EPAG Minutes
April 24, 2007
9:45-11:15, Campus Center 214

Kendrick Brown, Beth Cleary, Cheryl Contant, Ellen Guyer,  Diane Michelfelder, Jayne Niemi, Joan Ostrove, Michael Schneider, David Seitz,  Peter Weisensel (co-chair),  Karl Wirth (co-chair)

  1. The minutes from April 17th were approved.
  2. The allocation request from the biology department was discussed.
  3. Task Force on Appeals:  The latest version of the draft was perused.  This same draft is going to be reviewed by FPC.  The task force will take the feedback from both groups and revise as needed.  A new version will be shared with EPAG, probably via email.  If it passes muster, it will be sent to the President.  Some editing was done for clarity.   We also discussed issues such as who can give advice to the appellant, what happens to records from prior years, and who gets copies of the appeal or just notification that an appeal has been filed.   
  4. Diane has asked Jane Rhodes in her capacity as Dean of Race and Ethnicity to serve as AA officer for next year.  Dean Rhodes has agreed, and so has EPAG. 
  5. We returned to the discussion from last week about whether the Library Director should become an ex officio member of EPAG.  Terri provided a rationale that Diane distributed.  We read it.  There was discussion about the how the library is linked to academic content in ways that other areas may or may not be linked.   The role and workload of our committee has not been well-defined in these last few years, and it isn’t clear how the addition of the Library Director to the group would play into the committee’s work.  What about representation from student life, and its co-curricular and extra-curricular pieces of the liberal arts education?  The Provost suggested a second trial year of the Library Director’s attendance, with a promise that a third year would not be requested if the committee felt the same after the second trial year.  
  6. Karine Moe and Danny Kaplan visited to talk about possibilities for changing the daily class schedule and the faculty meeting.  Even though separate groups have been discussing possibilities, all have the goal of creating a community time in the middle of Tuesday and Thursday, which will eventually allow for the monthly Faculty Meeting to be held during the community time, as well as allowing for better programming and community involvement in events.   Karine has a motion from a group of new faculty, which will be distributed with the agenda for the May faculty meeting.  They are amenable to friendly amendments, especially one changing the effective term from Spring 2008 to Fall 2008.    EPAG supports the motion.

Adjourned 11:15  a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne Niemi, Registrar