Resolution and farewell reception for Provost Warren

We enjoyed a brief sendoff with Provost Bev Warren after our meeting this month. The Senate passed this resolution in support of the Provost:

Be it resolved this 1st day of April 2014 that the Faculty Senate of Virginia Commonwealth University recognizes Provost Beverly Warren for her cooperative spirit in working with the Faculty Senate and her positive leadership in the University.   We thank her for  her willingness to work openly with University bodies on several long standing Senate initiatives that have come to fruition with her willing assistance and administrative leadership.  Be it further resolved that the Senate wishes Dr. Warren every success in her forthcoming endeavor as a university president.

Some photos from the event are below. We wish the Provost all the best in her new position as President of Kent State University in Ohio!

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Exam schedule and logistics changes May 2-4 for Cycling Championships

More information to be posted soon. Please communicate this information to faculty in your school. Draft preview of mass email to be sent: 4/3/2014 PM (overnight):

To the VCU community,

On May 2- 4, Richmond will host the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, bringing approximately 800 athletes representing more than 100 colleges and universities to the city. The race courses of this three-day event run through VCU and the VCU Medical Center and will have significant impact on our campuses each day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A team of university and medical center personnel has been working with city officials to plan and to make provisions to address the disruptions to normal operations that will be created by the race. Below is a listing of plans and provisions.

Class schedules and exams

Monroe Park Campus exams scheduled for 8-10:50 a.m. on Friday, May 2, will be held in the same room at 8-10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Likewise, Monroe Park Campus exams scheduled for 1-3:50 p.m. on Friday, May 2, will be held in the same room at 1-3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. With these changes, there will be no exams centrally scheduled on the Monroe Park Campus on May 2.

Health sciences students with classes scheduled on the MCV Campus will follow a different set of instructions and are urged to check with their dean’s and program or curriculum offices for updates on class, lab and exam schedule changes and any modifications to clinical requirements on May 2.

Work-day modifications

Friday, May 2, will be an official work day of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff must consult with supervisors to determine the best way to accommodate their unit’s needs. Employees may take annual leave, or with the approval of their supervisor and an approved scope of work, they may telecommute for the day.

Transportation and parking

Broad Street, Franklin Street and other major campus thoroughfares will be closed to traffic. VCU Police are working closely with city officials to identify traffic routes to campus. Once identified, these routes and directions will be posted to Navigate VCU, navigate.vcu.edu, a traffic and logistics website to give you up-to-date information about closures and route changes.

All parking facilities will remain open and operational. VCU parking officials recommend arriving to campus by 8 a.m. and leaving after 4:30 p.m. to avoid detours and road closures. If you plan on arriving after 8 a.m. or leaving before 4:30 p.m., you will need to follow detours listed at navigate.vcu.edu.

RamRide will continue operations on May 2, 3 and 4; however, all routes will be significantly modified during race times. Visit the RamRide website for more information and the real-time bus tracker.

Dining Services and bookstores

Dining Services and VCU Bookstores will operate their normal schedules.

Continued communication

Your safety and security at VCU remains a top priority for the university. As we approach May 2, we will continue to send updates and alerts through various channels of communication, such as VCU Alert, TelegRAM and mass email, to the VCU community.

Sincerely,
William Decatur
Vice President Finance and Administration
Copies:
Dr. Michael Rao
Mr. William Cole
Ms. Marti Heil
Ms. Pamela Lepley
Dr. Francis Macrina
Dr. Wanda Mitchell
Dr. Sheldon Retchin
Mr. Mark Rubin
Dr. Beverly Warren

Presentation to Faculty Senate 4/1/2014

Senate meeting April 1, 2014 at MPC Student Commons Theater

Join us Tuesday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater, Monroe Park Campus. This month’s meeting will be a joint Business Session and Reception for Provost Beverly J. Warren.

Additionally, please review the document outlining the opportunity for the Senate each year to help fill vacancies on the University Promotion and Tenure Policy Review Committee and the University Promotion and Tenure Appeal Committee.

Leadership Group Agenda March 18, 2014

The Faculty Senate Leadership Group is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday March 18 from 4-6 p.m. in the Alumni Board Room of the Student Commons, MPC.

  • Draft minutes from March Senate meeting (Mary Secret)
  • Agenda April 1 Senate Meeting (Group)
  • Change of Meeting Location April 1 Senate Meeting (Mary Secret and June Nicholson)
  • Joint Senate Business Meeting and Reception for Provost Warren Tuesday, April 1, Commons Theater, MPC (Group)
  • Election process April 1 Senate Meeting (Group)
  • Senate leadership participation formal review President Rao via 2011 BOV policy (June Nicholson)
  • Grievance Panel Update (Marilyn Miler)
  • Senate Bylaws Revision Update (Scott Street)
  • Academic Unit Listserv issue (Allen Lee)