Sandra Valenti, Faculty Senate vice president, presided over senate meeting as they discussed several topics—the changes to the regional a— missions policy, an art exhibit to be featured at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting, the death of Mark Runge and the guidelines of the Faculty Recognition Committee. 

The current undergraduate applicant must have an ACT of at least 21 or rank in the top third of their graduating class. The standard voted on would still require an ACT of 21 but a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 could also meet the standard. 

“It’s a little hard to know how big a change this will be in the real world because under the existing standard we have been allowed a certain number of exemptions every year anyway so I think that time will tell as this plays out,” said, David Cordle, provost. 

The Kansas Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the changes. They also have reached out and asked the college to develop an art display project according to Senator Morgan Ford Willingham. 

“We use all different kinds of mediums,” said Willingham. “It really highlights to the board all of what we do, it’s an opportunity to share our voice with them and show something representative of who we are.” 

The death of Runge, the beloved director of facilities, was also discussed. 

“This is a very hard thing for the faculty, but we want to be aware that this is an even harder thing for Mark’s family,” Cordle said. 

Senator Kim Simons moved to discussing the status of revised guidelines concerning the faculty recognition committee primarily in the school of business. According to Simons the committee is still drafting its bylaws and will have its first reading in faculty affairs soon to tackle some internal changes in how the college schools are set up. 

The faculty senate meets at 3:30p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Skyline Room. 

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