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Minutes #6 - November 12, 2013

                             FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #6 

November 12, 2013  

The sixth meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM in Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge.  

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  J. Walkuski, W. Miller, C. Schubert, D. Miller, M. McGuire, S. Sharma, D. West, E. Lind, B. Wodi, J. Rayle, R. Borden, A. Dearie, N. C. Paley, K. Pristash, J. Hendrick, E. Owens, L. M. Weber, J. Figura, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, G. Sharer, M. Dodds, K. Pristash, F. Pierce, S. Anderson  

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  R. Grantham, S. Shi, M. Seyfried, H. Lindh, D. Harms, T. Slack, R. Nauseef, K. Pietro, S. Shaut, B. Burke, A. Fitz-Gibbon, G. Douglas, M. Connell 

GUESTS PRESENT:  F. Pierce, T. Taylor  

I.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from October 29, 2013 were approved.  


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

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The Chair reported that he had contacted the individuals involved with parking to schedule an informational visit at a future Faculty Senate meeting and has not heard back from them.  He also mentioned the announcements regarding the GE meetings, one on Friday 11/15 from 3-4 PM in Corey Union and Tuesday, November 19 from 3-4:30 in Corey Union and he encouraged everyone to participate in the online survey.  Chair Walkuski stated that he wanted the Senators to go back to their constituents to obtain feedback, since the issue may be revisited in the Senate.  There will eventually be a report from the GE Committee after the three scheduled meetings and online survey and the Chair wanted to generate enthusiasm and support for the GE Committee’s efforts.  

The Chair then brought to everyone’s attention a colleague with breast cancer, Barbara Kissel, with the Senators being encouraged to wear pink to the meeting. The Senators stood and Chair Walkuski gave a brief speech and bag of pink gift items to her.  She expressed her gratitude to her fellow colleagues in the support of herself and Breast Cancer Awareness. 

IV. VICE CHAIR’S REPORT  - No report.  

V. TREASURER’S REPORTW. Miller – The Treasurer reported that there is $467.37 in the Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship account. She encouraged those who have not contributed yet to do so, and also urged Senators to go back to their constituents and remind them to contribute.  



  • NY Jets
  • Open SUNY
  • Open House
  • Recognition of colleague in support of Breast Cancer Awareness
  • A. Henderson-Harr, A. Berg, Workshop
  • LI Hospital
  • Recreation Conference  


Student Affairs CommitteeE. Lind – No report.  

Academic Faculty Affairs Committee – A. Fitz-Gibbons – No report (absent)  

Long-Range Planning Committee – G. Douglas – No report (absent)  

Educational Policy Committee –  M. McGuire – Chair McGuire reported that the committee would be meeting on Wednesday and they have a charge.    

Professional Affairs Committee  – K. Pristash – The Chair reported that the committee met 1-1/2 weeks ago and he is attempting to schedule another meeting with labor relations and UUP.  We have met and had our initial meeting.  K. Pristash was re-elected chair.  We spoke about some issues that we will keep an eye on... DRL as it affects part timers, on call/recall and we will be scheduling a meeting to peruse another agenda item very soon. 


Committee on Teaching EffectivenessJ. Walkuski – Chair Walkuski reported that the committee is still attempting to convene its first meeting.  

Committee on Committees – J. Barry – J. Walkuski read the Committee on Committees report and a vacancy was approved.  

College Research Committee  – No report (absent) 

General Education Committee – No report (absent)  

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

Review of Governance Committee – J. Walkuski – Chair Walkuski reported that the Review of Governance Committee has met twice this semester and looked at the duties and structure of the standing committees. They have contacted chairs of those committees and the committee will have a report at the beginning of the Spring semester 2014.  They are also working on other issues concerning shared governance on campus.  


B. Wodi responded to the lack of response from the individuals involved in parking and encouraged Chair Walkuski to pursue the matter regarding having them attend the Faculty Senate for an informational session.  Chair Walkuski responded that he will follow up in a more direct manner.  

J. Hendrick reported that the Start-Up NY Ad Hoc Committee has met once and will be meeting weekly and they will be reporting back by the scheduled deadline.  They are working on a list of criteria as examples so businesses can be made aware of what the campus might be interested in.  

XI. SUNY SENATOR:  The SUNY Senator gave a brief report. The Innovative Exploration Forum on Undergraduate Research in New York State's Public Higher Education System is scheduled for April 1, 2014 in the Legislative Office Building in Albany.  We can send up to two student projects.  The campus should be receiving information very soon, if we have not received it already. Secondly, SUNY’s first conference on Shared Governance will be held April 23-24 in Albany.  

XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT –  L. M. Weber – SGA's Halloween Party and Fall Fest were a huge success. Leigh's GRE was not....  

This week students can come to the SGA office and sign up for the Cortaca bus that we are sponsoring to this weekend’s game SGA is currently underway planning for the Holiday Party that will take place Wednesday December 4th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. 

XIII. OLD BUSINESS: - There was no old business. 

XIV. NEW BUSINESS:  There was no new business. 

 XV.  ANNOUNCEMENTS:  D. Miller reported on behalf of the Colloquium Room Committee that the space is being utilized and he encouraged everyone to take advantage of the room. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Barbara Kissel 

Recording Secretary 

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

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

                                                                                          APPENDIX 1   

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate  

November 12, 2013 

submitted by J. Barry, Chair  

Item #1 

The Committee on Committees recommends the following appointment.  This requires confirmation of the Faculty Senate: 

Educational Policy Committee (Library) 2012-14, complete unexpired term 

 – Maaike Oldemans 

Respectfully submitted, 

Joanne Barry