Minutes of the UO Senate Meeting for May 22, 2013

Minutes of the UO Senate Meeting 22 May 2013

Prepared and submitted by Christopher S. Prosser, Senate Executive Coordinator

Present: Roger Adkins, John Ahlen, Tracy Bars, Mandy Chong, Kassia Dellabough, Michael Dreiling, Robert Elliot, Karen Estlund, Pedro Garcia-Caro, Bill Harbaugh, Qusheng Jin, Amy Jones, Harinder Kaur Khalsa, Robert Kyr, David Landrum, Kelley Leon Howarth, Huaxin Lin, Peng Lu, Richard Margerum, Jeffrey Measelle, Debra Merskin, Ronald Mitchel, Amy Nuetzman, Deborah Olson, Margie Paris, Steven Pologe, Roxann Prazniak, Ken Prehoda, Gina Psaki, Gordon Sayre, Donna Shaw, Christopher Sinclair, Randy Sullivan, Bruce Tabb, Lamar Wise

Absent: Taylor Allison, John Bonine, Nancy Bray, Connor Dwyer, Jennifer Ellis, Ali Emami, John Foster, Mark Gillem, Sangita Gopal, Ryan Kellems, Theodora Ko Thompson, Charles Martinez, Reza Rejaie, David Riley, William Steiner, Arkady Vaintrob, Bryan Vanderpool, Peter Walker



Senate President Robert Kyr (Music & Dance) called the May 22, 2013 meeting of the University of Oregon Senate to order at 3:04PM in room 101 of the Knight Library.

He informed the Senate that there were no meeting minutes to approve as the May 8 minutes were still in the process of being transcribed. Both the May 8 and May 22 meeting minutes would be approved at the first Senate meeting in the fall.


Senate President Kyr was sorry to report that President Michael Gottfredson could not attend the Senate meeting as he had business to attend to in Salem with the State Legislature.

2.1 Remarks by Robert Kyr, Senate President, 6:00 – 9:00pm at Collier House: Input for Testimony

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that he would be giving testimony at the joint Ways and Means Committee meeting on Thursday, May 23 in Salem, OR. He was looking forward to the meeting and commented that both the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) and the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) had provided great participation regarding his testimony and its relation to shared governance. Both committees had met several times over the past week, and these meetings were inspired in part by President Gottfredson. Senate President Kyr stated that he had never been in a meeting about shared governance that had impressed or inspired him more than the meetings of the past week.

Senate President Kyr encouraged Senators to visit the President’s website and to read his affirmed statement on shared governance. He then encouraged all in attendance to visit with him that evening from 6 – 9PM in Collier House to discuss any issues relating to his upcoming testimony in Salem. If Senators could not attend that evening, he encouraged them to send him an email with their concerns.

He then offered a few parting comments as the outgoing Senate President. His comments are below in their entirety:

“It has been quite a two years for me as Senate President, as you can imagine, and more so for you as citizens of this university. When you look at where we were two years ago, and then you do a mental check as to where we’ve been and the journey we’ve taken together; it’s something extraordinary. I don’t think just for us, but in American higher education. I would gladly say that anywhere before any forum, and I don’t know a community anywhere that could have dealt better with the hand we’ve been dealt over how many years, you count them, than this community. That’s something we need to celebrate and remember every day of our lives as co-educators on this journey together and a full complete five constituency of our university where we honor each other; our participation and our deep concern for each other as human beings, for the system, and for improving this university. That’s what we’re all engaged in doing. It’s crucial that we remain focused on that.

Participation and service is fundamental to the future of this university. Without it, we will not move, and that means each of us has to take upon ourselves an extra measure of responsibility and accountability for participation and service. We’re doing our best through the Tenth-Year Review to revise that system of service so there will be incentive and motivation. We’re working with the Deans and doing everything we possibly can, and that will continue into the next administration because both Margie and I are determined to improve this system so that it’s a greater pleasure for you to serve and there is some remuneration, perhaps not financial yet, but there is remuneration in other ways, and that’s important to note.

I’d like to focus on three principles that we need to keep before us as we go forward: collaboration, co-creation, and collegiality. Collaboration is essential. That means everyday of our lives in the workplace. It means across the boundaries of our units and departments. It means between universities in this system. I’ve worked tirelessly in each and every one of these ways to serve you. I hope I’ve succeeded in some small measure, but certainly have worked very hard between the universities within our system because there was a lot of, maybe it could be said, bad blood in some ways, a product of history, certainly not of our own making in the sense that we tried to create it or that we even recognized it often. Sometimes things go beyond our own spectrum of vision. We don’t always see what’s happening in other quarters even in our own state, even in our own city, even in our own university. So, as collaborators at all these levels, we need to be more vigilant and more aware of the needs of everybody who is within our community, and our community embraces all of Oregon as well as those within our own university.

Then co-creation, the university is not the creation of the central administration, not the creation of the faculty, not the creation of the Classified Staff, not of the OAs, not of the ORs, not of the students. It’s a co-creation of all of us, and we have to remember that and honor each other in every way. There are needs, there are resources, of course we’re going to go on discussing this, but we have to be sensitive to each other and understand each others needs and co-create the university.

And finally, collegiality; ever important is respectful dialogue. Some people would say that within the last week there have been some lapses in that area. If you believe that, take it upon yourself to heal it, and lets heal it together and go forward. We must be responsible and accountable to ourselves and to each other for respectful dialogue and collegiality.

And finally, shared governance. I’ll just end with my strongest support possible for both our University Charter which states in no uncertain terms “the President and Professors constitute the faculty, and as such, have the immediate governance and discipline of the public university and the students therein.” It’s at the core of who we are. It is in the Senate Bill 270 legislation. It is affirmed there in various ways. It is not in any way diminished, and the University of Oregon Constitution is equally important, and those things in partnership in our work together to affirm them in the way that we live and relate to each other is essential to our way forward.

So thank you all so much for your participation and service. I meant from the depth of my heart what I said at the beginning that I don’t believe there is another community that could have dealt with the cards that we’ve been handed in these last two years and have done so well and maintained such integrity over this journey. And there will be more to come. We’ll be tested in different ways, but we’re strong and we can do this together. Together we’re going to create the university that we truly, truly want. Thanks so much for your support over these past two years.”

After a stirring round of applause, Senate President Kyr moved on to the New Business portion of the meeting.


3.1 UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration; Presented to Stephanie Bosnyk, Assistant Dean of Operations, Lundquist College of Business

Senate President Kyr acknowledged Stephanie Bosnyk (Assistant Dean of Operations, Lundquist College of Business) as the 2013 recipient of the UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration. He then read an excerpt from her letter of nomination. The excerpt is below:

“In service to the broader university, Stephanie has been a model. A partial list of her university service over the past decade is highlighted below. Particular leadership roles that should be highlighted include the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) 2005 – 2007, the Lundquist College of Business (LCB) Dean’s Search Committee in 2009 – 2010, and the chairing of the UO Child Care and Family Services Committee in 2002 – 2003. She is a true model and inspiration for all of us in terms of her participation and service.”

After reading the excerpt, Senate President Kyr congratulated Ms. Bosnyk and presented her with the award.

Stephanie Bosnyk accepted the award and read the following words:

“I am extremely honored to have been nominated and selected as the third recipient of the UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration. I would like to thank the UO Senate for establishing this special award and for all of those who supported my nomination.

Trying to select my greatest mentors is tough as all the people I have worked with over the years have contributed to my growth. Still, I would especially like to thank Jim Reinmuth (my boss for 18 years and former Dean of LCB) and my Mom for being great mentors.

I do not think of myself as a great leader but have always been committed to the principles of being a part of a great institution like the University of Oregon. The social media age can make it difficult to inspire or connect with people on an individual basis. However it has always been a passion and commitment of mine to assist others to achieve their potential along the way. Over time (and I do have a few years under my belt) it has been fun to participate in many committees and advisory bodies that I hope have led to better working lives for those I have shared this journey with. At times, the day-to-day work doesn’t seem important until you see how it has impacted just one or two people and made their life better.

As the University goes through tremendous change it is important for all of you to continue to be involved and connected through various channels (committees, OA Council, mentor to others) and to make a difference in the lives of the students, faculty, and staff around you. Reconnect, revitalize, and join in!

It is always rewarding to be recognized for your efforts and decisions and I find this award to be particularly motivating and inspirational to me. Thank you again for this recognition --- I wish you each every success and joy.”

Senate President Kyr thanked Ms. Bosnyk for her remarks.

3.2 UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award; Presented to Richard Daniels, Outgoing Mail Specialist

Senate President Kyr acknowledged Richard Daniels (Mail Specialist, Office of Admissions) as the 2013 recipient of the UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award. Mr. Daniels was unable to attend the meeting to accept his award, so Senate President Kyr asked Senator Theodora Ko Thompson (Classified Staff Senator) to accept the award on his behalf.

Senator Ko Thompson accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Daniels and delivered his acceptance speech to the Senate body. The speech is below in its entirety.

“Good afternoon Dr. Kyr, members of the University Senate, and guests. Thank you for this great honor. Although I knew this award existed, it would never have occurred to me that I would be awarded it, in part because there are so many of my colleagues who equally deserve it. And it’s a pleasure to work with them every day. However, I will humbly accept this award with relish and sincere pleasure.

I’m a third generation Oregon native; I grew up on a small farm near Portland. While two older brothers graduated from U of O, my degree in education came from one of Oregon’s other “seven sisters” PSU. I have two daughters, (one who is an alum) and three grand-daughters, all of whom I adore tremendously. I like to garden and while I enjoy cooking I’m rather mediocre at it. I like crossword puzzles but the one in the Register Guard is as good as it gets. I love to travel and road trips are a favorite. That is where I am now, watching the world slip by as I motor down highway 19 somewhere between Alert Bay and Campbell River on Vancouver Island. I’ve traveled in Asia, the South Pacific, South and Central America and Europe, and to most places in the US. I’ve swabbed out a toilet, replaced a water heater and changed bathroom and kitchen sinks. I’m handy with a sewing machine and have made patchwork quilts and dresses for my children and grandchildren. I’m amazed constantly that across this campus I continually meet the legions of other classified employees with similar if not more interesting backgrounds, training, skills, and experiences.

I work in the Office of Admissions which is truly a unique place. My work area is called the Sun Room on the second floor of Oregon Hall and overlooks the large U of O sign along Franklyn Boulevard. There are big windows and lots of light. I share the space with 5 other workers who process applications and offer support in the admissions process. I also share the space with about 20 orchids which I alternately treat with nurture and neglect. They show me their perverse gratitude by continuing to bloom. My primary job is to support the traveling admissions recruiters and to handle the various mail communications with prospective students and applicants. I sit in on communications meetings, offer advice on purchasing equipment and supplies, and manage three student workers who remind me of what’s it’s like to be young. I also empty our office composting bucket. The admissions office is an interesting blend of personalities and persuasions, temperaments and tolerances.

Besides working hard, we are known to have a good time. There are periods of intense production peppered with bursts of humor and fun. And every month a birthday party. It is not uncommon to put up the Department’s half sized ping pong table for some Friday afternoon tension release. Parents often contact senior admissions management with compliments on what a great job we’re doing in recruiting and processing their children’s admission and how impressed they are with the personal touch we take with their children. We take very seriously our mission of carefully admitting the best candidates for a most rewarding and successful experience here at the U of O. 

So, that’s about who I am and what I do here. I’ve said many times that this is the most rewarding and occupationally fulfilling job I’ve had during my varied working life. I’ve had many different and interesting occupations and, I can tell you that I’ve learned a thing or two in those other experiences that I’ve added to my repertoire of skills and style, both as a person and an employee.

One of my favorite associations over the past years has been with the Classified Staff Training and Development Advisory Committee, more recently as the committee chairman. This is a standing university committee that works with human resources to advise on training and development opportunities for classified staff. We also work with the office of Organizational Development and Training that offers many courses for classified staff and the robust SkillSoft, online training programs available to everyone.  Through training and recognition, our mission is to foster and nurture the best, most capable classified workforce possible. We also host the recognition events for classified staff like the Years of Service reception and the luncheon honoring those with 25 or more years of service. Perhaps you’ve received a message from me announcing the committee hosted fall or spring meeting with the president. And, I personally administer the CSTDAC Pass The Duck awards. This is a self-perpetuating award where the previous recipient passes on one of six Lucite trophies to the recipient of his choosing. This award primarily honors the dedication and service of the many, many deserving classified workers by their peers. This endeavor has also allows me the opportunity to meet the many, many interesting, knowledgeable and dedicated classified staff from across campus. What I’ve found is that if you ask any classified staff person, they will tell you that as this university continues to grow and expand its academic programs, to serve an ever larger student body and provide for their needs, they work harder than ever in providing the best service possible, while struggling to understand why the Oregon University System’s contract bargaining unit wants to minimize the compensation the classified staffers earn.

CSTDAC recognizes this challenge in trying to provide training opportunities for them when they simply can’t or aren’t allowed to take time to develop their skills. They want to feel more like an asset to this institution than a liability. Their collective skill sets, colorful backgrounds and tremendous dedication to this endeavor add to the wonderful tapestry that makes the University of Oregon special. I want the University of Oregon to become its best self. Let’s work to protect and encourage all of us who work here to be the best they can be and recognized and compensated for it.

As I head toward my retirement at warp speed, it is wonderful to be recognized for this honor and to feel like my endeavors matter. So, to Dr. Kyr and members of the University Senate, thank you. I am deeply honored.”

Senate President Kyr thanked Senator Ko Thompson for accepting the award on Mr. Daniels behalf.

3.3 Wayne Westling Award; Presented to Paul Engelking (Chemistry)

Senate President Kyr recognized Professor Paul Engelking (Chemistry) as the 2013 recipient of the Wayne Westling Award. He then read the following words from Professor Engelking’s nomination letter:

“To chair the UOCC (University of Oregon Committee on Courses) takes intellectual acumen, diplomatic skill, an ability to balance procedural minutia, and a big picture perspective of the goal of university education and the myriad methods for delivering it. Paul has done this unobtrusively but with aplomb over a remarkably long time. He has brought the course review process into the digital age, most especially through the UOCC website, while otherwise assuring the universities curriculum would not suffer whatever resisitudes have occasionally beset UOs administration/senate or senate/administration relations. In addition, I am told that in the 1990s, Paul played a crucial role in steering a compromise after a campus-wide deadlock over the undergraduate multicultural requirement. For fifteen years, Paul has guided the UOCC with a steady hand, working tirelessly both on behalf of faculty governance and of the core instructional mission of the university. If this doesn’t quality as outstanding and long term leadership and service to the university, I don’t know what does.”

Professor Engelking approached the Senate floor and received the Wayne Westling Award. He delivered the following remarks:

“I find myself in a position not unlike that of the French gentleman who is used to speaking ordinary everyday language and then discovering that for forty years he had been speaking prose. I didn’t expect an award for doing what I thought was ordinary work. One thing that allows me to overcome my chagrin is that this award honors Wayne Westling. I knew Wayne Westling. I regarded his as a friend of mine, and he was a person you wanted to emulate but was impossible to imitate. I remember the time in the Senate Executive Committee, which I served on with Wayne many times. It was harder for me to remember which of us was President. Wayne was wise beyond his years and never pushed to devise. I do remember him correcting a potential faux pas for my bad French pronunciation with a short staccato interjection ‘Do you want to do that?’ or ‘Is that how you say it?’ and he would then silently give you time to think for yourself. His modus operandi was not to convince you of his opinion; he wanted you to convince him. Back and forth, Wayne covered a lot of ground fast.

You may be expecting an explanation of how I became a Senate President and all that followed. I have a simple excuse; I was framed. I received a phone call from Wayne stating that the Senate Nominating Committee needed two names on the ballot. Would I mind lending mine? The other Senator was a natural orator and a shoe-in for a win. The election came, and my opponent wasn’t there, so the vote was postponed. Fifteen minutes later, my opponent arrived expecting to be too late. The election was called. My opponent removed his name from the ballot. The election was held.

I am reminded of Wayne often. Last summer in the jury assembly room, prospective jurors were instructed in the jury selection process. As I heard the old French word for the procedure pronounced ‘vadere’ with the V sounding as W as in classical Latin, I thought of Wayne. ‘Is that how you say it?’ Wayne would know, he wrote the book.

I’d personally like to thank some people who helped me on the Curriculum Committee; the committee members themselves and the administrative assistants on the committee. Looking back I remember especially Liz Zitron and Linda Adkins (Sponsored Projects Services). This list is not exhaustive. I’d also like to thank Kathy Warden (Project Manager, Senior VP and Provosts Office) who is currently assisting the Committee on Courses. I’d also like to thank Lexy Wellman (CAS) in the College of Arts and Sciences for being a great partner in getting their courses through the committee work, and I’d like to thank all the committee members on the Committee on Courses over all the years. They’ve been wonderful colleagues and I’m proud to have worked with them.

Thank you very much for this award. I didn’t expect it, so it’s a double surprise. Thank you.”

Senate President Kyr congratulated Professor Engelking and thanked him for his remarks.

Senate Parliamentarian Paul Simonds (Anthropology Emeritus) stated that there was a society called the Dead Presidents Society. Everyone who had served in the “new Senate (since 1996)” was included in the Society when their term was complete. He stated that he was the deadest of those dead presidents, and it was his duty and honor to induct Senate President Kyr into the Dead Presidents Society. Senate Parliamentarian Simonds then presented Senate President Kyr with two bottles of wine, one for each year of service as Senate President. He thanked Senate President Kyr for his hard work in maintaining shared governance.

Senate President Kyr thanked Parliamentarian Simonds and proceeded to the next agenda item.

3.4 Motion (Leglislation): Spring Curriculum Report; Paul Engelking, Chair; Committee on Courses

Professor Paul Engelking (Chemistry) presented the corrections to the 2013 Spring Curriculum Report to the Senate and moved that the report be adopted. The report can be found at the link above.

Senate President Kyr called for a vote on the motion. A voice vote was taken, and the 2013 Spring Curriculum Report was adopted unanimously.

3.5 Motion (Legislation): Authorization to Award Degrees; Robert Kyr, Senate President

Senate President Kyr read the motion aloud to the Senate body, which can be found at the link above. He then asked for a second, and the motion was seconded.

Senate President Kyr called for a period of discussion on the motion. Seeing none, he called for a vote on the motion. A voice vote was taken, and the motion passed unanimously.

3.6 Announcement of Spring Election Results (Kyr)

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that the election results were posted to the Senate website and encouraged all Senators to view the results. The results can be found at the link above.

3.7 Introduction of New Senators (Kyr)

Senate President Kyr asked all newly elected and re-elected Senators to stand and be recognized.

3.8 Signing of Facilities Scheduling Policy & the Conferral of Posthumous Degrees Policy (Kyr)

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that President Gottfredson had agreed to sign both the Facilities Scheduling and Conferral of Posthumous Degrees Policies.

3.9 Academic Freedom & Freedom of Speech Policy (Kyr)

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that President Gottfredson preferred that the Senate divide this policy into two different policies; one addressing academic freedom and the other addressing freedom of speech. Senate President Kyr had agreed to these terms and mentioned that this would be a change in formatting, not content. This policy would be carried into Senate VP Paris’ (Law) administration in case further discussion was needed.

3.10 Legal Services Policy; Margie Paris (Law), Senate President-Elect & Chair; Legal Representation Policy Review Committee

Senate VP Paris informed the Senate that at their last meeting a question had arisen regarding an employee’s right to ask for legal advice from the Attorney General. This was no longer the case. Employees could not seek legal advice from the Attorney General and must turn to the Office of the General Counsel for legal advice regarding job related litigation. As a result of this discovery, Senate VP Paris thought it best to confer with the Office of the General Counsel before work was completed on the Legal Services Policy. She proposed tabling the policy until the fall term. Her goal was to bring a sound policy back to the Senate that did not include contradictions.

3.11 Senate-Administration Joint Review of the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education [RIGE] (Kyr)

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that the Committee that was investigating RIGE had requested an extension, which he had granted as their investigation was quite extensive. He then invited Professor Bruce Blonigen (Economics) to provide a brief report on the committee’s work.

Professor Bruce Blonigen informed the Senate that the charge of the committee was very broad and they wanted to be thorough and thoughtful in their investigation. The committee’s composition was widely represented across campus and its members needed time to be fully informed with all aspects of the investigation. For the rest of the term, the committee planned to meet with its members to plan their investigation and to consider how to move forward in the most effective way. They planned to continue their work during the summer with more formal discussions taking place during the fall term culminating with a report for the Senate at the end of the fall term.

Senate President Kyr thanked Professor Blonigen for his report.

3.12 Motion (Legislation): Committee Requirements with Moderate Revisions, Slate 2 (Tenth-Year Review 2013); Robert Kyr, Senate President & Chair, Tenth-Year Review (Committee on Committees)

Senate President Kyr informed the Senate that he would be continuing the slate of committee revisions in the fall at the request of Senate VP Paris, who was the chair of the Committee on Committees. He moved the motion to the Senate floor and called for a second. The motion was seconded and he proceeded to read through the committee revisions to the Senate body. The revisions can be found at the link above.

Senate President Kyr read the revisions to the Campus Planning Committee to the Senate body. He then called for a period of discussion on the revisions.

Senator Bill Harbaugh (Economics) asked if the Campus Planning Committee’s charge extended to athletic facilities, to which Senate President Kyr replied that he was unsure and commented that the charge did not specify but did not exclude athletic facilities. It was his personal understanding that the Campus Planning Committee covered all capital projects at the university, but he was unsure as things might have changed without the Senate being informed.

Senator Harbaugh suggested an amendment to the revisions to include the language where appropriate, “including all athletic facilities.”

Senate President Kyr asked Senator Harbaugh where he would like to insert that language into the revisions, to which he replied under number 4 and after the word landscaping, the phrase “,and all athletics facilities,” should be inserted.

Senate President Kyr called for a second, and the amendment was seconded. He then called for a period of discussion on the amendment.

Senator Ronald Mitchell (Political Science) requested another amendment to insert the word “all” before the word buildings under the first sentence of number 4 to insure that all campus buildings were included in the Campus Planning Committee’s purview.

Senator Harbaugh replied that the Athletics Department was considering building a golf course at an off-campus location and for this reason, he wanted his language to remain in the motion, to which Senator Mitchell asked if there was any way to make the motion language more inclusive without specifically referencing athletics.

Senator Harbaugh agreed with Senator Mitchell and withdrew his amendment and seconded Senator Mitchell’s amendment.

Professor Peter Keyes (Architecture) offered a point of clarification. He stated that the operative word was campus. If a facility was not on campus, it did not fall within the purview of the Campus Planning Committee. He commented that the Matthew Knight Arena was not on-campus. Because the UO was a branch of the state government and therefore subjected to land-use planning law, there had to be designated planning commissions and committees under state law and the Campus Planning Committee acted as that body for the UO. This issue was very complicated and legal boundaries needed to be discussed and clarified before amendments were considered, and he believed that there were many outside constraints to consider before boundaries could be pushed.

Senate President Kyr commented that this issue needed to be researched further with a working group as many things had changed within the last ten years. Senator Mitchell agreed with Senate President Kyr, and as his amendment had already been seconded, he was unable to withdraw it, so Senate President Kyr called for a vote on the amendment. A voice vote was taken, and the amendment did not pass.

Senate VP Paris moved to postpone the consideration of the Campus Planning Committee until a future meeting. She also moved to create a working group that would evaluate the ideas discussed at the meeting regarding the Campus Planning Committee. Her motion was seconded and Senate President Kyr called for a period of discussion. Seeing none, he called for a vote on the motion to postpone. A voice vote was taken, and the motion to postpone was approved unanimously.

Senate President Kyr thanked the Senate body for their thoughtful discussion on the Campus Planning Committee revisions. He then moved on to the revisions of the Committee on Committees.

Senate President Kyr read the revisions to the Committee on Committees aloud to the Senate body. He then called for a period of discussion on the revisions.

Senate VP Paris offered two amendments to the revisions. Her first amendment was under number 12 and involved changing the reporting deadline from October 1 to November 1. Senate President Kyr asked if the amendment could be considered a friendly amendment and asked for any objections from Senators. Seeing none, it became a friendly amendment.

Her second amendment was under the first bullet point of number 4. She asked to include the words “and officer of administration” after the word “faculty.” Senate President Kyr asked for a second to the amendment. The amendment was seconded and Senate President Kyr called for a period of discussion on the amendment. Seeing none, he called for a vote on the amendment. A voice vote was taken, and the amendment passed unanimously. He then called for further discussion on the revisions to the Committee on Committees. Seeing none, he called for a period of discussion on the motion. Seeing none, he called for a vote on the motion. A voice vote was taken, and the motion passed unanimously.

3.13 Motion (Legislation): Working Groups for Administrative Advisory Groups (Paris)

Senate VP Paris moved her motion to the Senate floor. Senate President Kyr called for a second, and the motion was seconded. He then read the motion aloud to the Senate body, which can be found at the link above.

After reading the motion, Senate President Kyr yielded the floor to Senate VP Paris to provide background information on the motion. Senate VP Paris informed the Senate that several committees listed on the committees website were not Senate committees, but were administrative advisory groups. The working group established by the motion was charged with discussing changes to these groups with the administrator(s) who owned each group.

After Senate VP Paris concluded her comments, Senate President Kyr called for a period of discussion on the motion.

Senator Bill Harbaugh (Economics) wanted to know why the administrative group on transparency and other various administrative groups were not included in the list contained within the motion.

Senate VP Paris replied that she drew these committee names from the committees website under the listed category Administrative Advisory Groups (http://committees.fastage.uoregon.edu/adminadvgroup).

Senator Harbaugh asked if there was anything in the motion that restricted the working group from looking into the Administrative Advisory Groups (AAGs) listed in the motion, or was it possible for the working group to explore AAGs not listed in the motion.

Senate President Kyr commented that the working group could decide if it wanted to explore other groups besides those listed on the committees website.

Senator Randy Sullivan (Chemistry) suggested a friendly amendment to include the words “for example” after the first parenthesis under section 1.2. Senate President Kyr called for objections to the friendly amendment, and seeing none, the friendly amendment passed.

Senate President Kyr called for further discussion on the motion. Seeing none, he called for a vote on the motion. A voice vote was taken, and the motion passed unanimously.

3.14 Motion (Legislation): Working Groups for Faculty Research Awards Committee (Paris)

Senate VP Paris moved the motion to the Senate floor. Senate President Kyr called for a second, and the motion was seconded. He then read the motion aloud to the Senate body. The motion can be found at the link above.

After reading the motion, Senate President Kyr yielded the floor to Senate VP Paris to provide background information on the motion. Senate VP Paris stated that during the Tenth-Year Review, several items relating to committee membership, charge, and the committee’s relationship with the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education (RIGE) warranted the establishment of a working group to further hone revisions to the Faculty Research Awards Committee.

Senate President Kyr called for a period of discussion on the motion.

Senator Ronald Mitchell (Political Science) asked if there were natural sunset provisions on the working groups. Senate President Kyr replied that when the working groups delivered their report to the Senate, they ceased to be, unless the Senate determined that further work was needed.

Senate President Kyr called for further discussion on the motion, and seeing none, he called for a vote. A voice vote was taken, and the motion passed unanimously.


There were no open discussions at the May 22 Senate meeting.


There were no reports delivered at the May 22 Senate meeting.


Senate President Kyr asked if anyone had an announcement or communication from the floor.

Professor Frank Stahl (Biology Emeritus) called the Senate’s attention to the fact that a motion for a vote of no confidence in President Gottfredson had been submitted by Professor Nathan Tublitz (Biology).

At this point in the meeting, Senate President Kyr stated that this notice of motion must be discussed and called the Senate into executive session pursuant to the open meetings law. He then read the following statement:

“The Senate may now meet in executive session for the purpose of discussing a complaint about the performance of an employee. Executive session is held pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 192.660(2)(i). Representatives of the news media and designated staff shall be allowed to remain in the room during the executive session. All other members of the audience are asked to leave the room. Pursuant to ORS 192.660 representatives of the news media are specifically directed on any of the deliberations that take place during the executive session except to state the general subject of the session as I previously announced it, in other word, that the session concerned a complaint about the performance of an employee. At the end of the executive session, we will return to open session and welcome the audience back into the room.”

Senate President Kyr asked the members of the audience to leave the room. He then asked Professor Stahl if he had anything to say before he left the room.

Professor Stahl stated that he made his announcement from the floor at the request of Professor Tublitz.

The Senate convened in executive session for the discussion of the performance of an employee.

The Senate ended executive session and reconvened in open session. Senate President Kyr invited Senators to attend the discussion in Collier House regarding his upcoming testimony in Salem.

He then delivered his final words as President of the UO Senate:

“I could not be more thrilled that Margie is our next President. She is a remarkable leader. I didn’t know her very well before, but we have been working together so closely, and I’ve never worked with someone who I’ve felt so connected to in the sense that we have the same ideals, belief, and commonly held values for the university and colleagues. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to confer the gavel on Margie Paris, our Senate President.”

Senate President Margie Paris offered a warm sentiment of thanks to Robert Kyr for his remarkable leadership over the past two years. She stated that she had never learned so much from one person in such a short period of time, and asked the Senate to send him off with a round of applause and a standing ovation.


Seeing no further business, Senate President Margie Paris called the May 22, 2013 meeting of the University of Oregon Senate to a close at 5:01PM.