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Attendance:
R. Bacha, R. Bartell, L. Berkowitz, M. Casteel, K. Cole, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Downing, D. Eicher-Catt, B. Eshbach, R. Farrell, A. Fetterman, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, F. Haag, H. Hartman, A. Hasan, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, A. Landis, D. Latzko, F. Lugemwa, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, D. Sarafian, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, S. Christ, H. Gumke, S. Ruch, J. Emery, S. Schaffer, W. Vangreen, D. Wulinsky, Linda Matesevac, Andrew Caldwell, J. McCormick, and J. Rodney.

  1. Minutes
    1. Meeting started at 12:07 p.m.
    2. Minutes from the February 4, 2010, meeting were approved without comment.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Chancellor, Joel Rodney
      1. J. Rodney reported that even though Penn State York reached our enrollment goals for this spring, the campus still must return approximately $86,000 to University Park. J. Rodney will e-mail the campus a report that includes further details about this topic, as well as other issues.
    2. Director of Academic Affairs, Joe McCormick
      1. Update on searches: (1) FT1 positions in chemistry and communication, arts, and sciences are ongoing. March 19, 2010, is the deadline for the Pullo and Advisory Board grants.
    3. University Senators
      1. L. Berkowitz said that the senate is considering raising Penn State’s foreign language requirement. If such a policy were in place this past academic year at Penn State York, roughly 50 percent of York’s first-year students would be ineligible for admission. The next senate meeting will be March 16, 2010. One issue on the agenda is to institute a location requirement for graduation whereby a dean can specify that up to 24-credit hours for a major be taken at the location where that major is offered. Soon, this year’s faculty salary report will be available online.
    4. Faculty Council Representative, Emily Wenk
      1. No comments.
    5. Faculty
      1. M. Jarrett is concerned that tenure track faculty are chairing search committees. Discussion ensued.
      2. M. Casteel said that the Burness Teaching Award subcommittee seeks feedback relevant to any of this year’s teaching award finalists.
      3. F. Haag reminded us that K. Cole will present her research as part of the ongoing Faculty Colloquium series. Also, prior to the next Senate meeting, the FAC will distribute its proposal to change how frequently tenured faculty must undergo peer reviews of their teaching.
    6. Staff
      1. H. Gumke welcomed us to the new Science Building.
    7. Student Government Representative
      1. No SGA representative was present.
    8. Senate Chair Elect, David Latzko
      1. No comments.
    9. Senate Chair, Jennifer Nesbitt
      1. J. Nesbitt referred us to J. Smeltzer’s March 1, 2010, e-mail that outlines Penn State’s final exam policies.
      2. J. Nesbitt said that senate subcommittees that decide Penn State York’s teaching, research, and service awards continue to accept nominations.
      3. J. Nesbitt asked that we respond to the Administrative Review Survey by April 1, 2010.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. None
  4. New Business
    1. Naming Opportunities
      1. J. Rodney announced that he planned to name the Main Classroom Building (MCB) after Dr. John J. Romano, who will retire later this year. J. Rodney said that when Romano was Penn State York’s chancellor, two $2 million gifts were given to the campus. Romano also increased the size (acreage) of the campus. Moreover, since Romano’s tenure as Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, Romano has distributed $4,845,000 to York. L. Berkowitz expressed concern that J. Rodney did not consult the faculty before making this decision. Similarly, M. Jarrett called for a shared faculty governance decision-making model. Further discussion ensued. The senate voted (by show of hands) on three resolutions, in this order: (1) those in favor of naming nothing [no building or administrative wing/suite] after Romano: 4 votes; (2) those in favor of naming the administrative wing/suite [term to be decided at a later date] after Romano: 21 votes; (3) those in favor of naming the entire Main Classroom Building after Romano: 6 votes.
    2. Penn State Privacy Office (Mike Leach, and Jennifer Stewart)
      1. M. Leach and J. Stewart discussed the University?s efforts to prevent identity theft. Further information is available from the Privacy Office?s Web site (http://www.psu.edu/hipaa/)
  5. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:20 p.m.