University Senate Governance Blog

News and updates from University Senate Governance.

Spotlight On: Janet Schrunk Ericksen

Janet Ericksen speaks at a podium at the University of Minnesota MorrisWhen I first contacted Dr. Janet Ericksen, she was just finishing up leading a study abroad program to England, entitled “Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500.” The program is close to her heart-- learning Old English and visiting medieval sites while studying in the UK during her junior year as an undergraduate was one of the things that inspired her to pursue a doctorate in medieval British literature. Click on the title to read the full story.

Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Civil Service Employment Rules

The Civil Service Consultative Committee (CSCC) is in the process of revising the Civil Service Employment Rules. Two public hearings will be held in order to hear constituent feedback on the proposed revisions. Click on the title for more information.

The Weekly Update

Approved minutes of senates and their committees will be posted on Fridays, when available.

Equity, Access and Diversity Committee (EAD), September 25, 2017
In these minutes: Preview of and Consultation on Title IX and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Training Module; Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Equity Policy; Introductions and Overview of Governance; Agenda Planning for the Year

Faculty Senate to Discuss Liberal Education

The Twin Cities Delegation of the Faculty Senate will hold the first of a series of meetings on potential revisions to Twin Cities undergraduate liberal education requirements on Thursday, October 5th, 2017, from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in 25 Mondale Hall. 

Spotlight On: Sarah Johnson Sexton

September 2017Sarah Johnson Sexton

The University of Minnesota has been part of Sarah Johnson Sexton’s life since she was a child. She is a second-generation University employee (her father, Jerry Sexton, worked in a department known as “Videotape” at the time) as well as an alumna, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish at the University. 

In Recognition of Becky Hippert

Becky HippertAs we begin the 2017-18 academic year, those familiar with University Senate governance might notice that a familiar face is missing: After 23 years of service to University Senate governance, Becky Hippert is exploring new territory as a department administrator in the College of Biological Sciences. 

University Senate Semester Update: Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 University Senate Semester Update is now available for download!

P&A News for May 2017

P&A News for May 2017. Contents include Spotlight on Noro Andriamanalina, Center Stage featuring the CBS Conservatory, and the Oustanding Unit Award.

Student Senate Update: Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 Student Senate Update is now available for download. In this issue:

  • What have we been working on?
    • Student Senate Campus-Area Safety Taskforce
    • Gopher Football Boycott Response
    • Residential Dining Hall Concerns
    • Off-Campus Housing
  • November Student Senate Meeting Notes


P&A News for February 2017

P&A News for February 2017. Contents include Spotlight on Molly Olson, assistant director, Marketing, University of Minnesota-- Rochester.