College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 3
September 16th 2002

Agenda: 2002-2003 College Senate Meeting, 17 Sept 2002


Fall Senate Meeting Listing
Correction to College Senate Membership Change
Withdrawal of the ECE/CH proposal
Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 10 Sept 2002
Annual Report of the 2001-2002 Senate Treasurer
Graduate Affairs Minutes and Proposal. GDSC436



Correspondence:  Terence Bazzett, Department of Psychology,

Sturges 34; e-mail:; phone: (245)-5248



College Senate Meeting

September 17, 2002

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meetings

p. 363-369, Senate Bulletin 19, May 2002.

Senate Reports

President                    Christopher Dahl

Provost                       Barbara Dixon

Chair                           Terence Bazzett           

Vice Chair                  Charles Freeman

Treasurer                   Maryellen Schmidt

University Senator     William Gohlman

Central Council          Joshua Lieberman


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula                   Judith Bushnell

Undergraduate Policies                     Edward Gillin

Graduate Academic Affairs   Dale Metz

     First Reading:

                New Course:

                CDSC 436: Communicative Disorders Research (see attached proposal and minutes)                           

Student Affairs                                   Michael Lynch

Faculty Affairs                                   Rosanne Hartman


Old Business

No Second Reading of SOE program proposal from Spring 2002.


New Business

Approval of New Members

1.        Caroline Woidat (English) to replace Tze-ki Hon  (History) Senator-at-Large under six years 2002-2003.

2.        Rosanne Hartman (Communication) to replace Fowler-Morse (SOE) Senator-at-Large under six years 2002-2003.



Fall 2002 College Senate Meeting Schedule

September 17
October 8 (Preceded by the All College Meeting at which the Committee on Nominations will report.)
November 12
December 3

Correction to College Senate Membership Change

To fill openings that occurred during the summer, the past procedure of inviting the person with the next highest number of votes in the election in which the position was originally filled was followed. The following have agreed to be nominated:

1.        Rosanne Hartman (Communication) will replace Jane Fowler-Morse (Education) as Senator-at-Large over six years for the 2002-2003 year.

2.        Caroline Woidat (English) will replace Tze-Ki Hon (History) as Senator-at-Large under six years for the 2002-2003 year.

The Senate will vote to accept this nominations at the Sept.17 meeting.


Withdrawal of the ECE/CH proposal

The School of Education is engaged in an examination of resources in all current and proposed programs. At this time, they wish to withdraw the ECE/CH proposal before Senate until completing a review of existing resources.  After this review, the School of Education will bring forward a revised proposal for a new UCC and Senate review.


Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting, 10 September 2002

Present:  T. Bazzett, J. Bushnell, C. Dahl, B. Dixon, G. Drake, E. Gillin, R. Hartman, J. Lieberman, J. Lovett, M. Lynch, D. Metz, M. Schmidt.


Chair Bazzett called the meeting to order at 12.53PM.


Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting (23 April 23 2002; Bulletin 18, pp.  351-357, Bulletin 18) were approved unanimously.



Chair's Report

Bazzett explained a slight problem for the Nominations Committee. The Committee’s previous Chair had not realized that the call for fall nominations was supposed to have gone out this past spring. In response, the current Chair, D. Aagesen, is preparing nominations for the 8 October meeting in just a week.


President's Report

President Dahl referred the Committee to general remarks made in his convocation address last week.

1.        Geneseo is in the second year of bad budgetary times. Dahl said he would send a memo detailing how the College has put together this year’s Budget. Deans, Directors and Department Chairs are being asked to observe same expenditure controls as last year—prior permission for trips, freezing of some lines, etc. The College has had $1.45 million taken out of its operating Budget to meet Geneseo’s priorities: maintaining faculty employment and retaining courses and academic services for students.

2.        Campus landscape work has been successful. Two properties on Park Street will become a park and parking space. The College is also resurfacing streets, roads and sidewalks and continuing landscaping. Those overseeing this work also take safety walks at night to check for proper lighting and trimmed foliage, as well as for obstacles people might trip over.

3.        Tomorrow is the anniversary of September 11th.  Geneseo is trying to offer occasions for observance without overwhelming people or making a statement beyond Sept 11th itself. So the College is cooperating with the Village’s observance; holding a memorial observance for the four alumni who died at the World Trade Center; advertising a service at the Interfaith Center; and having a bell toll in remembrance. The College, said Dahl, wishes to allow focus on the very real grief and tragedy the country is experiencing without making any specific sectarian or political statement.

4.        W. Gohlman (History), Associate Provost Padalino, and Chair Bazzett are planning five presentations on how the world has changed since Sept 11th. Topics will include Islam; psychological effects of September 11th;  how September 11th has changed the way we teach texts or subjects; wider political issues (what is the wisest course of action with Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.); and a PBS Frontline special hosted by Bill Moyers,  “Faith and Doubt.” This program will probably be available in half-hours segments on campus TV, possibly accompanied by public discussions. Dahl thanked others who have helped organize this work, including Vice-President for Administration K. Levison, welcoming others to join in the preparations.

5.        During Honors Convocation Weekend, Leo Lambert, Class of ’76 and English major, now President of Elon University in North Carolina, will receive an honorary degree. Lambert may also give a seminar the following Monday on Faculty Roles and Rewards.

6.        Dahl reminded the Executive Committee about the College’s Strategic Planning Group (SPG) and proposed adding an additional Faculty member and an additional Staff member. Dahl passed out a copy of the old  rubric from the College by-laws and noted that the SPG is a College Committee, not a Senate Committee. Senate will need, however, to reflect in the wording of its Constitution any changes in the SPG.

7.        Dahl requested from the Executive Committee the names of at least nine faculty members to fill vacancies and the new Faculty position on the SPG—people interested in planning issues and policy.  The President would like names by 24 September.


Provost's Report

1.        B. Dixon reported that classes are off and running—and full. The Registrar and the Dean’s Office say we’re packed; more students enrolled than anticipated. But Dixon noted that the College is efficient.

2.        The Task Force on Faculty Roles and Rewards has been meeting. They will use Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered to help generate a conversation about the different ways of looking at scholarship. Eventually, the Task Force will broaden its discussion to teaching. So this semester will focus on intensive conversation about  issues. 


President Dahl added that he will share the Task Force’s charge along with its members.


Vice Chair’s Report

T. Bazzett relayed Vice-Chair Freeman’s message that the deadline for nominations for Excellence Awards and Distinguished Professorships is next Monday. Bazzett also observed that last year produced no applicants for Excellence in Service and Library last year.


Past Chair’s Report

No report.


Treasurer’s Report

M. Schmidt said she had met with the former Senate Treasurer.


University Faculty Senator’s Report

No report.


Central Council Report

1.        J. Lieberman announced that for the one-year anniversary of September 11th, Central Council and the Student Association would be handing out ribbons in the College Union Lobby, the Sturges Quad, and the College Green. Lieberman said that it was possible that students might also make their way to academic departments to provide ribbons to as many people as possible.

2.        Central Council has decided to start its weekly business meeting on September 11th at 6PM instead of 6.15PM, hoping this will allow students to attend to make it to the memorial service on Main Street at 7PM.

 Bazzett asked for an email list from Lieberman and from other Senate Committee Chairs.


Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee Report

No report.


Graduate Affairs Committee Report

D. Metz projected a busy year for his Committee. He brought up an issue from the previous academic year (see Senate Bulletin 17): a course in Research in Communicative Disorders had been approved at a time when two readings were not possible. The course was approved by last year’s Graduate Committee. Metz asked if the course now needed to go through first and second readings? (The course is running as an experimental course with five students.)


Bazzett said it would, promising to post the minutes related to this course in the next bulletin for review by the Senate before these votes.


The Provost added some information. The Graduate Dean’s responsibilities have changed. The job used to combine Graduate issues with Study Abroad; with a full-time Study Abroad Director now, D. Gordon has responsibilities for graduate affairs. We should consider an official liaison for the Graduate Affairs Committee from the Dean’s Office.


Bazzett thought it would be good to ask Gordon to attend Graduate Affairs Committee meetings. J. Lovett suggested putting him on Metz’s mailing list. The Provost asked if former Graduate Dean K. Broikou used to attend Graduate Affairs Committee meetings; Bushnell confirmed that Broikou did do so.


Policy Committee Report

No report.


UCC Report

UCC Chair J. Bushnell said she would be meeting with the Dean’s Office later this week to find out about projected proposals.


Student Affairs Committee

M. Lynch reported meeting with D. McPherson, last year’s Chair. The Committee still faces two unresolved issues:  sexual assault issues and student alcohol use.


Old Business

School of Education Proposal Vote

This piece of old business is still in process; T. Bazzett is in contact with School of Education Director D.  Showers.


The idea of "Virtual Voting"

Associate Provost Padalino has suggested that Senate use handheld electronic voting devices. The Executive Committee inquired about logistical implications: for instance, how latecomers would be handled, or how many types of votes the Senate might use the devices for. Bazzett explained how these logistical issues could be dealt with.


The Provost spoke of her experience at Department Chairs’ meetings. The devices took the Chairs some getting used to it. She suggested it might be more time-efficient to use voice-votes for more ordinary motions. Lovett thought that regular use of these devices would definitely slow down UCC’s motions in Senate. Bazzett suggested that the UCC Chair could say to the Senate that, unless there was opposition, we would use this for UCC. Bushnell thought that the devices could be used in situations when a paper ballot would have been called for in the past.


Bazzett said we should try it and see how it goes, at least using handheld voting devices for close votes.


New Business

T. Bazzett noted the following Senator at Large vacancies:

1.        Under 6 years: Bazzett referred to past practice—filling the vacancies with candidates who came in with the second-highest numbers. For this particular vacancy, B. McCoy (English), who had the next highest number of votes, had declined; C. Woidat (English) was already a Department Senator; S. Kirsh (Psychology) would be the next after her. J. Lovett thought Bazzett should check with the English Department: if Woidat were replaced as an at-large Senator, the English Department would be entitled to another Senator. Steve will be next.

2.        Over 6 years: R. Hartman was next-highest, and so Bazzett asked her immediately if she would like to become a Senator-at-Large. She said she would talk to her Department Chair first. After Hartman would come M. Jensen; she had accepted if she were needed. The Executive Committee unanimously agreed to approve either candidate.


Nominations Committee

The Senate’s Constitution does not specify how to fill vacancies for Standing Committees, so Bazzett had decided to use the candidate with the next-highest number of votes. C. Freeman (now Vice-Chair) had declined. Next in line, T. Brown (School of Performing Arts) had agreed. The Committee accepted his candidacy unanimously.


New Governance Committee’s Possible Candidates

J. Lovett presented her list of candidates:

Filiz Shine Edizer (School of Education)

Bill Gohlman (History)

Jim Williams (History)

Jim Boiani (Chemistry)

Patricia Barbar (School of Education)

Meg Stolee (History)

Ron Pretzer (Photographic Services)


Lovett said the Committee was to include four Faculty, two Administrators, and one student. J. Lieberman noted that there were actually to be two students. Lovett said that she had developed the candidate list from volunteers over the summer. Ron Pretzer’s dilemma was that, while preferring to serve on the Governance Committee, he would be required by the Constitution to serve on another Committee because the number of Administrative Senators on   Committees is at the exact minimum number required by Senate.


Bazzett asked whether we should add an Administrative Senator to Senate or reduce the number of administrative Senators required for other committees. Lovett said that she had told Pretzer that he could resign as Administrative Senator, but this was a position he had already agreed to do.


Lovett was also unsure if she should be the non-voting Chair. Bazzett also decided to remove Stolee from the above candidate list since she has just begun responsibilities in the Dean’s Office.


Noting that Student and Campus Life has a number of professional staff, the Provost was surprised there were not more volunteers from that area of the Administration. A discussion followed about what constituted professional staff and how they had been contacted over the summer. Lovett said she had regarded “Faculty” as Teaching Faculty and “Erwin” administrators (recognizing that not all such Administrators were housed in Erwin). Bazzett said he would consult with Lovett to resolve the issue according to the suggestions he had made above.




Foreign Language Department

B. Evans had reminded Bazzett that the number of full-time Faculty in her Department had gone from eight to nine. She wanted to know if this would entitle her Department to one Senator or two. Bazzett had explained to here that the Senate Constitution calls for one Senator for every ten voting Faculty in a Department. Evans then responded that her Department had nine full-time and seven part-time Faculty —and the part-timers each have one half-vote. Bazzett thus saw a Constitutional issue related to voting.


Lovett said that part-timers could be Senators; The Provost cautioned that this interpretation would create larger numbers for several Departments.  She noted that every Department has different voting qualifications. She thought her office could determine a base number of allowable people in the departments. Lovett noted that when Senate sends out ballots in fall and spring, they go out to all full-time and part-time faculty members, but not necessarily all adjuncts. So were we discussing part-time term Faculty or adjuncts? asked the Provost. Bushnell this referred to part-time term Faculty. 


Bushnell referenced the Constitution, which specifies full-time and term-appointment part-time. Bushnell added, and the President agreed, that the proper number of full-time and part-time term appointments could come from Personnel. Bazzett said that he would look at the number and see how it lines up with the number of Senators to see if any departments are under- or over-represented.


Bazzett moved to adjourn the meeting at 1.50PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary


Annual Report of the 2001-2002 Senate Treasurer


2001-2002 Academic Year

Charles G. Freeman

1.             Balances:

as of 5/28/2002:


Senate Fund                          $3059.43

Roark Principal                     $1877.02

Roark Income:                       $  493.64

Total:                                      $5430.09


2.             College Senate Fund Campaign -- 2001-2002:

34 Donors, average donation $25.88


Senate Fund                          $770

Roark Fund                           $110

Total Collected:                    $880


The College Senate wishes to thank the following individuals who made donations to the College Senate Fund and/or the Roark Fund for the 2001-2002 academic year:


Sue Bailey

Office of the Dean

Ernest Balajthy


Pat Barber

School of Education

Bill Brennan


Judy Bushnell

College Libraries

Sue Chichester


Joan Cottone


Emilye Crosby


Chris Dahl


Ganie DeHart


John Deutsch


Graham Drake


Marion Fey

School of Education

Kurt Fletcher


Charles Freeman


Sarah Grace Frisch

College Advancement

Gerard Gouvernet

Foreign Languages

Doug Harke

Sponsored Research

Diana Harke


Art Hatton

College Advancement

Roxanne Johnston

Geneseo Foundation

Jack Johnston


William Leyerle


Martha Looney

Sports and Recreation

Margaret Matlin


Jim McNally

Institutional Research

Mark Mitschow

School of Business

Gary Root


Armand Smith


Denise Sullivan

Records Office

Michael Teres



There were also 3 donors who chose to remain anonymous.


3.             Condolences:

The College Senate sent expressions of condolence and get well wishes to /on behalf of three members of the Geneseo Community this year.


4.             Faculty-L List:

As moderator of the Faculty-L mailing list, the Senate Treasurer approved approximately 170 mail messages this year.


Respectfully Submitted,

Charles Freeman



Graduate Academic Affairs Committee Minutes, April 10, 2002

Present: B. Fearn, Tze-ki Hon, D. Metz, S. Salmon, R. Spear

GAAC met on Tuesday April 9th to discuss a new course proposal { Communicative Disorders Research, CDSC 436} submitted by the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department.


D. Metz presented the rationale for the course as follows:


“Each semester four to six students become involved with the programmatic research effort the CDSC department has with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY. These students become actively engaged in the design and execution of empirical research. Student involvement in this collaborative research effort began in 1996, and as a result, 16 CDSC students have coauthored papers published in professional journals and five have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees. Historically, these research students were given one or two directed studies while they participated in the project. It is the department’s belief that a specific research course appearing on a transcript would more accurately portray the student’s work and accomplishments. It would also provide a consistent structure for future research students.”

Following a brief discussion, GAAC voted unanimously to approve the course.

Dale Evan Metz