Association of University Professors
Illinois Conference Policy Council
Minutes from the November 9, 2002 Meeting
President (Columbia College Chicago);
Joan Berman, Vice-President (Barat College of DePaul University);
Lynne M. Meyer, Executive Secretary (Columbia College Chicago);
Leo Welch, Past President (Southwestern Illinois College);
Jan Cook (Illinois State University);
Jim Johnson (Loyola);
Lesley Kordecki (Barat College of DePaul University);
Jack Leahy (DePaul University);
Michael McIntyre (DePaul University).
I. Welcome and Approval of Minutes:
President Pan Papacosta called the meeting to order at
· Minutes were presented, and unanimously approved, from
the April 26 and April 27, 2002 meetings.
· Guidelines for posting minutes on the new website were
a. President’s Report
· Connie has stepped down from her role as Executive Secretary,
with Lynne Meyer taking on the position. There is now a new phone
number, mailing address, and email address. There is also a new
website for AAUP-IL, and a full listing of members’ email
· In light of recent events, Pan reiterated that it is imperative
that we clearly define procedures for chapter funding.
· Pan informed the council of Jim Reid’s resignation.
· Lesley reported that there is (unverified) news from one
university that they are considering getting rid of the entire undergraduate
· The resignation of Quincy College’s president was
· Pan shared an email sent to Connie about a recent case
concerning entitlement. Jan elaborated on the issue of procedures
in such matters.
b. Executive Secretary’s Report
· Lynne elaborated on the administrative changes touched
on by Pan. She also more fully described the new AAUP-IL member
email address list that she has compiled. She also asked that people
inform her of their preferred address, should they have more than
· ISU was unanimously approved as the site of the
annual meeting, with April 26, 2003 as the date.
· Joan suggested that the council meeting be held the same
day as the general meeting, so as to avoid necessitating an overnight
stay. Lesley suggested that it be held immediately afterwards. This
was unanimously approved.
· Speakers and topics for the annual meeting were offered,
but no final decision was made.
· The council agreed unanimously on limits for speaker compensation.
· The date and location of the annual meeting will be advertised
in the next issue of the Academe.
· Steps were taken to form a nominating committee to deal
with upcoming council vacancies.
· It was unanimously approved that henceforth the word “mail”
in all bylaws be understood to also refer to email.
· L. H. Ludwig’s continued service as webmaster
for the new website was unanimously approved.
· Pan proposed that we begin sending monthly electronic newsletters
to our members. Lynne profiled the company that she and Pan recommended
be used to facilitate this (Topica.com). The council unanimously
· Pan will invite chapters to submit news and upcoming events
for inclusion on the web and in the Academe. There is also sufficient
space on the website for each chapter’s contact info and other
· The format, purpose and effectiveness of the Academe were
· Council members chose at least one chapter – not
their own – to visit.
· A new grant has been made available by the national
· Procedures for grants requests and approval were more clearly
defined. The Council recommended that the ultimate decision to approve
proposals rest with Pan.
· Pan recommended increasing the per chapter grant limit.
Suggestions were offered. Pan will formulate the guidelines.
· Lesley suggested that descriptions of all available grants
be posted on the website.
Report and Discussion on Benefits:
· Jack Leahy reported a recent rumor at a certain
university that a change in benefits was in the works. While the
university has announced that there will be no such change, Jack
nevertheless felt that it might be useful to compare each university’s
benefits – costs, etc.
· On November 4 of this year Leo attended a meeting
where the big issue was the Collective Bargaining Congress and its
decision to explore the possibility of affiliating with the AFL-CIO.
There will be another meeting in December to further discuss this.
Leo asked for funding to attend. This was unanimously approved.
meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.