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Attendance:
A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, M. Casteel, P. Catina, H. Darling, D. Eicher-Catt, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, D. Harlow, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, L. Newcomer, K. Magni, M. Marcus, N. Sloboda, J. Smeltzer, J. Sutton, D. Van de Streek, V. White, S. Bett, H. Gumke, J. McCormick, F. Miller

  1. Minutes

    Minutes of February 2 meeting were approved without comment.

  2. Communication from administration, faculty, students, and chair
    1. Dr. Rodney:
      1. thanked everyone for contributing ideas about the new capital campaign; reported that all goals will require approximately $16.5 million; noted that we have seven years to raise this amount.
      2. announced that on May 10 the campus will be a stop on President Spanier’s Road Scholars tour.
      3. reported that in July of 2007 the Board of Trustees will meet at Penn State York.
    2. DAA, Dr. Joe McCormick:
      1. shared the University’s policies on final examinations; asked anyone with questions about these policies to contact him.
      2. reported that the HDFS committee had made a recommendation and that the campus is in a position to make an offer to an appropriate candidate.
      3. stated that the Smith equipment guidelines had been completed; indicated that the deadline for changes and suggestions is Friday, March 17.
    3. University Senators :
      1. Dr. Leonard Berkowitz announced a meeting one week from Tuesday to discuss P/T procedures; shared that a report on faculty salaries that compares our institution to other ones is available.
    4. Faculty:
      1. Dr. Noel Sloboda announced an upcoming College Teaching Conversation on March 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 112, Main Classroom Building; noted that the topic is "Group Work" and that Kerry Magni and Emily Wenk will moderate; reported that Dr. Nesbitt is not present because of her commitment to a women’s history month event; announced a follow-up event on Friday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m.. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.
    5. Staff:
      1. Sherri Bett shared that the "Explore the Worlds" program began on March 4; that the Titan Challenge will start on March 6; marked progress with the dual enrollment program and indicated her hope that the program will grow.
      2. Sherri Bett, reporting for Student Affairs, marked an increase in counseling hours, due to the addition of Karen Gibson as a counseling intern, who will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      3. Sherri Bett forecast changes in the Open House agenda due to a scheduling snafu that prevents the campus from being in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center theatre until 11:00 a.m.; promised that further information and a new schedule will soon be released.
    6. Student Government:
      1. No representatives were present.
    7. Senate Chair, Mr. Fred Haag:
      1. announced the formation of a nominating committee; reported that Karl Knapp had volunteered and that one other volunteer is needed.
  3. Unfinished Business
    1. No unfinished business was addressed by the Senate
  4. New Business:
    1. Holly Gumke reported that repairs on the elevator in the Main Classroom Building had been completed; assured those present that communication about major repairs would be prompter in future.
    2. Dr. Deborah Eicher-Catt led a discussion of the Strategic Planning Committee Capital Campaign recommendation; underscored the common desire to move to more student centered campus; thanked everyone for contributions.
    3. Dr. Leonard Berkowitz reviewed the updated University College reorganization plan; noted that faculty will be asked to vote on this plan during the week after spring break, beginning March 13; stressed that the proposed structure is temporary, hence subject to review and modification; marked the need to elect a Faculty Council representative if the plan is approved.
      Dr. Chuck Gaston asked about representative substitution procedures. Dr. Berkowitz responded that a procedure had not been articulated but that he would recommend one be discussed.
      Dr. Jane Sutton asked how we differ from the former Commonwealth College. Dr. Berkowitz responded that he could not answer this question since the mission of the University College had not yet been fully realized.
      Senate Chair Fred Haag asked about the retention of the Division structure and whether it will be involved in P/T; asked about the logistics of the new P/T procedures and the relevance of the changes for other faculty members. Dr. Berkowitz replied that on a large scale the relevance depends upon whether decisions are made on the campus or college level; stressed that the role disciplines will play in P/T is still under discussion.
      Dr. Eicher-Catt expressed general concerns about the cohesion of the new organizational plan.
      Dr. Rodney asked about where new faculty were electing to make their tenure homes; Dr. Berkowitz responded that no information is available at this time.
    4. Dr. Noel Sloboda initiated a discussion of general Pullo Family Performing Arts Center concerns related to programming and scheduling.
    5. Dr. McCormick announced that he will be meeting with Joan Smeltzer and Frank Miller to resolve summer scheduling issues.
  5. Forensic Business: Reports from Standing Committees:
    1. No forensic business was undertaken by the Senate. No reports were made to the Senate.
  6. Adjournment
  7. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:11 p.m.
The next Senate meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13, 12:10-1:10 p.m. in room 107, ISTC


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