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Attendance:
R. Bartell, D. Baughman, L. Berkowitz, M. Casteel, H. Darling, J. Downing, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, F. Haag, H. Hartman, A. Hasan, A. Henne, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, A. Landis, D. Latzko, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, J. Siddique, N. Sloboda, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, E. Wenk, D. Winters, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, C. Christ, J. Emery, S. Ruch, D. Wulinsky, and Renée Sefton.

  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes from the August 21, 2009, meeting were approved
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Chancellor, Joel Rodney
      1. On September 28, 2009, and October 5, 2009, Joel Rodney sent reports to the campus community.
    2. Director of Academic Affairs (DAA), Joe McCormick
      1. The DAA’s Office has charged the biology and business search committees. The chemistry search committee will be charged on October 7, 2009. The English search committee will be charged soon, pending Joe McCormick’s discussion with the English faculty.
      2. At a recent meeting in University Park (UP), Joe McCormick heard that there is a “high possibility” of pay raises for the upcoming (2010-11) academic year. Also at this meeting, UP administrators said that there is a “90 percent possibility” that Penn State students will not face a mid-semester tuition increase.
    3. University Senators
      1. On September 3, 2009, Len Berkowitz sent the campus community an e-mail that summarized the University Faculty Senate meeting that was held on September 1, 2009. That e-mail is attached.
      2. Mark Casteel reminded everyone that he is a member of the Committee on Committees and Rules. This committee has nominated three faculty members to serve as the liaison between Penn State’s president and Penn State’s athletic director.
      3. Mark Casteel said that, as of October 1, 2009, Penn State’s Office of Research Protections requires all UP-based faculty and students to submit their Human Participants Research applications online. All (non-UP) faculty members and students also can submit their applications electronically. On January 1, 2010, the entire Penn State community will be required to submit their application electronically.
    4. Faculty Council Representative, Emily Wenk
      1. This committee is addressing the following issues: faculty salary inequities; reliability and validity of SRTE scores; and online SRTE administration (e.g., at Penn State Berks, the online SRTE scores appear to be lower than SRTE scores administered previously [using the paper-and-pencil version.])
    5. Faculty Council Representative, Emily Wenk
      1. No comments.
    6. Faculty
      1. This year, Harriet Darling is leading Penn State York’s Strategic Planning Committee. Committee members continue the work that the campus began last year. As committee members’ work progresses, the meeting minutes will be posted on the campus’s website.
    7. Staff
      1. No comments.
    8. Student Government Representative
      1. No comments.
    9. Senate Chair Elect, David Latzko
      1. Faculty are asked to contact Barb Dennis if they have any community-related class projects so that newspaper coverage can be arranged.
      2. Thanks to the Continuing Education office there is a mobile laptop lab consisting of 22 laptops which can connect to the campus network. The cart is stored in room 104, Main Classroom Building. Faculty can contact the computer Help Desk for assistance.
      3. The reason that Penn State campuses often hold open houses on the same date is that open houses are usually done on Penn State Day.
      4. Faculty are asked to direct visitors looking for an event on campus to any office with a staff assistant who will access the campus calendar and direct the visitor to the right location. Longer term solutions such as a computer kiosk in the lobby so that visitors can access the campus web calendar are being looked at. Both Robert Farrell and Joe McCormick voiced their concern about visitors on our campus who do not know where their event is located. It was suggested at the meeting that someone on campus coordinate all event information from a central location. The example of using the TV in MCB for this purpose was raised. Deirdre Folkers suggested that everyone contact Barb Dennis well before the event so that it can be posted online (TWAY). Barbara Eshbach suggested that individuals include the building number, as well as the room number, in their communication with campus visitors. Kip Trout suggested a technology like a ‘virtual events receptionist’ might be appropriate to address this problem. David Latzko will take this issue to front-line staff, where it can be addressed.
    10. Senate Chair, Jennifer Nesbitt
      1. On October 4, 2009, the York Daily Record wrote a story about Penn State York’s Powerlifting Team. (Unfortunately, the URL link to that article in so longer available.)
        1. Fred Haag’s painting, All of this lll, won “Best of Show” at the September 2009 Yorkfest Arts Festival. A story is available on Penn State Live.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. None.
  4. New Business
    1. Jennifer Nesbitt proposed removing “Transitional Programs” and “Support Services” from Article I of the bylaws. (The proposed editorial change puts Article I in line with substantive changes that were made to the committee organization several years ago.)
      1. Text of Article I: The standing committees of the Senate are: Faculty Affairs, Curricular Affairs, Transitional Programs, Academic and Student Issues, Teaching, Learning Technology Advisory Committee, Support Services, and Cultural Diversity and Enrichment. Committees are composed of appointed faculty, students, and ex officio members. After brief discussion, the campus senate approved this editorial change.
  5. Forensic Business
    1. Faculty Workload Guidelines
    2. Faculty Workload Guidelines—by Division
      1. Joel Rodney said that University College endorsed these Guidelines in March 2003. University College then revised these Guidelines in July 2005 and July 2006. Dr. John Romano has asked all campuses to review their local workload guidelines—especially for “research inactive” faculty.
      2. The DAA’s Office has communicated its research expectations to fixed term faculty. The DAA’s Office can provide this policy for anyone who is interested.
      3. Joe M. said that no PSY faculty member will have a workload adjustment for the Spring 2010 semester.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:13 p.m.