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In attendance:

B. Babcock, R. Bacha, C. Bare, A. Benharbit, M. Casteel, G. Collison, M. Coyle, H. Darling, J. Dawson, C. Dorworth, C. Dzubak, D. Eicher-Catt, R. Farrell, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gill, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, E. Harrison, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, L. Itzoe, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, J. Keat, K. Knapp, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzco, K. Magni, M. Marcus, L. Miller, C. Murphy, P. Oles, M. Posenau, S, Robinson, D. Russell, A. Siddiqui, J. Smeltzer, K. Swalgin, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, D. Winters, L. Berkowitz, D. Gogniat, B. Ward, C. Clancy, N. Flesher

Chair M. Jarrett called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. Minutes of the January 31, 2002, faculty senate meeting were accepted unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS

Administration

D. Gogniat:

D. Gogniat discussed our future involvement with the Lancaster Center.

The DAA search is progressing. Seven of the ten top candidates are still interested in the position and will participate in airport interviews during the next 3-4 weeks. D. Gogniat, L. Berkowitz, and R. Farrell express thanks to the members of the search committee for their hard work.

York International is planning to provide $180,000 over 3 years to fund the IDS position. The Ben Franklin Foundation might donate $130,000 over three years.

The derby track may be relocated to a new recreational complex in Hopewell Township near Stewartstown. The track itself will remain as fire emergency access to the new building.

The CEO search has begun and has been advertised.

There is an attempt to secure 50 full scholarships for very bright students to enroll in the 4 year science program at PSY. Extra activities will also help prepare graduates to obtain jobs related to Homeland Security.

L. Berkowitz:

The Belize trip has been cancelled due to lack of participants.

The searches for new English and IST faculty are nearing completion. The IDS search committee has been charged.

The proposal for an English major is moving forward. It appears a business minor would be relatively easy to bring here. There is a question of whether faculty would be interested in offering a nanofabrication technology degree.

ANGEL is a course management computer system that is useful in itself, but also can be modified to better suit us. Workshops on how to operate it will be coming soon.

P. Hinchey of the Royer Center and R. Engle from the Schrier Institute will be visiting tomorrow. At noon, they will describe the services their offices provide. At 2 pm, P. Hinchey will discuss critical thinking and intellectual diversity.

In the fall, there will be a series of workshops on the needs of adult learners.

The Royer Center is ready and willing to assist faculty with pedagogical research.

There are new funding opportunities to develop international programs, non-credit courses for Continuing Education, and marketing technical programs (especially the associate degree).

A. Benharbit: Will science faculty be receiving the equipment they have requested?

L. Berkowitz: We will have what we need.

Faculty Announcements

D. Winters:

There are currently 250 elementary students in the conference center viewing the exhibit "1001 Black Inventions." This exhibit will be open until 1:30 today, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

University Senators

D. Russell:

The people he has heard from have been uniformly opposed to deleting the October fall break and adding more days to the Thanksgiving break.

Student Government Association

B. Ward:

He is now the SGA president following the resignation of D. McKeever. Seventeen people plan to attend THON this weekend.

NEW BUSINESS


Committee reports:

Space Reallocation:

D. Van de Streek:

The committee's goal is to make recommendations by the end of the spring semester. At this point, it seems probable that the computer labs will be moved to the library. The committee has divided into 3 subcommittees to investigate

1. What to do with the space currently occupied by the computer labs

2. Where to place the Nittany Success Center

3. Where to place the administrative offices

M. Jarrett (with agreement from D. Russell):

It is frequently difficult to obtain a computer lab in which to hold occasional classes. Some classes use computers for activities such as word processing that do not require the latest technology. Perhaps additional labs could be created through the use of older, less powerful computers.

A. Hasan: Computers that are too old will not be able to run current software.

D. Russell: When the IDS person arrives and shows us new ways to use technology in the classroom, there is likely to be an increased demand for labs as classrooms.

Futures:

R. Farrell:

Thank you to all who have had students complete surveys.
Initial trends include

1. 5% have yet to activate PSU email
2. the Lion's Den is unpopular due to pricing that is perceived as high and inconsistent. Some would like to subscribe to a meal plan.
3. desire for more degrees
4. favorite TV channels are Nickelodeon, MTV, Cartoon Network
5. concern about the lack of social events - would like to have dances, evening events, etc.

Talking with people has made it clear that many don't know what programs we offer. School visitations, especially those in which current PSY students take part, are effective. R. Farrell, L. Miller, and some students will be visiting Central High School soon.

S. Gladfelter: a team of faculty from the various 4 year degrees could visit schools

B. Ward: PSY students could go on these trips to give the student point of view.

J. Keat: word of the focused masters program was first spread the same way. Now that it is established, word of mouth by current and former students is very effective.

 

Faculty proposal

H. Darling requested approval to schedule classes over lunch time (12-12:50 M, W, F; 12:30-1:45 T, R) because it is a convenient, and sometimes the only, time for students working full time in childcare. This has been successful in the past.

B. Ward: this will take away time from SGA activities

D. Gogniat: There are 54 students on scholarships ($15 per credit) studying early childhood and childcare

With senate vote, the motion carried unanimously.

 

Chair M. Jarrett adjourned the meeting at 12:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherry Robinson


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