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Attendance:
B. Babcock, R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, M. Casteel, D. Coho, G. Collison, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, T. Getz, J. Gibble, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, R. Himmer, M. Hoch, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, K. Magni, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, D. Russell, D. Sarafian, S. Shah, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, J. Smeltzer, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, D. Winters, S. Bett, S. Christ, N. Flesher, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, S. Simonds, S. Werner.

Meeting was called to order at 12:11 p.m. by Chair A. Benharbit

  1. Minutes
    Minutes of the Febuary 1, 2005 meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved without comment.
  2. Communication from the following:
    1. CEO J. Rodney
      1. Dr Rodney is still open to confidential feedback concerning Senior Administrators.
      2. Rumored reorganization of the University should not affect the existence or organizational alignment of the York Campus.
      3. The Campus Budget situation might require some "giveback" of funds to the CWC.
      4. The Instructional Development Specialist from Mont Alto is being borrowed on an "as needed" basis until York's budget situation improves and a full-time replacement for S Foley can be hired.
      5. York's Spring 2005 drop in enrollment accounts for 26% of the CWC's overall decrease. Paid accepts are up for Fall 2005, and faculty support of recruiting events has contributed to this improvement.
    2. DAA J. McCormick
      1. Grant Proposals-Pullo and Advisory Board proposals are due by Friday, April 8.
      2. S Shah is congratulated for completing his project for Management Certification
      3. Additional Faculty Development funds have been released, and most requests will be partially funded.
      4. Some funds for travel to conferences until the end of June is still available.
    3. Joan Smeltzer
      1. Request for Final Exam forms are due by Friday, March 4.
      2. Fall 2005 Course Schedules will not be reproduced on paper.
        The web version will be used exclusively.
    4. Strategic Planning Committee - A. Kara
      1. Strategic Plan was completed on schedule.
      2. Budget requests will be reviewed until the end of the academic year.
    5. University Senators-M Casteel
      1. Faculty Senate has requested additional details on the subject of reorganization of the Campus Colleges.
      2. Two periodic reports will be forthcoming shortly:
        1. John Romano's office will submit a 10 year report on enrollment trends.
        2. The yearly report on faculty salaries
    6. Commonwealth College Senators, D Eicher-Catt
      1. Dean has announced additional funds are available for promotions to Senior Instructor. Those who desire this promotion should submit the paperwork to the DAA.
      2. Committees are working on feedback for the electronic FAR and studies on cross-campus course sharing.
      3. Reorganization of the CWC was also addressed by the Dean, but conclusive information will not be available until end of March
    7. Faculty
      1. L. Berkowitz-a pilot project for online SRTEs may occur at York during Fall Semester 2005.
      2. A Kara-Between 75 and 210 high school students will be on Campus for Junior Achievement events during Spring Break.
      3. J Nesbitt-Woman's Month events will include:
        1. Mar 15 Dr. Rose Mezu: Presentation on Africana Literature
        2. Mar 22 Careers Roundtable
        3. Mar 30 Research on Women: Penn State York faculty panel presentation
      4. A Hasan-A presentation on the subject of Intelligent Design will be held by K Trout on March 16.
      5. N Sloboda-speaker on "Shakespeare and Violence on Stage" will appear on March 17.
      6. A Benharbit-committee has been formed to streamline the work of the Senate
  3. New Business
    1. Committee Reports
      1. Faculty Affairs Committee-V White.
        1. Faculty travel budget issues have been studied.
        2. R Bacha will do an additional colloquium.
        3. The committee wants to promote York faculty for CWC and University-wide awards.
      2. Teaching Learning Technology Advisory Committee (T.L.T.A.C.)
        The committee's agenda items for the Spring of 2005 include:
        1. Connecting Faculty to University Systems,
        2. Activating Accounts for On-Site Students,
        3. Improving communication between ITS and CWC,
        4. Eliciting ideas for new technologies,
        5. Facilitating multi-use, shared resources,
        6. Preparing models for employing a Campus IDS, and
        7. Updating the Pullo Room.
          A pilot demonstration for software, called 'Centra,' to enable dispersed, asynchronous classes was also discussed.
      3. Transitional Programs Committee
        Linking the three summer programs; FTCAP, Convocation and Orientation; is being considered, but additional faculty involvement may be required to combine these programs.
    2. Motion from the Faculty Affairs Committee (F.A.C.)
      A motion from The FAC to establish a Research or Creativity Activity Award for the 2005-06 academic year was referred back to the committee by voice vote.
    3. New US-IL requirements-David Russell
      Starting with students who enter the University during the Summer 2005 Semester, students will be required to fulfill 2 diversity criteria. One must be U.S. culture, and the other must be International culture. A one-semester request form can be found at: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/scca/sched-one-semester_titles.html
    4. Candidates for University Senator are A. Hasan and N. Mpofu.
  4. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:20 p.m.

The next Senate meeting is April 14, 2005, Conference Center, MCB


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