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Attendance:
R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, P. Catina, M. Coyle, H. Darling, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, D. Latzko, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, S. Pane, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, S. Stelly, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, K. Trout, E. Wenk, V. White, S. Christ, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Shaffer, S.Werner, and J. McLucas (SGA).

  1. Approval of the minutes from the February 20, 2007 Senate meeting:

    L. Berkowitz moved and A. Benharbit seconded. Minutes approved without alteration.

  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees:
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney:
      1. Congratulations to A. Hasan and colleagues for a successful meeting of the Central PA Physics Teachers Association.
      2. When the Penn State Board of Trustees meets at Penn State York, we have 40 minutes during the educational policy committee report to present on educational achievements here. Dr. Rodney seeks five - six minute presentations on academically rigorous projects conducted by the campus.
      3. The principal of William Penn High School has asked Penn State York faculty in English and math to meet with his faculty to align curricula to Penn State’s standards for incoming students. They seek to improve their retention rates. For this project we are currently in the data-gathering stage.
      4. Penn State has formed an all-campus task force on technology security; L. Brewster, F. Miller, and S. Werner represent our campus.
      5. There are two developers interested in building private facilities near the campus (in addition to the current project on Pine St., which—according to the developer—should open in fall 2008). The University is neutral on this issue; we will see some progress within next six months.
      6. Progress in Capital Campaign: Very pleased with progress of fundraising so far, though we face stiff competition from other York institutions with similar campaigns. The University has appointed a chair for the campaign, but we still do not have a definite goal ($1.6 to 2 billion range).
      7. The state subsidy to Penn State shows no sign of increasing, and we need to dispel the myth that every campus is funded like the University Park.
    2. Announcements from the DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick.
      1. Status of searches:
        1. CAS: Completed and offer letter sent out.
        2. History: Last candidate arrives tonight. There will be a teaching demonstration at 11 a.m. in 30 MCB.
        3. Chemistry: Last candidate arrives on Monday, April 2. and there will be a teaching demonstration on April 3.
        4. HDFS: Search completed. Negotiations with candidate are scheduled for Wednesday.
      2. RDG, TDG and PDG guidelines are now available. Applicants for TDG and PDG are encouraged to seek similar funding from Schreyer and undergraduate research stipends are also available.
      3. A summary of information about dealing with classes missed due to weather events was sent out earlier today.
      4. Thanks to the Curricular Affairs Committee, and B. Cantor, for attempting to bring us some consensus on hiring policies. We need to revisit this issue so that it does not recur in future years.
    3. Announcements from University Senators.
      1. L. Berkowitz: Five topics are highlighted in University Senate Agenda: diversity questions, “of Practice” ranks, online SRTEs, tenure flow rates, and faculty salary reports. Responding to a question from the chair, Dr. Berkowitz indicated that the new “of Practice” ranks require elaboration so that they can be integrated into the current faculty structures. Faculty salary discrepancies are greater among colleges than locations.
      2. M.Casteel: The Senate has created a joint committee on FYS. He and S. Christ are on the committee
    4. Announcements from Faculty.
      1. Dr. Alexandra Lord, acting historian for the U.S. Public Heath Service, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center today, March 27. This speaker is jointly sponsored by Women’s History Month and the Science and Technology Seminar Series.
      2. A. Hasan thanked his colleagues, J. McCormick, and J. Rodney for their assistance at the physics teachers’ conference (see above). A copy of the program has been archived at our library.
      3. F. Haag asked faculty to submit comments on the Burness Award finalists by 5:00 p.m. March 28.
    5. Announcements from Staff.
      1. S. Christ announced the following:
        1. Dates for the Athletics Awards Program (April 13) and Academic Awards Program (April 27). She is still seeking input on campus and community service awards.
        2. On behalf of the Diversity Committee: Unity Day is April 11. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate.
        3. On behalf of the Honors Committee: If you are working with Honors students, there is some money available for student travel to conferences.
        4. A lunch-time "town meeting" style gathering is planned to discuss recruitment and retention. For spring 2007, we are down 43 students compared to our numbers for spring 2006, which were down 22 students from spring 2005.
        5. E-mail Dr. Christ feedback on the international flags. Concerns about the expense and maintenance have been raised: Do we wish to continue to invest in the flags?
      2. S. Werner announced that we are down to 24 students who haven’t paid tuition. Thirteen students were purged last week; the remaining students have until April 6 to complete payment or they too will be purged.
    6. Announcements from Student Government representatives.
      1. Rally at the Rotunda was successful (300 students).
      2. SGA is collecting school supplies for charity as its April service project.
      3. J. McLucas conveyed the thanks of C. Bhushan to N. Sloboda, who helped find a possible speaker on "campus civility."
      4. K. Zimmerman and SGA have started a contest to encourage faculty to submit book orders.
    7. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deirdre Folkers.
      1. Committee Chairs: Please continue to think about succession and to develop a summary of the year’s work with recommendations for future action.
      2. Heidi Deren will host the final faculty/staff party.
  3. Unfinished Business
  4. New Business
    1. A. University College Faculty Council: Draft Constitution (J. Sutton). The Council met on Monday, March 19 to work on a constitution. The draft will be available for review soon and will be distributed to all full-time faculty. A vote is scheduled for the third week in April. The Faculty Council will continue as is through academic year 2007-2008 while constitution is ratified. Highlights of the proposed constitution include the following:
      1. Council will have 14 members (one/campus) and student members.
      2. Title: University College Faculty Council.
      3. There will be three standing committees: Curricular Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and Academic Affairs. These will be governing bodies rather than acting in an advisory capacity as they did under the Commonwealth College system.
      4. The Council is taking up the question of University Senate representation for the University College. J. Sutton dissents from majority view because the proposed system causes the University College to lose three senators.
      5. Elections to Council: Faculty Council Member and an “elect.” The Council Member serves two years and the “elect” four years (two as a shadow/substitute and two as the Council Member).
    2. Progress Report from Curricular Affairs (B. Cantor): The committee is drafting a process for requesting and prioritizing faculty hires.
      1. M. Jarrett asked that deferred or cancelled searches be factored into the process.
    3. TLTAC: Classroom Improvement Process (M. Jarrett): Classroom technology is defined as anything present in the classroom, from tables to computer stations. Immediate needs and problems should be reported to H. Gumke and D. Mahan. TLTAC proposes that faculty address longer-term classroom needs/concerns at the fall Unit meetings and forward those requests to the committee.
    4. ANGEL 7 Updates (S. Shaffer): The new interface takes effect one week into Summer I. Although changes are primarily visual, they are significant. S. Shaffer would like to provide faculty, particularly those teaching in Summer I, with a short demonstration of the changes to ANGEL. A. Bowser will be working with students.
  5. Forensic Business
  6. Adjournment: F. Haag moved, and A. Hasan seconded.
  7. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 26, 2007, 12:05 p.m., ISTC 107


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