December 2005, Vol. 7 No. 2
Appointment of Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh
Prominent Arab-American Rights Activist Lectures on Islamophobia
Appointment of Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Business School Lecture on Corporate Governance
Women’s League Meeting
Professor Samir Makdisi to Serve Again on Global Network Board
Human Resources Developments
University Senate Meeting of June 22
September Senate Notes
New Mission Statement
Dean Daghir Steps Down from Deanship
Recently Published: Comparing Media from Around the World
John Rhoder Leaves AUB
Prominent Saudi Businessman Receives AUB Distinguished Alumnus Award
Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses: Art Project by Joe Saleh
Tips for Saving the Planet
Art Club Celebrates Art Day
Jafet Library Displays the Earliest Photographs of AUB Campus
After the voting of degrees for the graduates of June 2005, the president requested that reports of committee chairs be turned in by July 30. He then circulated a summary of important decisions taken at the June 17 Board of Trustees meeting. The senate's own representative at the board meeting reported on the board's agreement to set up a task force to look into the issue of tenure, noting especially financial burdens and changes in the retirement plan. He said that the academic members of the board seemed more positively disposed toward tenure than those from the business community, but that both were in support of long-term contracts. The president warned that there was no wave of support for tenure among the trustees.
A summary of decisions made by the board was distributed by President Waterbury. Board committee appointees were listed, as were new faculty appointments in the faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Arts and Sciences. Trustee Rodney B. Wagner and Trustee Emeritus Richard P. Godwin were remembered in a memorial minute. The proposed capital budget (for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006), a tuition increase, and an average increase in merit salaries were approved. The board congratulated the AUB Nursing Service on its receipt of accreditation by the American Nursing Council.
Various honors were accorded Richard B. Debs, who became Chairman and Trustee Emeritus on July 1. Chairman Debs received an honorary degree at Commencement 2005, as well as the University Medal for recognition of his many years of service to the board and to the University. The New York Office was named the Debs Center in honor of Debs and his daughter Elizabeth, who donated her services for the design of the new offices.
NB: The full text of each senate meeting is distributed to all faculty members following the approval of the minutes.