THE ASSEMBLY OF SHIMER COLLEGE
AGENDA FOR THE MEETING OF MAY 2, 2010
I Approval of the minutes of the meetings of February 7th and 28th , March 21st ,
and April 11th.
II Committee reports and responses from the floor.
III Resolution Motivated by the Agenda Committee
The Assembly congratulates and welcomes Edward Noonan as the fourteenth President of Shimer College, and offers its support and assistance to the President in the constitutional governance of the College.
IV State of the College Address President Edward Noonan
V Amendment of the Constitution Motivated by Eileen Buchanan
That the Speaker of the Assembly be a faculty or staff member who has worked for the college for at least four years.
From: “The Assembly shall elect from among the members of the Agenda Committee (Section V) a Speaker, who will be responsible for publishing the agendas for all Assembly meetings, for convening and chairing the Assembly, and for chairing the Agenda Committee.”
To: “The Assembly shall elect a Speaker early in the fall term from among Faculty and administrative staff who have been employed on a fulltime basis by the College for at least the previous four years, including any formally approved leaves of absence. The Speaker will be responsible for publishing the agendas for all Assembly meetings, for convening and chairing the Assembly, and for chairing the Agenda Committee.
From: “The Committee shall be composed of four persons elected early in the fall term, at least one of whom must be a staff member.”
To: “The Committee shall be composed of the Speaker (Section IV:1) and three members elected early in the fall term.”
“A) The speaker needs to be someone with considerable experience at Shimer in order to sense when a matter of college ethos is surfacing and to bring it to the attention of the Agenda Committee and the community.
B) Although this saddens me, I believe that we are at a point in terms of the wider community at which a student speaker would not garner the respect necessary to underline the importance of Assembly concerns and motions.”
VI Discussion Motivated by Eileen Buchanan
Should the Assembly meet during the summer? How might summer meetings be arranged and conducted? Are the technical means available for participation and voting from a distance?
VII Motion Motivated by the Agenda Committee
The Assembly instructs the Speaker to address and disseminate the acts of this day to all the constituencies of Shimer College, including Trustees and alumni.
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