April 2012


April 13, 2012

Attendance: Peg Bacon, Susan Szpyrka, Katie Kaukinen, Andrea Hutchins, Mandi Elder, Jeff Spicher, Monique Dooley, Morgan Shepherd, Pam Carter, Suzanne Cook, Beth Kumar, Barbara Frye, Christina Martinez, Edgar Cota-Torres, Dave Anderson, Janel Owens, David Moon, Ron Fitz

Call to Order / Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes from March 9, 2012 meeting by Andrea Hutchins

Seconded by Pam Carter

Motion passed unanimously

Reports of Visitors:

Susan Szpyrka:

The state cut to higher Ed is less than expected; it went from a $6 million cut to a $4 million cut, so UCCS will be taking a smaller hit to the budget compared to what was originally thought.  We are modeling a 6% tuition increase for the fall.  Plans are in the works for an expansion to the Rec Center, and there are also plans in the future for another parking garage.  There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on April 23 at 2:00pm for two new residence halls, which will be located south of Aspen House and the pedestrian spine, toward the west and close to the roundabout.  These buildings are scheduled for completion in time for an August 2013 opening.  The Overlook will close at the end of this semester and re-open right before the start of fall classes.  Some of the changes to this facility include switching to sustainable service-ware and offering healthier food options.  Remodeling of all first floor meeting rooms in University Center will also be scheduled for summer.  The remodeling will upgrade these meeting rooms to provide new technology with sound recording built in.  Berger Hall will also undergo remodeling from December 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013 to upgrade the technological services provided in that room.

Peg Bacon:

Reminder that Commencement will be held on Friday, May 18 at 10:00am at the World Arena and all faculty are encouraged to attend.  The General Education Faculty Retreat is scheduled for Friday, April 20, from 9:00am - 1:00pm and includes lunch.  All faculty are encouraged to attend and give feedback and input to the proposed revisions to Gen Ed.  Mountain Lion Research Day is today at the Gallogly Events Center - there is good participation with over 70 posters for this event.  The all-campus read book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, has been ordered and will be distributed to the Freshman Seminar instructors before their retreat in May.  The Campus Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:00pm in Berger Hall.

Officer Reports:

President's Report

Reminders of upcoming events:  4/17 - Take Back the Night; 4/26 - Peg Bacon's Retirement Party; 5/3 - Jenenne Nelson's Retirement Party; 4/30 - Open Enrollment starts

Vice-President's Report

Updates since the report:  1) The open 7th slot representative position for LAS will be filled in fall 2012, and 2) Kathy Blair is the new 2nd Beth-El representative since Sherry Lee withdrew, cancelling the need for a run-off election.

Past President's Report

Not present - no report

Reports from Standing Committees:

EPUS Report:

No report

Personnel & Benefits:

No one present - no report

University Budget Advisory Committee:

Information already given in Susan Szpyrka's report

Faculty Minority Affairs Committee

Women's Committee

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Academic Computing


IT will take over and monitor the social media-free pods.

Intercollegiate Athletics:

No one present - no report



No one present - no report




Discussion of the "UCCS Draft Policy: Lecturer, Instructor and Senior Instructor Rights and Responsibilities" proposed document (attached).  It was stated that this document is a basis for policy.  The Non-Tenure Track Faculty committee had an open forum with other faculty regarding this document.  It was noted that the definition of percentage of time is needed.


  1. The Non-Tenure Track Committee of the UCCS Faculty Representative Assembly moves that the 'UCCS Policy: Lecturer, Instructor and Senior Instructor Rights and Responsibilities' document (in Draft form) be approved with the following changes made:
    1. Item II. A. General: change the name of "Beth El College of Nursing" to "Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences"
    2. Item II. A. General: change the name of "Beth El Procedural Document for the Clinical Teaching Track" to "Procedural Document for the Clinical Teaching Track"

(passed unanimously with no oppositions and no abstentions)


Motion to adjourn the Faculty Assembly Meeting by Andrea Hutchins

Seconded by Dave Anderson

Motion passed unanimously

Meeting adjourned at 12:56 p.m.