March 1, 1999
As of this month, the minutes from University Senate proceedings are now on line and accessible through a site on the World Wide Web. The site, which also contains the senate's constitution, list of senators and standing committees, and senate calendar, can be found at www.tulane.edu/~usenate.
According to Irving LaValle, Francis Martin Professor of Decision Theory and secretary of the senate for the last 15 years, the Web presents a more effective way of disseminating senate actions. "Perusing a Web site is certainly more convenient than getting a big swatch of paper at your office that you must then have to pass around on a routing slip," says LaValle.
LaValle, who with the help of his administrative assistant, Sandra Freeman, has been developing the site over the last year, says the Web site should help remedy a problem noted by President Scott Cowen during the senate's March 1 meeting. During his president's report, Cowen asked senators to be more active in distributing information about senate proceedings to their constituencies.
Some senators responded that an inability to meet regularly with members in their constituencies made that difficult to do. LaValle acknowledges that the problem may have been exacerbated by the fact that he had recently stopped distributing hard copy of the minutes to all deans, directors and department heads.
The University Senate Web site archives minutes of all senate meetings from September 1997 to the present. Minutes from all future meetings, which occur on the first Monday of each month during the academic year, will be on line by the end of each month, says LaValle.
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