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Attendance:

R. Bacha, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, D. Coho, G. Collison, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, D. Folkers, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, R. Himmer, M. Hoch, M. Jarrett, E. Jenkins, A. Kara, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzko, K. Magni, J. Nesbitt, L. Newcomer, P. Oles, D. Russell, A. Siddiqui, N. Sloboda, S. Staton-Taiwo, J. Sutton, K. Swalgin, K. Trout, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, R. Campbell, S. Christ, C. Clancy, N. Flesher, J. McCormick, J. Rodney, W. Vangreen, S. Werner, J. Knaub (student; guest).

 

  1. Minutes
    Minutes of the November 9, 2004 meeting were amended to reflect the attendance of S. Gladfelter, and then approved as amended.
  2. Communication from administration, faculty, committees, and Chair
    1. CEO - J. Rodney
      1. Dean Disney has successfully procured an additional “bail-out” loan for the CWC in the amount of $3 million. As a result, the CWC campuses, including York, will be able to use any carryover cash to run the campus for the remainder of this fiscal year. This is very good news for the campus, as we will not be required to return any of our carryover to the CWC.
      2. Direct applications to Penn State York are up, while referred applications are down. N. Flesher expressed a concern that U.P. may take more referrals away from York, and there is little if anything that can be done to prevent it. J. Rodney then went on to encourage all members of the faculty and staff to keep up the recruitment and retention activities that have energized the campus. We are also using scholarship money proactively as a recruiting and retention tool; even greater attention will be given to raising scholarship money now that the Capital Campaign is almost at an end.
      3. An economic impact study was conducted with the local media on December 1, 2004, with favorable results: for each $1.00 that Penn State York receives from the state, we give back $1.56 in some form of economic value.
    2. DAA - J. McCormick
      1. An email message will be sent shortly inviting various members of the faculty to serve as marshals at graduation.
      2. Faculty activity reports for 2004 and beyond will be submitted in electronic form only. The anticipated deadline for filing will be Monday, January 17, 2005.
      3. Ten of twelve requested peer-reviews have not yet been completed by faculty to whom the reviews were assigned. Please have the reviews completed and submitted to the DAA’s office by mid-January.
      4. D. Russell brought up an issue related to over-enrollment in closed classes without the consent of the instructor. J. McCormick indicated that an investigation would be conducted into two such cases, and assured the entire faculty that the DAA’s office would at no time permit this to happen unless consent was first given by the instructor.
    3. University Senators
      1. M. Casteel - The next meeting is Tuesday, December 14, 2004
    4. Other Announcements
      1. J. Rodney - Please be sure to R.S.V.P. immediately to B. Stine if planning to attend the holiday party on Friday evening, December 10, 2004.
  3. New Business
    1. Election of New Officers:
      1. For Chair-elect the nominees are: F. Haag and D. Latzko
        F. Haag was elected.
      2. For Secretary the nominees are: D. Coho and E. Wenk
        D. Coho was elected.
    2. Promotion and Tenure Document Modification:
      V. White presented a motion from Faculty Affairs to delete E.3 from the “Review Procedures” section of “The Pennsylvania State University York Campus Tenure and Promotion Review Committees” document, as revised on January 17, 2003. The motion was made because CWC Associate Dean S. Gleason has indicated that is it against university-wide policy. After discussion for and against this motion the question was called with the following results: Yea: 15 Nay: 6 Abstain: 9 The motion carried.
    3. Student mailboxes:
      J. Knaub, representing SGA, presented an approved motion from the SGA calling on faculty to refrain from placing graded papers and other confidential documents in the student mailboxes located in the Main Classroom Building unless the faculty had unambiguous permission from individual students to do so. The requests and suggestions made by J. Knaub were somewhat different from the SGA motion that was distributed via email to the Senate membership prior to meeting, thereby adding a level of confusion to the vigorous discussion that ensued. J. Rodney and others expressed concerns about liability, and offered to call the University’s lawyers for an opinion, though the Senate was generally not in favor of this suggestion. It was finally recommended that J. Knaub return to the SGA with the concerns expressed by the faculty and staff, and that the SGA clarify the wording of their request.
  4. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

The next Senate meeting is December 2, 2004, Conference Center, MCB


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