Jim Lindberg, Robert Sayre, David Carew, Phillip Cummins, H.D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, Tom Conway 

Absent: Bill Hausler, Gerhard Loewenberg, Marion Johnson  

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Carl Orgren.  He then introduced the speaker of the day, H.D. Hoover, a member of the Emeritus Faculty Council, and participant in the Center for Educational Testing. 

H.D. Hoover gave an interesting presentation on the Iowa testing programs, featuring E.F. Lindquist’s leadership as well as that of  Albert Hieronymus.  These two individuals were the principal entrepreneurs of The University of Iowa regarding technology transfer, beginning in the 1930’s.  The program started as an annual academic meeting for Iowa high school students.  From this developed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills in the 1930’s.  This eventually became a nationwide test.  Other developments included the GED program, and eventually the National Merit Scholars program, the Optical Scanner (for scoring), with eventual spin off of businesses.  These include Pearson Technologies and ACT.  Income from these programs still provides funds for The College of Education. 

There were several interesting questions, comments, and reminiscences following Hoover’s presentation.   

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the November 5, 2007 meeting were approved. 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley reported on a meeting of the Faculty Council on November 13.  The most controversial item was reported by Vice Provost Rocklin.  The College Portrait Project.  This project involves participating universities with on-line portraits of the schools for prospective students to compare and assess.  There are three parts to the portrait – the first is basic data such as that reported In US News and World Report, the second is student engagement, and the third involves testing randomly selected freshmen and seniors on standardized tests to measure writing skills and critical thinking.   

Bob Sayre reported on the recent meeting of the Faculty Senate where the portrait was again discussed.  He also reported the Student’s Success Team Project, to let students know what is expected of them.  He noted that there was near unanimous approval of the no smoking policy by the senate. 

UIRA:  Carl Orgren noted that there are several projects being developed for UIRA individuals.  There has been further discussion of organizational goals and a need to extend the membership of that group.

 Elections Committee: No Report. 

Webpage:  George Lance noted that the webpage is now available.  The address ishttp://www.uiowa.edu/retiree  Lance noted that a search thru Google or Yahoo will not find the website, but it can be found thru Internet Explorer or Netscape.  Corrections, suggestions or comments regarding the material would be welcome.  Comments should be sent to george-lance@uiowa.edu

Research Council:  Ken Hubel reported that the council discussed further the role of research faculty at the university.  The guidelines will be by college rather than university wide.  Appointment duration for research faculty will be dependent upon external funding and tenure apparently not available for faculty in this category alone.  These faculty will have a teaching role, being determined by each college.  Each college will determine the percentage of research faculty as compared to tenured faculty, beginning at approximately 10% of faculty. 

Senior College:  Tom Conway reported that the spring program is now developed and will soon be posted on the web.  Subjects for the spring meeting included:

  • Darwin, Marx and Freud
  • HIV Prevention through the Arts
  • Tapping into Ancient Wisdom:  The Books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes
  • Contemporary Poetry:  A Conversation with Marvin Bell
  • The Art of Hindu India:  The Gods, Their Myths and Their Worshipers

Annual Meeting:  No Report. 

Hancher Committee:  No Report. 

Library Committee:  Carl Orgren noted that there have been discussions regarding accommodation of handicapped individuals.  At the moment, using personal assistants seems to be the methodology for handling this.  There is some thought about offering 24 x 7 access to the library, a procedure in place by about 1/3 of universities nationally.   

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  Hyman Joseph noted that there had been series of meetings on the nature of flex benefits for University of Iowa employees.   

Big 10 Meeting:  Carl Orgren reported that the program is progressing quite well.   

New Business:  Jerry Walker led a short discussion on the changes in the athletic events brought on by participation in the “Big Ten Network”.   

Next meeting:  January 7, 2008, 9:30-11:00am, B5 Jessup Hall  

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., November 5, 2007
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Tony Franken, Kenneth Hubel, David Carew, H.D. Hoover, Jerry Walker, Gerhard Loewenberg, Jim Lindberg, Robert Sayre, George Lance, Pat Kelley, Marion Johnson, Carl Orgren

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Tom Conway, Hyman Joseph, Bill Hausler

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President, Carl Ogren.  George Lance introduced the speaker of the day, Dean Barry Butler of the College of Engineering.   

Dean Butler gave an overview of the programs of the College of Engineering.  He indicated that undergraduate education is based on a teamwork concept among the students.  A rigorous core engineering program, as well as programs to develop non-technical skills is part of the undergraduate program.  One program is in partnership with the College of Business, and offers an entrepreneurship certificate with an opportunity to set up student businesses.  This exposes students to business through experience with local industries. 

Dean Butler also spoke of the graduate educational program.  He indicated that there are about 20 engineering research facilities in and around Iowa City.  Besides the traditional departments in the College of Engineering, there are multidisciplinary research centers such as The Center for Computer Aided Design, The Driving Simulator, The Hydroscience Facility, The Center for Bio-Informatics, and the Medical Imaging Group.  There is considerable corporate and public engagement for the graduate students on both a local basis and with an international component. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the October 1, 2007 meeting were approved with the corrected spellings of Bob Sayre and Gerhard Loewenberg’s names and the addition of Marion Wilson’s presence at the meeting.  

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley reported on the Faculty Senate meeting.  She indicated there was no stand on the under 21 alcohol ordinance.  The speaker at the faculty senate was Lola Lopez, our new Provost.  It was noted that we are second only to Colorado with the percentage of out of state student enrollment at a public university.  There was some discussion of the health insurance program.  Shelly Kurtz indicated that the flex credits program is being considered for change. 

Bob Sayre reported on the Faculty Council meeting.  He indicated that there was considerable discussion of the under 21 alcohol ordinance, which was passed on to the Senate without recommendation.  A program was given by Richard Saunders regarding changes coming in university benefits.  There was some discussion of a new policy regarding publishing rights of institutional authors.   

UIRA:  Marion Johnson reported on Phil Cummins’ attendance at the meeting.  No major issues were discussed. 

Elections Committee:  No report. 

Webpage:  George Lance indicated that progress is being made on the web page for Emeritus Faculty.  The first materials will be put on the website within the month.  He asked people to look at the site and make suggestions.  George will contact members when the site is ready for viewing. 

Research Council:  Ken Hubel indicated that there had been discussion of a document regarding how research faculty fit in regarding appointments, tenure, etc.

Annual Meeting:  Carl Orgren noted that the annual meeting will be held on the 4th floor in the reception room of the Levitt Center.  President Mason will be the speaker.  The council will meet at 9:00am, with the Emeritus Faculty meeting at 10:00am.  Note that there will be no meeting the first Monday of May. 

Hancher Committee:  Jim Lindberg discussed a question regarding increasing Hancher event attendance among students, as well as retirees.  He noted that the Joffrey events had been a great success. 

Library Committee:  No report.

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  No report. 

Big 10 Meeting:  Carl Orgren asked the council  for input regarding items to be put ion the meeting agenda.  Particularly how to relate academics of the Big 10 to the individual universities.  It was noted that the CIC consists of the Big 10 Universities plus The University of Chicago.  The theme of the upcoming meeting will be “The Academic Side of the Big 10”, and will be held in August 2009. 

New Business:  None. 

Next meeting:  December 3, 2007, 9:30 – 11:00am in B5, Jessup Hall.  

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., October 1, 2007
B5 Jessup Hall

Present:  Tony Franken, Pat Kelley, George Lance, Jim Lindberg, Kenneth Hubel, H.D. Hoover, David Carew, Tom Conway, Marion Johnson, Hyman Joseph, Bill Hausler, Carl Ogren  

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Gerald Lowenberg, Marion Johnson, Robert Seyre, Jerry Walker 

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by President Carl Ogren.   Carl Ogren and Tony Franken introduced the speaker of the day, Dr. Michael Graham, Professor of Nuclear Medicine at The University of Iowa.   

Dr. Graham illustrated many examples of Nuclear Medicine, emphasizing functional imaging.  He noted that Nuclear Medicine can locate and quantify specific radionuclides in the body.  Dr. Graham subsequently showed several types of Nuclear Medicine studies including SPECT (single proton emission computed tomography), PET (positron emission tomography), and PET / CT.   There were several questions for Dr. Graham following his presentation from the audience. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the September 10, 2007 meeting were approved.  

Old Business: The Faculty Council –  Faculty Senate.  Carl Ogren had attended recent meetings of the Faculty Senate and Council.  President Mason addressed the first meeting of the Faculty Senate.  There was also discussion of the suggestion to arm Campus Police with guns.  This was approved by at 25-22 vote.  At a subsequent meeting of the Faculty Council there was a request for additional deliberation on this issue.  There was also some discussion on the proposed ban those 20 and under being present in bars after 10:00PM. 

There was considerable discussion among the Emeritus Faculty Council regarding the proposed alcohol ban.   

UIRA – Carl Ogren reported having attended the meeting.  They requested ideas for future activities for the UIRA. 

Elections Committee:  No report. 

WebpageNo report.  

Handbook:  George Lance reported that the website for the Emeritus faculty is up.  It will be a combined effort of the UIRA and the Emeritus Council.  We need to decide what information will be put on the web-site.  The Provost’s Office will populate the web-site for us.  The responsibility of the material on the web-site is that of the Emeritus Council and the UIRA. 

Research Council:  No report.  The dates of upcoming meetings were distributed. 

Senior College:  Tom Conway noted that the Senior College is doing well.  Registration continues to grow.  There is a plan to offer eight courses in the spring. 

Annual Meeting:  Bill Hausler noted that attendance at the annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty is decreasing.  He recommends that we ask President Mason to give a report at our next meeting.  The council approved this suggestion.  There was some discussion of the location for meeting.  It was noted that having a meeting during the academic year was difficult because we need a large room in which lunch is also available.  Bill Hausler will check to see if the Levitt Center might be available.   

Hancher Committee:  No report. 

Library Committee:  Carl Ogren discussed the upcoming cancellations of many journals, producing a savings of over $200,000.  He noted that planning for an archival building for the library is still underway. 

Retirement/Insurance Committee: Hyman Joseph indicated there would be no new information pertinent to the Emeritus Faculty for some time.  The current discussion is flexible benefits. 

Big 10 Meeting at Penn State:  Carl Ogren attended the meeting.  He noted that it included tours of the retirement facilities and local industries.  The presentations were largely organized as wellness activities.  He noted a need for such a meeting to emphasize topics of mutual interest to retiree organizations. 

Big 10 2009 Meeting:  Pat Kelley indicated that planning is still in the early stages.  They plan to emphasize common interests of the attendees rather than entertainment.  She has asked for ideas for topics of common interest. 

Emeritus Faculty Survey: The survey was discussed by HD Hoover.  He noted that approximately 1/3 of retirees responded.  A summary of the survey will be included with the minutes. (Emeritus Faculty Community Activities).  The survey indicated that about 1/3 of respondees still participate in voluntary activities within the community or at The University of Iowa.  This includes teaching, seminars, and other activities, often without compensation.   About 2/3 of respondees are still involved in scholarly activities:  research, writing, editing and like activities; often in an area different from their previous field.  Pat Kelley noted the need to distribute the report results to decision makers within the university.  George Lance suggested that the summary be reported to the Provost’s Office.  Carl Ogren noted that the overall activities of the Emeritus Faculty amounted to 12 full-time equivalent positions. 

New Business:  There was some discussion of the comments of last month’s speaker, David Soll, regarding difficulties in obtaining research support from the university administration.  HD Hoover will investigate some aspects of this for discussion as a future meeting. 

Next meeting:  November 5, 2007 at 9:30 – 11:00 AM, room B5 of Jessup Hall.  The speaker will be Dean P Barry Butler of the College of Engineering

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., September 10, 2007
3111 Seaman Center

Present:  Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Carl Orgren,  Tony Franken, Kenneth Hubel, Phillip Cummins, David Carew, Hyman Joseph, Gerard Loenberg, H.D. Hoover, James Lindberg, George Lance, Patricia Kelley

Absent: Tom Conway, Bill Hausler, Marion Johnson, Robert Szyre, Jerry Walker

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Carl Orgren.  He reminded members to suggest speakers for upcoming meetings.

The first order of business was brought up by Susan Johnson of the Provost’s Office.  It was noted that Sandra Barkham had requested emeritus appointment.  Also, Michael Hogan, the provost leaving The University of Iowa, has requested emeritus appointment.  These appointments were approved unanimously by the members present of the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Carl Orgren introduced the speaker, David Soll, Professor of Biological Sciences.  Professor Soll discussed his biological research laboratory, which has been successful over the years in producing a number of patents of intellectual property.  He also described a laboratory software program for agricultural needs.  He discussed in colorful fashion the bureaucracy of academic institution such as The University of Iowa, American business, and the Iowa Research Foundation.  Professor Soll currently directs the hybridoma laboratory, centered at The University of Iowa, allowing the laboratory to be self-funded.

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the July 9, 2007 meeting were approved.

Old Business: The appointments of the various member of the faculty council to coordinate our relationships with numerous committees in the university were discussed and approved.  A copy of these appointments is attached.  

The Retiree’s website and handbook:  George Lance noted there will probably be a website separate from the provost’s office.  However a program associate in the provost’s office will set up the website, and we will be able to add any information we wish.  A committee headed by George Lance will work further to determine the material to go on the website.

Faculty council and senate:  Pat Kelly noted that the faculty council approved the recommendation of arming police officers.  This recommendation was sent to the Board of Regents who will discuss the situation today and to the faculty senate on the following day. 

A nationwide report on reforms suggested that for collegiate athletics is available on the website.  The promotions process for adjunct faculty is being studied for standardization among colleges and departments. There is still some debate on the smoking policy.

Retirement Insurance Committee:  Hyman Joseph reported the results of the recent meeting.  New rates for health insurance for an individual will be $357 per month for Chip II and $375 per month for UI Choice (this is before the UI contribution).  This is a substantial increase since last year.  The nature of Chip II is unchanged.  UI Choice will have three levels.  Level three allows payment to outside providers with a 40% co-payment.  Level two, is associated with Iowa providers and UIHC physicians.  Level one is the policy for UIHC physician care with 10% co-pay.  The out of pocket maximum is $2000 per single and $4000 per family at level three; level one is $4700.

Other Committees:  No report.

New Business:  The Emeritus Faculty Survey response was discussed by H.D. Hoover.  Carl Orgren and Hoover will discuss the report in more detail with the council at a later date.

Carl Orgren will report on the emeritus meeting held at Penn State recently at the next meeting.

Next meeting:  October 1, 2007 at 9:30 – 11:00 AM.  Note the change in meeting site for October and for the future.  The meetings will be held in room B5 of Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., July 9, 2007
Information Arcade, Main Library

Present: Carl Orgren (President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Tony Franken (Secretary), Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley,  H. D. Hoover, Kenneth Hubel, George Lance, Gerard Loewenberg  & Jerry Walker.

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Bill Hausler, Jim Lindberg, Marion Johnson, Bob Sayre, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office). 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Carl Orgren.  He introduced the new members present:  H.D. Hoover and Jerry Walker. 

He then introduced the speaker, Brett Cloyd, reference librarian at the main library.

Brett Cloyd made an interesting presentation to the group on the facilities of the library; the presentation was arranged so that it could be followed on individual computers by the attendees.  He noted that emeritus faculty has the same libraryprivilegesas “active” faculty.  One hand-out referred to the circulation guidelines of the library.  Another related to the on-line resources of the library.  Brett Cloyd noted that the UI Library is joining the Google Book Search to digitize the contents of the library, particularly all materials in the public domain, which is before 1923.

He demonstrated several features of the web-site at the UI Library.  He further noted assistance can be obtained by contacting a librarian at 335-5299 at any time.  He further demonstrated the use of the INFO HAWK catalogue, E-Journals, The Iowa Digital Library, resources by subject, and research guides.  Mr. Cloyd’s presentation was enjoyed by all, and followed by several questions from the audience. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the June 4, 2007 meeting were approved as modified. 

Old Business:  

Annual Meeting:  Carl Orgren noted that it was a successful event.  The minutes of that meeting are still being prepared. 

Committee Reports:  There have been no meetings of the various committees since the last meeting, so no reports were made.  Carl Orgren did note that he will be making appointments to various committees in the next few days and is requesting nominees for several committees:  Elections, List-Serv, Hancher, and Libraries.  He recalled that the group had decided not to have the University Support Committee separate, but that the council and its officers should keep in mind contacts with the Provosts Office involvement of emeritus faculty, when appropriate.  Carl Orgren also asked for volunteers to be president elect of the emeritus faculty. 

New Business: 

1.  The council was informed of a request for an exception to the guidelines for the emeritus faculty appointments for Sandra Barkan.  She has been an adjunct faculty member for ten years, while working as an associate dean in the graduate college.  After some discussion, there was a decision to defer a recommendation till the next meeting. 

2.  The manual of organization and procedure was given to new members. 

3.  The council agreed upon Carl Ogren’s suggestion that he write a letter welcoming new President Mason to Iowa City, and to inform her of the existence and the role of the Emeritus Faculty Council.   There was a suggestion that she be invited as a speaker when time permits. 

4.  Carl Ogren asked each member of the council to suggest one speaker for the upcoming year, including this September. 

5.  The 2007-2008 meeting schedule has been distributed.  Note particularly that the locations of the upcoming meetings have changed somewhat. 

6.  2007-2008 Emeritus Faculty Council listing was approved.   

7.  Emeritus Faculty Survey.  Carl Ogren and George Lance discussed the survey.  It was noted that it had been prepared by George Lance after suggestions from numerous council members.  We particularly wanted to generate information regarding current contributions of emeritus faculty to the university.  About 1/3 of the retired faculty responded.  Carl Ogren requested assistance for analysis of the results of the survey.  H.D. Hoover and George Lance volunteered to assist. 

Next Meeting:  No August meeting.  September 10, 2007 @ 9:30 – 11:00AM, @ 3111 Seaman’s Center 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING

Monday, June 18, 2007

CALL TO ORDER: George Lance, Emeritus Faculty Council (EFC) President, called the meeting to order, welcomed the attendees, and thanked the EFC Annual Meeting Committee and its chairman Bill Hausler for arranging today’s meeting.

OPENING REMARKS: President Lance introduced Pat Cain, Associate Provost, thanking her for the support of the EFC by the Office of the Provost and reporting that she will be leaving the University of Iowa to take a position at the Santa Clara Law School. On behalf of the emeritus faculty, he thanked her for her work as Associate Provost and wished her well in her new position.
Professor Cain delivered a few remarks about the recent Presidential search and then commented about a few of the high priority projects that the Provost is working on.

ACTION ON THE MINUTES OF THE 7th ANNUAL MEETING OF JUNE 19, 2006: Minutes of last year’s meeting were approved unanimously.

INTRODUCTION OF CURRENT AND NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS: President Lance introduced the members of the EFC for 2006-2007.

George Lance (College of Engineering), President
Carl Orgren (Graduate College), Vice President
Tony Franken (College of Medicine), Secretary
Tom Conway (College of Medicine)
Phillip Cummins (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
David Carew (College of Pharmacy)
Bill Hausler (College of Public Health)
Al Hood (College of Education)
Richard Hoppin (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Marion Johnson (College of Nursing)
Hyman Joseph (College of Business)
Patricia Kelley (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
James Lindberg (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Russell Noyes (College of Medicine)
Robert Sayre (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Keith Thayer (College of Dentistry)
The College of Law had no representative this year.

Professors Hood, Hoppin, and Thayer completed their terms on the Council this year. New members for the academic year 2007-2008 are: H.M. Hoover (College of Education), Kenneth Hubel (College of Medicine), and Jerry Walker (College of Dentistry).

REPORT ON ACTIVITIES OF THE EMERITUS FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2006-2007: President George Lance explained that the EFC represents retired faculty of the University of Iowa at the meetings of other retiree’s organizations at U.S. colleges and universities. These are:

1. Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education AROHE). The last AROHE meeting was held in October 2006. The next meeting will be in 2008.

2. The Big Ten Retirees Association. This year’s meeting will be August 17-19 at Penn State University. The University of Iowa will host the annual meeting of this group in 2009. We last hosted this meeting in 1999.

During the past year several speakers were invited to address the EFC on issues important to the emeritus faculty. These included:

Rod Lenhertz (Director of Campus and Facilities Planning)

Michael Barron (Assistant Provost and Director of Admissions)

Nancy Quellhorst (President of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce)

Lynette Marshall (President, University of Iowa Foundation)

Robert Downer (Member, Board of Regents)

Gary Barta (Director of Athletics)

Joan Kjaer (Deputy Director of Iowa Public Radio; station manager WSUI-KSUI)

Steven Fleagle (Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services)

Newspaper accounts during the past year asked who are the emeritus faculty and questioned their roles and privileges in the University.

Emeritus status requires ten or more years of service as a faculty member at the University of Iowa before retirement. This past year two special cases were considered for emeritus status. Both had served 7 of the 10 required years, and both were highly recommended by their departments. The Council recommended to the Provost that both be granted emeritus status.

Last year it was noted that the Retirees Handbook is not current and thus not useful to retirees. Upon study by the Council and the UI Retirees Association, it was determined that the cost to revise and print the Handbook was very high. The Handbook will be replaced by a website that should be up by the end of the Fall Semester 2007. The website will make it easier to make revisions reflecting new information about TIAA-CREF, Social Security, Medicare and the like that are important to retirees. 

President Lance asked Al Hood to speak about the Senior College and Carl Orgren about the University Library.

Emeritus Professor Hood was a leading force in the creation of the Senior College, now in its sixth year. The Senior College offers short courses, usually in four two-hour sessions, with a week between each of the four sessions. A group of eight or nine courses are offered in the Fall Semester and another group of courses in the Spring.

The Senior College is a good example of how volunteer emeritus faculty and staff contribute to the community, both in the presentation of the courses and in organizing the efforts of the participants. Volunteers are from the Association of Emeritus Faculty and the University of Iowa Retirees Association. Course instructors include UI faculty and staff, active or retired, as well as members of the local community. Student participants need only be of retirement age. No association or former association with the University is necessary.

The Senior College is very popular. Most courses fill up rapidly. Approximately 400 students register each semester. The only problems facing the organizing committee are (1) parking for older students, sometimes off-campus, (2) finding classrooms, especially large classrooms near parking, and (3) the mistaken perception that the Senior College is only for people associated with the University.

We are pleased that there are no problems with financing. The $30 charge per course covers a $500 honorarium to the instructors and the Alumni Association provides for the distribution of brochures, registration of the participants, and provides some of the class materials. We are also pleased that the instructors have been so generous with their time in teaching the courses. The quality of instruction has been outstanding and highly appreciated by the students.

Emeritus Professor Carl Orgren described recent activities of the University Library of interest to the emeritus faculty. These include:
1. A new storage facility is being planned. The building site has yet to be chosen.
2. Institutional cooperation by the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago will result in the digitization of over 10 million items in the public domain by Google. These will be available in a form that is still copyright protected and searchable as full text.

There are important changes coming to health care insurance coverage. There will be no change to the Chip II coverage; however, Chjp III will be discontinued. It will be replaced by a three tier system called UI Select. One will be able to pick coverage under one of the three tiers.
1. Allows treatment by only UI providers.
2. Treatment by UI providers or Blue Choice providers.
3. All of the above plus treatment out of state or country, with 40% co-pay.

The pricing for each tier and Chip II has not yet been determined.

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP
There was a brief discussion of a few questions of members.

MEMORIAL MOMENT IN HONOR OF COLLEAGUES WHO DIED DURING 2006/2007

PASSING OF THE GAVEL

President George Lance introduced Carl Orgen as the new President of the Emeritus Faculty Council for the 2007-2008 academic year.

SPEAKER

Bill Hausler, Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, introduced the speaker, 

Lynette Marshall, President, The University of Iowa Foundation

Lynette Marshall spoke briefly about meeting the candidates for the Presidency of the University of Iowa, and mentioned her experiences in fund raising at the University of Illinois where she served for a number of years before coming to Iowa.
She is pleased that the University of Iowa Foundation has done so well with a staff of development associates that is only about half the number at other Big Ten schools.

Her activities since coming to Iowa last August have focused on potential donors in Chicago, among corporations and among students. She notes that there are 34,000 UI alumni living in the Chicago area, where there are plans for a satellite office in downtown Chicago. There is a need for additional attention to corporate donors, which will also require the addition of more development associates. Similarly more effort is needed in serving the alumni of colleges where there is a potential for increased donations. Finally, an innovative plan called “Students today, Alumni Tomorrow” will encourage student engagement in philanthropy and in civic service. She reported work on the establishment of 154 new endowed chairs.

The audience greatly appreciated Ms. Marshall’s presentation and several members talked with her following the meeting.

THE 2007 (EIGHTH) ANNUAL MEETING WAS ADJOURNED.

LUNCH AND A FELLOWSHIP HOUR FOLLOWED.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Conway, Secretary Pro Tem

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., June 4, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Dick Hoppin, Hyman Joseph, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Bob Sayre, Keith Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary) 

Absent: Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Phillip Cummins, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, Patricia Kelley 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President George Lance. He introduced our speaker, Mr. Steven Fleagle. He noted that Mr. Fleagle is Associate Vice President of the University for Information Technology Services, and is now the Chief Information Officer of the University. 

Mr. Fleagle discussed the strategic plan for the campus-wide IT services.  This plan was begun in 2005, and involves all colleges and administrative units, including the Hospital (except for Clinic IT systems). He noted that such campus-wide plans are rare at large academic institutions. The plan involves many management services, but also incorporates research and teaching support.  For example, they have just developed a multi-institutional optical data system, making it available to researchers for access to one-another data at a number of mid-western universities.  Mr. Fleagle noted that the final draft of the strategic plan is to be finalized in August. Copies of Mr. Fleagle’s slides are attached to the minutes. President Lance and the members have several questions for Mr. Fleagle.  All commented that this presentation was quite informing and enjoyable. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the May 7, 2007 meeting were approved, although noted that there were typos under Retirement/Insurance Committee, item #1 Chip III, the next sentence should read, “Those now holding Chip III may join Chip II.”   

Also noted were two duplications in the Deceased Emeritus Faculty. D. Martin Jenni was correctly identified under Employee ID 1004646.  He was duplicated and incorrectly identified under Employee ID 1040375.  It was noted that John Conner, Employee ID 1018118 was listed twice, with a different date of death on each one. 

Old Business:   

Survey document:  George Lance reported that the Survey of Emeritus Faculty has now been mailed.  He is hopeful that we will get the substantial feedback from the survey. 

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council/Senate:  The report was by Carl Orgren, although Patricia Kelley attended the meeting.  There was a special meeting to amend the academic freedom statement by the University.  The Council recommended keeping the University of Iowa statement regarding sexually explicit material in the classroom remain intact. 

Carl Orgren also reported on a visit of faculty to Northeast Iowa, which included some 20 faculty members with 2 retirees attending.  Decorah, Postville, and Dubuque were visited.  The primary event at each place was a 2 hour session with the superintendent of schools.  It was noted that Postville has a unique situation with 70% Hispanic population, and a number of students in the private parochial schools or home-schooling.  The goal of the school district is that by the end of the Eighth Grade 100% of the students will be fluent in both Spanish & English.  All-in-all the trip was considered quite successful, with considerable interaction between the groups and the community. 

UIRA:  Carl Orgren reported that there had been considerable planning toward the 2009 meeting of the University Retiree’s Association, which will be meeting in Iowa.  The group is looking for additional emeritus volunteers for this group.  An email from Marion Johnson to Carl Orgren reinforced the message of the importance of the 2009 meeting. 

Elections:  George Lance noted that the reporting has not been finalized.  There are some problems regarding the nominees in Liberal Arts and Education.  Several Council members volunteered to assist President Lance in the nominations of these colleges.   

Emeritus Listserv: George Lance reported a conversation with Al Hood, recommending that we postpone a decision on the elimination of the Listserv until we hear from more faculty.  At the same time we will work on getting more information on Listserv. 

Retirees Handbook:   It was noted that Mr. Stevenson from UIRA has agreed to work with us on the handbook.  More information to come in the future. 

Senior College:  Tom Conway described the eight courses to be available this fall.   

Annual Meeting:  George Lance suggested that there be presentations by members of the Council in addition to his comments.  Hyman Joseph was asked to give a presentation on the health insurance status.  Tom Conway or Al Hood will be asked to give a presentation on the Senior College.   

Research Committee:  Russ Noyes discussed three items:           

  1. David Lightfoot for his presentation on campus in April 2007 regarding current information of the National Science Foundation, a top-level presentation.
  2. The Director of Sponsored Programs discussed getting documents to federal agencies on time.  The problem is of a temporary overload, and they were working on a better system and more people in that office.
  3. The status of Junior Faculty and their productivity was discussed; particularly do they have adequate resources, time, and mentoring. We note there is a very competitive situation on a national level.  The biggest support for these individuals is at the departmental level.

Hancher Committee:  No report. 

Library Committee:  No report.   

Web Page Committee:  No report. 

New Business: 

George Lance reminded the group that 3 members will be leaving the Council, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin and Keith Thayer.   

Keith Thayer noted the benefits that he has obtained during his six years on the committee.  He notes particularly about leading other faculty throughout the University, attending a national meeting of retirees, and the annual meeting committee.  He felt that the system we had for awhile of interviewing faculty leaving the University was of no value. 

Dick Hoppin complemented the presidents of the Council on the quality of our guest speakers.  

President Lance noted that he would be leaving the President’s Office and that Carl Orgren will be the President of the Emeritus Faculty Council. 

Note: The July meeting is scheduled for July 9th from 9:30-11:30 am, because of the July 4th Holiday.   

Next Meeting:  Monday, July 9th, 2007; 9:30 – 11:00 A.M., due to July 4th Holiday.  The meeting will be held in the Information Parkade of the Main Library. 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., May 7, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Phillip Cummins, Tom Conway, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Bob Sayre, Keith Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary) 

Absent: Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office) 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President George Lance. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the April 2, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed. 

Old Business:   

Survey document:  There was substantial discussion of the survey.  The group felt that it was of such importance that it should be mailed out as a separate document, along with a cover letter, indicating a need for information regarding activities of emeritus faculty.  It was seen as a way to gain information questioning the status of emeritus faculty and their privileges.  Phil Cummins agreed to write a cover letter for the survey. 

Handbook discussion:  Carl Orgren presented preliminary information on the redo of the retirement handbook.  As was noted before, most of the revisions are minor.  Carl noted that the University of Iowa Retirees Association members will participate in preparation of the survey, particularly Richard Stevenson, one of the original committee members for the first handbook.  Bob Sayre volunteered to help with the revision regarding language, etc.  The current proposed date for completion of the survey is in June.  Assuming it will be a web document, it can easily be updated.  The Benefits Office at the university has indicated it will be providing new information for the handbook.   

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Carl Orgren reported that the bulk of the meeting time was devoted to discussion of two tenure clock proposals, both of which ultimately passed unanimously.  They are: a) a six year tenure clock was extended to eight years in dentistry and medicine for those with any significant patient load who are on the research track; b) be an automatic one year extension for each of two children added to the family.  This applies to both husband and/or wife.  Additional children of the faculty may result in a maximum of an additional two years at the discretion of the administration (such as the departmental executive officer, the Dean, or the Provost).   

UIRA:  Liason Marion Johnson noted that the central discussion at the recent UIRA meeting was planning for the upcoming national meeting of university retirees organizations.  The meeting is set for August 14-16, 2009. 

Elections:  George Lance initiated a discussion about how to identify candidates for placement on the ballot.  The group assisted President Lance in identifying an appropriate number of candidates for each place on the ballot.   

Emeritus Listserv:  Al Hood indicated that there has been no new information on the list service for approximately one and half years.  It seems that the primary interest is in health insurance information and little else.  He also noted that it is difficult to get an accurate e-mail list and that the current one is out of date.  The consensus of the group, after listening to Al Hood, was that responsibility for the list serve, for both content and list of names, should be that of the Provost’s office.  Phil Cummins will discuss this with the Provost’s office.   

Senior College:  Al Hood reported that the set up of courses for the fall is now complete, and a number of very interesting subjects will be offered. 

Annual Meeting:  No report. 

Research Committee:  No report. 

Hancher Committee:  Jim Lindberg noted that the particular item of interest of the Hancher Committee was a study of methods to increase the number of students to attend events at Hancher Auditorium. 

Library Committee:  Carl Orgren reported that the committee approved the library’s proposal for increasing fines on overdue books, along with a floating price for replacement of lost books.  Details can be found at the library website.  Final assignment of the Chemistry library location is not yet determined.  It may be in the main library, as it is now, or maybe joining another existing library.  The need for hard copy material in chemistry is limited, as most of their research is now done on online.   

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  Hyman Joseph noted the proposals from the administration regarding changes in the types of health insurance that are now proposed.  UI Care and Chip III will be discontinued.  This will leave employees and retirees with two principal options: 

1.      Chip III.  Those now holding Chip II may join this group.

2.      UI Choice.  Members of UI Select will be eligible for this program.  It includes:

   a)     UI Choice allows visits to the physicians and facilities at UIHC at minimal, if any, cost. 

   b)     This program is similar to that UI Select, allowing visits to participating physicians in the Iowa City area.

   c)     Care outside Iowa.  This program will have separate co-pays and additional deductibles.  It will probably be most useful for those retirees who live out of state.   

Web Page Committee: No report. 

New Business: 

Phil Cummins directed the attention of the committee to the Triangle Club.  It is a group whose primary activities are monthly Sunday brunches with a speaker of interest, usually held at the University Athletic Club.  The Triangle Club would like to broaden the base of members and proposes more contact with emeritus faculty.  Eligible individuals are those with an interest in activities of the University of Iowa.  There was a suggestion that this information be put on the UIRA list serve.   

The 2009 national meeting, as noted above, will be co-hosted with the UIRA and the Emeritus Faculty Association.  Pat Kelley volunteered to serve as our representative to the committee for that activity. 

The next Big 10 emeritus organization is to be held at Penn State University.  Carl Orgren will represent us there.   

George Lance notified the group that Steve Fleagle, from the information technology area, will be the next speaker.   

Next Meeting:  Monday, June 4, 2007; 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.; 3111 Seamans Center 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., April 2, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Keith Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary) 

Absent: Phillip Cummins, Bill Hausler, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Bob Sayre 

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President George Lance. 

Speaker: President Lance introduced today’s speaker, Joan Kjaer, Deputy Director of Iowa Public Radio and station manager of KSUI and WSUI. 

Ms. Kjaer, who has been with the University radio stations for many years, is now the Deputy Director for the Iowa Public Radio network.  She noted that, in response to a mandate from the board of regents, there is now integration of the various university-owned public radio stations in Iowa.  This will lead to expansion in coverage in most of the state.  As programming becomes more integrated, specific activities, such as classical music, will be heard statewide. 

Ms. Kjaer noted that the principle of integration is to take the particular strength of each station and use such a station as a focus for programming.  Although there has been some concern of the effect of this integration on listeners, the experience of a recent fund drive indicates as much interest in our stations as ever before.  She further noted that listeners to public radio in the United States have increased from about 3 million twenty years ago, to now approximately 30 million. 

She further indicated that both Iowa City stations now broadcast using digital technology, with a substantial increase in the quality of sound. 

Ms. Kjaer’s presentation was followed by multiple questions from the group, indicating their interest in Iowa Public Radio, and our local stations. 

Action on Minutes:  The minutes of the March 5, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed. 

Old Business:  The responses of the Emeritus Faculty to the 2006 summary, as distributed, were discussed.  A particular note was made that the Emeritus Faculty contribute at a minimum a hundred and seventy-six hours per week to the University involving volunteer activity, and two hundred and fifty-four hours per week on community services.  Among the questions that came up to be included in the 2007 survey was the idea of polling emeritus faculty regarding their willingness to give individual lectures, probably separate from the senior college.  George Lance indicated that individuals send suggestions to him regarding what should be in the survey. Russ Noyes and Al Hood volunteered to assist in generating a draft copy of the survey that will be brought to the Council for approval. 

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Carl Orgren reported on the recent Faculty Senate meeting, including:  A new report by Doug True that the UI budget seems in good shape, a proposal to make health insurance mandatory for all students was endorsed by the Senate.  The Senate went on record to endorse the Council resolution to ask the Athletic Department to cease all ties to gambling.  There was extensive discussion of the tenure track policy and the Senate invited Interim President Fethke to meet with either the Senate or the Council to discuss proposed reorganization of administration.

Liason to the UIRA:  Tony Franken reported that the principal news from the UIRA was that health care benefits remain a problem in the fiscal arena.  The University, which essentially self-insures, will lose about $8 million on health care benefits this year.  It was the educated guess of the presenter that the Chip 3 program will be terminated, with the opportunity for enrollees to enter the Chip 2 (high-deductible) program.  In addition, the UI Care program will probably be terminated and rolled into the UI Select program.  UI Select will then have three tiers:

1.      UI Care

2.      The UI Select model

3.      Using out-of-state providers

Elections:  George Lance indicated that nomination letters would be going out in a few weeks for five positions.  He further indicated that three of the current council members would have served their two full terms. 

Emeritus Listserv:  No report 

Retirees Handbook:  George Lance indicated, and subsequent discussion among the Committee agrees, that the main changes required of the Retiree’s Handbook were in the realm of TIAA/CREF.  It was noted that TIAA/CREF now has specific information available on websites, some of which can be accessed through the University Benefits Office.  There was consensus that the remainder of the handbook needed minimal revision.  President Lance indicated he would draft an initial set of modifications to the current handbook, assisted by Carl Orgren.  It was also mentioned that the handbook can probably be easily put on the University website. 

Senior College:  Tom Conway noted that the current courses were doing well.  Most of them are filled. 

Annual Meeting:  Arrangements are underway.  A room has been reserved.  There has traditionally been a speaker from the Provost’s Office for this meeting, but it is uncertain at this time who it will be. 

Research Committee:  Russ Noyes noted the following from a recent meeting of the Research Council: 

1.      The council is considering increasing the number of people on the Committee to increase representation.

2.      There has been more discussion of the conflict of interest policy.

3.      The policy on research data is under discussion and how compliance efforts can be fulfilled.  It was noted that the University of Iowa “owns” research data and the individual researcher must retain research results for five years.

Russ Noyes also noted that Information Technology Services is developing a plan so that such services can be reasonably uniform across the University.

Hancher Committee:  No report 

Library  Committee:  Carl Orgren noted there has been some discussion as to what items need to be stored.  The library will be working primarily through individual departments to determine storage needs.  He further noted there is a brochure available from the Library on procedures for donation of books to the Library. 

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  No report 

Web Page Committee:  No report 

New Business: 

Dr. Susan Johnson from the Provost’s Office discussed a request for Emeritus status for Dr. Sanford Markham of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor Jack Lilien of the Department of Biological Sciences.  She indicated that both had made outstanding contributions to the University, but had only seven years time in grade when retiring.  The regulations require that the Emeritus Faculty Council approve emeritus appointments if the individual faculty has been here less than ten years.  By voice vote, the Council unanimously recommended emeritus status for both Dr. Markham and Professor Lilien. 

Next Meeting:  Monday, May 7, 2007; 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.; 3111 Seamans Center 

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., March 5, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Phillip Cummins, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Bob Sayre, Keith Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary)

Absent: Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Hyman Joseph 

Call to Order: George Lance called the meeting to order and introduced our speaker, Gary Barta, Director of Athletics at the University of Iowa. 

Speaker: Mr. Barta noted that he has been in athletics for over twenty years, with previous appointments at North Dakota State, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Washington, and the University of Wyoming.  He has been here since August 2006. 

Mr. Barta quoted Eldon Miller, the former UNI basketball coach, saying that “athletics isn’t the most important thing on campus, but it is the most visible thing”.  Mr. Barta feels that the athletic program brings great value to the University, particularly through the coaches, who are simultaneously teachers and enablers. 

Strategic planning is now underway in the Athletic Director’s office, based on the mission statement and the core values system of the office.  He feels that the only changes needed would be to look at the strategies to achieve excellence as indicated in those statements. 

Mr. Barta lists several expectations for our Athletics Department, in some order of importance: 

1.   Winning – To be effective, we must win.
 

2.   The education of young people – This is beyond the graduation rate, but an effort to make the lives of the young people involved so that they will be comfortable in society.

3.    Representing the University of Iowa and the state in the right fashion –Occasional mistakes will be made.  When they do occur, fix them with quality solutions. 

Mr. Barta indicated his willingness to work with the faculty and administrators, but obviously the easiest group are those who are fans of athletics.  Nevertheless, he is comfortable with interacting with those indifferent to athletics, and also with those who believe there is not a place for athletics in the University.  Parenthetically, he is very positive on us getting a high quality president for such a great institution. 

There were a multitude of questions after his presentation.  Among the material covered were the positive effects of the athletic programs in recruiting minorities.  There was some discussion of the Presidential Committee on Athletics, specifically that it was not a board of control.  The committee is an advisory committee appointed by the president of the University.  At this time, there are no perks for members of the presidential committee on athletics, such as free tickets, trips, etc.  There was some discussion of the Athletic Department budget (annual $56 million), with the note that all aspects of the budget are public information.  Mr. Barta noted the philosophy that there are no “minor sports”.  He emphasizes excellence in all areas in which the University competes. 

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the February 5, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed.

Old Business: 

Faculty Council/Senate: Carl Orgren reported that there will be a bus going around the state this summer to publicize University of Iowa activities.  Carl Orgren will attend as a representative of the Emeritus Faculty in this effort. 

Library Committee (Orgren/Lindberg): Carl Orgren noted that budget cuts will have an effect on the library.  He encouraged interested individuals to make journals and like materials which should be preserved known to the library. 

Follow-up on Status of Emeritus Faculty:  Carl Orgren reported his investigations indicating that granting of emeritus status is automatic for retiring faculty.  Although there are administrative hoops one must jump through, these affect administrative functions such as health care and communications, but do not impact the designation of emeritus faculty.  The only questionable part is determining whether a person is eligible, such as administrators who may have had some type of faculty appointment.  The president of the University can make that decision and appoint emeritus faculty on his/her own. 

Contributions of Emeritus Faculty: George Lance reported that the University of Iowa Foundation had information that in 2006, 364 members of the emeritus faculty donated $2.6 million to the Foundation.  He indicated that the Research Office at the University does not have a database to indicate the research activities of emeritus faculty.  The consensus of the group was not to become more of a public advocate for emeritus faculty at this time (see the information in the survey below). 

Faculty Council/Senate:  Pat Kelley noted that the NCAA advises universities not to accept gambling revenue, but this is a recommendation, not a requirement.  (Gary Barta noted earlier that the University of Iowa does not accept contributions from the alcohol industry, which several universities do and is not specifically prohibited by the NCAA.)  The council has decided to take no stand on the subject. 

It was reported that Dean Johnsen, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, would like more input as to what are the major questions to ask presidential candidates, and what the criteria we should be looking for.  He encourages emails to him on this subject.  It was further noted that three other universities in the Big Ten are searching for presidents at this time, and keeping our search committee activities secret is needed in order to be competitive.  But many are still advocating campus visits of potential presidents. 

There is a movement to increase the number of years in the tenure track to eight.  This is felt to be particularly important to the health sciences, so that young faculty have time to get grants.  It was noted that some universities are now going to twelve years.  Again there is no stand on the issue at the moment. 

Liason to the UIRA: Marion Johnson noted that the February meeting had been cancelled.  The principal activities were conducted through email and consisted primarily of discussion of the annual dinner and the upcoming annual picnic.  She noted that the UIRA now has reserve funds of about $13,900 for the upcoming national meeting support. 

Elections Committee: No report. 

Listserve:  No report. 

Retirees’ Handbook Committee:  George Lance noted that discussion with several people indicated that the primary items to be updated would be financial information and health items.  The handbook may develop more as a method of citing websites of interest to the emeritus faculty.  Further action may be coming. 

Senior College (Tom Conway): The spring courses are going very well.  They are still working on the number and types of courses for the Fall.  Space remains a bit of a problem.  The participation of Parkview Church offering space has been particularly valuable. 

Annual Meeting: No report. 

Research Committee: No report. 

Hancher Committee:  Jim Lindberg indicated there was a survey of students underway regarding their feelings about Hancher activities. 

Retirement/Insurance Committee:  No report. 

New Business: 

There was discussion of the survey distributed with the form for the annual Emeritus Faculty meeting.  After looking at the 2006 form, there were proposals to consider adding questions as to the amount of research and teaching in which emeritus faculty are involved.  There were about 129 respondents for last year’s survey.  Keith Thayer suggested that the results of the 2006 survey be circulated with the annual minutes.  George Lance will handle this when the minutes are distributed. 

Bob Sayre suggested that another area for the survey would be to find out what the needs of the emeritus faculty are.  Tom Conway offered a suggestion that putting a website list of links of interest to the emeritus faculty as part of the survey.  George Lance asked that concrete suggestions be sent to him about what should be in the upcoming survey. 

The speaker for the next meeting will be Joan Kjaer, Deputy Director of IPR. 

Next Meeting:  Monday, April 2, 2007, 9:30 – 11:00 A.M., 3111 Seamans Center 

Respectfully submitted, 

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., February 5, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Phillip Cummins, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Tony Franken (Secretary) 

Absent: Bill Hausler, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Bob Sayre, Keith Thayer 

Speaker: The scheduled speaker – Linda Kopping, Coordinator of the Senior Center – was unable to attend. 

Call to Order: George Lance called the meeting to order. 

Action on Minutes: The minutes of the January 8, 2007 meeting were approved, except item number 3: Competition Between Regents Institutions.  “Education” was replaced with “Education, Engineering”.  There was a minor change to the comments by Jim Lindberg in the discussion following the presentation. 

Old Business: 

Website Report:  President Lance has talked to a program assistant from the Provost’s Office concerning the website.  She indicated there would be “no problem” in putting the information we want on the web.  So the question is: What do we want on the web?  There was some sentiment among the group to add information from the UI Retirees’ Association to this website.  The group’s discussions regarding “benefits” would have a link to the Benefits Office. 

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council/Senate (Orgren/Kelley):  There was a report on the Council on Teaching.  Some amendments to the manual on teaching, as well as changes in the college review process have been made and are available on the website.  There has been some discussion of a smoke-free campus.  There is apparently no uniform policy on how and what employee information can be released by various units of the University.  There was some discussion of the techniques of fund-raising within the University.

Liason to the UIRA:  President Lance attended that meeting.  He noted that the annual meeting regarding benefits will be televised and taped for later availability to those individuals unable to attend that meeting.  There was some discussion of the content regarding revision of the Retirees’ Handbook. 

Marion Johnson noted that the meeting of the Big Ten Retirees’ Association will be on the UI campus in 2009, at a date yet to be determined. 

Elections (Lance Chair):  No report. 

Retirees’ Handbook Committee (Hoppin):  The proposed changes to the Retirees’ Handbook are still under discussion. 

Senior College (Al Hood):  Russ Noyes will be the representative on the Senior College Committee.  Over one-half of all the Spring colleges are full.  The Osher Foundation is a national organization, which sets up programs for retirement education.  A decision was made that the Emeritus Faculty Council would not become involved with the proposed programs of that foundation.  Instead, the requirements were such that the Center on Aging of the Carver College of Medicine has agreed to be sponsor of an Osher Foundation program and will offer a variety of educational projects to retirees and other interested members of the community. 

Annual Meeting:  George Lance announced that the date of the Annual Meeting will be June 18, 2007, a Monday.  The speaker will be Lynette Marshall. 

Research Council:  Russ Noyes attended the Research Council meeting.  There was discussion of the problem of responsible conduct in research.  The group noted that there had been evidence of increasing problems in this area.  There is some question as to whether the University of Iowa should mandate training in research ethics, but no action has been taken at this time.  The comment was made by Tom Conway that plagiarism is becoming widespread throughout all universities, and there is evidence that up to 20% of undergraduate papers had some evidence of plagiarism.

The Research Committee also discussed a review of the internally funded research program and the effectiveness of the internal seed grants.  These are starter grants of twenty-to-thirty-thousand dollars and are thought to be quite effective.  There will be a final report in about one year. 

The undergraduate research programs offer a total of about $100,000 used for undergraduates to work with faculty.  There is a perception that this is quite an effective program.  On March 30 there will be an exhibit at the state capitol in Des Moines on some of the results of these programs. 

There was some discussion of how many emeritus faculty are involved in research.  The council noted that, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, it’s about 100-110 people. 

Hancher Committee (Jim Lindberg):  No major items were reported. 

Library Committee (Orgren, Lindberg):  No report. 

Web Page Committee (Hood, Carew):  A report is on hold. 

New Business: 

President Lance initiated discussion regarding the possibility of developing a list of contributions to the University and the community from the emeritus faculty.  There was some discussion among the group about procedures for appointment of emeritus faculty.  It was noted that the president of the University can make an emeritus appointment under his/her own power. 

Information will soon be available on donations to the University of Iowa Foundation from emeritus faculty.  President Lance also noted that there are many hours contributed to the programs of the University and the community by emeritus faculty. 

There was spirited discussion by the group on the role and position of emeritus faculty.  There seemed to develop a consensus that we should attempt to get more information on current contributions of emeritus faculty, both financial and academic.  We may ask the University of Iowa Foundation for a report on the total amount of contributions. 

There was further discussion of having a survey of the emeritus faculty regarding contributions to the University.  The consensus seemed to be that any such survey should be separate from the notification for our annual meeting, and that the survey concentrate on educational, research, and financial contributions. 

George Lance will ask Debbie Milsap to send the current survey document to members of this committee for further discussion on changes. 

President Lance noted he had received a telephone call and an email from an investigator in the Attorney General’s office, requesting contact to individuals with any information regarding activities in Speech Pathology in the 1930’s related to the current lawsuit. 

The speakers for the next two meetings will be Joan Kjaer, Deputy Director of IPR, and Gary Barta, Director of Athletics. 

Next Meeting:  Monday, March 5, 2007, 9:30 – 11:00 A.M., 3111 Seamans Center 

Respectfully submitted, 

Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., January 8, 2007
3111 Seamans Center

Present:  George Lance (President), David Carew, Phil Cummins, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Carl Orgren (Vice President), Bob Sayre, and Tom Conway (Secretary, Pro Tem). Jim Andrews, former member of the EFC, attended as a guest.  

Absent:  Tony Franken, Marion Johnson, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Bill Hausler, Hyman Joseph, Keith Thayer   

Introductions: President Lance introduced our speaker, Robert Downer. He holds baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Iowa, and has earned many awards and honors including student body president and awards from the Iowa Bar Association. He has been a member of the State of Iowa Board of Regents since 2003. 

Presentation of Mr. Downer: Most recently Regent Downer has been associated with the ongoing search for a new President of the University of Iowa. His presentation to the Emeritus Faculty Council, however, dealt exclusively with the Strategic Planning Process. This is a new initiative of the Board of Regents that will occur at all Regent institutions. A time schedule for this study has not been set. 

Work on this topic started last July in talks with Board President Gartner, Regent Wahlert, the presidents of the three major Regents institutions and the executive secretary of the Board.  Mr. Downer feels that more input is needed from all of the Regents. The present document seems narrow and hard to evaluate. 

Five major issues will be addressed. 

              (1)   Admission Standards 

A new admission standard was adopted at a meeting on December 11, 2006. The previous standard has been in place for about 50 years. It stated that any student, resident of Iowa who graduated in the top 50% of an Iowa high school has automatic admission. 

The new standard will be more rigorous requiring an ACT composite test score of 2.45 or higher for admission to UNI and ISU. The University of Iowa wants a minimum ACT score of 2.65. Admission will also consider class standing and evaluation of core subjects taken in high school. Scarcity of resources is given as justification for more rigorous admission standards. 

The new admissions plan will not go into effect for two years so high school students can improve their positions. After some two years of experience there will be a need to evaluate the plan to see if changes are needed. 

In September ACT indicated that the composite scores of Iowa students increased 0.1%, whereas the composite scores nationally increased 0.3%. Based on scores ACT felt that less than 50% of high school graduates were sufficiently prepared in algebra and biology. Mathematics and science scores were also low. When all four scores were considered, only 25% met the bench mark levels for each of the four areas. 

These data suggest that remedial courses will be needed during the first collegiate year, thus extending the time required for graduation and increased costs to the State of Iowa and to a student’s debt load. 

              (2) How can the three Regents institutions offer the best education to all Iowans? 

What programs are offered at each institution? What need not be duplicated? How does Iowa look compared with other states? One difference is that most other states have more state colleges and universities than we do. 

It is easier now for students to be admitted to the three Iowa universities from community colleges. Should there be more emphasis on undergraduate education at UNI and ISU with advanced programs more emphasized at UI? One problem is that students (especially married and older students) who are bound to their community are not well served. 

There is increasing competition from on-line colleges, e.g. the University of Phoenix. 

              (3) Competition between Regents institutions 

What is competition and what is not?  One problem is mission creep. Community colleges are morphing into universities. 

There is alleged duplication in four large programs. These are: Business, Education, Engineering and Journalism. As yet there is no big move in reductions, but specific programs may have to be more focused than in the past.

             (4) What alliances should the institutions be making, besides those with one another? 

Examples might be new relationships of higher education with K-12 education. Partnerships and satellite operations are other possibilities. 

            (5) Building better relationships across the state of Iowa.

The focus should be on what we do, not on what we might do better. 

It is expected that over the next four years there may be annual reductions of $100M in support of higher education. The institutions need to promote their activities better. 

There were a number of questions and comments following the presentation that precipitated discussion. Comments by Jim Lindberg addressed problems that lead to delays in student graduation. Of particular concern is the time lost by students working for pay while taking classes. 

Action on Minutes: Minutes of the December 4, 2006 meeting were approved with a minor change in the last line. Substitute 2007 for 2006.

Old Business:      

Review of current web sites. The UI Retirees Association and a link to Staff Benefits can be found from the UI Home Page by either going to the Provost website, which has a link to UIRA, or by selecting R from the A to Z index and clicking on Retirees Association. The UIRA has a link to Staff Benefits. 

Committee Reports: 

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Orgren, Kelley) The “no confidence vote” in respect to the presidential search was the major event of the last meeting.

 Liaison to UIRA. (Johnson, Franken) George Lance will attend the tomorrow’s meeting. He expects there will be more dialog on updating the Handbook for UI retirees by maintaining the existing website. 

Elections. (Lance, chair) No report.  

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) No significant changes.  

Retirees Handbook Committee. (Sayre, Hoppin, Cummins) Nothing new to report. 

Senior College. (Hood, chair)  Some of the nine spring semester courses are filled, and all others are filling up nicely. 

Annual Meeting. (Hausler, chair)  UI Foundation president Lynette Marshall will be the speaker.  

Research Council. (Cummins, Noyes) The minutes of the last meeting can be viewed on the website of the Vice President for Research by selecting Research Council. Awards will be presented at an undergraduate research forum to be held in April. There was discussion of interdisciplinary research support needed to assure security of shared research data. 

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No meeting. 

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Lindberg)  No meeting.                        

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Joseph, Kelley) No report.  

Web Page Committee. (Hood, Carew) Work will be coordinated with the Handbook Committee. 

New Business: 

The National Retirees Association has made a request for us to renew membership. Debbie Millsap is the contact person. She will forward future communications to the appropriate person. 

Jim Lindberg reported that there is a some dissatisfaction about the changes of programming on the radio stations operated by UI, UNI and ISU. It may be appropriate to have a representative from WSUI or KSUI as a future speaker. 

Next Meeting: February 5, 2007, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in 3111 Seamans Center. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Tom Conway, Secretary

2006

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., December 4, 2006

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), Tom Conway, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, Jim Lindberg, Russ Noyes, Bob Sayre, Keith Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary)

Absent: David Carew, Phillip Cummins, Bill Hausler, Dick Hoppin, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley

Call to Order: President Lance called the meeting to order.

Speaker:

President Lance then introduced our speaker, Ms. Lynette Marshall, President of the University of Iowa Foundation since August 2006.  President Lance noted that Ms. Marshall was for many years at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  The group introduced themselves and discussed their previous and emeritus positions with the University.  There was also some discussion regarding the nature and the activities of the Emeritus Council.  Ms. Marshall noted that the University of Iowa Foundation has been quite successful, despite having only about fifty percent of the development associates of other Big Ten institutions.  She is quite pleased with the investment side of the foundation, thinking it is quite a success.  She plans to add additional development associates, on the presumption that the average development officer should raise $1-1.5 million per year.

She discussed some activities to be developed or expanded for additional associates.  These included:

  1. Chicago.  We have about 34,000 alumni there.  She plans to have an office with a general associate there.
  2. Corporate and foundation relationships.  There is currently only one person in that activity at the foundation.  She sees a need for much more activity and contact with foundations and corporations, both inside and outside of Iowa.
  3. Assignment of more development officers in those colleges with the potential for considerable increase in donations.
  4. Another area to be developed is addressing the role of students in philanthropy in their careers.  This is especially important in regard to leadership and its relation to philanthropy.  As an example, she is working with student groups now in existence and assisting other organizations associated with philanthropy among students.  These activities will be expanded.

Ms. Marshall thinks much of her activity in the last several weeks has been learning more about the institution and the people associated with it.

Introduction of New Member:

Russell Noyes, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine, was introduced as a new member of the council, replacing Ian Smith.  Dr. Noyes will assume a role as backup liaison to the Research Council.

Minutes of the November 6, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Miscelaneous Reports – George Lance:  President Lance mentioned he had sent a letter to Ian Smith thanking him for his service to the council.  An email was sent to the Board of Regents regarding the items of concern in the presidential search (current circumstances are now beyond the situation of last month).  President Lance noted he had received no response from the regents.

President Lance indicated he had information from the University of Southern California Retirees Association regarding a survey on Medicare Part B programs.  The survey showed that there are many complexities of the various plans and uncertainty regarding their value.  He noted that the Humana program had 79% client satisfaction and the AARP 43% satisfaction.

There was an informal discussion regarding changes in the Manual of Procedures.  There seemed to be group consensus that the current method for determining terms of office and the ad hoc procedure for replacing retiring members could be followed without a formal change in the manual.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate:  Carl Orgren noted that a symposium is being organized on governance of the faculty.  It was recommended there be one member on the committee representing the Emeritus Council.  Names suggested for such a representative included Dee Norton and Jerry Lowenberg.  Carl indicated he would contact these individuals.  Carl Orgren noted that the Faculty Senate had tabled the item regarding a vote of lack of confidence in the regents in the search process.  A secondary item was approval of the idea of early adoption of textbooks for students.  The violence policy of the university has been changed in that third parties can now be complainers regarding violence.  On December 6th, select members of the Senate will meet with area legislators.

Liason to UIRA:  Marion Johnson indicated there was some discussion on how to handle money on hand in the UIRA, with a plan to develop enough resources to host the Big Ten Conference of emeritus staff in two years.  There was some suggestion that there is reduced attendance in the spring semester for the Gray Hawk program.  Marion Johnson will work with President Lance to identify a member of the UIRA to discuss changes in the Retirees Handbook.

Elections:  No report.

Listserve:  Al Hood has talked to the archivist at the University Library regarding an oral history of the University of Iowa.  Transcription of such interviews is a big dollar item.  They will probably develop a TV interview system, which can be archived.  The ad hoc committee on this activity will work on further developments.

Retirees Handbook:  Bob Sayre had recently talked to Susan Johnson regarding the retiree section of the University of Iowa website.  She thinks that perhaps there could be further development through the Provost’s Office.  There was further discussion among the group that there is now some difficulty in navigating to the retirement site.

Senior College:  Al Hood noted that last month he had failed to mention a course by Karen Baker on non-traditional healthcare.  The group is always open for suggestions for new courses.

Annual Meeting:  President Lance indicated that Bill Hausler had suggested Lynette Marshall as the speaker for the annual meeting.  The group consensus was very favorable for this proposal.

Research Committee:  No report.

Hancher Committee:  No report.  There was some informal discussion regarding the spring course being offered on “How Hancher Works”.

Library Committee:  Carl Orgren attended a recent meeting regarding changes in the search structure of the new catalog at the library.  The changes will allow expanded access beyond the library to extramural sites for searches.  Carl Orgren had attended a discussion on principles of how to retain individual ownership of published articles and royalties from books.  A handout was provided.

Retirement and Insurance Committee:  No report.

Web Page Committee:  No report.

New Business:

The president announced that Bob Downer, a member of the Board of Regents, will be the speaker at the January meeting.

There was some informal discussion of the presidential search and the role of the Board of Regents.

Another suggestion made for future speakers including an individual from or responsible for the Hygienic Laboratory to speak regarding its role and status within the University.

Respectfully submitted, Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., November 6, 2006

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew, Tom Conway, Phillip Cummins, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg, Bob Sayre, Ruth Thayer, Tony Franken (Secretary)

Absent: Bill Hausler, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Ian Smith

Call to Order: President Lance called the meeting to order.  The minutes were accepted as amended (a corrected copy is to be placed in the records).

Old Business:

Manual of Organization and Procedure: George Lance pointed out some deficiencies in the manual, including article IV, paragraph 3B, “No one may hold two offices simultaneously or serve consecutive terms in the same office.” That provision has been ignored in the past for continuity purposes, particularly for the secretary.  He also pointed out that there was no clear-cut mechanism for appointment of members to the council to replace a member who has resigned.  President Lance distributed copies of the Manual of Organization and Procedure, and asked that council members send him suggestions for revisions.

Committee Reports (Faculty Council/Senate): Patricia Kelley noted two recent activities at the Faculty Council meeting:

  1. A resolution to stop the strategic planning process until a new president is appointed at the University of Iowa was carried with near-unanimous consensus.
  2. A resolution was passed to adopt the early textbook rule.

It was suggested by the student association that the latter resolution would be of particular value to students with disabilities.  The council agreed, but felt that special exceptions might be allowed.

Carl Orgren reported on a recent session of the Faculty Senate that had the same theme, that is, a halt in strategic planning at the Regents’ Office until a new president is appointed.

A draft resolution was made by Marion Johnson for the Emeritus Faculty Council to go on record as supporting the Faculty Council and the Faculty Senate in requesting delay of the strategic planning process.  President Lance agreed to send such a letter promptly, probably by e-mail.

It was also mentioned that Professor Reed had reported on a survey of “Working at Iowa”, which had a 43% return rate among faculty, scientific, and merit staff.  This is available on the University of Iowa website.

UIRA: Marion Johnson reported on the last meeting of the Gray Hawks. The organization is losing some members, related to dues payment and deadlines.  Mentioned were problems with TIAA/CREF and the new computer system.  There is to be a November 17 meeting with Richard Saunders of the Benefits Office regarding changes in Medicare Part B Premium.

Elections: George Lance announced that Ian Smith had resigned from the Faculty Council.  There was sentiment among the council to send a letter to Dr. Smith thanking him for his service.  President Lance will ask an individual candidate from the last election for this post to serve in Dr. Smith’s place.

Emeriti Listserve: Al Hood reminded us of an oral history project at the University of Iowa.  Approximately fifty people indicated they were willing to be interviewed.  A group from the Archivist’s Office at the library has agreed to do the interviews, or train individuals to do so.  They noted that typing of the interviews would be delayed until sufficient funds were obtained.  Al Hood asked for volunteers to be trained for these oral interviews, and several members indicated their willingness.

Retirees Handbook: A discussion was led by George Lance on updating the handbook.  There remain financial and administrative barriers to redoing the manual.  Apparently, this has been assigned a low priority by the Staff Benefits Office, although they are in favor of a redo of the retirees handbook.  Marion Johnson will talk to appropriate individuals in the Gray Hawks regarding their willingness to participate in updating the handbook.  Bob Sayre indicated he would investigate further actions, including having an updated handbook, limited to faculty, and published by the Provost’s Office or available on the web site.

Senior College: Al Hood indicated a recent discussion with Interim President Fethke regarding the Senior College.  President Fethke was supportive of this activity, and suggested that team teaching might bring in more lecturers.

Al Hood listed several courses to be available this spring (an early December brochure will be available): Astronomy; Understanding Music (with Dick Caplan); Kent Park activities including Migratory Birds with Tom Kent and Flowers, and Herbs with Brad Freish; Digital Photography (which will be expanded to two courses to allow more participants); Mechanics and activities of preparing a presentation at Hancher Auditorium (Hancher has agreed to make forty tickets available for purchase for participants in this program); Discussion of King Lear by Marion Gilbert; and a June program on literature by Marilyn Robinson, our recent Pulitzer-Prize faculty member.

The group was very positive, with many compliments regarding this year’s program.  It was noted that the program will be available on the Iowa Alumni website and signing up can be done through that site.

Annual Meeting: No report.  It was noted the meeting will probably be the third Monday in June.

Research Committee: There was discussion of the nature of this committee, that the members be a liaison with the “Research Council” of the University.  The minutes of the October Research Council meeting were available.  Among items discussed at that meeting were the appointment of three new associate vice-presidents for research, problems with keeping security of Social Security numbers at the University, and the creation of a subcommittee to review the composition of the Research Council.

Hancher Committee: Jim Lindberg noted that a major problem, which will be passed on to the administration at Hancher, is the extraordinarily high volume of the acoustic speakers.

Libraries: Carl Orgren noted there was a new face coming to InfoHawk, which would be similar to Google and more user-friendly.

Retirement and Insurance: Hyman Joseph informed the council of recent changes for retirees, including a new resolution that, starting in 2008, would change hearing aid benefits to 80% of the cost of a hearing aid, up to a maximum of $2000 per person for up to five years.  (The current benefit is approximately $1000 per person for three years.)  Some other items mentioned in the discussion were that individual flex credits are reduced after divorce.  There has been some discussion regarding reducing benefits to be able to keep insurance rates from increasing as much as might occur.  The group was reminded that the health insurance is self-funding and that there was a considerable loss in the last year.  One example of benefits cuts that may occur would be an increase in the amount of coinsurance.  The University has made a decision not to become involved with consumer-driven health plans (health savings account).  Such plans have a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $5,000 for singles and $10,000 for families, and also do not accept gay partnerships.

Web Page Committee: Al Hood and David Carew noted that the minutes of the Faculty Council are on the web, through the Provost’s Office.

New Business:

AHROE (Retirees in Higher Education): George Lance attended a two-day meeting of this organization.  He shared some brochures from the meeting with the group.  He indicated that some universities have extensive activities, but those that do so generally have a paid staff.  Minnesota has a volunteer program working with talented high school students and senior faculty: this is one of the few that does so without significant staff support.  Another point from that meeting was that emeritus faculty are substantially involved in fundraising.  A number of schools have two organizations, as does Iowa (a faculty group and a “general” retirees group) while others have a single organization.  Activities of these groups vary among educational institutions: service, educational, and social aspects were mentioned.

Relationship with the Chamber of Commerce: George Lance had a discussion with the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Quellhorst (a speaker at our last meeting).  There are positive feelings between the Emeritus Faculty Council and the Chamber of Commerce but no clear way to progress at the moment.  Ms. Quellhorst is open to any of our suggestions for increasing interaction.  It was again noted that retirees could join the Chamber of Commerce for $75 a year.

It was announced that Lynette Marshall, the President of the University of Iowa Foundation, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Next meeting: December 4, 2006, 9:30-11:00 a.m., 3111 Seamans Center

Respectfully submitted, Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., October 2, 2006

Present: George Lance (President), Carl Orgren (Vice-President), David Carew , Tom Conway, Bill Hausler, Dick Hoppin, Jim Lindberg, Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), Tony Franken (Secretary)

Absent: Robert Sayre, Ian Smith, Phil Cumins, Marion Johnson (Past President), Al Hood, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley

Introductions: President Lance introduced our speaker, Nancy Quellhorst, President of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Presentation of Ms. Quellhorst:

Ms. Quellhorst reminded the group that the Chamber of Commerce represents not only Iowa City, but adjacent areas, including Coralville, North Liberty, and Solon.  She has been on the job since February 2006.  Ms. Quellhorst indicated five items, which were early priorities:

  1. Analyze the budget, including development of a financial committee and an accurate statement of income and expenses.
  2. Evaluate human resources: the Chamber of Commerce staff
  3. Develop a customer service orientation among the staff.
  4. Participate in the reorganization of the COC already started, including reconfiguration of the board.
  5. Improve internal communication through reporting mechanisms for various committees.

In addition to these things, the Chamber is proud of two other accomplishments over the last six months.  The Lead Off Your Day With Leadership series began, which allows Chamber members and others to meet a CEO in their place of business and hear the CEO's story.  In the public policy area, the Chamber coordinated a visit to the Hygienic Lab for legislators and took a large group to Des Moines to lobby for construction of a new lab.  The legislature awarded $36 million for this purpose.

A strategic planning session for the new board of directors (just one month ago) outlined priorities for the Chamber, including: increased public policy work federally, state wide, and locally; capturing increased input from members and directing initiatives/efforts based on member feedback; and improved web site/services.  

There were several questions after Ms. Quellhorst's presentation.  She noted that there is considerable coordination with the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, for example, a common lobbyist at the State House.  Several board members noted that Iowa City is becoming a retirement community, creating a big need/opportunity for business groups in the area.  Ms. Quellhorst indicated that there was a special membership fee ($75) for retirees.

President Lance thanked Ms. Quellhorst for her fine presentation.

Action on minutes: The minutes of the September 11, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Speaker Response: Jim Lindberg proposed the council send a letter to the Chamber of Commerce proposing increased interaction with senior citizens, with the Emeritus Council being one such mechanism of interaction.  This was approved by all.

Emeritus Office Policy (Bill Hausler): The current general policy is that office space for emeritus faculty is at the discretion of individual departments.  Susan Johnson indicated that further suggestions for changes to the policy will be coming soon from the Provost’s Office.

Miscellaneous Reports (George Lance): In response to previous discussions, President Lance indicated a discussion he had had with officials in the Graduate College regarding grievance procedures for graduate students and faculty.  He found there is no standing committee, as it changes according to the problem to be addressed.  If members of the Emeritus Council wish to submit their name for possible consultants to any ad-hoc grievance committees, the Graduate College would be glad to hear suggestions.

President Barnes discussed the annual survey of emeritus faculty regarding their voluntary activities.  He indicated there was not great interest among the faculty not currently involved in voluntary activities in becoming so.  The only exception was that there were some potential volunteers for senior college presentations.  There was some discussion of a possible change in the bylaws regarding the length of time individuals can serve in offices on the Faculty Council.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Orgren, Kelley): There had been concerns regarding the mechanism of funding for the new Recreation Center, specifically, whether student fees would be involved.  Susan Johnson responded that it has been determined there will be an annual student fee of $219, and that a $9 million one-time contribution has been made from the Department of Athletics.

It was reported there may be an update in the violence policy of the Faculty Council.

The faculty outreach programs to western Iowa were quite successful, with good exchange between the faculty involved in these activities and individuals in the community served.

Liaison to UIRA (Johnson, Franken): No report.

Elections (Lance): No report.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance): No report.

Senior College (Hood): The report given by Tom Conway indicated the Senior College was becoming even more popular, and that every course is now filled.  The principal problem is finding space for the classes.  There was some discussion regarding offering Senior College activities beyond the Iowa City area.

Annual Meeting (Hausler): Bill Hausler asked that individuals send suggestions to him regarding the annual meeting.

Research Committee (Smith, Cummins): No report.  It was mentioned that there is an upcoming meeting regarding research that either Phil Cummins or Tom Conway will attend on October 18th.

Hancher Committee (Lindberg, Thayer): No report.

Library Committee (Orgren, Lindberg): Carl Orgren reported that a new storage facility for the library has been funded, which will take much of the pressure off for disposal of books.  A contract was let with an outside vendor regarding sale of old books; this is considered more cost effective than local sales.  There will be journal cancellations this year in the library.  Carl Orgren encouraged members to visit the new Art Library, part of the Art Museum.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Joseph, Kelley): No report.  Bill Hausler noted that University of Iowa people with military ties have kept some tie with the University Retirement Insurance Program as “insurance” if the military program is reduced.  However, the option for military retirees coming back to the University has now been cancelled.  Negotiations are underway to see if such an option can be resumed.

Web Page Committee (Hood, Carew): No report.

New Business:

Report on the Big Ten Retirees Association Conference (Carl Orgren): The meeting was held at Purdue University from August 25-27, with Iowa represented by Carl Orgren of the EFC, and by Carol Fuller and Richard Stevenson of the Grayhawks.  Some points of emphasis included:

  • Individual philanthropy is increasing and will probably do so dramatically.
  • Trends in senior living, including levels available and illustrated by examples at Purdue, were discussed.  As elsewhere, access to these facilities is limited by the retiree’s resources.
  • Retiree healthcare: The group was made aware of a new rule indicating there will be decreased Medicare Part B reimbursement for those with incomes above $80,000 annually ($160,000 joint reports).
  • Michigan has a host website providing linkage to all Big Ten retiree’s websites.
  • The 2007 Big Ten meeting will be at Penn State.

Handbook procedure: George Barnes indicated there is no funding available for an update of the retirement brochure, but the Benefits Office is working on making new information available on the website.  George Barnes noted that the group will work with the Grayhawks on coordinating efforts to get new information on the website.

Speaker Suggestions: It was announced that Annette Marshall will speak at a future meeting.

Public Policy Committee: George Lance asked the Council to send him suggestions for this committee.

Next meeting: November 6, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M., 111-Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted, Tony Franken, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., September 11, 2006

Present:  George Lance (President), David Carew, Phil Cumins, Marion Johnson (Past President), Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg,  Carl Orgren (Vice President), Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Tony Franken, Susan Johnson Provost’s Office), Robert Sayre, and Ian Smith 

Introductions:  President Lance introduced our speaker, Michael Barron, Assistant Provost and Director of Admissions.

Presentation of Mr. Barron:

Director Barron described the organizational chart for the Office of Admissions, which includes a large staff for the annual admission this year of over 4,000 new undergraduate students selected from an inquiry list of almost 79,000 and a pool of over 14,000 who actually applied for admission. His Office also handles and coordinates inquiries from students interested in programs in the Graduate College or the professional schools and colleges. In a typical year they answer over 100,000 phone calls, 150,000 e-mail messages, and process 83,000 transcripts.

The Office also directs the Orientation Services and is heavily involved in recruitment and in dealing with the scholarships available for outstanding students. Other activities are the planning and execution of student and family visits to the campus, diversity recruitment.

Statistics of the class of 2010 are interesting in that the mean high school GPA is 3.56 out of 4.00. Fifty-seven percent are Iowa residents. The average size of their high school class is 324. Fifty-four percent are female. Fifty-nine percent aspire to a graduate or professional degree, and the same percentage is very sure of their major.

President Lance thanked Mr. Barron for his fine presentation, which stimulated several questions and comments from Council members.

Action on Minutes: Minutes of the July 10, 2006 meeting were approved as amended.

Old Business: 

Committee Assignments: The committee assignments for this academic year were distributed with the agenda.

Regent’s Website Report: Phil Cummins reported that the Regent’s website described the background and history of the Board. It also included a number of frequently asked questions such as, “Who are the Regents?”  However, there are few details about specific duties, nor limitations on their actions. Mark Schantz letter of June 2006 to the editors of the Des Moines Register suggested a full scale review of the Board, as is done for other governmental and university units. It is unlikely that such a review will occur until an overwhelming demand for it requires it.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Orgren, Kelley) Carl Orgren made rather complete notes on the August 22 Senate Meeting and the September 5 Council Meeting, but because of the late hour there was little discussion of these. Details will be summarized in the Minutes of the October EFC meeting.

Liaison to UIRA. (Johnson, Franken) No report.

Elections. (Lance, chair) No report.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) No significant changes.

Senior College. (Hood, chair) Six of the eight Fall Semester courses are already full.

Annual Meeting. (Hausler, chair)  No report.

Research Council. (Smith, Cummins) The first meeting is September 15 and the following meeting October 18, 1:00-2:30 p.m., 201 Gilmore Hall.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Lindberg)  No report.                   

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Joseph, Kelley) The Funded Retirement pathway for payment of providers will apply only to the UI Select program. Insurance costs for 2007 are expected to be up significantly.

 New Business:

Report on the 2006 Big Ten Retirees Association Conference. Carl Orgren attended the meeting at Purdue University and will report to the EFC at our next meeting.

Next Meeting: October 2, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5-JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., July 10, 2006

Present:  George Lance (President), Phil Cumins, Marion Johnson (Past President), Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Hyman Joseph, Patricia Kelley, Jim Lindberg,  Carl Orgren (Vice President), Ian Smith,  and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Tony Franken, Susan Johnson Provost’s Office), Robert Sayre, and Keith Thayer. 

Introductions:  President Lance introduced our speaker, Rod Lenhrtz, Director of Campus and Facilities Planning.

Presentation of Mr. Lenhertz:  The Executive Summary of the Campus Master Plan that was recently presented to the Board of Regents served as an introduction to campus and facilities planning underway at the University of Iowa. Mater planning at UI started in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first formal plan was developed in 1905. More recently a campus plan of 1972 has been updated in 1978, 1990, 1995 and 1998. The present DRAFT of the 2006 update builds on past efforts and takes a fresh look at current and future needs. This master plan grew out of over 100 meetings in 2005 and 2006 with a broad spectrum of campus leaders and civic leaders that included all of the deans and representatives of many campus constituencies.

The land area of the University of Iowa that was considered includes the Main Campus of 1400 acres and the Oakdale Campus of 330 acres. In projecting the needs of the University now and for the next 20 years, it will be necessary to use and maintain most of the existing facilities. The location of new facilities must include plans for using perimeter lands and to recognize needs for utilities and parking in both the perimeter and on the Main Campus. This must be done to protect and enhance the quality of the campus landscape and open spaces.

Projects now in the planning stage include a Campus Recreation Center (200,000 gross square feet, GSF), College of Public Health (130,000 GSF), Seashore Hall additions (85,000 GSF), Library Storage Facility (25,000 GSF), Hygienic Laboratory, Oakdale (110,000 GSF), Environmental Management Facility, Oakdale (15,000 GSF). Together these planned facilities represent a total of 565,000 GSF.

Potential future projects, in addition to those now in the planning stage, might add as much as 1,830,000 GSF over the next 20 years for a grand total of about 2,300,000 GSF. This growth is similar to the growth seen at other peer institutions of the Big 10 such as Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State.

President Lance thanked Mr. Lenhertz for an outstanding presentation to the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the June 5, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance) No meetings since April.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) The picnic of June 22 was a success. The next meeting will be in September.

Elections. (Lance)  Carl Orgren will serve as Vice President for the 2006-07 academic year.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes.

Senior College. (Hood) No report. The Fall 2006 program is set.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  No report.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) No meeting.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) No report.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Hyman, Norton) A new UI Select plan, which has been discussed at earlier meetings, will be available next year as an option.

New Business:

  1. President Lance asked members to volunteer for committees of their choice.
  2. Members were asked to look over the Manual of Procedure of the Emeritus Faculty Association and Council to see if changes are in order.
  3. A draft of a letter to new emeriti was distributed for comment.
  4. At the June 2006 Annual Meeting a request was made for the EFC to study the role and procedures of the Regents in making appointments.
  5. Members were asked to suggest speakers for our next meetings.
  6. Activities for the coming year. Acting UI President Gary Fehtke suggested the use of College of Business off-campus facilities as venues for courses of the Senior College. Al Hood described a rather new Senior College offered by institutions in the Des Moines area.
  7. Copies of the EFC Meeting Schedule and Listing of the members of the Emeritus Faculty Council were distributed. Several corrections are needed.

Next Meeting: September 11, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in 111-JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

MINUTES OF THE SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING

June 19, 2006

University Reports are found under the Provost Office.

Questions concerning AUDITING OF COURSES by emeritus faculty led to a firming up of the standing policy that the individual must speak to the course’s instructor concerning possible arrangements. A fee is charged for formally auditing courses, but mere attendance may be allowed by the instructor.

E-MAIL access can be arranged through your individual department. A small monthly fee may be charged.

RETIREE’S PRIVILEGES of various sorts (e.g. parking) are available. An “outdated” handbook for retirees has been prepared by the Gray Hawks, who have expressed little interest, however, in keeping it updated. The EFC is considering various options to help provide this service.

REPRESENTATION of emeritus faculty on University Committees has been of continuing interest, and requests for such representation (usually non-voting) have often been approved. For example, the EFC currently has representation on the following committees: Faculty Council; Faculty Senate; Research Committee; Hancher Committee; Libraries Committee; Retirement and Insurance Committee. In addition, there is a liaison to the UI Retirees Association (UIRA or Gray Hawks).

The very successful SENIOR COLLEGE was initiated and continues with strong participation by the EFC. Thanks go to Al Hood for his creative and continuing efforts in this endeavor.

A letter was sent to each member of the Board of Regents encouraging the appointment of a faculty member to chair the UI Presidential Search Committee.

Two requests for confirming emeritus status on faculty members with unique circumstances were handled.

The EFC assisted in promoting presentations on creative aging by Dr. Gene Cohen when he was an invited guest to Iowa City.

Provided feedback to Associate Provost Johnson on two committees underway: One to consider extending the time for earning tenure, as is being done by some other universities – the longest being 10 years. The second committee is to identify successful mentoring techniques, which might be applicable in future training.

SPEAKERS AT EFC MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR 2005-2006 INCLUDED

July – Professor Kelly Donham (Occupational and Environmental Health)

September – Dr. Mary Gilchrist (Director, State Hygienic Laboratory)

October – David McCartney (Special Collections, UI Libraries)

November – Barbara Bennett (Human Resources)

December – Tom Dean (Director of the Year of Engagement)

January – Meredith Hay (Vice President: Overview of UI research goals)

February – Susan Johnson (Associate Provost)

March – Tom Baldridge (International Center)

April – Joan Troester (Human Resources Specialist on UI Wellness Program)

May – Jack Lilien (Professor, Biological Sciences)

June – John Keller (Dean, Graduate College)

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP.
James Spratt (Professor Emeritus, Pharmacology) raised the issue of whether the UI Association of Emeritus Professors or the Emeritus Faculty Council should take a stand concerning apparent innovations by the Board of Regents, especially in the selection of a new UI president, possible conflicts of interest for appointees to the Board, and general micromanagement. After lengthy discussion, a decision was made that a committee of EFC members will study the tradition, procedures and responsibilities related to the appointment of the Board of Regents by the Governor of the State of Iowa, and the sources of duties and powers of the Board of Regents itself. Of use also would be the investigation of how other state universities compare in this respect.

MEMORIAL MOMENT, IN HONOR OF COLLEAGUES WHO DIED DURING 2005/2006

PASSING OF THE GAVEL TO THE NEW EMERITUS FACULTY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: GEORGE LANCE.

ADDRESS: JERALD SCHNOOR (Professor, College of Engineering) 
TOPIC: “GLOBAL WARMING AND SUSTAINABILITY”
Introduction by Val Lembke, Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee

Professor Schnoor addressed the problems of increasing global warming and suggested possible solutions for now that might be sustainable in the future. The audience greatly appreciated his enthusiasm, experience, deep understanding, and creative insights as revealed in his thorough, thoughtful and convincing presentation.

THE 2006 (SEVENTH) ANNUAL MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT NOON.

LUNCH AND FELLOWSHIP HOUR CLOSELY FOLLOWED.

Respectfully submitted,
Hal B. Richerson, Secretary Pro Tem

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., June 5, 2006

Present:  Marion Johnson (President), Susan Johnson (Provost’s Office), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Robert Sayre, Ian Smith, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, William Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, and Gene Spaziani.

Introductions:  President Johnson introduced our speaker, John Keller, Dean of the Graduate College.

Presentation of Dean Keller:  During his tenure as Dean, John Keller has seen a major shift in graduate education towards new degrees in interdisciplinary programs. More students are interested in degrees for training in professions, for example, degrees such as the Master in Accounting, similar to an MBA degree, or a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The new College of Public Health has taken a major lead in training students in the latter program. Iowa has also taken a lead in coalescing degrees, for example eligible students in their junior year can initiate a curriculum leading to BS and MS degrees over a total of five years. There are now joint degree programs that combine the subject matter of Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration and Law.

The Graduate College has academic oversight of 10 interdisciplinary programs. For some of these, the Graduate College participates in the selection of new faculty for the programs, whereas the older programs, such as those leading to Ph.D. degrees in Genetics, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Immunology, are only administered by the Graduate College.

The Office of Graduate Ethnic Development within the Graduate College oversees programs that support diversity initiatives. This office is headed by an Associate Dean. One aim is to increase to 10% the diversity of students in the Graduate College. Last year, the Summer Research Program brought 25 underrepresented students, including 10 prospective graduate students, to the University. Of these, eight were admitted to UI graduate programs.

The old Bloc Allocations for TA’s has been eliminated and the funds put into a fellowship fund to support “strategic initiatives” and summer fellowships for mostly non-science students.

Presently there is a review of the manuals and rules for graduate students. The committee is considering whether it is useful to require the Graduate Record Examination for entering students. Presently the Graduate College does not require the Graduate Record Examination; although admittance to several departmental graduate programs does require the GRE.

It was expected that oversight of university graduate colleges by the National Research Council would occur every five years; however, the UI Graduate College has not been reviewed since 1995. During the coming academic year a task force will assemble material for a review. The new criteria now include evaluations by graduate students who have passed their comprehensive examinations. Not all doctoral programs will be evaluated. The five disciplines selected for evaluation are economics, physics, chemical engineering, history and biochemistry.

Negotiations with the graduate student union, COGS, in respect to tuition and stipends are aimed at trying to match the opportunities afforded students at peer institutions.

President Johnson thanked Dean Keller for his presentation to the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the May 1, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance) No meetings since April.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) There has been no meeting; however, a picnic is set for June 22.

Elections. (Johnson)  New members will be announced at the June annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes.

Senior College. (Hood) No report.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  It is set to go.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) The May 11 meeting discussed a draft of the Internal Funding Initiative (IFI) Programs. In the Fall of 2005, VP Meredith Hay asked the Research Council to review four of the IFI programs to determine if these are the most effective use of funds for supporting research in (1) Biological Sciences, (2) Mathematical and Physical Sciences, (3) Social Sciences, and (4) for the research experiences of undergraduates. Several recommendations were made to improve the oversight of these programs. The Research Council endorsed the report. The Council also conducted a 30 minute interview of one of the two finalists for the position of Associate Vice President for Research: Economic Development, a Mr. Mark Wdowik.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) No report.

 Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) There was no quorum for the last meeting.

Next Meeting: July 10, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., May 1, 2006

Present:  William Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), Dee Norton, Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Robert Sayre, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Susan Johnson (Associate Provost), and George Lance (Vice President).

Introductions:  Gene Spaziani introduced our speaker, Jack Lilien, Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences.

Presentation of Professor Lilien:   In the summer of 2005, President Skorton, Provost Hogan and Vice President for Research Hay formed a blue ribbon ad hoc committee to study the future development of the Natural Sciences at the University. Jack Lilien is head of this committee of approximately 10 members. The committee was charged with (1) determining where the UI stands in relation to its peer institutions in respect to funding from state, federal and private sources, and how Iowa compares with other states in respect to resources devoted to higher education; and (2) recommending how we can improve our position in respect to our peers, especially in the Natural Sciences.

Presently the committee is gathering information from about 20 institutions including the Big 10, the top 10 public universities, and a few other state institutions similar to Iowa. They will also examine how UC, Berkeley, Texas and North Carolina have reorganized their natural sciences to increase their productivity.

The per cent of the state budgets that go to higher education will be matched with demographics such as population density, personal income, and the state’s tax base. The websites for individual states give the tax base and the per cent to higher education, but the data are complicated by some states combining community and two-year colleges with four-year schools. There also is variation in what disciplines are considered to be natural sciences. For example, Iowa includes the Departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and the so-called basic science departments in the College of Medicine, but does not include the geosciences or computer sciences. In measuring research support, funds from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health will be summed and divided by the number of faculty in the natural sciences to determine the average grant accrual per investigator.

Much of the data collected will be useful in comparing the overall support of higher education in Iowa with that of other states, even though the primary emphasis is on how the natural sciences at Iowa rank against the natural sciences in peer institutions.

It was interesting to learn that 20% of the UI operating budget comes from tuition, 47% from state appropriations, and 24% from the indirect cost components of externally funded research grants. Consequently, any improvement in obtaining external research funds might reduce the per cent of operating funds coming from tuition and from the state; although, the total cost of operation from tuition and the state also might increase.

Professor Lilien’s presentation was followed by discussion of past problems of departmental reorganizations. 

    Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the April 3, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Clarification of time for annual meeting.

The annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2006, followed by lunch in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

A draft of a letter from President Marion Johnson to members of the Emeritus Faculty Association was distributed. It described details of the annual meeting and an enclosed ballot for election of new members to the Emeritus Faculty Council. A Survey and Reservation form will be part of the mailing.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance)

Spaziani reported on the Faculty Council meeting of Tuesday April 11, 2006.

Address by President Skorton:

Dr. Skorton made a few general remarks and then opened the floor to questions. When asked, he said that he could say nothing definitive about the budget. In answer to another question, he assured the Council that shared governance would survive at UI after he leaves because it works well here for both faculty and staff.

 Commission on Intercollegiate athletics (COIA) Report:

The report now includes comments by COIA’s Steering Committee in response to reports from the individual study groups. The report has been circulated through the UI administration for comment. It is not amendable. The Council voted unanimously to transmit the report to the Faculty Senate for an up or down vote of approval. The result will be transmitted to COIA.

Presidential search update: (President LeBlond)

Communication between the Faculty Council and the Regents has improved. Dean Fethke of the Business College has been appointed interim co-president of the committee, but the faculty was not consulted. Composition of the committee was still not clear, nor has there been a statement from the Regents about what they are looking for in a President.

New Business:

Professor Steve Collins, Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Faculty Policies and Compensation, asked for discussion on what should be University policy on economic development-based ideas and products arising from entrepreneurship on campus. How does the University decide which projects to support? The question arose as a result of controversy surrounding a student business, funded through a UI entrepreneurial lab that notified students about bar drink specials through portable electronic devices. Questions of intellectual freedom also are involved. The Council agreed to set up a committee to explore the nature and scope of commercialization activities on campus.

Conway read notes by George Lance on the Faculty Senate meeting of April 25, 2006.

This was the last meeting of the academic year. Pam Trimpe welcomed the Senate to the first official group meeting in the newly remodeled Old Capitol building.

Reports:

Faculty Senate President Richard LeBlond.

  1. The Ethics Education roundtable will be held on May 9.
  2. The Faculty Council/Administration retreat will be held on August 11.
  3.  Presidential search activity: Selection of the search committee will be finalized the week of May 1. The number of members has not been determined. Regent Teresa Wahlert, Chair of the Search Committee, discussed procedures and criteria for selection to the Committee. Balance between academic, gender and ethnic issues is important. President LeBlond indicated that communication has been noticeably improved.
  4. A listing of Faculty Senate motions during the academic year and their status was distributed.

New Business:

  1. The proposed honorary degree policy was endorsed. An excerpt: “Honorary degrees are conferred by the faculty of the University of Iowa. They are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in such areas as research, scholarship, education, artistic creation, social activism, human rights, humanitarian outreach, etc., or as recognized by the faculty as being consistent with the values of higher education.” Recipients are selected by a faculty committee and approved by the Provost, President, and the Board of Regents. A listing of the awards granted by a number of comparable institutions was distributed.
  2. A report from the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) to the NCAA Presidential Task Force was endorsed.

Announcements:

  1. Seven Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence were announced. Of particular interest to the Emeritus Faculty Council was an award to Lee Anna Clark.
  2. Three Michael J. Brody Awards for Faculty Excellence were announced.
  3. A report from a 12-member Faculty Governance Committee is to be forwarded to the President on April 28.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) In attempting to get an error corrected in the Retirees Handbook, it was discovered that the Handbook will not be reprinted because there have been too many changes. To view the Handbook, go to the uiowa.edu benefits web-site.

Elections. (Johnson) There will be one candidate from the College of Business but no one from the College of Law.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes.

Senior College. (Hood) Spring semester courses are ending this month. The program continues to be very well received. Nine courses will be offered in the 2006 Fall Semester.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  It is set to go. See Old Business above.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) There was no April meeting.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) A 4% increase in the budget for materials will not be enough to cover the cost of the present journal collection after 2008. The Art Library will double in size to 11,000 sq. ft. following its move to the new building.           

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) There was no meeting on April 14 because the University was closed following the April 13 tornado. Nevertheless, those who showed up discussed reduction in the number of health care plans to be offered. There is a proposal for two tiers of UI Select coverage. One will be the present program, but a second tier will add out-of-area coverage.

Next Meeting: June 5, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., April 3, 2006

Present:  Dick Hoppin, Dee Norton, George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, William Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson (President), Susan Johnson (Associate Provost), Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, and Robert Sayre.

Introductions: Vice President Lance introduced our speaker, Joni Troester, Human Resources Specialist, Organizational Effectiveness, University Services Building.   

Presentation of Ms. Troester:   Joni is the Project Director of the UI Wellness Program, liveWELL, a program that was started in 1999. Partners of liveWell are the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as UI Benefits, UI Health Plans, U I Wellness and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The overall goal of liveWELL is to enhance the health and well-being of UI faculty and staff by using the program’s partners in an integrated way. The process for doing this starts with a 20 minute online questionnaire to assess the health risks of each member of the faculty and staff. Those who complete the questionnaire are paid for their effort.

Individuals are scored at low, medium and high risk. All are given an individually tailored report and plan for personal health development. Those at medium and high risk are assigned to a health coach who may refer them for disease management, behavior change programs, or to a long-term health coach.

The liveWELL program is patterned after successful programs at private companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Union Pacific Railroad as well as a program at Duke University that employs the “health coach” model for 35,000 employees and their dependents. Johnson & Johnson has seen a decrease in medical care expenses of $224.66 per employee per year. Union Pacific estimates savings of $53 million in 2201.

Expected benefits to individuals are better health, feeling better at home and at work, a support system to make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes, and improved communication with their personal physician. Benefits to the organization include cost savings for health care, reduced absenteeism, improved recruitment and retention, and improved performance.

It will take some time to measure the health risks of all the faculty and staff. When that has been completed, the program may be opened to UI retirees.

For more information, search for “liveWell” on the UI website, or contact Joni Troester at joni-troester@uiowa.edu.

Vice President Lance thanked Ms. Troester on behalf of the Council.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of both the February 6, and March 6, 2006 meetings were approved as corrected.  

Old Business:

1. Emeritus status for Adjunct Professor of Dentistry, Dr. C. Frederick Fuller. Keith Thayer reported on discussions with the Dean of the College of Dentistry and others in the College about the request for emeritus status for Dr. Fuller as an honor for off-campus service over a period of several years. After considerable discussion, the Council unanimously agreed not to support the request for emeritus status for Dr. Fuller.

2. Discussion/comments of a Committee Report on Special Compensation will be considered when more information becomes available.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance)

Spaziani reported on the Faculty Council meeting of March 28, 2006.

 Honorary Degree Policy (Prof. Cathie Ringen): Part of Dr. Ringen’s report was a list of the honorary degrees presented by several schools including all of the Big 10 institutions. Of the latter, only UI does not give honorary degrees. Goals of the revised policy include minimizing micromanagement and to have an all-faculty committee make the selections. One problem is where and when to present the awards, given the numerous graduation ceremonies and venues. The policy was passed and sent to the Faculty Senate for consideration.

Presidential search update (President LeBlond) The Search Chairperson, Regent Teresa Wahlert, wishes to have a faculty member as Search Committee Vice-Chair. Likely an Interim President will be appointed. She is currently exploring the makeup of the Search Committee, but no decision has been made on its size or composition. It is remarkable that, thus far, there has been no public discussion of these matters. Decisions are worked out informally in private, and then announced publicly. President LeBlond expressed astonishment that he has had informal conversations with the Regent’s Executive Secretary and individual Regents in his capacity as President of the Faculty, but he has had no formal communication from the Regents on the Search.

Smoking Policy (Associate Provost Susan Johnson) this is an interim report, as all issues are still under discussion. Currently smoking is prohibited inside buildings, but not outside. However, there are three exceptions for smoking indoors: the Iowa House (two rooms), on stage for artistic purposes, and in University Housing. The proposed new policy would retain these exceptions but otherwise ban smoking both inside and outside on University property. A councilperson pointed out that the ban could not include the sidewalks bordering streets as those are City rights-of-way.

On July 1, 2006 UI Hospitals and Clinics will institute a total ban on smoking, both inside and outside buildings including parking ramps.

If the proposed total ban is passed, the UI would be the first major research university to do so.

 

Lance reported on the Faculty Senate meeting of March 7, 2006

1. Vice President for Research Meredith Hay discussed some of the focus areas as she settles into her position. Research is, of course, the major emphasis and relies on attention to student welfare, but collaboration leading to interdisciplinary efforts is becoming increasingly important, and community engagement is of major importance.

  1. The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards with stipends of approximately $3,000 for research.
  2. Two Associate Vice President positions will be filled from faculty ranks. These will be half-time appointments. Duties include seeking funding sources for interdisciplinary research.
  3. Efforts are being made to organize groups representing science and humanities interests in addressing global problems. Both academic and outside interests would be represented.

2.  A report from the Presidential Committee on Athletics (ex Board in Control of

Athletics) was of a site-visit last month in connection with the NCAA 10-year review. No major problems are anticipated. A fact sheet identifying activities and services of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics was handed out.

3.  A Campus Work Climate Survey was described. This is a web site survey that  

takes about 8 minutes. The site will be up in April and is intended for both Faculty and staff. The intent is to determine a sense of the work environment, i.e. communication, supervision, etc. The survey will be refined following an analysis of results.

4.  A Shared Governance Task Force proposal is being developed with a report expected at the end of the semester. Faculty, staff and students will be involved in an attempt to improve communications.

5.  The final meeting of the Senate this academic year will be held in Old Capitol.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) The fiscal problems have been straightened out. Now there is a problem with storage space for the UIRA archives, which have become quite large. They are trying to improve their list of current retirees.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes. See New Business below.

Senior College. (Hood) No report.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  The nomination form for new members to the EFC was corrected and the time for the annual meeting was removed because it is not yet clear when the meeting will start on June 19.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Research Council meeting of March 23, 2006. The February version of a report by the Interdisciplinary Research and Shared Credit Task Force was presented by Vicki Grassian, who chairs both this committee and the Research Council. Her committee is trying to clarify the old problem of how to assign credit for the academic work of faculty or staff who are engaged in research and teaching that crosses conventional departmental and collegiate boundaries. Two other topics of importance were presented. One was presented by Jack Lilien, Chair of the Biology Department and Chair of a Blue Ribbon Committee that is trying to unify research in the natural sciences as a separate organizational unit. This has been done successfully at other major research universities. The other was a report by David Wynes on security of the Animal Care facilities following the break-in of Seashore Hall last year. More information on these topics can be found in the Minutes of this meeting at: http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil. There will be no April meeting. The next meeting is May 11.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  Hancher’s gift to the State in celebration of its 35th anniversary will be off-campus performances of the Joffrey Ballet in July 2007. The Ballet in residence will perform in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) The March 10th meeting continued efforts to address the high prices of journal subscriptions. Organizations representing the Graduate Student Senate and the University Staff Council have passed resolutions similar to those passed by the faculty. A national effort (Bergstrom/McAfee) to have universities charge journal publishers for the editorial and refereeing work done by faculty and staff was discouraged. Baker indicated that most library directors are not encouraged by this effort, as publishers will simply add these expenses to the cost of journal subscriptions. Although no large scale journal cutbacks have occurred since Baker became director, there are such cutbacks in the offing.   Ruthann McTyre described services and trends in the music library. Here again space limitations and electronics are the news.

 The annual libraries book sale was described. Some 6000 books are to be sold, first to students and then to individuals and dealers. These come from gifts that are not added to the collections or are duplicates removed from the collections.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) The next meeting is Friday.

New Business:

  1. A series of lectures called “Conversations with Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.”, Director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University, will be held in Iowa City in May 2006. An announcement giving summaries of the talks, their time and place will be put on the listserve.
  2. A letter requesting nominations for the EFC will be mailed soon.
  3. Suggestions for speakers are: Jack Lilien for May and John Keller for June.

Next Meeting: May 1, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., March 6, 2006

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President),  Dee Norton, George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  William Hausler, Susan Johnson, and Robert Sayre.

Introductions: President Johnson introduced our speaker, Tom Baldridge, Project Assistant, International Programs, International Center. 

Presentation of Mr. Baldridge: Tom is the Project Director of two non-government organizations that operate out of the International Center. These are the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC). He circulated leaflets that described both programs.

CIVIC, a non-profit organization, is one of 102 similar groups nationwide that are members of the National Council for International Visitors. It receives funds from the parent organization and the University of Iowa, but for the most part depends on financial support from members of the community. CIVIC acts as host to international visitors to eastern Iowa who have been invited by U.S. embassies to participate in the International Visitor Program. A similar organization in Des Moines hosts visitors to central and western Iowa. CIVIC offers residents of eastern Iowa the opportunity to act as “American Ambassadors” to future world leaders with a wide variety of interests. CIVIC arranges meetings and field trips to give visitors an excellent view of the cultural, educational and economic life of eastern Iowa. Notable past visitors included Tony Blair, Anwar Sadat and Oscar Arias. For more information see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~civic/.

ICFRC, founded in 1982, is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and global issues that affect us all. Events from August to June feature lunches or dinners with local speakers. All programs are broadcast statewide over WSUI and local cable television channel 4.

CIVIC is an active program where members participate in the visits, whereas ICFRC is more passive in that members generally listen to speakers.

 President Johnson thanked Mr. Baldridge on behalf of the Council.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the February 6, 2006 meeting were approved as corrected, and the corrected version was submitted to the Office of the Provost.

Old Business:

  1. President Johnson reported on the meeting of the Regents with the Faculty Senate.

The regents were present to gather information. Questions directed to them were cut off. No clues were given as to the composition of the search committee for the new President of the University.               

  1. Sympathy cards for the families of recently deceased faculty members have been ordered. Debbie Millsap will monitor the sending of the cards and will send a note to all Deans asking for the names of faculty who have died during the year.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance)  Spaziani reported on the Faculty Council meeting of February 21, 2006. Claibourne Dungy gave a presentation on a meeting of the Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) on December 2-3, 2005. Representatives from twenty-four member senates met at Washington State University to discuss recent work of the NCAA Presidential Task Force. Separate committees produced eight draft reports covering 1. Fiscal Responsibility, 2. Financial issues of coaching staffs, 3. Presidential Leadership, 4. Purpose and nature of the collegiate model, 5. Commercialization, 6. Conferences and national competitions, 7. Integration of athletics into campus life,  8. Admissions, diversity and eligibility standards.

Various member senates are examining these reports to make recommendations for approval by COIA. Reports submitted by Professor Dungy will be examined by the Faculty Council and then submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval.

Professor Katherine Tachau presented a University-wide policy to unify how program reviews are conducted that was passed to an oversight committee headed by Prof. Steve Collins from where it will go to the Provost for comment and approval.

A Civility Policy document was presented by Prof. Richard LeBlond. No action was taken but to refer the policy to Steve Collins’s committee for refining.

A Sick leave policy was presented by Richard LeBlond and Susan Johnson that generated lengthy discussion. A substantive change requires that faculty report sick days directly on line monthly to the Dean. Formerly it was once-a-semester to the DEO. The problems arise in trying to conform academic jobs to the requirements of state law in reporting sick leave based on a 40-hour/week wage model. A motion was passed to recommend that the Faculty Senate rescind the new rules and go back to the old rules in the Operations Manual.

The next Faculty Senate meeting is tomorrow, March 7.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) There are more members of the UIRA than last year. Lapsed members were contacted by e-mail and urged to submit annual dues.  

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes.

Senior College. (Hood) The Senior College Committee has a list of several courses for the Fall Semester of 2006.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  The announcement and reservation forms for the annual meeting are being assembled.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Neither of us could attend the meeting of February 16, 2006. Minutes of this meeting were distributed, and they can be found at: http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil. The next meeting is March 23.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  The next meeting is April 7.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) There are still financial problems and cuts to journal subscriptions. Electronic subscriptions will be shared by the three libraries of the regent institutions. Instruction and outreach are being used to debunk the Google myth by students who have the impression that they do not need the library.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) The phased retirement program will be renewed and merit staff will be included. The 5-year limit on phased retirement will be replaced to allow a longer period on phased retirement to continue the employment of research staff paid from grants that continue beyond five years.  New changes will allow withdrawals from TIAA-CREF if the phased retiree is under 55-years of age.

There was discussion of a plan to save $40 M on health care by reducing the number of programs such as CHIP III. There is high enrollment in the UI Select plan.

New Business:

  1. A 4-page list of organizations for retired faculty and staff at other universities was distributed. The list gives the names of contact people and websites.
  2. A report of the Faculty Council Committee on Special Compensation was tabled.
  3. Request for Emeritus Status for Dr. C Frederick Fuller, Adjunct Professor of Dentistry was tabled. Keith Thayer will gather more information.
  4. Joan Troester will speak at the April meeting.

Next Meeting: April 3, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., February 6, 2006

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), Susan Johnson (Office of the Provost), Dee Norton, George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Bob Sayre, Ian Smith, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  William Hausler, Gene Spaziani, and Keith Thayer.

Introductions: President Johnson introduced our speaker, Susan Johnson, University of Iowa Associate Provost for Faculty. 

Presentation of Associate Provost Johnson: Two task forces addressing issues important to the faculty are just getting started. One deals with the mentoring of young faculty by their more experienced colleagues. The other is studying whether there is a need to lengthen the maximum time limit for faculty to attain tenure.

Decisions on tenure affect all faculty at one point in their careers, whereas mentoring may be appropriate for some but not others. Consequently, there was more discussion of the tenure “clock”. The maximum time to achieve tenure at the University of Iowa is six years, since an allowed seventh year is generally terminal. Most large research universities also have six year limits; however, a trend is developing in many institutions to extend the tenure limit. The longest is ten years; however, eight years in not uncommon.

Extensions may be granted at UI for a number of reasons. For example, if a child is acquired, a one year extension is possible and an additional year for two children. Such extensions may apply to each partner. A serious prolonged illness can justify an extension, as can an impediment imposed by the University, for example failure to provide a promised laboratory. The use of extensions at Iowa has increased, but it is hard to tell by how much. Some departments have more than others, e.g. perhaps half of the medicine faculty have been granted tenure extensions.

If the tenure task force recommends an additional year to reach tenure, it is likely that it will affect individual colleges but will not apply university-wide.

The task force on mentoring is studying the variety of ways in which this is accomplished. If the task force can identify features of mentoring that can be applied to most or all mentoring relationships, they may recommend that mentors are trained in these skills. Presently awards are given to outstanding mentors. This is judged to be important because there are few tangible rewards for mentors.

EFC president Marion Johnson thanked Associate Provost Susan Johnson for her presentation.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the January 9, 2006 meeting were approved.

Old Business:

  1. The Council discussed whether emeriti faculty should be allowed to register for course work for no credit and without payment of fees. Such registrations are possible for full-time faculty and staff if they meet several criteria outlined on a University Audit Form. Among these criteria are whether such courses further institutional goals. After discussion, the Council voted unanimously that no special provisions be made for auditing courses without payment of fees by emeritus faculty or their family members. The motion was proposed by Barfknecht and seconded by Orgren.
  2. The revised EFC membership list (1/25/06) was distributed. The only correction is that Charles Barfknecht is in his 1st not 2nd term.
  3. University protocol on the death of a faculty member is handled by the Human Resources office when a death is reported by a department or is seen in the newspaper. Human Resources needs to know when the death occurred and who are the survivors in order to deal with legal issues. We will continue to honor the memories of deceased faculty at the annual June meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate.  (Spaziani, Lance)  Faculty Council meeting of 1/17/06.  Notes of G. Lance:

A draft report from the UI Faculty Senate Awards & Recognition Committee was distributed and discussed. Pilot programs in the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry are too new to evaluate. Based on discussion, he Committee was asked to rework the report and report back.
A report of the Ad hoc Special Compensation Plan Committee, previously presented to the Provost and to the Faculty Senate on 12/9/05 was discussed. The report was referred to the Committee on Compensation for consideration and resubmission to the Council.

Notes of E. Spaziani:

A draft proposal on Policy on Honorary Degrees awarded by the UI was presented by John Scott.

Our honorary degrees should be awarded to those who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in activities central to the University’s mission.

Selection criteria:

  • Achievement of an entire career, not for a single achievement.
  • No more than two honorary degrees per year.
  • No requirement to give degrees each year.
  • No degrees to present or prior employees of the UI.
  • Not given for financial contributions alone.
  • Not given to politicians while in office.
  • Selection by an Honorary Degree Committee composed of five Professors selected by the Senate, two Professors selected by a designee from the Provost’s office and the Dean of ;the Graduate College. Selections of recipients are finally approved by the Provost and the President.

This proposal was discussed but not forwarded to the Senate.

Proposal for University-wide Policy on Review of Academic Programs was presented by Catherine Tachau. This is an attempt to unify procedures across the University. Departments and programs may use more specific procedures, but they must conform to this overall policy. Deviations from policy when justified must be approved by the Provost. The proposal contains the following sections:

  • Criteria for Evaluation of Academic Programs.
  • Student Outcomes (Outcomes desired by a program must be identified and assessed on an ongoing basis.)
  • Program Review at the Collegiate level (must include two independent reviewers from outside UI.)
  • Program Review at the Department level.

The Vice-Provost will be responsible for oversight of program reviews. When the Deans and the Faculty Senate approve this policy, it will be added to the Operations Manual.

This proposal was discussed but not passed to the Senate.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) Several members (150) have failed to renew their memberships. Art Canter is no longer archivist. It is not clear what material should be retained.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance)  There have been no changes since December.

Senior College. (Hood) The Senior College Committee is assembling a list of courses for the Fall Semester of 2006.

Annual Meeting. (LembkeEFC members are asked to review the announcement and reservation forms that were distributed today (2-6-06) and submit suggestions to Val Lembke.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Minutes of the January 19, 2006 meeting of the Research Council can be found at: http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil. A copy of these Minutes is attached.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  Several items were discussed in confidence that they will not be reported here.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) The next meeting is in February 10.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) Several people are enrolled in Chip III, which will be phased out. There was an increase in the numbers of people choosing the UI Select Plan that now represents 50% of all enrollees. The Committee voted NOT to allow loans against TIAA-CREF accounts by people below the age of  55 ½ . A proposal was made to the Regents to continue the phased retirement program and for indefinite time limits, not the present 5 year maximum.

New Business:

Dee Norton submitted the following draft of a statement representing the opinion of the EFC on the UI presidential search to be considered for submission to the Board of Regents.

Regarding the upcoming search for a new president for the University of Iowa, the Emeritus Faculty Council urges the Board of Regents to continue the manifestly successful tradition of giving a committee of faculty, staff and students the responsibility for bringing to the Board for final selection a short list of well-qualified candidates.

We believe that this procedure best reflects the mutual trust and respect between the Board and the campus community so essential to a successful search.

The Council accepted the statement unanimously.

Next Meeting: March 6, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., January 9, 2006

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Bob Sayre, Ian Smith, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  William Hausler, Al Hood, Susan Johnson (Office of the Provost), Dee Norton, and Gene Spaziani

Introductions: President Johnson introduced our speaker, Meredith Hay, University of Iowa Vice President for Research.

Presentation of Vice President Hay: Problems associated with the recent decrease in funding for research was the focal point for most of her remarks. Decreases in state funding across the board have affected the entire University, but the greatest impact in terms of dollars lost for research comes from cutbacks in both existing and new grants sponsored by the federal government. In particular, losses from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been, and will continue to be, critical. Some Institutes have cut yearly renewals of existing non-competitive grants by as much as 10 to 18%. New grants and competitive renewals of ongoing projects require exceptionally high scores. Large numbers of excellent proposals will not be funded.

When existing projects are not renewed, research must come to an abrupt stop and staff may need to be let go unless “bridging funds” can be found to support the work until the principal investigator can re-apply or find other support, that is to “bridge” the gap between grants. The protocol for obtaining “bridging funds” starts with the investigator’s Department, which must determine whether the “pink sheets” suggest there is hope to win support by re-applying.. The term “pink sheets” refers to the color of the paper on which the NIH prints a summary of the comments made by the scientists who reviewed the proposed research and the assigned priority score. These decisions are especially difficult to make considering the present research climate and the very small amount of available “bridging funds”.

Vice President Hay responded to a number of questions from Council members. These included progress of the institutional review of the Office of the Vice President for Research, the impact of funding on University research centers and the review of these centers, changes in the administration of the University of Iowa Research Foundation, and an explanation of the “Four Corners Research Alliance” between research universities in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

EMF President Johnson thanked Vice President Hay for her excellent presentation.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the December 5, 2005 meeting were accepted.

Old Business:

  1. George Lance reported on his investigation of the EMF University Support Committee. This committee was set up some time ago but has not reported to the Council since October 2003. This was a joint committee of the EFC and the U I Retirees Association. Sam Becker was the chairman. The mission of this committee is rather obscure, but encompassed review of a large number of non-profit organizations with possible connections with the University. The Council agreed by consensus to discontinue this committee.
     
  2. The occasion of the death of Stow Persons prompted the consideration of some way the EFC, on behalf of the emeritus faculty, could express our feelings on the loss of a colleague. Further discussion of this is needed.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Spaziani, Lance) There were no meetings.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) Dave Triplett, liaison from the UI Foundation indicated that in the future the Foundation will make public the salaries of some  Foundation staff.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) No report.

Senior College. (Hood) The Senior College Committee is assembling a list of courses for the Fall Semester of 2006.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  The annual meeting will be on Monday, June 19th  at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room W401 of the Poppajohn Business Building.  Jerry Schnoor will speak on Global Warming.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Minutes of the December 8 meeting of the Research Council can be found at: http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil. A copy of these Minutes is attached because they contain a list of possible agenda items for the Spring semester of 2006. Conway will attend the next meeting on January 19.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  Has not met.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) The next meeting is in February.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) Dee Norton who attended the last meeting is in Florida.

New Business:

Susan Johnson will be the speaker at our next meeting.

Next Meeting: February 6, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted by Tom Conway, Secretary

2005

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., December 5, 2005

Present:  Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Susan Johnson (Office of the Provost), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg,  Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Bob Sayre, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, William Hausler, Marion Johnson (President)

Introductions: Vice President Lance introduced our speaker, Thomas Dean, Special Assistant to UI President David Skorton and Director of the Year of Engagement.

Presentation of Dr. Dean: The thematic view of the present year of the University of Iowa is captured in the program called The Year of Engagement. Last year was The Year of Arts and Humanities. These programs are patterned after similar ones at other universities and were designed to promote the engagement of the public in several activities of the University. Members of the Council were given copies of a document listing awards of more than $100,000 to faculty, staff and students for fifteen grants to develop programs of special interest to Iowa citizens. Some titles include: “English as a Second Language for Migrant Workers”, “Strengthening Iowa’s Charitable Community Organizations”, “The UI Citizens-Researcher Collaboration”, “Planning for Better Regions: A Biennial Summit for Policy Makers, Planners and the Public”

Dr. Dean also distributed excerpts from a talk given at the University of South Florida titled Tenets and Characteristics of an Engaged Institution. This document was a good summary of what is meant by an “engaged” institution. For example, top priority is given

by the “engaged” institution to direct interaction with external, especially public, constituencies. This engagement should be reciprocal. It is deemed that engagement is an integral part of the institution’s research and teaching, not a service activity. Consequently, faculty must be rewarded for engaged activity, especially in the tenure and promotion processes.

President Skorton identified two major areas of emphasis for members of the University community. One is to engage the public in aspects of core teaching and research that promote public health, human rights, economic development and technology transfer. The other is to become involved in volunteerism and philanthropy outside ones normal duties. President Skorton’s complete statement can be found at: http://www.uiowa.edu/president/messages/ype_case_statement _06300...

Vice President Lance thanked Thomas Dean for his presentation.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the November 7, 2005 meeting were accepted.

Old Business:

1.      Council members were asked to consider questions and answers for distribution with the mailing for the annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association in June. For example, is it worth knowing how many hours an emeritus member spends on activities of UI and on activities with the public, such as volunteering, mentoring school children, and the like?

2.      Marion Johnson and Debbie Millsap will revise the roster of Emeritus Faculty Council members for 2005-2006 to reflect the year each completes their term and whether they are eligible for re-election.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Spaziani, Lance) At the Faculty Council and Senate Meetings of November, Senate President Richard Leblond reported that the Board of Regents, at their November 2-3 meeting gave the go-ahead for plans for a new College of Public Health Building. They also approved tuition increases.

The CIC Faculty Leadership Meeting, Michigan State University, Nov. 4-5. A comparison of faculty governance at member institutions concluded that the UI plan was a good one.

Laura Reed and Joni Troester are the new administrators of the Health and Wellness Program, called “Livewell”. This program starts with an on-line questionnaire that assesses the wellness of each member of the faculty and staff. Respondents are then classified in relation to health risk. According to the responses, they are assigned a health coach or directed to other beneficial health programs. This is based on models at Duke and Purdue Universities that include the entire university populations. Reed and Troester claim huge potential savings for the UI in terms of lowered health care costs. The program starts in April 2006, except for retirees and families who will be phased in later.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) The presentation by Mary Glichrist on bird flu and the tour of the laboratory went well. UIRA tours to the Iowa Technology Center, Kevin Campbell’s lab, the new art museum, and the south end of the football stadium are planned for the Spring semester.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) Those interested can sign up for daily news reports via e-mail or for alumni news once each month.

Senior College. (Hood) A brochure for courses of the Spring semester is in the mail. Many Fall courses were oversubscribed.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  We need suggestions for a speaker and entertainment for the June 2006 meeting.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Minutes of the November 9 meeting of the Research Council were taken from the website: http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil. Much of the meeting involved talks by Provost Michael Hogan and Pamela York, Executive Director of the UI Research Foundation.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) Some collections are being combined. The Botany and Biology collection will be together, and the Geological Sciences and Chemistry collections will be combined. A Faculty Senate resolution on scholarly publishing was approved by the Faculty Council at their November meeting. This urged faculty to be conscious of the pricing practices of journals, that they try to influence the direction of scholarly publishing, and that they retain control of their intellectual property rights.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) They will meet next Friday.

New Business:

Vice President Lance agreed to get information about EFC Committee and Service Assignment to the so-called University Support Committee, to which Keith Thayer, James Lindberg and Dee Norton have been assigned.

Next Meeting: January 9, 2006, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., November 7, 2005

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke,  Dee Norton, Hal Richerson, Bob Sayre, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  William Hausler, Susan Johnson, Jim Lindberg, Carl Orgren

Introductions: President Johnson introduced the speaker, Barbara Bennett of the Staff Benefits Office, Human Resources Section. Ms. Bennett recently took over the position of Assistant to Richard Saunders that was formerly held by Nancy Foster.

Presentation of Ms. Bennett: Members of the Council were given copies of The University of Iowa Retirees Handbook. This 14-page document, dated May 15, 2001, was compiled by a committee of 10 faculty and staff. A number of proposed changes to the document were penciled onto the copies distributed. The most significant changes deal with the University health care plans, Medicare prescription drug programs, and the addresses and phone numbers of the new Coralville TIAA/CREF office and the University Benefits Office.

Retired faculty and staff are advised at this time NOT to accept Medicare part D dealing with prescription drug coverage. Those who accept Medicare part D coverage will be dropped from all University of Iowa Health Insurance Plans.

The TIAA/CREF office is one of only a few such offices located near colleges or universities. Our office is located at 327 Second St., Coralville, IA. The phone number is (319) 356-8010. Retirees, or prospective retirees, should call this number to book an appointment with a licensed advisor.

The University Benefits Office can be reached at (319) 335-2676. Benefit specialists are prepared to answer questions about retirement such as TIAA/CREF plans, health insurance and other benefits available to retirees; however, it is necessary to call or e-mail the office for an appointment. Additional information, including The University of Iowa Retirees Handbook, can be found at the Benefits Office website: www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits.

 President Johnson, on behalf of the Council, thanked Barbara Bennett for her presentation.

Action on Minutes: The Minutes of the October 3, 2005 meeting were accepted with a few minor corrections.

Old Business:

  1. Corrections continue to be made to the list of Emeritus Faculty Council members for 2005-2006. It was suggested that a change be made to the column called “Term”. It would be useful to know whether a member is serving a first of second term, when the current term started, and the year it finishes. For example, the “Term” entry for Tom Conway might be (T2)’05-’08.  This shows that Conway is in his 2nd term, from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2008. Members in their first term can run for election to a second term, whereas those in the second term cannot.
  2. The report of the Senate committee on research funds and on research track faculty appointments is in a draft form that will be requested.
  3. Issues Identified on Faculty Questionnaire. The Council has already dealt with several of the activities that were proposed by faculty at the June 2005 Annual Meeting. It would be useful to develop a progress report to answer what the EFC has done in respect to each of these activities. Copies of such a report could be distributed at the next Annual Meeting when we ask again for activities to undertake during the academic year 2006-2007.

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Lance) At the Faculty Council Meeting of October 4 Vice-Provost Pat Cain reported on the NCAA recertification self-study that is in progress. The report is due soon.

The CIC meeting was held at Michigan State University on Nov. 4-5.

About 5% of faculty uses the payroll deduction plan for charitable giving. This number is not an indicator of charitable giving since other contributions of money and time are not considered. No action was taken to solicit wider use of this plan by DEO’s or deans.

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics annual meeting will be Dec. 2, 3 in Pullman, WA. Betsy Altmaier indicated that uniform rules for all institutions are being considered. For example, a requirement that Boards in Control of Athletics have significant faculty membership as is required by the Big Ten.

The “Roads” Scholar proposal is being finalized. Newly promoted faculty and perhaps new hires may be involved in the initial offering. Future modifications are likely, and more funding is needed.

(Spaziani) Provost Michael Hogan spoke at the October 18 meeting of the Faculty Senate. His remarks dealt mostly with financial matters. For fiscal 2006, UI received about half ($9M) of last year’s appropriation. Mr. Hogan extracted about $1.3M from the budgets of colleges and departments to address high-priority needs. Other discretionary funds will come from freezes on new hires and building repair.

These funds will be applied to: (1) The restoration of faculty salaries to levels of the upper third of peer institutions. A 5% raise in average salaries is expected for the year. (2) Increasing faculty diversity, including revitalizing Afro-American and Latino Studies. (3) Re-starting and strengthening the Freshman Seminars Program. (4) Strengthening the Honors Program.

FRIC Chairman Sheldon Kurtz reported on insurance rates and TIAA/CREF. On January 1, 2006, CREF will offer up to 59 funds from which to choose! With the new enrollment period, one can buy more life insurance without proof of insurability. Medical insurance enrollment forms were mailed on November 1. Mental health care is now covered by all plans. UI Select Plan now allows compensation for genuine emergency care outside of Iowa.

There will be a premium increase of about 6% for single coverage, but coverage that includes spouse will increase 24% for Chip II and 20% for Chip III. Participants will not be charged for generic drugs. There were no changes in dental plans.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) Flu and pneumonia vaccinations went well. Richard Saunder’s talk on Medicare part D, prescription drug program attracted 350 people. Carol Fuller is the new nominee for President Elect and Chair of the Program Committee for UIRA.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) We need to find ways to contact those without a uiowa.edu e-mail address, especially for retirees living outside the Iowa City area.

Senior College. (Hood) Courses for the spring semester include Nick Johnson speaking on the Media, Chris Grant on women’s athletics, Tom Kent on birding, Rex Honey on migrations of people, and Miriam Gilbert on Shakespeare.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke)  We need suggestions for a speaker and entertainment for the June 2006 meeting.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Copies of Ian Smith’s analysis of the Sept. 19 were distributed. Please contact the web site http://research.uiowa.edu/vpr/rcouncil for the Minutes of the November 9 meeting. Smith and Conway have commitments to Senior College courses meeting at that time.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer)  No report.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) Discussion of ways to reduce prices of journals and an evaluation of storage needs.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) The committee recommended a report to cut $40M by reducing the number of programs at UI. Next meeting is Dec. 8.

New Business:

Report on the Big Ten Conference at Michigan State. President Johnson indicated that the next meeting of the university retiree associations will be at Purdue, August 25-27, 2006. Michigan State is considering forming an Emeritus Faculty Association similar to ours. They have developed a questionnaire asking the collegiate deans for suggestions as to how emeritus faculty can help them.

Next Meeting: December  5, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., October 3, 2005

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, William Hausler, Al Hood,  Dick Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), Susan Johnson (Associate Provost), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Robert Sayre, Gene Spaziani, and Keith Thayer

Call to Order: Corrections to the Minutes of the September 12 meeting suggested by Bill Hausler will be made and the Minutes will be submitted for action at the November 7 meeting.

Introductions: Al Hood introduced the speaker. David McCartney, Archivist of the University of Iowa Library, Special Collections Department.

Presentation of Mr. McCartney: The University Archives were founded in 1931 by Ruth Gallaher. She was employed by the State Historical Society of Iowa; so, in the early years, the UI Archives were part of the State Historical Society. Her office was in the Old Capitol. The Archives collects and preserves information about the University of Iowa that is of historical, administrative, fiscal or legal value.

The Archives are useful for present and future research concerning the history of the University. Most materials are stored on the 3rd floor and in the basement of the Main Library. Departmental and administrative records are stored in the collection as are Year Books up to 1992, the General Catalog, and collections of faculty papers. The Archives no longer collects the published work of faculty and staff.

The Archives website is especially useful to those conducting historical research. It can be accessed by going to www.uiowa.edu and to the A to Z Search button. Click on the “Archives, University” entry and go to “Conducting Historical Research”.

Mr. McCartney discussed some of the problems associated with electronic storage such as decay of media and the obsolescence of software for reading digital media. As most know, the University Catalog is available only on a CD. Unlike earlier paper editions there is no data on tuition rates. It is not clear how the new versions of the University Catalog will be archived.

We were asked to offer departmental records of historical significance to the University Archives. Cathy Hagen, the Records Manager, is a useful contact for help in preparing records.

President Johnson thanked Mr. McCartney for his presentation.

Old Business:

  1. A corrected list of the Emeritus Faculty Council members for 2005-2006 was distributed. Ian Smith indicated that his home phone number should be changed to 466-3094 and his e-mail address to codocs@aol.com.
  2. The report of the Senate committee on research funds has been completed and will go to the Senate for a vote.  At the time Johnson spoke with Provost Hogan the research track faculty committee was not yet appointed.  Johnson will check about the status of these reports.  

Committee Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Lance, Spaziani) The meeting meets tomorrow.

Liaison to UIRA. (Hoppin, Norton) Flu and pneumonia shots are set for October 13. The annual meeting is on October 28. Carol Fuller is the new nominee for President.

Emeriti Listserv. (Hood, Lance) We need to find a way to contact those without a uiowa.edu e-mail address.

Senior College. (Hood) Some courses for the fall semester are full. All have several registrants. The committee is working on the spring 2006 courses.

Annual Meeting. (Lembke) Attendance was good for the 2005 meeting. The 2006 meeting will be similar, tentatively set for June 19. We need suggestions for a speaker and for entertainment.

Research Committee. (Smith, Conway) Vicki Grassian, Chemistry, chaired the September 19 meeting and introduced Meredith Hay, the new VP for Research. The annual report is on the website. The regents have asked the VP for Research about the commercial application of research and to prioritize research projects for each college as part of a campus-wide research plan.

Hancher Committee. (Lindberg, Thayer) The committee has not met.

Libraries Committee. (Orgren, Richerson) A charge to the new committee was handed out at the September 16 meeting. There are 5 faculty members, 4 student members, and 2 staff members. Thomas Charlton, Anthropology, is the chair. The collections budget was increased 5%. There was discussion about resolutions on scholarly publication passed by Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Case Western Reserve. These suggest that faculty refrain from publishing in journals with high subscription charges and to restrict refereeing and editorial work to journals with low subscription charges.

Retirement and Insurance Committee. (Lembke, Norton) The committee is still working towards making recommendations about long-term care insurance.

New Business:

  1. Report on the Big Ten Conference at Michigan State. President Johnson indicated that the next meeting of the university retiree associations will be at Purdue, August 25-27, 2006. Michigan State is considering forming an Emeritus Faculty Association similar to ours. They have developed a questionnaire asking the collegiate deans for suggestions as to how emeritus faculty can help them.
  2. Further discussion of the faculty responses to what activities the EMF Council should undertake will be considered at a future meeting.

Next Meeting: November 7, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., September 12, 2005

Present:  Charles Barfknecht, William Hausler, Al Hood,  Susan Johnson (Associate Provost), George Lance (Vice President), Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Debbie Millsap (Provost’s Office), Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer (Past President), and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson (President), and Robert Sayre

Introductions: Vice President Lance introduced Associate Provost Susan R. Johnson who opened a discussion of the request for emeritus status for Professor Peter Getting, which was voted on later in the meeting. Vice President Lance then introduced the invited speaker, Dr. Mary Gilchrist, Director, Hygienic Laboratory.

Presentation of Dr. Gilchrist:

Dr. Gilchrist reported that the Hygienic Laboratory of the state of Iowa celebrated its 100th year in 2004. Recently the Laboratory moved from the main campus where it had been located since its inception to a larger new building on the North Liberty campus. Another new building is under construction in Ankeny, Iowa to take advantage of proximity to the state crime laboratories, the state medical examiner, and agricultural hygienics all located on the campus of the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

The functions of the Hygienic Laboratory were illustrated by work done in three major areas, the Protection of Health, Diseases That Come on Wings, and Assuring Children’s Future Health.

Protection of Health

Dr. Gilchrist used prior influenza pandemics to illustrate how the Laboratory responded to a major health problem that is still with us. In 1905 the Hygienic Laboratory was only one year old, Theodore Roosevelt was president, and a steamer entered San Francisco harbor carrying rats infected with the influenza virus. But the most serious flu pandemic hit the U .S. in 1918. This so-called “Spanish flu” killed more than 20 million people worldwide and was caused by a strain labeled 1N1. The next big pandemic year was 1957, when the “Asian flu” killed about one million. This strain was H2 N2. In 1968 a half million died from the H3 N2 strain called the “Hong Kong” virus. Presently the “Avian” flu virus has caused about 170,000 deaths. This strain is transmitted from birds to humans, but, unlike the viruses of earlier pandemics, there is no evidence as yet for transmission from humans to humans.

It has been known for some time that flu viruses passed between birds (especially ducks or geese) and pigs are especially virulent for humans. Since it is a common practice on small Asian farms to grow geese and pigs in close proximity, many virulent flu viruses seem to originate in Asia. Consequently both in Asia and in the U.S. pig and poultry workers are at risk for flu and need to be tested. Duck hunters are also commonly tested for flu.

In 1972 the best way to propagate the RNA flu viruses was in hen’s eggs. Now the Hygienic Lab as well as most other labs are able to enzymatically amplify very small amounts of RNA, much as is done in forensic pathology with DNA. This allows for direct analysis of the RNA, a very rapid and sensitive technique that doesn’t require propagation of the virus in eggs.

Diseases on Wings

A number of infectious diseases are brought into Iowa on the wings of birds, mosquitoes, and airplanes. Mosquito-borne diseases such as those caused by St. Louis encephalitis, western and, recently, eastern equine encephalitis are tested for by the Hygienic Lab.

In 1999 the west Nile virus hit New York City and by September 2001 the first dead crow with west Nile disease was found in Iowa. It took only eight weeks for this bird-borne virus to cover the entire state accounting for 54 cases and 2 deaths.

The SARS virus arrived in Toronto by plane in 2003. This had been thought of as a disease localized to Asia, but modern transportation spread it quickly. The cost to the Toronto area alone was estimated as high as 1.5 billion dollars.

 

Other infectious viruses not usually arriving on wings are Hantaviruses associated with mouse droppings, but recently measles has come from India to Iowa by plane, brought in by one person. About 200 were exposed and three got measles.

Assuring the Future Health of Children

Neonatal screening programs

MCAD (medium-chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency) disease is a genetic abnormality characterized by intolerance to prolonged fasting, fatigue, hypoglycemia and dicarboxylic aciduria. It is severe and deadly in young patients. Although Dr. Gilchrist did not mention how her lab detects the disease, one assay is for high amounts of acyl carnitines in blood plasma.

PKU (phenylketonuria) is a genetic disease most prevalent in Caucasian populations. About 24 positives are detected annually in Iowa newborns.

Assay of ~65,000 samples from Louisiana newborns since hurricane Katrina are being accomplished by the Hygienic Lab.

Other Functions of the Hygienic Laboratory

These include the following: Safe Food testing, Pure Water testing, Clean Air testing, Homeland Security, Disease Prevention, Healthy Babies, and Education.

Vice President Lance thanked Dr. Gilchrist on behalf of the Emeritus Faculty Council for a most informative presentation.

Bill Hausler commented about the value of the long association of the state Hygienic Laboratory with the University of Iowa, particularly because of its on-campus location that allows collaboration with faculty, staff and students. One example might be the available expertise of Professor William Rhead of the Pediatrics Department on MCAD disease. Dr. Rhead is an internationally known pioneering expert on the pathophysiology of this disease.

Minutes: The minutes of the July 11, 2005 Council meeting were approved.

Old Business:

1. The Meeting Schedule for 2005-2006 was corrected to show that the date of our next meeting is October 3, not October 10.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Lance, Spaziani). There will be a review of all charter committees. Criminal background checks at the point of hire were recommended for approval in those cases where it is deemed appropriate, e.g. people dealing with finance and security. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin, Norton) We are reminded of a meeting on Health Care organized by UIRA for October 28.

Election Committee (Hood)  These were covered last month.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) Names of new emeritus faculty have been added to a new list.

Senior College (Hood) Fall Semester courses are going well. Spring courses are being planned.

Annual Meeting (Lembke) No plans as yet.  

Research Committee (Smith) First meeting this term is coming up.

Hancher Committee (Lindberg,Thayer). No meeting yet.

Libraries Committee (Orgren, Richerson). No meeting yet.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton). The first meeting was Sep. 2. The health insurance premiums for next year have been set, but the University contribution is not known. Long term care proposals were discussed. There are now a greater variety of special CREF funds.

Ian Smith reported that the on-line Virtual Hospital is no longer supported by UI as it was in the past for about $200-300K/year

New Business:

  1. Report on the Big Ten Conference attended by President Johnson was deferred until next month.
     
  2. The request for emeritus status for Professor Peter Getting was approved unanimously.
     
  3. A list was distributed of 15 responses by members of the Emeritus Faculty Association to the question, “What activities should the Emeritus Faculty Council undertake?” Council members were asked to select those of most importance for consideration during the academic year 2005-2006.
     
  4. David McCartney, Archivist of the University of Iowa Library, will speak at the October meeting on saving and preserving books and other materials.

Next Meeting: October 3, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

July 11, 2005

Present:  Marion Johnson (President), William Hausler, Al Hood, Dick Hoppin, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Jim Lindberg, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Bob Sayre, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Tom Rocklin (Provost Office) and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfnecht, Keith Thayer

Introductions:

President Johnson welcomed the new Council members, James Lindberg and Robert Sayre, and asked that we all introduce ourselves. Carl Orgren introduced today’s speaker, Professor Kelley Donham of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health.

Presentation of Professor Donham:

Dr. Donham, College of Public Health, was trained as a veterinarian; so much of his research focuses on the relationships of animal diseases to humans. He holds joint appointments in the College of Nursing and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU. “Mad cow” disease was used as an example of the interplay of disease between animals and humans.       

Professor Donham described several of the activities of the “Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health” (I-CASH). This activity is supported by the UI, ISU, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and by IDALS.  An important clinic offered by this group is a “Farm Safety Day Camp” for children aged five through 17. One goal of the camp is to lower the number of serious accidents and fatalities of farm children, which are approximately 13 per year in Iowa.         

The “Agri Safe Network” now runs 22 clinics across the state. This program was patterned after similar ones in three Scandinavian countries. Over 250 nurses and physicians have been trained in agricultural medicine, safety and environmental risks. The clinical training component includes special screening services related to agriculture, the taking of occupational histories, lung function, hearing, and skin cancer, to name a few. The safety rating of farms is also a function of this Network. A safety rating of 85% or higher qualifies for reduced insurance payment.          

Much of Professor Donham’s talk described the “transmitted spongiform encephalopathies” (TSE’s) of which “mad cow” disease is an animal example and  Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease a human example. All of the TSE’s are caused by infectious proteins called prions. Prions are very resistant to denaturation. Disinfection of equipment or surfaces requires autoclaving at 15 psi for at least one hour or treatment with 5% hypochlorite or 0.1N sodium hydroxide solutions.         

Dr. Donham answered questions following his presentation and President Johnson thanked him on behalf of the Council for his very useful presentation.

Minutes: The minutes of the June 6, 2005 Council meeting were approved. 

Old Business:

  1. Al Hood described the results of the election of new Council members.
     
  2. President Johnson reported about the consideration of a budget from the Provost’s office for activities of the coming year. It was the consensus of the Council that a budget does not seem necessary since our modest spending has always been covered by the Provost’s office in the past.
     
  3. Bill Hausler reported on changes to the deductions for veterans on property taxes.  He felt that these changes will not affect the emeritus faculty.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Johnson, Spaziani). No meeting. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) No meeting.

Election Committee (Hood) See old business above.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) Names of new emeritus faculty will be added to the list.

Senior College (Hood) See May minutes for the lineup of Fall Semester courses.

Annual Meeting (Lembke, Richerson) The annual luncheon meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association on June 20, 2005 was well done. 

Research Committee (Smith) No meeting.

Hancher Committee (Thayer). No meetings until Fall Semester.

Libraries Committee (Orgren, Richerson). No meetings until Fall Semester.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton). The committee will not meet until September.

New Business:

  1. President Johnson asked Council members to submit their choices for committee assignments of the 2005-2006 academic year.
     
  2. President Johnson will attend the Big Ten Retirees Association Meeting.
     
  3. The 2005-2006 meeting schedule was attached to the materials distributed at the meeting.
     
  4. Mary Gilchrist will be the speaker for the September meeting.
     
  5. A memo received from Jim Andrews suggesting the council may wish to have a representative on a committee of administrators and faculty to consider and made recommendations regarding (1) establishing non-tenured research track faculty positions and (2) establishing faculty salary incentive plans was discussed.  The council agreed that President Johnson should discuss this possibility with Provost Hogan.

Next Meeting: September 12, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

MINUTES OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING

Monday, June 20, 2005

Call to Order: President Keith Thayer called the 2005 [Sixth] Annual Meeting to order. He thanked EFC Annual Meeting Committee Chairman Charles Davidson for arranging today's splendid meeting.

Opening Remarks [Tom Rocklin, Associate Provost]: Tom Rocklin has acted as liaison to the Emeritus Faculty Council [EFC] from the Provost's Office for 2004-2005. He briefly reviewed doings of the Council over the past academic year, mentioning concerns about revisions of the UI Operations Manual's Intellectual Property Policy and other workings of the University of Iowa Research Council, and a series of very interesting speakers, almost monthly, with information relevant to business of the Council. Tom also pointed out how his experience increased his appreciation for the lifestyle and wisdom of emeritus faculty, providing insights of potential future use to him in his present "pre-emeritus" status.

Approval of the June 21,2004, minutes: Minutes of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association were approved unanimously. Introduction of the Emeritus Faculty Council members: President Thayer introduced members of the 2004-2005 EFC - Charles Barfknecht (Pharmacy), Sam Becker (Liberal Arts), Tom Conway, Secretary (Medicine), Charles Davidson (Law), Miriam Gelfand (Liberal Arts), Al Hood (Liberal Arts), William Hausler (Public Health), Richard Hoppin (Liberal Arts), Marion Johnson, Vice-President (Nursing), George Lance (Engineering), Valdean Lembke (Business), Dee Norton (Liberal Arts), Carl Orgren (Library and Information Science), Hal Richerson, Secretary Pro Tern (Medicine), lan Smith (Medicine), Eugene Spaziani (Liberal Arts), and Keith Thayer, President (Dentistry).

Report of the Elections Committee: Al Hood, Immediate Past President and
Chairman of the Elections Committee, named the elected members of the EFC for the 2005-2006 academic year:

  College of Medicine: Tom Conway (Biochemistry) - re-elected
  College of Public Health: William Hausler (State Hygienic Lab) - re-elected
  College of Liberal Arts: Jim Lindberg (Geography); Robert Sayre (English)
  College of Nursing: Marion Johnson - re-elected
  College of Law: Pending

Leaving the Council on July 1,2005, will be Sam Becker and Miriam
Gelfand, representing the College of Liberal Arts, and Charles Davidson,
representing the College of Law.

Report on the Emeritus Faculty Council 2004 - 2005: President Thayer
presented highlights of EFC activities over the past year, naming the various standing and ad hoc committees, existence and work of Big Ten retirees organizations and annual meetings, and discussed the distinction and relationships between the Association of Emeritus Faculty - open to faculty retirees only, and the University of Iowa Retirees Association (UIRA) - open to all retired faculty and staff.

Speakers at monthly EFC meetings throughout the year included Provost Michael Hogan, Joseph Cannon (EFC representative to the UI Research Council), Vice Provost Pat Cain, Brace Wheaton (Executive Director, University of Iowa Research Foundation), David Johnsen (Dean, College of Dentistry), Judy Hurtig (Artistic Director, Hancher), Robert Downer (Interim Chair of the Iowa Board of Regents), Robert Kirby (Assistant Director of the Honors Program), Robert Wallace (Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health), and special guest Kris Maser (Minneapolis elder law attorney). Ms. Maser presented to both the EFC and UIRA with support from the Office of the Provost.

Memorial Moment: A list of colleagues who died during the past year was
included in the agenda package. A period of silence was observed in their honor.

Passing of the Gavel: President Thayer passed the President's Gavel to President-elect Marion Johnson. Other officers for 2005-2006 include George Lance, Vice-President, Tom Conway, Secretary, and Hal Richerson, Secretary Pro Tern.

Speaker: Donald Gumett, Physics, presented "Exploring Saturn with the Cassini Spacecraft." The speaker, subject, presentation, and enthusiastic delivery were received with admiration and fascination, and warmly appreciated by all.

Adjournment: The Sixth Annual Meeting was adjourned at 11:50 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Hal B. Richerson, Secretary Pro Tern

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., June 6, 2005

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Sam Becker, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, William Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Carl Orgren, Tom Rocklin (Provost Office and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Richard Hoppin, Dee Norton, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, and Gene Spaziani.

Introduction: President Thayer introduced our speaker, Professor Robert Wallace, Director of the University of  Iowa Center for Aging.

Presentation of Director Wallace:

Dr. Wallace distributed a folder containing a great deal of information about the UI Center for Aging. His introduction touched briefly on several of the topics explained in more detail in the distributed material.

The Center on Aging is an interdisciplinary resource for aging-related activities and research that serves the entire University community. Primary goals are to “broaden expertise in aging among faculty, healthcare professionals and students, and help improve the quality of programs and services provided to older Iowans.” The Center was founded in 1990 and is sponsored by the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and UI Health Care. Their website is: http://www.centeronaging.uiowa.edu. This website gets 25,000 hits per month.

The Center on Aging, like inter-disciplinary programs in all universities, has had difficulty thriving. The UI Center is somewhat unique in that problems of aging are found in almost every department, including clinical disciplines, whereas most other inter-disciplinary programs focus on only a limited number of programs, generally in one or a  few colleges. Other universities have departments of gerontology, many in colleges of liberal arts where social and behavioral research is emphasized. The UI Center on Aging, originated within the College of Medicine, and maintains a strong focus on aging-associated clinical research and service in departments of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. An example is a recent P-20 grant for over $2 million from the National Cancer Institute aimed at the association of aging with cancer. The Center “facilitates” $5.5M in research on campus.

The Center also provides help and expertise to the state of Iowa in dealing with state-funded facilities and support for elders in Iowa, especially those without skills, pensions, or with mental diseases. The Center does not provide clinical services, but rather coordinates resources. Center members have advised the state of Iowa on work force policies in respect to older workers, long-term care policies, and improved treatment of elders.

Academic opportunities for aging-related training at Iowa include master degrees in public health, nursing, and social work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

President Thayer thanked Director Wallace for his informative presentation.

Minutes: The minutes of the April 4, and May 2, 2005 Council meetings were approved as were corrections made to the minutes of the March 7, 2005 meeting. 

Old Business:

  1. President Thayer reported that Kris Maser’s presentation to the UIRA was well-received, and that it was worth the effort and expense in bringing Ms. Maser to Iowa City from Minneapolis.
     
  2. The corrected Emeritus Faculty Association Profile submitted to the Big 10 was distributed with today’s agenda.
     
  3. A list of emeritus faculty who died during the 2004-2005 academic year was distributed. Several corrections were made by EFC members. The corrected list will be distributed at the Emeritus Faculty Association annual meeting on June 20, 2005.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Johnson, Spaziani). No report. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin, not present) The Council was reminded of the picnic this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. 

Election Committee (Hood, Davidson) Results of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting, June 20. Several colleges were not represented on this year’s ballot including the Colleges of Law, Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance). There was much interest in Val’s report on the meeting of the Committee on Funded Retirement and Insurance. Bill Hausler will get more information about the eligibility of veterans for increased benefits on real estate taxes in Johnson County...

Senior College (Hood) Al described the eight courses to be offered in the Fall Semester.

Annual Meeting  (Davidson) The annual luncheon meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2005 in room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Don Gurnett will be the featured speaker.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See Joe Cannon’s distributed copy of minutes of the May 10, 2005 Research Council meeting. This is Joe’s last report. The Council expressed unanimous thanks for Joe’s excellent analysis of so many Research Council meetings.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer). No meetings until Fall Semester.

Libraries Committee (Orgren, Richerson). No meetings until Fall Semester.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton). The committee will not meet until September.

New Business:

  1. The Council discussed the possible need for a Council budget. It was concluded that the Provost’s Office has given sufficient support for EFC activities and that no changes are necessary.
     
  2. Vice President Marion Johnson appealed to the Council for someone to come forward to accept the position of Vice President and President-elect, which is vacant for the coming academic year.
     
  3. This meeting was the last for Tom Rocklin. The Council has enjoyed working with Tom and wishes him well in his new activities. We look forward to meeting and working with the new Council representative from the Provost Office.

4.      Mary Gilchrist was suggested as a speaker for the September meeting.

Next Meeting: July 11, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., May 2, 2005

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Sam Becker, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, William Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Tom Rocklin (Provost Office), Ian Smith, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Marion Johnson, George Lance, and Gene Spaziani.

Introduction: President Thayer introduced our speaker, Kris Maser, an elder-law attorney from Minneapolis. She and her husband founded a law firm in Minneapolis.

Presentation of Ms. Maser:

Her talk focused on the somewhat typical legal affairs of her elderly father, who has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for a number of years. This allowed her to discuss with great insight and humor a variety of situations that are similar to the elder law problems of many people. She talked mostly about the division of an elderly person’s assets to survivors as one becomes increasingly incapacitated. One can contract for financial matters with a power of attorney, but who is the best person to manage the assets? A durable power of attorney allows the contract to continue even when one becomes incapacitated.

She discussed more complex arrangements with multiple powers of attorney. For example, the IRS power of attorney, which is accomplished using form 2848 available on the IRS web-site, allows access to all tax records. A statutory power of attorney can be set up to allow for paying bills up to a limit of $10,000, and a common law power of attorney can expand limits on spending if nursing care is required.

 Ms. Maser also discussed some of the problems associated with health care such as health care directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care. She emphasized that it is of the utmost importance that all potential survivors get together and talk periodically if possible so that everyone understands the wishes of the elderly individual and their responsibilities and limits in respect to living wills, health care directives, or other powers of attorney.

President Thayer thanked Ms. Maser for her fine presentation on behalf of the EFC. She presented a similar talk to the UIRA in the afternoon.

Minutes: The minutes of the April 4, 2005 Council meeting were made available at the meeting. They were tentatively approved. 

Old Business: None.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Johnson, Spaziani). See April 4 minutes detailing the last meetings. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) The UIRA will establish a new fiscal year, July1 through June 30, to replace the current fiscal year that starts in October.

Election Committee (Hood, Davidson) Nominations are out. The committee meets tomorrow.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) This afternoon’s schedule has been announced.

Senior College (Hood) The committee is working on setting up courses for the fall semester.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See Joe Cannon’s distributed copy of minutes of the March 24 and April 5, 2005 Research Council meetings.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) This committee meets only five times each year. Often the student representatives do not attend. At the final meeting of the year financial problems persist.

Libraries Committee (Orgren, Richerson) The last meeting of the committee will be on Friday. They will draft a request for a website change to allow emeritus faculty to access library materials.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) The committee asked the President to send out a memo regarding decisions with Wellmark. In spreading the costs of large claims, over $50,000, over all the health insurance plans, it is possible that the premium for UI Select will increase. The distribution of the costs of drugs under Medicare are quite complex, particularly in how UI will be compensated for drug costs covered by the insurance company and not by Medicare. 

New Business:

Sam Becker suggested Kathleen Buckwalter to speak on gerontology research at a future meeting.

 Next Meeting: June 6, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., April 4, 2005

Present:  Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson (Vice President), George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Tom Rocklin (Provost Office), Ian Smith, Eugene Spaziani, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Sam Becker, William Hausler, Al Hood, and Keith Thayer.

Vice President Marion Johnson conducted the meeting in the absence of President Thayer.  

Introduction: Dee Norton introduced our invited speaker, Robert Kirby, Assistant Director of the University of Iowa Honors Program. 

Presentation of Mr. Kirby: The Honors Program is a University-wide organization that serves all undergraduate students, not just those in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where the program originated. Professor Alice Fulton is the present Director. Mr. Kirby has served as Assistant Director since 2001.

Eligibility for inclusion in the Honors Program requires entering students to rank in the upper 10 per cent of their high school class and score at least a 29 on the ACT entrance examination. This past year 148 entering students were admitted to the Program. Continuation in the Program requires maintaining a B+ average. Other students may enter if they maintain a B+ average for their first two years at the University.

The Honors Program stresses available opportunities rather than stringent requirements; however, some Departments have their own additional requirements for graduation with honors. Several honors courses are offered as well as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, both within and outside the classroom setting. An important feature is the availability of one-on-one advising, a particularly useful service for the large numbers of honors students who wish to take post-baccalaureate training.

The Honors Seminars cover a wide range of options to study subjects not available in the course catalog. They are taught on a one-time basis mostly by on-campus faculty, although other instructors may participate. The Seminars require active student involvement, using original source material, not textbooks. Registration is limited to about 20 students per class. Participation builds close ties with individual students and faculty with similar interests. The Honors Seminars allows approximately 300 students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to graduate each year with honors.

Presently there are about 5,000 students in the Honors Program with about 1700 of these on probation until they bring their GPA’s up to 3.5 from the previously required 3.3. Usually about 300 students graduate each year with honors.

Following his presentation, Mr. Kirby answered questions posed by Council members. Carl Ogren asked about faculty overload, which apparently is met in several different ways depending on the particular situation, including the possibility of adding 9% of the average faculty salary. Ian Smith asked about early graduation opportunities for honors students. Mr. Kirby indicated that almost all students do a full four years even though 30 s.h. of advanced placement credit is possible. Gene Spaziani asked about using emeritus faculty for Honors Seminar courses. Emeriti have participated, e.g. a course on Gandhi. Gene also asked about honor societies. Mr. Kirby indicated that Phi Beta Kappa is connected only to students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Honors Program, however, runs five other honor societies.

Minutes: The minutes of the March 7, 2005 Council meeting were modified to include a statement about the EFC Annual Meeting on June 20. The amended minutes will be distributed before the May 2 meeting.

Old Business:

Arrangements have been completed for the visit of Kris Maser from Minnesota to the University on May 2. She will present two lectures on Elder Law, one to the members of the Emeritus Faculty Council at our regular meeting time, and another to the UIRA in the Lindquist Center from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. See additional information in the Gray Hawk. Her visit is sponsored by the Provost’s office with arrangements made by Keith Thayer.      

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Johnson, Spaziani). 

Faculty Council: Marion Johnson reported on proposed NCAA changes in student- athlete performance based on the report of Betsy Altmaier, faculty representative to the NCAA. Factors considered include GPA’s, graduation rates, and length of time to graduation. Next year a loss of scholarship penalty will be enforced if conditions are not met. In the first four years only up to 10% of scholarships can be lost. Questions arose about how programs such as pharmacy (6-yrs.) will be handled in respect to length of time to graduation. Dr. Altmaier reported that UI has only one athletic program not currently meeting all criteria. Coaches have been well-briefed about requirements.

A major part of Altmaier’s report dealt with a request for approval of a 19-page document from the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. This document includes primarily policies that have already worked well and serve as best practice guidelines. Only a few were suggested as rules or NCAA bylaws. The recommendations were in five sections: (1) Admissions, (2) Scholarships, (3) Curricular integrity, (4) Time commitment, including missed class time and scheduling of competitions, and (5) Policies concerning the office of academic advising for athletes. Because of turn around time in relation to faculty senate meetings, the document was approved and will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate.

Council approved the charge and membership for a Charter Committee on Diversity. This will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for discussion and approval.

An anti-harassment policy was approved for forwarding to the Senate. This 12-page document covers the rationale, the policy, the procedures, and disciplinary actions. Comment was made that the policy will cover little of what is considered “hate” speech.

Faculty Senate: (Spaziani)

 Faculty President’s Report. President Tachau gave a UI budget update. The State of Iowa now funds only 14% of the total UI budget. The portion of the General Education Fund supplied by the State has shrunk to 47 % of the total of $469M. The Regents have asked the legislature for $40M, a portion of which is projected to be supplied by an increase in the cigarette tax. If the $40M doesn’t come through, the Regents must further cut our budget. The professional and scientific staff is slated to unionize. If this occurs, the faculty will be last in line for salary consideration.

Criminal background checks at point of hire: Draft policy. The idea is to protect the UI and its personnel from harm while at the same time protecting privacy of individuals. The appropriate Dean or V.P. would determine which merit, professional and scientific, faculty and student staff positions are security sensitive. The policy establishes procedures that guide decisions on whether or not to conduct a criminal background check. Cost was estimated a $40 per person, $51 if at the federal level.

This matter was tabled to allow time to add language to protect foreign students and faculty.

Resolution concerning Professor Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado. A resolution was presented urging the University of Colorado to provide Prof. Churchill the full extent of due process in connection with the attempts of several in the state and on campus to have him dismissed from the faculty because of his controversial remarks about the 9/11 tragedy.

Discussion centered on whether the case represented an academic freedom issue. Several concluded that academic freedom as a defense could not apply if Churchill’s remarks were outside the context of his teaching specialties.

The resolution passed. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) UIRA will not join AROHE.

Election Committee (Hood, Davidson) Work is on schedule.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) No report.

Senior College (Hood) Smith: Courses on basketball, philosophy-religion, aging heart, and operas on Shakespeare plays were well-received. Courses on Devonian fossils, Riverside Theatre summer plays, medical ethics, and images of Iowa are well subscribed and will get underway soon.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See Joe Cannon’s distributed copy of minutes of the March 3, 2005 Research Council meeting.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) Descriptions of the 2005-2006 events will be mailed soon. An $800K grant will support outreach programs in three Iowa towns, including Spencer and Marshalltown.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson) No meeting.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) No meeting. 

New Business:

Charles Davidson was happy to learn that Coach Ferentz will continue the football scholarship of a sophomore football player required to drop out of the program due to a severe back injury.

 Dee Norton suggested that Marion Johnson invite Professor Betsy Altmaier, U I faculty representative to the NCAA, to address the EFC on NCAA and Big 10 regulations in respect to scholarships and other academic requirements.

Next Meeting: May 2, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., March 7, 2005

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand,  Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Tom Rocklin, Provost Office, Charles Barfknecht, Sam Becker, Gene Spaziani, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  William Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, George Lance, and Ian Smith

Introduction: Gene Spaziani introduced our invited speaker, Robert Downer, Interim Chair of the Iowa Board of Regents. 

Presentation of Mr. Downer: The Iowa Board of Regents consists of nine members, gender balanced with no more than five members from a single political party. Appointment to the board is for six years. Terms are announced on May 1 of odd-numbered years. Reappointment to another term is possible but has not been done in recent years. It was more common in the past. Two seats are open for appointment this year. There is considerable political lobbying for candidates; however, it is Mr. Downer’s opinion that when the board meets, issues are not decided in a partisan context despite what has been reported in the newspapers.

The Regents oversee five Iowa institutions: Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and the schools for the blind and deaf.

A so-called transformational plan is currently being used in an attempt to get more funding into the system. Allocation of available funds requires some reallocation of existing funds in the candidate institutions. These reallocations have limits on raises in tuition and new priorities according to an index based on prior increases.

The Iowa House last week targeted $6.9M in new funds; although there remains $30M of funds not yet allocated. Additional money may come from an increase in the state cigarette tax, which Mr. Downer believes will be passed in some form.

He believes that state-supported higher education in Iowa is in pretty good standing. For example, for each Iowan who leaves the state to attend college, 2.4 people from out-of-state come to Iowa for their education. Nevertheless, he is concerned that Iowa is the number two exporter of people with college degrees, only Pennsylvania exports more. Mr. Downer feels it is important that more and better jobs need to be created to keep these talented people in Iowa.

Several questions were asked by council members. Sam Becker inquired about plans for combining aspects of the three university-operated radio stations. Downer maintained the importance of each station retain a close relationship to happenings at their institution. If expansion occurs, it must include service to those regions not presently served, in particular the people of western Iowa. A question by Charles Barfknecht about the term limits of student members of the Board was explained. It is important that student members be enrolled in one of the state universities during their tenure on the Board; however, they may be allowed to serve one year immediately following graduation when they need not be registered. Perceived institutional redundancies were discussed following Tom Rocklin’s question. Mr. Downer insists that any Iowa institution called a university must have a college of arts and sciences. He also favors the present arrangement of separate colleges, or schools, of education, engineering, business and journalism at each university.            

Minutes: The minutes of the January 31, 2005 Council meeting were approved as modified.

Old Business:

  1. President Thayer confirmed that Kris Maser from Minnesota will visit the University on May 2 when she will present two lectures on Elder Law to the members of the Emeritus Faculty Council and to the UI Retirees Association.
     
  2. Keith stated that an application has been made to the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) on behalf of the Emeritus Faculty Council.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Johnson, Spaziani).  Gene reported on the Faculty Senate meeting of February 2. The Regents will meet in Iowa City on April 14. They will discuss consolidation of the business functions of: public radio, motor pools, internal auditing and risk management. The senate accepted an amendment to the draft on promotion and tenure stating that Assistant and Associate Provosts may participate in deliberations as members of their departments but not as members of the Provost staff. Wording of the sexual harassment policy will include full-time advising staff. Wording for job announcements for administrative executive and managerial positions must require demonstrated experience with or commitment to diversity in the work place.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin, not present) 

Election Committee (Hood, Davidson) Work is on schedule.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) Members not present.

Senior College (Hood) Courses on basketball, philosophy-religion, aging heart, operas on Shakespeare plays, Devonian fossils, Riverside Theatre summer plays, medical ethics, and images of Iowa are well subscribed and so far have been exceptionally well received.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See Joe Cannon’s handout of the February 10 meeting devoted almost exclusively to the University Library.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) Confidentiality limits full report. Financial problems remain.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson) See Cannon’s report of the Research Council meeting of February 10.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) The Wellmark contract is still at an impasse. Other institutions have pulled back from Wellmark. Large (>$50K per incident) insurance claims are spread between policies, including UI Select, to minimize risk. On January 1, 2006 “generic” drugs will be provided free of cost to policy holders. Savings of several million are expected. Proposals on long-term care policies will be presented by 13 companies by March 31. UI must make a decision to the Federal Government on how they will handle charges for prescription drugs under part D of Medicare.

New Business:

Keith Thayer agreed to edit the Emeritus Faculty Association profile for submission to the Big 10.

 Dee Norton agreed to contact the Honors Program Director to speak to the Council at the April meeting.

Next Meeting: April 4, 2005, 9:30 to 11:00 AM in B5 JH.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

Monday, January 31, 2005, 9:30 –11:00 AM

Present: Keith Thayer (President), Charles Barkknecht, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson (Secretary Pro Tem), Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, and invited speaker Judy Hurtig, Artistic Director, Hancher Auditorium.

Absent: Sam Becker, Tom Conway, William Hausler, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Dee Norton, and Tom Rocklin, Provost Office.

Presentation by invited speaker Judy Hurtig: President Thayer introduced Ms. Hurtig.  She gave a general overview of the Hancher staff and "family" and problems with a perpetually strained budget, made worse by UI's current financial situation.  The events this year are exciting, and programming is shaping up nicely for the next.  Programs are scheduled from September through April while avoiding university breaks, intramural and other UI needs – in particular those of the Music and Dance Departments – which can be problematic

International programs and Broadway Musicals are predictably popular and well attended.  Only one Broadway Show was scheduled this year because of complications; three are planned for next year.  Attendance has been somewhat low for classical chamber music and jazz events, but will be continued.  Clapp and other facilities are being used for anticipated smaller audiences.

Hancher acoustics were discussed.  The auditorium was built primarily with orchestral/band productions, stage musicals and other large group presentations for which Hancher is well suited.  Plays and other productions that depend largely on the spoken word encounter acoustical problems in various areas, especially parts of the balcony and lateral areas on the main floor.

In closing, she pointed out that those who enjoy events of the type brought to Hancher are enthusiastically encouraged to show their interest and support (bodily and financial) by attending such events.

Council members expressed thanks to Ms. Hurtig.

Minutes: The minutes of the December 6, 2004, EFC meeting were approved as written.

Old Business: 

1.  Report on Triangle Club Support.

The question is on the current agenda of the Faculty Council. 

A committee is to be appointed by the Assistant Provost to determine faculty interest      and in feasibility of Triangle Club resuscitation.

2.  Status of bringing Kris Maser, Minneapolis lawyer specializing in elder law to UI campus.

President Thayer reported that on initial contact Ms Maser had reservations because she is not licensed in Iowa.  This appears to be no problem (Charles Davidson). The information will be relayed to her and further attempts be made for her to spend a day on campus.  Presentations to the UIRA, EFC and/or the annual meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Association were suggested.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

EFC Annual Meeting (Davidson, Lembke, Richerson): Tentative date is June 20, 2005, in John Pappajohn Building, Donald Gurnett, speaker – details being finalized.

Faculty Council/Senate (Johnson, Spaziani):  No report.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin):  There was a budget discussion at the December meeting.

Emeriti ListServ (Hood, Lance):  Newsletter was transmitted in December, little new since.

Senior College (Hood):  Al will be relinquishing the chair after this year.  EFC members expressed their appreciation for his excellent leadership and hard work, and for the consistent excellence of offerings.  All is going well with the winter's courses – 6 of the 8 offered are full.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith): Report is attached to the agenda package.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer): A notice to our representatives was received indicating that all of the Committee's doings are strictly confidential; a signature was requested to assure compliance.  Since the situation is unclear to the EFC, clarification will be sought from the Hancher staff.

Library Committee (Ogren, Richerson):  Scheduled to meet February 11.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton): The committee meets 5 times a year, so there is no current report.  Council members expressed great interest in future deliberations of this committee.

New Business

1.  Emeritus Status for Retirees.

The agenda package contained two items on this subject that raised questions about where indicated changes originated, whether recent, their significance, and need – if any  for discussion or action by the EFC.  It was the opinion of the EFC members present that we had previously dealt adequately with the topic.

2.  Membership in and attendance at annual meetings of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE).

President Thayer raised a question about policy in sending a delegate from the EFC to annual meetings of the association, and who it might be.  The plan in place is to send the immediate past president of the EFC.  The UIRA may participate separately.

3.  Speaker/Guest suggestions for future Emeritus Faculty Council meetings.

A.  Bob Downer on present workings of the Board of Regents.

B.  Presentation by the new Dean of the Graduate College.

C.  Director of Admissions on the question of restricting admissions.

D.  Presentation by Wellmark of its position on UI & UIHC coverage.

 Several EFC members volunteered to contact appropriate individuals in turn.

Meeting was adjourned without objection at 11:05.

Next Meeting – March 7, 2005 – 9:30 to 11:00 AM – B5JH

Respectfully submitted,

Hal B. Richerson, Secretary Pro Tem

2004

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

8:30 – 10:00 A.M., December 6, 2004

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Tom Rocklin, Provost Office, David Johnsen, Dean of the College of Dentistry, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfknecht, Sam Becker, Gene Spaziani, and William Hausler

Introduction: President Keith Thayer introduced our invited speaker, David C. Johnsen, Dean of the College of Dentistry. 

Presentation of Dean Johnsen: Dean Johnsen described a number of recent events and activities of the College of Dentistry. He emphasized prominent work done by faculty in education, service and research that have established the College as one of the very best dental colleges in the United States. In particular, UI dental research is supported at a very high level, within the top 10 or 11.

There has been a long history of productive research with the UI College of Medicine especially in the area of cranial and facial research that recently emphasizes the roles of genetics in clefting. For example, studies in collaboration with Jeff Murray in Pediatrics are focused on defects in an array of particular genes from different cultures that seem to be associated with clefting.

Cooperative work with the College of Pharmacy and Pediatric Dentistry has led to the development of gels impregnated with antibacterial agents that when applied to teeth suppress the activity of cariogenic bacteria. Other work is studying host defense mechanisms associated with combating periodontal disease with the aim of developing immunologic therapies for these diseases.

Dean Johnsen told us that his College has 90 full-time faculty, approximately 75 students in each entering class and about 70 dentists in residency programs for which they have had training programs for over 25 years. At least 10 Iowa-trained dentists presently serve as deans in other dental colleges.

Over the years, the number of female dental students and female faculty has increased dramatically to where approximately 45 per cent of the entering classes are now female students.

President Thayer, on behalf of the Council, thanked Dean Johnsen for his very useful and informative presentation.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the November 1, 2004 Council meeting were approved as written.

Old Business:

The presentation of Bruce Wheaton at the November 1, 2004 meeting was discussed as were the handouts distributed at that time. The consensus was that some of our questions still need answers. The most recent version of the University of Iowa Intellectual Property Policy has been presented to the Faculty Council and Senate and approved with minor revision. It is unlikely there will be any change to this document until a new Vice President for Research is appointed.

President Thayer drew the Council’s attention to the Final Report of the Task Force on Emeritus Faculty, dated April, 1998. This document was distributed at the October 4, 2004 meeting of the EMF by Vice Provost Pat Cain. Many of the recommendations of the Task Force have been accomplished, including the establishment of an emeritus faculty council. However, the University may still have need of a faculty club. Vice Provost Cain has a keen interest in the development of such a club. This precipitated discussion of the Triangle Club, its history, value and problems. Whereas some universities have active and popular faculty clubs, the clubs of others are not as useful.  Keith Thayer suggested that we cooperate with Pat Cain on determining whether there is a strong interest for a UI faculty club and, if so, how such a club might be developed to best serve the faculty.

Vice President Marion Johnson gave a more complete report of the October 8-10, 2004 meeting of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) held in Nashville. Participants from several universities attended. In general, the retirement organizations at these institutions are associated with either the provost’s office (faculty retirees) or with a department of human resources (faculty and staff retirees). Two successful programs are at Emory University and the University of Southern California. Handouts were distributed detailing many of the activities of these two programs. Some organization give merit awards, most have newsletters. V.P Johnson strongly recommends that the University of Iowa join AROHE.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate. (Johnson, Spaziani).  Next meeting is Jan.18. Support of United Way was encouraged. The intellectual property document was approved. Parking rates will increase; there is a need for more ramps. Liberal Arts students want a higher computing fee. Tom Rocklin commented that the Regents need to control fees, so it’s not likely there will be an increase for LA students.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) Discussion of the transition between boards. Art Cantor described how UIRA was started.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance)  Newsletter is going out. It will include the Fulbright Scholar program.

Senior College (Hood)  The Middle East and the testing courses were highly rated. Spring course mailing will go out this month. There will be courses on basketball, philosophy-religion, aging heart, operas on Shakespeare plays, Devonian fossils, Riverside Theatre summer plays, medical ethics, and images of Iowa.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See Ian Smith’s handout.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) No report. Will meet December 7, 2004.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson) Minutes of the November 12 meeting were distributed. Planning for off campus dense-storage facility.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) a summary of the December 3 meeting of FRIC was distributed. Dee Norton initiated a discussion of how best to make accurate reports based on the minutes of the committee meetings, which usually are distributed long after the meeting was held. The consensus of the Council seemed to be that monthly reports at the Council meetings be brief and summarize the most important or topical issues. Committee minutes might be made available when they arrive or to correct an earlier statement.

New Business:

President Thayer asked for suggestions for speakers at future meetings. Judy Hurtig, Program Associate, Hancher Auditorium, will speak at our next meeting, January 3, 2005, 9:30 -11:00 a.m., B5 JH.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

10:00 – 11:30 A.M., November 1, 2004

Present:  Charles Davidson, William Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Tom Rocklin, Provost Office, Grainne Martin, Sr. Assoc. General Counsel for Research,  Bruce Wheaton, Exec. Director UI Research Foundation, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfnecht, Sam Becker, and Miriam Gelfand

Introduction: President Keith Thayer introduced Grainne Martin and our invited speaker Bruce Wheaton, Executive Director of the University of Iowa Research Foundation. 

Mr. Wheaton had been invited to explain the past, current, and proposed operations of the University of Iowa Research Foundation so that the Council might better understand the consequences of changes proposed in the recent draft of the University of Iowa Intellectual Property Policy.

Mr. Wheaton explained that the University of  Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) was formed in 1981 as a not-for-profit corporation that operates much like the University of Iowa Foundation, the organization that helped found it. The Charter of the UIRF says its mission is to manage intellectual properties, including patents, created by UI students, faculty and staff as part of their association with the University. The intent is to maximize for public benefit the works of UI students and faculty, with commercialization a means to this end.

Three charts were distributed that showed 10 year trends in invention disclosures received, patent applications filed, and patents issued. The number of patents issued increased from about 19 in FY95 to about 38 during the years of FY 00 to FY04, where they have remained about the same. A fourth chart of total annual income over the same 10 year period showed constant income of about $0.75 million from FY95 to FY98, followed by a dramatic and continual rise in annual income to a peak of $9.5 million in FY04. Total income for the 10 years was $42.7 million. Legal fees are the biggest cost against income.

The Research Foundation Board of Directors presently has 14 members, headed by UI President David Skorton. Bruce Wheaton is the Secretary/Treasurer. The Colleges of Law, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Medicine are represented as well as the State of Iowa Board of Regents, the UI Foundation and other entities. It is my perception that when a Vice President for Research is in place, President Skorton may leave the Board, and the VP for Research will be President of the Board. Mr. Wheaton indicated that the Board is an advisory board for the VP for Research.

In the year 2000 a decision was made not to waive patent rights to those whose disclosures were rejected for patent application. This action became very contentious; consequently, the committee charged with drafting the new policy has taken it out of the present draft. A very recent change has also removed a committee that had been called the Disclosure Committee in earlier drafts. This committee had been charged with studying rejected disclosures to determine whether the University wanted to retain rights to the invention instead of waiving its rights to the inventor. The functions of the “old” Disclosure Committee as proposed in the new draft (which we have not seen) will be assigned to the Patent Advisory Group, which is a sub-committee of the Intellectual Property Committee. The Intellectual Property Committee is appointed by the VP for Research following advice from the Faculty Senate, the Staff Council, and the Student Senate.

Gene Spaziani asked Mr. Wheaton to “walk us through” the series of steps that are taken in applying for a patent. Mr. Wheaton referred us to an application form that can be found on the UI website. The formal witnessed disclosure is assigned to one of five members of his staff who hires a patent attorney for a patentability assessment. In earlier years there was a Patent Committee with members from the faculty, staff, and students. The Patent Committee studied applications for their scientific merit and suitability for patent application. Now the Research Foundation hires a patent attorney to judge patent suitability. The Research Foundation staff decides on patentability and defendability. If appropriate, a provisional patent application is filed. Staff also determines potential rights based on how the research was funded, public or private. The staff asks the inventor to suggest companies that might license and market the invention.

During the presentation Council members asked several questions of Mr. Wheaton. His answers too many of these questions are part of the above summary.

A five-page undated document titled “Revised UI Policies on Intellectual Property Background, Rationale and Highlights” was distributed without comment. It appears to be the charge to the ad hoc committee responsible for revision of the University of Iowa Intellectual Property Policy.

A short business meeting followed Mr. Wheaton’s presentation.

Minutes:  Minutes of the meetings of October 4 and 11, 2004 were approved as written.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Johnson, Spaziani).  Council met in October. Next meeting is November 16. A report of Faculty Senate meetings on Sept. 7 and Oct. 19, 2004 were distributed.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) President Paul Collins withdrew. Sara Wolfson is the President elect.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance)  The e-mail list is up to date.

Senior College (Hood)  Rex Honey’s course on the Middle East was attended by 120 at the North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville. The venue was barely suitable, but the course was excellent. The Nazi Germany course was over subscribed. Sam Alford will conduct a basketball course in the Spring.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) Ian Smith will take Joe Cannon’s place at the next meeting.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) Nor report.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson) Minutes of the October 8 meeting were distributed. Two brochures “Creating Change” and “Open Access” will be mailed to the faculty.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) Requests for changes in health benefits have been mailed.

New Business:

Because of the late hour, a report from Marion Johnson on the AROHE Conference of October 8-10, 2004 will be given at the next meeting.

Gene Spaziani suggested Judy Hurtig, Program Associate, Hancher Auditorium, as a speaker for our next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Respectively submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

10:00 – 11:30 A.M., October 4, 2004

Present:  Sam Becker, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Bill Hausler, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Gene Spaziani, Tom Rocklin, Provost Office, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Charles Barfnecht, Al Hood, Dee Norton, Keith Thayer

Minutes:  Minutes of the meeting of September 13, 2004 were corrected to show that the following members were in attendance: Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, and Gene Spaziani.

Introduction: Vice President Marion Johnson conducted the meeting in President Thayer’s absence.  She introduced our invited speaker Vice Provost Pat Cain, who spoke about the Final Report of the Task Force on Emeritus Faculty, dated April, 1998. Copies of this report had been distributed earlier to members of the Council. 

Presentation of Vice Provost Cain:  The distributed document consisted of a two-page Executive Summary of the Final Report followed by the complete 14-page Report. The 16 recommendations of the committee focused on three main areas: A. Continued participation in University service, teaching and research, B. Facilitating Retirement, and C. Post-retirement issues and needs.

Pat emphasized her own ideas on how emeritus faculty might continue to contribute to the University. Among these were taking on service assignments and participating in the review of University units, such as Department reviews and reviews of interdisciplinary facilities, e.g. the Art Museum.

Vice Provost Cain was particularly keen about the establishment of a Faculty Club for the entire University, located centrally near adequate parking, and in a new building with facilities that would stimulate and encourage faculty interaction and cooperation. She has seen the value of such clubs at other universities.

Another capital improvement project suggested was the construction of a Living Retirement Complex for both faculty and emeritus faculty.

V.P. Johnson thanked Pat on behalf of the Council and suggested that it would be a good idea to provide all new EFC members with a copy of the Task Force’s 1998 Report.

There also was discussion of recommendation number 5 that called for the availability of some research funds for emeritus faculty.

Old Business:

  1. The enclosed and corrected FINAL roster of Council members with preferred e-mail addresses was approved.
  2. V.P. Johnson announced that she will represent the Council at the AROHE (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education) meeting in Nashville on October 8-10.
  3. There is no information on response by Dick Caplan about the Council’s decision not to pursue a formal policy on emeriti auditing UI courses.
  4. George Lance reported on a preliminary document from the Intellectual Properties Committee describing changes to University policy on disclosures that the University decides not to support for patent. Such disclosures will revert to the investigators following University approval. George described a long phone conversation with Bruce Wheaton about this document, which still needs some changes before going to the Faculty Senate. See below for more on this topic.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Johnson, Spaziani).  No report. 

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) No meeting yet.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance)  Most of the e-mail list has been updated.

Senior College (Hood)  Bill Hausler reported that interest remains high.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) V.P. Johnson distributed copies of Joe Cannon’s 3-page report of the September 23rd meeting.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) No meeting yet.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson)  No meeting yet.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) The Committee met on Friday. Requests for changes in health benefits will be mailed out in November. Rates for health care will increase, for example, from $196 to $223 per month. University subsidy levels are not known yet. If they do not change, a person with CHIP II will see payments increase from $67 to $103 per month. There was nothing new on long term care.

Ad hoc Research Committee (Hausler, Smith, Barfknecht) Bill and Ian distributed a summary of a meeting on Sept. 16. Following discussion, Tom Rocklin suggested that the EFC may need to address the concerns about patent disclosure rather promptly if we want input to the document that the Intellectual Property Committee is readying for submission to the Faculty Senate. Accordingly, V.P. Johnson called for a special EFC meeting on Monday, October 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss this topic. Details and location of the meeting will be forthcoming.

New Business:

Members are urged to transmit their views by e-mail to the ad hoc Research Committee before the October 11 meeting. It is hoped that consensus on a number of concerns can be achieved and a list of these presented to Bruce Wheaton before inviting him to address the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:02 a.m.

Respectively submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

8:30 – 10:30 A.M., September 13, 2004

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Charles Barfknecht, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Ian Smith, Lee Anna Clark (Provost Liaison for Tom Rocklin) and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  George Lance, Carl Ogren

Minutes:  Minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2004 were approved as distributed. Bill Hausler wished to confirm the comment by Provost Hogan that “Iowans do not know how good they are.”

Introductions: President Thayer introduced our invited speaker Joe Cannon, who has been providing excellent written reviews of the deliberations of the Research Council.

Presentation of Professor Emeritus Cannon: Joe first spoke about the reaction of the Research Council to the cuts in funding proposed by the General Education Task Force to the Art Museum and the Natural History Museum. Council members from the College of Liberal Arts were adamant about the essential roles both museums play in their teaching and research.

They were even more concerned about the $200,000 cut to the University of Iowa Press, which sparked three members to compose letters to their Departmental executives objecting to the proposed cuts and speaking to the importance of the UI Press to the prestige of our University.

Of most interest to the Emeritus Faculty Council is the presumed failure of the University in encouraging, evaluating and protecting the intellectual property rights of the faculty and staff. A major concern is the apparent inactivity of the Intellectual Properties Committee, which hasn’t met for some time. It is unclear as to who comprises this committee. Also, it is not generally known whether a “Patent Advisory Group”, appointed about a year ago, has not ever met, nor is it known who makes up this group. We are concerned about the perceived “secrecy” surrounding disclosure protocols and whether review of patent disclosures is done by people with the appropriate scientific expertise. 

Bill Hausler asked whether records or minutes were kept of the earlier committee meetings of about 5 years ago. These records might give some insight into what was accomplished earlier and why the procedure does not seem to be working now.

President Thayer asked Professors Barfknecht, Hausler, and Smith to act as a sub-committee to pursue this question.

Old Business:

President Thayer asked members to carefully look over their entry on the Roster of Council Members that was attached to the mailing from the Provost’s office, make any necessary corrections and mail the corrected Roster to him.

The final draft of Committee and Service Assignments for 2004-2005 was distributed. Alternates will serve when the primary designee is unavailable.

Al Hood reported on the results of the Survey from the Annual Meeting in June 2004. Several new names were added to the Listserv. The request for volunteers to conduct oral histories of their Departments yielded 51 names. Some volunteered to present Senior College courses. Sixteen offered to help UI outreach with a number of activities including TV teaching.

Al also described a letter by an ad hoc committee of University staff requesting emeritus status for scientific research staff and research engineers. This has been discussed by Faculty Senate officers, but it has not been presented as yet to the Senate.           Lee Anna Clark told the Council about the organizational efforts of these groups and suggested that they would be best served by separate status. All non-faculty emeriti could organize on their own and promote causes they have in common.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Johnson, Spaziani) Not aware of a meeting; however, Lee Anna Clark reported that a recent meeting dealt with three recommendations of the General Education Task Force in finding ways to accommodate $12M in budget cuts. These were: (1) Reduce accumulated vacation time from two years to one year. (2) Require employment of 3 years or more for the employee to retain the UI contribution to his\her TIAA-CREF retirement account upon leaving. (3) Change the Flex Benefits (mostly for health care) for those in the DINK status, dual incomes no kids. These are partners with no children. It is proposed that only one partner, instead of both, would get the added benefits of this “status”.

The committee report on guidelines for tenure track and clinical track promotions was approved and will go to the Colleges.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) No meeting yet.

Emeriti Listserv (Hood, Lance) There are now 260 e-mail addresses on the Listserv.

Senior College (Hood) Enrollment in the Fall classes is going well. The course, “Reflections of Pre- to Post-World War II Germany” is filled, and the course “Challenges in the Middle East” is almost filled. An early Spring course will feature Sam Alford explaining basketball rules and strategy.

Research Committee (Cannon, Smith) See above. For more information see Joe’s report of the May 2004 meeting that was distributed with the June EFC Minutes.

Hancher Committee (Gelfand, Thayer) not met yet.

Libraries Committee (Ogren, Richerson) Budget cuts of $430,000 have been partially off set by other funds; however, 12 open positions will not be filled this year. The library has added a Middle East section. There are continuing storage problems. On line open access to some journals may help reduce some costs of journal subscriptions.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke, Norton) Rates for health care have been projected. It is likely that BlueCross/Blue Shield rates will increase. Payments to Medicare will increase ~17%, whereas Social Security benefits will increase ~3%. For some people this will represent a net decrease in monthly benefits.

New Business:

  1. President Thayer asked Council members to suggest speakers for the October and later meetings. One suggestion was to hear from some of the new Deans.
     
  2. Keith Thayer discussed a request brought to him from Dick Caplan on behalf of some one else for allowing emeritus faculty the opportunity to audit UI classes. Sam Becker suggested that this may best be done by individuals contacting the Departments or instructors themselves instead of having a blanket policy. It was the experience of some Council members that individual contacts worked well at least during the years that they were employed by the University.
     
  3. President Thayer, with three other University of Iowa representatives, attended the annual meeting of Big 10 retired faculty associations August 20-22 in Minneapolis. The meeting was attended by representatives from all Big 10 universities except Northwestern, which does not have a retired faculty association. Keith thought that Iowa is the only Big 10 School with an Emeritus Faculty Council. He was especially impressed by the presentation of Chris Maser, a Minneapolis lawyer in private practice who specializes in the legal problems of elders. There was a great deal of interest from the Council in either bringing Ms. Maser to Iowa City for a talk or finding a local attorney with similar clientele. Lee Anna Clark agreed to look into the matter further.
     
  4. A representative has not been selected as yet to attend the October 8-10 meeting in Nashville of the AROHE (Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education). A volunteer would be most welcome. Expense money is available.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 a.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 4 at 10:00 a.m. in B5 JH

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

10:00 – 11:30 A.M., July 12, 2004

Present:  Keith Thayer (President), Charles Barfknecht, Charles Davidson, Miriam Gelfand, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Tom Rocklin (Provost, Liaison), Ian Smith, and Tom Conway (Secretary)

Absent:  Sam Becker, Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, and Gene Spaziani

Minutes:  Minutes of the meeting of June 7, 2004 were approved as distributed.

Introductions: President Thayer welcomed Provost Michael Hogan who introduced himself to each member of the Council.  Council members introduced themselves to the group indicating their former departmental association. Provost Hogan also introduced Tom Rocklin, Associate Provost for Faculty Development, who will serve as liaison to the Council.

Presentation of Provost Michael Hogan: Provost Hogan spoke of his earlier association with the University of Iowa and about his prior work at Ohio State University, commenting about similarities and differences between the two institutions. He asked the Council to describe some of their previous and ongoing projects. President Thayer asked Al Hood to explain the origins and successes of the Senior College. Keith Thayer thanked the Provost, on behalf of the Council, for his presentation and for the opportunity to get to know him better.

Election of Council Officers 2004-05: The Nominations Committee presented a proposed slate of officers for the coming academic year. Marion Johnson – Vice President; Tom Conway – Secretary; Hal Richerson – Secretary pro tem. Further nominations were called for from the floor. None being presented, a motion was made to accept the Nominations Committee report. A unanimous ballot was cast to elect. Al Hood automatically continues as Past President.

Old Business:

Al Hood thanked Bill Hausler and the Annual Meeting Committee for making the Annual Meeting this June an outstanding success. In particular he was pleased with their selection of Bob Hibbs as the featured speaker. Bill commented that we need a procedure to formally acknowledge speakers in the future. Although Bill has written to thank Mr. Hibbs, we should look into the possibility of offering an honorarium to speakers at our Annual Meeting who are not, nor were previously, associated with the University.

Marion Johnson reported on the results of the election of new Council members.

The question of retired Librarians eligibility for membership in the Emeritus Faculty Council was discussed again. Al Hood reminded us that the Manual of Procedure of the University lists librarians with faculty as emeriti. This topic will be considered again as will any need for change of the Council’s name.

Dee Norton reported that the College of Liberal Arts is not yet ready to implement the Fall Workshops planned for faculty considering retirement in the coming year. Several emeritus faculty have shown an interest in participating in these workshops to share their experiences in easing the transition to the retired state.

Committee Assignments and Reports:

Faculty Council and Senate (Thayer, Spaziani) There were no meetings this period.

Liaison to UIRA (Hoppin) No report.

Emeriti Listserv (Becker, Hood)  There are now 222 e-mail addresses on the Listserv, but they are not associated with a name because of a software change. It was suggested that e-mail messages be sent to all addresses asking for the associated names and any other missing information.

Senior College (Hood) The pre-announcement has been mailed. The jazz course had to be cancelled.

Research Committee (Cannon) Joe Cannon has agreed to serve for another year. We are all very grateful for his excellent reports and thorough analysis. Charles Barfknecht agreed to ask Joe to attend the September meeting to advise us as to the best strategy for proposing changes to the University Operations Manual in respect to Intellectual Property.

Hancher Committee (Thayer) No report.

Libraries Committee (Richerson) There was no meeting this period.

Retirement and Insurance Committee (Lembke) No report.

New Business:

  1. Committee Assignments.  President Thayer discussed the distributed DRAFT of Proposed Committee and Service Assignments for 2004-2005. Every member is on at least one committee. He asked all members to consider possible changes that better fit their interests or expertise. The final assignments will be circulated after the September meeting.
     
  2. Speakers or Guests for future meetings. Suggestions are welcomed. We hope that Joe Cannon will attend our next meeting in September, or a later meeting, to participate in discussion of problems associated with the development, use, and ownership of intellectual property within the University.
     
  3. Attendance at off-campus meetings.  Keith Thayer, with three other University of Iowa representatives, will attend the annual meeting of Big 10 retired faculty associations to be held August 20-22 in Minneapolis. A representative has not been selected as yet to attend the October 8-10 meeting in Nashville of the AROHE (Association of Retiree Organizations in Higher Education). A volunteer would be most welcome. Expense money is available.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

There will be no meeting in August.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Secretary 

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:55 A.M., Monday, June 7, 2004

Present: Al Hood (President), Sam Becker, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Eugene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary)

Absent: Charles Hale and Hal Richerson

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of May 3, 2004 were approved as distributed.

Old Business

Election Results: President Hood announced the results of the mail ballot sent to members of the Association.  The proposed change in the by-laws was approved overwhelmingly (164-2 with 3 abstentions).  The following persons were elected to the Emeritus Faculty Council: Keith Thayer (Dentistry), Al Hood (Education), Charles Barfknecht (Pharmacy), Miriam Gelfand (Liberal Arts and Sciences), Richard Hoppin (Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Ian Smith (Medicine).

Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting will take place on June 21, 2004 in room W401 of the John Pappajohn Business Building.  It is estimated that 50-60 persons will attend.  The featured speaker, Bob Hibbs, will present an illustrated lecture entitled, “A Tale of Antique Town and Gown.”  Provost Michael Hogan may make a brief appearance at the meeting if he can get away from the Regent’s orientation session that is scheduled for the same time. 

Member Survey: There were 140 responses to the member survey that accompanied the ballots for Emeritus Faculty Council.  Fifty persons indicated that they would be willing to assist in the oral history project.  Fifteen volunteered for outreach activities.  Most of the respondents provided Email addresses, but some may be difficult to contact since their names were separated from their survey responses when the luncheon reservation forms were separated from the surveys.

Clarification Needed: There was an inquiry from the Office of the Provost concerning emeritus librarians who were not faculty members when they retired.  Are they eligible to participate in the Annual Meeting and other activities of the Association of Emeritus Faculty of the University of Iowa?  According to the Operations Manual, members of the library professional staff are eligible for automatic conferral of emeritus standing on retirement.  The question arose as to whether the names of the Emeritus Faculty Council and the Association of Emeritus Faculty would have to be changed if librarians were admitted to these groups.  Further discussion on this matter was deferred until a later meeting.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Liaison to UIRA:

Professor Richard Hoppin reported that there will be no additional meetings of the UIRA Board of Directors until September.  There was some discussion of the matter of compensation for participants in events sponsored by the UIRA.  The annual picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8.

LISTSERV: 

President Hood will add new Email addresses to the LISTSERV.

Senior College:

Some of the programs scheduled for next academic year will be included in the University of Iowa's “Year of the Arts and Humanities.”

Research Council:

Professor Joseph Cannon’s submitted two reports to the Council, however, these were inadvertently left out of the packets members of the Council received.  His reports will be considered at the next Council meeting.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee:

Professor Valdean Lembke circulated his report on the last meeting of the Committee.  One of the major issues had to do with requests from some retirees to be permitted to continue to participate in the UI Select program.  Another issue discussed was a request from retirees who had dropped their UI coverage but later wished to resume coverage.  The Emeritus Faculty Council was requested to review this issue.  President Hood reported that the overwhelming majority of the responses he received from his request for comments on this matter indicated a preference that the policy remain the same, i.e. that persons not be permitted to resume coverage once it is dropped. Also discussed was the issue of identifying vendors for long term care policies and the issue of whether rates could be increased for persons who opt for this kind of coverage.  Apparently group rates, but not individual rates, can be increased.  Fewer vendors for this kind of coverage have been identified than had been previously anticipated.  It is hoped that a vendor can be selected this fall.

New Business

Council Officers: The Nominating Committee (Al Hood, Keith Thayer, Keith Guillory) met and developed recommendations for a slate of officers (Vice-President, Secretary) to be submitted to the Council at its July meeting.  Nominations from the floor also will be accepted.

Speakers/Guests: Provost Michael Hogan has been invited to attend a future meeting of the Council.  Names of other potential guests should be submitted to President-elect Thayer. 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 12 at 9:30 A.M.

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30 – 11:00 A.M., May 3, 2004

Present:  Al Hood (President), Tom Conway, Dick Hoppin, Bill Hausler, George Lance, Val Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Carl Ogren, Hal Richerson, Eugene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, and Lee Anna Clark (Liaison)

Absent: Sam Becker, Charles Davidson, Keith Guillory, Charles Hale, and Marion Johnson

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of April 5, 2004 were approved as amended be Lee Anna Clark whose office will make the corrections.

Old Business

Annual Meeting notice and ballot:

Bill Hausler reported that the program is on schedule for the Annual Meeting. Bob Hibbs, the featured speaker, will present an illustrated lecture titled, “A Tale of Antique Town and Gown”. The meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2004 in room W401of the John Pappajohn Business Building.

President Hood distributed a draft of a ballot that will be enclosed with the announcement of the Annual Meeting mailed to all members of the Association of Emeritus Faculty. This ballot proposes a change in the Manual of Procedure of the Association that relates to the definition of Emeritus Faculty. Presently membership in the Association of emeritus Faculty is limited to those who were eligible to vote for the election of members to the University of Iowa Faculty Senate at the time of their retirement. Since the University Operations Manual has a different and more detailed definition of Emeritus Faculty, the Council proposes that our Manual of Procedure be changed to define Emeritus Faculty according to the University’s Manual of Procedure.

Suggestions were made to correct typos in the ballot. A draft of the reservation form and the survey to accompany the letter announcing the annual meeting had been circulated along with the agenda for this meeting. Several suggestions were made to this form including the fact that the announcement of the meeting should show clearly to whom checks for the luncheon are mailed.

Liberal Arts faculty:

No information has been received from the College of Liberal Arts concerning the Council’s role in the development of a program for Liberal Arts faculty who are considering retirement. This program is still in the planning stage.

Committee/Assignments/Reports:

Faculty Council/Senate: Gene Spaziani reported that the Faculty Senate meeting of April 17, 2004 was devoted largely to final committee reports and to the election of officers for the 2004-2005 academic year. The Motion Summary report is designed to track motions of the Senate so they do not disappear from attention. Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure clarified, updated, and edited. The ad hoc Committee to Review Committees proposed two important changes: (1) that the name of the Faculty Welfare Committee be changed to the Faculty Policies and Compensation Committee to better describe their functions, and (2) a new Committee on Awards and Recognition be formed.

Gene brought our attention to an exceptionally good speech by Katherine Tachau, the new Faculty Senate president. The text of her talk can be found on the Senate website and will also be printed in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Liaison to UIRA:  Dick Hoppin stated that interactions with the UIRA are running smoothly.

Emeriti Listserv/Website:  Al Hood said that all newly retired faculty U of I e-mail addresses would appear on the listserv unless a person chooses NOT to be listed. Presently there are 168 names on the listserv. This change should result in a more complete list, which is important in anticipation of the larger number of early retirements expected this year.

Senior College: “Dean” Hood was delighted with the success of the programs offered this spring. Miriam Gilbert’s Shakespeare course was well liked by the 40 to 50 registrants. The same can be said for the nature program at Kent Park. Tentatively, offerings next Fall may deal with jazz, the Hoover Museum, the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, the Middle East, readings by international writers, contested elections of the 1900’s, educational testing, and a reprise by two old geologists.

Annual Meeting Committee: See the summary above.

Libraries Committee: Last month’s meeting was cancelled.

 

Research Committee: Professor Cannon’s report was attached to the agenda. In his report of a very recent Committee meeting (which will be distributed at the June meeting) he states that emeritus status for research scientists appears to be a dead issue.

Retirement and Insurance Committee: Val Lembke informed us of an upcoming meeting to review the potential insurance companies for health insurance and to consider revisions to CHIP I, II, III, e.g. high deductible plans.

Al Hood called the University Benefits Office to ask about the new medical prescription drug cards. That Office indicated that emeritus faculty will not need these cards since all CHIP programs cover prescription drugs.

New Business:

The recent solicitation for nominees to the Emeritus Faculty Council resulted in some new names; although nominees are still needed for a couple of colleges. Present Council members who have agreed to stand for re-election received lots of nominations.

Gene Spaziani, as well as others, was disappointed with the poor coverage by local newspapers of the election of Professors Kevin Campbell and Peter Greenberg to the National Academy of Science. Following the meeting Lee Anna Clark discovered that the press release that came out of the University was quite detailed. The local newspapers apparently chose to go with brief stories not recognizing the significance of membership in the National Academy of Science.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Conway, Acting Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:05 A.M., Monday, April 5, 2004

Present: Al Hood (President), Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Charles Hale, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary)

Absent: Sam Becker, Bill Hausler, and Eugene Spaziani

Associate-Provost Lee Anna Clark made a presentation entitled, “Changing Faculty Trends.” She showed slides of data related to faculty resignations broken down in categories including clinical track vs. tenure track; resignations by rank (assistant, associate and full professor); data regarding reasons for resignation, etc.

President Hood reported that the terms of Council members Charles Hale, Richard Hoppin, Keith Thayer, Edward Mason, and Keith Guillory are scheduled to expire this June.  He asked those who are eligible to serve an additional term to let him know if they wish their names to be included on the ballot that will be mailed out this month.

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of March 1, 2004 were approved as distributed.

Old Business

LISTSERV Newsletter:

 President Hood reported that the LISTSERV Newsletter is now being distributed to 168 persons.  Additional Email addresses will be solicited when the mailing goes out announcing the Annual Meeting.

Archives Oral History Project:

 Members of the Council offered a number of suggestions regarding names of persons who should be interviewed for this project and names of persons who might be willing to organize the interviews.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Liaison to UIRA:

Professor Richard Hoppin announced that President Hood has agreed to serve as chair of the Senior College Program Committee for one more year only.  The UIRA is considering a possible change in the definition of the term, “emeritus”.  A proposal has been made to extend emeritus status to persons who previously held appointments as staff scientists.  These persons wish to have access to library materials over their home computers.  Current library contracts with database providers only allow such access to those who have active appointments to the faculty.  It could be costly to extend the privilege to additional users.  The Council has previously discussed this proposal and did not support it.

Faculty Council/Faculty Senate:

Professor Keith Thayer reported on the Faculty Council’s discussion regarding reviews of collegiate deans.  The Council recommended that the reviews take place at 6-year rather than 5-year intervals.  They also discussed the salary incentive plans currently under consideration in a number of colleges and departments.  Action on this matter was tabled until the next Council meeting.  A recommendation regarding criminal background checks at the point of hire was approved and forwarded to the Senate. 

Faculty Senate:

Professor Eugene Spaziani attended the Faculty Senate meeting held on March 23.  Regents President Owen Newlin discussed problems resulting from the decrease in state funding.  He pointed out that the universities now operate with a state subsidy that is approximately half that provided three years ago.  The balance of the meeting was spent discussing the final report of the ad hoc committee on Amended Procedures for the Periodic Review of Collegiate Deans.  After a bit of fine-tuning the report was approved for submission to President Skorton.

Senior College:

President Hood reported that his committee is working on next fall’s program.  Attendance at Senior College sessions has fallen off a bit, but current enrollments are approximately 30-50 persons.  The next group of lectures is entitled, “Iowa, A Living Tapestry” and the speaker is Mr. Brad Friedhof, a naturalist for the Johnson County Conservation Board.  Also underway is, “The Making of the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.”

Annual Meeting:

The Annual Meeting of the Association will be held in Room W401 of the John Pappajohn Business Building on June 21, 2004.  The meeting will be followed by a luncheon.  Iowa City historian Bob Hibbs will be the featured speaker.

Research Council:

Professor Joseph Cannon’s written report on the activities of the Research Council was circulated to the Council members and its receipt was acknowledged with thanks to the author.  Comments were made earlier related to the issue of emeritus status for scientific staff retirees which was also discussed by the Research Council.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee:

Professor Valdean Lembke attended the March meeting of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.  A subcommittee is continuing to discuss the issue of insurance coverage for long term care.  Letters have gone out to vendors, and from the responders the subcommittee will select 4-5 to make presentations at sometime in the fall.  It is hoped that a vendor can be selected by January 1.

New Business

Association Mailings:

An announcement concerning the Annual Meeting will be sent out soon, together with a ballot related to the proposed change in the by-laws to define who is eligible for membership in the Association.  Also included might be a request for updated Email addresses, ideas for Senior College course offerings, volunteers to teach Senior College courses and invitations to participate in the oral history project.

Professor Keith Thayer reminded members that volunteers will be needed to fill the positions of Vice-President and Secretary when those positions must be filled in June.

Attention was directed to the Fulbright Senior Specialists program.  This program is open to retired faculty who are willing to spend 2-6 weeks abroad.  Information about the program is available at the web site: http://www.cies.org/specialists/

 

Raoul Kirkendahll has received inquiries concerning the development of a workshop for prospective retirees.  He invited interested persons to attend a forthcoming meeting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Executive Committee in early May.  Professors Norton and Orgren agreed to participate.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:05 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 3 at 9:30 AM.

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:25 A.M., Monday, March 1, 2004

Present: Keith Thayer (Vice-President, presiding), Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Richard Hoppin, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary)

Absent: Sam Becker, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Marion Johnson, Dee Norton, and Eugene Spaziani

Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark was scheduled to make a presentation, “Changing Faculty Trends,” but asked that her presentation be delayed until the April meeting.  Members congratulated Dr. Clark on her recent designation as a Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Minutes:

Minutes of the meeting of February 2, 2004 were approved as distributed.

OLD BUSINESS

Vice-President Thayer asked for volunteers to serve as alternates to represent the Council on University Charter Committees.  Professor George Lance agreed to serve as an alternate on the Committee on University Libraries.  Professor Carl Orgren will serve as an alternate on the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.  Professor Tom Conway will serve as a second alternate on the Research Council.  

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Council:

Professor Eugene Spaziani provided the Council with a detailed written report of the Faculty Council Meeting that was held on February 3, 2004.  Topics discussed were the report from the Board in Control of Athletics (BICOA) regarding their response to the policy statement: Framework of the Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics; the report from the Task Force on Student Arrest Rates; the incentive policy for salaries in basic science departments; and revision of the University of Iowa policy on conflicts of interest in employment (nepotism).

Faculty Senate:

Professor Thayer reported on the activities of the Faculty Senate at their meeting on February 10, 2004.  The Senate’s discussion mirrored the subjects mentioned in the report on the Faculty Council.  The Senate approved the BICOA report and forwarded it to President Skorton for his consideration.  The nepotism issue was discussed at length and the Committee on Conflicts of Interest in Employment was asked to address the issues raised.  In particular, concern was expressed regarding expanding the definition of nepotism to include not only relatives, but also close friends, because many DEOs might be considered close friends of their faculty., but these relationships should not be included in those to be addressed by the policy.

Research Council:

Professor Joseph Cannon’s written report on the activities of the Research Council was circulated to the Council members and its receipt was acknowledged with thanks to the author.

Committee on University Libraries:

Professor Hal Richerson met with members of the Committee on University Libraries.  He reported that there are fourteen vacancies in the library staff and because of funding cutbacks these positions are not being filled.  Matters related to copyright issues were also discussed.  There was considerable attention paid to the projected schedule for capital improvements.  A packet has been prepared and priorities are being set for the proposed expenditures.  There is an urgent need for additional storage space for storage of older books and journals.  A facility capable of storing 1.5 million volumes is needed with an estimated cost of $3-4 million.  A high priority is remodeling of Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  Plans call for enclosing the stairway leading to the Veterans Administration Hospital, and converting this into usable library space.  Estimated cost of this remodeling is $12-$18 million.  Major improvements in the Main Library are needed.  These are estimated to cost $61-$92 million.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee:

Professor Valdean Lembke attended the February meeting of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.  As reported previously, TIAA-CREF has decided to sell their long-term care business to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) and will no longer accept applications for this product.  UNI will drop long-term care coverage for their employees.  ISU will join the University of Iowa in seeking to identify a program to provide long-term care for employees.  There are 116 eligible companies to consider.  A committee has been appointed to explore this issue.  The University of Iowa Benefits Office is exploring the possibility of offering a health-care program having a higher deductible provision so as to provide insurance at a reduced cost.

NEW BUSINESS

Web Site:

Ms. Deb Tiemens has revamped and expanded the Emeritus Faculty Council website and members are asked to visit that site and send comments to Ms. Tiemens

Patents:

Professor George Lance observed that the policy on patents in the University Operations Manual is followed by the statement:  “Page last updated January 2004 by Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations.”  However, the question was raised regarding whether this policy is the one currently under discussion by various campus groups.  Dr. Clark responded that the phrase quoted refers to the entire Manual, and that the patent policy in that document was last amended in September, 1993.  Revisions in the patent policy have not yet been finalized.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 5 at 9:30 AM.

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:35 A.M., Monday, February 2, 2004

Present: Keith Thayer (Vice-President, presiding), Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Dee Norton, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary).

Guest: C. Edward Shreeves, Associate Director, University Libraries and Director, Collections and Information Resources.

Absent: Sam Becker, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Edward Mason, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, and Gene Spaziani.

Vice-President Thayer introduced C. Edward Shreeves, Associate Director, University Libraries and Director, Collections and Information Resources.  Mr. Shreeves circulated information to the Council regarding the increases in prices for journal subscriptions, books, and monographs.  He noted that serial expenditures have increased by 227% from 1986 to 2002.  The price of monographs has increased by 75%.  Many organizations that formerly published their own journals have turned over the rights to their journals to large publishing houses such as Elsevier, Kluwer, Wiley, etc., which are charging higher subscription prices, particularly for scientific journals.  He also addressed the question of electronic journals and their cost relative to the print versions.  He made a number of suggestions regarding how faculty could direct their publications to open access journals and how they can protect their copyright privileges.

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of January 4, 2004 were approved as distributed.

Old Business: Vice-President Thayer asked for volunteers to serve as alternates to represent the Council on University Charter Committees.  Professor Marion Johnson volunteered to serve on the Hancher Auditorium Committee.  Although it is not a Charter Committee, Professor Dee Norton expressed an interest in participating on the Senior College Program Committee.  It was suggested that the request for alternates be put up on our Listserv to recruit persons who are not members of the Council to serve in that capacity.

Included with the minutes was a draft of a letter which President Hood plans to send to Deans and Department Chairs regarding ways that emeritus faculty can contribute to their departments and ways that departments can provide services to emeriti.  It was suggested that a note be added to the effect that departmental secretaries can access lists of emeritus faculty from the Provost’s office.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Vice-President Thayer pointed out that Xeroxing service is available to emeritus faculty in Room #605 of the Jefferson Building.  The committees from which we receive reports were generally inactive during the winter recess.

New Business:

President Al Hood has been working on the oral history project.  Persons with long experience at the University of Iowa who would be interested in participating in this project should contact Professor Hood at ajhood@inav.net.

Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark agreed to make a presentation at our March meeting entitled, “Changing Faculty Trends.”   It is hoped that Provost Designate Michael J. Hogan can be prevailed upon to address the Council at some time during the fall semester.

Professor George Lance raised again the question of the University’s Intellectual Property policy.  In particular he pointed out the discrepancy in the treatment given applicants for patents as compared with persons who copyright their intellectual property.  He compared patent policies at sister universities such as Wisconsin, Stanford, Iowa State, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with Iowa’s policy.  He observed that their patent policies are somewhat less restrictive than ours. 

Professor Marion Johnson asked that Professor Val Lembke, who serves as an observer on the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, keep the Council apprised concerning the impact that recent prescription drug legislation will have on the Medigap coverage now available from Wellmark.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 1 at 9:30 AM..

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

8:30-9:50 A.M., Monday, January 5, 2004

Present: Al Hood (President), Charles Hale, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary)

Absent: Sam Becker, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Richard Hoppin, Bill Hausler, Marion Johnson, Dee Norton, and Gene Spaziani

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of December 1, 2003 were approved as distributed.

Old Business: President Al Hood reported that Emeritus Faculty Council members have begun participating as observers on three UI charter committees, and that he has contacted persons on those committees to ensure that our representatives receive notices of meetings and meeting agendas. Professor Keith Thayer is serving as our representative on the Hancher Auditorium Committee.  Professor Hal Richerson is serving on the University Libraries Committee.  Professor Val Lembke is serving on the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.

President Hood circulated a draft of a document which he plans to put up on our Listserv regarding participation of emeritus faculty in three different outreach efforts in which University faculty, specifically including emeritus faculty, have been invited to participate.  These include the speakers’ list, teaching of classes designed for the K-12 grades in “underserved areas” of Iowa, and participation in interviews on the local Iowa City cable TV station.  Several suggestions were offered for additions and revisions to President Hood’s document.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Council/Faculty Senate:

President Hood provided the Council with a report that was distributed at the Faculty Council meeting of December 9, 2003.  The report dealt with the deliberations of the Recreational Services Committee.  They reported that construction of the large athletic complex originally planned for the area adjacent to the Hawkeye Hall of Fame on Melrose Avenue has been delayed and scaled back.  The scaled back facility, to cost $12 million, will include new tennis courts (indoor and outdoor), indoor turf for field hockey and some storage buildings for Touch the Earth equipment rental for students.  A comprehensive recreation center, which will include a swimming pool, is now planned for a site on the East Campus and likely will be paid for by student activity fees.  In addition, the Committee reported that plans for renovation of Kinnick Stadium are proceeding.

Senior College: President Hood circulated the winter 2004 issue of “Spectator” which contains an article entitled, “After Retirement—Still Learning Something New Every Day.” The article contains information about the Senior College.  He also provided copies of the brochure listing programs scheduled for January until May 2004.  Professor Bill Hausler’s plans to sponsor a session of Senior College at his retirement community in Naples, FL have encountered a snag.  The community’s lawyer raised a number of objections to the event being held at that location.

Annual Meeting: Plans for the Annual Meeting are proceeding.  Robert Hibbs, a local author and historian will be the featured speaker.  Professor Hausler is soliciting ideas for entertainment at the meeting.  One suggestion was to work through Professor Soper to see if the Maia Quartet in which his daughter plays violin was a possibility.

Research Council:

Professor Joseph Cannon’s report on the University of Iowa Research Council meeting of December 3, 2003 was received by the Council and prompted discussion regarding his continuing concerns related to the University’s Patent Policy.  There is a committee working on a revision of this policy that was shared with Faculty Council last spring and further revisions have been made based on feedback received. However, there is no firm timetable for completion of their work and no details of the nature of the ongoing discussions with the University of Iowa Research Foundation are available currently.

Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee:

Professor Val Lembke attended the last meeting of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.  Two issues dominated the discussion: TIAA-CREF has decided to sell their long-term care business to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) and no longer will accept applications for this product.  Currently some 80 University of Iowa customers are enrolled in this program.  A sub-committee will be appointed to study how this change will affect University of Iowa participants.

A letter from TIAA-CREF to “Prospective Customers” of this service dated December 21, 2003 is at:   http://www.tiaa-cref.org/ltc/letter.html

The second topic discussed was the Medicare prescription drug benefit that was enacted by Congress and approved by the President.  This new program is scheduled to begin in January 2006.  Just what effect it will have on supplemental care (Medigap) policies is yet to be determined.

New Business:

President Hood distributed a draft of a document containing some suggestions concerning services that could be provided to retirees by colleges and departments. The idea of providing such a document to deans and department chairs was endorsed by the Council.  Members provided a few suggestions that might be incorporated into the letter that President Hood will write.

President Hood asked for suggestions of persons the Council could invite to future meetings.  One possibility would be a report from personnel at the University Library concerning the effect of budget cuts on acquisitions.  Since the Provost’s office has provided support for the Council’s activities it was suggested that it would be appropriate to extend an invitation to the new Provost shortly after the appointment is announced.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 2 at 9:30 AM.

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

2003

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:10 A.M., Monday, December 1, 2003

Present: Al Hood (President), Charles Davidson, Marion Johnson, Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory (Secretary)

Absent: Sam Becker, Tom Conway, George Lance, Dee Norton, Charles Hale, and Bill Hausler

Guest: President Al Hood introduced Ms. Maureen McCormick, Coordinator of University of Iowa Learning & Development.  Ms. McCormick gave a presentation on the SkillSoft eLearning system. SkillSoft is a resource that includes 280 course offerings in the areas of workplace effectiveness, technology issues, management and leadership skills, personal development, and health safety and wellness.  Access is limited to Windows compatible computers and to persons who have a Hawkeye ID and password.  Currently, there are 41,000 potential users on campus (students, faculty and staff as well as emeritus faculty.)  The most popular course is Basic First Aid, with 1,000 students enrolled.  The goal is to enroll 30% of UI faculty, students and staff in the various courses.  SkillSoft also provides a link to the TIAA-CREF learning site.  Additional information can be found at the following website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~fusstfdv/courses/jan2004/director_letter.html

SkillSoft can be accessed at UI library websites, such as: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/tutorials.html and also at:  http://skillsoft.uiowa.edu

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of November 3, 2003 were approved following a minor correction.  This correction will be reflected in the minutes posted on the Council website.

Old Business: President Al Hood spoke with Professor Margaret Raymond, President of the Faculty Senate, regarding participation by emeritus faculty as observers at meetings of UI charter committees.  Professor Raymond said that, except when these bodies go into executive session, their meetings are open to the public and she saw no impediment to emeritus faculty serving as observers.  Professor Keith Thayer has volunteered to serve as our representative on the Hancher Auditorium Committee.  Professor Hal Richerson will serve on the University Libraries Committee.  Professor Val Lembke has volunteered to serve on the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee.

A request was received from retired UI research scientists who would like to have on-line access to library materials.  At present access to these materials is available to persons who have a Hawkeye network ID and password.  Retired research scientists do not. Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark has discussed this matter with Ms. Susan Buckley, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, who has spoken with Ms. Nancy Baker, University Librarian.  At present, licensing agreements with various vendors limit access to these materials to faculty, staff and students.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Council/Faculty Senate:

Professor Spaziani reported on the Faculty Council meeting of November 4, 2003.  Among the topics discussed were Professor Ed Folsom’s report on the review of the Office of the President, a discussion by Professors Betsy Altmaier and Diaz-Arnold on reorganization of the Board in Control of Athletics and a report by Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark and Ms. Katherine Wynes on the composition of the faculty.  A report on the latter subject has been forwarded to the Faculty Welfare Committee that will consider whether additional members of the faculty should have voting rights.

Professor Thayer reported on the meeting of the Faculty Senate that was held on November 18, 2003.  Following a report on the review of the Office of the President, Professor Sheldon Kurtz of the FRIC discussed the UI Care and UI Select health care plans.  He said that there would be no change in premiums for persons who chose those plans.  The Faculty Senate added its name to sponsors of an advertisement to be placed in the Daily Iowan and the Press-Citizen stating that hate crimes have no place at the University of Iowa.

UIRA:  Professor Dale Bentz has resigned from the UIRA Board of Directors.  Professor Richard Hoppin, who currently serves as the Council’s liaison to the UIRA, will take his place on the Board.  The Board is currently considering a revision of its bylaws.

Senior College: President Hood reported on the programs planned for spring of 2004.  In January and February Professor Joseph Ascroft will present a series of lectures entitled, “Understanding Southern Africa and AIDS.”  Also in February Professor Edward E. Mason and Professor Khurram Qadir will lecture on, “An Obesity Epidemic in a Consumptive Society.”  Professor Ken Gayley will discuss, “Astronomical Surprises” in March.  Also in March, Dale W. Fisher, Kathleen Edwards, and Pamela White Trimpe of the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a course which will focus on the special exhibition, “American Tableau:  Selections from the Collection of the Walker Art Center.”  Some of the collection from this Minneapolis museum will be on loan to the UIMA.  In April Professor Miriam Gilbert and Riverside Theatre Co-Artistic Directors Ron Clark and Jody Hovland will present a discussion of the Shakespeare plays scheduled for this summer.  They include “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Measure for Measure”.  Also in April, Mr. Brad Friedhof, Naturalist for the Johnson County Conservation Board will lecture at Kent Park on Iowa’s ecosystems in a course entitled, “Iowa, A Living Tapestry”.  In May Professor Thomas Dean will present lectures on “Literature, Opera, Film:  La Traviata and Camille.”  In addition, history Professor David Schoenbaum offers a course from February through April entitled, “The United States in World Affairs.”  The course features guest lecturers and those guest lectures will be open to the public.

Annual Meeting: The date for the Annual Meeting has not yet been finalized.  The committee has been working on scheduling entertainment for the meeting.

Research Council:

Professor Joseph Cannon’s report on the University of Iowa Research Council meeting of October 31, 2003 was received with thanks to the author.  Highlights of the meeting included the introduction of the newly designated Associate Vice-President for Research, Dr. Francois Abboud, discussion of the Research Incentive Program, and a presentation by Interim Vice-President Decker of a working draft of a statement on “Support of Economic Development” in the State of Iowa.

Professor Lembke attended the Research Council meeting of November 12, 2003.  At that meeting Interim Vice-President Decker presented a revised “Research Incentive Plan” for discussion and review.  He also discussed the role of the university in economic development for the State of Iowa. 

New Business:

President Hood has been in communication with Ms. Jane Van Voorhis in the Office of the President regarding outreach activities in which emeritus faculty can make a contribution.  One is the speakers’ list.  The University gets requests for faculty to speak to various groups around the state and there is a need for more faculty members, including emeritus faculty who would be willing to participate.  Secondly, a federally funded grant has been received to provide learning to K-12 grades in “underserved areas” of Iowa through the ICN network.  Faculty will teach classes from the ICN classroom in North Hall to students in grade schools and high schools.  Finally, there is a program in which University personnel will be interviewed on the local Iowa City cable TV station regarding various issues.  They would like to include some emeritus faculty members in these interviews.

President Hood asked if there would be interest in hearing from personnel at the University Library concerning the impact of budget cuts on acquisitions.  Members of the Council responded favorably to this suggestion.

Professor Marion Johnson said that she has been contacted with inquiries concerning how the Medicare prescription coverage legislation will affect the coverage provided by Wellmark Blue Cross-Blue Shield.  President Hood will attempt to get answers to these questions.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:10 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 5 at 8:30 AM rather than 9:30 AM to avoid a conflict with the scheduled Senior College session.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., Monday, November 3, 2003

Present: Al Hood (President), Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Marion Johnson, Richard Hoppin, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, and Carl Orgren

Guest: President Al Hood introduced Interim Vice-President for Research William Decker who described changes under consideration to the University’s intellectual property policy.  Both the copyright and the patent policy have been revised, and the Faculty Council, the Faculty Senate and the University Vice-Presidents, have reviewed the proposed changes.  Additional modifications are expected. 

The previous “no give-back policy” which would have prevented a faculty member from applying for a patent even if the University failed to pursue the invention, has been changed so that it is more in line with policies at other universities.  That is, if the University declines to pursue a patent the inventor may pursue a patent on his/her own.

Changes will also be made in the royalty distribution policy to provide a larger share of the distribution to the inventor.

The Intellectual Property Advisory Policy Committee consists of two subcommittees, one dealing with patents and the other with copyrights.  The Vice President for Research will make appointments to the committee after consultation with faculty leadership and with the Office of the Provost.  The staff of W. Bruce Wheaton, Executive Director of the University of Iowa Research Foundation, will review patent disclosures.

Council members suggested that patent firms often lack the expertise to evaluate the merit of highly technical disclosures.  Some cost savings could result if there were a preliminary review of disclosures by separate small groups of faculty who are expert in areas such as genomics and proteomics, mechanical inventions, and pharmaceuticals and diagnostic agents.

In response to a query concerning secrecy and slow decision making in areas related to conflicts of interest and economic development Mr. Decker indicated that the University is attempting to set up a service group to assist entrepreneurs and inventors.

Mr. Decker also discussed the incentive plan to encourage faculty to seek additional extramural funding.  The Regents have approved a pilot plan put forward by one department in the College of Medicine., Similar plans will be considered in other departments and colleges after evaluation of the effectiveness of the pilot plan.

MINUTES:

Minutes of the meeting of October 6, 2003 were approved following a correction related to the action taken by the Faculty Senate on the recommendations of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.  This correction will be reflected in the minutes posted on the Council website.

OLD BUSINESS:

President Al Hood read a letter from Interim Provost Patricia A. Cain concerning emeritus designation for the persons who leave the University for academic jobs at other institutions. After consultation with Faculty Senate officers she concurred with the view that such persons generally should not qualify for emeritus status.  She is still considering the question of whether long time employees of the institution who teach but do not hold appointments as professor, associate professor or assistant professor should be recommended for emeritus status under the permissive rules that cover adjuncts.

On the matter of emeritus representation on University committees, President Hood reported that he has spoken with Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium, and Nancy L. Baker, University Librarian, and both would welcome emeriti to their respective committees.  Appointments to university committees ordinarily originate in the Office of the President.  Professor Hood is awaiting word from that office with regard to the possible appointment of emeritus observers to those committees and to the Funded Retirement Insurance Committee (FRIC).

Committees/Assignments/Reports:

Faculty Council/Faculty Senate: At the Faculty Council meeting on October 14 there was a discussion of the policy regarding reviews of collegiate deans.  The University’s anti-harassment policy was also discussed.  Members of the faculty of the College of Law were asked to review the policy to determine if there might be a conflict with first amendment rights.  The Council also considered possible revision of criteria for Faculty Senate membership to encompass more non-tenure-track faculty (e.g., long-time lecturers or visiting faculty).  The question was referred to an ad hoc committee for consideration.

President Skorton reported to the Senate on University budget matters.  He emphasized that the University will protect student financial aid, the library acquisitions budget, and our equal opportunity and diversity efforts.  The budgets of administrative units will be reduced more than academic unit budgets to meet the targets mandated by the Governor. 

Senior College:

One course remains on the schedule, “Travels with Two Old Geologists II—National Parks and More,” which will be offered in January.  The course is almost at capacity.  On the other hand, “History and Politics of Testing,” did not attract a large audience and has been cancelled.  It will be offered again next fall.

A number of courses are being planned for the spring.  Subjects include Africa, overweightness, a discussion of selections from the Walker Art Center, astronomy of the universe, flora and fauna of Iowa, “La Traviata” and Camille (the novel, opera and movie), and a discussion of the two Shakespeare plays that will be presented next summer.

UIRA:

Professor Richard Hoppin reported that the Retirees Association discussed the offerings of the Senior College.  He indicated that the Association’s membership continues to grow and its finances are in good shape. 

Annual Meeting:

A number of suggestions were made with regard to entertainment for the forthcoming Annual Meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS:

President Hood read correspondence concerning access to Medline by retired research scientists who did not hold faculty rank.  It was agreed that this is a matter that should be pursued with the staff of the University Library.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 1.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., Monday, October 6, 2003

Present: Al Hood (President), Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Marion Johnson, Richard Hoppin, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, and Carl Orgren

Guest: President Al Hood introduced Interim Vice-President for Research William Decker who described changes under consideration to the University’s intellectual property policy.  Both the copyright and the patent policy have been revised, and the Faculty Council, the Faculty Senate and the University Vice-Presidents, have reviewed the proposed changes.  Additional modifications are expected. 

The previous “no give-back policy” which would have prevented a faculty member from applying for a patent even if the University failed to pursue the invention, has been changed so that it is more in line with policies at other universities.  That is, if the University declines to pursue a patent the inventor may pursue a patent on his/her own.

Changes will also be made in the royalty distribution policy to provide a larger share of the distribution to the inventor.

The Intellectual Property Advisory Policy Committee consists of two subcommittees, one dealing with patents and the other with copyrights.  The Vice President for Research will make appointments to the committee after consultation with faculty leadership and with the Office of the Provost.  The staff of W. Bruce Wheaton, Executive Director of the University of Iowa Research Foundation, will review patent disclosures.

Council members suggested that patent firms often lack the expertise to evaluate the merit of highly technical disclosures.  Some cost savings could result if there were a preliminary review of disclosures by separate small groups of faculty who are expert in areas such as genomics and proteomics, mechanical inventions, and pharmaceuticals and diagnostic agents.

In response to a query concerning secrecy and slow decision making in areas related to conflicts of interest and economic development Mr. Decker indicated that the University is attempting to set up a service group to assist entrepreneurs and inventors.

Mr. Decker also discussed the incentive plan to encourage faculty to seek additional extramural funding.  The Regents have approved the plan put forward by the College of Medicine, and similar plans are under consideration in other colleges.

Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of October 6, 2003 were approved following a correction related to the action taken by the Faculty Senate on the recommendations of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.  This correction will be reflected in the minutes posted on the Council website.

Old Business: President Al Hood read a letter from Interim Provost Patricia A. Cain concerning emeritus designation for the persons who leave the University for academic jobs at other institutions. After consultation with Faculty Senate officers she concurred with the view that such persons generally should not qualify for emeritus status.  She is still considering the question of whether long time employees of the institution who teach but do not hold appointments as professor, associate professor or assistant professor should be recommended for emeritus status under the permissive rules that cover adjuncts.

On the matter of emeritus representation on University committees, President Hood reported that he has spoken with Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium, and Nancy L. Baker, University Librarian, and both would welcome emeriti to their respective committees.  Appointments to university committees ordinarily originate in the Office of the President.  Professor Hood is awaiting word from that office with regard to the possible appointment of emeritus observers to those committees and to the Funded Retirement Insurance Committee (FRIC).

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Council/Faculty Senate: At the Faculty Council meeting on October 14 there was a discussion of the policy regarding reviews of collegiate deans.  The University’s anti-harassment policy was also discussed.  Members of the faculty of the College of Law were asked to review the policy to determine if there might be a conflict with first amendment rights.  The Council also considered possible revision of criteria for emeritus status. 

President Skorton reported to the Senate on University budget matters.  He emphasized that the University will protect student financial aid, the library acquisitions budget, and our equal opportunity and diversity efforts.  The budgets of administrative units will be reduced more than academic unit budgets to meet the targets mandated by the Governor. 

Senior College: One course remains on the schedule, “Travels with Two Old Geologists II—National Parks and More,” which will be offered in January.  The course is almost at capacity.  On the other hand, “History and Politics of Testing,” did not attract a large audience and has been cancelled.  It will be offered again next fall.

A number of courses are being planned for the spring.  Subjects include Africa, overweightness, a discussion of selections from the Walker Art Center, astronomy of the universe, flora and fauna of Iowa, “La Traviata” and Camille (the novel, opera and movie), and a discussion of the two Shakespeare plays that will be presented next summer.

UIRA:  Professor Richard Hoppin reported that the Retirees Association discussed the offerings of the Senior College.  He indicated that the Association’s membership continues to grow and its finances are in good shape. 

Annual Meeting: A number of suggestions were made with regard to entertainment for the forthcoming Annual Meeting. 

New Business:

President Hood read correspondence concerning access to Medline by retired research scientists who did not hold faculty rank.  It was agreed that this is a matter that should be pursued with the staff of the University Library.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 1.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:50 A.M., Monday, September 8, 2003

Present: Hal Richerson (presiding), Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, Richard Hoppin, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Al Hood (President), Marion Johnson, and Keith Thayer

Minutes of the meeting of July 7, 2003 were approved following minor corrections.  Corrected minutes will be posted on the web site.

Old Business: Professor Hal Richerson summarized previous discussions on issues related to intellectual property.  He interviewed three colleagues from the Department of Internal Medicine, Professors Donald Macfarlane (Blood and Marrow Transplantation Faculty), Alan Moy (Pulmonary Faculty), and Louis Kirchoff (Infectious Diseases Faculty) regarding their dissatisfaction with the newly proposed policies on intellectual property issues and the current operations at the University of Iowa Research Foundation.  Keith Guillory distributed a copy of correspondence between Professor J.G. Cannon, Emeritus liaison to the Research Council, and Professor Richard Hichwa, Chair of the Council.  In his letter, Professor Cannon reiterated his displeasure with the fact that there is nothing in the University Operations Manual that specifies what persons will be engaged in reviewing patent disclosures.  Although the Manual specifies a University Patent Committee, there is no listing of members of this committee and the committee has not met for many months.  Associate Provost Clark pointed out that the recommendations of the Intellectual Property Policy Revision Committee have not yet been finalized and she characterized those who criticized the new policy as being ill informed.  It was her contention that since the budget of the Research Foundation has been increased it is no longer necessary to screen disclosures in order to limit the number of patent applications that can be pursued.  Hence, the Patent Committee is no longer needed to screen disclosures.

Professor Val Lembke attended the last meeting of the Research Council in Professor Cannon’s absence.  Cannon had hoped that the issue of the University’s patent policy would be discussed at that meeting, but it was not.

Professor Dee Norton moved that the Emeritus Faculty Council invite Interim Vice-President for Research William Decker to address the Council regarding his vision for the office of Vice-President and to clarify matters related to the issue of intellectual property.  The motion was seconded by Professor Bill Hausler and passed unanimously.

Professor Charles Davidson had been asked at the July meeting to formulate a letter from the Council concerning the Iowa Legislature’s action regarding stem-cell research.  He pointed out that, since that last meeting, there has been considerable discussion in the press about this issue.  There has been editorial comment in the Cedar Rapids Gazette critical of the Legislature’s stand.  Congressman Jim Leach, Senator Orin Hatch, and Nancy Reagan are among prominent individuals who have endorsed stem-cell research.  The AARP also has published an article and an editorial on this subject.  Since the matter is no longer an issue of scientific ethics and now has become a political issue, he recommended that the Council should hold off on direct involvement in this matter.  Members of the Council suggested that he contact Mark Braun and Derek Willard in the Office of Governmental Relations to offer the Council’s assistance if it can be helpful in supporting repeal of this legislation.

Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark requested the Council’s cooperation in insuring that the information gathered during this year’s exit interviews not be lost.  It was agreed that persons who conducted those interviews should participate in a meeting at which results of the interviews will be summarized for submission to the State Board of Regents.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Senior College: Professor Bill Hausler said that the two programs offered thus far, “The Silver Screen Cowboys: A Ride Down Memory Lane” and “Football in Plain English” have been very successful.  His committee is developing plans now for the spring semester’s programs.  Suggested topics include Astronomy, Africa, Mexico and Bird Watching.  Summer courses will be limited to June and early July.

UIRA Liaison: Professor Richard Hoppin reported that the UIRA board meeting is scheduled for September 9 and that election of officers will take place at the end of October.

EFC Web page: Keith Guillory reported that Ms. Deb Tiemens has done an excellent job of keeping our webpage current.  It was suggested that the draft minutes for the Annual Meeting can be put up on that page desspite the fact that they have not been approved officially by the Association.  This will be done.

Faculty Council:  Professor Gene Spaziani will attend the Faculty Council meeting on September 9.

New Business

In response to a request by Dean David Johnsen of the College of Dentistry, Professor Eugene Spaziani moved to recommend that Associate Dean Joseph Brennan be designated as a member of the Emeritus Faculty.  Keith Guillory seconded the motion.  It was pointed out that Associate Dean Brennan is not a tenured faculty member.  He holds the rank of lecturer.  The Bylaws of the Emeritus Faculty Association state:

“§ 2.    Membership in the Association includes all persons who, before they retired, were eligible to vote in the election of members of The University of Iowa Faculty Senate.

[The 1998 Constitution of the Faculty Senate defines those eligible to vote as including all traditional tenured and tenure-track faculty members plus the following non-traditional faculty members.

Tenured, non-tenured, and salaried clinical faculty who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor are considered members of the faculty and eligible to vote.  Faculty members not attached to a represented college are assigned to the most appropriate of the represented colleges for electoral purposes.”]

Following considerable discussion, the motion failed.

In response to a request from the staff in their respective offices, Professor Eugene Spaziani moved to recommend that Dean Robert Kelch, formerly of the College of Medicine and Provost Jon Whitmore be designated as members of the Emeritus Faculty.  Professor Valdean Lembke seconded the motion.  In the discussion it was pointed out that neither Dean Kelch nor Provost Whitmore has retired from the University of Iowa; both have resigned to accept positions at other universities.

The motion failed.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:50 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 6.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:10 A.M., Monday, July 7, 2003

Present:  Al Hood (President), Sam Becker, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Charles Hale, Bill Hausler, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, George Lance, Valdean Lembke, Edward Mason, Dee Norton, Carl Orgren, Hal Richerson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), and Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Keith Thayer and Gene Spaziani

Invited Guests: James Clifton and Robert Soper (Exit Interview Review Committee)

President Hood introduced the new members of the Council: George Lance, College of Engineering; Carl Orgren, Graduate College; Dee Norton, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Charles Hale, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Edward Mason, College of Medicine.  He next asked the Council to review and update the roster of members.

Minutes of the meeting of June 2, 2003 were approved as distributed.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Nominating Committee: President Hood presented the report of the Nominating Committee.  Keith Thayer was nominated to serve as Vice President and President Elect, and Keith Guillory was nominated to serve as Secretary.  A motion was made to elect the slate of officers as presented.  The motion carried unanimously.

Annual Meeting: Members of the Council expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the Annual Meeting and to the staff of the Provost’s office for their efforts in arranging for the luncheon.  It was suggested that members of the Nominating Committee might check on the list of persons attending the meeting to determine who might be asked to serve on the Council in the future.  Ms. Debbie Millsap will be requested to determine whether having the meeting in the Memorial Union next year would be more cost effective.  The sentiment of the group, however, was that 401 Pappajohn served the purpose very well.

Exit Interview Review Committee: The report of the Exit Interview Review Committee was distributed to members of the Council.  The discussion centered around one sentence in the report: “The committee feels that the work required is not of significant value, if the UI Administration uses the results for no more than the Regents’ report.”  Some members expressed the view that the interviews would produce more tangible results if comments of persons resigning from the University were not kept confidential.  There was some sentiment that the interviews did serve a public relations function.  However, finally, a motion was made that the Council’s participation in the exit interview process should be terminated.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Research Council: There was further discussion of Professor Joseph Cannon’s report to the Council regarding patent and copyright issues.  Several members expressed the strong view that the questions raised in Professor Cannon’s report should not be permitted to go unanswered.  Professor Hal Richerson reported that he has interviewed several persons regarding their dissatisfaction with the way the University Administration responds to faculty initiatives in the area of innovation. He offered to share those comments with interested parties. President Margaret Raymond of the Faculty Senate has offered to post Professor Cannon’s report on the Senate’s web page. The Council agreed to do this assuming Al Hood gets such permission from Professor Cannon.

Senior College: Don Coffman’s courses dealing with wind instruments and with woodwind and brass ensemble playing will not be on the schedule.  However, former House Minority Leader Dick Myers, D-Coralville, has agreed to present a course on practical politics.

Volunteerism Task Force: In March the Task Force sent a report to President Skorton with suggestions on incentives that might be taken to increase volunteerism on campus.

New Business

Professor Charles Davidson commented on the Iowa Legislature’s intervention in matters related to research underway at the state’s universities.  He was particularly concerned about the departure of Kate Daum Research Professor of Anatomy and Mary Hendrix of Cell Biology and of several members of her research team.  After some discussion Professor Davidson agreed to compose a letter/resolution to members of the Iowa Legislature and to present this letter to the Council at its next meeting.

A roster of committee assignments was distributed to the members.

Professor Sam Becker reported that 52% of emeritus faculty and 59% of the active faculty have contributed to the University’s fund-raising campaign.

There will be no Council meeting in August.  The next meeting is scheduled for the second week in September, Monday, September 8.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Minutes of the June 23, 2003 AEF Annual Meeting

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING

(To be approved June, 2004)

Association of Emeritus Faculty 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2003 W401 Pappajohn, Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Call to order:

President Bob Engel opened the meeting and asked Keith Thayer to introduce the entertainment. The Old Post Office Brass (from the New Horizons Band) provided a spirited rendition of eight pieces for brass band. Members of the group were:

Glorine Berry, French horn; Wally Johnson, tuba; Dan Brindley, trombone; Lambert Neil, trumpet; and Nancy Wombacher, trumpet.

Address:

University President David Skorton addressed the group. He began his address by recalling that he, Provost John Whitmore and several emeritus faculty members met five years ago to discuss the formation of an association of emeritus faculty. Next, he discussed a number of topics of interest to the Association. He mentioned that a dozen and a half departments on campus were ranked among the top ten in the country in the recently published U.News and World Report—rankings. He addressed the Universitys funding challenges, pointing out that the percentage of state funding, currently $225 million, as a fraction of the total University budget ($1.6 billion) is expected to continue to decline. He also talked about the challenges of maintaining openness and protecting free speech on the campus in a time of threats from terrorists. Next he talked about the Supreme Courts rulings in the cases involving admissions at the University of Michigan and the ways those rulings will impact on Iowas commitments to maintaining diversity. Finally, he responded to questions from the floor.

Approval of the June 17, 2002 minutes:

Minutes of the Third Annual Meeting were approved unanimously.

Report of the activities of the Emeritus Faculty Council:

President Engel began his address by thanking members of the Council who served during the past year as well as Professor Joseph Cannon who served as the Councils representative to the Research Council. He also thanked Ms. Deborah Millsap, Ms. Jan Swartzendruber of the Provosts Office and Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark for their efforts on behalf of the Council and the Association. He mentioned that changes in the Manual of Operations and Procedures that were endorsed by the group at last years meeting were approved following a mail ballot of all Association members. Among guests at Council meetings during the last year were Dean James Merchant of the College of Public Health, Professor Nicholas Colangelo, Chair of the Board in Control of Athletics, and Mr. Mark Schantz, General Counsel. Professor Hal Richerson was introduced to discuss the exit interview process for University of Iowa resignees. An Exit Interview Review Committee has met and made recommendations concerning future participation by the Council in this process. Their recommendations will be considered at the July meeting of the Council. Professor Al Hood was asked to report on the Senior College, a joint activity of the Association of Emeritus Faculty and the Association of Retired Faculty and Staff. Professors Dale Bentz and Sam Becker have been maintaining the e-mail Listserv for the Association and members were asked to update their e-mail addresses. Another project involving the Council was a task force to examine ways in which the volunteer work of retired faculty and staff might be encouraged. The Association was represented this past year at two national meetings, the meeting of the Big Ten Retirees Association and the Association of University Retirement Organizations held at The Ohio State University and at Indiana University, respectively. President Engel closed his remarks with thanks to Professor Keith Thayer and his committee for planning the meeting and luncheon.

Report of the Elections Committee:

Professor J.P. Long reported that the following new members have been elected to the Council:

Valdean Lembke, College of Business, 3 year term George Lance, College of Engineering, 3 year term Carl Orgren, Graduate College, 3 year term Gene Spaziani, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 3 year term Dee Norton, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 3 year term Charles Hale, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 1 year term Hal Richerson, College of Medicine, 3 year term Edward Mason, College of Medicine, 1 year term

Remembrance of deceased colleagues:

A moment of silence was observed to remember the twenty-two emeritus faculty members who died during the past year.

Passing of the gavel:

President Engel passed the gavel to incoming President Al Hood who addressed the group. He solicited suggestions from the members regarding ways that retired faculty can assist the University. He mentioned the outreach program that was initiated by Interim President Boyd, an oral history project, participation in orientation programs for incoming students, an emeritus faculty speakers bureau, and the establishment of recognition awards for emeritus faculty service.

Adjournment:

The meeting adjourned at 12:02 p.m. for a catered lunch subsidized by the Office of the Provost.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:40 A.M., Monday, June 2, 2003

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Keith Thayer, Gene Spaziani, and Keith Guillory, Secretary

President Engel announced that discussion of an agenda item dealing with the recommendations of the Exit Interview Review Committee would be postponed until July since Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark was unable to attend the June meeting.

Minutes of the meeting of May 5, 2003 were approved as distributed.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Nominating Committee: John Long reported that 144 ballots for positions on the Council were received as of Friday, May 30.  Thus far only 44 reservations have been received for the Annual Meeting.  Sam Becker will send out another announcement via the listserv.  Kathy Belgum has requested that a member of the Council be designated to be the liaison to the University of Iowa Retirees Association.

Annual Meeting: Keith Thayer announced that the Annual Meeting of the Association would be held in W401 of the Pappajohn building on June 23, 2003 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M.  President Skorton has accepted an invitation to speak and his presentation will begin at 10:30 A.M.  The program will begin with entertainment by the Old Post Office Brass Quintet.  The business meeting will follow President Skorton’s comments.  Luncheon will be served at noon.

Senior College: Al Hood reported on the plans for the forthcoming sessions of the Senior College.  In September Clayton Ringgenberg will present another version of his popular course on football. Marty Kelly’s presentation will feature “Cowboys in the Movies”.  In October Arthur Canter will again discuss “My Favorite Operas”.  Jeff Murray’s topic will be “DNA and the Human Genome Project.”  Eight writers from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop will discuss their work.  In November H.D. Hoover will discuss his testing programs.  Dan Coffman will present two courses: one dealing with wind instruments and the other with woodwind and brass ensemble playing.  Richard Baker and Keene Swett will continue their discussion of national parks. 

Hood also circulated a draft of the manual of organization and procedures of the University of Iowa Senior College and solicited comments from members of the Council.

Senior Center Educational Programming: Hal Richerson discussed the plans for reorganization of the programs offered by the Senior Center.  The current plan is to join the educational offerings of the Senior Center with those of the Center for Learning in Retirement.

Handbook and Listserv: Dale Bentz commented that there have been four additions/corrections to the listserv since the last meeting.

UIRA Liaison: Dale Bentz was not able to attend the last meeting of the UIRA but gave a report based on minutes of the meeting which appeared in the “Gray Hawk”.

Research Council: Professor Joseph Cannon’s report on the May 2, 2003 meeting of the Research Council was circulated.  Professor Cannon’s report was highly critical of a presentation that Dr. Bruce Wheaton, Director of the University of Iowa Research Foundation made to the Research Council on the subject of patent and copyright policies.  Most controversial is the proposal that when a disclosure is made to the Research Foundation, the ideas encompassed by the disclosure will automatically become University property in perpetua, regardless of whether or not the Research Foundation elects to pursue patent rights for the idea.  Members of the Emeritus Faculty Council discussed this and other aspects of Professor Cannon’s report.  President Engel suggested that the Council’s representative to the Faculty Council should bring this matter up when that body next meets.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson reported that three additional resignations have been received in the Office of the Provost.  Seventeen interviews have been completed since the first of the year and one is still outstanding.  The Council will continue to conduct interviews (except for those in the College of Medicine) until June.  The Council will discuss the recommendations of the Exit Interview Review Committee at the July meeting.

Faculty Senate/Council: The Faculty Senate and Faculty Council are not meeting during the summer.

OLD BUSINESS:

A retreat was held at Oakdale Hall on May 29, 2003 of members of the Faculty Council, and members of the University administration.  There were three agenda items:

I.                   Recruitment and Retention in a Time of Declining Resources

II.                Faculty as Speakers:  Faculty Speech and the University

III.             Structure of the Central Administration

Sam Becker and Jim Andrews were invited to participate in the first session where they discussed the exit interview process.  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark gave a presentation on trends in resignations at the University.  Some sentiment was expressed that the exit interview process serves a useful purpose and administrators would like to see it continued.  Members of the Emeritus Faculty Council expressed the view that changes need to be made in the process and that questions of timely notification of resignations, confidentiality issues, the need to recruit additional interviewers, etc. need to be addressed.  These matters will be discussed in more detail at the July meeting.

There being no further business, the Council adjourned at 10:40 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 7 at 9:30 until 11:00 A.M. in The Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall. 

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., Monday, May 5, 2003

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Keith Thayer, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Jim Andrews, Bill Hausler and Gene Spaziani

Guest: Joseph Cannon, emeritus representative to the Research Council

President Engel introduced Professor Joseph Cannon.

Minutes of the meeting of April 7, 2003 were approved as distributed.

President Engel noted that one of Professor Cannon’s reports was distributed to members of the Council and a second report will be available later.  He invited Professor Cannon to report on the activities of the Research Council.  Cannon stated that research support for emeritus faculty is not likely to be forthcoming in the foreseeable future.  The meager funds that are available from the Foundation and from the General Fund to support research will be earmarked for younger faculty.  Less money will be available to pay for travel to meetings.  He also indicated that Acting Vice-President for Research William F. Decker is likely to continue to serve in that post for some time, since the President’s first priority is to fill the Provost’s position.  Marion Johnson asked about the University’s policy with regard to distribution of grant income from indirect costs.  Cannon replied that he has not been able to get a clear answer to the question of just how these funds are distributed.  John Long decried the lack of accountability with regard to research funds that have been awarded.  Tom Conway asked if there was any way that new researchers could be encouraged to use the expertise of emeriti to improve their grant writing skills.  Professor Cannon will bring this matter up at the next Research Council meeting.  Members of the Council expressed their gratitude to Professor Cannon for his pithy and informative reports.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Nominating Committee: John Long reported that 2 nominees have been identified to fill the College of Business position, one nominee for the Graduate College position, and 5 nominees have agreed to have their names on the ballot to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  One more nominee is needed for the Liberal Arts and Sciences ballot.  The Nominating Committee will meet shortly after the Annual Meeting of the Association to consider nominations for offices on the Emeritus Faculty Council for next year. 

Annual Meeting: Keith Thayer announced that the Annual Meeting of the Association would be held in W401 of the Pappajohn building on June 23, 2003 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M.  President Skorton has accepted an invitation to speak and his presentation will begin at 10:30 A.M.  The remainder of the program, including the entertainment, is currently under development and should be finalized later this week.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson reported that three exit interviews were completed in the last couple of weeks and seven have been completed in the last couple of months.  Interviews will continue for the remainder of this year.  The Council will discuss the recommendations of the Exit Interview Review Committee at the June meeting.

Faculty Senate/Council: Al Hood stated that Professor Nick Colangelo, Chair of the Board in Control of Athletics, gave essentially the same report to the Faculty Senate that he delivered to the Emeritus Faculty Council.  A committee of the Senate has been looking into the University’s policies with regard to arrests of students who abuse alcohol or drugs.  Currently, the University has a zero tolerance policy with regard to drug abuse and this policy has caused Iowa to have a higher arrest record for minor drug abuses than peer institutions that have a less restrictive policy.  Also under consideration is the University’s policy with regard to copyrights and patents.  While the policy on copyrights is likely to remain the same, the policy on patents is under review.  It appears that inventors will receive a larger share of the income from patents in the future, but they may have to surrender the right to patent their own inventions even if the University decides not to pursue patents itself.

Senior College: Al Hood reported on the activities of the Senior College.  Richard Caplan’s lectures on “Medicine in Literature” and Jerald Schnoor’s lectures on “Global Change and Sustainable Development” were extremely well received.  There are sixty registrants for Ruth Williams’ lectures on “Pharaonic Egypt: Life and Death on the Nile” and eighty for Robert Hibbs’ “A Hundred Good Stories: Vignettes Which Make Iowa City History Come Alive.”  Planning for next year’s programs are already underway.  One possibility is a presentation by Professor Jeffrey Murray on “DNA and the Human Genome Project”.

Senior Center Educational Programming: Both Hal Richerson and Al Hood serve on a committee that develops programs for the Senior Center.  The Senior Center offers a variety of programs and now there are offerings from the Institute for Learning in Retirement.  The Institute is affiliated with Elderhostel.

Handbook and Listserv: Dale Bentz and Sam Becker have been attempting to keep the listserv up to date.  Currently, there are 166 names on the listserve.  The announcement of the Annual Meeting will contain a form that will permit members of the Association to update their Email addresses.

NEW BUSINESS:

Sam Becker gave a report on the progress of the University’s fundraising campaign.  The national steering committee met this past week and was told that the Foundation has reached the 75% level towards meeting its goal of $850,000,000.  Contributions from faculty and staff have also reached the 75% level towards the goal of $25,000,000.

There being no further business, the Council adjourned at 11:00 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 2 at 9:30 until 11:00 A.M. in B5 Jessup Hall.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

10:15-11:50 A.M., Monday, April 7, 2003

Present:  Al Hood (Vice-President), Jim Andrews, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Richard Hoppin, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Charles Davidson, Bob Engel, Bill Hausler, Marion Johnson, and Robert Soper

Guests:  Nick Colangelo, Chair, Board in Control of Athletics, Mark Schantz, General Counsel: Intercollegiate Athletics, Jan Swartzendruber and Deborah Millsap, Office of the Provost, and Madgetta Dungy, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Medicine.

Lee Anna Clark introduced Ms. Swartzendruber and Ms. Millsap from the Office of the Provost.  Al Hood then introduced Professor Colangelo and Mr. Schantz.  Professor Colangelo provided the Council with information concerning the expenditures incurred and the persons representing the University of Iowa who participated in activities associated with the 2003 Orange Bowl.  He provided some background on policies with regard to participation of members of the Board in Control of Athletics at previous Rose Bowl appearances by the football team, and policies that have developed since Big Ten representatives have been invited to other bowl games, particularly the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

Current Big Ten policies allow universities to pay expenses for all members of the Board in Control of Athletics for BCS games.  In the case of lesser bowls, in addition to the presidential party, the Chair of the Board in Control of Athletics will be invited to attend.  The Board has considered the propriety of accepting perquisites associated with their service, and whether accepting such “perks” might compromise their objectivity in developing policies for the Department of Athletics.  Professor James Tomkovicz serves as Chair of a subcommittee that is examining policies with regard to participation of the Board at future bowl appearances. This committee will present its recommendations at their April meeting of the Board.

Professor Colangelo reported that the travel and expense budget for the 2003 Orange Bowl was $1,550,000.  Of this allocation, $378,235 was not spent.  Mr. Shantz circulated a detailed financial report on these expenditures and on the University of Iowa athletic budget, an excerpt from the Big 10 Handbook dealing with bowl participation, and current policies of the Board in Control of Athletics regarding post-season travel.

Questions were raised regarding the taxability of perquisites.  Currently the University is providing 1099 forms for guests/spouses who participated in the Orange Bowl at University expense, but not for faculty and staff who serve as University representatives.  There were also questions regarding the role of the Board in decisions related to the hiring and firing of coaches.  When there is a vacancy, a committee screens candidates and at least one member of the Board serves on the committee.  It is the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the University President who make the final decisions. 

Professor Colangelo was asked whether the title, Board in Control of Athletics, is an accurate description of the Board’s function.  He responded that the Board is advisory and it is a bit of a stretch to say that it is in “control” of athletics.  Ultimately, it is the University President who is responsible for policies with regard to athletics. He said that President Skorton has not yet outlined the extent to which he will participate in the day-to-day decisions regarding athletics or just what his relationship will be towards the Board and Director Bowlsby.

Another topic discussed was the revenue-generating aspect of collegiate athletics.  Football and men’s basketball generate more than 80% of the revenue for the Department of Athletics.  Decisions of the Department are often driven by business considerations.

Meetings of the Board in Control of Athletics are open to the public and members of the Emeritus Faculty Council are invited to attend those meetings.

The minutes of the March 3, 2003 meeting were approved as circulated.

OLD BUSINESS

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Exit Interview Review Committee: Keith Thayer circulated a report of the Committee.  The Committee recommends that the present exit interview process conducted by Emeritus Faculty Council members be continued until July 1, 2003, but that this process should be discontinued at that time.  If changes are made in the procedure, it is possible that the Council may wish to revisit the question of its participation. 

There was some discussion of the mechanisms for dealing with faculty grievances, such as the Dispute Resolutions Committee, the Integrated Employee Assistance Program, the Behavioral Risk Management Group, the University Counseling Services and the Employee Relations Unit of the Department of Human Resources.

Dean Dungy described the procedure she is employing to interview persons who are resigning from the College of Medicine. She said that of the 125 medical colleges in the United States only a dozen are conducting exit interviews.  It is her impression that one

of the overriding issues leading to faculty resignations is the inability of spouses to find suitable employment. Currently, when she receives notification from the Office of the Provost that a faculty member is resigning and has been sent a survey, she contacts them by e-mail to set up an appointment to discuss their reasons for leaving.  She plans to continue this process until the end of this fiscal year (i.e., until the beginning of July, 2003) and will reevaluate the process at that time. 

Lee Anna Clark took issue with the implication in the Committee’s report that the only purpose the exit interviews serve is to provide data to the Board of Regents.  She provided examples of instances where policy changes have resulted from the interviews.  She also pointed out that President Skorton and the new provost may wish to develop an alternative mechanism for conducting the interviews.

Keith Guillory moved that the Committee report be accepted.  The motion was seconded by Tom Conway and passed.  The recommendations in the report will be the subject of further discussion at the May meeting of the Council.

Elections Committee: John Long announced that the Elections Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 8 to tally responses to the request for nominations to the Council.  After reviewing the Bylaws it was determined that three representatives will be eligible to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Annual Meeting: Keith Thayer announced that the Annual Meeting of the Association will be held in W401 of the Pappajohn building on June 23, 2003 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:30 P.M.  He solicited suggestions for the program.  President Skorton will be invited to participate.

NEW BUSINESS:

Al Hood mentioned that the response to the Iowa City Senior Center’s classes has been disappointing.

There being no further business, the Council adjourned at 11:50 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 5, at 9:30 until 11:00 A.M. in the Iowa Room (335) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-11:00 A.M., Monday, March 3, 2003

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Richard Hoppin, Al Hood, John Long, Hal Richerson, Valdean Lembke, Robert Soper, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Bill Hausler, Marion Johnson, and Gene Spaziani

The minutes of the February 3, 2003 meeting were approved as corrected. Corrected minutes will be posted on the web site.

OLD BUSINESS

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Council/ Senate: Al Hood reported that the Council discussed the work of its Government Relations Committee.  The Council approved President Boyd's suggestion that the words "service to the state" be included in the university's promotion and tenure guidelines, under the category of "service."  The Council has recommended that the budget review committees of the Faculty Senate and the Staff Council be combined.  The Council discussed the case of university student and basketball player, Pierre Pierce. No action was taken.  The Council is supporting a Chautauqua Series on the topic of the "Role of Public Universities in the Area of the Liberal Arts," sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The Council recommended to the Senate the approval of a full week of recess for Thanksgiving week, effectively dropping classes on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. The fall and spring terms would then have an equal number of class days.  The Council passed an anti-war (or peace) resolution. The Council considered promotion policies/guidelines for the clinical track faculty.

Senior College: Al Hood reported on the classes that have been held this winter and those that are planned for spring. He indicated that the student evaluations were especially strong on the positive side for the course on the Geology of the National Parks, taught by Professors Swett and Baker.  Courses are now in the planning stage for next academic year. Because of their popularity, courses may include topics on geology, the Middle East, and opera.

Iowa City Senior Center Classes: Hal Richerson reported on the impressive array of classes/topics being offered through the Senior Center, including Beginning Tap Dancing, Fiction Writing, Funerals, Mental Illness, Life Story Writing, Herbs, and Computer Courses. It was suggested that these offerings be cross-listed in the Senior College publications as well as on the List Serve. Dale Bentz said that he and Sam Becker would send the offerings to the List Serve.

UIRA: Dale Bentz was out of town at the recent meeting of UIRA and, therefore, had no report.

Research Council: Bob Engel called the Council's attention to Professor Joseph Cannon's report of the meeting of February 11, which was sent with the announcement of today's meeting. Professor Cannon subsequently sent his report of the February 18 meeting, which Professor Engel read to the Council. Professor Engel also reported that he has invited Professor Cannon to attend our meeting, either in April or May, so the Council can thank him for his excellent work as our representative. Professor Conway and others discussed some matters related to the work of the Research Council. Chairman Engel suggested that anyone with ideas related to the work of the Research Council should send them directly to Professor Cannon.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson reported that four interviews have been assigned since the last meeting of the Council, and that two of them have been completed. Since July first twelve interviews have been assigned.  Two have not been completed and two persons declined interviews.  Professor Conway raised a question about the time lag that often occurs between the interview and the report. Professor Thayer, Chair of the special committee to study the exit interview process, said that the committee's pending report would address that question.

A question was raised about the potential length of the April meeting.  President Engel will reorder the agenda for the meeting so that committee reports are scheduled for the end, and if time does not permit, these reports will be scheduled for the next meeting or for a special meeting later in April.

Volunteerism Task Force: Dee Norton has contacted President Engel about issues under consideration.  John Long said that the task force presently is drafting its final report.  He said that one issue the committee has not addressed is whether volunteers might be displacing work-study students who rely on this funding to pay for tuition.

Annual Meeting: Keith Thayer’s committee will be meeting shortly.  Debbie Millsap will coordinate scheduling of the meeting with Valdean Lembke.  Preferred dates for the meeting are June 9th and June 23rd.

Nominating Committee: John Long reviewed the nomination process, noting that in the next Council Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Education will each lose one member.  He expressed some trepidation about the fact that seven members might be elected this June and only three next June.  Dale Bentz expressed reservations about continued representation from the Graduate College, which has relatively few emeriti.  The Nominating Committee will discuss these matters.

NEW BUSINESS

Al Hood suggested two areas where members of the Association might participate as volunteers.  The University Archivist, David McCartney, would welcome emeriti participation in collecting oral histories of campus departments.  Emeriti might also wish to serve as facilitators, assisting the chairs of committees in ways that would make committee work less taxing for full-time faculty.  These suggestions were referred to the Joint Volunteerism Taskforce.

Professor Nick Colangelo, Chairman of the Board in Control of Athletics and Mr. Mark Schantz, General Counsel, have agreed to attend the April 7th meeting of the Council to answer questions related to policies of the Board. 

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 11:00 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 7, 2003 at 10:15 until 11:45 A.M. in the Lucas Dodge Room (256) of the IMU.

Respectively Submitted,

Bob Engel, Secretary Pro-Tem, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:25A.M., Monday, February 3, 2003

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, John Long, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Gene Spaziani, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Valdean Lembke, and Keith Thayer

The minutes of the January 6, 2003 meeting were approved as corrected. Corrected minutes will be posted on the web site.

OLD BUSINESS

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Senate/ Council: Jim Andrews reported on the activities of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council. A proposal to merge the faculty and staff budget committees will be voted on at the February 11 meeting of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Council heard a report by Professor Sheldon F. Kurtz, Chair of the Funded Retirement Insurance Committee (FRIC).  Professor Kurtz noted that the University of Iowa’s contributes to faculty and staff medical coverage is the lowest among Regent’s institutions and also is lowest among CIC institutions.  His report will be circulated to members of the Council.  Professor Kurtz stated that, while it is true that the University of Iowa offers more choice and better benefits than other institutions, there is still a need to make adjustments to correct the imbalance in University contributions.  The Senate will await receipt of reports from the Board in Control of Athletics and from the special committee appointed by President Boyd before making recommendations regarding the handling of the case involving a student athlete.

Senior Center: Course offerings at the Senior Center are listed in “The Post.”  Hal Richerson indicated that persons interested in those programs could request to be put on the mailing list for that publication.  

Listserve: Dale Bentz moved that the minutes of the Emeritus Faculty Council be circulated to those persons on the listserve who wish to receive them.  The motion was seconded by Gene Spaziani and passed. 

UIRA: Dale Bentz stated that the issues being considered by the UIRA include membership, the Retirees College, and the Task Force on Volunteers, matters that also are the focus of the Council’s attention. 

Research Council: Joseph Cannon informed the group that the Research Council has not met this year, but has a meeting scheduled for next week.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson provided a clarification of the latest information concerning the exit interview process in the College of Medicine.  Dr. Madgetta T. Dungy, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, will be conducting interviews with selected persons in the College of Medicine who have resigned since July 1, 2002.  She will continue to conduct interviews on a trial basis through 2003.  The Emeritus Faculty Council will not have a role to play in those interviews.  Dr. Dungy will attend the April meeting of the Council to hear the recommendations of Keith Thayer’s committee that is considering policies for future interviews.

Associate Provost Clark’s report on the exit interviews conducted last year was included in the materials supplied to the Board of Regents for their January meeting. Her report will be made available to Keith Thayer’s committee.  She also reported that Iowa State University has been gathering data on exit interviews for the past five years.  However, the data collected apparently has not led to substantial policy recommendations as it reportedly has been more anecdotal than systematic.  ISU is considered an on-line survey dealing with faculty job satisfaction, thinking that the results of such a survey might be able to provide a baseline for comparing responses from faculty who are resigning from the institution.

Joint Volunteerism Task Force: John Long and other members of the Task Force met with Ms. Jane Van Voorhis from the Office of the President regarding outreach and advocacy issues.  Thus far approximately 150 faculty members have volunteered to participate in various programs.  Members of the Task Force will be meeting with heads of volunteer organizations including the volunteers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  Professor Long mentioned that 40% of retired faculty residing in the area are participating as volunteers.

NEW BUSINESS:

Elections Committee: John Long serves as Chair of this committee.  The terms of eight Council members will expire this June.  The new bylaws mandate a change in the total number of Council members.  The committee should begin work shortly on the nomination ballots that will be circulated to members of the Association.

Annual Meeting: Three alternative dates June 9th, 16th, and 23rd are being considered for the Annual Meeting of the Association. Debbie Millsap will be asked to check into the availability of facilities in the John Pappajohn Business Building for those dates.  Keith Thayer’s committee will be soliciting suggestions for the program for that meeting. Professor Nick Colangelo, Chairman of the Board in Control of Athletics and Mr. Mark Schantz, General Counsel, have agreed to attend the March meeting of the Council to answer questions related to policies of the Board. 

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 10:25 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 3, 2003 at 9:30 until 11:00 A.M. in the Iowa Room (335) of the IMU.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

9:30-10:45 A.M., Monday, January 6, 2003

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Dale Bentz, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Gene Spaziani, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Tom Conway, Al Hood, Robert Soper, and Keith Thayer

The minutes of the December 2, 2002 meeting were approved as corrected. Corrected minutes will be posted on the web site

It was announced that Helen Chadima has resigned from the Council because of a scheduling conflict.  Her Liberal Arts & Sciences position will be filled at the time of the spring elections.

Eugene Spaziani offered the following resolution, seconded by Bill Hausler:

Be it Resolved: That the secretary of the Emeritus Faculty Council be directed to offer our congratulations to Vice President David Skorton on his selection as President of the University of Iowa, and to extend our best wishes for every success in his new positio

The motion passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Presidential Search: Three members of the Emeritus Faculty Council, Bob Engel, Al Hood, and Sam Becker, were invited to participate in interviews of candidates for the post of President of the University of Iowa. 

Faculty Senate/ Council: Lee Anna Clark reported on the activities of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council.  A committee has been appointed to review the Office of the President of the University.  Professor Lowell (Ed) Folsom of the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences chairs the committee.  Other members of the committee are: Professors Lynn Richman (Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine), Catherine Ringen (Department of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), John Westefeld (Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, College of Education), Associate Professor Lois Geist (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine) and Donna Muller, Staff (Department of Human Resources Specialist, UIHC).

Ms. Jane Van Voorhis from the Office of the President spoke to the Faculty Senate on behalf of outreach and advocacy issues.  There has been enthusiastic response to an Email call to faculty and students inviting them to join a corps of persons willing to speak on behalf of the University at various locations throughout the state. 

Senate leaders attended the CIC meeting that was held at Indiana University.  The topic of the meeting was intercollegiate athletics.  Among issues discussed were the use of general education funds to support athletics, the increasing escalation of the salaries of coaches and the commercialization of athletics.

The activities of the Charter Committee on Family Issues have been expanded so that, in addition to child care, the Committee will also focus on elder care and other family issues. 

The University’s conflict of interest policy has been reworded so as to make the policy more understandable, and to bring it into line with national standards.  The Board of Regents has requested additional data concerning the extent and nature of consulting activities of the faculty.  The new policy was approved by the Faculty Senate and has been forwarded to the Vice Presidents’ group for approval.

There was considerable discussion of issues related to the status of basketball player, Pierre Pierce.  A motion on this subject was offered and, after several amendments were considered, the motion was tabled.

The Faculty Council heard a report by Professor Sheldon F. Kurtz, Chair of the Funded Retirement Insurance Committee (FRIC).  Members of the FRIC have recommended that the University increase its contribution to faculty and staff medical insurance.  Professor Kurtz noted that, particularly for young assistant professors, faculty raises were exceeded by the increase in premiums this year.

There is a proposal to merge the faculty and staff budget committees.  This proposal has the support of Vice President for Finance & University Services, Douglas K. True.  The recommendation will be forwarded to President-Designate Skorton.

Senior College:

A flier containing a listing of courses to be offered February to May 2003 has been mailed. A question was raised concerning scheduling of the courses on Mondays and Fridays.  Al Hood will be queried about this at next month’s mee

UIRA:

Eleanor Anstey, President of the UIRA, contacted her counterpart at Iowa State to inquire about ISU’s willingness to participate in joint volunteerism programs.  The response she received was less than enthusiastic.

Joint Volunteerism Task Force:

President Boyd attended a recent meeting of the task force.  There was a discussion of the need for volunteers at the Natural History Museum, the Roy G. Karro Athletics Hall of Fame, the Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Foundation, Old Capitol, the Office of the Provost (e.g., for exit interviews of resigning faculty), and others.  Volunteers could also participate in orientation and in various outreach programs.  Bill Hausler suggested that programs of the Senior College might be offered at sites outside of Iowa (e.g. Florida) where there are large concentrations of alumni and retired faculty.

Exit Interviews:

The Exit Interview Review Committee, chaired by Keith Thayer, expects to report back to the Council in March with its recommendations.  These will be considered at the April meeting of the Council.  Hal Richerson reported that exit interviews that were scheduled for December have been completed.  There is the utmost confusion regarding who will conduct exit interviews in the College of Medicine.  It now appears that Dr. Madgetta T. Dungy, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, may be conducting those interviews after all.  Lee Anna Clark will contact Dr. Dungy to ascertain the status of the interviews.  Associate Provost Clark also reported that she was having some difficulty receiving timely reports of resignations from deans and department heads.

NEW BUSINESS:

Some Council members raised questions about expenses paid for those who attend bowl games.  The concern seemed to be, at least in part, that expenses are paid for some who, perhaps, ought to pay their own way, and that those funds could be applied to other athletic department needs.  This would reduce the amount needed from the general fund for Athletic Department expenses.  President Engel agreed to contact Professor Nick Colangelo and Mark Shantz about these matters.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 10:45 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 3, 2003 at 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. in the Iowa Room (335) of the IMU.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

2002

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

December 2, 2002

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Helen Chadima and Bill Hausler

The minutes of the November 4, 2002 meeting were approved as circulated.

Copies of committee assignments for 2002-2003 and a schedule for meetings for the forthcoming year were circulated to all members.

OLD BUSINESS

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty Senate/ Council: Jim Andrews attended the Faculty Council meeting.  He reported that the proposal to establish a joint faculty-staff budget committee has been deferred.  The activities of the Charter Committee on Family Issues have been expanded.  Previously, the Committee focused on matters related to childcare and parenting concerns.  A new area of emphasis will be providing services for elderly family members.  The Council approved a change in the policy regarding conflicts of interest.  This change is intended to make the policy more understandable and to bring the University’s policy into line with national standards. The matter will be discussed at the meeting of the Faculty Senate scheduled for December 3.  A web-based system will be implemented in the future so that faculty can report on matters related to consulting.

Senior CollegeAl Hood listed the courses that will be offered in the Senior College this spring.  They include, for January: “Shakespeare: Making Love and Making War” with Miriam Gilbert and “Gandhian Thought: Applications for the 21st Century” with Tom Walz.  For March: “March Madness II: Rural Artistry” with Pam Trimpe and Kathleen Edwards.  For April: “Global Change and Sustainable Development” with Jerald Schnoor.  For May: “Pharonic Egypt: Life and Death on the Nile” with Ruth Williams and “A Hundred Good Stories: Vignettes That Make Iowa City History Come Alive” with Robert Hibbs. Registration is available on the Senior College web site:  http://www.iowalum.com/srcollege.

UIRADale Bentz reported that the membership for this year was 744 and more than 800 members are expected for next year.  He also inquired if there was any interest in combining the list serves of the UIRA and the Emeritus Faculty Council.  There was not much enthusiasm for combining the lists.

Report – Professor Joseph Cannon

Research Council: Professor Joseph Cannon’s report on the November 6, 2002 meeting of the Research Council.  This report was distributed to members of the Council.  The report was accepted with thanks to the author.  One topic mentioned in his report was a proposal that faculty receive $500 per year for domestic travel and $750 every other year for foreign travel.  This elicited some discussion from members of the Council.

Exit Interviews:

Hal Richerson distributed a list of current exit interview assignments.  Dr. Lee Anna Clark provided an update regarding the College of Medicine interview process.  The College of Medicine’s Executive Committee has abandoned plans to interview persons who resign from that College.  Responsibility for these interviews will now fall to the Emeritus Faculty Council.  The Exit Interview Review Committee, chaired by Keith Thayer, has met twice and expects to report back to the Council in March with its recommendations.

Joint Volunteerism Task Force:

 Bob Engel reported that the task force includes three Council members:  Dale Bentz, Helen Chadima, and J.P. Long.  Dee Norton will serve as Chair and Kathie Belgum as Scribe for the group.

NEW BUSINESS:

There being no new business, the Council adjourned at 10:55 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 6 at 9:30-11:00 A.M., in the Iowa Room (Room 335) of the IMU.

Respectively Submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

November 4, 2002

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, John Long, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Gene Spaziani, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, (Secretary), Guests: Dean James A. Merchant and Raymond L. Bennett

Absent: Helen Chadima, Tom Conway, Valdean Lembke, and Keith Thayer

Dean James A. Merchant gave the members of the Council a detailed overview of the College of Public Health. He discussed the themes that are defining the College’s activities, its plans for future development, the degrees offered, its various centers, its funding, and the joint degrees currently being developed with other colleges on campus and with other universities. 

Additions were made to the minutes of the October 7, 2002 meeting to reflect the fact that Interim-President Boyd spoke to Lee Anna Clark, as well as to the UIRA and the EFC, regarding exploring ways emeritus faculty and retired staff members can be encouraged to volunteer for service to the University.  In the discussion of the two-hour course, “The College Transition,” Dr. Clark requested that it be noted that if funding is made available, emeritus faculty may be asked to participate in the course. 

Old Business

Interview Project: President Engel announced that Keith Thayer has agreed to serve as Chair of the Committee to Evaluate the Interview Project.  Other members of the Committee are Jim Clifton, Charles Davidson, Marion Johnson, Hal Richerson, and William Stanford.  [N.B. It was later decided that Hal Richerson would serve as a resource to the committee, not as a member.]

Joint Task Force on Volunteerism: Dale Bentz, Helen Chadima and John Long have agreed to participate on this task force.  They will join members from the Retirees’ Association, Charles Anderson, Kathy Belgum, Dick Gibson, Dee Norton, and Rhoda Vernon.  The chair of the task force will be selected later.

Council Membership List: Members were requested to update the information on the Council membership list.

Committees/Assignments/Reports

Faculty/Staff Council: The Faculty Council heard from President Boyd concerning his Outreach Initiative.

Senior College: Clayton Ringgerberg’s course, “Football in Plain English” was so popular that the Senior College has received numerous requests for a repeat performance.  Arrangements are pending.

UIRA: The health insurance meeting at which options were discussed was held on October 29 was well attended.  One hundred seventy-one persons attended the annual meeting of the UIRA.

esearch Council: Professor Joseph Cannon’s report on the October 16 meeting of the Research Council was distributed to members of the Council.  Professor Cannon also reported via Email on the August 12, 2002 and October 2, 2002 meetings. The Vice-Presidents Group of the University of Iowa approved the addition of emeritus representation to the Research Council Charter Committee. Acting President Boyd approved the change, and the University of Iowa Operations Manual will be amended accordingly.

Research/Artistic Work Committee: Vice-President Skorton reminded the Faculty Council that most of the funding support traditionally emanating from his office is suspended, due to budgetary constraints.  It was on the basis of a promise of continuing support from the University for research by emeritus faculty that Guillory and his committee have applied for outside funding from several foundations and agencies.  Since it is no longer possible to provide such assurance, he recommended that the activities of the committee be suspended until the financial picture improves.  The Council agreed.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson reported that two new interview assignments have been made.  A meeting of those persons who participated in exit interviews was held on October 24, chaired by Lee Anna Clark.  Results of the interviews are being summarized for a report to the State Board of Regents.  On October 28, a training session was held for persons new to the exit interview process.  Maureen McCormick organized the session.  Exit interviews in the College of Medicine have not progressed very well.  An alternative to the present procedure is under discussion.  Madgetta T. Dungy, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs has volunteered to conduct the interviews.  The matter is currently under discussion by the Executive Council of the College.  In addition this topic will be taken up by the newly appointed Committee to Evaluate the Interview Project.

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE): John Long was the University of Iowa’s representative at the meeting of the AROHE October 15-17 in Bloomington, IN.  He circulated a report on the meeting and indicated he found it to be worthwhile.  A number of representatives from Iowa State University were at the meeting, and they are anxious to exchange ideas with the emeritus organizations here.  Long was particularly intrigued by ISU’s program of providing housing for retired faculty and staff.  There is a similar program at the University of Washington.  Professor Long recommended that we should renew our membership in AROHE for next year.

New Business:

Professor Margaret Keyes has resigned from the Council.  The bylaws stipulate that if a resignation takes place and a person has more than a year remaining in his/her term the vacancy will be filled at the election to be held in May.  Lee Anna Clark suggested that Council members should consider a possible change in the bylaws to provide a mechanism for filling a vacancy immediately.

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 A.M.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 2, 2002 at 10:00-11:30 A.M., B5JH.

Respectively Submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

October 7, 2002

Present:  Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Helen Chadima, Tom Conway, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Valdean Lembke, John Long, Hal Richerson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Dale Bentz, Charles Davidson, Margaret Keyes, Robert Soper, Gene Spaziani, Keith Thayer

Minutes of the September 9 meeting were corrected to list John Long and Helen Chadima among those absent, and to indicate that Dean Merchant will provide a brief overview of the College of Public Health in November, rather than in October.

Old Business: Sam Becker announced that the ballots on the vote to revise the Manual of Operations and Procedures have been counted, that there was an excellent response, and that the revisions were approved overwhelmingly.

Faculty/Staff Council: Al Hood reported that the Faculty Council has met twice and the Faculty Senate once since the last meeting of the EFC.  Discussion continues on the subject of the proposed Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  A Research Faculty Track Committee was appointed at the request of President Coleman and has issued a report of its recommendations.  The proposal to adopt a research faculty track has been postponed because it was felt that the faculty has not had sufficient time to review the issue, and because President Boyd, as Interim President, preferred to defer to his successor for a decision on the matter.  President Boyd’s Outreach Initiative will be the topic of the next meeting of the Faculty Council.

Senior College: The first two sessions, “Football in Plain English” and “Increasing Our Understanding of the Middle East,” were enormously successful.  Session 3, “Using Investment Information Resources,” taught by Richard Stevenson, is currently underway, and is fully subscribed.  Remaining programs this semester are, “The World of Opera,” taught by Arthur Canter and “The Story of Iowa,” taught by Loren Horten.  “Exploring Our National Parks with Two Old Geologists,” is scheduled for January, and has limited enrollment.  The program for spring has not been finalized.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson reported that three new interview assignments have been made.  There was considerable discussion of a report entitled “EFC Exit Interview Process: Comments and Observations from Jim Andrews,” and of Lee Anna Clark’s written comments on that report.  Two Council members indicated that they felt that unless positive outcomes from these interviews can be demonstrated they will have served little purpose other than gathering data more efficiently for the annual report to the Regents.  Andrews expressed the view that he would like to see the Council take a more pro-active role in dealing with issues of concern to departing faculty.  Lee Anna Clark provided the Council with examples of cases where recommendations from interviewers had resulted in action by the Provost’s office.  A training session for persons who will participate in the interview process will be scheduled for November, possibly prior to the regularly scheduled November meeting of the EFC.  Email will be used to determine the best time for the annual feedback meeting where results of interviews will be reviewed.

Jim Andrews moved that President Engel be directed to appoint a committee to (a) review the Council’s role in the exit interview process, and (b) make any recommendations to the Council it deems appropriate.  The motion was seconded by Sam Becker, and passed.

Volunteer Opportunities Project: President Boyd has asked Lee Anna Clark, the UIRA and the EFC to explore ways emeritus faculty and retired staff members can be encouraged to volunteer for service to the University.  There was some discussion of how the University’s needs could be identified and of the need for some kind of clearinghouse to handle issues such as contact information, level of commitment required, etc.

Sam Becker moved that President Engel be directed to appoint a task force to explore issues related to the Volunteer Opportunities Project.  The motion was seconded by Val Lembke and passed.

New Business:

Professor Frank Cheng, representing the Triangle Club, has met with President Boyd concerning the disposition of a pool table now languishing in storage at Oakdale.  This pressing matter will be referred to Gene Spaziani, an officer in the Club.   

Visit by Dean Merchant: Dean James A. Merchant of the College of Public Health will attend the Council meeting in November, and will provide a brief overview of the activities of the new College.

AROHE: The annual meeting of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education will be held at Indiana University October 15-17.  J.P. Long will represent the University of Iowa at that meeting.

Health Insurance Meeting:  “Health Insurance Choices for UI Retirees,” has been scheduled for Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road on Tuesday October 29 from 10 A.M. until noon.  Richard Saunders, Assistant Director, Human Resources and Nancy Foster, Assistant Manager Human Resources, will describe changes and provide other information on health insurance options for UI retirees.  President Engel will contact Ms. Foster to see if in her presentation she might be able to use scenarios/examples of different situations which would in turn dictate different choices from among the options.  Members of the Council expressed the view that it might be easier to make choices if they could see/hear some of the varying criteria that people in different situations use to decide on a plan.

            Introduction to College Life: Lee Anna Clark said that the University will present a budget request to the Iowa Legislature to fund a two hour course for new students entitled, “The College Transition.”  This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to college life, to the use of the library, time management, help with writing, etc.  If the budget request is funded, emeritus faculty may be asked to participate in the course.  The budget request is the result of an initiative developed by Student Services and the Provost’s Office.

The meeting adjourned at 11:35 A.M. The next meeting is scheduled for10-11:30 AM on Monday, November 4, 2002.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

September 9, 2002

Present:  Al Hood (Vice President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Valdean Lembke, Hal Richerson, Richard Hoppin, Robert Soper, Eugene Spaziani, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Bob Engel, Helen Chadima, Marion Johnson, John Long, Margaret Keyes, Keith Thayer

Minutes of the July 1, 2002 meeting were approved as distributed.

A question was raised concerning the tabulation of the ballots related to approval of the By-laws.  Sam Becker agreed to pick up the ballots.

Policy on Visitors in the Workplace: A final draft of the new policy on visitors in the workplace at the University of Iowa was distributed to members of the Council.  Members of the Employee and Labor Relations Committee approved this draft.  It was recommended that the new policy be distributed when invitations are issued for parents to bring their children into the workplace for a day’s visit.  A separate policy is being drafted which will be applicable to visitors to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Senior College: A brochure listing offerings of The University of Iowa Senior College has been distributed.  The first two sessions, “Football in Plain English” and “Increasing Our Understanding of the Middle East,” are fully booked, but four other sessions are still available for registration.  The program for the spring is being developed and Al Hood solicited suggestions for a “headline” course that will attract attention to the new offerings.  The Center for Learning in Retirement is also sponsoring a series of courses.  Their brochure was distributed to members of the Council.

Handbook and Listserve: Dale Bentz reported that the Association’s handbook and listserve have been updated with the help of the Office of the Provost.  An Email listing of emeritus faculty is available from that office as a Microsoft Word file.

UIRA: Dale Bentz announced that a program, “Health Insurance Choices for UI Retirees,” has been scheduled for Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road on Tuesday October 29 from 10 A.M. until noon.  Richard Saunders, Assistant Director, Human Resources and Nancy Foster, Assistant Manager Human Resources, will describe changes and provide other information on health insurance options for UI retirees.  The board meeting of the University of Iowa Retirees Association is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.

Exit Interviews: Hal Richerson has taken over the responsibility for coordinating exit interviews for faculty who resign from the University.  The meeting to summarize results of interviews conducted during the past year will be scheduled for this fall.  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark requested that persons who have conducted interviews provide her with a written summary of their findings prior to that meeting.  A few interviews are still pending.  Many of these interviews are the responsibility of the College of Medicine’s Executive Committee.  A training session will be conducted later this fall. 

Faculty Senate/Faculty Council: Al Hood distributed a copy of the CIC Resolution on Intercollegiate Athletics.  The Faculty Senate approved that resolution on April 2, 2002.  He also reported on discussions concerning the proposed Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  It has been suggested that those persons who have received teaching awards in their respective departments should be eligible for membership in the Academy.

New Business:

Eligibility for Membership in the AEF: The Association’s By-laws are vague on the question of whether persons in phased retirement are eligible for membership in the Association of Emeritus Faculty.  Keith Guillory moved that only persons who are fully retired should be eligible for membership in the Association of Retired faculty.  Jim Andrews seconded the motion.  Following considerable discussion the motion was carried.

Meetings with President Boyd: President Boyd has spoken to both Bob Engel and Lee Anna Clark about ways that emeritus faculty can contribute to the University.  Engel has made up a list of suggestions for the President and will discuss this at the next meeting of the Council. 

Big Ten Retirees Association Meeting: Al Hood attended the Big Ten Retirees Association Meeting which this year was held at The Ohio State University.  One of the topics that came up at the meeting was volunteerism by emeritus faculty.  One university has obtained funding from TIAA-CREF to provide rewards for departments that develop mechanisms for involving emeritus faculty in university activities.

Campus Campaign Committee: Sam Becker, Chair of the Campus Campaign Committee invited Council members to participate in the “Kickoff of the Campus Campaign for Good, Better, Best. IOWA!”  This event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9, 2002.  One goal of the Committee is to enlist contributions, however small, from 100% of the faculty.  Bob Soper is also a member of the Committee.

Visit by Dean Merchant: Bill Hausler announced that Dean James A. Merchant of the College of Public Health will attend the November Council meeting and will provide a brief overview of the activities of the new College.

AROHE: The annual meeting of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education will meet at Indiana University October 15-17.  J.P. Long will represent the University of Iowa at that meeting.

Himie Voxman: Members were reminded of the birthday celebration for Professor Himie Voxman which will be held at the Ritchie Ballroom in the Iowa Memorial Union on September 28. 

Janusz Bardach: A pioneer member of the Emeritus Faculty Council from the College of Medicine, Professor Janusz Bardach died on August 16, 2002 of pancreatic cancer.  He was 83 years old.

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 A.M.  The next meeting is scheduled for 10-11:30 AM on Monday, October 7.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

July 1, 2002

Present: Bob Engel (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Helen Chadima, Lee Anna Clark, Tom Conway, Charles Davidson, Bill Hausler, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Marion Johnson, Gene Spaziani, Bob Soper.

Absent: Keith Guillory, Hal Richardson, Keith Thayer

New and returning members introduced themselves.

Al Hood was nominated to serve as Vice President/President –elect and Keith to continue serving as secretary.  The slate was unanimously elected.

The minutes of the June 3rd meeting were approved as amended.

Due to the resignation of Dick Stevenson, an emeritus faculty from the College of Business was nominated to complete his term (one more year) along with a second if he should not wish to serve.  Dale Bentz will make the contact(s).

The annual meeting was reviewed with the general consensus that it went well  - the entertainment, the meeting itself, the speakers and particularly the excellent lunch.  Other places to hold it were discussed including the triangle ballroom of the IMU.  Additional opportunities for socializing were suggested.

Jim Andrews reported on the year’s experiences with the exit- interview program.  He discussed some of the difficulties the College of Medicine was experiencing with its program and some of the planned changes.

Al Hood gave a brief description of the 7 (one a repeat) Senior College courses planned for the fall semester and several of the topics planned for the spring semester.

Dale Benz reported that updating the emeritus faculty listserve now totaled 177 e-mail addresses from a total of 488 Emeritus Faculty Association members.

Bob Engel discussed the list of the dates, places and times of the meetings for the next year which had been distributed with the agenda.  They will continue to occur on the first Monday of each month (except September – the 2nd Monday).

He also discussed the list of proposed committee and service assignments he had put together and which had also been distributed with the agenda.  He mentioned that while he would be putting together the agenda for each meeting – anyone on the Council could add items by Jan Swartzendruber in the Provost’s Office. 

In response to a suggestion made at the annual meeting that the EFC receive information of the activities of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, Dale Bentz will report what he learns from the UIRA’s representative to that committee as that representative reports back to the UIRA.  Bill Haulser suggested that the free health benefits now available to retired military and federal service personnel is an example of the type of information we should be concerned about to inform our eligible members

Meeting adjourned 10:45 AM

Al Hood Acting Secretary

Minutes of the June 17, 2002 AEF Annual Meeting

MINUTES OF THIRD ANNUAL MEETING UI Emeritus Faculty Meeting 
10:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2002 
W401 Pappajohn Business Building

Call to order and opening remarks:

President J. P. Long briefly summarized the purpose of the Association and expressed his thanks to Emeritus Faculty Council members and Lee Anna Clark and Jan Swartzendruber of the Provosts Office for their support and to Bob Soper for the arrangements for the annual meeting.

Approval of June 2001 minutes:

Minutes were unanimously approved as distributed.

Entertainment:

Charles Helms, accompanied by Dick Caplan at the keyboard, sang four American songs to great acclaim.

Third year in review:

President Long noted the following accomplishments —

  • Liaison with the Faculty Senate and with the Research Council
  • The Retirees Handbook produced by Dale Benz
  • Approximately 60 exit interviews with resigning faculty members
  • An Association listserve with over 150 addresses
  • A popular Senior College established in cooperation with the UIRA
  • Assistance for active retired faculty at the Obermann Center at Oakdale
  • Facilities currently in room 380 of the IMU are now being moved to the sixth floor of the Jefferson Building

Proposed changes in Bylaws:

Jim Andrews moved the following motion —That the proposed changes to the Associations Bylaws, as described in the revised document distributed at this meeting, be submitted in a timely manner for approval by the Associations—members in accordance with the provisions of —Article VII Amendments. Motion passed unanimously.

Questions and suggestions from the floor:

It was suggested that the Association explore the establishment of an advising center in each college using emeritus faculty members to advise students in that college.

More use be made of the internet to communicate with members, especially those living outside this area.

A recommendation that the exofficio member from this Association who sits on the Universitys Benefit Committee report back regularly to the Associations members.

Program: Old Capitol, Historic Landmark

  • Its History Ann Smothers
  • Its Renovations —Sandy Boyd
  • Its Current Status —Ann Smothers

Report of the election of new Council members:

Sam Becker reported that the following new members had been elected:

  • Bill Hausler, College of Public Health
  • Tom Conway, College of Medicine
  • Marion Johnson, College of Nursing
  • Charles Davidson, College of Law
  • Helen Chadima, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Gene Spaziani, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Two members were reelected

  • Bob Engel, College of Education
  • Sam Becker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Remembrance of deceased colleagues:

A moment of silence to remember those colleagues who died during the past year.

J.P. Long passed the gavel to incoming President Bob Engel.

Adjournment to catered lunch subsidized by the Office of the Provost.

Respectfully submitted,
Al Hood, Acting Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

June 3, 2002

Present:  John Paul Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Hal Richerson, Richard Hoppin, Robert Soper, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent:  Jean Reese, Duane Spriestersbach, and Keith Thayer

Professor Sheldon Kurtz, Chair of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (FRIC), met with the Council to discuss forthcoming changes in health care coverage for faculty and emeritus faculty members.  He distributed an outline of the costs to the University for the various health care options.  Among the options, UI CARE is not available to emeritus faculty.  The FRIC has recommended termination of the CHIP I program.  The subsidy currently provided to emeritus faculty amounts to approximately $90 per month.  Higher premiums can be expected when cost data are reviewed in August.  The Committee is examining various options for reducing the University’s health care costs.  Since prescription drug prices are rising rapidly, Wellmark has recommended use of a formulary.  A second option is to adjust the payment ratio from the current 90:10 (CHIP I), or 80:20 (CHIP II) to 70:30.  The deductible also might be raised for each plan. 

A two-year pilot program is underway to evaluate the benefits of a wellness program that emphasizes smoking cessation, stress management, and weight control.  If this program is successful, it may be made available more widely.  One problem that has been identified in UI CARE  is the difficulty of scheduling appointments due to a shortage of physicians.  This is particularly critical in two areas, gastroenterology and otolaryngology. 

Professor Kurtz is working with the Retirees’ Association on a program to be held in November regarding the various health care options.  He said that the FRIC is also considering adjusting the disability program from the current sliding scale, which provides for a five-year graduated increase in the disability payments for new faculty.  The plan is to provide maximum disability payments even if disability occurs within that five-year period.

Minutes:  The minutes from the May 6, 2002 meeting were approved as circulated.

Annual Meeting: Robert Soper distributed the program for the Annual Meeting.  Ann Smothers, rather than Margaret Keyes, will deliver remarks on the history of Old Capitol.  Thus far, 40 emeriti have indicated they will be at the luncheon. 

Web Page: Lee Anna Clark said that a list of all emeritus faculty will be available soon on the emeritus faculty web page.  The format has been selected, and it is anticipated that the list will be updated periodically.

Exit Interviews: Jim Andrews reported that of 67 resignees, 35 have been interviewed, and 20 interviews are pending.  Seven interviews are pending in the College of Medicine.  There is some urgency to complete interviews since many resignees will be leaving campus this summer. 

Research Council:  Professor Joseph Cannon’s report of the Research Council Meeting of May 10, 2002 was received with thanks to the author.

Senior College:  Al Hood remarked that this first year of lectures in the Senior College series was a resounding success.  A tentative schedule is available for next year’s program.  Professor Rex Honey (Geography) will lecture on “Understanding the Middle East.”  Other topics will include programs on the basics of football, advanced investments, opera, the history of Iowa, the geology of national parks, and politics in Shakespeare’s plays.

New Business:

Sam Becker announced the results of balloting for Emeritus Faculty Council representatives.  New terms will begin in July for:  Sam Becker, Helen Chadima and Gene Spaziani (Liberal Arts and Sciences); Marion Johnson (Nursing); Tom Conway (Medicine); and Bill Hausler (Public Health).  No ballots were received from Law, so the Council voted on a contingent candidate from among the two nominees (Charles Davidson and Sam Fahr).  If no votes are received from the College of Law, the Council’s choice will be announced at the Annual Meeting.

At the Annual Meeting, it will be recommended that the title of the “Bylaws” document be changed in accordance with a recommendation from the University’s General Counsel (“Bylaws” implies a degree of organizational independence that UI units do not have).  Other changes in the document will be considered at that time, with voting to be done by mail ballot at a later date.

Jim Andrews reported that exit interviews have been successful in identifying specific areas that need to be explored by the University to improve faculty retention.  For example, one area that requires attention is assistance to foreign nationals in obtaining visas.   Lee Anna Clark facilitated Jim’s providing input on this topic to the appropriate UI office where his feedback was well received.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.  The next meeting is scheduled for July 1, 2002.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

May 6, 2002

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Kathryn Wynes (Assistant Director, Academic Personnel), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Minutes: Minutes from the April 1, 2002 meeting were approved as distributed following a minor change.

Annual Meeting: Bob Soper listed additions to the agenda for the June 17, 2002 Annual Meeting of the Association of Emeritus Faculty of the University of Iowa.  Included in the program will be a remembrance of those emeriti who died during the past year.  There will also be a discussion of changes to the Bylaws recommended by the Committee on Bylaws.  A mail ballot requesting approval of the changes will be distributed to all emeriti at some time following the meeting.  A tear-off sheet will accompany the invitation to the meeting for those persons planning to attend the luncheon.  The price of the luncheon will be $5.  In their response, emeriti will be requested to update their Email addresses.

Council Elections: Sam Becker announced the names of candidates for Emeritus Faculty Council representative.  The candidates are: Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 to be elected) [Charles Anderson, Eleanor Ansty, Sam Becker, Helen Chadima, Charles Hale, and Gene Spaziani]; Nursing: (1 to be elected) [Carolyn Crowell and Marion Johnson]; Law (1 to be elected) [Charles Davidson and Sam Fahr]; Medicine (1 to be elected) [Tom Conway and Ed Folk]; Public Health (1 to be elected) [Bill Hausler and write-in candidates].  Ballots will be mailed out prior to the annual meeting.

Bylaws:  The Committee on the Bylaws (Jim Andrews, Sam Becker and Jean Reese) circulated proposed changes to the Bylaws.  The current Bylaws preclude representation by emeriti from the Graduate College.  However, there are currently a number of emeriti from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and from the School of Library and Information Science, departments that are administratively in the Graduate College.  It was proposed that there be one representative to the Council from those departments in the Graduate College.  This and other changes in the Bylaws proposed by the committee were approved by the Council and will be presented to the Association for discussion at the Annual Meeting.

List of Emeriti: At the last Council meeting Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark proposed posting a list of emeriti on our web page.  She will be asked about this at the next meeting.

FRIC:  The Funded Retirement Insurance Committee (FRIC) has recommended the termination of the Chip I program as of December 31, 2002.  FRIC is working on a proposal to enhance the health insurance benefits for retirees.  It was suggested that Professor Sheldon Kurtz, Chair of the FRIC, be invited to discuss these matters at a forthcoming meeting of the Council.  He has agreed to chair an open meeting of persons who currently are enrolled in Chip I.

Letter to Retirees: Bob Engel and others made a number of suggestions for changes in the letter that will be sent to future retirees welcoming them to the Association.  These suggestions will be passed along to Lee Anna Clark. 

Faculty Council and Senate: Engel reported on the activities of the Faculty Council and Faculty Senate.  At its meeting on April 2, the Senate addressed a number of policy statements previously adopted by the Faculty Council.  These included the adoptive leave policy, the CIC resolution on intercollegiate athletics, and the Cox resolution requesting that the Board in Control of Athletics report to the Senate on sources of funding for the Department of Athletics.  There was a discussion of the mechanisms employed by the University to arrive at the annual budget and a proposal to designate one entrance to campus buildings as a non-smoking entrance.  Engel invited members to participate in the bake sale to be held Saturday May 11 from 10-2 at Hubbard Park.  Jeffrey Cox (History) will serve as President of the Faculty Senate, Margaret Raymond (Law) as Vice-President and President-Elect, and Craig Porter (Pediatrics) as Secretary.

Research Council: Professor Joseph Cannon’s report of the Research Council meeting of April 16, 2002 was received with thanks to the author.

Senior College: Al Hood reported that the final course in this semester’s offerings was Professor Tom Davis’ “Having Fun with Music Theory – 101.”  Ninety persons were enrolled in the course.  Hood also presented a tentative list of course offerings for the fall, winter and spring sessions. 

New Business:

Al Hood has agreed to record the minutes at the Annual Meeting of the Association.

Sam Becker expressed concern that abuse of the Xeroxing privileges may be occurring in Room 380 IMU.  A copy log will be placed prominently near the machine, and users will be asked to record their use (limit of 50 copies).  Also, emeriti will be reminded that staff members in 380 IMU support Faculty Council/Senate and should not be expected to provide secretarial support to emeriti faculty.

Big Ten Retirees Association: The annual meeting of the Association will be held at the Ohio State University August 17, 18, and 19.  Al Hood has agreed to represent the Council at that meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M. The next meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2002.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

April 1, 2002

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Richard Hoppin, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Representatives of Dial Corporation, developers of Legacy Pointe Assisted Living Community at the corner of South Scott Boulevard and American Legion Road, made a presentation to the Council.  In addition to the assisted living facility, the group plans to open a complex of senior housing apartments or condominiums as well as a dementia care center, Legacy Gardens, which is scheduled to open in May.  The facilities are adjacent to the southeast Iowa City Family Care Center.  Those desiring further information can contact Legacy Gardens at (319) 338-4404.

The minutes from the March 4, 2002 meeting were approved as distributed.

Annual Meeting:  Bob Soper circulated a preliminary program for the annual meeting of the University of Iowa Emeritus Faculty which will be held on June 17, 2002 in the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.  The program will begin with a musical presentation by Richard Caplan and Charles Helms, followed by a report on the activities of the Emeritus Faculty Council to be presented by President John Long.  The main part of the program will consist of a discussion of Old Capitol.  Margaret Keyes will detail the history of the building. Willard Boyd will present information about the renovations it has undergone.  Ann Smothers will comment on its present status.  President Long will announce the results of elections to the Council and make concluding remarks.  There will be a musical interlude followed by a catered lunch.

Exit Interviews:  Jim Andrews distributed a list of exit interviews completed as of March 31, 2002.  Of 49 resignees, 26 have been interviewed, 3 have declined interviews, 5 have not responded, and 15 interviews are pending.  Interviews of persons resigning from the College of Medicine are now being assigned to members of the College of Medicine Executive Committee.

Faculty Council:  Jim Andrews represented Bob Engel at the Faculty Council meeting on March 12, 2002.  The Council recommended that adoptive leave be increased from 5 days per occurrence to 10 days, and the leave is to be paid out of personal sick leave.  No changes were recommended for parental leave.  The Council also revisited the question of the CIC institution resolution on intercollegiate athletics.  Jeff Cox submitted a resolution asking the Board in Control of Athletics to report to the Faculty Senate in 2003 and in subsequent years on what state (general) funds have been used to support the athletic department.  Information was also requested on steps being undertaken:  (1) to reduce inappropriate commercialization of athletics, (2) to reduce competition between institutions over facilities and coaches’ salaries, and (3) to eliminate alcoholic beverage advertising on radio and television broadcasts of University of Iowa athletic events.

Research Council:  Professor Joseph Cannon’s report of the Research Council meeting of March 5, 2002 was received with thanks to the author.

Senior College:  Al Hood reported that the course, "March Madness: Understanding Modern Art," offered by Pamela White Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art, was attended by 75 persons.  Enrollment is now at 86 for the third course, "Exploring the World of Sherlock Holmes" which will meet April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Oakdale Campus Auditorium in Coralville.  Richard C. Caplan, Professor Emeritus of Dermatology, will be the lecturer. Plans for next year’s courses are now being developed.  Six to seven courses will be offered per semester, and some of these will be of shorter duration and will be designed for smaller audiences.  There are plans to publicize the course offerings to larger audiences. 

UIRA:  Dale Bentz reported that the UIRA now has been permitted to send a representative to meetings of the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, although that person has no voting privileges.  The FRIC has recommended that the Chip I program, which now has 400 persons enrolled, be discontinued next year.  It was recommended that Sheldon Kurtz, chair of the FRIC be contacted to request that an open forum be held for persons enrolled in that program to discuss the reasons for this change and the available options.  Some concern was expressed about whether or not the meeting that UIRA planned for this November to discuss health plan options should go forward, given the restricted choices. The consensus of the group was that the meeting would still be useful.  Bentz also commented that list serve addresses need to be updated for persons whose addresses are off campus.

New Business:

An announcement concerning the forthcoming symposium on promotion and tenure at the University of Iowa was distributed.  This symposium is sponsored by the AAUP and the Faculty Senate and is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, April 3, 2002 in the IMU.

Sam Becker reminded Council members to submit nominations for Council members by April 5.  Lee Anna Clark suggested that to facilitate this process in the future, a list of all emeriti should be posted on our web site.  Becker will contact the seven emeritus faculty members in the new College of Public Health to solicit nominations for a person to represent that group on the Council.  President Long will solicit nominations for a replacement from the College of Business for Richard Stevenson, who resigned before the end of his term.

Jim Andrews submitted three suggestions for changes in the Bylaws of the Association of Emeritus Faculty.  Jean Reese and Sam Becker will participate in a subcommittee to consider these recommendations.  Andrews will serve as chair and will make recommendations to the Council at its May meeting.

Lee Anna Clark suggested that a letter should be sent to new retirees from the Office of the Provost and from the Emeritus Faculty Council to welcome them to the Association of Emeritus Faculty and to invite their participation in its activities.  President Long will draft such a letter.

Sam Becker announced that a retirement seminar sponsored by the Human Resources Department will be held at 8:10 A.M. on April 11 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M. The next meeting is scheduled for May 6, 2002.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

March 4, 2002

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Richard Hoppin, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton

The minutes from the February 4, 2002 meeting were approved with minor corrections.

Exit Interviews: Jim Andrews distributed a list of exit interviews completed as of February 28, 2002.  Of 42 resignees, 21 have been interviewed, 2 have declined interviews, 3 have not responded, and 16 interviews are pending.  Interviews of persons resigning from the College of Medicine are now being assigned to members of the College of Medicine Executive Committee.  The acknowledgement letter and survey have been revised and are being circulated for approval. 

AROHE: The Emeritus Faculty Council is now a member of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education.  The annual meeting of this organization is scheduled for October 15-18 at Bloomington, IN.  The theme of the meeting will be “Enhancing the Connection: Building Retiree Programs.” Lee Anna Clark will serve as liaison to the AROH.  A volunteer is being solicited to represent the Council at that meeting.  The Big Ten Retirees Association will meet August 17–19, 2002 at the Ohio State University.

Faculty Council: Bob Engel discussed three items that were topics at the latest Faculty Council meeting.  (1) The search processes currently underway for Dean of the College of Medicine and for Vice-President for Statewide Health Affairs are somewhat complicated because of the overlapping responsibilities of the two positions.  (2) The proposal by a legislator that a faculty member be appointed to the Board of Regents did not receive enthusiastic endorsement from the Council.  Faculty at UNI and ISU apparently are supportive of the idea, and the reservations discussed at the Council meeting will be shared with them.  (3) New policies regarding sexual harassment and consensual relationships have been adopted.

Research Council: Professor Joseph Cannon’s report of the Research Council Meeting of February 12, 2002 was received with thanks to the author.  President Long discussed a later communication from Professor Cannon.  The Research Council considered the problem of locating temporary housing for visiting scholars, scientists, artists and lecturers who will be on campus for extended periods.  The Council has recommended that a single website be established to list all housing accommodations available through the University.  A statement regarding unsupervised visitors to university laboratories, studios, classrooms and other potentially dangerous venues has been submitted to university legal staff for its assessment.  The issue of resetting the academic clock with respect to funded faculty leaves has been resolved for the present following a conference between faculty and administrators in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Vice-President Skorton has undertaken the task of simplifying the mechanics of application for research funds administered through his office.

Senior College:  Al Hood reported that the first lectures in the Senior College series were enthusiastically received.  "A Tour of the Solar System" was the subject of lectures presented by Donald A. Gurnett, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Feb. 1, 8, 22 and 25.  There were 120 enrolled in that short course.  "March Madness: Understanding Modern Art" will be offered by Pamela White Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art.  The first class will be held March 1 at the UI Museum of Art.  Enrollment in that course is now 75.  "Exploring the World of Sherlock Holmes" will meet April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Oakdale Campus Auditorium in Coralville.  Richard C. Caplan, Professor Emeritus of Dermatology, will be the lecturer.  That course is fully subscribed.  "Having Fun with Music Theory — 101" will meet May 10, 17, and 24 at Parkview Church.  The lecturer will be retired music professor and Hawkeye Marching Band Director Tom Davis.  A few openings remain for Davis’ lectures.  There was some discussion of the possibility of televising the lecture series and offering it at community colleges across the state.

Annual Meeting: Bob Soper described the plans for the annual meeting whose theme will be Iowa’s golden dome and its history.  An announcement of the annual meeting will be circulated soon, together with a solicitation of nominees for election to the Emeritus Faculty Council.

New Business:

President Long will meet with representatives of Dial Companies, developers of the Silvercrest Legacy Point Assisted Living facility on Scott Boulevard.  Their meeting with the Council will be rescheduled.

Dale Bentz attended the UIRA Board of Directors meeting.  A program detailing options in the CHIP medical insurance plans is scheduled for early November.  The annual meeting of the Retirees Association will be held in October.  Membership in the organization is currently at 650.

A letter from Amitava Bhattacharjee, Faculty Senate President, was circulated.  Members of the faculty were asked to contact legislators regarding the budget cuts being proposed by the state legislature.  It is imperative that any communication with legislators should be on personal, and not university stationery, and that e-mail not be sent with the uiowa.edu address.  Alternative e-mail servers such as Hotmail are recommended. 

Provost Whitmore asked the Council for a recommendation concerning the awarding of emeritus status to Dr. Mildred H. Lavin.  Sam Becker moved that the Council support the awarding of emeritus status to Dr. Lavin.  The motion was seconded by Bob Soper and was adopted unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M. The next meeting is scheduled for April 1, 2002.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

February 4, 2002

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent:  Bob Engel, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Keith Thayer         

The minutes from the January 7, 2002 meeting were approved as circulated.

Exit Interviews:  Jim Andrews reported on the status of the College of Medicine exit interview process.  The three training sessions conducted for members of the Executive Committee of the College of Medicine included a demonstration of the interview process conducted by John Long and Robert Soper.  The acknowledgement letter to be sent to persons who resign from that college and the revised survey form are not yet available, but should be soon.  Andrews also provided an update on the progress of exit interviews.  For the 7/01/01 through 6/30/02 fiscal year 34 resignations have been received in the Provost’s Office.  Nineteen of these persons have been interviewed, two declined an interview, and thirteen interviews are pending.

Dale Bentz reported that the Board of the University of Iowa Retirees Association (UIRA) has decided not to join the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROH).  Instead, they will continue to participate in the corresponding Big Ten organization.  They have requested that the Council share information from the AROH with UIRA.

The allocation of funds from the tobacco suit settlement was discussed at a legislative forum held in January.  This money does not go into the state’s general fund, but is directed towards such purposes as advertising and health-related matters.  No funds are set aside expressly for research.

Research and Artistic Work:  Keith Guillory’s application for financial assistance to emeritus faculty so that they can continue to remain active in research will be considered by the Board of Directors of the Brookdale Foundation Group at their meeting on February 6.

Retirees College:  The first lecture in the series has been held and was completely subscribed.  There are still openings for the remaining lectures in this year’s program.

Annual Meeting:  Robert Soper and his committee have been working on the program for the annual meeting which is scheduled for June 17th.  The program will focus on Old Capitol.  Margaret Keyes has agreed to provide a lecture on the history of Old Capitol.  Willard Boyd will discuss the renovation that took place during the period when he was University President.  Ann Smothers, Director of the Old Capitol Museum, will describe the progress of the renovation work currently underway.  John Long will present a synopsis of the work of the Emeritus Faculty Council.  Still to be scheduled is some kind of musical entertainment.  Since Old Capitol will not be available for the meeting, it will be held in either W 401 or S 401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.  A buffet luncheon, partly subsidized by the Office of the Provost, will be available following the meeting.

New Business:

New Media Day:  This event is scheduled for February 28 at the Iowa Memorial Union.  A memorandum describing the program was distributed to members of the Council.  Additional information is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~nmc/nmd02/.

Senior Mentors Program:  The College of Medicine is soliciting volunteers to serve as mentors for medical students.  This program is designed to expose medical students to elderly persons as a potential source of wisdom and to eliminate bias against the elderly.  Persons who wish to participate in the program are requested to contact Ms. Zola Schultz (319-335-7645 or zola-schultz@uiowa.edu). The March 8, 2002 organizational meeting will be held at University Hospitals, specifically in the Department of Family Medicine's large conference room from 10 A.M. to noon.  The Department is located on the lower level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.

Senior Housing:  Representatives of Dial Companies, developers of the Silvercrest Legacy Pointe Assisted Living facility on Scott Boulevard have requested to meet with the Council at their March meeting.  Twenty minutes will be set aside for their presentation.

University of Iowa Flag:  A proposal from Shelley Kurtz was circulated to members of the Council.  Professor Kurtz has requested that the University of Iowa sponsor a competition for the creation of an official flag for the University.  Sam Becker moved that the Council recommend to President Coleman that the University of Iowa should have an official flag.  The motion was seconded by Jean Reese.  The motion failed by a vote of 2 in favor, 7 opposed.  The consensus of the group was that no flag is needed.

UIF Account:  An Emeritus Faculty Council account has been established at the University of Iowa Foundation to receive contributions.  An anonymous donor has provided funds to support the Retirees College.  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark will handle disbursements from this account.

Senior Center Programs:  Al Hood and Hal Richerson have attended three steering committee meetings at the Senior Center at which the development of programs based on Elder Hostel was discussed.  These programs will consist of group discussions rather than lectures. An announcement regarding this program has appeared in the publication of the Senior Center, the "Post."  A request to share with this group a mailing listing of emeritus faculty was discussed. It was recommended that the group can have ready access to the insert listing emeritus faculty that was published as an addendum to the University of Iowa Directory 2000-2001.

CIC Resolution on Intercollegiate Athletics:  Robert Engel sent members of the Council a copy of the resolution that was adopted by faculty leaders of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation at a meeting held November 2-3, 2001.  The resolution was adopted by the CIC. The Faculty Council has considered the CIC Resolution at its meetings on December 11 and January 22.  A revised version of the CIC resolution was passed.  The Faculty Council’s version addressed the dilemma posed by the requirement that athletic departments eliminate commercialization, while at the same time restricting departments from receiving allocations from university general funds.

Bea Furner requested that future communications from the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROH) be directed to Lee Anna Clark.  The annual meeting of the AROH is scheduled for October 15-18 at Bloomington, IN, and a representative from the Emeritus Faculty Council will be designated at a later meeting of the Council. 

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 4.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Emeritus Faculty Council Minutes

January 7, 2002

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Richard Hoppin, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent:  Sam Becker, Al Hood, Jean Reese

The minutes from the December 3, 2001 meeting were approved as circulated.

Jim Andrews and Associate Provost Clark reported on the status of the College of Medicine exit interview process.  The chair of the Executive Committee of the College of Medicine drafted an acknowledgement letter to be sent jointly from the Provost’s Office and the College of Medicine to persons who resign from that college.  The College of Medicine will use a survey form that has been revised to include a section of questions to be answered only by persons who fall within the category of hospital or clinical faculty.  The same survey will be employed for all colleges.  Meetings have been scheduled for the next three weeks to discuss the interview process, listening skills, and to observe a role-playing exercise.

Dale Bentz reported that the Board of the University of Iowa Retirees Association (UIRA) has agreed to co-sponsor a session in October at which Chip I, Chip II, and Chip III options for retirees will be discussed. 

Exit Interviews:  Jim Andrews circulated a report on the progress of exit interviews.  Thus far 28 resignations have been reported to the Office of the Provost, 13 interviews have been conducted, 3 persons have declined interviews, and 12 interviews are pending.

Faculty Council:  Bob Engel reported that the Government Relations Committee of the Council has asked for volunteers who would be willing to contact legislators regarding funding issues.  The next two meetings of the Council will focus on the issue of intercollegiate athletics.  One topic of discussion will be the use of academic funds to support intercollegiate athletics.

Research Council Report:  Joe Cannon’s report of the Research Council Meeting of November 27, 2001 was received with thanks to the author. 

Research and Artistic Work:  Keith Guillory reported on the three letters of inquiry that he has sent to funding agencies to determine whether they would be willing to provide financial assistance to emeritus faculty so that they can continue to remain active in research.  Two of the agencies have responded that such funding is not within their areas of interest.  The third, the Brookdale Foundation, has not responded, but Guillory will follow up on this and other funding opportunities.

New Business:

 Annual Meeting:  Bob Soper has attempted, without success, to contact Margaret Keys to determine whether the annual meeting can be held in Old Capitol.  The meeting is scheduled for June 17th, and the committee will be meeting shortly to work on the agenda.

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education:  The council has received a letter from this organization inviting us to join.  Bea Furner attended the association’s annual meeting in San Diego, and Sam Becker recommended that we should join.  Dale Bentz moved, and Keith Thayer seconded a motion recommending that the council join the association at the “supporting” level ($100 annually).  The motion passed.  There was some discussion of whether the UIRA might already be a member, or whether we should offer to share materials from the association with them.  Dale Bentz will bring this up at their forthcoming meeting.

Tobacco Suit Income:  Keith Thayer discussed the allocation of funds from the state’s receipt of income from the tobacco suit.  In Michigan a substantial portion of the funds has been allocated to the Department of Health, and through them, to the University of Michigan to support research projects.  Minnesota has created an endowment out of their tobacco funds.  The Iowa legislature has determined that funds from the suit will go into the general fund.  Thayer will contact Mark Braun, Associate Director, Governmental Relations, to determine whether some funds from this income source might be used to support research.  Organizations such as the Lung, Cancer, and Heart Associations might support expenditure of a portion of these funds for health related research.

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.  The next meeting is scheduled for February 4.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

2001

Emeritus Council Minutes

December 3, 2001

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent:  Margaret Keyes, Betty Mather

President Long announced that Betty Bang Mather has resigned from the council.  Jean Reese will no longer serve on the Research and Artistic Work committee.

The minutes from the November 5, 2001 meeting were corrected to show that Jean Reese was absent.  The minutes then were approved as corrected.

Exit Interview Project:  Jim Andrews reported that members of the Executive Committee of the College of Medicine currently are formulating an acknowledgement letter to be sent to persons who resign from that college.  They are also modifying the survey that is distributed to persons who resign.  For the time being the College of Medicine is continuing to use its old interview procedures.  Training of persons conducting interviews will begin early in 2002.  Until that time the Emeritus Faculty Council will continue to conduct exit interviews of persons resigning from the College of Medicine.

Research Council Report:  Joe Cannon’s report of the Research Council Meeting of November 9, 2001 was received with thanks to the author.  It was noted that the quotation from Vice-President Skorton that, “There is no intention to fill any of the (“high-level”) administrative positions…..,” is not accurate.  A search now is underway for a Dean of the College of Medicine and for a Director of University Hospitals.

List-Serve:  Dale Bentz noted that the names of James Harris and David Vernon have been removed from the list-serve.  Nine incorrect addresses also have been removed from the list.  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark reminded the members of the council that it is possible to update the e-mail addresses that appear in the University Directory.  (To update your e-mail address, send an e-mail note to its-information@uiowa.edu with the new information.  Be sure to clearly identify yourself by name and university ID number.  You may also update your e-mail address by calling the ITS Customer Information Desk at (319) 384-0800, or stop in at their office at 100 Lindquist Center South, between the hours of Monday--Friday, 8:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.)

Exit Interviews (2):  Jim Andrews announced that the book has been closed on exit interviews for this past year.  Fifty-eight resignees were given an opportunity to participate in an exit interview.  Thirty-eight were interviewed, seven declined, and thirteen did not respond.   For the current year there have been 17 resignations.  Ten persons have been interviewed, two have declined, and five interviews are pending, including four in the College of Medicine.

Research and Artistic Work:  Keith Guillory reported on the committee’s meeting with Assistant V.P.  for Research, Brian Harvey.  Mr. Harvey provided the committee with a list of agencies and foundations which could be potential sources of funding.  We are seeking funding to provide financial assistance to emeritus faculty so that they can continue to remain active in research.  Guillory has sent letters of inquiry to three of these agencies but has not yet received replies from them. 

Retirees College:  Al Hood informed the council that four different courses will be offered four times a month on Fridays, in four locations, and in four successive months beginning in February.  Fees will be $30 per course and the time the courses will be offered is variable.  Enrollment limits will depend on the classroom size, but will probably be 100.  A brochure announcing the schedule is being prepared and will be distributed by the Alumni Office.  A person has contacted the committee offering to contribute to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the Retirees College.  Hood asked for additional volunteers to assist the committee and to replace David Vernon.  He also asked for recommendations for courses to be offered in the future.

Retirees Handbook:  Dale Bentz reported that Mary Jo Small has agreed to assist with the Retirees Handbook.  He said that his committee will be examining the comprehensive benefits certificate entitled, “Chip I, II, III Retiree Program” recently distributed by Wellmark to see whether information in the Retirees Handbook is consistent with the 2001 benefits certificate.  At Lee Anna Clark’s suggestion, he will ask whether Richard Saunders of the Human Resources Office can put the information contained in that document on-line.

The council revisited the previously tabled discussion on who should initiate and who should revise the final report on exit interviews.  This issue was tabled again until the September meeting.

New Business:  Jim Andrews brought up the question of whether the report on exit interviews should contain only data collected, or whether it should contain recommendations for future action and conclusions drawn from the data.  It was agreed that the Council will revisit this question when the final report is discussed again in September.

Andrews recommended that the council should sponsor an annual session in October at which Chip I, Chip II, and Chip III options for retirees can be discussed by a knowledgeable panel.  Dale Benz agreed to contact the University of Iowa Retirees’ Association to see if they would be interested in cosponsoring such a program.  It was also suggested that widows and widowers of retirees should be invited to attend the sessions.

President Long inquired about the Center for Teaching program of mini-grants.  This program will provide funds only for current faculty who are active in teaching.

Sam Becker quoted from correspondence received from David Ricketts of the Parking and Transportation office.  Mr. Ricketts supports the current policy of continuing to provide free on-campus parking for emeritus faculty.

A question was raised concerning whether Old Capitol will be available for the annual meeting of the emeritus faculty that is scheduled for June 17, 2002.  Bob Soper will confer with Margaret Keyes at the Old Capitol Museum to determine whether the building will be available for meetings at that time.

Future meetings of the council will be held the first Monday of the month at 9:30 AM in Room B5, Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Emeritus  Council Meeting

November 5, 2001

Present: John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker ( Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Margaret Keyes, Hal Richerson, Bob Soper, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison)

Absent: Keith Guillory, Dick Hoppin, Betty Bang Mather, Duane Spriestersbach, David Vernon

The October minutes were approved as corrected.  (Richard Stevenson is no longer a member of the council, Robert Engel is no longer serving on the Annual Meeting Committee, and Skorton is spelled with a k.)

Joe Cannon’s report on the Research Council was accepted without discussion.

Jim Andrews discussed the exit interview project as it has been carried out to this point.  He reported that he and Associate Provost Clark attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of the College of Medicine to discuss their and our exit interview procedures and results.  The Medical College committee interviewed only a small number of the faculty members who resigned from the college, largely because those assigned to do the interviews did not carry through.  None of the Executive Committee members seemed surprised at their results or bothered by the fact that interviewers and respondents are from the same college.  The report of those results only goes to the dean of the college.  Although Executive Committee members agreed that the dean was unlikely to do much, if anything, with the unsurprising and difficult to address results of their exit interviews, they nevertheless seemed committed to continuing the interviews. 

At a later date, Jim, Lee Anna, and Hal Richerson met with two members of the Medical College Executive Committee to discuss the two parallel exit interview projects and possible ways of reducing any unnecessary duplication between them.  They were told that the medical school project was just started again last year, after an eight-year gap.  They use no written survey form, but each interviewer does use a written summary form for each interviewer to complete.  The form, and presumably the interview, cover nine topics and each of the nine topics is ranked by the respondent in terms of its importance in the resignation decision.  The group agreed that the provost’s exit interview form will be augmented with items that are important for the College of Medicine, that these forms will be used by College of Medicine interviewers, and that their annual report to the Dean of Medicine also will be sent to the Provost’s Office. It was agreed that in the future members of the Emeritus Council will interview faculty members who resign from the College of Medicine only in exceptional circumstances when requested by that college’s Executive Committee.

Andrews suggested that the university’s exit interview project procedures need to be thought through more carefully, as we would do for a research project, that is, we need to clarify their purpose.  He also suggested that it might be advisable for the group involved in interviewing to make a report, independent of the one prepared by Associate Provost Clark, that included not only the results of the interviews but also conclusions and recommendations.  A council member made the suggestion that writing two independent reports was inefficient, that it would be more efficient for the interviewing group to review a draft of Lee Anna’s report and make suggestions for additions and/or revisions.

There followed a discussion of Jim Andrews’ paper titled “The Counter-Offer Conundrum” that was distributed with the agenda.  Council members disagreed on whether there is a problem in the university with counter-offer procedures.  No motion relevant to the issue was made.

Lee Anna Clark suggested that, rather than having two reports, either she or the committee draft the first report, the other revise it, etc. to attempt to have one report with which all are in agreement.  Members of the council approved that suggestion, though it is not yet clear whether the Associate Provost for Faculty or the Committee on Exit Interviews will do the initial report.

Completing his report, Andrews informed the council that there were 58 faculty members who resigned last year and were offered the opportunity to participate in an exit interview; 38 were interviewed, 7 declined interviews, we had no response from 11, and 2 interviews are still pending.  This year to date, there have been 12 resignations, 9 of those resigning have been interviewed, 2 declined, and 1 is pending.  Andrews was again commended for his outstanding work on this project.

Dale Bentz reported that there are 151 subscribers to the Emeriti listserv.  The suggestion was made that we might need a method for keeping e-mail addresses current, since many people frequently change addresses, and that a web site could be developed through which members could change their address in our listserv.  No action will be taken on this until we see whether there is a problem with e-mail address reliability. 

Bob Engel reported that the Faculty Council is making modifications to the procedures dealing with unacceptable performance, sexual harassment, and consensual relations.  The committee is getting faculty comments on these issues and will report back to the council.  Jim Clifton suggested that Oleanna is a wonderful drama about how sexual harassment can creep into an institution.  A tape of the play, or a film—if one exists—could be a useful part of the orientation of new faculty members.

Al Hood reported that the Retirees’ College committee did a survey of university retirees to assess interests in special short courses.  The committee is made up of half emeriti and half UIRA members.  Four courses have already been arranged for second semester; each will meet every Friday for four weeks:

            February—Don Gurnett, Astronomy of the Solar System

            March-----Pam Trimpe, Understanding Modern Art

            April------Dick Caplan, Sherlock Holmes      

            May-------Tom Davis (of music, not basketball fame), Music Theory

Al noted that the Alumni Association will provide funds for brochures and will advertise these courses.  Hood and his committee were highly commended for getting this project off the ground. 

Al Hood and Hal Richerson also reported on the recent meeting at the Senior Center re: a  Seniors’ College developed by a conglomerate (our groups, Senior Center, Kirkwood, Center on Aging, and city representatives).  This would follow a different model than we are following for the four courses above, with those interested paying $25 to $50 a year to be eligible to take any of the courses.  This was not a productive meeting and it is unclear whether anything will come of this group’s efforts.

Dale Bentz reported on the Retirees’ Handbook.  A secretary in Human Services will maintain the on-line copy of the Handbook, making the changes requested by our committee.  All suggestions for changes in the Handbook should be sent to Bentz.

Dale also reported on the UI Retirees’ Association.  He said that Gordon Strayer is resigning as editor of the Gray Hawk.

The Council approved the request of the chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology that Fredrick Doornbos’ emeritus rank be shifted from Radiology to Radiation Oncology and that Frank Cheng have emeritus rank in both Radiology and Radiation Oncology.

Sam Becker made the very sad announcement that Emeritus Council member David Vernon would be taken off his respirator later that day, that his family members had been notified and were on their way to town. Council members agreed that they wanted to make a contribution at the appropriate time.

Sam Becker, Secretary pro tem

Emeritus Council Minutes

October 1, 2001

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Richard Hoppin, Margaret Keyes, Betty Mather, Hal Richerson, Robert Soper, Duane Spriestersbach, Keith Thayer, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Al Hood, Jean Reese, David Vernon

President Long introduced new council member Margaret Keyes and invited her to examine the committee roster to determine on which committees she would like to serve.

Committee Assignments:  It was announced that Robert Soper will chair the Annual Meeting Committee. Hal Richerson and Al Hood will act as co-liaisons with the interagency committee for Senior College.  Richard Stevenson, who is no longer on the council, has agreed to continue serving on the Retirees Handbook Committee, and Nancy Foster, Assistant Manager at Staff Benefits, has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity to that committee.

The minutes of the September 10, 2001 meeting were approved as distributed.

Exit Interview Project:  Jim Andrews reported that the committee was notified of 66 University of Iowa faculty members who resigned during the period from fall, 2000 to the present.  Out of this group, 43 have been contacted, 43 interviews have been completed, seven have declined to be interviewed, and eight have failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact them and no further attempts are contemplated.  In the future the reporting period for resignations will be July 1 to June 30. 

Research and Artistic Work:  Keith Guillory has contacted Assistant V.P. for Research, Brian Harvey, to set up a meeting with the committee to explore external funding sources (foundations, granting agencies) that might provide assistance to emeritus faculty wishing to continue to pursue research and artistic work.  Unfortunately, prospects for matching funds from the University are rather dim in light of the recent announcement by Vice-President David Skorton that he is immediately suspending all calls for proposals from faculty for funding of grants for CIFRE, Collaborative Interdisciplinary Projects, Iowa Informatics Initiative, Iowa Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Social Sciences Initiative, or Biosciences Initiative Pilot Grants.  These grant programs for active faculty would have totaled $1.1 million this year had it not been for the University’s budget problems.

Senior College:  An interagency committee has been formed and will be meeting shortly.  A steering committee also has been established, but it also has not yet met.  Persons at Kirkwood Community College have expressed an interest in participating in the activities of the Senior College.

Retirees Handbook:  Dale Bentz reported that fyi will announce the availability of the retirees handbook and also will direct interested persons to the Web page, http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/retirement/index.html, where the handbook has been posted.  Staff Benefits will make the handbook available at their office and the Provost’s office will continue to offer handbooks to persons electing phased and early retirement.

New Business:  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark reported on the recently concluded meeting of members of the council who participated in exit interviews with faculty who resigned in 2000-2001. Six of the areas which were part of the resignation questionnaire served as the basis for discussion, which went smoothly, and provided the Provost’s office with considerable input into reasons faculty were leaving the University.  A summary of comments from that meeting will be provided to persons who participated in the interview process.  Jim Andrews was commended for the outstanding job he did in organizing the interviews.  Council members were invited to attend a training session for persons who will participate in exit interviews for the next fiscal year.  The session will be held soon.  An agreement has been reached with the College of Medicine which has revived its own exit interview process.  The agreement should ensure that there is no duplication with interviews undertaken by this committee.  The resignation questionnaire will be revised to address specific questions related to the College of Medicine.  Persons from the College of Medicine will participate in the training course to be offered for members of this council, or they will attend a separate course.

It was announced that the new definition of “emeritus” previously adopted by this council is now in the University of Iowa’s Operations Manual.

A Mac computer in the Governance Center, 380 IMU, is no longer functional and will be replaced.

The next meeting of the council will be on November 5 at 10-11:30 a.m. in W401 Pappajohn Business Building.  Beginning with December 3, subsequent meetings will be at 9:30-11:00 a.m. in B5, Jessup Hall.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Emeritus Council Minutes

September 10, 2001

Present:  Bob Engel (Acting Chair), Sam Becker, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Betty Mather, Hal Richerson, Bob Soper, Keith Thayer, David Vernon, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent:  Jim Andrews, J.P. Long, Jean Reese, Margaret Keyes, Duane Spriestersbach, Richard Stevenson (Resigned from the Council).

Chairman Engel introduced Keith Thayer, a new member of the council representing the College of Dentistry.  He announced that Richard Stevenson has resigned from the Council.

The minutes of the July meeting were approved as distributed.

Emeriti Listserve: Dale Bentz reported that the listserve is up and running.  There are now more than 160 names on the Email address list. 

Exit Interview Project: Hal Richerson distributed Jim Andrews’ report on the progress of the council’s work on exit interviews.  As of September 6, there were 66 faculty resignations.  Forty-three interviews have been completed; six persons declined to participate; six have not responded and eleven persons have not yet been contacted.  The College of Medicine has resumed conducting exit interviews after a seven-year hiatus.  Their interview process has a somewhat different focus and format than the council’s.  The consensus was that an attempt should be made to coordinate the interviews to avoid overlap.  Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark will contact persons who have participated in the council’s interview process to set up a time for a meeting at which results of the interviews will be discussed.  She will also distribute information concerning the format of the meeting.

Research and Artistic Work: Keith Guillory reported that the results of the survey of emeritus faculty and their participation in research and creative work have been tabulated.  Fifty-five responses were received.  Forty-six respondents indicated that they still are active in research and/or creative work.  Seventeen indicated they needed some assistance to be more productive.  The most frequent requirement was for secretarial assistance with the preparation of journal articles and manuscripts.  The second most frequent requirement was for office and studio space.  Some respondents requested help with various specialized computer applications such as statistical analysis, computer imaging, and writing music using a computer.  The remainder of the requests were for miscellaneous office supplies, telephone, Xeroxing, etc.  It is estimated that the anticipated needs of emeriti who wish to continue to be active in research and creative work can be met with an annual budget of $100,000.  The committee will explore with Assistant V.P. for Research, Brian Harvey, potential sources (foundations, granting agencies) of funding that might be tapped.  Sam Becker announced that a newsletter originating in the office of the Vice President for Research will feature an article discussing research activities of three emeritus faculty members.

 Senior College: The name of this committee (formerly Retirees College) has been changed.  Al Hood reported that the ten members of the committee have met and are seeking additional members who can identify potential speakers for the courses and seminars.  Plans are to offer two four-week courses in the spring semester and half a dozen courses in subsequent semesters.  A survey will be conducted at the October 9th meeting of retirees to solicit ideas for programs.  The Alumni Office and the Center for Aging are enthusiastic about the college and have offered their support.

Retirees Handbook:  Dale Bentz reported that the handbook has been distributed.  While there were a few complaints about the handbook, in general, it was well received. Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark said that her office could make the handbook available to persons who inform her of their intent to take retirement (early, phased, or regular).  It was suggested that for persons merely considering retirement that some provision can be made to provide supplies of the handbook to Staff Benefits.  As soon as the handbook is online at our web site, an announcement will be published in F.Y.I. Corrections and additions to the online version can be made expeditiously.

Committee Assignments: Al Hood is now chair of the Senior College Committee.  Sam Becker and Hal Richerson will no longer serve on that committee, but Richerson will serve as liaison to the larger interagency committee for the Senior College.  After October 9th Dale Bentz will replace Jim Clifton as our liaison with UIRA.  It was suggested that Nancy Foster, Assistant Manager at Staff Benefits be requested to serve as liaison in that office for the Retirees Handbook Committee.

New Business: Dale Bentz reported that several requests have been obtained from retirees requesting that the university waive the $5 per month fee for Email and internet access.  The cost to provide this service for retired faculty would be $10,020 per year.  Since free Email access is available on a number of internet sites, and since $5 per month is a modest fee to pay for both internet access and Email, it was felt that this matter should not be pursued further. Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark said that if members of the council require this service to perform their committee duties she will arrange for it.

The matter of a detailed agreement between a faculty member beginning phased retirement and his department was discussed.  It was agreed that this is a matter that should be left to the discretion of individual departments, and that the council has no role to play in this.

Some concern was expressed that there is no mechanism for updating the history of the university on a regular basis.  It was suggested that this might be a matter for discussion at the Faculty Senate.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Emeritus Council Minutes

Monday, July 2, 2001

Present:  John Long (President), Jim Andrews, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Al Hood, Richard Hoppin, Betty Mather, Jean Reese, Hal Richerson, Duane Spriestersbach, Richard Stevenson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Keith Guillory, Secretary

Absent: Sam Becker, Margaret Keyes, Robert Soper, David Vernon

Members of the council, including new members, Al Hood (Education), Richard Hoppin (Liberal Arts), and Hal Richerson (Medicine), introduced themselves.

Jim Clifton presented the slate of nominees for council offices.  Nominations included Vice President, Bob Engel and Secretary, Keith Guillory.  There being no further nominations, the candidates were elected by acclamation.

The minutes of the June meeting were approved as corrected.

Annual meeting:  John Long congratulated the members of the council on the success of the annual meeting held on June 19.  The attendance was similar to last year’s, approximately 45-50 persons.  The entertainment was superb and the speaker was excellent.  It was suggested that there may be adequate funds in the budget to permit the council to host a buffet type luncheon at next year’s meeting.  It was also suggested that, in addition to the mail notification, Email notices should be sent out to members of the emeritus faculty via the listserve 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting.

Exit Interview Project:  Jim Andrews reported that 60 persons have submitted resignations this year.  Most have been interviewed, but 4 persons have declined interviews and 5 have been difficult to reach.  Another 22 interviews are pending.  New members of the council were urged to volunteer to conduct exit interviews.  A training session will be conducted for the volunteers later this summer.  Persons who have conducted interviews will meet with Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark  at some time prior to October. The reporting period for resignations is July 1 to June 30, but persons conducting interviews are requested to include information from interviews with persons resigning after June 30 at that meeting, although data from these persons will not be included in the official resignation list that will be sent to the Board of Regents this year. There was some discussion concerning redundancy with exit interviews conduced by the College of Medicine, and Lee Anna Clark will discuss this issue further with her contact in that college. 

Retirees Handbook:  Dale Bentz reported that the handbook has now been completed and will be distributed by the Staff Benefits office.  Copies will be available at the emeritus office in the Governance Center, Room 380 IMU.  The handbook will also be available (as an Adobe Acrobat, PDF, file) on the Staff Benefits website, with a link from the Emeritus Faculty Council webpage.

Retirees College:  Jim Clifton and Sam Becker met with Bill Oglesby and with Vince Nelson, Executive Director of the Alumni Association.  They were assured of assistance from the Alumni Association in collecting fees for courses and in handling publicity once matters such as venue and schedule were worked out.  A possible locale for lectures is the auditorium at Oakdale Hall.  It was pointed out that the Center for Learning in Retirement might be a competing (or possibly a cooperating) program.

Faculty Council:  There have been no meetings of the council since June.

Definition of Emeritus Faculty:  Changes have not yet appeared in the University Operations Manual.  Lee Anna Clark will check to see that the changes are made.

Meetings:  The Big Ten Retirees Association Meeting is scheduled for this summer at the University of Wisconsin.  Al Hood has agreed to serve as our representative at that meeting.

Early Retirement Policy:  There are some potential legal problems with the University’s early retirement program, and it is likely that the program will be discontinued.  Persons who intend to take early retirement likely will need to announce their decision by June 30, 2002, with retirement permitted until June 2004.  The Board of Regents will decide on the policy’s fate at an upcoming meeting.

Address Sheet:  An amended address sheet for council members was circulated.  Included on the address sheet are Jan Swartzendruber who serves as Secretary and Deb Tiemans, who is the contact person for our webpage.

Committee Roster:  Joseph Cannon was reappointed as the emeritus representative on the Research Council.  Bob Engel will continue to serve as our representative on the Faculty Senate and Council, with Jim Andrews serving as the alternate.  The Teaching and Service Committee has been inactive and will be disbanded pending a specific need for its revival.  Keith Guillory will chair the Research and Artistic Work Committee, with members to include Duane Spriestersbach, Jean Reese, and Larry Gelfand (if he is willing to serve).  Sam Becker will continue to chair the Elections Committee, with members:  Jean Reese, Richard Stevenson, and Dale Bentz

The Annual Meeting Committee will be chaired by Bob Engel and include members Robert Soper and Betty Mather.  Jim Andrews will continue to be the person who makes assignments for exit interviews.  He will be assisted by Hal Richerson.  Dale Bentz will continue to serve as the contact person for the Emeriti Listserve.  The Retirees Handbook Committee will be chaired by Dale Bentz, with members:  Betty Mather, Sam Becker, Robert Soper and Richard Stevenson.  The Retirees College Committee will be chaired by Sam Becker with members Al Hood and Hal Richerson.  Jim Clifton will continue to serve as the council’s liaison with UIRA.  Keith Guillory will be the contact person for communications with Deb Tiemens, who is in charge of our web page.

      There will be no August meeting of the council.  Meetings for the remainder of the year will be on the first Monday of each month, except for the September meeting, which will be held September 10.  For that meeting, the meeting time is 10-11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, Keith Guillory, Secretary.

Minutes of the June 18, 2001 AEF Annual Meeting

Minutes of Annual Meeting
June 18, 2001 Senate Chamber, Old Capitol

Call to order and opening remarks:

President Sam Becker began the meeting at 10 a.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol. Sam thanked the many individuals who made this meeting possible.

Ann Smothers, Director of Old Capitol Museum, welcomed The Association and expressed her pleasure that we had chosen Old Capitol for the annual meeting. She briefly reviewed several aspects of the building and history that make this building a gem.

Distribution and approval of June 2000 Annual Meeting minutes:

Minutes from Annual Meeting, year 2000, were approved.

Performance by colleagues:

Betty Bang Mather, flute

Himie Voxman, clarinet

Richard Caplan, keyboard

Address, followed by questions from the floor:

The Honorable Richard Myers, Johnson County Representative to the General Assembly of Iowa and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, discussed the joys and frustrations of serving in the legislature. He illustrated the difficulty convincing some that funding the university should be an extremely high priority. He invited personnel of the university to make their desires and hopes known to him. He is proud to represent the district that includes The University of Iowa.

Second Year in Review - A report summarizing activities of the Emeritus Faculty was presented by President Becker. He noted these accomplishments:

  • Retirees Handbook
  • Exit interview project
  • Representation on Faculty Council and Senate
  • Representation on Research Council
  • Refined definition of emeritus faculty status in University's Operations manual
  • Assisted Human Resources department with orientation sessions for faculty and staff contemplating retirement
  • Emeritus web page
  • Emeritus listserv
  • Mr. Becker mentioned these projects that are being worked on:
  • Aid for emeriti continuing scholarly or artistic work

Retirees college

Retirees have volunteered to assist the state in getting more equitable Medicare payments for Iowans.

Discussion, questions, suggestions from the floor:

Several suggestions were noted, including the need for better communication. These will be reviewed at the August meeting of EFC.

Comments by Associate Provost, Lee Anna Clark:

Professor Clark expressed her happiness/appreciation for the establishment of an organization representing retired faculty. Her data concerning faculty leaving the university are now much more complete since EFC began conducting exit interviews.

Jim Clifton reported results of the recent election for Emeritus Faculty Council members. He noted that the vote in some colleges was very close. Newly elected members of the Council include Keith Guillory, Pharmacy; Al Hood, Education; Richard Hoppin, Liberal Arts; Margaret Keyes, Liberal Arts; Hal Richerson, Medicine; Keith Thayer, Dentistry and David Vernon, Law.

Passing of the gavel (Gift from Bob Kremenak)

President Sam Becker passed the gavel to the new President J. P. Long and stated that he wished him well.

Comments by President John P. Long

President Long expressed his hope that the Council can continue to function at the same high level that we have seen in the past. He stated that it appears that the Emeritus Faculty Association will continue to accomplish the original charge from university administration, namely, answering the questions of what the university can do to help retired faculty and what retired faculty can do to help the university, and then trying to see that those answers are acted upon. He thanked everyone for coming to the meeting and urged all to keep in touch.

No-host lunch, River Room Cafeteria, Meeting Room 1.

Emeritus Council Minutes

February 5, 2001

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews,, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Bea Furner, Larry Gelfand, Keith Guillory,  Betty Mather, Dick Stevenson, Lea Anna Clark (Liaison), David Vernon, Secretary

Absent:, George N. Bedell, Bob Kremenak, J.P. Long, Jean Reese, Bob Soper, D.C.  Spriestersbach

The minutes of the January 8 meeting were approved as amended.

The draft of the Retirees Handbook was discussed.  The Committee was commended for having done an excellent job.  The importance of keeping the Handbook current was stressed and various methods for accomplishing that purpose considered.  (Report from Bentz)

Vernon and Furner discussed the possible development of an education program taught in part by emeritus faculty and, perhaps, by some other retirees.  A proposal containing alternatives available and possible funding sources will be prepared by Vernon so that the Council can discuss whether it wishes to spearhead the new program. 

A report from the Research Committee noted the problem of a dearth of office space for emeritus faculty who wish to continue their research programs after retirement.  Availability of office space varies among academic units.  It is possible that the University will be able to identify some office space for those who need it, although location may be a problem.

Relationship with faculty council:  As part of a report on the last Faculty Council Meeting, we were informed that the Faculty Council had welcomed the idea of having a member of our group attend Faculty Council meetings as a non-voting participant.  (Andrews)

Definition of Emeritus Faculty Members: A revised draft was presented by the Committee and approved by the Emeritus Council.  It will be forwarded as our recommendation to the Faculty Council, which we anticipate will be the start of a review process that will end with the approval of the Board of Regents.  (Furner)

It was agreed to delay the March meeting until March 12. 

Respectfully submitted, David H. Vernon, Secretary

Emeritus Council Minutes

January 8, 2001

Present:  Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, George N. Bedell, Dale Bentz, Bea Furner, Larry Gelfand, Keith Guillory, Bob Kremenak, J.P. Long (Chairing meeting), Betty Mather, Jean Reese, Bob Soper, D.C. Spriestersbach, Dick Stevenson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), Dave Vernon

Jane Holland of the University Worklife Services Program described the various components of the Program and suggested ways in which emeritus faculty members might utilize the services.

The penultimate report of the Committee seeking to define emeritus/emerita faculty members was sent back to the Committee for what everyone hoped would be a final draft presented at the February meeting of the Council. (Furner)

The Committee Drafting a Proposal for a UI retirees college did not meet until after the January meeting of the Council.  A report will be made at the February meeting. (Vernon)

The Retirees Handbook will be ready for discussion the February meeting of the Council. (Bentz)

The Council discussed the progress of the program to interview faculty members who resign from the University.

The meeting ended shortly after 10:30 a.m.

David H. Vernon, Secretary

2000

Emeritus Council Minutes

Wednesday, December 6, 2000, B-5 Jessup Hall
9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, George N. Bedell, Dale Bentz, Bob Engel, Bea Fumer, Larry Gelfand, Keith Guillory, Bob Kremenak, J. P. Long, Betty Mather, Jean Reese, Bob Soper, D. C. Spriestersbach, Dick Stevenson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), David Vernon, Secretary. Absent: Jim Clifton

The October minutes, as amended, and the November minutes were approved.

It was reported that the Faculty Council approved the recommendation that an Emeritus Council representative be designated as a non-voting member of the Faculty Council.

Reports made and discussed:

The Faculty Council meetings are on November 7th and 28th (Jim Andrews)

From the Emeritus council representative to the Research Council

Committee on the definition of the "emeritus"/"emerita" designation. After some discussion, the issue was remanded to the Committee for further consideration.

Emeritus web page: substantial progress was made, and, the page was reported to be on line, although not complete. (Kremenak)

Progress report of emeritus listserve. (Bentz)

Most of the meeting concerned a discussion of starting the process of interviewing faculty members who have resigned. Assignments were made to all Council members except those who asked to be excused. Information was to be forwarded to those Council members who did not participate in a training seminar.

Submitted by David H. Vernon

Emeritus Council Minutes 

Wednesday, November 1, 2000, B-5 Jessup Hall
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, George N. Bedell, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bea Fumer, Larry Gelfand, Bob Kremenak, J. P. Long, Betty Mather, Jean Reese, Bob Soper, Dick Stevenson, Lee Anna Clark (Liaison), David Vernon, Secretary. Absent: Keith Guillory, Bob Engel, D.C. Spriestersbach

The October minutes were amended and approved.

Jay Semel spoke to the Council about the Oberrnann Center for Advanced Studies (at Oakdale) and its availability to emeritus faculty members who continue their research into retirement. Mr. Semel indicated that comfortable office space and computer support could be made available for a semester during the academic year to retired faculty members who are engaged in research. The offices are furnished and necessary office supplies are provided. Limited secretarial assistance is available. In addition to office space during the academic year, the Center will fund modestly sized meetings of research groups and seminar groups devoted to research. Interested emeriti were encouraged to call Mr. Semel to discuss other possible uses of the Center.

Communications - Dale Bentz reported that a nine-page discussion draft of a retiree's handbook had been prepared and would be considered by the Committee during November. Copies of the draft will be available at the December meeting. Dale is continuing to explore the use of a "listserve" to improve communication with emeritus faculty members.

Defining Emeritus Status - The subcommittee (Andrews, Fumer, Vernon) will report to the Council at its December meeting.

Exit Interviews - Jim Andrews indicated that 14 persons who had received training were prepared to start the exit interviewing process of faculty members who resign. The process is likely to start within the month.

Consulting with Government Agencies - We will continue to explore ways to implement the program. To obtain information on the expertise of emeriti, we need to encourage them to list their research activities in the annual reports of faculty published by Office of the Vice President for Research. This was suggested by Keith Guillory.

Phone and E-Mail directory - A question was raised about the possible inclusion of e-mail addresses, other than @uiowa.edu, in the University Directory. A process for such inclusion is in place and e-mail addresses other than @uiowa.edu can be included in the Directory most easily by emeriti adding them to their listings in the electronic version of the Directory on the University's web page. Bob Kremenak reported that he has reserved November for the development of a web page for the Council.

The Council agreed to schedule its meeting during the Spring 2001 semester on the first Monday of each month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room B-5 Jessup Hall. The only exception will be in January, when the meeting will be scheduled on the second Monday of the month. Thus, the Council will meet on January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7.

Submitted by David Vernon

Emeritus Council Minutes

Wednesday, October 4, 2000, B-5 Jessup Hall
9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, George N. Bedell, Dale Bentz, Jim Clifton, Bea Furner, Larry Gelfand, Keith Guillory, Betty Mather, Bob Soper, D.C. Spriestersbach, Dick Stevenson, Dave Vernon (Secretary). Absent: Joan Cantor, Lee Anna Clark, Bob Engel, Bob Kremenak, J.P. Long, Jean Reese

The September minutes were approved.

Professor Sheldon Kurtz, Chair of the Funded Retirement Insurance Carmine, spoke to the Council about the current state of the University's Health Insurance Program. He explained that the University was a self insurer for medical insurance and that Wellmark was not the insurer, but merely the University's agent in paying bills and sending notices to insureds. In establishing rates for health insurance, the experience of each group within the system is assessed annually and rates for each group are set in relationship to the individual group's experience. For example, the experiences of each of the Chips (I, II, and III are evaluated separately and within each Chip, the experience of the group covering employees and spouses is evaluated separately and the rates set without regard to the experience of a group covering employees and families. During 1999, the experience of various groups in Chip III was such that the rates increased very substantially. Professor Kurtz advised that Chip II, the least expensive of the Chips, was probably the best buy for most people, including retirees. He also urged that Chip I, the most expensive of the Chips, normally was not a wise purchase. His advice, particularly about Chip I, was challenged by some Council members.

In response to a question, Professor Kurtz expressed his opposition to the Emeritus Council having a non-voting place on the University Funded Retirement Committee. The Council is enthusiastic about the Council having membership on the Committee and will seek to obtain such an appointment.

Council Discussions

The Council discussed the desirability of using a "listserve" to enable the Council to communicate easily with all emeriti who have computers.

Keith Guillory suggested that if emeriti who are engaged in research would list their current efforts in the Directory of Research (published by the Office of the Vice President for Research), the list of consulting capacities of emeriti would besier to develop. The suggestion received a favorable response from the Council.

The Council discussed, with some favor, the idea of establishing an Emeritus Bill of Rights, using the Minnesota Bill of Rights as a starting point. It also discussed with favor the desirability of (1) having a representative of the Council sit as a non-voting member of the Faculty Council, and (2) developing an up-to-date definition of emeritus status. A subcommittee was appointed to consider whether the existing definitions of emeritus status should be modified. (Andrews, Fumer, and Vernon).

The Council decided that funds set aside by the Provost to fund Council activities ($5,000) should not be used to support travel by Council members.

Submitted by David Vernon

Emeritus Council Meeting

September 6, 2000

Present: Andrews, Becker, Bedell, Bentz, Cantor, Clark, Clifton, Engel, Furner, Gelfand, Kremenak, Long, Mather, Reese, Soper, Spriestersbach, Stevenson

Absent: Guillory, Vernon

The August minutes were approved with spelling corrections as submitted

Reports from Committees:

Emeritus Teaching and Service: will have meeting next Monday.“

Emeritus Research and Artistic Work: will get together in the near future and also hopes to prepare a grant application for expenses.

Communications: distributed an outline of major areas in the Retirees Handbook. Discussion took place with regard to relationship with Faculty Handbook. Requested suggestions for items to be included in the Retirees Handbook including recreational and cultural activities.,

Exit Interview Project: had meeting with McCormick of University Services. Will have training session for interviewers on September 20 at 1:30.

Lifelong Learning Project: meeting to occur in the future.

Old Business:

Definition of Emeriti in University Operations Manual was discussed. Discussion centered around adjunct and clinical professors and also included discussion of paid v. non-paid status. Discussion of fairness of criteria for emeritus status and the time required in grade took place. The definition of emeritus will be taken up again in the future.

Big Ten Retirees Meeting: Report given by Becker and Clifton about recent meeting at Indiana University. Iowa seems to be in about the middle of the Big Ten with regard to benefits for retirees. Indiana University has a student advocates office staffed by retirees.

Emeritus parking: Becker reported on a meeting with D. Ricketts. A discussion took place regarding the desirability of putting a brief section about faculty parking in the Retirees Handbook.

Representation by the College of Public Health on the Emeritus Faculty Council will be as part of the College of Medicine in the future until the CPH qualifies as a College for their representation under Council by-laws.

New Business:

The emeritus representative on the Research Council is Joe Cannon.

Consulting proposal of Ken Atkinson: Ken Atkinson was not present but there was an initial feeling that this should not be a creature of the Emeritus Council. It was unclear whether the consultant would be paid or volunteer and how the proposal might relate to SCORE. Becker is to contact Atkinson to ask 1) that he attend a meeting of the Emeritus Council in the future and 2) that he obtain information from other institutions doing this type of activity -- especially in the areas of compensation and legal liability.

Obermann Center for Advanced Study: Jay Semel is the contact person.
Next meeting: Wednesday, October 4 at 9:30 AM in Jessup Hall

Adjournment at 11:00

Submitted by: Richard Stevenson

Emeritus Council Minutes

Monday, August 14, 2000
B-5 Jessup Hall, 10:00 AM

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, George Bedell, Dale Bentz, Joan Cantor, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel, Bea Furner, Larry Gelfand, Keith Guillory, Bob Kremenak, J.P. Long, Bob Soper, D.C. Spriestersbach, Dick Stevenson, Dave Vernon (Secretary), and Lee Anna Clark (liaison)

Absent: Betty Mather, Jean Reese

July 10 Minutes were approved as submitted

Provost Jon Whitmore spoke to the Council. He described the survey of emeritus faculty as very helpful and indicated that he had asked the Deans of the Colleges to determine the extent to which each department of college is currently meeting the needs expressed in the survey and, if the needs are not being met, to determine what steps, if any, can be taken to improve the situation.

In response to questions, the Provost indicated that Vice President Skorton had indicated that the presence of an emeritus faculty member on the Research Council was helpful and that he hoped the practice would continue.

Committee assignments were approved (See attachment). President Becker stressed the need for each committee to designate someone to Chair the Committee. He noted the importance of the Committee on Emeritus Teaching and Service and urged that members of the Committee work with individual departments in an effort to encourage them to do their best to accommodate the needs of emeritus professors. The lack of office space was mentioned as one of the major problems we face.

Among the major goals for the council this year are: (1) complete a retirees’ handbook; (2) get the lifelong learning project started; (3) establish an emeritus web site; (4) develop a plan to provide standard office amenities for all Emeriti who want to receive them and work to implement that plan; (5) update references to Emeriti in the University’s operations manual; (6) complete the implementation of the exit interview project.

J.P. Long was elected Vice President; David Vernon was elected Secretary.

It was agreed that for the balance of the fall semester, the Council’s regular meeting time would be switched from 10:00 AM on Mondays to 9:30 AM on the first Wednesday of each month, with meetings scheduled on September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.

Associate Provost Clark asked that all Council members review the current definition of emeritus faculty in Chapter III, Section 11.7 of the Operations Manual.

Respectfully submitted

David Vernon, Secretary

ATTACHMENT to the minutes of August 14, 2000 (dated 7/23/00)

Emeritus Council Committee Structure

1. Committee on emeritus teaching and service: (This is a major task, but breaking into smaller committees doesn't make sense to me because all aspects involve liaison with departments & colleges. Encouraging and facilitating use of Emeriti in teaching and service, and ensuring that Emeriti have the amenities they want and need: offices, mailboxes, postage support, phone privileges, etc.)

Must coordinate with Committee on Emeritus Research

Bedell (Health Sciences)
Cantor (Liberal Arts and Education)
Clifton (Health Sciences)
Engel (Liberal Arts and Education)
Stevenson (Professional Colleges outside Health Sciences)

2. Committee on emeritus research and artistic work: (Because facilities are involved, must coordinate closely with Committee 1.)

Gelfand
Spriestersbach
Guillory

3. Communication committee to facilitate flow of relevant information to Emeriti through Retirees Handbook, web page, and other means (perhaps Gray Hawk). Among other charges, consider whether there should be an ombudsperson for Emeriti and, if so, how to set it up.

Bang-Mather
Bentz
Kremenak (web page)
Soper
Stevenson

4. Exit interview project:

Andrews
Gelfand
Long

5. Lifelong learning project

Vernon
Furner

6. Elections Committee (will be appointed in spring 2001)

7. Liaison with UIRA

Clifton
Cantor

Emeritus Council Minutes

Monday, July 10, 2000
B-5 Jessup Hall, 10:00 AM

Present: Sam Becker (President), Jim Andrews, Dale Bentz, Joan Cantor, Bea Furner, Keith Guillory, Bob Kremenak, John Long (Secretary), Betty Mather, Jean Reese, Bob Soper, Dick Stevenson, Sprie Spriestersbach, David Vernon, and Lee Anna Clark (liaison)

Absent: George Bedell, Jim Clifton, Bob Engel and Larry Gelfand

May 8 and June 19 Minutes were as corrected (spelling of Bedell).

President's Report:

Following introductions Chair Becker reviewed the major ongoing projects:

(1) facilitating participation of retired faculty in ongoing functions of the university, (2) seeking help for faculty with their continuing work, e.g., teaching, (3) facilitating information flow to Emeriti about their health and other retirement benefits, (4) exit interviews project, (5) Emeritus College, (6) expanding the section of the Operations Manual concerning Emeriti.

Old Business:

  1. Subcommittee #3 (Gelfand [chair], Spriestersbach and Reese) submitted to Council their written research report that emphasized many positive attitudes and extensive involvement of retirees in scholarly activity. However, there are some minor fiscal needs that are not being met. "The subcommittee recommends that The University of Iowa recognize the scholarly work in progress of its Emeriti faculty by committing funds to defray important incidental expenses related to their research/creative effort." Council voted unanimously to support the above recommendation to be forwarded to Vice President Dave Skorton.
  2. Importance of liaison with UIRA was discussed. Questions were whether Council should appoint a representative or depend on overlapping membership. Jim Clifton was appointed to represent the Council, with assistance from Joan Cantor.

New Business:

  1. Chair Becker will visit with various individuals concerning open positions of Vice President and Secretary.
  2. What do we wish to accomplish this year? See President's Report above for on-going projects. Members need to think about what else ought to be done.
  3. Within a week Sam wishes to hear from each Council member concerning their area of special interest so work assignments can be made. Sam will construct a new list of assignments/goals for discussion by Council.
  4. Bea Furner reported on the 7th International Conference on Retirement in Higher Education, May 26-28, San Diego. She distributed agenda, addresses of attendees and Emeriti Center Organizational Chart used at USC. Types of organization, membership and purpose differ on various campuses. Thoughts from the meeting for Council to ponder may include: (a) organization and our relationship with UIRA, (b) communication-web sites, informational flyers, newsletters and annual reports, (c) interview retiring faculty, (d) living history projects, (e) retiree housing, (f)system to monitor Emeriti benefits, and (g) we should stay involved with the national group. Bea has considerable printed material that can be distributed to our committees as they are formed.
  5. No action was taken to alter Bylaws to include the new College of Public Health at this time because they do not yet have emeritus faculty.
  6. The need for a Retirees Handbook was acknowledged.

Other Business:

  1. Dave Vernon reported that public, non-technical seminars by Emeriti would be useful.
  2. Lee Anna Clark would like the committee to look at the Operations Manual definition of 'emeritus faculty' and comment on its adequacy.

Next Meeting: Monday, August 14, 10:00-11:30 AM, B-5, JH

John Long, Secretary pro tem

Minutes of the June 19, 2000 AEF Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of Association of Emeritus Faculty Senate Chamber, Old Capitol, 10:00 AM, June 19, 2000

Chair Jim Clifton expressed his thanks for the fine representation at the Annual Meeting. Agenda was approved by voice vote.

President Mary Sue Coleman expressed her gratitude for the formation of the Association of Emeritus Faculty and included the following remarks:

Status of emeritus faculty varies from department to department and university to university.

The University of Iowa is committed to easing any difficulties associated with retirement.

The University is greatly appreciative of all that emeritus faculty are doing for the institution.

Lisa Bluder, Head Coach, Women's Basketball, reviewed status of program and encouraged expanded attendance at games.

Chair Jim Clifton reviewed origins and status of the Association of Emeritus Faculty. The organization grew out of a task force appointed in 1997 by the Provost and Vice President for Research. The charge was to 'consider what the University can do for emeritus faculty that it is not currently doing, and consider what Emeriti can do for the University.' (Additional information is found in Article II of the Bylaws.)

Provost Jon Whitmore expressed his appreciation to individuals, especially Sam Becker, Jim Clifton and Lee Anna Clark, who helped form and guide the Association through the first year. The Provost stated that the number of retirees is increasing and he hoped that the University could harness their talents. Many areas within the University are experiencing increasing pressures and retirees can be very helpful.

Associate Provost Lee Anna Clark (a) acknowledged individuals who have helped during the past year and (b) reviewed major accomplishments of the organization. Lee Anna looks forward to supporting the Council and the Association in the future.

Nancy Foster briefly reviewed functions of Staff Benefits and invited retirees to continue their contacts and association. She suggested that Emeriti e-mail her with their suggestions or to communicate problems.

David Vernon, Chair of the Bylaws committee, reviewed evolution of Bylaws and sought questions. There were none. It was then moved and seconded that the Bylaws be adopted by the Association. Members adopted the Bylaws by voice vote, apparently unanimous.

Sam Becker, Vice President of the Council, reviewed responses from surveys of Emeriti and deans/DEOs. Highlights included: (a) where direct comparisons could be made, results from the two surveys were quite similar, (b) about 75% of Emeriti are happy with their relationship to the University, (c) approximately one-half of Emeriti continue to serve their departments, and (d) 40% continue scholarly activity.

David Skorton, Vice President for Research, expressed his appreciation for past activities and future roles of Emeriti and Council that includes: (a) continuing educational activity, (b) sharing knowledge and expertise with young faculty, i.e., mentoring, (c) retirees serving on Research Council, and (d) University instituted grant program open to Emeriti doing scholarly work.

Bea Furner, our representative to the 7th International Conference on Retirement in Higher Education, reviewed the background and status of the organization. The first meeting was held in 1985. The theme of the latest meeting was "the role of university and college retirement associations in achieving, pursuing, protecting and enhancing rights, benefits and privileges of retirees." Bea reported that (a) it was a useful and interesting conference and she brought back information for several of our committees, and (b) our participation with the organization should continue.

Bob Kremenak, Chair of the Election Committee of the Emeritus Faculty Council, reported that there were six vacancies on the Council and the following individuals were elected:

College of Business Administration – Richard Stevenson College of Engineering – Jim Andrews College of Liberal Arts – Dale Bentz and Betty Bang Mather College of Medicine – George Bedel and Robert Soper

Jim Clifton, Council Chair, expressed his thanks to many individuals who helped him in numerous ways. Jim then passed the gavel to Sam Becker who assumed the Council Presidency. Sam thanked Jim for his leadership in the critical first year of the Council.

A panel of Lee Anna Clark, Sam Becker and Jim Clifton was formed to answer questions from membership. Several questions, suggestions, and comments were made. They included: (a) concern about potential overlap in function of the Association of Emeritus Faculty with The University of Iowa Retirees Association (UIRA), (b) retired faculty have some special and different interests from those of the Retirees Association, (c) the two organizations should continue as they are, but there should be some formal liaison and sharing of information with the UIRA, (d) Iowa is apparently unique in having both a retired staff-faculty association and a retired faculty association, (e) mechanisms for ensuring productive coordination of the two groups will be explored by the Emeritus Faculty Council, (f) a shared office with the Faculty Senate and Staff Council is available for both of our retirees organizations in room 380, IMU, (g) the Association of Emeritus Faculty should consider creating its own web site or participating in the UIRA web site, and (h) consider asking the UIRA to permit placing a summary of the Emeritus Faculty Council's minutes in the Gray Hawk, perhaps with financial support from the Council.

Meeting adjourned at 11:25 AM Next Council Meeting: Monday, July 10, 10:00-11:30 AM in B5 Jessup Hall

John Long, Secretary