Correspondence

Town Hall Meeting 29 January 2010


The following are some email threads concerning the town hall meeting Gilkey is trying to organize concerning "unionization" (to use but a single word to describe a very complex topic). Responses are not provided for copyright reasons.

Subject: Town Hall Meeting
From: Peter Gilkey To: provost@uoregon.edu
Cc: pres@uoregon.edu, gwens@uoregon.edu, baltmann@uoregon.edu, vitulli@uoregon.edu
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 15:56:06

Dear Jim

Based on conversations with a great many people, I am going to try to organize a town hall meeting on "unionization" (to use but a single word to describe a very complex topic) for Friday 29 January 2010 from 1530 to 1700 in 150 Columbia. Right now the thinking is as follows:

  • a) Ask United Academics to suggest 2 panelists
  • b) Ask someone from the administration to be present to provide factual information - my best guess is that will be Linda King or Doug Parks.
  • c) Ask the FAC to help find two Officers of Instruction as panelists.
  • d) Ask the OA Council to suggest someone suitable.

I have already written to Marie, to Barbara, and to the OA Council in this regard. So now I am most respectfully writing to request your assistance in implementing (b) assuming that you think it appropriate. I emphasize that the representative of the administration has as their ONLY job to provide factual information and under no circumstances to offer an opinion one way or other. What is wanted is someone who is knowledgable about the matter and non partisan. Many thanks. PBG

Peter B Gilkey
Mathematics Department
University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403
http://pages.uoregon.edu/gilkey/


To: vitulli@uoregon.edu
From: Peter Gilkey
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 15:59:35

Dear Marie.

The new (tentative) date for the town hall meeting is 29 January 2010. Would such a date work for you?

PBG


To: Marie Vitulli
Cc: gwens@uoregon.edu
From: "Peter B Gilkey"
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:44:42

Dear Marie.

Right now the thinking is as follows.

  • a) Ask United Academics to suggest 2 panelists. Can I ask you to undertake that task for me?
  • b) Ask someone from the administration to be present to provide factual information - my best guess is that will be Linda King or Doug Parks.
  • c) Ask two officers of instruction
  • d) Ask an OA.

PBG


Subject: Town Hall Meeting
To: tbars@uoregon.edu
From: Peter Gilkey
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 15:46:15

Dear Tracy.

I am going to ask you to pass along to the OA council my sincere gratitude that they were able to meet with me for a full hour last Wednesday. I found their input very useful and energizing. Based on conversations with a great many people, I am going to try to organize a town hall meeting on "unionization" (to use but a single word to�describe a very complex topic) for Friday 29 January 2010 from 1530 to 1700 in 150 Columbia. Right now the thinking is as follows:

  • a)�Ask United Academics to suggest 2 panelists
  • b)�Ask someone from the administration to be present to provide factual�information - my best guess is that will be Linda King or Doug Parks.
  • c) Ask the FAC to help find two Officers of Instruction.
  • d) Ask the OA Council to suggest someone suitable.

    Could you act as liason with the OA Council concerning (d). The suggestion, I believe, was to find an OA from PSU. (I don't have a budget to pay travel expenses). But if a UO-OA is willing, that is fine as well. What is wanted is a participant who understands the issues and questions that OA's face in this regard rather than an advocate one way or other.

    Many thanks. PBG


    Subject: Town Hall Meeting
    To: "Barbara K. Altmann"
    From: Peter Gilkey
    Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 15:50:08

    Dear Barbara.

    Based on conversations with a great many people, I am going to try to organize a town hall meeting on "unionization" (to use but a single word to describe a very complex topic) for Friday 29 January 2010 from 1530 to 1700 in 150 Columbia. Right now the thinking is as follows:

    • a) Ask United Academics to suggest 2 panelists
    • b) Ask someone from the administration to be present to provide factual information - my best guess is that will be Linda King or Doug Parks.
    • c) Ask the FAC to help find two Officers of Instruction.
    • d) Ask the OA Council to suggest someone suitable.

    So assuming you think it wise, would you be willing to implement (c)? What is wanted are faculty who are knowledgable about the issues involved and not necessarily partisans one way or the other.

    Many thanks. PBG


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Email from P. Gilkey recommending postponing the statuatory faculty meeting

Subject: Postpone Statutory Faculty Meeting
To: pres@uoregon.edu
From: Peter Gilkey
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009

Dear Richard.

Pursuant to discussion in the UO Senate at the close of the meeting yesterday, I am writing to you to recommend that the meeting of the Statutory Faculty which is at present scheduled for Wednesday 18 November 2009 be postponed. I feel that there needs to be further discussion of the matter before this would be a productive meeting.

Respectfully submitted

Peter B Gilkey
President of the UO Senate (2009/10)


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Email 16 October 2009 from Senate President Gilkey re Open Enrollment


Subject: Open Enrollment
To: Frances Dyke
From: Peter Gilkey
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:45:53

Dear Frances.

Could you pass along to whomever is responsible for this email copied below that I am grateful. This is exactly the sort of proactive reaching out that makes an enormous difference to everyone here at the UO. This is a super idea. Well done.

Peter B Gilkey
UO Senate President (2009/10)


Subject: [PEBB] Open Enrollment Help Session
From: Human Resources
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:21:04

Need help completing your online open enrollment? Come to the Knight Library, room 267b.

UO benefits staff will be available until 1:00pm to assit you with the process.


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Faculty Governance Committee Motion to recommend postponing Statutory Faculty Meeting



Subject: Faculty Governance Committee Motion
To: pres@uoregon.edu
From: Peter Gilkey
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009

Dear Richard.

I attended the meeting of the Faculty Governance Committee this morning. Pursuant to a discussion with the committee chair, I am forwarding on to you a motion which was passed by the FGC today -- as a non-participant, I ended up with the only set of notes of the text of the motion!

"This committee recommends to President Richard Lariviere tht the meeting of the statutory faculty, originally scheduled for 18 November 2009, be postponed until notice of preparedness for that meeting is received from this committee" (Passed by the Faculty Governance Committee 15 October 2009).

PBG


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Faculty Leadership Meeting Tuesday 22 September 2009


The Faculty Leadership Meeting is jointly hosted by the UO Senate and the Faculty Advisory Council. If you wish to attend, please send an email so indicating to UO Senate President Peter Gilkey email: gilkey@uoregon.edu. The following gives information concerning the meeting.

The Faculty Leadership Meeting will be held Tuesday 22 September 2009 from 10:30 to 13:00 in Room 122 of the Knight Library. Below is a list of topics for discussion, reflecting immediate and longer-term matters on which we would like your input. The list is not intended to be exclusive, so if you have concerns not yet on the list, please feel free to raise them by sending us a message. The agenda for the meeting will be rather informal as we want a free-flowing discussion and exchange of ideas. This list of topics will be a guideline for the discussion.

  1. Furloughs
  2. Changes in health insurance
  3. University Budget - projections and implications
  4. Raises in this biennium
  5. Revisions to the governance structure
  6. Preparations and concerns regarding H1N1 (including attendance policies)
  7. The role of the FAC and its relationship to the Senate
  8. Should the University grow to 24,000 students?

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An election reminder from the Office of the General Counsel


The following email was received Friday 8 January 2010

An Election Reminder from the Office of the General Counsel

Just a reminder -- state law prohibits use of public funds to advocate for or against a ballot measure or candidate and prohibits state employees from requiring other employees, on the job or off, to support or oppose a ballot measure. This means:

YOU CAN provide balanced, objective informational background on ballot measures, but

YOU CAN'T spend work time advocating or opposing a ballot measure or candidate.

YOU CAN use your own time, including lunch hours or coffee breaks for political work, but

YOU CAN'T use state resources (copying machines, faxes, computers, postage) for political work on a ballot measure or to help a candidate.

YOU CAN wear campaign buttons at work, but

YOU CAN'T post political posters or flyers in public work spaces or facing out on doors or windows.

YOU CAN write letters expressing your opinion on ballot measures and candidates, but

YOU CAN'T use your university title in a way that suggests you represent the University's position.

YOU CAN discuss your political opinions with co-workers during breaks or away from work, but

YOU CAN'T require or coerce those who you supervise to take a position or participate in political activities.


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Request for information



Subject: Information for Senate Rules Committee
To: "Debra Donning" greirm@uoregon.edu, tbars@uoregon.edu
From: "Peter B Gilkey"
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:54:54
Dear Debra and Melinda
This is to confirm in writing a conversation I had a few minutes ago with Debra. As President of the UO Senate, I would be most grateful if you could transmit copies of the documents that I saw yesterday (which relate to requests made recently under the Freedom of Information Act) to the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee Tracy Bars (AAA Dean's Office). I believe they would be very helpful to her as she works with the maker of US 09/10-7 (the Harbaugh motion). The information for Tracy is not for posting on the web but solely for the confidential use by her in her capacity as Chair of the Senate Rules COmmittee. She has a "need to know" -- in particular as it comes to dealing with the financial impact statement that is required for all UO Senate motions. So I should be most grateful if this information (and any related information you think might be reasonable and proper for her to have) could be transmitted as expeditiously as possible should you concur in this regard.

Respectfully submitted

Peter B Gilkey
President 2009/10 UO Senate.


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Email 2 December 2009 from John Bonine on Shared Governance


Subject: Shared Governance
From: "John E Bonine
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 12:35:58

Dear fellow Senators and President Lariviere,

At the last meeting of the University Senate I expressed my disappointment with legal advice rendered by the General Counsel.

With respect to all involved, I have now formulated my views in writing and am attaching them to this message. If I have made any errors in my analysis, I will welcome feedback and be happy to adjust it accordingly.

With best regards,

John Bonine
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John E. Bonine
Professor of Law
Dean's Distinguished Faculty Fellow
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403 USA
+1-541-346-3827
The Oregon LL.M. in Environmental
and Natural Resources Law
www.llm.uoregon.edu

See Memo on Shared Governance


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Email from John Bonine re Emeritus Professors as Members of the Voting Faculty


The following email is presented with the permission of the author.

From: "John E Bonine
Date: April 9, 2009 10:14:45 PM PDT
To: "Paul van Donkelaar"
Subject: Emeritus professors as members of the voting faculty

Dear Paul,

Please take a look at University Policy Statement 3.130, Retired Faculty: Rights, privileges, and perquisites. http://policies.uoregon.edu/policy/by/1/03000-human-resources/retired-faculty-rights-privileges-and-perquisites It states:

Voting Rights

1. Faculty legislation gives voting rights in the University Assembly to all emeritus faculty and recognizes that department and minor faculties may extend the franchise at the local level."

While you were correct in your suggestion at the Senate meeting yesterday that "retired" faculty members are not, per se, voting members of the faculty, those retired faculty members who have status as "emeritus faculty" do have voting rights, by faculty legislation. They have had that status for more than 60 years, as far as I can tell.

1940s

Sixty years ago, a report of the Regular Meeting of the Faculty of January 5, 1949, stated that when the question was raised, "The chairman ruled that persons with emeritus status, if otherwise qualified under faculty legislation, are voting members of the faculty." The report further notes that this ruling was based on existing practice, in which the chairman "stated that emeritus professors are included in the list of the voting faculty compiled each year in the President's Office." http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/AssemblyRecordsVol4/Assembly-Vol4.html In other words, the inclusion of emeritus professors in the voting faculty predated even that 1949 meeting.

1960s

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Faculty on October 2, 1968, noted the following:

" VOTING FACULTY. The secretary read the definition of the voting faculty of the University, as follows: The voting faculty includes (1) all persons holding, in the University, the academic rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor; and (2) persons holding the academic rank of instructor or senior instructor who are employed in the full-time teaching of courses, giving instruction exclusively in schools, colleges, and tepartments that offer work for University credit. Persons with "visiting" or "emeritus" status have been ruled to be voting members, if otherwise eligible." http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/Assembly1968-1969ALL.html

1980s

As the University Assembly has recognized, faculty legislation that explicitly included emeritus faculty in the University Assembly was passed at a meeting of the University Assembly on May 2, 1984. http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/dirA834/A02May84-1.html This stemmed from a motion originally drafted by (famed) Biology Professor Sanford Tepfer, presented at a meeting the previous month. http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/dirA834/Assembly9Apr84.html It was part of a "governance package" that was debated and acted upon during the fall of 1983.

2000s

The status of emeritus faculty as voting members of the University Assembly was noted as recently as the notice of the Assembly meeting on February 28, 2003, from Gwen Steigleman, Secretary of the Faculty. http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/28Feb03assembly.html

CONCLUSION

Unless there is a motion depriving emeritus professors of their voting status on the faculty that I have not found, it seems clear that they do have that status. Is there anything I am missing in this? Or do we have the same understanding?

Thanks,

John


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Email on May 27, 2010 from Nathan Tublitz (Senate President) to the University Senate re conclusion of academic year in the University Senate


Email on May 27, 2010 from Nathan Tublitz (Senate President) to the University Senate re conclusion of academic year in the University Senate

On May 27, 2010, Nathan Tublitz wrote:

Dear Senators:

Many thanks for concluding a successful academic year in the University Senate. We accomplished much important work including but not limited to adopting policies on academic free speech (US09/10-18) and facilities use (US09/10-19), to establishing a Senate Public Records Review Committee (US09/10-07) to denouncing the hateful speech expressed at the Pacifica Forum. A complete list of issues covered and motions passed this academic year can be found on the Senate Home page (http://senate.uoregon.edu) Other notable advances by the Senate include the Senate going paperless and having our meetings streamed live on the web as well as archived for later viewing.

Perhaps our greatest achievements are having respectful dialogues on contentious issues at Senate meetings and working closely with the University Adminstration to achieve common goals. The latter is due to our new administration's concerted effort to collaborate closely with the Senate and make our campus governance system work as smoothly as possible. I thank the University President Richard Lariviere, Provost Bean, and Vice Provost Tomlin for their efforts. It is my hope that we have set the foundation for advances on both fronts next year.

The Senate could not run without a battery of talented people. Tami Oar from Academic Affairs took minutes and help organize the meetings. Marilyn Skalberg stepped in mid year to take over the Senate Webmaster's position and has done a superlative job. Paul Simonds did his usual terrific work as Senate Parliamentarian. We also could not have been as successful as we were without the hard work in front and behind the scenes by our interim Senate VP, Peter Keyes. Thanks to you all!

I must pay special tribute to Gwen Steigelman, our amazing Senate and Statutory Faculty Secretary. Gwen is retiring this year and yesterday was her final Senate meeting as Secretary. Gwen has done a fabulous job for 14 years in this position and has been the glue that has held the Senate together. On behalf of all of us, I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all her efforts. You have been fantastic in every respect Gwen and we will miss you.

Although Gwen is truly irreplaceable, the University President and myself are excited to announce that we have jointly appointed Heather Briston, the current University Archivist to be the next Senate and Statutory Faculty Secretary. Heather brings a unique and superb skill set to this job and we are very pleased she has decided to accept the position. Please join me in welcoming Heather next time you see her.

Finally, thanks to all of you for making this year so successful. I especially want to thank those Senators who are rotating off the Senate. I deeply appreciate your commitment to campus governance and hope you will consider running again for the Senate in future years.

With the implementation of the new campus goveranance document approved last week by the Statutory Faculty, our governance system will only continue to improve and be strengthened. I look forward to working with you all next year to make us proud of our governance system.

A happy end of term and summer to you all!

Cheers,

Nathan

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Professor of Biology
Institute of Neuroscience
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon USA 97403
phone: 541-346-4510
fax:: 541-346-4548
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