MEETING DATE: August 29, 2006
PERSON PRESIDING: John Crammer
ATTENDEES: Jonathan Dembo, Shanan Gibson, Punam Madhok, Johna Faulconer, Donna Kain, John Crammer
EX-OFFICIO: Austin Bunch, Michael Rastatter, Atul Bhula (SGA representative)
The meeting was called to order at 4:00 pm in Rawl 142 by John Crammer as chair of last year’s committee. This is the organizational meeting of the 2006-2007 committee. Crammer thanked everyone for serving on the committee. The members introduced themselves.
Officers were elected as follows:
Chair: John Crammer
Vice Chair: Shanan Gibson
Secretary: Jonathan Dembo
The committee referred to the
annual report for business carried over from last year. Austin Bunch said that the Executive Council
is considering what to do with Memorial Day for the university. The state of
Bunch announced that there will be no more Founders Week in the future. The centennial celebration will run from March 8, 2007 (centennial of legislation approving the founding) to October 5, 2009 (centennial of the first day of classes). After the end of the centennial celebration, the university will celebrate on March 8 each year instead of having a Founders Week celebration. The committee talked about moving spring registration one week earlier since there would be no Founders Week.
The committee set goals for the current year:
1. Create calendar for 2008-2009
2. Resolve the Memorial Day problem
3. Consider adding a day between Summer Sessions
Continue communications & consultations with
Crammer distributed information on old schedules, the General Administration memo of lengths of semesters, and spreadsheets with sample calendars for 2008-2009.
Bunch said the commencement task force on how to celebrate commencement is considering holding commencement on Fridays followed by unit ceremonies. They are also considering using the stadium in the spring and having only one ceremony in the spring (fall will continue to have two indoor ceremonies). Crammer pointed out that when the committee considered having commencement on Sunday there was considerable opposition to the idea.
Crammer asked the committee whether it should decide how late (close to Christmas) exams could end in the fall and how early (after New Years) the spring semester could start.
The committee will next meet in September (after a time can be found when we can all meet); Crammer will contact the committee when he has more information. The committee will work on the surveys concerning Memorial Day and the 2008-2009 calendar.
Meeting adjourned at 4:40 pm.