Faculty Council Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that our first FC meeting of the spring will be today at 4pm in room 1046. All are welcome and invited.

The first item of business will be a discussion of the proposed changes to the Tenure Review Process. If you’d like to see the current state of the proposal, you can go HERE to get the details of what’s being proposed.

(As I’ve said before, this is a project that is near and dear; it was almost four years ago that I first drafted a proposal for changing the tenure process and showed it around to people, a few of whom said, “I like it, but it’ll never happen.” Others tried to make something happen. It took awhile, but here we are and it looks like something may actually happen. So for anyone who says, “Nothing ever changes,” I say, “Voila.” I say it very, very slowly, but still…)

Michael Maltenfort, one of the architects of the proposal, will be joining us for questions and discussion.

See you there, we hope.



New Space Committee Meeting Reminder

From last week’s email:

The Space Committee is looking for committed individuals across the Harold Washington College community interested in executing the following charge:

In service to our mission and at the request of the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, the Space Committee is charged with understanding how we currently use our space at 30 East Lake Street and with identifying recommendations for re-allocating, re-configuring or re-modeling our current space or re-locating certain operations to other locations. Programmatic recommendations, including the use of space at different times of day or week, are also within the scope of the Space Committee. Each recommendation should describe how its adoption would serve and further the mission of Harold Washington College:

Mission:  Harold Washington College (HWC) is a learning-centered urban institution of higher education offering accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment. The College is committed to upholding high institutional and academic standards and to understanding and improving student learning.

The Space Committee is chaired by Interim Dean of Career Programs and Continuing Education John Hader, and will deliver a report to President Donald Laackman for his consideration by the start of the 2012 Spring Semester. This report will provide input into the long-term capital plan for Harold Washington College.

The first meeting will be held on Friday, September 23, 2011, at 10:00 AM in Room #1115.

Don’t Forget–Union Meeting Today

From Jesú:

Union Sisters and Brothers, come help welcome our new members.  We
will also address other important issues, including feedback tools on
our Contract.

When:  Thursday, September 8, 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Where: Room 1115

Pizza, soda, and other refreshments will be provided.

Also, mark your calendars for the following Union meetings:

• Thursday, September 22, 2p.m.-4:30p.m. Room 1115
• Thursday, October 20, 2p.m.-4:30p.m. Room 203 D/E
• Thursday, November 17, 2p.m.-4:30p.m. Room 1115
• December, Christmas Party, TBA

If you have further questions, feel free to call or text me (Jesú
Estrada, Chapter Chair) at 312-371-3774 or email me at
mariajestrada@aol.com.  New members, if you can’t come, feel free to
see me in room 629 during Union hours: M/W 10a.m.-11a.m. and T/TH
1p.m.-3 in the afternoon.  At that time, we will schedule a lunch.

Members, please help spread the word.  Also, since there are two
meetings this month and only one can be sanctioned, I am going to ask
Laackman to sanction the one on Sept. 22.

In Solidarity,

Jesu Estrada, Chapter Chair

News from the Meeting Featuring the Reveal of Reinvention Proposals

As reported in the comments of yesterday’s “ReinQuestion?” post, there was no meeting today.

The big empty space between the post this morning and this one is where the information revealed in the title would have gone if the meeting had happened. I had no Plan B for the space, so I let it be.

It is unclear now when (and whether) there will be any sort of meeting with faculty leadership about these proposals at all. Feel free to speculate in the comments on what will (eventually) be proposed. (Then you can say, “See? Told you…”)