GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
April 28, 1997

I.  Call to Order.

 
PRESIDENT JOHN M. PALMS:  Even though it is a rainy day, it is 5 minutes after 3:00 p.m., 
and it is my pleasure to call to order the spring meeting of the General Faculty of the University 
of South Carolina.  

	II.  Approval of General Faculty Minutes - August 28, 1996
                                                                         
The minutes have been distributed on the World Wide Web.  Any additions or corrections 
to the minutes as they have been posted?  If not, do I hear a motion that they be adopted as so 
posted?.  All in favor say aye.  Opposed - nay.  So they are adopted.

	III.  Report of President.

PRESIDENT PALMS:

 I think most of you are aware that what really concerns us as far as the legislature is 
concerned is our budget.  The House has completed work on the higher education budget, and it 
is now in the Senate.  Currently there is a 3-1/2% base pay raise in that budget, effective July 1.  
There is also a bond bill, the total of which is $250 million.  There is almost $15 million in it for 
our campus, which is very important as we address the deferred maintenance on this campus and 
continue on with our master plan.

The next major focus on us is this campaign in which we are engaged.  It is in the quiet 
phase.  In this quiet phase this year we are trying to raise $45 million, and we are making a lot of 
progress.  We will have a major donor announcement on Wednesday.  We will also have a major 
dinner and meeting on this campus on Thursday, at which time close to 700 volunteers are 
meeting for a dinner, and listening also during the afternoon to a presentation that is being made 
by Mr. Steve Forbes from Forbes magazine about philanthropy, giving, obligation, and all those 
good things.  

There is a heavy agenda for me to solicit all donors above $1 million.  There is a long list. 
If I solicit one a day, I wouldn't be through for at least over a year, and they are continuing to 
grow that list.  So there are good feelings about what is happening so far.  You've probably read 
that when the trustees met in Greenville with the members of the Board of Education Foundation 
and the Development Foundation, at that luncheon Mr. and Mrs. James Pearce announced a


$1 million cash gift to institute five additional Carolina scholarships, fully endowed.  We would 
like to have lots of gifts like that.  That has set an example for South Carolinians, and I hope that 
that kind of a gift will be coming from many more donors.  

On the way out, I hope that you will get a copy of the President's Annual Report.  This is 
a report about your research.  It highlights faculty research the kind of research projects that we 
are involved in.  I appreciate the cooperation of the 28 profiled faculty, who helped us create a 
profile of what is best regarding research at this University.  This does not mean that the rest of 
you were not worthy of the same kind of coverage, but I think it exemplifies really what sets us 
apart from all the other institutions in the state.  And certainly what is necessary to make us in 
the future worthy members of the Association of American Universities.  So I want to thank you 
for that.

That is sort of the end of my report.  We have some wonderful awards to give today, and 
I want to call on my distinguished new provost who is doing an outstanding job (his birthday was 
yesterday by the way) to make the  awards.  Thank you.  Jerry.

	IV.  Report of the Provost.

PROVOST JEROME D. ODOM:

Thank you very much, President Palms.  Before I start giving out awards, naming some 
people, let me just tell you that this is very meaningful thing for me. Because I know personally 
most everybody that is getting an award today.  I know most of the emeritus faculty.  I think it 
speaks volumes about this University:  the quality of the people that have been on the faculty 
here over a number of years and the people that are getting awards today.  So, I am pleased to be 
able to take part in this ceremony from this side of the lecturn.  The professor emeriti are listed 
on the back of your program. We contacted the individual and asked them if at all possible to be 
here today.  Some, of course, could not be here for a number of reasons.  But there are a number 
of people who will be here, and I would like to call their names and have them come up on the 
stage and receive their certificates at this time.  

Allen D. Bushong - Geography
David Claybrook - Biological Sciences
Gene Ferguson - Music
R. B. Hilborn, Jr. - Engineering
Gunther J. Holst - Germanic, Slavic and Oriental Languages
J. O'Neal Humphries - Medicine
William P. Kremel - Government & International Studies
John J. O'Neil - Art
Kathryn Green Pearson - Nursing
James B. Radziminski - Engineering
William S. Rawson - Business Administration


	V.  Awards.

PALMS - Jennifer Jolly is going to give the award for the National Honor Society Golden Key, 
right?

JENNIFER JOLLY:

Each year the Golden Key National Honors Society recognizes a faculty member who has 
distinguished himself effectively combining on going research with undergraduate instruction.  
The Golden Key Faculty Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate 
Teaching honors faculty who actively engage students in scholarly research.  This year's recipient 
greatly impressed the committee with his genuine interest in the lives of the undergraduate 
involved in his research.  He feels it is very important undergraduates not only be doing the dirty 
work in the lab but that they actually form hypothesis and answer they questions through their 
research.  He has co-authored several publications with his undergraduates.  He is an Associate 
Professor in the College of Science and Mathematics and he received his degree from the State 
University of New York at Stonybrook in the field of ecology and evolution.  The Golden Key 
Honor Society is proud to recognize Dr. Thomas J. Hilbish as the recipient of the 1997 Faculty 
Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching.  

PROVOST ODOM:

 I would like to announce the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisory.  Would 
Professor Thomas P. Cafferty from Psychology come forward.   Professor Cafferty, an Associate 
Professor in the Department of Psychology,  he was the Director of the Undergradate Program     
  from 1991 to 1995.   During which time he was instrumental in setting up new advising 
procedures in that department.  He served as a faculty academic advisor in the Honor's College 
from 1991 until 1993, advising all honor students majoring in Business, Social Sciences, and 
Marine Science.  This has given him a broad perspective on advising issues across the 
University.  Also from 1991 until 1993 he chaired an Ad Hoc Committee on Advising in the 
College of Liberal Arts,  exploring means of improving advising in that college.  When not 
advising Professor Cafferty teaches Social Psychology on the Graduate and Undergraduate level. 
 Congratulations.  

PRESIDENT PALMS:


It is now my pleasure to announce the Outstanding Freshman Advocate award.  Each year 
the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award recognizes a member of the University community 
who has enhanced significantly the academic professional and personal lives of freshmen.  A real 
challenge today.  It goes to an individual who has gone beyond his or her duties to help freshmen 
succeed.  The recipient this year is Professor G. James Burns.  Jim will you come forward.  Jim 
is director of USC's Provisional Year Program and an English instructor.  Throughout his 17 
years at the University, Jim has been an advocate, advisor, and allies to students beginning their 
education at Carolina.  He is motivated by the desire to see them succeed and instills in them 
their own desire to succeed.  His mentoring style matches no nonsense expectations with strong 
encouragement and guidance.  Julie Johns an Honor College student and last year's winner of the 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, had this to say of Jim:  "He made me feel like I had the ability 
to do anything and never let me get away with anything but my best.  He never lets you sell 
yourself short or take credit when it is not due.  As a teacher he builds minds, as an advocate and 
mentor he builds character."  Jim's commitment to students is particularly evident in his fine 
work with the Provisional Year Program, but that commitment does not fade when they leave the 
program.  Jim stays in touch with them throughout their time at Carolina.  It is a strong indication 
of his positive affect on students that they continue to stay in touch with him and visit him after 
they graduate even.  On behalf of the students whose freshman year Jim has made better and 
whose futures have become brighter because of his work, it gives me great pleasure to present the 
Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award to G. James Burns.

PROVOST ODOM:

The Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences is being awarded today 
to David E. Willer from Sociology.  David, would you come forward please.  David is a 
professor of Sociology and Director of the Carolina Laboratory for Sociological Research.  He is 
a fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and recipient of a 
National Foundation Faculty Fellowship as well as an Exxon Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship.  
He is associated with the Netherlands Inter-university Center for Social Science Theory and 
Methodology where he was a visiting scholar in 1996 at Grunigan.  His study was supported by a 
visitor?s grant from the Netherlands Science Foundation.  Currently, he is a member of the panel 
for the Sociology program at the National Science Foundation.  At USC he was a participant at 
the First Research Planning Retreat and has served on diverse University-Columbia and 
departmental committees.  David told me, when I asked him to come to my office, that he was an 
undergraduate Physics major.  His most recent work uses elementary theory jointly with status 
characteristics to find relations between power and influence.  Since coming to the University 9 
years ago, he has received seven National Science Foundation Grants supporting his research.  
Also when David came to my office, he asked, can I use this money for anything that I want to.   
I didn't really want to commit myself on that, but I said, "I think so, David."  Right away he told 
me he was donating this to the South Carolina Honors College.  So congratulations David.

The recipient of this year's Russell Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering 
goes to Dr. James M. Tour of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Jim, would you come forward 
please.  Jim Tour's research speciality is in Organic and Materials Chemistry.  In just eight years 
at the University, Jim has published over 85 papers in Chemistry's most respected journals.  He 
has built the largest research group in the department.  He has 14 graduate students and 3 post-
doctoral associates.  His research is funded by a broad array of agencies including the National 
Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, and the Federal 
Aviation Administration.  His success in making molecular wires is recognized as the number 

one achievement in Nanow Electronics.  One of the most exciting cutting edge areas of research 
dealing with the electronics is the ultra small regime.  His work in this area has inspired research 
and development around the world.  Jim is the recipient of numerous research awards including 
the prestigious NSF Presidental Young Investigator Award and the Exxon Educational 
Foundation Research and Training Award in 1994.  At a personal here is that I was Chair of 
Chemistry when Jim was hired, so I feel a little responsible for Jim being here today.  
Congratulations, Jim.

The recipient of the USC Educational Foundation Award for Health Sciences is Thomas 
K. Borg from Medicine.  Tom Borg has actively promoted cardiovascular research in the State of 
South Carolina.  Through participation in the South Carolina Heart Association he has served as 
campaign chair, a member of the Research Awareness Committee, chaired the Peer Review 
Committee, and recently was elected to the Board of Trustees.  He has received the research 
award from the South Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association and was recently 
awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health for studies in 
molecular biology.  Dr. Borg also received in 1989 the USC Educational Foundation Research 
Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.  If there ever was a person who could double 
dip, Tom is the person.  I said that because Tom recently spent a sabbatical in the Department of 
Biological Sciences working with Frank Berger and has been a great supporter of molecular 
biology all over this campus.

The recipient for the USC Educational Foundation Award for Humanities and Social 
Sciences is Dr. Thomas J. Rice of the Department of English.  Dr. Rice was not able to be with 
us today.  Dr. Rice has published on the canonical authors and works of 19th and 20th century 
British literature, concentrating in his eight books and nearly 100 essays, articles, chapters, 
conference papers, and public lectures on the English novel and its pre-eminent authors, Charles 
Dickens, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Wolfe, and Iris Murdock.  Tom is unable to be 
here today to receive this award personally because he is currently lecturing at the invitation of 
Russian Academy of Science at a number of universities in Russia.  Professor Rice requested that 
I thank both the University of South Carolina and its support of innovative research.  The rumor 
is that he is lecturing on chaos theory in Russia.

The recipient of the USC Educational Foundation Award for Professional Schools is Dr. 
Daniel C. Feldman from Business Administration.  Dan Feldman is judged to be one of the top 
three empirical researchers in the field of Career Management in the country.  He operates by 
identifying topics that are of critical importance but that are not understood or adequately 
developed within the field.  He then pioneers the theoretical development for understanding the 
phenomenon and follows this development with empirical assessments.  The result is that there 
are substantial number of theories, concepts, and models within management for which Dan 
Feldman's work is foundational.  Since 1989, when he joined the University family, his research 





has focused on layoffs and the aftermath of downsizing.  That work culminated in the publication 
of book with the title "Coping With Job Loss,":   How individuals, organizations and 
communities respond to layoffs.  This book was named one of the four outstanding books in all 
fields of management by the Academy of Management in 1992.  Congratulations, Dan.

The USC Educational Foundation Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering this 
year goes to Dr. Robert C. Thunell of Geological Sciences.  Bob Thunell has published over 90 
papers in top flight national and international journals dealing with the multi-disciplinary field of 
paleo-oceanography.  Over the last two decades Bob has been a leader in this demanding area of 
research.  One of the newest in oceanography.  This field strives to understand how the earth and 
its integreted biological and physical environments respond to global climate change.  He and his 
students have pioneered the study of linking modern oceanographic processes with the record in 
deep sea marine environment sediments.  Deciphering this record requires imagination, 
creativity, and perseverance.  Bob's work spans the world from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf 
of Mexico to the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean.  It also extends back in time from the 
last 100 years to the last 100 million years.  I would also like to say that Bob has served as Chair 
of the Department of Geological Sciences for several years.  He embodies the characteristics of 
what we all look for:  a good teacher, a good researcher, and a good administrator.  
Congratulations, Bob.

The USC Educational Foundation Oustanding Service Award goes this year to Augustus 
Rodgers in the College of Social Work.  Gus Rodgers has been a member of the faculty of the 
College of Social Work since 1971.  In these years he has established an exempliary record of 
service within the University and outside within the community.  He has been a member of 
virtually every major committee in his college.  He has served on numerous committees 
university wide and he has been actively involved in community and civic affairs since 1964.  He 
has served as President of the Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association, and as director 
of the National Black Family Summit.  He has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the 
United Way of the Midlands, and he has served on the Board been elected vice-chairman and, 
then chairman of the South Carolina Interfaith Community Service Agency.  Gus Rodgers 
outstanding service was also recognized in 1996 when Governor David Beasley presented him 
the Order of the Palmetto.  

There are four recipients this year of the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Undergraduate 
Teaching Awards.  Would the following please come forward:  John K. Adams from Music, 
Ronald R. Atkinson from History, Chaden Djalali from Phsyics and Astronomy, and Walter H. 
Peters, III from Engineering. 

 John Adams is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the faculty of the School 
of Music since 1964 teaching piano performance and piano literature.  He has given debut 
recitals in New York, London, and Amsterdam, and, performed concert tours in 16 foreign 


countries.  He is the creator of piano portraits a multi-media presenatation on the lives of great 
pianists.  Professor Adams students have received wide recognition at home and abroad 
including 20 winners of the USC concerto aria competition since 1964.  Congratulations, John.

Ron Atkinson began teaching African History at the University in 1984.  He received his 
PhD from Northwestern University, and he brings to the classroom the experience of having 
lived and work in and written about east, west, and South Africa.  He has most recently spent the 
majority of time from 1989 to 1994 working in black education in South Africa in a project 
supported by some 70 funders including a 1.7 million grant from the USC Agency for 
International Development.  Ron has also won the prestigious Amoco Award on our campus and 
is widely recognized around the campus for his excellent teaching.  Congratulations, Ron.

Chaden Djalali received his PhD from the University of Paris in 1981 and joined the 
faculty at the University in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and 
Astronomy.  He has been teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has been 
heavily involved in improving our large physics undergraduate courses the introductory courses 
and how they are taught.  Since joining the University he has successfully carried his research in 
experimental Nuclear Physics.  And, I should tell you that Chaden and I have had many long 
discussions about teaching and he is sincerely devoted to making undergraduate physics 
understandable to all students.  He works very hard at that.  Congratulations, Chaden.

Wally Peters has been a faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University 
since 1980.  He has challenged his students to learn to be learners.  He first started teaching at 
Auburn University in 1970.  He has tricked many students into learning concurrent engineering 
design and systems analysis when they were given the responsibility of cooking the pig at the 
Biannual Wally World Pig Picking.  Congratulations, Wally.

Congratulations to all of these individuals.  

The last award is considered the highest award on our campus.  It is the Amoco 
Outstanding Teaching Award.  This award again is one that means so much to faculty because of

the large involvement of undergraduate students in the selection of the award.  As most of you 
may know, nominations are received but then a very elaborate procedure occurs where faculty 
and students visit an individual?s classes, talk to other faculty colleagues. The recipient of this 
award this year is an oustanding teacher, and outstanding advisor, and an outstanding person. 
Would Richard M. Showman from Biological Sciences come forward?  Rich Showman has 
distinguished himself in both undergraduate and graduate education.  He has been very active as 
a teacher, an advisor in the South Carolina Honors College.  He has taught both beginning and 
advanced courses and is consistently regarded by the students as among the very best professors 
they have encountered at this University.  Rich has received numerous awards that recognize his 
excellence in teaching and advisement, including the South Carolina College Teacher of the Year 
in Science in 1987, the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, the Michael J. 
Mungo Teaching Award in 1996, the South Carolina Honors College Distinguished Honors 
Teachers Award in 1996, and the College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Advisor of 
theYear Award in 1996.  Rich has also received numerous citations by the Division of Student 
Affairs for influence on undergraduates.  Rich is also the Assistant Chair of the Department of 
Biological Sciences and does an excellent job of supporting the chair in that department.  
Congratulations, Rich.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Let us give one more round of applause to all our recipients.  I have not 
been notified of any committee reports.

                                                VI.  Committee Reports.
                                                        None.
	
                                              VII.  Old Business.
                                                       None.

                                            VIII.  New Business.
                                                      
 PROFESSOR JERRY DOCKERY (Lifelong Learning) - Dr. Palms, I have a resolution in 
support of the Frances Marion University faculty would that come under Annoucements?

PRESIDENT PALMS - No, that would be under New Business, and if you will identify yourself, 
you can make your proposal now.

PROFESSOR JERRY DOCKERY (Lifelong Learning) - I passed around some of the 
background for this resolution there weren't enough copies for everyone.  Some of you may have 
read in The State newspaper this past Saturday morning that the President of Francis Marion 
University abolished the Faculty Senate, abolished all faculty committees, and dismissed the 
Chair of the Faculty of Francis Marion University.  This resolution is then a response to that:

Whereas, shared governance is a cornerstone of sound academic practice, and

Whereas the President and Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University have 
eliminated shared governnace at Francis Marion University,

Be it Resolved that; The Faculty of the University of South Carolina support the Faculty 
of Francis Marion University in their efforts to restore shared governance to their institution and 
call on the Council of College Presidents, the Commission on Higher Education, the Governor of 
the State of South Carolina, and the State Legislature to offer their efforts in an attempt to resolve 
this crisis before it results in further damage to Francis Marion University and to the State of 
South Carolina.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Are you making this in the form of a motion?


PROFESSOR DOCKERY - Yes sir.

PRESIDENT PALMS - This is in order. Is there a second to this motion?  Motion has been
seconded..  It is open for discussion.  Any discussion regarding this motion?  Are you ready to 
vote?  All those in favor of this motion signify by saying aye.  Opposed same no.  Let the record 
show the vote is unanimous in favors of this motion..  Thank you.  

	IX.  Good of the Order.
                                                                
PROFESSOR JOHN SAFKO (Physics & Astronomy) - I am, of course, speaking like a preacher 
does in church.  I am very concerned with the attendance at this meeting.  If we take out the 
award winners, the emeritis faculty, it would be pretty lonesome in this room to a stranger.  I 
really feel that the faculty needs to pay more concern.  There very important votes to pass 
unanimously but without discussion but other things could have happened at this meeting that 
might upset members of faculty but they weren't present.  I just want to say that for the Good of 
the Order.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Any additional statements?  You are welcome to some refreshments  
after meeting.

                                                       X.  Announcements.
                                                             None.

                                                     XI.  Adjournment.

PRESIDENT PALMS -  Do I hear a motion to adjourn the meeting?  All in favor aye.  So have 
it.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m. Thank you very much.

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