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Attendance:
Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, William (Bill) Cantor, Mark Casteel, Kristin Cole,  Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Haibin Dong, Joe Downing, Somya Dwivedi, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Deirdre Folkers, Charles (Chuck)  Gaston, Thomas Getz, Frederick (Fred) Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Edward (Ed) Jenkins, Ali Kara, Andrew (Andy) Landis, David Latzko, Fulgentius Lugenmwa, Michael Marcus,  Maureen Muller-Kahle, Noel Sloboda, Stuart Stelly, Jane Sutton, Emily Wenk, Anne Vardo-Zalik, Susan Ruch, Jane Emery, Joseph  McCormick, Joel Rodney, Suzanne Shaffer, William (Bill) Vangreen, and Dina Wulinsky.

  1. Minutes
    1. Meeting called to order at 12:08 p.m.
    2. Minutes from the August 19, 2010, meeting were approved.
      1. Motion made by Fred Haag.
      2. Motion seconded by Mark Casteel.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Dr. Joel Rodney/Susan Ruch
      1. The financial health of the campus was discussed. The campus is down in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) count as compared to last year which impacts negatively on the campus budget.
      2. It was suggested, by Dr. McCormick, that a special session of the Senate be called to attempt to explain the Penn State budget model which would allow the senate members to gain a better perspective of the information provided regarding the campus budget.
    2. Dr. McCormick
      1. Four grant proposals were received by the director of Academic Affairs (DAA) for Professional Development Grant (PDG) and Teaching Development Grant (TDG) which may result in a request for additional grant proposals for the spring semester.
      2. Early Progress Report (EPR) data is important and faculty is encouraged to complete EPRs. This should help retention and has budgetary implications. EPRs are not only related to grades, but also attendance.
      3. Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTEs) are scheduled to be put online. This is a concern because of the need for a 66 percent response rate for tenure track faculty
    3. University Senators
      1. Len Berkowitz
        1. The college/campus organization model will likely continue under Madlyn Hanes, as it was under John Romano
        2. The increased language requirement of three years from two years is most likely a dead issue.
        3. The University Senate is exploring a requirement at the last 24 credits of a degree requirement for a particular major, be taken at a campus that provides a degree in that major. This would eliminate campuses issuing degrees in a major which are not offered at that particular campus.
        4. The University Senate discussed the importance of EPRs.
        5. Len discussed his concern about the possible low response rate of on-line SRTEs. A discussion issued regarding an opposition to the move due to an anticipated poor participation rate on the part of our students. On the other hand, should opposition based on an assumption? This will be discussed with the Faculty Affairs Committee.
      2. Mark Casteel discussed the Senates interest in feedback concerning the Employee Reimbursements System (ERS).
    4. Faculty Council Representative, Emily Wenk
      1. Ask for recommendations for items for the council. The Council has discussed:
        1. A University College teaching award
        2. FYE courses within the University College
    5. Faculty
      1. Deborah Eicher-Catt discussed the Penn state Day Fall Open House scheduled for Saturday, October 16, and encouraged participation.
      2. Harriet Darling for Ann Fetterman
        1. Discussed HD FS Club and Diversity Clubs Speaker Series
        2. Soup Kitchen Day, October 23
    6. Staff
      1. Dina Wulinsky announced that there will be a Career Networking Event on Thursday, October 28 with alumni present to speak with students.
      2. Suzanne Shaffer asked that faculty give her ideas for what seminar training they would like to see for the spring semester.
    7. Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. No report or comments.
    8. Senate Chair
      1. University Faculty Senate Officers are scheduled to visit the campus on Tuesday, October 26.
    9. Senate Chair-Elect
      1. No report or comments.
    10. Senate Committee Chairs
      1. Faculty Affairs, Fred Haag, Faculty Affairs Committee, is working with Advising to put on an Advising Session on Thursday, November 11.
      2. Teaching Award Committee, announcement from Bruce Babcock is printed in the agenda, requesting nominations for the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. Dr. Ali Kara can not serve on the Promotion and Tenure Committee due to a recent decree from the provost?s office precluding disciplinary coordinators from serving on the Professor Promotion Review Committee. Orsay Kucukemiroglu and Haiduke Sarafian were eligible to serve. The election was held and resulted in the election of Haiduke Sarafian.
  4. New Business
    1. A motion was printed in the minutes at the request of Jane Sutton for a noon hour class exemption. The upper level communication, arts, and sciences (CAS) course would be conducted on Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.?12:15 p.m. Fred Haag seconded the motion and the motion passed on a voice vote.
    2. A motion was printed in the minutes at the request of the Curricular Affairs Committee to request that the replacement hire in the discipline of Philosophy for Fall of 2011 semester be a tenure-line position. A brief discussion ensued and the motion passed on a voice vote.
  5. Forensic Business
    1. A timeline and procedure was described for the campus chancellor search which had been distributed by Brenda Stine. A discussion ensued regarding the ?weight? of the search committees recommendations and list of acceptable chancellor candidates that would be forwarded to Dr. Hanes for selection.
    2. A discussion was held concerning after commencement receptions by major or by discipline, similar to the separate reception that information sciences and technology (IST) had held at the last commencement. A concern was raised about the logistics of having a number of separate receptions and the number of rooms available in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. Additional discussion of this matter is planned. It was suggested that the students be polled on this issue.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:10 p.m.
      1. Motion made by Andy Landis
      2. Motion seconded by Kristin Cole