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B. Babcock, C. Bare, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, P. Catina, G. M. Coyle, H. Darling, C. Dorworth, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, J. Gibble, S. Gill, F. Haag, A. Hasan, A. Henne, C. Heydl-Cortinez, R. Himmer, M. Hoch, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzko, K. Magni, M. Marcus, J. Nesbitt, P. Oles, D. Russell, S. Shah, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, J. Smeltzer, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, D. Winters, S. Simonds, C. Clancy, B. Dennis, S. Werner, T. Iwancio.


  1. Call to Order
    The meeting was called to order at 12:14 p.m. by Senate Chair, J. Sutton.
  2. Minutes
    The minutes of the August 30, 2004, meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved.
  3. Communication from administration, faculty, committees, and Chair
    1. CEO- J. Rodney
      1. presented figures about lower numbers of FTE's in the Commonwealth College. PSY is in a fairly good position thanks to S. Werner- budgetary watchdog.
      2. G. Spanier addressed issue of enrollment and the impact on campuses
      3. HDFS 101 discussion of policies on October 25th at 3:30
      4. Visit from University Faculty Senate members on October 27th
        1. Students - 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
        2. Faculty - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
        3. Staff - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
      5. Interest in international student exchange for campus. Discussed trip to India.
    2. DAA J. McCormick
      1. Attendance data is online for week four
      2. Search Committees
        1. Business position search not yet charged
        2. English search Committee in place.
        3. FTI chemistry committee not yet charged (moratorium on spending)
      3. Thanks for the recording system; S. Simonds thanked J. Royer and the Web team for alerting students to check their data.
    3. SGA
      1. Privacy concerns about mail
      2. Lion ambassadors having a sub sale
    4. Commonwealth College Senators - D. Eicher-Catt
      1. Pictell meeting regarding Wesley Clark at Penn State Wilkes Barre
      2. Agenda copies on table FYI
    5. University Senators
      1. L. Berkowitz
        1. Health care changes will be announced via email
        2. Senate offices coming on Wednesday
        3. Faculty encouraged to attend
      2. D. Russell
        1. GI requirements will be in effect in summer 2005
        2. Now distinguish between U.S. cultures and international cultures
        3. Faculty encouraged to identify relative courses
    6. Strategic Plan - A. Kari
      1. Anticipated time for completion is spring 2005
      2. More flexibility with this one
      3. Want to reflect this group's priorities; what the campus wants; where we will be in the next five years; continuous process
      4. Senate committees communicate with Chair
      5. Cost efficiency will be assessed through academic units; other programs should be assessed for cost efficiency
      6. Junior Achievement event will be held
  4. New Business
    1. Faculty Affairs
      1. Motion:  The Faculty Affairs committee is recommending to the senate that the senate endorse Joe's proposal to reallocate money from individual allocations in the amount of $5,760.00 to the faculty development budget for the 2004-2005 fiscal year.
      2. A discussion ensued regarding the use of this money. Suggestions included: 1. allow the use of the money for research related conferences and trips, 2. include classroom purchases in faculty development, 3. use the money for instructional purposes, 4. allow the unit head to distribute money accordingly; 6. science colloquium could use some money, 7. hesitant about giving $50 away in case materials are needed.
    2. Chuck Gaston
      1. Motion to seek exemption from “ noon hour” class-scheduling rule for an honors option ED&G 100.
      2. Questions about the request included:
        1. How many students? 1
        2. What semester? spring
        3. Would students who had FYS take this course? possibly
        4. Is this covered under instructor's prerogative? Class is required for students going to University Park.
      3. Other comments:
        1. Echo S. Christ's remarks about the erosion of the "free" noon hour.
        2. Registrar's office does not have authority to be lenient.
        3. Motion carried
  5. Forensic Business D. Van de Streek

    Question: Should the terms of office for Senate officers be the academic year, rather than the calendar year, and should standing committees of the Senate similarly be constituted for the academic year.


    1. Senate committees and others are inclined to meet in the summer. Committees chosen in the fall for spring session may have people less inclined to meet over the summer.
    2. Transition in the summer is a disconnect.
    3. Keeping problems in mind, you continue the work.
    4. Switch in January is a deficient for the Diversity Committee. Academic year would be better.
    5. Becoming a chair of a committee on which you have not previously served is a problem. Much time I lost in transition.
    6. Transition period should include d old committee meeting with new chair as a transition process.
    7. Transition IS built into the Constitution-- a chair must be a member of the committee in the previous year.
    8. Summer meetings could be extended from spring session.
    9. Student participation would be enchanced.
    10. A chair who is elected in the fall and takes over in the spring is compromised.
    11. When are sabbaticals announced? Late spring

      Majority were in favor of charging the sub-committee to move forward.

  6. Reports from Standing Committees
    1. Faculty Affairs - V. White
      1. Suggestion that sessions with senior faculty who are publishing to help junior faculty should be an annual event
    2. Curricular Affairs- B. Cantor
      1. New programs need approval
      2. Consider a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Performing Arts Degree when new facility is completed
      3. Consider booking and promotion of the new building
      4. Use Endowment funds for speakers
  7. Adjournment:

    The meeting was adjourned at 1:24 p.m

The next Senate meeting is November 9, 2004, Conference Center, MCB

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