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Attendance:
A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, M. Casteel, P. Catina, H. Darling, S. Dwivedi, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, F. Haag, H. Hartman, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, A. Landis, F. Lugemwa, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, S. Stelly, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, D. Winters, J.J. Yu, H. Deren, T. Moore, L. Brewster, S. Christ, J. Emery, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Shaffer, S. Werner, D. Wulinksy

  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes from the August 21 meeting were approved without comment.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. Invited questions about material sent from his office to faculty duringthe previous week:
        1. Dr. Mark Casteel asked about the possibility of another decrease in revenue, or “a second rescission;” Dr. Rodney said he did not know yet but deemed it likely that a second rescission would come only after the election; noted a 4.5 percent “give back” required of state agencies already.
        2. Dr. Ali Kara asked how funds for unfilled faculty positions were allocated and expressed concern about current searches; Dr. Kara also asked specifically about how funds were handled after searches failed, like the
          2007-08 one in business; Dr. Rodney said funds from unsuccessful searches were rolled back into the campus budget; Sue Werner interjected that searches might indeed be cut if the campus faced additional budget reductions.
      2. Noted no written report about facilities had been submitted by Holly Gumke.
      3. Announced progress on the science building a “definite probability;” added that work would begin this month once bidding issues had been resolved.
      4. Reported that Di Hershey is at work on securing major gifts for the campus; said current donors had to shift methods of giving due to general economic pressures.
      5. Shared a note from Dr. Romano on “future funds,” which could be used to support “student-focused” projects with “non-recurring expenditures” in the $5,000- $25,000 range.
        1. Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez asked if information was available on successful future fund projects; Dr. Rodney shared information about a faculty “book club” at the Mont Alto campus centered on 21st century students.
        2. Dr. Sharon Christ indicated that future funds could be used for instructional technology.
        3. Dr. Michael Jarrett suggested future funds might be used to hire an FT2 ESL specialist to support non-native speakers on campus; argued that being more hospitable to non-native speakers might enhance the campus’s profile in the city of York.
      6. Noted that Jeff Warner had received a $100,000 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to focus on “stem education” of middle and high school students.
    2. Announcements from the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Joe McCormick (Announcements to the Senate):
      1. Reported that all Professional Development Grant applications had been read and said that decisions would be made about awards within ten days.
      2. Noted that the deadline for Teaching Development Grants was 10/20.
      3. Stated that three search committees had been charged: biology business, and math.
      4. Said that he had talked with Dr. Jarrett about “streamlining” the English faculty search at MLA.
      5. Said he would talk to engineering faculty about a necessary search for spring 2009.
      6. Said a CAS search would be moving forward after Dr. Joe Downing was consulted.
      7. Reported that tomorrow, 10/3, a team would be coming to campus to assess advances in equipment for the electro-mechanical engineering technology program; said he was cautiously optimistic about the outcome of this visit.
      8. Reiterated his call for updated CVs to be submitted to his office.
      9. Thanked all faculty who had submitted OPRs and announced the next round was coming soon.
      10. Noted letters had been sent out to peer-reviewers of adjunct faculty at the York campus and The Lancaster Center.
      11. Invited questions and comments:
        1. Dr. Jarrett commented that disciplinary interviews used to be customary and had been replaced by campus committees; he expressed concern about eliminating a professional level of review and urged faculty to think, as we move forward with college re-organization, about the importance of maintaining professionalism; in response, Dr. McCormick indicated the he would set about investigating how other campuses used division heads to address such concerns as Penn State York moved to become an independent campus.
    3. Announcements from University Senators
      1. Dr. Mark Casteel said Dr. Leonard Berkowitz’s summary of Senate business, e-mailed to faculty last week, had covered all Senate business immediately relevant to the campus.
      2. Dr. Abul Hassan asserted that the upcoming installation of encryption software on faculty laptops would infringe upon faculty privacy; Loren Brewster explained that while he had not had opportunity to test the encryption software, he had it on good authority that its only purpose was to protect confidential information on faculty laptops that might expose Penn State University to litigation.
      3. Dr. Abul Hassan said he was on the “University Inter-Relations Committee” and stated the committee would be focusing on FTs within disciplinary communities--with an emphasis on their interaction and promotion--and on the AD 14 process.
    4. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Dr. Noel Sloboda announced that the online nomination form for the Burness Teaching Award would soon be live; said while hard copy nominations can be forward to the committee, through Sloboda (CB 202), use of the online form is encouraged.
      2. Dr. Leonard Berkowitz shared progress on the capital campaign, marking an increase in faculty and staff contributions from 32 percent to 44 percent; noted these numbers are not helpful for encouraging giving; called for everyone to commit; expressed incredulity about any member of the faculty being unable to afford a $25 gift.
      3. Dr. Harriet Darling said to support strategic planning more “Town Hall” meetings would be held in future; said these meetings would be structured around effective strategies for implementing the strategic plan.
      4. Dr. Harriet Darling called for volunteers to run additional FYS courses in spring 2009.
    5. Announcements from Staff
      1. Bill Vangreen was not available to discuss how to handle student medical issues or emergencies occurring in classrooms.
      2. Loren Brewster shared additional information about Penn State University’s plans to use a dedicated program to limit its liability in instances of identity theft; stressed that the program, “My ID Protector,” scans only for social security numbers; limited discussion ensued about privacy and research needs.
      3. Loren Brewster reported that PAC 114 is in the process of being reconfigured to better serve as a classroom.
      4. Loren Brewster noted that Matt Frank will be bringing digital commons equipment to campus this Friday, 10/3.
    6. Announcements from Student Government representatives
      1. Were unavailable for comment.
    7. Announcements from Senate Chair, Dr. Bob Farrell
      1. Shared his enthusiasm about part-time faculty representing adjunct during Faculty Senate meetings.
      2. Announced a Town Meeting on 10/13, location TBD, to discuss implementation of the First Year Experience, which replaces FYS.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No unfinished business was addressed by the Senate.
  4. New Business
    1. Motion: New Hires
      1. Dr. Peter Catina, representing the Curricular Affairs Committee, called for hires to be made in the following tenure-track positions during the 2008 - 09 academic year: English, biology, CAS, and math; the motion additionally called for an FT-1 engineering search for spring, 2009.
      2. Dr. McCormick noted that the business search needed not be considered in this motion since it was a carry-over from the previous academic year.
      3. The motion was ratified with no dissenting votes.
    2. Ombudsman and Ombudsman-alternate elections were held, with ballots counted by Fred Haag and Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt. Dr. Leonard Berkowitz was elected Ombudsman, Dr. Mark Casteel Ombudsman-alternate.
    3. A University College Faculty Council election was held, with ballots counted by Fred Haag and Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt. Dr. Abdul Siddiqui was elected.
    4. Reports were made by the following Standing Committees:
      1. Dr. Stuart Stelly, chair of the Academic and Student Issues Committee, noted that his committee had discussed: increasing classroom space for the Nittany Success Center; repairing the first floor bathroom in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center; working with Teaching and Advising Awards sub-committees on possible modifications to cash awards and frakturs.
      2. No one was present to report on the work of Academic Affairs.
      3. Dr. Sharon Christ, a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee, remarked it would soon begin its First Friday Series.
      4. Harley Hartman, chair of the Teaching Learning and Technology Committee, announced that digital commons was coming; indicated that discussion of smart boards was ongoing.
      5. Dr. Peter Catina, a member of the Curricular Affairs Committee, reported it had no additional business under way at this time, besides the aforementioned searches.
      6. Dr. Landis, representing the Honors program, shared figures pertaining to Honors students and supplied a handout on the program created by Dr. Sarafian.
        1. Dr. Casteel asked where Honors students who left the program went; Dr. Sharon Christ suggested that those who left most likely failed to fulfill Honors requirements.
  5. Forensic Business: Reports from Standing Committees
    1. No forensic business was undertaken by the Senate.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 12:57 p.m.