Welcome back! First meeting 8/30; First Generation students event 8/26

Welcome back, Senators! The first Faculty Senate meeting is August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Monroe Park Campus Student Commons, Salons III and IV.
The Senate also wants to inform you that we are supporting our first generation students. We ask faculty, especially first generation faculty members, to come out and support our students who are the first in their families to go to college. The first event is August 26th in the Commonwealth Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m.:

First-gen fridays event series

Annual meeting with President Rao Tuesday 2/2 at 4 p.m. – open to all faculty

Senators, please plan to attend and invite your colleagues: our next meeting is next Tuesday, February 2, from 4-6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom (Monroe Park Campus). All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend this discussion of issues of importance to the faculty and the University community.

And as a reminder, Dr. Rao will deliver his State of the University address Thursday 1/28 at 11 a.m. at the University Student Commons and online at www.vcu.edu.

Higher Education Advocacy Day – this Thursday January 14, 2016

All faculty are welcome to join for all or part of the 2016 Higher Education Advocacy Day this Thursday, January 14, 2016. We will have faculty from James Madison, Radford, George Mason, Norfolk State, University of Richmond, Randolph Macon, etc. Let’s show our fellow faculty members how VCU advocates for its faculty.

Information on legislative offices to visit will be available when you arrive. If possible, confirm your participation plans with Pat Cummins and Brian Turner  to help us plan better for visits and food.

VCU organizers:

Meet at Theater Row Building, 730 E. Broad Street, 4th floor conference room across from elevator.

Parking for VCU faculty is available in the 8th St. deck. at 659 N. 8th Street. Other parking is readily available in public lots and at meters throughout downtown.

Final Schedule

8:40 A.M. Coffee – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

9:15 A.M. 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

  • Welcome by three co-sponsors – 
    • VCU Faculty Senate President Holly Alford
    • AAUP Virginia Conference President Ron Thomas (Norfolk State U)
    • FSVA President David McGraw (James Madison U)
  • Matthew Conrad — Legislative updates

9:45 A.M. Orientation and assignments, Distribution of promotional materials  – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

10:00 A.M. Visits to legislative offices – Capitol complex – 2 blocks from 730 E. Broad

10:30 A.M. Presentation of the AAUP Colonel Michael S. Harris Award to Del. David Toscano

Noon Light lunch available – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

1:00 P.M. Visits to legislative offices

4:30 P.M. End of visits

Higher Education Advocacy Day – January 14, 2016

All faculty are welcome to join for all or part of the 2016 Higher Education Advocacy Day on January 14, 2016. This is a day when faculty from around Virginia converge on the General Assembly to advocate for higher education issues.

Information on legislative offices to visit will be available when you arrive. If possible, confirm your participation plans with Pat Cummins and Brian Turner  to help us plan better for visits and food.

Meet at Theater Row Building, 730 E. Broad Street, 4th floor conference room across from elevator.

Parking for VCU faculty is available in the 8th St. deck. at 659 N. 8th Street. Other parking is readily available in public lots and at meters throughout downtown.

VCU organizers:

Draft Schedule of Activities

8:40 a.m. – Coffee available in 4th floor conference room
730 E. Broad Street – Theater Row Building

9:15 a.m. Welcome by VCU Faculty Senate President, AAUP President, and FSVA President
730 E. Broad Street – 4th floor conference room

Government Relations officers Karah Gunther or Matt Conrad
will provide legislative updates.

9:45 a.m. Distribution of promotional materials
730 E. Broad Street – 4th floor conference room

10 a.m. Visits to legislative offices
Capitol complex – 2 blocks from 730 E. Broad

TBA Presentation of the AAUP Colonel Michael S. Harris Award

Noon Light lunch available
730 E. Broad Street – 4th floor conference room

1 p.m. Visits to legislative offices

4:30 p.m. End of visits

Reaffirmation of Faculty Senate Resolution on the Decline of Black Faculty

From Holly Alford, VCU Faculty Senate President:

On January 27th, 2015, the Faculty Senate approved a resolution asking the Administration

  • to establish the issue of the decline of Black faculty a Priority at VCU
  • to develop and implement strategies for the recruitment and retention of Black
    faculty
  • to begin implementation of these strategies in August of 2015

The Senate reaffirms this resolution.