Graduate Council Minutes No. 976
October 23, 2008
Present: Buckholz, Clayton, Coulter, DeLucenay, Etscheidt, Jackson, Licari, Nelson,
Pohl, Stalp, Waldron,
Absent: Fecik, Joseph, Leutzinger, Moon, Wurtz
Pohl called the meeting to order.
1. Approval of Minutes from October 10, 2008
Nelson made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 10, 2008 meeting.
Etscheidt seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Minutes were approved with
2. Graduate College Reports
Licari reported an initiative has been launched by the Provost to examine diversity at
UNI. Lubker will appoint task force members. Joseph will discuss with the Provost how
this applies to the Graduate College.
Joseph is also working on the Plagiarism Survey for graduate students. Students will
need to complete the survey before they are allowed to register for classes. The survey
will be two questions. Any suggestions can be emailed to Joseph.
Licari updated the Graduate Council on the progress being made on the Research
Integrity Policy. Currently UNI is not in compliance; the policy is required to receive
federal funds. The changes in this policy may affect 12.01 and 12.05; changes would
need to be approved by the Graduate Council before the Research Integrity Policy could
Licari thanked Pohl for her service to the Graduate Council.
3. Changes to “Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education” Award
Clayton distributed information regarding the award and asked for suggestions or
possible changes. Changes in language were suggested. The amount of cash prize is
negotiable. Recognition of faculty members will be at fall meeting. All nominees would
receive a letter. Some graduate programs are interdisciplinary and could be nominated by
either department. Appropriate administrative personnel, including graduate
coordinators, may nominate faculty. The award is intended for one year rather than
accomplishments throughout career so the faculty activity report is more applicable to use
in determining recipients rather than vitae. Maureen will make changes to document and
bring to the next meeting for approval.
4. Volunteers for Fundraising
Clayton stated the Graduate College is looking for fundraising ideas and asked for
volunteers to generate ideas. Nelson felt the initial goal of this group should be to
explore avenues of fundraising open to the Graduate College. Joseph is working on a
draft of letter to be sent to UNI graduate alumni. Pohl felt initial group for fundraising
ideas should be limited to Graduate Council and invite members of Graduate Faculty to
join once plans are more concrete. Coulter asked if permission was needed from UNI
Foundation to do fundraising. Etscheidt suggested we contact the Foundation with our
intentions. Nelson suggested email be sent to Graduate Council in order to include
absent members who may be interested. Clayton will arrange meeting.
5. Graduate Assistantships
Item was tabled. Dr. Sitlington is preparing presentation for Graduate Council at a future
6. Election of Graduate Council Chair
Etscheidt nominated Waldron; motion was seconded by Waldron. Motion passed.
Waldron will serve as Graduate Council Chair for 2008 – 2009.
Motion by Stalp, seconded by Nelson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting
was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
The next meeting of the Graduate Council will be November 13, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in