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Minutes #1 - September 3, 2013

                               FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #1 

September 3, 2013  

The first meeting of the Faculty Senate 2012-2013 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM in Park Center, Hall of Fame Room. 

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Walkuski, C. Schubert, W. Miller, S. Sharma, E. Lind, K. Polasekm R. Borden, A. Dearie, D. Harms, J. Hendrick, E. Owens, W. Weber, J. Figura, E. Bitterbaum, G. Sharer, M. Dodds, A. Fitz-Gibbons, S. Anderson, D. West

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  D. Miller, M. McGuire, R. Grantham, B. Wodi, S. Shi, O. White, N.C. Paley, H. Lindh, K. Pristash, T. Slack, R. Nauseef, M. Prus, K. Pietro, W. Shaut 

GUESTS PRESENT: There were no guests present.    

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from May 7, 2013 were approved. 


The Faculty Senate Standing Rules were approved, as amended. (Approved) 

The committee vacancies were approved for the Committee on Committees (Approved) 

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The chair mentioned the importance of shared governance on campus, how faculty are involved in the process and how the faculty’s voice can be increased on campus. Chair Walkuski stated there are many important issues the Senate undertakes and he is looking forward to working with everyone this year.

IV. VICE CHAIR’S REPORT  - No Report (absent) 

V. TREASURER’S REPORTNo Report (absent) 

VI. SECRETARY’S REPORTNo Report (absent)


·     Budget

·     Faculty Searches

             ·     Title IX 

·     Sustainability 

·     Construction 

·     Transfer Students 


Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – No report.  

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbons – The chair reported that the first meeting will be on Friday. The committee is short members from the Sciences and Social Sciences and he encouraged those interested in contacting him. 

Long-Range Planning Committee – No report (absent) 

Educational Policy Committee –  L. Schlict - No report {SEE New Business} 

Professional Affairs Committee – No report (absent) 


Committee on Teaching EffectivenessThe chair announced he is attempting to convene the first meeting.  

Committee on Committees – J. Barry – Chair Walkuski gave the report for the Committee on Committees and asked for a motion to approve the committee vacancies. 

College Research Committee – No report (absent) 

General Education Committee – S. Sharma – S. Sharma reported that the first meeting will be on Thursday. 

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee – M. Dodds – M. Dodds reported that the first meeting will be on Monday. 

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – The chair reported that the committee is in the process of getting organized and looking at the committee make-up.  

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

XI. SUNY SENATOR’S REPORTJ. Hendrick – The SUNY Senator distributed copies of the University Faculty Senate Spring/Summer 2013 Bulletins. For individuals who did not receive them, the Bulletin can be accessed from the SUNY Senate website at the following link, and she encouraged individuals to refer to it:  

 XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT – L. M. Weber – The student Senator reported that SGA is underway. The first senate meeting was planned for that night at 8:00pm in the function room. This year they would like to maintain the same focus with the clubs as last year; effective communication. SGA is also planning a surprise going away party for Ms. Khalia Brown since she has done so much for this camp and looking to collaborate with Athletics to see if they can honor Mike Holland's name with something he loved so much such as basketball. SGA is looking forward to a great year. 

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

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:The New Business item regarding the EPC proposal to change the GE9 foreign language requirement was introduced and will be an item under Old Business at the next Faculty Senate meeting on September 17, 2013.

XV.  ANNOUNCEMENTS: There were no announcements. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Barbara Kissel 

Recording Secretary

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

(1)     Standing Rules, as amended, submitted by J. Walkuski, Chair 

(2)     Committee on Committees Report, submitted by J. Barry, Chair 

(3)     EPC Proposal to change the GE9 foreign language requirement, submitted by M. McGuire, Chair 



              Faculty Senate Standing Rules                 

              submitted by J. Walkuski, Chair 




(1)  Regular fall meetings of the Faculty Senate shall be held on the alternating Tuesdays according to the attached schedule, unless insufficient business warrants cancellation as determined by the Steering Committee or otherwise announced in advance by the Chair. Time of the meetings shall be 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.  Be on time. 

       (2)  Special meetings may be called by the Senate, or in cases of an emergency nature, by the Chair.  Whenever possible, special meetings shall be 1:15 - 2:30 p.m., when the Senate does not meet, provided that classes are in session.  Any member of the faculty may attend these meetings. 


     (1)  Committee Reports shall be presented to the Faculty Senate during the "reports" portion of each meeting and electronically to the Faculty Senate Secretary. 

     (2)  Committee Reports shall include a rationale supporting the committee's recommendations, if any. 

      (3) Resolutions and motions contained within or incidental to committee reports shall be presented, for information only, during the "reports"  portion of each meeting.  Limited questioning on the content of committee reports may be permitted by the Chair at the time that the report is presented. 


      (1)  The Steering Committee shall determine the order of agenda items to be considered at each meeting of the Senate which shall be published one week in advance. 

      (2)  Except for matters of an emergency nature, which will be decided by a 3/4 vote, the appropriate committee or person shall publish the exact wording of all resolutions, main motions, and committee  recommendations to all members of the Senate two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they will be considered. 


      (1)  Debate shall not be in order unless a motion is pending. 

      (2)  All remarks shall be addressed to the Chair. 

      (3)   The Chair is empowered to enforce a time limit of three minutes per speech. 

      (4)  The motion "to reconsider and enter on the minutes" shall be out of order. 

      (5)  Senators are encouraged to yield the floor to guests in attendance who wish to speak. 

      (6)  Official liaisons shall be allowed to speak when recognized by the Chair. 

             However, they shall not be allowed to offer motions or vote. 

(7)  A roll call vote may be ordered on any motion by the request of five voting members of the Senate, or by the Chair.

       (8)  Straw votes shall be illegal. 


       (1)  Newly elected officers shall assume office immediately following the last day of examinations in the spring semester. 

       (2)  Newly elected members of committees shall become active immediately following the last day of examinations in the spring semester. 

        (3)  Chairs of standing committees shall retain their chairmanship until the chairmanship election at the first committee meeting of the fall semester. 


Committee on Committees Report 

submitted by J. Barry, Chair 

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate 

September 3, 2013 

Item #1 

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointments.  These require confirmation of the Faculty Senate: 

College Curriculum Committee – 

Library, 2013-15 – Lisa Czirr 

Professional Studies, 2013-15 –Brent Wilson 

Educational Policy Committee, Professional Staff, Fall 2013 (leave replacement)– Lori Schlicht 

General Education Committee, 2013-15 –Lisa Czirr 

Item #2 

A call for nominations was issued for the following seats with a nomination deadline of September 6, 2013.  To date, only one nomination has been received.  Nominations can be accepted from the floor of the Faculty Senate. 

At Large: 

Faculty Senate Vice Chair – 2013-14 

Faculty Senate Secretary – 2013-14 

Faculty Senate Treasurer – 2013-14 

Faculty Representatives to the Student Senate (2 seats) – 2013-14 

School Arts & Sciences: 

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee (Social/Behavioral Sciences) – 2013-15 

Committee on Committees: 

(Fine Arts/Humanities) – 2013-15 

(Social/Behavioral Sciences) – 2013-15 

General Education Committee (Soc/Beh Sci.) – Fall 2013 

Long Range Planning Committee (Math/Science) – 2013-16 

Senator (Fine Arts/Humanities) – 2012-14 

School of Education: 

Student Affairs Committee – 2013-15 

Senator – 2013-15 

School of Professional Studies: 

Committee on Teaching Effectiveness – 2013-15 

Full-time Lecturer: 

Senator (Education/Professional Studies) – 2013-15 

Professional Staff: 

College Research Committee – Liz Speziale 

Professional Affairs Committee: 

(Student Affairs) – 2013-16 

(Academic Affairs) – 2013-16

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Barry 



EPC Proposal to Change the GE9 Foreign Language Requirement

submitted by M. McGuire, Chair                            

Current Catalog: 

All undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in foreign language 
by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 
* successful completion of a one-semester 
     college-level foreign language course (101) or the equivalent, such as 
     CLEP, the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)  or  AP credits 
* having earned a score of 85 or higher on the New 
     York State Regents examination in a foreign language. 

Proposed Language for the New Catalog  

All undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in foreign language 
by fulfilling one of the following requirements:  
* successful completion of a one-semester 
     college-level foreign language course (101) or the equivalent, such as 
     CLEP, the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)  or  AP credits


* having earned a final grade of 85 or higher in the third year of H.S. foreign language study or a passing grade in 

   any subsequent year of H.S. foreign language study 


* having earned a score of 85 or higher on a foreign language 
Regents Exam or a local exam aligned with a discontinued Regents Exam 
(Checkpoint B Exam)

Under Degree Requirements 

Current Language 
Students scoring an 85 or higher on the Foreign Language High School Regents Exam fulfill 
the GE Category Nine language requirement.” 

Proposed Language 

Students earning a final grade of 85 or higher in their third year of H.S. foreign language study or passing ANY SUBSEQUENT year of H.S. foreign language study, or scoring an 85 or higher on a Foreign Language Regents Exam or a local 
exam aligned with a discontinued Regents Exam (Checkpoint B Exam) fulfill the GE 
Category Nine language requirement.