������ �������������������������������������� FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #9

                                                 ������ ������������������������������������� February 19, 2008


1. CALL TO ORDER:  The ninth meeting of the Faculty Senate for 2007-2008 was called to order at 1:10 PM on February 19, 2008 in the Park Center Hall of Fame Room by Chair Karla Alwes.


SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: K. Alwes, B. Buxton, E. McCabe, D. Berger, I. Jubran, K. Lawrence, N. Helsper, J. Shedd, D. Miller, J. Reese, J. Walkuski, J. Hendrick, A. Dahlman, D. Harrington, T. Vigers, D. Ritchie, M. Ware, S. Snell, C. Hahl, J. Riddoch, E. Bitterbaum, E. Davis-Russell, R. Peagler, J. Walkuski, J. Ford, S. Anderson. M. McGuire


SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT: H. Botwinick, D. West, J. Governali, O. White, J. Rayle, J. Duncan, B. Langhans, T. Slack, D. Videto, B. Schecter, A. Marsh, R. Franco, W. Shaut, M. Connell





The minutes from February 5, 2008 were approved.



There were no Senate actions taken.



Chairwoman Alwes opened her report with a statement in remembrance for Northern Illinois University that the Faculty Senate expressing remembrance for all of the victims and families and compassion to the whole campus.� President Bitterbaum reminded the Senate about the tragedy at Lousiana Tech and including them in their thoughts.


The next item of business from the chair expressed gratitude to parliamentarian Steve Anderson for the Robert's Rules Refresher Course preceding the meeting.�


Alwes asked for volunteers to serve on the Teaching Effectiveness Committee.� There were several questions regarding the function of that committee.



B. Buxton � No report.



E. McCabe - no report  



D. Berger � No report.



President Bitterbaum gave a brief report.




Long Range Planning Committee � Janet Ford, co-chair, reported on three issues the LRPC is presently concerned with:� the Review of Governance Committee Report and its affect on long range goals and planning; Provost Davis-Russell leaving and its affect on the Faculty Affairs Strategic Planning; and the hiring of the new Vice President for Student Affairs and its affect on the Strategic Planning in that division.


Educational Policy Committee � R. Kendrick, Chair - No report (Donna West absent)


Student Affairs Committee � M. Connell, Chair � No report (absent)


Faculty Affairs Committee � J. Walkuski, Chair - The chair indicated that his committee had a meeting the previous Friday and is working on personnel policies through departments on campus. He indicated that one of his responsibilities as chair will be to determine the role of the Faculty Affairs Committee, specifically as it relates to the language in the handbook, seeking more clarity to define the role of the committee.� He also indicated that there is a need for clarity in the handbook requirement that all departments must submit personnel policies to the Faculty Affairs Committee. He indicated this practice has not always been consistent on campus.� Walkuski said the committee has been charged with looking at faculty personnel policies on campus and is working in conjunction with the union.�


College Research Committee � No report.


General Education Committee � M. McGuire, Chair - The chair reported that the GE Committee is working on assessment at the present time. She stated that anybody participating on GE assessments this semester is going to have one of three options: instructor-created, course imbedded or traditional essay question instruments of assessment. McGuire further reported that those individuals involved in assessment will be receiving a letter from Merle Canfield shortly. McGuire pointed out that although Canfield stated that those undertaking assessment would have an option of giving a course grade, this statement was in error, since such a method is not GEAR approved.� Her committee also approved two courses recently from the Art and English departments.�




Committee on Committees - E. McCabe, Faculty Senate Secretary, read the report for the Committee on Committees and asked for approval of the nominations {SEE Appendix 1}



There were no Area Senator's Reports.


XII. SUNY SENATOR�S REPORT � M. Ware � No report.



The students gave a brief report.



There was no old business.



There was a report from the Review of Governance Committee given by member Ellen McCabe.� There was general discussion regarding how the Senate would proceed, the faculty forums and how they would be conducted, minutes to be taken at the meetings and disseminated to the campus, when and how the final vote would take place including a campus wide faculty referendum.


Respectfully Submitted:


Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary


The following reports are appended to the minutes in the order they are submitted:


(1) Report from the Committee on Committees submitted by J. Barry, Chair.


(2)� Resolution from the Executive Board of the Student Government Association submitted by C. Hahl.


���������������������������������������������������������� � �������������������������������������������� �����APPENDIX 1

���������������� Committee on Committees � Report to the Faculty Senate

February 19, 2008


Item # 1


The ballots for the ad hoc Committee on External Review will be tallied this Thursday (February 21).


Item #2


The following nominations have been received for committee vacancies:


Committee on Teaching Awards (Appointed: 3 yr. term/ term runs January through December)� (minimum 5 yrs. teaching at SUNY Cortland)


John Shedd������������������������� 2006-08�������� Arts and Sciences


Committee on Teaching Effectiveness (Appointed: 4 yr. term) (no consecutive terms)


������� ��� Katina Sayers-Walker�������� 2004-08������� Education

Tony Trunfio������������������������� 2007-11�������� Professional Studies


Long Range Planning Committee (Appointed: 3 yr. term)


����������� Chris Cirmo������������������������� 2007-10�������� Math/Sci


These require confirmation by the Faculty Senate.


���������������������������������������������������������������������� APPENDIX 2




Respectfully Submitted By: The Executive Board of the Student Government Association 2007-2008

Date:� February 18, 2007

Whereas, the student body of SUNY Cortland is made up of over 6,000 individuals of which many are campus leaders in Student Government Association (SGA), team and individual sports, clubs and organizations, Greek Life, RHA, and Community service

Whereas, these same students are involved as leaders to protect the rights and privileges of other SUNY Cortland Students past, present, and future

Whereas, it is the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate and SGA E-Board�s goal to protect and nurture student rights on campus

Whereas, the students of SUNY Cortland respect and support our faculty, staff, and administrators when they treat us as equals during educational policy discussions

Whereas, the Review of Governance Report seeks to remove student voting seats from Faculty Senate committees as follows:

Educational Policy Committee- Currently holds two (2) voting seats for students

���������������������������������� ���������� Proposed change- one (1) student seat, non-voting

Faculty Affairs Committee- Currently holds two (2) voting seats for students

���������������������������� ����������������� Proposed change- no student seats

Student Affairs Committee- Currently holds two (2) voting seats for students

���������������������������������������������� Proposed change- no change

Long-Range Planning Committee-Currently holds two (2) voting seats for students

���������������������������������������������� Proposed change- determined by Ad-Hoc Committee

General Education Committee-Currently holds one (1) student voting seat

���������������������������������������������� Proposed change-one (1) student seat, non-voting

Committee on Committees- Currently holds one (1) voting seat for students

���������������������������������������������� Proposed change-one (1) student seat, non-voting


Whereas, the Review of Governance Report seeks to remove voting power from the students on Faculty Senate as follows:


Current Structure- Three (3) voting seats for students

����������� Proposed change- Two (2) seats for students, non-voting


Whereas, the SGA Senate and E-Board feel as though the majority of the proposed changes found in the Review of Governance Report are unfair to students on this campus. Therefore be it


Resolved, that the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate and the SGA E-Board of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland respectfully request that the Faculty of SUNY Cortland DO NOT remove/reduce student representatives and voting rights from Faculty Governance Committees


Resolved, that SUNY Cortland students be recognized as valuable contributors toward the education and governance process at our school Resolved, that the SGA Senate and E-Board feel that the following committee structure is most fair to students on this campus and will best represent the student body:

����������� Educational Policy Committee- students should continue to hold two (2) seats with voting rights

Faculty Affairs Committee- students agree with the Faculty that it is not necessary to have students sit on this committee

Student Affairs Committee- students agree that students should continue to hold two (2) seats with voting rights

Long- Range Planning Committee- students should continue to hold two (2) seats with voting rights

General Education Committee-students should continue to hold the one (1) seat with voting rights

Committee on Committees-students should continue to hold the one (1) seat with voting rights.


Resolved, that the SGA Senate and E-Board feel that Students should hold two (2) voting seats on Faculty Senate, as well as one (1) voting seat on the Steering Committee


Resolved, that the SGA Senate and E-Board of SUNY Cortland recognize and commend the faculty members who stand for student rights and fight for our voices to be heard.