PERSON PRESIDING: John Crammer
ATTENDEES: Shanan Gibson, Punam Madhok, Johna Faulconer, John Crammer, Linda Teel, Donna Kain
EX-OFFICIO: Angela Anderson, Mary Farwell, Ira Lawson
The meeting was called to order at in Rawl 142 by John Crammer. Ira Lawson, the SGA representative is a new member of the committee; therfore, the committee members introduced themselves again. Lawson is Executive Assistant to the SGA president and is majoring in Secondary English Education. It was suggested and agreed that in the September minutes, Fall/fall should be consistently lower case. Shanan Gibson moved (Mary Farwell seconded) approval of the September 19 minutes as modified. Motion passed.
The committee discussed the consequences to the calendar of changing university commencement from Saturday to Friday (fall commencement will change to Friday in fall 2009). Donna Kain noted that the memo did not mention fall semester 2008 staying on Saturday. Gibson said that we had already planned on the change for fall semester 2009.
Angela Anderson said that she had been asked to mention a
concern for this fall’s calendar.
Hanukkah falls early this year during final exams. A freshman from
The committee next worked on the 2009-2010 academic calendar. Crammer had
sent out four options for changes.
Gibson has talked with faculty and most of them preferred starting
classes on Tuesday. Farwell said that
she would not like a one day fall break (professors with a TTh
teaching schedule would not get a break).
Gibson asked whether we could have no fall break and have a week at
Thanksgiving. Farwell said that the
rumor is that “campuses without a fall break have a higher suicide rate,” and
all schools in the UNC system have a fall break. Lawson said he would prefer to have a week
for Thanksgiving, but it may be difficult if other schools (e.g., UNCW) have a fall
break. Kain said we could survey faculty
and students. Farwell suggested that we
The consensus was that for fall semester 2009 we should use
the Tuesday start with a Reading Day. Farwell
asked why the calendar makes up Monday on the Tuesday after Labor Day. With the modified calendar there is an extra
Tuesday instead of an extra Wednesday. Kain pointed that there is a problem with the
common exams and the 5:00-6:15 classes; there are so many sections of ENGL 1100
that some have to be taught 5:00-6:15 (Johna, in my notes I have that there are
infinitely many sections of ENGL 1100 but that may be an exaggeration.)
The committee will next meet in January after a meeting time that fits the members’ spring schedules is determined. The committee will work on the 2009-2010 calendar; the conflict between classes and common exams; the minutes of the current meeting.
Meeting adjourned at .