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Faculty Senate Minutes #8 - February 5, 2013



                                                                     February 5, 2013 

The eighth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2012-2013 was called to order by Chair Joy Hendrick on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM in Park Center, Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hendrick, J. Walkuski, R. Grantham, C. Schubert, W. Miller, D. Miller, R. Kendrick, E. Lind, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, R.. Borden, T. Vigars, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, D. Ritchie, T. Slack, D. Berger, E. Owens, P. Schroeder, J. Reardon, R. Williams, S. Wood, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, B. Burk, A. Fitz-Gibbon, G. Douglas, K. Pristash, S. Anderson, D. Ritchie, L. Lin, P. McGinnis 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  D. West (on sabbatical), M. Gonzalez, V. Behr, N. C. Paley, K. Pietro, W. Shaut, B. Hodges, M. Gonzalez, M. McGuire, M. Connell

GUESTS PRESENT:  L. Schlicht, C. McRoberts   

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The Minutes from November 27, 2012 were approved.


The President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership Designation in Undergraduate Research was endorsed.

The President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership Designation in Service-Learning was endorsed.


 ·     Welcome to our three new Student senators for this semester:Jonah Reardon - EA to the President, RashadWilliams - EA to the Vice President, and Sarah Wood- Parliamentarian

 ·       In regards to the campus-wide “Mark your Calendar” email regarding Honors Convocation and Commencement,all senators were asked to vocally encourage all of their constituents (not just those in the same department or office, but broadening it to all constituents to whom they represent).  Faculty involvement and presence at these events is so important to our students – please encourage everyone to do the right thing and participate.

 ·     All committees were encouraged to work diligently this semester and to forward reports to the Senate Steering Committee as early as possible in order to avoid a barrage of action items hitting the senate at the same time for the last meeting of the year.  The final date however for all committee reports for action this year is April 30th, the date of the last Senate Steering Committee.

 ·      Comments about the UFS Winter Plenary in Oneonta in addendum to the SUNY Senator’s report:

 o     “Making Diversity Count” position paper was created by the UFS Diversity and Cultural Competence Committee (DCCC) and is being circulated for feedback.  Comments should be sent to me and/or Senator Berger by February 25th.  Senator Noelle Paley, who is serving on the DCCC is also available to answer questions.

 o     SUNY Board of Trustee’s Resolution re: Seamless Transfer Requirements (12/17/12) was mentioned briefly and campus committee will be contacted soon to review current policies to see if we are in compliance.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  Vacant – no report (vacant)

V. TREASURER’S REPORT:R. Grantham – The Treasurer reported that $500.00 was paid for the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship for the student recipient for the Fall. She also reported there is currently $537.00 in the account. The Treasurer welcomed any additional donations for scholarship.

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT:J. Walkuski – No report.  Secretary Walkuski cast a ballot for Item #1 on the report and read Item #2. 


 1.Admissions Update

 2.Chancellors visit


           b.Online education

           c.3-year baccalaureate degree



 5.Preseason Rankings


Student Affairs CommitteeM. Connell – No report (absent)

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

Long-Range Planning Committee – G. Douglas – No report.

 Educational Policy Committee – D. Ritchie reported that the last scheduled meeting was cancelled due to snowand has been rescheduled for February 15.

Professional Affairs Committee – K. Pristash – No report.


Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski – Chair Walkuski reported that he is currently setting up a meeting this week or early next week. 

Review of Governance Committee – Chair Walkuski reported that the committee has met twice and is working.  J. Hendrick encouraged senators to volunteer to serve on this important committee. 

Committee on CommitteesSEE Secretary’s Report {refer to Appendix 1}

College Research Committee – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – B. Burke – The Chair reported the committee is reviewing GE Category 6, 7 and 12, collecting and reviewing them. In response to a question from J. Hendrick she stated there are no new GE courses being considered at this time.

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – P. McGinnis – No Report

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS B. Wodi asked if it would be possible to make more readily available announcements regarding the Committee on Committees reports of Faculty Senate vacancies.  Can email mailing lists for specific campus populations be made available?

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger – SUNY Senator Bergergave a report which will be appended to the minutes when received. A copy of the University Faculty Senate Bulletin can be found at:

XII. STUDENT SENATOR’S REPORTS: – J. Reardon – The Vice President will be hosting a Club Fair on Wednesday February 20th from 12:00pm- 3:00pm for all the new transfer students.

Also Erin Durgin and her senators organized a book drive for The Cortland Family's Reading Partnership where they collected over 367 books. The First Senate will take place tonight February 5th at 8:00pm in the Function Room. We will also meet again next week on the 12th at 8:00pm in the Function Room. 

Leigh and Brendan hosted Treasurer and President meetings last week. They have issued a new rule to be enforced where now either the President or Treasurer can fill out the Purchase Order forms. However, they expressed the importance of having either person be consistent with the forms from the start. If they see this new rule is not working out then they will go back to its old ways where only the treasurer can fill out financial paperwork.  

LeighMarie will be chairing the Micheal C. Holland Scholarship Committee. Applications are due Friday March 1st, so please encourage your students to apply. Jonah Reardon is working on updating the Student Government Association website with correct information so the incoming students for the Fall will have a better idea as to what SGA is all about. The SGA is working diligently to get everything organized with the clubs as the semester is now in full swing. Any questions for us please feel free to email Leigh, Erin or Brendan at any time.

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - Richard Kendrick introduced the guests, Lori Schlicht and Chris McRoberts, members of the President’s Leadership Coalition for Student Engagement. Chris is also the director of the Undergraduate Research Council. Chris is a professor of Geology and Lori is Associate Director of Advisement and Transition.   

The Old Business item regarding the President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership and the Designation in Service-Learning and President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership Designation in Undergraduate Research were discussed and endorsed (refer to Appendix 1 of Minutes #7 from November 27, 2012).

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


M. Prus announced a performance this Thursday, February 7, at the Center for the Arts in Homer a free concert, folk duo, called Small Potatoes, which he reported as an “eclectic mix of music” and encouraged people to attend.

W. Miller - To continue the discussion on teaching that started at the President’s Opening Meeting, a follow up teaching chat will be held on Friday February 22 from 1:45 to 2:45pm in the Colloquium room of Old Main.  This forum is open to anyone interested in a positive, informal, relaxed conversation about teaching.  If there is enough interest future chats will be scheduled.  

R. Kendrick reported the Dowd and Beard Galleries at 9 Main Street  are hosting an exhibit of 28 paintings selected from the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series by artist Rob Shetterly. The exhibit highlights those who have advocated on a variety of issues over the years, including the college’s own Bill Griffin. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

D. Ritchie gave the following announcement:  


 The Labor/Management meeting between Cortland Chapter of UUP and the Cortland administration occurs every month.  At last Thursday’s meeting, a couple of notable issues came up which affect faculty and professionals.


 First, we are asking for your help in advocating with our NYS legislators in the context of BOTH the cessation of services at the SUNY Downstate Medical University campus – which have negative effects on the medical school students, faculty and staff, and the Brooklyn community – and the cuts to SUNY Cortland which come from the new SUNY RAM budget formula.   That SUNY Resource Allocation Model is more of a Re- Allocation Method, because the President and Vice-President for Finance & Mgt said that $150,000/year will be permanently removed from Cortland’s budget and added to the three University Center budgets.  The big-picture effects are covered in UUP President Phil Smith’s article: .

So those UUP Advocacy DATES are the following:

Today, Feb 5, when several faculty and professionals were joined by a group of Cortland EOP students riding a bus this morning to Albany to advocate for SUNY and SUNY Cortland with legislators.

TUESDAY, February 26 – joining lots of other SUNY faculty and professionals in Albany.

TUESDAY, March 12 – this date during Cortland’s Spring Break will allow our faculty who teach on Tuesdays to join some of our students (organized by NYPIRG), our professionals, and CUNY faculty and professionals (organized by the PSC union in New York City).

Please let Marc Dearstyne (x4808, know if you can advocate in Albany, AND go to the UUPinfo website,, and support Downstate Medical University by clicking and sending faxes to your own legislators and the governor.


Second, VP for Finance and Management Bill Shaut said in the meeting that some of his sources indicated there was movement to work on a “pay bill” for UUP, presumably to put before the Legislature for funding.   FYI, a so-called pay bill is needed whenever there are contract provisions that include an increased cost to NY State, so the implication might be that an agreement between UUP and New York State is coming soon.  I’ve asked Jamie Dangler, the Chief Negotiator for UUP, about that, and she has said that the correct interpretation is this:  if the State anticipates that a pay bill may be needed when the (part-time) Legislature is NOT in session, they will seek to develop that pay bill ahead of time.  So I wanted to let you all know her response to that implication.  You also know that she has many times affirmed that the UUP Negotiations Team will only bring back to UUP members a tentative agreement that they are confident is the best agreement possible and one that will pass the membership’s ratification vote.     Thank you. 

B. Wodi  gave the following report: The Pan African Students Association will present their First Annual Banquet/African Fashion Show entitled "Back to Our Roots," on February 9, 2013. The purpose of this event is to sensitize the campus community to African Heritage and Culture. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. The Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Cortland students pay admission fees of $8.00 while Non-Cortland students and faculty pay $10.00 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to The International Rescue Committee's Youth Program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary

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

 (1)      Committee on Committee’s Report, submitted by J. Barry

                                                                       APPENDIX 1

                                                      Committee on Committee’s Report

                                                              submitted by J. Barry, Chair

                                                                    February 5, 2013

 Item #1:

 The Committee on Committees has received the following nominations for Senate seats: 

·     School of Arts & Sciences (at large):  2012-14 (complete unexpired term) – Sonia Sharma

 · School of Education:  2011-13 (complete unexpired term) – Orvil White

 ·  School of Education:  2011-13 (complete unexpired term) – Lin Lin

 The Faculty Senate Secretary can be asked to cast a single ballot for these nominations.

 Item #2:

 A nomination was received for Faculty Senate Vice-Chair:

    2012-13 (complete unexpired term) – Jeff Walkuski

 Ballots have been issued, and the voting deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013 (4:00 p.m.).

 Item #3:

 The call for nominations was extended for the following search committees, and nominations received are noted below:

 Director of Academic Support and Achievement Program:

 Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff–Ralph Carrasquillo, Marc Dearstyne, Eileen Gravani, Marinda Souva, Teri Vigars

 One member elected by and from the classified staff reporting within the area – Carol Kanellis

 One student member – Jordyn Naylon (appointed by SGA)

 Director of Student Conduct:

 Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff–Jim FitzGerald, Regina Grantham, Heather Haight, Lyndon Huling, Cindy Lake, Eamon O’Shea, Chris Poole

 One member elected by and from the classified staff reporting within the area – Neeca Root

  One student member – Josh Figura (appointed by SGA)

 Ballots have been issued for the faculty/professional staff seats on these committees.  Voting deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013 (4:00 p.m.).

 Item #4:

 The following vacancies still exist and no nominations were received:

 Officer/Committee Vacancies:

 Academic Faculty Affairs Committee (Social/Behavioral Sciences) – 2011-13

 College Curriculum Review Committee (Education) – 2011-13

 Committee on Committees (Social/Behavioral Sciences) – 2011-13

 Educational Policy Committee (Academic faculty at large) – 2012-14

 Review of Governance Structure Committee (Arts & Sciences) – until completion of review

 Review of Governance Structure Committee (Arts & Sciences) – Spring 2013 (sabbatical replacement)

 Senate Seats:

 Fine Arts/Humanities – 2012-14

 School of Arts & Sciences (at large) – Spring 2013 (sabbatical replacement)

 School of Professional Studies (at large) – 2011-13

 Respectfully submitted,

  Joanne Barry

  Chair, Committee on Committees