Minutes from the Graduate Council Meeting of September 19, 2006


Faculty Present: Drs. Ballard, Bradley, Brown, Clapp, Downs (represented by Dr. Sabrio), Faruqi, Fields, Hewitt, Massa, Nelson (represented by Ms. Canales), Oh (represented by Dr. Aukerman), Olivares, Shorter, Torres


Faculty Absent: Dr. Wagman



Graduate Student Representatives Present: Mr./Ms. Lewis, Munoz, Nava, Camarena


Graduate Student Representatives Absent: Mr./Ms. Gutierrez, Mohanlal



I.        Dean Olivares introduced the new Council members at 2:45 p.m., and Dr. Massa called the Council meeting to order at 2:50 p.m. in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall.


II.       Standing Committee Reports


                                A.     The Executive Committee.  Dr. Mass had no report.


                B.     The Curriculum Committee.  Dr. Bradley reviewed deadlines for curriculum changes.  Submissions should be submitted according to the following deadlines:  (1) September (1st week)-Graduate Dean receives 8 copies of each curriculum proposal; (2) October (2nd week)-Graduate Council Curriculum Committee meets to review proposals; (3) November (2nd week)-Graduate Council reviews proposals and submits recommendations to the Provost.


                C.     The Membership Committee.  Dr. Brown reminded the council that applications for membership and membership renewal will be called for the first week in January 2007.


                D.     The Program Review Committee.  Dr. Clapp reported that the Graduate Council would be reviewing the Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, English (MS/MA), and Natural Gas Engineering graduate programs this year.


III.      Deanís Report.


                A.  A list of dates for Graduate Council meetings this year, a Graduate Council rooster, and a summary of degree candidates for graduation in December was distributed.


                B.  Dean Olivares reminded the council that the TAMUS Pathways Student Research Symposium deadline is September 29th for students wishing to present research results (including submitting an abstract) and October 20th for students/faculty who wish to attend the symposium but not submit an abstract.


                C. The "Javelina Honor Code" has been developed with input from various constituents around campus, including the Graduate Council, and will be implemented soon.


                D. Dean Olivares introduced Dr. Irmin Allner who gave a presentation on plagiarism which stimulated spirited discussion of the issue and its potential effects on graduate programs at TAMUK.  Several Graduate Council members offered comments and insight.


IV.      Student representatives were introduced but had no business to discuss.


V.       There was no old business.


VI.      There was no new business.


VII.     A motion was made to adjourn and seconded at 3:48 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

David Hewitt, Ph.D.

Recording Secretary, Graduate Council