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Meeting Minutes 8/19/2016

August 27, 2016

GSA Senate meeting
We met at Einstein bagels at 11 a.m.
Who was there:
Teri
Jennifer
Linda
Suzanne
Brian DiNuzzo

Topics discussed:

Fall Social
– As of Aug. 19th, we received 15 RSVPs however, the expected number is 40. Teri will confirm with Taco Joint that we will be min. 30 people. Update: As of Aug. 27, we now have almost 30 RSVPs. Teri will increase the appetizers to 40 servings.
– Amal and Linda volunteered to arrive early (3:30 pm) to greet early birds.
– Teri will send invitations to new faculty members.
– Jennifer will remind Pia to send a reminder.
– Teri bought some name tags, the ones that says: Hello, My name is…
– Brian D. will put flyers in mailboxes and Amal and Suzanne will put flyers on all the office doors.

GSA internal business
– Amal will be the historian (responsible for documenting meeting min. and other things).
– We need everyone’s phone numbers for better communication, Amal will create a sheet and send it to everyone.
– We will use WordPress for meeting minutes instead of word documents. We are not sure what to use our blog for?!!
– Julie Gavran will be the guest speaker at GSA 1st general meeting. Brian D. and Suzanne will study UTD gun situation to discuss the matter with Julie.
– Amal and Teri are responsible for cleaning up our Google Drive.
– We need to visit the 6300 classes to introduce GSA and to invite potential new students to Fall Social. Teri will work on a schedule.
– Teri and Suzanne attended A&H faculty meeting 8/18/2016 and here are notes of the meeting:

• Dean Kratz discussed amendment to the A&H by-laws to bring them into compliance with the university by-laws and give voting rights to all non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty. Faculty voted to give limited voting rights to NTT faculty.
• A&H hired 3 full-time senior lecturers (NTT): Misty Owens, Lorena Camacho-Guardado, and Patsy Totusek.
• Dr. Natalie Ring is the new associate dean of A&H undergraduate education. Michele Hanlon is the new A&H associate dean for the arts. Pia Jakobsson is now called the assistant dean for graduate education.
• Dr. Redman, A&H representative on the university senate, reported that:
•There will be a UTD DART station opening in 2025.
•If you want to declare your office a gun-free zone, you must give oral notice any time a student visits you there—you can’t just put a sign on your door. People who share an office cannot make their office a gun-free zone.

• Dr. Matt Brown discussed his proposal for creating a new degree, a BA in philosophy. Dean Kratz called for a vote on the new philosophy degree, which passed.

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