USC Faculty Meeting
September 1992


GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
September 2, l992

The meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM in Belk Auditorium by
President John Palms.

I. Approval of the Minutes:

The minutes of the general faculty meeting of May 6, 1992 were approved as submitted.

II. Statements by the President: President Palms

The statement of President Palms was distributed with the agenda for the October 1992 Faculty Senate Meeting.

III. Address of the Provost: James Moeser, Provost

The statement of Provost Moeser was distributed with the agenda for the October 1992 Faculty Senate Meeting.

IV. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Marcia Welsh, Chair:

The Faculty Advisory Committee distributed the following resolution:
  1. That USC continue to develop, with a sense of urgency, the University of South Carolina - Columbia campus into an institution of true national and international stature.
  2. That USC pursue the independence, in both name and administration, of our campuses at Aiken, Coastal, Spartanburg, to occur at the appropriate pace and at the appropriate time for each campus and community.
  3. That USC continue our close relationship with the five regional campuses, addressing each of their distinct characteristics, needs, and goals. After a discussion of the importance of dealing with this matter at this time and the meaning of the resolution, each of the three parts was separately approved.

V. OLD BUSINESS AND VII. NEW BUSINESS - none

VI. GOOD OF THE ORDER

President Palms invited all faculty to a reception at his house following the Faculty Senate meeting

Charles Mack (ARTH) called the facultyÕs attention to the PresidentÕs remarks to the Board of Trustees on August 7, 1992. He found a passage in it to be particularly pertinent.

In your comments to the board you spoke of the traditional heritage of liberal education and went on to speak of the good of knowledge is not predicated upon its utility. It is not good because its leads to virtue or to technological, political or social proficiency or even to a job. But, rather, it is good in and of itself. We are not parts of the economic machinery but inherently valuable as human beings because our human mind and our human spirit are important in any end they serve. Knowledge as part of our lives needs no cause to justify itself. I think that this is a message the board needed to hear. I think that this is a message that the legislature needs to hear and the people [need] to hear and that we need to hear.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM