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Faculty Senate Minutes #9 - February 19, 2013



                                                                   February 19, 2013 

The ninth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2012-2013 was called to order by Chair Joy Hendrick on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM in Park Center, Hall of Fame Room.

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hendrick, R. Grantham, C. Schubert, W. Miller, S. Sharma, E. Lind, B. Wodi, K. Polasek, O. White, L. Lin, M. Gonzalez, R. Borden, V. Behr, T. Vigars, N. C. Paley, H. Lindh, D. Ritchie, M. Dodds, D. Berger, E. Owens, J. Reardon, R. Williams, S. Wood, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Douglas, S. Anderson 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  J. Walkuski, D. Miller. R. Kendrick, K. Pristash, T. Slack, P. Schroeder, K. Pietro, G. Sharer, W. Shaut, B. Hodges, B. Burk, M. McGuire, A. Fitz-Gibbon, M. Connell

GUESTS PRESENT:  F. Pierce, N. Kane 

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The Minutes from November 5, 2013 were approved.


The nominees for committee vacancies for the Committee on Committees were approved by the Faculty Senate {SEE Appendix 1}

III.  CHAIR’S REPORT:  J. Hendrick

       ·     Congratulations to Jeff Walkuski who has been elected as the new Vice Chair of the Senate.

       ·     The SUNY Board of Trustees next Public Hearing is on March 19th.  Those interested in making a statement or   testimony about university issues, registration must be made in advance, no later than March 15th by emailing

         ·     Call for Proposals for Conversations in the Disciplines Grant Program. The deadline is April 5th for 2013-2014 programs.  Information can be found on the Provost Lavallee’s website at:

          ·     Feedback is still being sought on the “Making Diversity Count” position paper.  Please send any comments to David Berger and/or myself by next Monday, 2/25 so that we can share it with the UFS Diversity and Cultural Competence Committee.  Questions regarding the document can be directed to Noelle Paley, who serves on that committee.

           ·     Gary Evans from HR indicated that sub-lists of faculty by school can be created.  If school senators would want the Senate (via Barb) to have access to such a list for your purposes please let me or Barb know.

IV. VICE CHAIR:  J. Walkuski – No report (absent)

V. TREASURER’S REPORT:R. Grantham – The Treasurer reported that there is $602.37 in the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship account.  She encouraged everyone to continue forwarding their donations towards scholarship.

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORT:No report (vacant)


     1.       Resource Allocation Model

     2.      Capital budget

     3.      The connection between Jobs & Majors

     4.      Teacher Education GPA

     5.      SUNY Hospitals


Student Affairs CommitteeM. Connell – No report (absent)

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbon – R. Grantham reported that the committee is reviewing personnel policies and sections 220.5 and 230 of the Handbook and meeting every week.

Long-Range Planning Committee – G. Douglas – The Chair reported the committee has a charge and is meeting on Friday.

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

Professional Affairs Committee – K. Pristash – No report (absent)


Committee on Teaching Awards No report (absent)

Committee on Teaching EffectivenessR. Grantham reported that the committee is attempting to meet.

Committee on Committees – The Committee on Committees report was read by J. Hendrick:

Ute Gomez and Kathy Lattimore were recommended by Vice President Sharer and added to the search committee for the Director of Academic Support and Achievement Program as special consideration members, and approved by the Faculty Senate, under Item #2.

Carolyn Bershad and Cindy Lake were recommended by Vice President Sharer and added to the search Committee for the Director of Student Conduct as special consideration members, and approved by the Faculty Senate, under Item #2. 

David Smukler was approved on the GE Committee, Education (2012-14, complete unexpired term). 

College Research Committee – No report (absent)

General Education Committee – J. Hendrick announced in B. Burk’s absence - No report.

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – M. Dodds – No report. 

Review of Governance Committee –R. Borden gave the following report in the absence of J. Walkuski.  The Review of Governance Committee is studying documents, including the charter of Cornell’s University Assembly and the AAUP’s January 2013 report on contingent faculty and shared governance. It looks forward to a phased release of recommendations, to begin this spring.

Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Diversity StatementN. C. Paley – N. Paley gave a brief report.

X. AREA SENATOR’S REPORTS There were no Area Senator’s Reports.

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORT – D. Berger – The SUNY Senator’s report is appended from the February 5 meeting. Other handouts from the Winter Plenary can be found at:  


     ·     Erin Durgin will be hosting a club fair in the exhibition lounge on Wednesday February 20th from 12:00pm-3:00pm

     ·     Jonah Reardon is still in the process of updating the SGA web page.

      ·     SGA will be changing the name of Festivus this year. We are also looking for ways to send some love over to Newtown Connecticut

      ·     The Michal C. Holland Scholarship is due Friday March 1st

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - There was no Old Business.

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:  - There was no New Business.


       ·     G. Douglas gave the following report:

                                Cryptography: From Enigma to Elliptical Curve Cryptography  

Presented by Professor Don Costello, ACM Distinguished Speaker 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


                                                            Corey Union Function Room

Professor Costello's grandson is a Cortland alum, who according to Professor Costello had nothing but good things to say about Cortland

            ·     Chair Hendrick reminded committee chairs to submit their reports in a timely manner to ensure that they are acted on by the end of the year.

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, Chair

    ( 2 )  SUNY Senator’s Report, submitted by D. Berger

                                                             APPENDIX 1

                                              Committee on Committees Report

                                                       submitted by J. Barry, Chair

                                                               February 19, 2013

 Item #1:

 An election was held as follows:

 ·     Faculty Senate Vice-Chair 2012-13 (complete unexpired term) – Jeff Walkuski elected

 Item #2:

 Elections were held and search committees have been formed as follows:

 Director of Academic Support and Achievement Program:

 ·     Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff–Ralph Carrasquillo, Marc Dearstyne, Eileen Gravani, 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)

 ·     Two additional special consideration members – to be recommended by Vice President Sharer

 Director of Student Conduct:

 ·     Four members elected by and from the faculty/professional staff– Regina Grantham, Lyndon Huling, 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)

 ·     Two additional special consideration members – to be recommended by Vice President Sharer

 Item #3:

 The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointment which requires confirmation by the Senate:

 ·     GE Committee, Education (2012-14, complete unexpired term) – David Smukler

 Item #4:

 A ballot was issued for the following Senate seat, with a voting deadline of February 22, 2013:

 ·     Library Senator (spring 2013 sabbatical replacement) – David Ritchie

 Item #5:

 A call for nominations was issued for newly vacated positions.  Nominations received to date are noted below.  Nomination deadline is February 21, 2013:

 ·     Faculty Senate Secretary (2012-13, complete unexpired term) – no nominations received

 ·     GE Committee, Fine Arts & Humanities (2012-14, complete unexpired term) – Jenn McNamara

 Respectfully submitted,

 Joanne Barry

 Chair, Committee on Committees

                                                                APPENDIX 2

                                                                       SUNY Senator’s Report

                                                            submitted by D. Berger, SUNY Senator 

 As SUNY Cortland’s Senator I attended the 163rd Plenary held at SUNY Oneonta from Jan 24-26, 2013. Electronic Copies of the report from the comprehensive college sector meeting, the Interim Report of the Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Team, and Vice Chancellor Killeen’s Technology Accelerator Fund Announcement are attached.

 In his opening remarks on January 25th Senate President Kenneth P. O'Brien introduced Dr. Timothy Killeen, and explained his dual role as Vice Chancellor for Research and President of the SUNY Research Foundation. He acknowledged that Dr. Killeen is an active research scientist and that he is a member of the National Academy of Science.

 On Friday morning, the 25th, the Senate heard from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Lavallee. He talked about the Chancellor’s “systemness” and open SUNY themes, including and student mobility, online courses, and the massive open online courses (MOOCs). Some of the latter are available from universities in other states, and are taken by as many as 100,000 students across the country. There is now a catalog of on-line courses available for students. Prior learning assessment will help us handle prior experience and credit for applied skills. Seamless transfer of AA/AS degrees to parallel SUNY baccalaureate programs is a long-time goal that is still unrealized. We need to admit transfer students directly into a major. During the ensuing discussion O’Brien added that it is important to regard AA/AS degrees as a pathway from junior to 4-year colleges; that 2-year degree programs must be more specialized rather generalized, and that transfer students tend to graduate with the same GPA as non-transfer students. Provost Lavallee indicated that the new Degree Works program is expected to be available to replace Banner by next August, and that it would facilitate transfer of courses taken by students at other SUNY campuses. Financial aid offices on the student’s home campus will have to adjust to dealing with the expected increases in student mobility. He also said that full evaluation of issues regarding SUNY-wide general education program requirements is on his to-do list.

 After lunch we heard from Vice Chancellor Killeen. He reported that industry support for research has increased. The initial portion of his presentation covered scientific integrity. Principles covered were: transparency and independence from outside influences (elimination of external pressure and bias), free and open communication, accountability, information sharing, peer review, conflict of interest policies, thoughtful and thorough review of misconduct, and the scientific basis for public policy discourse. He stated that the SUNY Research Council made up of SUNY distinguished faculty and external faculty and advisors has been appointed. Its first meeting was last December. The next will be on 3/16/13 and will be available on the web. They will discuss strategic directions, aspirational framing, integration of research and education; and will be advisory to governance and leadership. Key themes are: start with identifying problems that society and/or industry are trying to solve, regarding diversity as strength, and focusing on our areas of excellence. The four SUNY Networks of excellence (4E) are: energy, environment, education, and economics.

 Dr. Killeen’s presentation also touched on the SUNY Neuroscience and Materials and Advanced Initiatives and Infrastructure, and the New York State Innovation and Venture Capital Fund. He reported that SUNY and the Research Foundation supported or created nearly 2300 new companies through its incubators, tech transfer offices, and partnership with small business development centers. SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund was launched in April 2011, and the Entrepreneur in Residence Fund this January. The SUNY Faculty Research Travel Grant Program started again this February.

 Later Friday afternoon Vice Chancellor for Financial Services and CFO Brian Hutzley gave his presentation. He began with economic impact of Super Storm Sandy. Partially as a consequence of the storm damage, the operating budget gap for all state agencies is $1.4 B for 2013/14, and $14.9 B for 2014/15-2016/17. He said that State Legislature is letting SUNY spend the money in our budget. The good news is that there is sufficient appropriation to allow the State-operated campuses to spend of planned tuition rate changes. There are no contractual increases and no funding for SUNY strategic priorities. The details for community colleges are not yet worked out. There is no new money for dormitories—we are working with last-year’s money. The Governor cut back on SUNY hospital funding to last-year’s amount. Buildings need to be maintained, but there is little or no new critical maintenance funding.

Although the SUNY Board approved the concept of the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) we need a better way to allocate our funds that lets every campus plan for change including enrollment, new programs, and tuition. Eleven campuses (mainly the comprehensive colleges) are facing downward adjustments, and have submitted requests for transition funding. Special transition support may be provided short-term until the new programs are sustainable. Requests will be reviewed by a group comprised of System Administration and campus professionals. The RAM begins the phase in at 30% of impact on July 1, 2013; with an additional 30% impact on July 1, 2014, and the final 40% impact on July 1, 2015. A website for transition funding information is available.

Over the next 3 years SUNY will shift 5% of our spending to direct instruction and student services, resulting in $100M being reinvested. In line with shared services, the new elevator contracts were reduced from 27 to 4 regional contracts, saving ~$1.5M. Additional savings include: the on-line tutoring consortium (led by the College at Cortland), all SUNY libraries loan materials to each other free of charge, the SUNY-wide print shop utilization efforts, centralizing administration of employees, recruitment and criminal background checks at Delhi and Cobleskill, a shared dining/food service contract at Clinton and Plattsburgh, and joining the National Association of Educational Procurement to use the buying powers of other states. And there are other examples.

Next, Chancellor Zimpher responded to two questions and concerns from each of the various sector leaders (university centers, medical schools, comprehensive colleges, community colleges). She said that she is considering what we can do to maintain the distinctive nature of our various campuses while still looking at the demands of the market in terms of student needs and the challenge of online education, while maintaining the on-campus experiences. We need to balance both of these—open SUNY versus on-campus student experiences. The university centers sector leader expressed concerns about the impact of MOOCs and the role of research at SUNY. The Chancellor said that open SUNY is meant to be a success vehicle. She regards it as an online strategy for financial success. It is about giving quality online experiences and degrees. We need faculty help to make MOOCs successful. But she also has serious concerns about open SUNY. This trend is not going away, and that we need to assess its success.

The Chancellor also acknowledged that SUNY Downstate Medical University is experiencing both financial and administrative problems. She said that the medical school and its hospital clinical training are as big a problem as it gets. What happened there is a “perfect storm”. It is very difficult to run a hospital within this state’s bureaucracy, compared to private competitors. The context is changing exponentially, and the new federal healthcare initiative will affect this. There has been a wholesale replacement of the SUNY Downstate management and a new previously successful president has been hired. We must put every option on the table, and may not own that hospital in the future. But we may need to open a new hospital in the future because medical doctors are critical for this state. The problem is not going away and needs to be fixed.

Kenneth O'Brien stated that the cost of serving the State’s underserved population is a major concern of all the sectors. Everybody is asking if a college education is worth the cost. President Obama and many others are saying “yes”. The Chancellor agreed. We have to educate ourselves out of this economic mess. SUNY is committed to figuring this out. There is a 24% increase in first time, full time minority enrollment. This is up from a few years ago. Remediation may be required. We are supporting 23 early college high school AP courses. There are fewer high school students applying to colleges. A competitive SUNY leads to a competitive NY State. $20M has already been saved with shared services, and we are reinvesting those savings.

In response to the specialized colleges’ sector leader, the Chancellor said she appreciated the role of SUNY Maritime Ships in response to Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. She also mentioned SUNY Cornell’s Agriculture school’s involvement in yogurt production in our area. And she praised Vice Chancellor Killeen as a real academic and research scientist, and now the head of the Research Foundation and Vice Chancellor for Research.

On Saturday morning the chairs of the various standing Senate committees reported on their current work and progress towards their assigned goals. Noteworthy are the work of the Programs and Awards Committee’s proposal for a new Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Adjunct Teaching (their resolution was voted on later and passed with no opposition). A resolution from Executive Committee on the required quorum for electronic meetings (special meetings between plenary sessions) passed unanimously. Separate resolutions to remove term limits on past senate presidents and vice presidents, both passed. A resolution stating that sector chairs must be members of their particular sector, passed. Finally, a resolution regarding the membership of the expanded Executive Committee did not pass.

Submitted by David F. Berger, Professor of Psychology, SUNY Senator, 2/19/13.