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R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, B. Broadbent, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, D. Coho, S. Christ, H. Darling, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, S. Gill, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, O. Kucukemiroglu, A. Landis, D. Latzko, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, S. Pane, D. Sarafian, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. St. Clair-Christman, S. Stelly, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V.White, Y. Beattie, S. Bett, M. Grigera, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Simonds, S. Shaffer, S.Werner, L. Brewster, and J. McLucas (SGA).

  1. Approval of the minutes from the December 12, 2006, Senate meeting:

    L. Berkowitz moved, and A. Hasan seconded.  Minutes approved.

  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees:
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney:
      1. The budget is healthier than anticipated so we were able to add $1500 to faculty travel fund.
      2. Numbers for this year are still up from last year: FTEs are up, which is good because that is the basis for the budget and increased time on campus is an indicator for retention.
      3. We are adding back some of the critical staff positions:  area representatives in York and Lancaster for continuing education; a new, temporary, research assistant in development to assist in identifying new donors; staff assistant in Student Services next year; and additional custodial and Pullo Center staff. 
        1. Pullo director situation is still in limbo. 
        2. Search committee in fall for Director of Academic Advising.
      4. Physical plant donations for renovations to old library are coming in slowly and the Elias family is helping to prospect.
      5. Other news:
        1. Discussions about governance structure at Lancaster are ongoing.
        2. O. Kucukemiroglu will soon meet with UP-Harrisburg about a pre-MBA program.
        3. We are down in provisional and associate degree students, an issue Strategic Planning will need to consider.
    2. Announcements from the DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick.
      1. There are four active searches on campus. Chemistry, CAS, and History searches are at the campus interview stage and HDFS was charged 1/22/07.
      2. Thank you to the IT staff for work on the second floor of MCB.
      3. Application guidelines for Advisory Board and Pullo grants will be available by Friday, and then PDG, RDG, and TDG sometime later in the week.
        1. Dr. McCormick responded to questions regarding the decentralization of these funds. Additional funds for travel and student research arrived allocated; the campus has no say in dividing these funds.
      4. FARs are complete; when fall 2006 SRTE data becomes available, the site will temporarily reopen to add that data.
    3. Announcements from University Senators.
      1. M. Casteel reported that the abolition of FYS is on the agenda, but the vote is uncertain. Any changes to FYS would by implemented in AY 2008-09 at the earliest.
        1. Update (2/6/07): The University Senate voted 77-73 against eliminating FYS, and an ad hoc committee will be formed to evaluate and improve the program.
      2. The chair of EECE met with Senate officers about a report encouraging the inclusion of diversity questions on SRTEs. This may be a future agenda item.
    4. Announcements from Faculty.
      1. Dr. Jackie Schwab, assistant professor at Mont Alto, was introduced. She was on campus to discuss study abroad programs in Sweden for HDFS.
      2. K. Swalgin announced a “friendly” match with the UP badminton club on 1/27 at 12:30 p.m.
      3. M. Hoch announced that the 2007 Science and Technology Speaker Series begins Tuesday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. The later time accommodates visits by high school students and teachers.
      4. Habitat for Humanity day is Saturday.
    5. Announcements from Staff.
      1. S. Werner announced that changes to the travel policy would go out on e-mail later in the day.
    6. Announcements from Student Government representatives (J. McLucas).
      1. PB&J Drive donated 210 lbs to the Salvation Army. Faculty contributions exceeded those of students this year.
      2. SGA voted to engrave a brick in the memory of Sasha Landis, a first year killed in a car accident over the holiday break.
      3. The etiquette video project is in progress.
      4. SGA Chair would be glad to address FYS classes about the opportunities in student government and clubs on campus.
      5. Students have proposed to bring Chris Daltrey (American Idol) to the Pullo using SAF funds.
      6. The Student Activity Fee Committee is looking for a faculty representative.
    7. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deirdre Folkers.
      1. D. Van de Streek was thanked for putting together an opening reception for F. Haag’s exhibition in the library. Those who donated money to cover food costs were also thanked.
      2. A. Hasan will host the next faculty/staff party in February; this will be a no-alcohol event.
      3. Senate Committee Chairs are asked to prepare a report on progress for the next meeting, and to begin working on 1) an end-of-year report and 2) chairs for next year.
      4. L. Berkowitz is willing to run for re-election to the University Senate, but we need another candidate for the ballot in order to keep things legal. The impact of new system for allocating senate seats is currently unclear, so we will elect assuming that the campus will retain three senators.
      5. S. Shaffer will be continuing the “Conversations on College Teaching” begun last year. Please contact her is you would like to help or have a topic of interest.
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. New Business
    1. Diversity Committee Funding Opportunities: S. Christ announced that the Diversity Committee has funds remaining in its budget. Those with suitable projects may contact A. Henne.
    2. Report: Computer Security at PSY (L. Brewster): The new ITS campaign for increasing electronic security, “Take Control,” is divided into six steps that protect your computer. This program was developed in response to regulations pertaining to some federal grant money. Some of this material is also available for home use, especially when home machines are used to connect to the Penn State network.
      1. Starting 2/1/07, Penn Staters who have not changed their Access Account password in the last six months will suffer “reduced functionality.” For example, ANGEL and eLion will no longer work. Those who do not change their passwords by 4/1/07 will find all services unavailable to them.
      2. There are numerous ways to change passwords, including the “Work” tab on the PSY website, its.psu.edu, and the “thumbprint” page.
      3. Microsoft’s new Vista operating system will not be used by Penn State until we see how it works.
      4. As a final note, please be careful if posting to MySpace; that information is not as secure as previously thought.
  5. Forensic Business
  6. Adjournment: A. Hasan moved and S. Gill seconded.
  7. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at 12:05p.m. in ISTC 107.

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