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In attendance: R. Bacha, C. Bare, A. Benharbit, L. Berkowitz, W. Cantor, M. Casteel, D. Coho, M. Coyle, H. Darling, C. Dorworth, R. Farrell, C. Gaston, T. Getz, S. Gladfelter, F. Haag, E. Harrison, A. Hasan, C. Heydl-Cortinez, R. Himmer, L. Itzoe, M. Jarrett, A. Kara, O. Kucukemiroglu, D. Latzko, J. Leece, M. Marcus, C. Murphy, L. Newcomer, J. O’Hara, M. Posenau, D. Russell, A. Siddiqui, J. Smeltzer, K. Swalgin, K. Trout, D. Van de Streek, E. Wenk, V. White, M. Wijesinha, C. Klinedinst, G. Rutledge, S. Christ, W. Eaton, D. Gogniat, D. Martinez, D. McKeever, M. Riddle, S. Kelley, T. Engdahl, A. Haines, B. Landis, B. Dennis, C. Clancy, S. Werner

Chair Ali Kara called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m.

The minutes of the December 5 meeting were approved by consensus.

The Chair asked for a moment of silence to honor the memory of Dr. Cheryl Plumb.



D. Gogniat:

Thanks offered to faculty who have organized the Saturday (2/10) memorial service for Cheryl Plumb.

Recognition of the commitment of the York faculty and staff to the Commonwealth College dean search, as signified by the high turnout at the various Pic-Tel presentations.

Leonard Berkowitz has been awarded the McKay Donkin Award, presented to the full-time member of the faculty or staff who has contributed most to the economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty at Penn State.

The McKay Donkin award is a university-wide award.

W. Eaton:

The English, American Studies, and Speech Communications degree proposals are going forward and will be submitted by the deadline (2/16).

4EMET has been approved.

4IST is in the final stages of approval.

Consultation is currently underway with the Eberley College of Science for a letter of support for the science degree proposal.

Recent surveys indicate that 25-50 students (of 200 surveyed) have expressed interest in staying at the York campus for such a degree offering.

Strategic Planning Committee

K Swalgin:

The committee’s first meeting is Friday, February 9.

University Senators

L. Berkowitz:

Reports presented at the January meeting included a survey on faculty development for non-tenure line faculty, primarily FT-1’s and continuing faculty, a report on retired faculty, information on Uniscope 2000 discussing how all aspects of faculty scholarship might be evaluated, a report on the status of First-Year seminars, and information on non-returning students.

An e-mail message with additional information on all of these subjects will be forthcoming soon.

Commonwealth College Senators


Report forthcoming


No report

Student Government Association:

D. McKeever:

Thanks to faculty and staff for THON donations.

Over $700 was raised at the dance and an additional $300 was raised by 12 students working at the square.

SGA is still approximately $2,500 away from meeting its target amount of $5,000 for the year.

SGA will be participating in SWOT analysis on February 19.

SGA proposes a service week during the first week of April as a follow-up to Martin Luther King Day activities.

Details will be forthcoming.


W. Eaton:

A reminder about the all-college Commonwealth College meeting at University Park on March 16-17—all faculty are urged to attend.


The chair now has a list of student representatives for each committee and will be forwarding them to each committee chair.

Committee chairs are asked to post dates of meetings and, if possible, agendas and minutes of meetings.

These can be posted directly to YKALL or can be sent to the Chair and he will distribute accordingly.

David Russell has been elected University Senator, to replace Jane Sutton.

The term begins in Fall 2001.

Scott Kelley is a new part-time faculty representative.


Info Tech Committee:

L. Newcomer:

The committee seems to lack direction and its description in the constitution is unhelpful.

Solicitation of ideas from the senate is sought.

Suggestions included having the committee do strategic planning on a macro-level, dealing with campus-wide issues including (but not limited to) lab and classroom set-up, software upgrades requested by faculty, procedures for faculty to request new computers, upgrades to the campus web page, and other policy questions.

L. Berkowitz suggested the committee could follow a parallel function of UP committee structures by providing advice and guidance for all areas of the campus on IT issues.

L. Newcomer promised a follow-up after the committee discusses the senate’s suggestions.

Futures Committee:

B. Dennis:

The committee is looking for input from the campus for methods of promoting new programs.

Suggestions that don’t fall under a particular budget line are particularly appropriate and can be forwarded to Barbara Dennis or Chuck Gaston.

Chair Kara suggested using SWOT analyses already conducted to formulate promotions that counter perceived campus weaknesses.

Additional SWOT analyses have recently been completed (front-line staff) or will be done soon (students will be surveyed on February 19, other staff members soon).

M. Casteel suggested taking advantage of the


and other internal communications organs more effectively.

B. Himmer urged the Futures Committee (and all senate committees) to be more responsive to input.

M. Jarrett identified current students as the primary population who, in the short term, will be interested in the new programs and as such should be marketed to more aggressively.

Change in 2FSCC course meeting times:

H. Darling:

Many students in the 2FSCC program take classes through Project Teach and can be on campus only from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

The motion asks for the senate to grant an exception and allow courses specific to daycare providers involved in the program to be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

The Motion:

Courses specific to the 2FSCC and Project Teach program can be offered on Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

This exception is granted only for the coming year, and the senate must approve any further exceptions accordingly.

J. Sutton:

Clarification is necessary for just how an exception is granted, as other students have asked for class offerings during the noon hour as well.

D. McKeever:

The possibility exists that such a class schedule would impede the activities of the SGA, which generally meets during the noontime break.

W. Eaton:

Because the 2FSCC program has a specific population in need of the exception, the two issues should be separated and the senate should discuss in more detail the issue of campus-wide scheduling of classes during the noon hour.

The motion carried unanimously.

Financial Aid:

D. Martinez:

Many students are being counseled to drop classes for academic reasons, but such drops put their financial aid in jeopardy.

Students must complete all credits committed to on the first day of the semester.

Dropping below 12 credit hours jeopardizes financial aid awards, as does receiving an “F” for a course.

Faculty are urged to remind students that unsatisfactory academic progress also has consequences for financial aid.

M. Casteel:

Because students must turn in a drop form to Sandy Shellenberger when they seek to drop a class, perhaps she should distribute information to students regarding possible financial aid consequences.

Such information can supplement adviser advice and help catch students who fall through the cracks.

Commonwealth College Senator nominations:

Mike Jarrett’s term as Commonwealth College senator expires this semester.

Nominations can be made to Manel Wijesinha or Ben Benharbit.

Self-nominations are perfectly appropriate.

Ombudsperson nominations:

Marshall Coyle’s term as ombudsperson expires at the end of the semester.

Nominations can be made to Orsay Kucukemiroglu or Abdul Siddiqui.

Self-nominations are perfectly appropriate.

Chair Kara called the meeting disordered at 1:22 p.m.

(For newer faculty, Cheryl Plumb, as senate secretary,

would frequently conclude senate minutes with this statement.)

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