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Faculty Senate Minutes #6 - November 13, 2012

                                                         FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #6

                                                                 November 13, 2012 

The sixth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2012-2013 was called to order by Chair Joy Hendrick on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hendrick, J. Hartsock, C. Schubert, W. Miller, D. Miller, R. Kendrick, D. West, R. Borden, T. Vigars, N. Paley, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, D. Harms, T. Slack, B. Berger, E. Owens, P. Schroeder, E. Durgin, L. Weber, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, A. Fitz-Gibbon, K. Pristash, S. Anderson 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  E. Lind, B.Wodi, K. Polasek, J. Rayle, V. Behr, B. Lowe, K. Pietro, W. Shaut, J.Walkuski, B. Hodges, B. Burk, M. McGuire, M. Gfeller, G. Douglas

GUESTS PRESENT:  G. Levine, J. Wilson 

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The Minutes from October 30, 2012 were approved, as amended.


There was a vote to approve Motion 1 on the formation of an ad hoc Committee to Review the Diversity Statement (Approved; 2 against)

There was a vote to approve Motion 2 on the formation of an ad hoc Committee to Review the Diversity Statement, as amended:  “Four volunteers from the Faculty Senate (two of which must be faculty representatives)” (Approved)

III.  CHAIR’S REPORT:  J. Hendrick -

     •     Goal for today’s meeting is to move through reports and business items quickly so that the first Faculty Caucus can begin by 1:50. 

             SUNY Board of Trustees Public Hearing will be held December 4, 2012.  If anyone wants to present testimony, the request needs to be emailed no later than noon on Friday 11/30.  J. Hendrick has the details if anyone is interested.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Hartsock – No report (late)

V. TREASURER’S REPORT:R. Grantham – No report (absent)

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT:J. Walkuski – No report (absent)


     1.      Systemness – Economics of Scale     

            –     savings that can be plowed back into Academics and Student Affairs

     2.     Hurricane Sandy

             -      3.3 billion dollars to repair damages

             -      feds will help what does it mean to our state budget?

      3.      State schools should embrace our role in economic development

             -       develop programs to meet state needs

             -       Byrne Dairy (agri-business)

             -       Business in



 Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – No report (absent)

 Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbon – No report.

 Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent)

 Educational Policy Committee – M. McGuire – No report (absent)

 Professional Affairs Committee – K. Pristash – No report.


 Committee on Teaching Awards D. West -  No report.

 Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski – No report (absent)

 Committee on Committees – J. Barry – No report.

 College Research Committee – No report (absent)

 General Education Committee – B. Burk – No report (absent)

 Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – M. Gonzalez – No report (absent)

 X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS D. Miller gave a report on the Colloquium in Old Main.  The room is available for meetings.

 XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger – No report.

 XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS: - L. Weber - This Wednesday SGA is having Karaoke Night from 7:00pm to 11:00pm in the exhibition lounge. All the money we raise will go directly to the American Heart association in honor of Michael Holland.

On November 30th SGA will host its Winter Formal at the Hathaway House from 7:00- 12:00. The theme this year is “A Night in Paris.”

SGA’s Holiday Party is coming up and will be on Wednesday December 5th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Invitations have been distributed to the ASC employees, custodial employees, Student Affairs and Presidents office. Each club will be mandated to sponsor a family.

Lastly SGA will be leading the plan in an effort to aid relief for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. At the moment this plan is still to be determined.


          Proposed Academic Calendars for 2014-2015; 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 were discussed, voted on and approved. 

          The ad hoc Committee for Review of the Cultural Diversity Statement, Motions 1 and 2, were discussed and          amended, voted on and approved. {SEE Senate Actions; Appendix 1)

           There was a call for volunteers for the ad hoc Committee for Review of the Cultural Diversity Statement with the following results:  T. Vigars, E. Owens, J. Hendrick, L. Weber.

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:  - There was no new business.


Chair Hendrick reminded all that the Faculty Caucus (topic: Faculty Obligations) will begin at 1:50.  The agenda and supporting materials sent via email.  All faculty and professional staff are welcome.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

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

    (1)  Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Diversity Statement, Motion 1 and Motion 2, submitted by J. Hendrick, Chair

                                                            APPENDIX 1

                                                 Ad hoc Committee to Review the Diversity Statement

 Motion 1 -

       The committee is charged with:

       ·     reviewing the current Diversity Statement to see if the 1995 version needs to be updated or revised (any revised statement should ideally be limited to 200 words),

        ·     considering ways in which the statement can be more visible, and

        ·     presenting a final report to the Faculty Senate by April 1, 2013.

               Motion 2 -

         The five (5) member ad hoc committee will be comprised of:

         ·     Four (4) volunteers from the Faculty Senate (including a mixture of faculty and professional staff),

         ·     One (1) member from the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office.