April 6, 2004


1.CALL TO ORDER: The 12th meeting of the Faculty Senate for 2003-2004 was called to order at 1:15 PM on April 6, 2004 in the Hall of Fame Room, PER Center, by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski.


SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Walkuski, B. Jackson, P. Buckenmeyer, B. Mattingly, P. Walsh, K. Alwes, J. Cottone, J. Hokanson, L. Anderson, M. Friga, J. Rayle, M. Chandler, K. Pristash, A. Johnson, A. Young, T. Phillips, M. Barone, D. Walker, D. Stevens, E. Bitterbaum, E. Davis-Russell, R. Franco, W. Shaut, E. McCabe, L. Anderson, T. Fay, C. Poole, M. Ali


SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT: K. Coombs, G. Beadle, J. Peluso, S. VanEtten, P. Schroeder, C. Plunkett


GUESTS PRESENT: J. Mosser, P. Koryzno, C. Malone, M. Prus, E. Caffarella, R. Sipher, C. Little, D. Berger



There was a vote to approve the proposal to change the procedures for consultative committees (Passed)


There was a vote for the Senate to participate in the search for Associate Vice President of Finance and Management. (Passed)���������������


There was a vote to suspend the rules of the Senate to conduct an open meeting brought forth by the proposal from Philip Walsh concerning Faculty Senate by-laws and term limits. (Passed)


There was a motion to approve the proposal made by P. Walsh to abolish term limits for Faculty Senator (Passed; Voice Vote/Approved: B. Jackson, B. Mattingly, P. Walsh, K. Alwes, J. Cottone, J. Hokanson, L. Anderson, M. Prus, K. Pristash, A. Johnson) Not approved: M. A. Chandler; Abstained: D. Walker, D. Stevens, M. Barone (Student Senators) (Passed)



The Minutes from March 2, 2004 were approved.



The Chair opened by explaining, as per his previous e-mail, he would be suspending the rules of the Senate in order to have an open meeting.���


Walkuski then mentioned a motion being brought forward from Vice President Shaut, regarding the search for Associate Vice President for Finance and Management, if the Senate would like to participate. (Passed; SEE Senate actions)






IX.SECRETARY�S REPORT: P. Buckenmeyer was happy to announce that Laura Brunez, Early Childhood Education major, will be the recipient of the Faculty Senate scholarship and reported that she would like to express her gratitude to the Senate.


X.PRESIDENT�S REPORT: President Bitterbaum opened by talking about a series of breakfasts his office is sponsoring inviting business people from the community and government officials to see how SUNY Cortland, �as largest employer in the community, can brainstorm this institution to move forward.� He encouraged anyone, if they think of someone who might be important to invite, to send him an e-mail.


He also mentioned USA Team Handball and thanked Ted Fay and Chris Malone as well as the Provost for their contribution.


The Presidents of two Turkish universities are coming on Scholar�s Day.


He commended Student and Academic Affairs who have worked very hard and reported that two weeks ago there were ten thousand applications. The Admissions Office closed at 9,800. This last weekend there were 1700-1800 guests on campus with a very strong class. He reported that we are looking at another 1,075 and an additional 500 transfer students, with a grand total of 11,000+ applications, including freshmen and transfers. He ended by saying, �Things bode well from that point of view.�:


He reported from John Mosser�s area, saying that Glen Toolman, businessman and entrepreneur, has been invited to lecture on campus, including Tim Phillip�s classes in Economics. It was felt that since other colleges are doing it, inviting guest lecturers from the world of business or other areas outside of academics, that Cortland would try it.


July 16 or 18 will be the summer alumni reunions, which usually fall at the five year mark. He said, �We would love to have you come on campus. Alums love to meet former professors.�


SUNY Cortland has been approached by Cornell ROTC asking us if we are willing to host a faculty member to teach Binghamton and Cortland so students don�t have to drive to Cornell to take ROTC 101. He went on to say, since we did not invite ROTC to teach on our campus in the past, he had studied historical documents indicating a vote of decent back in the 70's, although he is not sure exactly when. He reported he doesn�t know if it needs another vote.


The President closed by asking everyone to congratulate Mark Prus, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Bill Shaut, Vice President of Finance and Management, for their recent appointments. There was a hearty round of applause.


XI.QUESTIONS FOR THE PRESIDENT: K. Alwes asked if there would be a discussion and vote on the ROTC issue and Bitterbaum replied that if not a vote, at least a discussion.




Long Range Planning Committee - Fay reported that the final cycle has been circulated for review and the following day there would be a meeting with President Bitterbaum to discuss basically the review of planning.


Educational Policy Committee - Anderson reported that the proposed amendments to the College Handbook pertaining to departmental policies is being disseminated to campus and that her committee encourages people in areas to look at it and e-mail feedback to EPC before we vote on it.Alwes asked if the deadline was close to April 12 and Anderson answered in the affirmative.


Student Affairs Committee - {SEE Secretary�s report}


Faculty Affairs Committee - No report.



SUNY Senator Phillips gave a quick report concerning feedback from the April 22-23 SUNY Faculty Senate meeting about value added assessment to bring the Senate up to date on what has transpired so far.He reviewed the history where last June the Board of Trustees passed value added system-wide assessment and subsequently the Faculty Senates have formed a group to �battle� it.They came up with a plan and he quickly outlined the six elements of the plan. Both of these executive committees are in support of this plan. Some people, however, are against system wide assessment and have let the Board of Trustees know they think it�s not a good idea. They came up with a plan, the six key elements in the existing assessment plans in addition to the ongoing GEAR Process (General Education Assocation Review.)He expressed that many feel there is no need for second system layered assessment and that Math, written and critical thinking and reasoning should be assessed to reflect external measures. They feel GE can be done to provide flexibility for campuses.


He ended by mentioning the National Survey for Student Engagement, which will be an upcoming issue at the SUNY Student Assembly next weekend and he will be attending.


Barone asked him if he understood if assessment was going to be on the agenda and mentioned possibly discussing it with him after the meeting.



M. Barone discussed the Student Government Association�s attempt at trying to address some of the student concerns regarding the increases in prices of textbooks and passed around a resolution drafted to voice their concerns which will be discussed at the next meeting.




Committee on Committees - No report.


XVI. NEW BUSINESS: No new business.



The proposed changes in consultative committees was opened up to the floor for discussion. The motion asked specifically for a change in procedures and not a change in by-laws, he explained, in italics, �Once the committee has identified candidates for on campus interviews, supervisors contact candidates in consultation of Search Committee chair and affirmative action officers.�


K. Alwes asked if this was an option and Walkuski replied that it was a significant part of this addition. The motion carried.


Senator Walsh explained the rationale for his proposal that the bylaws be amended to suspend term limits for Senators for a faculty referendum.He felt it was important to have senior faculty on the Senate for the purposes of experience and/or institutional memory.He read e-mails from Judy Ouellette who said, �The purpose of the Senate is to represent to the best of its ability.....�and Judith Best, �I firmly support the principal of no term limits...the goal is to represent...it is absurd to turn away those who are willing to serve....�


Senator Walsh then pointed out a typo in the resolution [SEE Appendix] substituting the word �officers� for �offices.�


K. Alwes supported the motion, pointing out the roster as it came around saying, �I counted the vacancies, there are seven. That is quite a lot of people not being represented in different areas.I would support this if for no other reason for representation and putting up no obstacles to people who want to serve.�


T. Phillips spoke in support of the motion as he had checked with colleagues from 7 other institutions: no term limits at Pottsdam; 2 consecutive terms at Binghamton; 3 terms in a row at Albany; and no term limits at Stony brook or old Westbury, to name a few.


Walkuski asked Walsh to clarify if he meant no more than two limits and then you could never run again, or two terms and you could take a break and run again and it was clarified.


M. Friga spoke to the motion agreeing with Phillips, expressing the desire to, �cast the widest net.�


K. Alwes pointed out the past history of years of vacancies on the Senate and people unwilling to run. She indicated it might occur although she has never seen it.


Buckenmeyer said there should be an endeavor to mentor new faculty coming in to get involved in Faculty Senate, saying, �We still need to encourage young faculty.�


Craig Little spoke in favor of the motion, �Whether it�s the legislative body of the United States Congress or the Faculty Senate, I am opposed to term limits amongst any legislative body. It ought to be people who have extensive experience.� He indicated he was not aware having chaired the Senate 15 years ago there was a limitation on senatorial term limits and was troubled by it.


R. Sipher said, �If it is good enough for the US Senate, it ought to be good enough for us. I am not convinced why officers can�t serve two successive terms. We didn�t have this policy in us until FDR....�


Walsh indicated he was willing to go with a compromise as far as deleting the part about term limits of Senate Officers.


C. Little expressed that he felt the US government is fundamentally a different kind of authority and mandates, essentially, representatives of their district and pointed out the separation of powers in American government. He said, �I have no problem with a two years limit on the officers of the Senate....rationale would be to push the principal....no limits all the way around.�


R. Sipher spoke, �There is something that is troubling me. A lot of you people we just heard from are a very small number of people. This is not my idea of a dialogue. I get frustrated when you come to Senate, something gets voted up or down. That is not my idea of a Senate. Sometimes people don�t want to run for senate. Most people are silent, yes or no. I am being critical of the Senate right now.�


E. McCabe expressed her opening saying, �I just want to say I agree with Michael. I think not having limits can restrict newer faculty from getting involved....If someone is entrenched people keep electing them.�


M. Chandler mentioned, referring to the risk of running, �It is sort of embarrassing....the other gets few votes...This doesn�t prohibit somebody to take a break and come back again, because we have done that in the past. The present system doesn�t exclude any of us, including myself. I took a break and then came back.�


T. Phillips spoke to the motion saying, �In the past 1-15 years, young faculty members wanted to run against older Senators.It isn�t as if we have all these heated contests for Senate. Ithasn�t happened.�He expressed he didn�t believe in kicking out people who want to serve and are doing a good job.


B. Mattingly expressed some concern, having to do with a general attitude towards service on campus. �We will find a few people who are willing to do all the work. If someone is there we�ll just keep them there. The policy that might say, �it�s okay for you not to step up if someone else can�.... with just senior faculty to fill these positions, no, this is a representative position, the Senate is a leadership position, or have just the opposite effect.�


K. Alwes indicated �I am against excluding and setting up obstacles. I suggest people vote against people who are taking over the Faculty Senate. People aren�t getting involved. The people who want to be involved are being told not to. I see the reality versus the idea.�

B. Mattingly indicated he was aware of a situation in his department where there was a young faculty member who was being pressured to serve on the Senate, saying �That kind of pressure is unconscionable. I am concerned about a newer faculty member being exploited by a senior faculty member.�


M. Friga said, �As a juniorfaculty member, my perception is the opposite. He said in his department he felt pressure not to be involved in anything school wide andanything put all of his attention on his department ending, �....and if you don�t do that, it will be held against you.�


Walsh responded pointing out Mattingly�s point was an argument in favor of the motion and not against. �I am also a junior faculty member and serve with senior members.�


A. Young expressed that he was inclined to support it, agreeing with Sipher�s point that the Senate could have another motion later on.�It will provide the Senate and the college with more people willing to serve. Good service holds true.�


Jackson responded that if Roger Sipher feels people don�t speak up enough in the Senate he should have been there when they discussed raising the ceiling for the number or credits. He also said regarding the perception of Senate and apathy on campus, �The Senate has to stand up for itself.We do important work that effects everyone....we�ve been apathetic. I agree with Walsh�s motion that people should be allowed to serve and run. Apathy is there, people should serve and run.�


Walkuski handed over the gavel to Vice Chair Jackson and said, �I don�t agree with the rationale that the Senate term limits rules. The bylaws talk about consecutive terms. All faculty have the opportunity to serve, be it on a committee or as an officer. I have my history of 5 years, running for treasurer and then chair. I Don�t feel it is an issue of representation that would be taken care of with this particular motion. The issue at hand is, what value do we place on the Senate....what are we doing as a body to encourage individuals in your departments to be involved with the Senate?It doesn�t address the issue of people who may serve...if you have senior faculty member status does that mean you have this institutional memory? Absolutely. Does it mean you serve the Senate to the best of your ability? I was told when I ran for the Senate it was not productive so I ran. I oppose this motion. I believe in the opportunity for individuals to serve in variety of capacities on the Senate. That�s all I need to say.�


Cottone spoke in support of the motion saying, �There is no guarantee if this passes it will change anything and it may create a second set of new issues which can be resolved later on.� He indicated that if there were issues created by seniority positions then the Senate could bring the same debate back in a year or so.


D. Walker said, �It doesn�t affect me being a student. There are two issues, placing limit on how long a Senator can serve, lack of representation or information we might lose for that term if they are not on Senate. There is apathy with term vacancies...So, can we amend it so we can serve both issues, faculty not having opportunity rather than getting rid of the limit?�


There was general discussion regarding this issue and a vote {SEE Senate Actions}



Masoom Ali encouraged everyone to participate in Make-A-Difference Day on May 5, 8:00 -11:00 AM and asked everyone, faculty, students and staff, to come out and show their support to enhance and clean up the campus.


The meeting was adjourned at 2:18 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Barbara Kissel

Recording Secretary


The following reports are appended to the Minutes in the order reported and submitted by Senators and other members.


(1) Administration�s report to the Senate submitted by President Bitterbaum


(2) Proposal to amend college by-laws concerning the current successive term limits on Faculty�������� Senators


(3) Textbook Resolution submitted by M. Barone, representing the SUNY Cortland Student������� Senate.