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Attendance:
A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, P. Catina, C. D. Creagh, H. Darling, S. Dwivedi, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, M. Hoch, K. Ishida, A. Kari, O. Kucukemiroglu, A. Landis, F. Lugemwa, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, D. Sarafian, S. Shah, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. M. St. Clair-Christman, S. Stelly, J. Sutton, K. Trout, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, D. Winters.

  1. Approval of the minutes from the August 24, 2007 Senate meeting:

    Corrections to Abul made - minutes approved

  2. Communications from administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcements from the Campus Chancellor, Dr. Joel Rodney
      1. Student Enrollment: Expresses appreciation to all who emailed students about paying bills—as of this morning, sixty students remain, down from 100.
      2. Development: Provides update of conversion of the old library into the science building – $350,000 left to completely fund the problem. Issues are being addressed in the Abet report concerning material needed for engineering for full approval for EMET
      3. Initiative in India: Notes that a single college in India has now set up 2 + 2 IST program with Penn State York. The interest came about because of the success of the 2005 440W, intercontinental class Samir Shah conducted. A beginning class of ten students has been recruited and is taking an approved curriculum in their freshman and sophomore year. Those courses have been reviewed by the college of IST and modifications were suggested. Students who complete those courses will have been deemed to satisfy our freshman sophomore classes. The campus looks at the opportunities in India on a consortia basis. There are 125 million college-age students are in India, but the country only has the capacity to educate about a third. Different campuses are involved. A goal has been set to sign a memorandum of understanding. Every year a new class of students will join a continuing class of students.
        1. Ali Kara— Asks in reference to after 9-11, do we know about the ability to enter the United States as a result of the Visa.
        2. Answer: If we can prove that Penn State is accredited and that the design of the program is compliant. If student can’t get the Visa, they can continue taking the courses. Most of the participants have been to the U.S. on a tourist Visa, so we are appealing to a student body who has a certain amount of socio-economic clout and who are used to living abroad. Builders gave conditional approval for roof work, windows, heating, electricity, and installation of elevator—all of which are on their way. They are putting windows in even as we speak. They believe they will be open by the second week of June. They will be accepting deposits from students starting in two weeks. These deposits are refundable if the building is not ready for occupancy. Ten students - two young women, eight young men—have applied so far. www.550loft.com. The facilities will be open to any full-time student in York: York Technical, York Institute, Bradley. Memorial and York Hospital have reserved singles for their residents.
        3. One statistic - This year, every University housing room on every campus is full. That has never happened before. Mont Alto has a waiting list. The developers for the housing will hire students and former students as resident assistants.
        4. Jennifer Nesbitt - Will these students have taken English 202? Someone answers, they should have. Colleagues from other countries look at this as a pilot. Ten students is a start and will be easily absorbed on campus.
    2. Announcements from the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Joe McCormick (Announcements to the Senate):
      1. Search Committee: charged a search committee for HD FS. This committee has received fifteen applications for a tenure track position with a starting date of spring 2008. Earlier today, Dr. McCormick contacted one of the candidates provided by the search committee and will contact the other candidate later this afternoon
      2. Position Description: explained that, due to a communications mishap with the vice president’s office, a position description for a tenure track position in business was not forwarded to that office until today. Dr. McCormick is confident that we will see results of the anticipated posting of this position description in the next thirty to forty-five days
      3. Fund Grant: announces that Di Hershey, our development officer, was successful in securing a $2,000 Cultural Alliance Venture Fund grant. This $2,000 will be supplemented by an additional $2,000 in campus endowment funds to pay the salary for an adjunct instructor in theatre and to provide a supply budget for this course. You should all know that Di Hershey has been very effective in securing funds for various programs, including scholarships at Penn State York. With the approval of our request to offer a minor in theatre, the purposes of this grant are: (1) to hire an adjunct professor in theatre for the spring 2008 semester and (2) to hopefully begin a relationship with the Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theatre. On Monday of this week, Dr. McCormick met with ADAA Deirdre Folkers, Di Hershey, Noel Sloboda, and Stuart Stelly to consider how we will go forward with the search for an adjunct faculty person and the most appropriate course in theatre that this person might teach. In the future, however, as previously indicated by the chancellor when we were discussing funding for the theatre minor, additional funds from external sources will have to be found to underwrite the cost of supporting this adjunct position.
      4. Schedule Planning: expresses appreciation to the members of the Schedule Planning Group (D. Folkers, J. Emery, and J. Smeltzer) and members of the faculty for working together in producing the schedule of classes for both the spring 2008 and summer 2008. In early December, expect to receive an e-mail about planning meetings for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years, which will be held in January.
      5. Online Progress Reports (OPRs): expresses gratitude to all of those completing entries for the OPRs for week four. Entries for week seven will begin Sunday, October 7 through midnight Monday, October 15, h, 11:59 p.m. The DAA’s office will send out a reminder about this input later today.
    3. Announcements from University Senators
      1. Health Insurance: Berkowitz mentions the change in the health insurance. The time to choose is just beginning.
      2. Minor adjustments in credit by examination: look online for senate agenda or contact Abul Hasan, Mark Casteel, or Leonard Berkowitz
      3. Education Equity and Campus Environment (EECE) Committee: Abul is a member of the EECE committee—last year was his first year. The committee is trying to establish a scholarship for low income, first generation college students. $35,000 has already been raised. The committee is also working to establish multicultural committees on each campus. The vice provost mentioned the assessment of critical thinking. Assessment is the big thing these days—one assessment relates to critical thinking and comprehension of our students. They are going to test students when they first come in, and then they will test again in the senior year. They want to see if the assessment shows an improvement. Many universities and colleges have started this process.
        1. Question: Is there any institution where you’ve seen a drop?
        2. Answers: Folkers states that, according to the New York Times, a school in West Virginia is marketing this. Dr. Rodney states that the University of Maryland system has a nationwide test that assesses students and that information might be in the public domain. There was a lot of controversy over different results in various institutions.
      4. Senate Officers: Mark Casteel announces that the senate officers will visit on October 17. Every faculty member not teaching should try to attend. Sutton explains that the University faculty senate delegates responsibilities to colleges, not to campuses. These responsibilities are delegated to colleges and not to the individual.
    4. Announcements from faculty
      1. Athletic subcommittee: Kerry Magni initiates an athletic subcommittee. She spoke to Sharon Christ on establishing the committee because the conference PSUAC has grown and confronts many issues. Magni believes that a committee of faculty and staff could really help sort some of the issues out and communicate.
        1. PSUAC: Ken Swalgin spoke about graduation rate and academic all-conference. Hope you might help form this athletic steering committee. It is recommended that we join a national conference. It would be a recruiting tool for coaches and would create additional expense. To that end, Magni would like Swalgin to give the report and continue to gather feedback.
        2. Constitution: Chuck Gaston notes that no barrier to forming subcommittees is in the constitution
        3. Tuition: Joel Rodney states that chancellors are excited about the prospects but are worried about the cost. That’s a lot of tuition and not something we will look at lightly.
      2. Diversity Event: Sharon Christ, speaking for Art Henne, announces that the Diversity committee is sponsoring its First Friday program on Friday at noon featuring Dr. Abul Hasan.
      3. Adult Learners: Bob Farrell spoke on behalf of the commission for adult learners. The commission will list questions on recruitment and retention of adult students. Take just five minutes to bullet list thoughts.
      4. Party: Folkers expresses gratitude to Dixie Winters for hosting the party Sunday.
      5. Belize and Speakers: Matthew Hoch makes two announcements. 1) Students who went to Belize will be presenting and 2) any faculty with interest in science and technology and would like to host - all disciplines - if you have an idea for speakers, please contact Hoch.
      6. Etiquette Lessons: Suzanne Gladfelter, on Friday Nov. 16, with culinary restaurant on North George Street, will have the sixth annual dining etiquette program. An announcement will go out. Please encourage students to see Glatfelter to register and pay their $5. The price includes meal and program, thanks to the student activity fee, which is real bargain.
    5. Announcements from Staff
      1. Student Intern: Sharon Christ invites the senate to meet Anna Backstrom, a student intern from Finland. She has been in communication with Penn State York over the last few months and arrived a few months ago. She has a background in English and is finishing her bachelor’s degree, but will be pursuing a master’s degree in psychology. She has a cubicle in The Nittany Success Center (Edward M. Elias Science Center) and does have e-mail and a phone. She will be with us until the end of November.
      2. Replacements: Cynthia Jones is the new hire for staff assistant in the Student Affairs office. Virginia Naglic left her position in the Admissions office. A search has started for a replacement.
      3. Penn State Day Open House and Student Activity Fee: Reminder—open house will be on Saturday, October 20. The Student Activity Fee has six figures worth of money to expend. The Student Activity Committee will meet the second Friday of every month. Ask for funds for something that benefits the entire student body. On the first Friday of the month proposals are due and on the second Friday of the month, the meeting is held.
      4. Admissions: The admissions crew is out and about. You may hear from them. As offers start for next year, you can get a list a list of offered students. The student activity fee increased this year to about $120,000. If a speaker is coming, to campus be sure to hold the presentation in a classroom large enough so everyone can be invited.
      5. Staff Replacement: Judy Bowman, Joe McCormick’s staff assistant of four years, will be relocating. If you know of any qualified parties, the procedure will be first to announce to internal employees. D. Folkers and F. Miller have accepted to serve on the committee. Afterwards, the announcement goes external. Bowman’s last day is Friday, October 19.
    6. Announcements from Student Government representatives
      1. No representatives present. Gaston sends a reminder: most committees have space for student representatives, and most are empty. If you know of any potential students, get the names to Gaston.
    7. Announcements from Senate Chair, Chuck Gaston
      1. Committee appointments for AT 2007-08
        1. Page from campus senate - e-mails sent out on how to access the page: Home page, faculty staff, then senate. If there are any errors in list, please let Gaston know.
        2. Berkowitz states that there is no commonwealth college. It is now the University College Faculty Council.
      2. Bylaws updates needed?
        1. Introductory Paragraph: Agenda mentioned that we might need an update to the by-laws. The introductory paragraph to the by-laws doesn’t match committees that exist. One slight change is needed. Another improvement - the section on ombudsmen -no clue is given on what the ombudsman does. We could at least have a cross reference in there. Two small changes could be made this year
        2. Peer Review: Sutton notes that we need changes in the peer review. now two representatives must be from the same college. Replace college to revision in selection of peer review. We’re divided by divisions by the University College. No one yet is interested in looking into such details.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. McCormick - October 9 in Community Room, will be discussing faculty hires. Some disciplines have brought issues to both curricular affairs and strategic planning
  4. New Business
    None
  5. Forensic Business
    None
  6. Adjournment
    1. Adjourned at 1:04

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, November 1, 2007, 12:05 p.m. in ISTC 107


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