Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of
The Graduate Council 2002-2003

Date and Time:     Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 2:30 p.m.
Place:                     Provost’s Conference Room, 104 Administration
Attendance:           Ronald Anderson (presiding), Lora Deahl, Phil Dennis, Tim Dodd, 
                               Cary Green, Fred Hartmeister, Karlene Hoo, Bill Pasewark, 
                               Becky Rickly, and John Stinespring
Ex-officio:             Wendell Aycock, Ralph Ferguson, Ann McGlynn, Liz Hall, and 
                              Deidre Parish
Guests:                 Amy Fox, Donna Rogers, and Shannon Samson

The Graduate Council Minutes are mailed and e-mailed to all Council members, deans, chairs, and graduate advisors. The minutes will be posted to the Graduate School website.

1. Minutes of the fourth meeting, held on December 3, 2002, were approved as distributed.

2. The following students were admitted to candidacy for the doctorate on the recommendation of 
their departments: 

Nathan Allen                                 Higher Education
Miguel Avila                                  Range Science
Marcello Balduccini                      Computer Science
Brian Billings                                 English
Allison Boye                                 English
Mitchel Cottenoir                          Chemistry
Rebecca Davis                              Special Education
Todd Davis                                   Chemistry
Chuck Cohnan Edwards                Higher Education
Nathan Elam                                 Animal Science
Carlos Evia                                   Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Janice Fletcher                              Educational Psychology
Margaret Griffin                            English
Mary Francis Heinsohn                 English
Jeff Johnson                                  Agricultural and Applied Economics
Joe Kishur, Jr.                               Higher Education
Arisa Kosadat                               Industrial Engineering
Qingyang Li                                   Chemistry
Kathryn Anne Gumfory Mancini    Special Education
W. David Melvin                           Biology
Margaret Morgan                          Marriage and Family Therapy
Leah Michelle Morris                    Higher Education
Gayle Mullen                                 Educational Psychology
Reagan Carter Rees                      Educational Leadership
Dhandapani Sadasivam                 Chemistry
Christopher Robin Satterwhite       Higher Education
Charlotte W. Smith                       Curriculum and Instruction
Rebecca Stanford                         Curriculum and Instruction
Kui Tan                                        Civil Engineering
Igino Teolis                                   Agronomy
Sm Rahmat Ullah                          Chemistry
Pinfan Zhu                                    Technical Communication and Rhetoric

3. Academic Requests:

a. Approved Course Additions and Changes

FD T 5210 Grantsmanship (2:2:0) (addition)
FD T 5309 Current Topics in Food Microbiology (3:3:0) (addition)
LARC 5001 Special Problems in Landscape Architecture (V1:4) (change in title from Problems in Land-Use and Resource Planning)
LARC 5202 Landscape Architecture as a Profession (2:2:0) (deletion)
LARC 5300 Graphic Techniques in Landscape Architecture (3:1:4) (deletion)
LARC 5301 Vegetation Theory (3:3:0) (deletion)
LARC 5312 Planting Design (3:1:2) (change in course number from 5205; change in hours from 2:1:2; change in prerequisite)
LARC 5314 Landscape Architecture Grading & Drainage (3:2:2) (change in title from Landform Theory and Design Implementation I; change in number from 5305; and change in description)
LARC 5315 Landscape Architecture Site Construction & Development (3:2:2) (change in title from Landscape Architecture Design Implementation II; change in prerequisite)
LARC 5316 Landscape Architecture Materials & Details (3:2:2) (change in title from Landscape Architecture Design Implementation III)
LARC 5401 Landscape Architecture Principles & Processes (4:1:6) (change in title from Landscape Architecture Studio I; change in course number from 5410; change in description)
LARC 5402 Site Design (4:1:6) (change in title from Landscape Architecture Studio II; change in number from 5420; change in prerequisite and description)
LARC 6100 Landscape Architecture Seminar (1:1:0) (change in title from Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture; change in number from 5100, change in description)
LARC 6401 Urban Design (4:1:6) (change in title from Advance Landscape Architecture Studio; change in prerequisite and description)
LARC 6402 Regional Landscape Planning (4:1:6) (change in title from Advanced Land Planning and Design; change in prerequisite and description)
LARC 6406 Collaboration Design (4:1:9) (addition) 

EPSY 5383 Data Analysis with Statistical Software (3:3:0) (addition)

F&N 5336 Nutritional Assessment and Data Interpretation (3:3:0) (change in hours from 3:2:3; change in description)
RHIM 6345 Hospitality Business Ethics (3:3:0) (addition)

4. Graduate Faculty:

a. Graduate Council considered and approved 11 applicants for Graduate Faculty. The new members are:

Christine Z. Alvarado             (Animal and Food Sciences) 
J. Chance Brooks                  (Animal and Food Sciences)
James R. Burkman                 (ISQS)
Kathleen Rose LeVering        (Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management) (Adjunct)
Melvin J. Oliver                      (Biological Sciences) (Adjunct)
Paxton Payton                        (Biological Sciences) (Adjunct)
Christopher Rock                   (Biological Sciences)
Brenda Elaine Rodgers           (Biological Sciences) (ADJUNCT)
Jorge Salazar-Bravo               (Biological Sciences)
Steven R. Shumate                 (Education, Nutrition, and RHIM)
Eric Walden                           (ISQS)

5. GPSGA Report:
a. The Thesis/Dissertation Workshop, held on February 5, was very beneficial to 70 students as Barbi Dickensheet, Thesis/Dissertation Supervisor, capably shared her knowledge and expertise.

b. Upcoming Events:
i. Dissertation/Thesis Symposium, February 18, 2003, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and February 19, 2003, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in 001 Education. The presenter will be Dr. Thomas Darwin from the University of Texas.
ii. GPSGA will host the 2nd Annual Research Competition Friday, March 28. Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts, design posters and compete for monetary awards and university-wide recognition. The deadline is February 21, 2003. Additional information is available at www.orgs.ttu.edu/gpsga 
iii. The annual GPTI-GPSGA award banquet will be April 16, 2003 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Merket Alumni Center. 

6. Development Report - Amy Fox, Senior Development Officer, reported that the Graduate School has recently obtained another $100,000 from the Helen DeVitt Jones Foundation and $15,000 from the Carl H. Gelin Estate. 

7. Dean Ann McGlynn gave an update on the SEVIS program, stressing the importance of international students keeping in contact with the Office of International Affairs and reporting any changes that are made in their educational curriculum. Additional information is provided in the attached summary. Graduate Advisors are encouraged to return admission worksheets to the Office of Graduate Admissions as fast as possible so that international students can be admitted in a timely manner.

8. The Graduate School is making progress in updating the Graduate Catalog for combining with the Undergraduate Catalog. The combined catalog will cost less and be more convenient than having two separate catalogs.

9. The Research Education for Texas took place on January 15, 2003, at the State Capitol. Participants from Texas Tech were: 

Robert M. Sweazy, Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies
and Technology Transfer
John Burns, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Research
Ronald M. Anderson, Dean of the Graduate School
Wendell Aycock, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Animal and Food Sciences         Biological Sciences         Industrial Engineering
Mindy Brashears                           Larry Blanton                    John E. Kobza
Assistant Professor                        Professor                          Associate Professor

Kristina Harris, Student                 Robin Woolley, Student     Leticia J. Pacheco, Student 
Lacey Smith, Student                    Margareta Medina, Student

Texas Tech displayed an exhibit on January 26-31 in the Capitol Rotunda. 

10. Announcements: 

a. Fifty-nine representatives of various departments attended the bi-annual Graduate Advisor’s Roundtable Discussion on January 27 and 28. The roundtable discussions prove beneficial to the Graduate Advisor’s and the Graduate School deans and staff.

b. The deadline for Chancellor’s Fellowship nominations is Friday, February 21, 2003. 

c. The Graduate School is pleased to announce the addition of Shannon Samson, the new Coordinator of Graduate School Recruitment. In addition, Martha Harrison is now serving as the Senior Admissions Evaluator for domestic students. Upon the retirement of Beth Cain, after 20 years of service, Toni Perez has been promoted to Senior Admissions Evaluator for international students. 

d. Ralph Ferguson presented a preliminary analysis of Spring 2003 graduation.

e. The Sport Management for the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences degree program has received approval from the Sport Management Program Review Council.

f. The Human Factors program in Psychology has been accredited. 

g. Graduate enrollment continues to rise in Spring 2003. The (unofficial) enrollment on the 12th class day was 4,104. 

h. Graduate Advisors will be contacted for approval to readmit students who lay out one (long) semester. Students who do not attend for two or more (long) semesters, must re-apply. Therefore, their applications are automatically submitted to departments for approval. 

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

The sixth meeting of the 2002-2003 Graduate Council will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2003, in the Provost’s Conference Room, 104 Administration.