Robert Bartell, William Cantor, Mark Casteel, David Chown, Kristin Cole, Dianne Creagh, Harriet Darling, Joe Downing, Deborah Eicher-Catt, Bob Farrell, Deirdre Folkers, Charles Gaston, Sukhdeep Gill, Frederick Haag, Harley Hartman, Abul Hasan, Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, Michael Jarrett, Orsay Kucukemiroglu, David Latzko, Fulgentius Lugemwa, Kerry Magni, Michael Marcus, Maureen Muller-Kahle, Jennifer Nesbitt, Larry Newcomer, Abdul Siddiqui, Noel Sloboda, Joan Smeltzer, Stuart Stelly, Emily Wenk, Anne Vardo-Zalik, Jane Emery, Jeff Warner, Patrick Tanner, Chris Beaverson, Andrew Caldwell, Sue Ruch, and Suzanne Shaffer.
I. Meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m.
II. Minutes from the March 14, 2013, meeting
A. Minutes approved (with modifications to attendee list).
III. Communications from the administration, faculty, and committees
A. Announcements from the Dr. David Chown, Office of the Chancellor
1. Dr. Chown announced that the spring open house had record attendance for both sessions and thanked all that contributed.
2. Dr. Chown announced that there would be an open microphone at commencement.
B. Announcements from Bob Farrell, Interim DAA
1. Bob announced that Dr. Chown sent an email encouraging faculty to attend the Academic Awards activity to be held Sunday, April 21 at Heritage Hills.
2. Bob announced that the last day of classes is April 26, commencement is May 3, summer session I begins May 13, and summer session II begins June 23.
3. Bob announced that the Enrollment Management Team has discussed the possibility of having the Academic Student Issues Committee and the Diversity Committee co-sponsor a student research colloquium to showcase student work.
4. Bob announced that he has sent out a call for faculty marshals for commencement.
5. Bob encouraged faculty to explore the "Pivot" tool (accessed at www.research.psu.edu). The tool is a University subscribed service designed to help faculty find collaborators in their discipline and for finding funding opportunities.
6. Bob announced that the March conference letters are almost finished and should be completed by end of the day tomorrow.
7. Bob provided updates regarding new programming.
a. Harrisburg has expressed interest in the MBA program. We may be able to roll this out in the fall, or more likely in the spring.
b. The Elementary Education program is moving along. Dennis Baughman is at Harrisburg today collecting marketing data and addressing some logistical matters.
c. The Eberly College of Science is now cooperating with the University College regarding offering the Biology program. Bob reached out to Penn State Behrend to share the Biology program with us which was met with much enthusiasm.
8. Bob encouraged faculty to send out academic reviews to advisees within a couple of weeks after classes.
9. Bob announced that the Faculty Affairs Committee is interested in giving a faculty award for excellence in scholarship/research. Most campuses currently have this award.
C. Announcements from University Senators
1. Mark Casteel announced the University Senators will meet two weeks from last Tuesday. Mark stated that there will probably be a senate group working with the administration this coming fall to create a comprehensive holes policy regarding student registration.
2. Mark also announced that the Teaching Award Committee has talked about inviting the winner of the adjunct award to be a member of award committee.
3. Fred Haag questioned whether there has been discussion regarding standardization of online delivery of courses across university.
4. Bob Farrell stated that upon Nancy Herron’s retirement a new position, titled “Director for Shared Programming,” will be created to address this issue.
D. Announcements from Faculty Council Representative, Sukhdeep Gill
E. Announcements from Faculty
1. Jennifer Nesbitt announced that she will be giving a talk on “The World of Downtown Abbey” on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The event is free and open to the public.
2. Fred Haag announced that the student Visual Arts Club is having a student exhibition which may be viewed on the third floor lobby of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center through commencement.
3. Harriet Darling announced that an HD FS internship student is having a fundraiser on April 20 to help raise money to take kids from Crispus Attucks Youthbuild on college tours.
F. Announcements from Staff
1. Holly Gumke announced that the Business office has been temporarily relocated room 113, Main Classroom Building.
2. Holly highlighted some of the issues coming out of the University Enhancement Compliance Committee (established in response to the Freeh Report). Issues include background checks, yearly mandated reporter training, and various security issues.
3. Holly announced that the search for a new President of Penn State is ongoing. More information can be found at http://presidentialsearch.psu.edu/. They are hoping to have someone in place by January 2014.
4. Holly announced that, if approved, our Student Center will receive $8.5 million dollars for updates/improvements.
G. Announcements from the Student Government Association (SGA)
H. Announcements from Senate Chair, Emily Wenk
1. Emily announced that the hallway of the second floor of the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (Grumbacher) be painted this summer.
2. Emily thanked the Orsay Kucukemiroglu and Sukhdeep Gill of the Nominating Committee for their help in putting together the slate of candidates for the elections.
3. Emily thanked all of the candidates who agreed to run for office this year.
4. Emily updated us on the progress of making revisions to the Senate bylaws and constitution. She stated that some work has been done by standing committees and hopes that an ad hoc committee can complete the remainder of this work by early summer.
I. Announcements from Senate Chair-Elect, Sukhdeep Gill
J. Announcements from Senate Committee Chairs
1. Each committee chair/representative reported to the assembly (written committee reports were distributed with the April 14 meeting agenda (with the exception of Faculty Affairs)).
2. Abul Hasan, chair of the Faculty Affairs committee, gave a verbal report. A written report will be forthcoming.
V. Unfinished Business
VI. New Business
A. The Curricular Affairs committee recommends that Penn State York hires a
Full-time multi-year (FT-MY) position in biology unless the DAA/Chancellor can provide a good reason for just a FT-1 position.
1. Bob Farrell stated that Somya Dwivedi-Burks will be off as of June 30. Bob reasoned that since we have several adjuncts interested in a full-time position, the FT-1 position would be offered for one year only. Then, next fall, we would seek candidates to fill a FT-MY position (which requires a national search).
2. Motion passes (as amended – FT-1 for 2013-14 only; FT-MY thereafter).
B. Curricular Affairs committee recommends approving the proposal for a Women's Studies minor (supporting documentation provided).
1. Motion passes.
C. Curricular Affairs committee recommends approving the Elementary Education major (supporting documentation provided).
1. Motion passes.
D. Curricular Affairs committee makes the following recommendation: Due to low enrollments, the Curricular Affairs committee recommends approving Fred Haag's proposal to end the two and four year Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) degrees due to low enrollment numbers.
1. Nineteen for, nine against, no abstentions – motion passes.
E. Senate Elections:
1. Senate Chair-elect (2013-2015). Candidates were Fred Haag and Abul Hasan. No additional nominations were put forth. Fred Haag was elected by ballot.
2. Secretary (2013-2014). Candidates were Anne Vardo-Zalik and Stuart Stelly. No additional nominations were put forth. Anne Vardo-Zalik was elected by ballot.
3. Faculty Council Representative (2013-2015). Candidates were Ken Swalgin and Manel Wijesinha. No additional nominations were put forth. Ken Swalgin was elected by ballot.
4. Ombudsperson (2013-15). Candidates were Duke Sarafian, Harriet Darling, and Deborah Eicher-Catt. No additional nominations were put forth. Harriet Darling was elected as Ombudsperson and Deborah Eicher-Catt was elected alternate. Both were elected by ballot.
F. Enrollment Management Team Faculty Representative
1. One tenure-line and one non-tenure-line faculty. Deirdre Folkers and Heidi Deren volunteered. No additional nominations were put forth. Deirdre Folkers and Heidi Deren were both accepted (no vote).
VI. Forensic Business
A. Motion to adjourn was approved at 1:21 p.m.
VIII. Next meeting will be held on August 22, 2013