College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 19

Pages 359-370

10 May 2002



Page       Topic

359          Contents


360                  Department Senator Elections

360                  Sabbatical Leave Applications

360                  Nominations for Distinguished Ranks and Chancellor’s Awards

361          Research Council Minutes, March 11, 2002

362          Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee, 16 April 2002

363          Minutes of the 2001-2002 College Senate Meeting, 30 April 2002

370          Minutes of the 2002-2003 College Senate Meeting, 30 April 2002








                        Correspondence:  Janice A. Lovett, Department of Biology,

                        Bailey 210; e-mail:; phone: 245-5413




Departmental Senator Elections

A reminder that the terms for departmental senators expires at the end of the semester. I will be notifying departments whose senators terms have expired and ask that they response before the end of the semester with the names of new senators. Senator terms are for two years and College Senate traditionally meets on Tuesday at 4 p.m. If departments have other changes in departmental senators, e.g. sabbatical replacements, please also let me (Janice Lovett) know so that when Terry takes over as Chair in June he will be able to make committee assignments and committee chair appointments  more easily. I will also send out a request to returning and newly-elected senators for committee preferences in the next week or two.


Applications for Professional Leave

Applications for professional leave for the 2002–2003 academic year are due in Department offices on 15 September 2002 and in the Provost's Office 15 October 2002. In accordance with the Constitution, the Professional Leave Review Committee is charged with publishing the criteria by which they evaluate applications. Here is their statement:


"Sabbatical leave proposals are evaluated on the following criteria: clarity of presentation of proposed objectives (including schedule and planned outcomes), potential contribution of the project to teaching or professional stature, necessity for leave, and evidence of productivity in prior leaves or ongoing scholarly activity. See the Guidelines for the Submission of Proposals for Sabbatical Leaves for further detail and clarification."


The Guidelines for Submission of Proposals for Sabbatical Leaves are available in the Provost's Office.


Call for Nominations


Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks


Nominations are now being accepted for the following SUNY Ranks


        Distinguished Teaching Professor

        Distinguished Service Professor

        Distinguished Librarian

        Distinguished Professor


And for the following Chancellor's Awards:


        Excellence in Teaching

        Excellence in Librarianship

        Excellence in Professional Service

        Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity


Nominations for these ranks and awards must be submitted in writing by Monday, September 16, 2002 to Charles Freeman, College Senate Vice Chair, Greene 202. Confidential nominations should consist of a 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's qualifications for the award or rank.


Research Council Minutes, March 11, 2002


Present: Doug Baldwin, Lynette Bosch, Ganie DeHart (chair), Anne Eisenberg, Elizabeth Hall, Doug Harke, Roxanne Johnston, Duane McPherson, Dave Meisel, Nader Asgary, Jeff Over, Provost Dixon (guest)


The meeting was called to order in the President's Conference Room at approximately 3:35 p.m.


Provost Dixon joined the council for the first part of the meeting, in response to concerns about the absence of Research Council involvement in the selection process for research excellence awards. She summarized the history and current status of the Excellence in Research awards, at both the campus and Chancellor's levels, and the Foundation-sponsored research professorship. There is some question whether the campus award duplicates the recently announced Chancellor's award, but no decision has been made yet about discontinuing the campus award. Provost Dixon summarized the evaluation process for the two awards. Nominations for the Chancellor's award will be evaluated by the Excellence Committee, chaired by Terry Bazzett, Vice-Chair of Senate. The Campus Awards Committee will evaluate nominations for the campus-level award; this committee is intended to be broad-based rather than representing particular groups. However, this year each committee includes a member of Research Council, with Jeff Over serving on the Excellence Committee and Ganie DeHart on the Excellence Committee.


The council discussed three proposals for Undergraduate Summer Fellowships and voted unanimously to recommend one proposal for funding. Discussion followed as to whether (1) the remaining two proposals should be returned to their authors for revision and resubmission and (2) the competition should be reopened for other proposals. After considerable discussion of

the pros and cons of each proposal, the council voted unanimously not to fund the remaining proposals and not to reopen the competition.


Concern was expressed about the small number of student summer fellowship proposals received this year and the relatively poor quality of some of the proposals. Discussion ensued on how to correct the situation, and the following suggestions were made:  (1) Encourage students and faculty to begin thinking about fellowship proposals well in advance. To encourage this, an informational meeting will be held in the fall for potential student fellowship applicants and their faculty mentors.  (2) Provide models of good proposals to applicants and faculty mentors.

Doug Harke agreed to do so. (3) Encourage students to begin working with faculty mentors during the year before the summer fellowship. This point can be emphasized in the fall meeting. (4) Push back the deadline to March 1st. The council agreed this should be done next year; Roxanne Johnston and Doug Harke concurred. (5) Consider raising the level of the stipend; $2000 is not enough for students who would normally work during the summer and must cover the cost

of staying in Geneseo as well as giving up income from summer jobs. The current stipend now works out to $6.25/hr. for eight 40-hour weeks; faculty with grants now pay students who work during the summer at a higher rate. The council recommended that the Geneseo Foundation re-examine the stipend levels for all summer fellowships.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Ganie DeHart, Chair, Research Council


Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

16 April 2002, Welles 134


Present: L. Taczak, C.-M. Tang, A. Gu, J-L. Liu, K. Rank, E. Whitcomb, C. Faulkner, G. Gouvernet, J. Rogers, W. Freed, D. McPherson.


Guests: B. Bonfiglio (Student & Campus Life); H. Levine and   R. Holthaus (Health Services)


The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.  


1.   Student Transportation / Knight-Rider: Bonfiglio reported that the college is collecting bids from bus companies to provide a bus service for students. He noted that this will require applying to SUNY for an increase in student fees.  He still expects that a bus system will be in place next fall.


2.   Sexual Assaults:


        Post-assault Procedures 1. Sexual assaults upon students are probably under-reported, so there is a need to encourage assault victims to feel more comfortable about coming forward.   There was discussion about the need to have an advocate / advocacy group for the victim. Whitcomb is currently receiving training in victim counseling through the regional Planned Parenthood organization, and will work with them to coordinate training of other students to form a student-based advocacy group. A meeting for interested students was scheduled for      April 17th in the Union. Levine noted that there is no single college staff member designated as an advocate for sexual assault victims, but that several members of the Health Services staff are trained and qualified and could assume that role. There is also at least one person in the Livingston County District Attorney's office whose role is victim advocacy. 2. Concern had been expressed that female victims may feel uncomfortable making a formal  report to a male police officer, and that it would be helpful to have a female officer on call. McPherson reported that he had met with J. VanRemmen of the University Police to discuss this, and that the police procedures could probably be modified easily to offer victims the option of speaking to a female officer if one is on duty, or to call in a female officer from one of the nearby departments (village, county, or state police). 3. The idea of reporting a sexual assault electronically was raised at an earlier meeting.        McPherson noted that the University Police website does include this option. The suggestion        was made to put a link to this at the front of the University web page to make it more prominent.   McPherson relayed a message from VanRemmen that reports made in this way could include a request to be contacted by the University Police (i.e., it can be as anonymous or non-anonymous as desired by the person making the report).   Levine said that the Sexual Violence Awareness Committee is working on ways to consolidate such information and make it more accessible. 4. Regarding the absence of a "rape kit" for collecting evidence at the Lauderdale Health Center, Holthaus pointed out that the purpose of the rape kit is entirely to gather evidence; as such it does not directly address the mental or physical well-being of the victim and thus does not further the goals of the Health Center services. Furthermore, the evidence-gathering process requires practiced skills to be done effectively, and it is unlikely that the Health Center staff would carry out the procedure frequently enough to remain in good practice. In addition, the time required to carry out the procedure (about 2 hours without interruption) would greatly reduce the staff's ability to care for other clients. Additional staff time would be required for court appearances. Holthaus said that the Health Center had therefore concluded that it was not in the best interests of the assault victim to have a rape kit on campus, and that it was preferable to direct victims to Noyes Hospital. 5. In response to questions about how to arrange transportation of assault victims to a hospital, Bonfiglio stated that it was a system-wide SUNY policy (not a local policy) that faculty or staff would be entirely on their own (with incumbent liability) if they transport assault victims (or anyone else) to the hospital. Levine and Holthaus reported that they had 100% success in locating transportation for students who desired to go to a hospital. They also pointed out that representatives of the Rape Crisis Center will meet sexual assault victims at the hospital and assist them through the process, including assurance that they get safely home, and that the Health Center communicates and coordinates with the Rape Crisis Center. Faulkner asked what sort of medicines the Health Center can provide to sexual assault victims.   Holthaus replied that they could provide morning-after contraceptives and treatments for some sexually transmitted diseases, but that they do not provide an "AIDS cocktail" for the prevention of HIV infection.                             


        Preventing Sexual Assaults 1. Sexual assaults are often associated with alcohol consumption, and we need to improve awareness of this connection. Bonfiglio suggested meeting with local tavern owners to develop agreements eliminating heavy-drinking promotions. There is precedent for such agreements in New Paltz. 2. It was suggested to have a designated non-drinker accompany groups of partiers to watch out for risky behavior or dangerous situations - this might be something that the Greek organizations would like to get involved in, especially if the non-drinker is someone viewed as a positive role model. 3. Regarding the frequency of alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related health emergencies, Levine said that exact numbers are hard to come by, but that there are probably a dozen or more during the first two months of the fall semester, declining as the semester continues. This is likely to be an underestimate, as off-campus incidents would not go through the  Health Center.             


The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by Duane McPherson   




Minutes of the College Senate Meeting

30 April 2002

Newton 204


Present: J. Ballard; T. Bazzett; T. Book; S. Brainard; J. Bushnell; C. Dahl; G. Dingeldein; B. Dixon; G. Drake; K. Farrell; C. Faulkner; W. Freed; C. Freeman; J. Garvey; E. Gillin; B. Glass; W. Gohlman; G. Gouvernet; T. Greenfield; A. Gu; E. Hall: R. Hartman; A. Hassid; D. Hill; T. Hon; H. Hoops; H. Howe; M. Jensen; J. Kirkwood; C. Leary; J. Lieberman; W. Lofquist; J. Lovett; S. McKenna; J. McLean; D. McPherson; J. Mounts; R. O’Donnell; P. Pacheco; N. Paternostro; M. Putman; J. Remy; S. Salmon; P. Schacht; A. Stanley, M. Stolee; D. Sullivan; C. Tang; G. Towsley; R. Vasiliev; A. Weibel; C. Whalen; E. Whitcomb; C. Wixson; C. Woidat; J. Zook


Guests: S. Bailey; S. Frish; C. Hart; M. Schmidt, D. Gordon


Call to Order

College Senate Chair Lovett called the meeting to order at 4.06PM.


Adoption of Agenda

The agenda was adopted unanimously.

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting (Senate Bulletin 17, pp. 363-43) were approved unanimously.


Senate Reports


President’s Report

1.     President Dahl noted the two memorial services held yesterday for Jeremy Byrnes, the sophomore history major who died the weekend before last. Some 800 people gathered in Wadsworth Auditorium. The President offered condolences to Jeremy’s family and friends.


2.     The Task Force on Roles, Rewards, and Faculty Evaluation has now been organized. The Task Force is scheduling its first meetings before the end of the semester, including one with the Faculty Affairs Committee.


3.     The State’s revenue picture has worsened by $1.3 billion. So the President called it timely and appropriate that all members of the College community remind their legislators of at least $67 missing in the SUNY budget. The State needs to keep salaries and other SUNY obligations funded. In any event, the State should have a budget, no matter how dismal or provisional, by the middle of May.


4.     Geneseo’s Commencement Speaker this year is President Mark Gearan of Hobart and William Smith. Gearan received a BA from Harvard and a law degree from Georgetown University. He has directed the Peace Corps, campaigned for Vice-President Gore in 1992, and served as a senior staffer in the White House. Dahl called him a dynamic speaker with an exciting and relevant message that would make us think about the purpose of a Geneseo education—especially in an increasingly complex world after both the events of 11 September and, closer to home, the recent death of one of our own students.


Provost’s Report

Provost Dixon said that the College would probably announce recipients of Supported Professorships, and Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring awards during the first or second week after Commencement. A public announcement would be made during the President’s Convocation in the fall.


Chair’s Report

1.     Chair Lovett announced Spring Election Returnsas that were listed in Bulletin 17.


2.     Over the summer, Lovett said she would design a web-based ballot template with CIT so that future Chairs would not need to reinvent the wheel with each election.


3.     Departmental elections were currently under way. Lovett said she would send information about the current status of Senators to Department Chairs. Senate terms would end on 31 May, so Departments should take care of this before the end of the semester.


4.     Lovett said she would send out notices to Senators about committee preferences, and she would like to get these back before the end of the semester.


5.     Five students have accepted Roark nominations; Lovett said the Executive Committee would examine these materials next Tuesday.


Vice-Chair’s Report

No report.


Treasurer’s Report

Senate Treasurer Freeman thanked those who donated to the Senate and Roark Funds; non-anonymous donors would appear in the Senate Bulletin.


University Senator’s Report

W. Gohlman reported on the University Faculty Senate’s meeting on 12-13 April at Alfred State College.


1.     Provost Sahlins spoke about the implementation of the new teacher education program. Almost all campuses had submitted assessment plans. But the Senate expressed displeasure with Sahlins’ cooperation with the Global Education Corporation to create a broadcast version of an American History course. The Senate felt this infringed on its control over its own curriculum. So, for now, the plan has been withdrawn.


2.     Sahlins also told the Senate not to rule out the possibility of SUNY-wide assessment. This caused consternation among Senators.


3.     State Chancellor King also retreated from the Global Education Network Course. With the bad news about the State Budget, King backed off as well from an earlier optimism about securing funds from the Legislature.


4.     SUNY now has created four joint master’s degrees with Moscow State University and an international economics degree with a Turkish university. He discussed increasing international programs but through private and government agency funding rather than through competition between colleges. King also spoke of increasing the use of the SUNY Learning Network; about 26,000 students used it last year.


5.     Finally, King wanted to see SUNY improve its public relations.


Central Council Report

1.     J. Lieberman reported that the referendum on whether to bring a chapter of NYPIRG to Geneseo would be held on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. In order for the referendum to pass, 20% of the membership of the Student Association must turn out to vote, and 66% of these must vote in favor.


2.     Elections for Central Council officers were held last week. The members of the 2002-03 Central Council are as follows:

        Director of Academic Affairs:                                                                                                    Julie Donahue

        Director of Student Affairs:                                                                                                        Rachel Ali

        Director of Public Relations:                                                                                                      Daisy Gomez

        Director of Business Affairs:                                                                                                     Kwame Hayford

        Director of Inter-Residence Affairs:                                                                                          Jim Rudges

        Central Council Chair/Student Association President                                                           Jen Putorti

        Central Council Vice-Chair/Student Association Vice-President                                         Joshua Lieberman


Lieberman said that the newly elected officers would take their seats on the Council tomorrow night at the annual Changing of the Guard ceremony, following the regular business meeting, at 6.15PM in the Hunt Room. All would be welcome to attend.


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

J. Bushnell made the following motions for her Committee:


Second Reading, Course Revisions:

ANTH 310 (Bulletin 15, pp. 280-81)

ANTH 310 (Bulletin 15, pp. 280 and 282)

These course revisions passed unanimously.


Second Reading, New Courses:

ACCT 315/MGMT 315 (Bulletin 15, p. 279, and Bulletin 16, pp. 319-22)

ANTH 335 (Bulletin 15, pp. 279, 382-85)

ArtH 310 (Bulletin 15, pp. 292, 298-300)

ArtH 386 (Bulletin 15, pp. 293, 301-04)

INTD 210 (Bulletin 15, pp. 293-94, 305-06)

WRIT 201 (Bulletin 15, pp. 279-80, 286-87)

These course readings passed unanimously.


Second Reading, Program Revisions:

Economics Minor (Bulletin 15, pp. 281-82)

The revised minor passed unanimously.


Human Development Minor (Bulletin 15, pp. 281-82)

The revised minor passed unanimously.


Second Reading, New Programs:

Film Studies Minor (Bulletin 15, p. 294, 307-08)

The revised minor passed unanimously.


Early Childhood Education Major with Childhood Education added (Bulletin 15, pp. 294-97, 309-13)


S. McKenna (Mathematics) spoke against the motion, which would require 119 credits from majors. While the Elementary Education major’s 119 credits had set a precedent, McKenna called it a bad precedent. She objected to the general principle of a 119-credit major.


G. Towsley (Mathematics) disagreed with the contention raised in the Committee’s discussion that students who must take 119 hours for a major chose to do so. He also urged the Senate to vote against the motion.


M. Jensen (School of Education) explained that the proposal was designed to allow students with Birth through Grade 2 certification to acquire certification up through Grade 6. This possibility appeals highly to such students. Jensen argued that Early Childhood students should not be limited to certification ending with second grade. The expanded qualification would give students certification up to sixth grade level; this allows for better marketability. In some ways, this is like a triple major—Early Childhood, Childhood, and the concentration, which is essentially another major.


M. Stolee (History) spoke against the motion. When UCC first saw the proposal, Stolee investigated websites of all the other SUNY Campuses; not one other campus had a similar system for education—not even Cortland, which has Dual Certification program. So Stolee did not see the demand for this proposal. She also inquired whether the proposal would require sacrifices in a student’s general education. Stolee noted that the Elementary Education and Special Education students with 119-hour majors have not yet graduated. She suggested that we wait for them to graduate before adding another huge program requirement.


H. Hoops (Biology) asked whether the 119 credits included core requirements. School of Education representatives said this was true.


M. Schmidt (School of Education) reported that she had interviewed fifty or more potential students. The majority seem to be bringing in 6-12 credit hours from high school. So students do have slots to take electives in their programs. The interest in Early Childhood Education is quite high, as it is for a program in Middle School Education (which we do not offer currently). Students will still have a number of electives; most of them will use them for additional certifications.


J. McLean (Physics) asked whether these programs were available separately; School of Education representatives said that they were. R. Vasiliev (Geography) asked if the programs would continue in this way, and School of Education representatives said that they would.


The motion was voted on by paper ballot. With 25 in favor, 28 opposed, and three abstentions, the motion failed.


Bushnell thanked UCC for its hard work all year, particularly those who volunteered to take minutes.


Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review

No report.

Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

No report.


Student Affairs Committee

D. McPherson said there would be one more meeting next Tuesday to finish up business for the year.


Faculty Affairs Committee

J. McLean called on his Committee members to anticipate the joint meeting with the Task Force on Roles, Rewards and Faculty Evaluation.


Old Business

Second Reading of the General Education Assessment Plan

The motion for the second reading of the General Education Assessment Plan passed unanimously.


New Business

Ad hoc Governance Committee

Chair Lovett reported that the Executive Committee had been formulating an Ad hoc Governance Committee.




The Committee will consist of ten voting members: six Teaching Faculty; two Students; and two Administration Representatives. Committee members and the Committee Chair will be appointed by the Chair of the College Senate for two years. A list of possible student members will be compiled by Central Council and recommended to the College Senate Chair for appointment. Administration members will be appointed in consultation with the President and Provost. A Faculty Member who happens to also be a member of the College Senate may use their service on the Ad hoc Governance Committee in place of assignment to a College Senate Committee.



The Ad hoc Governance Committee will examine the current campus governance structure regarding all aspects of its structure and procedures within the local campus environment and with its interactions with the University Faculty Senate. It will recommend changes to the governance to the Executive Committee of the College Senate for adoption by the campus.


Lovett added that the Committee would spend about two years examining matters such as the Constitution in general; selection of officers; and the nature and structure of Committees. The Ad hoc Governance Committee would look at other campus models, and the Provost would also like this Committee to “think outside the box” about Senate structure.


Lovett relayed the Executive Committee’s desire to have past Chairs of Senate Committees and other Committees on campus participate. Lovett called for other new members as well.


The motion for the Ad hoc Governance Committee passed by unanimous consent.


Thanks from the Chair

Since this was her last College Senate Meeting, Lovett thanked a number of people that helped make the Senate work this year:


Support Staff:

C. Bickle (Provost’s Office) for prompt and efficient attendance-taking.

J. Gill (College Senate work-study) for two semesters of support.


Chairs of Committees:

J. McLean, for volunteering to chair the Faculty Affairs Committee before Lovett took office.

J. Bushnell, for chairing UCC.

D. McPherson, for agreeing to chair any Committee where he was needed.

D. Metz, for stepping in to serve when the original Chair backed out.

C. Filice, for coming through at the last minute.


Other Members of the Executive Committee:

C. Leary (Past Chair)

T. Bazzett (Vice-Chair)

G. Drake (Secretary)

C. Freeman (Treasurer)

W. Gohlman (University Faculty Senator)

B. Dixon (Provost)

C. Dahl (President)

J. Lieberman (Central Council)


Lovett appreciated the thoughtfulnesss and experience which the members of the Executive Committee brought to discussions and which helped make her job much easier.


At this point, L. Hall (School of Education) asked for a clarification of the earlier vote on the School of Education Proposal. Lovett confirmed that the vote had been 25 in favor and 28 opposed with three abstentions. J. Remy (Parliamentarian) said that we could clarify this from the attendance sheet.


L. Hall was concerned that there had been fewer votes than members present.


Lovett ended by thanking the entire Senate for being patient. She complimented them for performing their duties, having good, focused discussions on several different issues, and maintaining respect for alternative opinions.




The Senate moved to adjourn at 5.50PM.




Addendum: The Chair received a request from the School of Education following the meeting for confirmation of the vote tally regarding the second reading of the Early Childhood Education Major with Childhood Education. Based on the attendance and the knowledge that the chair did not vote, the maximum number of eligible voters was 55. The votes recorded tallied 56 (25+28+3). Therefore, in consultation with the Executive Committee the Chair has set aside the second reading vote and the Early Childhood Education Major with Childhood Education will come up at the first Senate meeting in the fall for second reading.




Minutes of the First 2002-2003 College Senate Meeting

April 30, 2002

Newton 204


Call to Order

Having received the gavel from Chair Lovett, Incoming Chair T. Bazzett called the meeting to order at 5.51PM.


Chair’s Report

T. Bazzett announced his personal goal of no paper ballots. He also thanked Lovett for her leadership this semester and the guidance she gave Bazzett and other members of the Committee.


Bazzett said that he would make Committee assignments before the beginning of the next semester.

Bazzett said that when he took on the personal responsibility of chairing Senate, he thought this was a good governance body. When Bazzett served on the Middle States Review Committee, he had been impressed by the Governance Report presented by Kurt Fletcher from the Subcommittee on Campus Governance, which saw the Senate as a good institution. The Phi Beta Kappa reviewers were also impressed by our Senate, with its range of representation including administrators, faculty and students. This system was not necessarily typical of other campus governance bodies because of its range of issues, the practice of inviting non-members to All-College Meetings; and the general organization of the Senate. Yet the new Ad hoc Governance Committee indicated, Bazzett said, that we were not just resting on our laurels but moving forward.


Bazzett also promised that his meeting agendas would contain no renegade apostrophes.


New Business

There was no New Business.



The Senate moved to adjourn at 5.55PM.

Respectfully submitted,



Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary