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Attendance:

Bruce Babcock, Robert Bartell, Dennis Baughman, William Cantor, Mark Casteel, Kristin Cole, Marshall Coyle, Harriet Darling, Joe Downing, Somya Dwivedi-Burks, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Robert Farrell, Ann Fetterman, Deirdre Folkers, Charles Gaston, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Ali Kara, Kerry Magni, Jennifer Nesbitt, Duke Sarafian, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Stuart Stelly, Ken Swalgin, Emily Wenk, Anne Zardo-Zalik, Jane Emery, Patrick Tanner, Chris Beaverson, Sharon Christ, Holly Gumke, Dawn Oswald, Sue Ruch, John Romano, Suzanne Shaffer, and Bill Vangreen.

  1. I.   Meeting called to order at 12:13 p.m.
    II.   Minutes from the October 9, 2012, meeting
    1. A. Minutes approved as corrected.
  2. III.   Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees
    1. A. Announcements from the Office of Chancellor, Dr. John Romano.
      1. 1. Dr. Romano stated that the Middle States review team’s mid-October visit to University Park campus went very well, and he was hopeful and confident for a positive outcome resulting from the full review to be held on November 15.
        2. Dr. Romano expressed his appreciation regarding our patience and efforts in facing budget challenges, and stated that until the budget situation is clarified, all budget administrators need to be cautious regarding expenditures.
        3. Dr. Romano addressed the challenge of application activities. He stated that applications are down university-wide. Contributing factors to the downturn may include the economy, price, rising student debt, and the job market, as well as the Sandusky scandal.
        4. Dr. Romano thanked Sukdeep Gill, Harriet Darling, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Josie Moore, and Ali Kara for meeting with the York Federal Fellows Corp. The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity to further connect the campus with the community and raise possibilities for student internships in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, he thanked Di Hershey for bringing the program together.
    2. B. Announcements from the Interim DAA, Bob Farrell
      1. 1. Bob Farrell commented on the DAA’s report emailed yesterday.
        a.  Bob Farrell congratulated Deborah Eicher-Catt for being the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) 2012 Donald H. Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award recipient.
        b.  Bob Farrell also reported that Jane Sutton was a Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities grant recipient.
    3. C. Announcements from University Senators
      1. 1. Deirdre Folkers sent out an email detailing a number of items. One item in particular, the Dependent Verification Program, may require action.
        2. Holly Gumke mentioned that additional information regarding the Dependent Verification Program may be found online.
    4. D. Announcements from Faculty Council Representative, Sukhdeep Gil
      1. 1. None.
    5. E. Announcements from Faculty
      1. 1. Fred Haag announced that Penn State laureate Chris Staley will be giving a talk on campus over the lunch hour on Wednesday, November 14 in room 110, PAC.
    6. F. Announcements from Staff
      1. 1. Patrick Tanner’s announcements were sent via email.
        2. Jane Emery announced that the “Navigating the Civil Service Application” session will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 13 in room 206.
        3. Suzanne Shaffer announced that there will be a presentation by the Penn State's Budget Planning Task Force on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. available via Polycom.
        4. Holly Gumke announced that the day after Thanksgiving is now an official campus closure day. Also, the Chancellor’s suite progress is moving quickly and has an end-of-December completion date.
    7. G. Announcements from the Student Government Association (SGA)
      1. 1. None
    8. H. Announcements from Senate Chair, Emily Wenk
      1. 1. Emily listed the Strategic Planning Committee representatives on the blackboard and announced that we will be electing a new at-large member to the Strategic Planning Committee at the end of this academic year.
        2. Emily reminded us that Sharon Christ, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, had sent out an email for input from the units regarding action steps for each strategy and stressed the importance of units providing their input by the December 14 deadline.
        3. Emily announced that Bill Cantor has volunteered to be the faculty representative to the Commencement Committee.
        4. Emily reminded senate committee chairs that fall semester committee reports are due by Thursday, November 29.
        5. Emily announced that the spring semester senate meeting dates will be announced soon. The first spring senate meeting will be held on January 3 (which is the date of faculty orientation).
        6. Emily asked us to volunteer to help the Chancellor Search Committee during the dates (listed on Jennifer Nesbitt’s email) that we will have candidates on campus. Jennifer Nesbitt suggested we get back to her by November 12 and that she would be happy to answer any questions regarding the search. Jennifer added that the list of the final three candidates will not be released for at least a couple of weeks.
        7. Deirdre Folkers directed us to contact Barbara Dennis and Adam Chlan regarding any outdated content on the web site.
    9. I. Announcements from Senate Chair-Elect, Sukhdeep Gill
      1. 1. None
    10. J. Announcements from Senate Committee Chairs
      1.  1. None
  3. IV.   Unfinished Business
    1. A. Support staffing concerns in Grumbacher IST (Dr. Farrell)
      1. 1. Bob Farrell stated that the hours for the student intern have been increased to sixteen hours, that she is performing satisfactorily, and more faculty have been reaching out to her for assistance.
        2. Bob stated that personal/confidential materials should not be given to the student intern, but rather be provided to either John or Toni.
        3. Bob stated that he would speak to Kevin immediately regarding adding a locked drop-box, and he promised to revisit the staffing issue at the end of the semester.
    2. B. New programming at Penn State York (Dr. Farrell)
      1. 1. Bob Farrell addressed the process for evaluating new programming and provided a flowchart to help direct us in the evaluation process.
        2. Michael Jarrett raised the issue of needing student interest data in new programming to help guide us in our decisions.
        3. Dr. Romano stated that we need to develop this data.
        4. Bob Farrell mentioned that we do have current survey data for the MBA and Elementary Education programs, some data for the Biology program, and he’ll see what we have on file for the other degrees.
  4. V.   New Business
    1. 1. None
  5. VI.      Forensic Business
    1. 1. None
  6. VII.  Adjournment
    1. A. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:20 p.m.
      1. 1. Motion made by Harley Hartman  
        2. Motion seconded by Jennifer Nesbitt
  7. VIII.   Next meeting will be held on December 6, 2012

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Bartell