AGSO Meeting Minutes 4/6/2018

AGSO Meeting Minutes 4-6-2018
Meeting Agenda:
• Panel Review for AGSO Travel Grant
• Allocation of remaining AGSO funds
• Upcoming AGSO Elections
• Ashley Space
• Concerns for Faculty Meeting
• Mentorship Program update – VOTE 4 SAMM!
Panel Review for AGSO Travel
• Emily has received the applications, will give to Christina to distribute to faculty at next meeting on Wednesday April 18th.
• Make sure that applicants fill out travel authority before visiting conferences next week
• If faculty is unwilling to look over applications AGSO officers can do it but that would be less ideal
Allocation of Remaining AGSO Funds
• $428 remaining that needs to be spent by end of semester
• Ideas
o Bring in speaker from local community college
o Order more swag, particularly shirts (possibly also coffee mugs or hats)
Upcoming AGSO Elections
• Call for nominations this upcoming week
• Shelly will send out an email about the details of the election for all those interested in running for office.
• For all of those reading this, please consider running!
• Elections possibly at next AGSO meeting in two weeks
Ashley Space
• Ashley’s mother was kind enough to donate funds to the space
• How should these funds be used best?
• Ideas:
o Art to cover side walls (Christina has volunteered to paint mural in honor of Ashley on large wall)
o New lights
o Rug/Carpet
o Possibly new printer
Concerns and Issues to Address at next Faculty Meeting
• Deliver crowd sourced data to faculty
• AGSO officers will meet 8pm Monday @ MLC to go over and process data
• Should put together a thank you for the entire anthropology faculty for their work with the Baldwin burial concerns.
Mentorship Program
• Grad/Undergrad social last Wednesday went well, thank you to everyone who helped out!
• Samm will work on putting together resources for Graduate students who would like to mentor an undergraduate student next semester.
• Samm is also running for Mentorship coordinator re-election. Vote 4 Samm! She will make all of your wildest dreams come true!!
Next AGSO Meeting in two weeks, ideally on Friday after Prosem



Faculty Meeting Minutes March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

Call to Order

A monthly faculty meeting of the Department of Anthropology was held on March 7, 2018


  • Student posted concerning message to Groupme discussion board in ANTH1102, campus police has investigated and they have ruled that it was a tasteless joke rather than a substantiated threat. Dean and Provost weighed in on the situation
  • Annual faculty evaluations have been completed
  • Town Hall meeting scheduled for 3/28/2018 (open forum, but will definitely include discussion of TAships). Room 264 at 12:15pm
  • April 18, 2018 will be the next faculty meeting
  • Congratulations on a successful Anthropology Day
  • CAPA courses that have not been taught in the last 5 years are going to be removed from the bulletin (a faculty member wants to submit a justification for them to say)
  • Update on Ashley’s Space


  • University Council:
    • Still no university council meeting this semester
  • Faculty Senate:
    • Nothing to report from faculty senate regarding regular business. The Baldwin Hall discussion to faculty senate and the conversation is continuing to determine what the next steps should be.
    • Question of the back parking late was raised- no parking permits have been issued for the lot but the question of moving forward remains.
    • The possibility of bringing in an external consultant rather than handling it internally was suggested.
  • Undergraduate:
    • Bulletin has been updated. Course descriptions can be updated by individual faculty in CAPA.
    • The registrar is now asking to update CAPA (which means that they will be completely removed from the system)
    • Fall 2018 classes have been posted online and all majors have been
    • Targeted advertising for students in business (postcards)
    • Next step is doing this for the pre-med office as well
    • Need to consider updating the learning outcomes for majors as an entire faculty
  • Graduate:
    • Double Dawg- joint BA/MA Program, currently working on a proposal for anthropology students (the degree must be completed within 5 years); Option of thesis versus non-thesis program (currently proposed as thesis based)
      • Question raised as to how benefits would be distributed; where does the money that the department receives goes?
      • Making it thesis based requires a greater commitment from faculty (mentoring)
      • Faculty must vote on new degree programs, proposed that faculty vote on a very broad proposal that would facilitate the creation of one off programs
      • Should we be thinking in interdisciplinary terms?
    • Concern raised over the fact that departmental graduates are receiving funding to each while current graduate students are trying to find funding (looking into what sociology does)
  • AGSO:
    • Call for faculty evaluators for AGSO travel grant
    • Question about removing the fridge from Ashley’s space

Old Business:

  • Request for adjunct status to retain institutional affiliation
  • DNA analysis has been stalled and community concerns- raised in Faculty Senate
  • Approval to add Departmental Open Access Policy to Policy & Procedure Manual
  • Discussion of changes to PUT Promotion & Tenure Timeline in Policy & Procedures Manual

 New Business:

  • Faculty changes for the Natural History Museum Internship Program



AGSO Meeting Minutes for 3/5/2018

AGSO Meeting Minutes
Travel Grant
-Travel grant to attend a conference
-10% of AGSO budget ($75)
-Due Date?
-End of March is most convenient
-To be impartial to applicants, have professors look over applications

Remainder of AGSO budget
-Get more SWAG
– Shirts, Hats, Bags
– Survey for design on items (Include more representation of cultural and biological anthropology)
Ashley Space
-When do we want to move furniture to excess storage?
-Find someone with truck to help
-Keep in communication about moving event
Faculty Notes
-Pass along flyers to advertise undergrad anthropology classes
-Next prosem should be a good time to hand out flyers
-Susan is in the process of organizing a town hall between grad and faculty
-Steve has offered extensive journal collections for Ashley space
-Anthropology undergraduate requirements are changing so that undergraduate students must take course within the department to complete degree.


Meeting Minutes for 1/19/2018

Faculty Retreat
• Increased Graduate Student involvement in department
• Get advertisements for courses out earlier, possibly make flyers to increase undergraduate enrollment
• Make guidelines for graduate student teachings of courses (Students of records)
• Opportunity to build teaching portfolios

Ashley Space
• Need to purchase furniture
• Meet at 5pm on Tuesday, January 30th in Computer Lab

World Anthropology Day
• Meeting Monday, January 21 @ 4 pm in Dr. Birch’s Office
• More to report after meeting

Shirt Fundraising
• Sell shirts
• $15 for faculty
• $5 for students (Graduate & Undergraduate)
• Could possibly use Venmo or Google doc to collect orders and money.

Remaining Funds
• Possibly use in Travel Fund, $100
• Use for travel to presentations
• Ask for basic information (Title, abstract, location, other funding, why me?)
• Guest Speaker? 100$
• SAAS/AGSO event?
• Business Cards?

Next Meeting
Tuesday, January 30th 5pm
Meet in G30 Graduate Computer Lab to help put together Ashley’s Memorial Space

AGSO Meeting Minutes 11/6/2017

Goat Roast
Starts at 4pm, people usually arrive later (around 5 – 7).
See if we can get two goats for less than $150.
Sell AGSO t-shirts for 5 dollars each
Possibly sell to people at football games
Send out email reminding department about event and ask for volunteers.
Encourage people to bring water, chairs, and camp materials if spending the night.

Pete wants 4 – 5 people
Starts at noon
Christina will be in contact with Pete about set-up while Pete is away.

Faculty Meeting
November 15th
More updates following meeting

Graduate Survey
Send out week after Goat Roast
Use Qualtrics to construct survey

AGSO Meeting 10/20/2017

• Send Margie email about getting goat for the roast
• Send around Potluck sign-up sheet next week
• Rental of portable toilets for roast
• New Department head search – meeting next November
Murder Mystery
• Great success!
• No upcoming events with SAAS in remainder of semester
• Except upcoming events in Spring
Bram Winter Party
• Wants to host chili cook off
• Email Bram about possible date
Ashley Memorial Space
• G35 is not available
• Can move forward with space, possibly check an overstock room
• Samm is going to meet with a faculty person to help locate a room
• Shelly has photos to contribute
Survey to Graduate Students
• Christina can take the lead with asking faculty
• Focus on access to printing/meeting space
• Access to information about available classes
• Have people prioritize qualms
• Options for funding
• Announce survey during a well populated Pro-seminar
• Include variables such as sub-field, maybe year?

Goat Roast
• Need volunteers, include with potluck sign-up in Proseminar
• Held on November 11th

Faculty Meeting Minutes-October 11, 2017

Call to Order

A monthly faculty meeting of the Department of Anthropology was held on October 11, 2017.



  • Continued work revising the Bulletin
  • Undergraduate program is being evaluated for the purpose of better serving students
  • Annual evaluation will be released by the end of October

 Old Business:

  • Waived for this meeting
  • Thank you to the self-study committee
    • Interviews will be conducted with faculty and students
    • Preliminary report by December
    • Final report in April

New Business

  • Introduction of the Dean
  • Instructions for Department Head search
  • Discussion
    • The entire anthropology faculty constitutes the search committee
    • A faculty member outside of the department will serve as chair
    • A vote will take place at the next faculty meeting in November