The University Record, March 26, 1996

Four faculty named to SACUA; terms start May 1

By Rebecca A. Doyle

Four faculty members were elected to terms on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) at last week's Senate Assembly meeting.

Bunyan I. Bryant Jr., William D. Ensminger and Carol J. Loveland-Cherry, will serve three-year terms. Samuel R. Gross will serve a one-year term, filling a slot vacated by Alfredo Montalvo, who is retiring from the University.

Bryant, associate professor of natural resources, said in his statement that he looks forward to serving the University community and his colleagues.

"I am deeply concerned about fairness at all levels and about building a cohesive community of scholars. During the times we are involved in the great paper chase or chasing dollars for our research projects, we often fail to build community; it is this community that is the lifeblood of the University."

Ensminger, who is a professor of medicine and of pharmacology, also is director of the Upjohn Center for Clinical Pharmacology and associate director of the General Clinical Research Center. In his statement, he noted that the next few years "are crucial to faculty governance. The gains of the past few years must be consolidated and become firmly evident in the policies pursued. Senate Assembly and Senate Assembly committees, including SACUA, must represent faculty and academic interests," he added.

Gross, professor of law, said that "SACUA and the Senate Assembly have a special position in the University. These are the bodies that are best able to build ties across schools and disciplines, to bring some common sense of purpose to our large and extremely heterogeneous faculty."

Gross said that many faculty members feel alienated from SACUA, and advocates that SACUA "develop a position of leadership by learning the interests and the needs of the faculty as a whole, and by attempting to serve them."

Loveland-Cherry, associate professor of nursing and director of the School of Nursing's Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Programs, noted that it is "essential that faculty maintain an active voice in the debate of issues and direction of efforts in support of the mission of the University." She said three specific areas of importance are: "1) effective integration of technology for teaching, operations and research; 2) implementation and evaluation of VCM; and 3) changes i n leadership in the University."

Newly elected SACUA representatives begin their three-year service May 1, replacing George J. Brewer, Thomas E. Moore and Robert L. Smith.