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November 4, 2019

Highlights from the Oct. 8 Faculty Senate meeting

Submitted by Faculty Senate

Guest: Jodi Kaus presented information to senators regarding Powercat Financial and information on the Federal Loan Forgiveness Program. 

Standing committee and Student Senate reports:

  • Academic Affairs: A handbook change to section F115 and F115.1 was made to include all modalities in the credit hour definitions. 
  • Faculty Affairs: A handbook change to section C6 was made to update information related to student organizations.
  • Professional Staff Affairs: The Docking Institute Survey was completed last fall and the results were presented to President Richard Myers and some cabinet members. They are working with University Support Staff Senate and Communications and Marketing to disseminate the results to the campus. They will set up listening sessions for staff at K-State and will work with Cheryl Grice in Communications and Marketing to come up with a communication strategy.
  • Student Senate: Annual fall visits are being scheduled by President Myers and Provost Charles Taber, Jansen Penny, Hannah Heatherman and Peter Moyer. They are in the process of putting together a 10-year strategic plan for SGA and reviewing resource utilization. The Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee has been meeting this semester and the College of Health and Human Sciences fee will be voted on.
  • Technology: October is Cyber Security Awareness month. All were reminded of being cyber smart by the slogan "Own IT secure IT protect IT. Shred Day was Oct. 23; remember, not everything is able to be shredded. An update was provided related to the Enterprise Resource Planning task force work.
  • University Planning: No report.


  • President Tanya González directed senators to the monthly KBOR meeting report
  • There is faculty development training for the Foundation's Big Idea collaboration. Join in on training from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Topics include PCF, cancer prevention and detection, precision ag, aging, big data, and others. Contact Shelia Walker to be included in the training.
  • President González reported that the K-State LGBT Resource Center, in partnership with researchers at East Carolina University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is collecting data through the SHARE Study.
  • Participate in the K-State 2025 Refresh online survey and share your comments by Oct. 25.
  • The Principles of Community are updated and on the university website. There is no word on whether they will be reprinted and distributed.

Open discussion period

  • The "All In for K-State" giving day planning committee has training for writing grants. Proposals may be submitted from Sept. 25-Nov 1. Think about a fundable idea or contact Eric Holderness about your idea and how to put together a proposal.
  • The coat drive was successful. Approximately 200 coats were collected and distributed. Thank you!  

Tanya González
Faculty Senate President
Professor, Department of English
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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