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Minutes #3 - October 1, 2013

                                 FACULTY SENATE MINUTES #3

October 1, 2013 

The third meeting of the Faculty Senate 2013-2014 was called to order by Chair Jeffrey Walkuski on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM in Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge.   

SENATORS AND MEMBERS PRESENT:  J. Walkuski, C. Schubert, W. Miller, D. Miller, S. Sharma, D. West, E. Lind, K. Polasek, J. Rayle, R. Borden, M. Seyfried, N.  C. Paley, K. Pristash, D. Harms, J. Hendrick, E. Owens, L. M. Wever, J. Figura, E. Bitterbaum, M. Prus, M. Dodds, A. Fitz-Gibbon, K. Pristash, S. Anderson, M. Connell, G. Sharer, R. Grantham

SENATORS AND MEMBERS ABSENT:  M. McGuire, B. Wodi, O. White, S. Shi, A. Dearie, H. Lindh, T. Slack, R. Nauseef, K. Pietro, G. Douglas  

GUESTS PRESENT:  P. Buckenmeyer, T. Fay, R. Collings, L. Eaton, M. King, D. Pitman, A. Zipp, G. Hermann, I. Jubran, J. Ouellette, M. Nagel, J. Barry, H. Wilson 

I.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:   The minutes from September 17, 2013 were approved.  


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

III. CHAIR’S REPORT – The Chair gave a brief report. 





  • Budget Allocation
  • LI College  Hospital
  • Shared Services
  • SUNY Works
  • Open SUNY
  • Shared Governance  

There was an Open Meeting on the Inspector General’s Report and the meeting was adjourned.  The New Business was conducted after the Open Meeting.  


Due to the Open Meeting, no there was no time for Standing Committee reports.  


Committee on Committees – J. Barry – J. Walkuski read the Committee on Committees report and vacancies were approved.   

Due to the Open Meeting, no there was no time for other Committee or senator reports.   

XII. STUDENT SENATORS’ REPORT –  L. M. Weber – (received via email, however this was not presented at the Senate meeting).  The Student Senator had the following report:   

SGA has senate next Tuesday where President Bitterbaum will attend. This is a big senate meeting for us since clubs will be asking the senate's permission to go to financial board and request stabilization.   

Erin Durgin is working hard planning her Halloween Party. This year she will be collaborating with Caribbean Student Association and Women of Color. The Halloween Party will take place on November 1st in Moffett Gym from 6:00pm-9:00pm.   

Natalie Finkle and Rashad Williams are working hard in planning Fall Fest. Leigh met with them last week to get them more organized for their event. This year Fall Fest will take place on Sunday November 3rd on the steps of Corey Union from 12:00pm-3:00pm.   

Khalia Brown is in full swing planning Winter Formal. This year's theme is Once Upon a Time and will take place at the Hathaway House. Time is TBA. Last, the SGA executive board met with Sue Vleck last night and discussed important details for Khalia's going away party. The event will take place in Jacobus Lounge on Saturday November 23rd. The theme for this event is Happily Ever After which ties in perfectly to her Winter Formal event. 

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


The motions to directly involve Shared Governance in the determination if businesses in Start-Up NY align with and/or further the College’s mission was discussed and will be an agenda item under Old Business at the next Faculty Senate meeting on October 15, 2013 {SEE Appendix 2}

XV.  ANNOUNCEMENTS:  D. Miller announced that the Colloquium is available for use on the second floor of Old Main.  

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

(2)  Motions regarding the involvement of Shared Governance in the determination if businesses in Start-Up NY align with and/or further the College’s mission    

                                                                                  APPENDIX 1  

Committee on Committees – Report to the Faculty Senate 

October 1, 2013  

Item #1 

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

General Education Committee: 

  • Academic at large (2013-15) – S. Kelley
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (Fall 2013 sabbatical replacement) – B. Skipper  

Respectfully submitted,  

Joanne Barry 


                                                                       APPENDIX 2 

submitted by J. Hendrick 

Motions regarding the involvement of Shared Governance in  

the determination if businesses in Start-Up NY  

align with and/or further the College’s mission  

Rationale: This past year, Governor Cuomo announced START-UP NY to “foster entrepreneurialism and job creation on a large scale by transforming public higher education through tax-free communities across the state, particularly upstate”[1].   Participating businesses can receive tax breaks for 10 years and their employees for up to 5 years.  To be eligible, businesses must demonstrate that they are “aligned with or further the academic mission of the campus, college or university sponsoring the tax-free community”1.   According to the SUNY Board of Trustees Policies and the SUNY Cortland College Handbook, faculty “participate in the development of the educational program and … shall be responsible for the conduct of the College's instruction, research and service programs” (section 130.03).  In March 2010, SUNY Cortland faculty, via shared governance channels, approved the current version campus mission statement and thus have a solid determination of the mission of the campus. 

Thus, faculty have the best perspective to assess and interpret the academic mission of the college.   Campus involvement is an established component of the approval process for business in Start-Up NY[2]. Effective shared governance involves the engaged participation of faculty via the Faculty Senate with the college administration. 

Motion #1: 

The SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate is in support of our direct involvement in this process of determining if businesses are aligned with or further the academic mission of the college (as it relates to Start-up NY) via established shared governance channels. 

Motion #2: 

The SUNY Cortland Faculty Senate will create an ad hoc committee to: 1) develop criteria and 2) procedures to assure that businesses applying for the tax breaks via Start-Up NY with our college are eligible according the college mission alignment.  This seven-member committee will consist of 4 faculty members (at least one from each school), 1 professional staff member, 1 librarian and 1 student.  The committee has a deadline to report back to the Senate by November 12.