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Attendance:

Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, William Cantor, Mark Casteel, Kristin Cole, Marshall Coyle, C. Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Joe Downing, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Barbara Eshbach, Robert Farrell, Ann Fetterman,  Deirdre Folkers, Charles Gaston, Sukhdeep Gill, Andrea Giorgioni,  Frederick Haag, Harley Hartman, Arthur Henne, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Arla Huber, Michael Jarrett, Ed. Jenkins, Ali Kara, Orsay Kucukemiroglu, Andy Landis, Kerry Magni, Michael Marcus, Catherine Moon, Josie Moore, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Jennifer Nesbitt, Larry Newcomer, Noel Sloboda, Javed Siddique, Joan Smeltzer, J. St. Clair- Christman, Tony Stuart Stelly, Jane Sutton, Ken Swalgin,  Anne Vardo-Zalik, Emily Wenk, David Van de Streek, Manel Wijesinha, James Ziegler, Heidi Deren, Jane Emery, Patrick Tanner, Holly Gumke, Sue Ruch, Andrew Caldwell and Shaun Turner.

 

  1. Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m.
  2. Minutes from the December 8, 2011, meeting
    1. Minutes approved as submitted
  3. Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees
    1. Announcements from the Office of Chancellor, Dr. Lisa Plowfield.
      None
    2. Announcements from the Interim Director of Academic Affairs, Bob Farrell 
      None
    3. Announcements from University Senators
      None
    4. Announcements from Faculty Council Representative, Bill Cantor
      None
    5. Announcements from Faculty
      1. Noel Sloboda talked about the report he put together this fall on the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. He said that he wants to open the door for the student engagement activities that will improve the intellectual, cultural, and artistic life of the campus. He will be happy to support such activities.  If anyone is interested, let Noel know. He welcomes the ideas or concerns from all faculty and staff.
      2. Ken Swalgin announced that Badminton Club meets from 10:30 to 1:30 pm every Sunday. All are welcome.
      3. Ann Fetterman announced that the Diversity Committee is looking for volunteers to serve breakfast at the Crispus Attucks Community Center on Martin Luther King Day, Jan 16, from 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m..
      4. She also announced that the Peanut Butter and Jelly drive for the Salvation Army has started, look for boxes in the faculty lounges in the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (ISTC) and the John J. Romano Administration Buidling (RAB), and also in the Multicultural Office in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center..
      5. She also announced that the Diversity Committee has a program on York's Charrette peacekeeping movement in 1970, planned for Monday, January 23 in the Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, from  from 12:00-1:00 p.m.; all are welcome.
    6. Announcements from Staff
      1. Patrick Tanner announced that there will be 2nd Annual Black History Month Community Celebration on February 11, 2012. If you or any of your students is interested to be involved in this event let him know.
      2. Patrick Tanner also talked about the use of inappropriate language at the campus by students; an issue that was raised by faculty. The incident in question was handled according to the University ruling.  In the end there was a general discussion on how to help our students with this issue and how to report such incidents to Patrick Tanner and Bill Vangreen.  
      3. He also announced that they will be covering this issue during the new student orientation in coming year.
      4. He announced that in past there was a priority registration for student athletes and honor students. Now they have extended this to veteran students as well.
      5. They are also looking at the ways to improve student enrollment.    
    7. Announcements from the Student Government Association (SGA)
      None
    8. Announcements from Senate Chair, Deborah Eicher-Catt
      1. Deborah will be sending an e-mail to all committee chairs shortly to arrange the constitutionally--mandated spring chairs’ charge meeting.
      2. The Bylaws have been changed to reflect the carried motion at our last meeting regarding the name change of the Academic Advising Award subcommittee to the Academic Advising Council subcommittee.
      3. Deborah announced that the carried motion from our last meeting regarding reaffirming proposed hires in English, philosophy, and theatre will soon be forwarded to the chancellor and newly-formed Strategic Planning Committee.
      4. She also announced that all the electronic feedback from faculty and staff regarding our Academic and Student Issues Forum and our Town Hall meetings have been forwarded to the administration and Sharon Christ, chair of our Strategic Planning Committee. She thanked everyone for the feedback.
    9. Announcements from Senate Chair-Elect, Emily C. Wenk
      None
    10. Announcements from Senate Committee Chairs
      None
  4. Unfinished Business
    No Unfinished Business
  5. New Business
    1. A motion was brought forward by the Academic and Students Issues Committee:
      The Motion: The Academic and Student Issues Committee moves that a Baccalaureate Cohort section of twenty students be piloted during the 2012–13 academic year at Penn State York.

      After a brief discussion the motion was approved via voice vote. 
  6. Forensic Business
    1. Sukhdeep Gill suggested that the agenda be printed on one page.
    2. Deirdre Folkers (on behalf of Holly Gumke) announced that there will be unofficial gathering at Holly’s house on January 13, 2012. Send Holly an her RSVP if you are interested in joining this social event.
    3. Dianne Creagh raised the issue concerning the use of the athletic van for other campus/instructional trips. A discussion ensured regarding the feasibility of using this van instead of renting from Enterprise.
    4. Joe Downing suggested that we not have new faculty orientation during the spring semester as most of the announcements could be done via e-mail. Bob Farrell added it is worth having spring orientation as many of us do not pay attention to e-mail messages and we cannot address all these items with this great detail. Fred Haag mentioned that the Faculty Affairs Committee has discussed the feasibility and design of faculty orientation as well.   
    5. Patrick Tanner and Shaun Turner, representing the Enrollment Management Team (EMT), again brought up the issue of declining student enrollment. Patrick shared information about the new call center and that Penn State students will be making calls to prospective students.   He also invited faculty and staff to take the opportunity to join the admissions team when they attend college fairs.
    6. Robert Farrell thanked to those who sent him their comments about the Core Council letter. The campus will try to compose the response as soon as Lisa Plowfield is back in the office. Penn State York has been given an extended deadline: February 15. In general many people shared their experiences and made suggestion to improve the student enrollment.

    7. Patrick Tanner conducted a brainstorming session on campus engagement. He asked for ideas on how to involve faculty, more generally, in student activities and events. A discussion/brainstorming session ensued.    

  7. Adjournment

    1. Motion to adjourn was approved at 12:38 p.m.

      1. Motion made by Andy Landis

      2. Motion seconded by Kristin Cole

  8. Our next meeting will be held on February 9, 2012, from 12:10 – 1:15 p.m., in Room 107, M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Javed Siddique

 

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


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