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Attendance:
L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, P. Catina, C.D. Creagh, H. Darling, S. Dwivedi, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, T. Getz, F. Haag, H. Hartman, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzko, F. Lugemwa, K. Magni, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, D. Sarafian, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, S. Stelly, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, J.J. Yu, T. Moore, Y. Beattie, S. Christ, J. Emery, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Shaffer, S. Werner, D. Wulinsky, and J. Olan

  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes from the October 2 meeting were approved pending the following
      modification: Harriet Darling noted that in “Communications from Faculty,” (II.D.3), she called for only one Town Hall meeting.
  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. Shared that he is required to attend off-campus business concerning HACC’s purchase of land and asked to address matters scheduled for “Unfinished Business” in his opening remarks.
      2. Reported that the president and provost look favorably upon our initiative to become a freestanding college campus, but stated that additional funding was not likely to be available in support of the transition; noted that he had called for funding when initially pursuing the initiative, including support for additional clerical support, sign changes, and release time for division heads in the amount of 1 percent of the operating budget, approximately $80,000, over a three year period; maintained that the opportunity to become a free-standing campus remained exceptional; indicated that the initiative had particular value for faculty, with regard to promotion and tenure, and had the potential to make the campus stronger in an increasingly competitive market.
      3. Invited discussion about making the move to become a freestanding college campus without financial support.
        1. Senate Chair, Dr. Farrell, expressed concern about new hires being cut if a cost-cutting approach was called for; Dr. Rodney responded that new division heads would have releases but not have their courses covered to ensure funds remainder available for essential staffing.
        2. Fred Haag asked if the campus needed to change its name and its signs if it moved to being an independent college; Dr. Rodney said Dr. Romano had called for a name change.
        3. Dr. Jarrett offered support for the transition to college status but recommended waiting for a major donor to shoulder costs associated with a name change.
        4. Dr. Hasan asked if changes would be primarily to promotion and tenure and if academic programs would, at least initially, stay the same; Dr. Rodney responded in the affirmative.
        5. Dr. Bob Farrell supported leaving the name unchanged, if possible and indicated he supported the initiative.
        6. Larry Newcomer asked if local promotion and tenure procedures would call for changes in funding; Dr. Rodney responded in the negative and noted that Commonwealth Campus funds would continue to support searches after the move to independent college status.
        7. Deirdre Folkers expressed concerns about not replacing course releases for new division heads.
        8. Dr. Farrell called for a non-binding show of hands, which indicated unanimous support among those present for the move to independent college status.
    2. Announcements from the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Joe McCormick (Announcements to the Senate):
      1. Reported progress on six disciplinary areas conducting faculty searches, four of which are active:
        1. The Biology Search Committee has produced a short list, and the DAA will contact persons on that list today, November 6, to arrange campus visits.
        2. The Business Search Committee will be interviewing one candidate on campus on Wednesday, November 12; a second candidate has been contacted.
        3. Eighteen applications have been received for the CAS position; Dr. Downing will be contacted about forming a Search Committee to evaluate them.
        4. One-hundred forty-two applications have been received to date for the English position. Two members of the English faculty will attend the MLA conference in San Francisco in December, screen applications, and invite at least three candidates to the campus in January 2009.
        5. Telephone interviews have been held with six candidates for the engineering technology position; one candidate has been scheduled, and two more, later today, November 6, will be contacted regarding availability for on-campus interviews.
        6. Two candidates for the open math position have been scheduled to visit campus this month: one on Tuesday, November 11, and a second on Tuesday, November 18. A third candidate was contacted but could not visit when dates were available. A fourth candidate will be contacted either today or tomorrow.
      2. Announced that the annual call for Advisory Board Grant proposals will go out to the faculty later this month, with applications due in January 2009.
      3. Reported a call for Smith grant proposals will go out to the faculty early in the spring 2009 semester; stated these local grants are available only to members of the biology, chemistry, and physics faculties.
    3. Announcements from University Senators
      1. Dr. Hasan noted an AD-14 survey showed procedures are not being followed across campuses: reviews are not regularly being conducted and faculty do not have enough input into the review of administrators.
      2. Dr. Hasan reported inconsistency in FT faculty titles; noted discussion was ongoing about the availability of alternative titles and that “instructor” was, at this time, the only acceptable one.
      3. Dr. Berkowtiz indicated he had already sent a summary of other University Senate activities to the campus senate membership.
    4. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Dr. Hasan noted an AD-14 survey showed procedures are not being followed across campuses: reviews are not regularly being conducted and faculty do not have enough input into the review of administrators.
      2. Dr. Hasan reported inconsistency in FT faculty titles; noted discussion was ongoing about the availability of alternative titles and that “instructor” was, at this time, the only acceptable one.
      3. Dr. Berkowtiz indicated he had already sent a summary of other University Senate activities to the campus senate membership.
      4. Dr. Harriet Darling called for volunteers to run additional FYS courses in spring 2009.
    5. Faculty Council Representative
      1. Was not available to report.
    6. Faculty
      1. Made no comments
    7. Staff
      1. Sue Werner shared she had modified her plans to retire due to a failed search for her replacement; stated she will continue to work month-to-month until her replacement is hired
    8. Student Government representatives
      1. SGA president Jessica Olan said that students are conducting a food drive; an alumni troop support initiative; and an ongoing discussion of campus smoking policies.
    9. Senate Chair, Dr. Bob Farrell
      1. Made no comments.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No unfinished business was addressed by the Senate.
  4. New Business
    1. Dr. Christ and the Student Affairs officr questioned faculty regarding text book availability policies in place at the beginning of each semester; expressed interest in learning how faculty handle students who fail to obtain required textbooks at the start of the semester.
      1. Faculty from various disciplines reported they had loaned books to students; copied materials for students; and recommended partnerships with peers to share required materials, all in order to promote student success.
      2. Jessica Olan recommended that faculty send e-mails before the start of each semester, informing students about required textbooks; Dr. Darling said the information such e-mails would contain was already accessible on the campus bookstore website.
    2. Dr. David Latzko, representing the Faculty Affairs Committee, called for changes to the Advisory Board application process, indicating on the application that: conference travel would not be supported; applicants would receive feedback on all partially funded and rejected applications; awards would be publicized.
      1. Vigorous discussion ensued; consensus was reached that the last sentence of the first paragraph on the modified application be changed to read “Requests for travel to attend or present at conferences will not [typically] be funded”; the recommendation to modify the application was then approved by a seventeen to two vote.
  5. Forensic Business: Reports from Standing Committees
    1. Senate Chair, Dr. Farrell, reported discussion was ongoing about first-year engagement plans; distributed minutes of the October Town Hall meeting on first-year engagement plans; indicated he would be forming an ad hoc committee on first-year engagement plans at some point in the future.
  6. Adjournment
    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:12 p.m.