Thursday, January 31, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 83



Commencement ceremony returns to Saturday

By Ed De La Garza
Daily Cougar Staff

Wednesday's Faculty Senate meeting turned out to be quite eventful, and not just because it featured the passing of the
gavel from H. Jerome Freiberg to incoming president Joseph Eichberg.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

Joseph Eichberg looks over the agenda before being inaugurated as Faculty Senate president Wednesday in the Kiva Room
of Farish Hall.

UH President Arthur K. Smith, addressing the senate after Eichberg made his inaugural speech, made the announcement
that the University's commencement ceremonies would be moved back to Saturday morning.

The move was made to encourage more student attendance.

"I asked Provost Ed Sheridan to work with the Dean's Council and try to come up with some alternatives as to how we might
try to make this commencement a special one, marking the culmination of a 75th anniversary celebration," Smith said.

Four colleges law, pharmacy, optometry and social work will still hold their convocations on Friday. All others will hold
their ceremonies Saturday afternoon.

But Smith acknowledged that asking people to arrive at the University early Saturday morning and then stick around for an
entire day may be asking too much without giving them something aside from a well-known speaker (UH alumnus and
president of the Motion Picture Association of America Jack Valenti will do the honors this year).

"In order to entice people to come to the general commencement and the convocation, we're going to feed them," Smith said.

Smith also told the senate that faculty and staff could expect a raise of about 4 percent in September. It would be the second
such increase in two years.

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Sheridan told the senate a new science and research
building, to be built near the Science and Research Center, would be completed by Spring 2005.

Library Dean Dana Rooks asked the senate for help with the final stages of the addition to the M.D. Anderson Memorial
Library. The addition will have its ceremonial groundbreaking in April. The project will increase the library from 300,000
square feet to 455,000 square feet, with 135,000 square feet going to the library and 20,000 going to The Honors College.

Eichberg said the senate, through its subcommittees, should continue monitoring the integration of PeopleSoft into the
University's infrastructure, the Athletics Department deficit, new construction and campus security. He also said there should
be more communication between faculty and the deans.

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