College Senate Bulletin
State University of New York at Geneseo
College of Arts and Sciences


Correspondence: Dennis Showers, School of Education, South Hall 222C, email:, 245-5264

Note:  Page numbers indicate pages as per paper copy of the Bulletins

Bulletin No. 2

      Pages 5--10
      October 18, 2011


Page     Topic
6            Agenda: Senate Meeting on October 18, 2011
6            Minutes: UCC meeting on September 27
8            Minutes: Senate Executive Committee meeting on September 6, 2011
9            Minutes: Research Council meeting on September 6, 2011
10          Minutes: Senate meeting of September 13, 2011

Agenda for Senate Meeting on October 18, 2011

Call to Order                                                                5 minutes

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

Guest: Savi Iyer: Academic Standards                       10 minutes

Senate Reports                                                              20 minutes
President Christopher Dahl

Provost Carol Long

Chair Dennis Showers

Vice Chair Jim Williams

Past-Chair David Granger

Secretary Cheryl Kreutter

Treasurer Aaron Steinhauer

University Faculty Senator Gregg Hartvigsen

Vice President, Student Assoc. Tyler Ocon

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate
   10 minutes

Undergraduate Curricula Ren Vasiliev

Prerequisite change
CSCI 216: Statistical Software
New Courses
FREN 374: Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean
GEOG 355: Experimental Cartography.
PLSC 390: Senior Seminar (subtitle)
PSYC 331: The Neural and Chemical Basis of Behavior (subtitle)
Program Revisions
BA in Chemistry
BS in Chemistry
Proposals available at:

Undergraduate Policies Jeff Over

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Dan Repinski

Faculty Affairs James McLean

Old Business                                                                        15 minutes
Discussion of restructuring the Senate and faculty governance

New Business

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Proposals

(Go to folder at Continue to "Group A First Reading on 10 18 2011" to view the proposals in greater detail.)

Proposal Descriptions
Prerequisite Change
CSCI 216: Statistical Software
This proposal makes the prerequisites specific and enforceable, and the change in course rotation helps balance teaching loads in the computer science department.
New Courses
FREN 374: Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean
Given the rich and diverse literary and cultural traditions of the French-speaking regions of the world, as well as the growing interest in and importance of Francophone countries and cultures, as educators, we must address the question of how ‘la francophonie' can be broadly yet effectively incorporated into the French undergraduate curriculum and escape the narrow stereotype of affiliating French studies with only France. Taking into account the fact that ‘la francophonie' comprises twenty-five French-speaking countries in Africa alone, and considering the rising importance of colonial and postcolonial literary discourses as recounted from the ex-colonized perspective, mixed with new literary trends originated through migration and exile and cultural hybridism, the very diverse literary production of the francophone world outside France appears a necessity for French majors and minors. Without threatening the current traditional canon of courses on French literature, culture and civilization at Geneseo, this francophone literature course is a significant addition that can only better equip our students in a world of globalization, and even more so those who prepare to pursue graduate studies. Last, this course, which focuses mainly on French-speaking Africa, will eliminate the danger of single stories and ignite critical thinking abilities to approach selected works in French from different regions.

GEOG 355: Experimental Cartography.
This course will provide students with another option for an upper-level techniques class, one that does not require Geographic Information System (GIS). It will also expand on cartography for those who are interested in that, whether they are taking GIS or not.

PLSC 390: Senior Seminar (subtitle)
A hallmark of an excellent academic program is completion of a course that allows students to intensely focus on a particular area of scholarly inquiry. Students will benefit by completing a course that includes intense exploration of a current topic in political science or integrates theoretical perspectives from a sub-discipline of Political Science. The number of credits required for completion of the Political Science major will remain unchanged, and the senior seminar/capstone course can be used to fulfill the Political Science major requirement that students complete three 300-level course from 3 or the 4 subdisciplines of Political Science.

PSYC 331: The Neural and Chemical Basis of Behavior (subtitle)
Because of additions to the Psychology Department faculty, we now have members with the expertise to teach a wide variety of topics regarding the Biological Bases of Psychology. Through this proposed slot course, we will have the flexibility to offer students several topical courses with a common theme of describing the neural and chemical basis of behavior. Such topics might include Drug Therapy, Hormones and Behavior, Neurotoxicology, or others. Students with an interest in neuroscience as a career will have the opportunity to develop greater depth in the area. We also anticipate that the slot-course could serve as an elective for a potential neuroscience major or minor, which is currently in the initial planning stage.

Program Revisions

BA in Chemistry
Our current BA program requires all but two of the laboratory courses (Chem. 301 - Biochemistry Laboratory and Chem. 331 - Lab. Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry) required for our American Chemical Society certified BS degree. Since the BA program is recommended for students completing adolescent teaching certification or those who do not intend to complete graduate studies (pursuits which do not require extensive laboratory experiences) the program's requirements appear excessive. Therefore, the elimination of one 300 level laboratory course from the BA program is recommended.
Presently, BA students complete three 300 level laboratories: Chem. 313 - Lab. Techniques in Organic Chemistry, Chem. 342 - Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and Chem. 361 - Modern Physical Chemistry Laboratory. The new BA program would require only two 300 level laboratory courses. Furthermore, one of these laboratories would be either Chem. 313 or Chem. 331 and the other would be either Chem. 342 or Chem. 361. Since Chem. 313 and 331 are primarily synthesis based courses and Chem. 342 and 361 are primarily instrument based, this change would maintain coverage of these key laboratory topics while increasing program flexibility. This flexibility will be especially helpful to students seeking adolescent teaching certification. This program change may also slightly reduce the number of 300 level laboratory sections required each year.

BS in Chemistry
The American Chemical Society - Committee on Professional Training permits laboratory research experience, which involves a comprehensive written report, to be used as part of the 400 laboratory hours required for ACS certification. As a result, Chem. 399 - Directed Study (1-3), which involves a minimum of 4 laboratory contact hours per week and a comprehensive written report, may replace one of the following laboratory courses: Chem. 301, Chem. 313, Chem. 331, Chem. 342 or Chem. 361. This curricular change maintains ACS certification of the program while providing increased scheduling flexibility. Additionally, this change will help reduce enrollments in the 300 level laboratories which, due to recent dramatic increases in the number of chemistry majors, are often operating at or beyond enrollment capacities.


Minutes of the UCC

September 27, 2011


Present: Ren Vasiliev, chair; James McGarrah; Paul Pacheco; Bill Harrison; Tammy Ingram; Ed Pogozelski; Savi Iyer, Dean of the College; Jan Lovett; Scott Russell; Mark Mitschow; Mark Sullivan

Guests: Jeffrey Koch, Political Science; Kodjo Adabra, Foreign Languages; Joan Ballard, Psychology

Call to Order

R. Vasiliev called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.

Change to the agenda:
Dennis Showers is running late, so will be slotted into the schedule if/when he shows up.

New Business

Prerequisite change
CSCI 216: Statistical Software
a. Add MATH242, MATH262, and PLSC251 to list of possible prerequisites.
b. Typo. MATH not MA
c. Reword rationale for change to address making prerequisites more specific
d. Mark as prerequisite rather than description change
e. Resolve conflicting answers to Departmental Impact Questions.

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

New Courses
FREN 374: Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean
a. Add missing department approval date (date in submission field?)
b. Will be updated
c. Fix course title inconsistency between pages 1 and 2 (page 1 title correct one)

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

GEOG 355: Experimental Cartography
a. Add missing offering information to Bulletin Description
b. Expand GIS acronym in rationale

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

PLSC 390: Senior Seminar (subtitle)
a. Not a slot course
b. Change text from "one of 3" to "one of 4" possible capstones
c. Change offering to be an elective, not required for the major

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

PSYC 331: The Neural and Chemical Basis of Behavior (subtitle)
a. Addition of missing department approval date

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

Program Revisions
BA in Chemistry
a. Suggestion to change advising guide since not part of the application

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

BS in Chemistry

X moved to accept. The motion was seconded and passed.

Dennis Showers did not arrive before the meeting ended. His talk will be scheduled for the next UCC meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 4 p.m. in Sturges 105.

Thank you to Scott Russell for taking minutes at this meeting.


R. Vasiliev adjourned the meeting at 4:56 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Russell


Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
6 September 2011


Present: S., J. Williams, J. McLean, A. Steinhauer, D. Granger, D. Showers (Chair),T. Ocon, G. Hartvigsen, C. Kreutter

Call to Order

Chair Showers called the meeting to order at 4:02 pm.

Adoption of Agenda

September 6, 2011, meeting agenda unanimously adopted.


President Dahl

Provost Long

Senate Chair - Dennis Showers

Chair Showers reported that 14 faculty and two administrative Senate seats remain open. He will be making committee assignments within the next week.
Showers invited discussion regarding the purpose of governance and the Senate, the purpose of Senate meetings, and governance communication. The following questions emerged that will be taken to the Faculty Senate on 13 September 2011.

• What role does the Senate and Senate Standing Committees (including the Executive Committee) play in the SUNY Geneseo community? Showers noted that any faculty, not just those who are Senators, are eligible to serve on the Standing Committees.

• Role of senators. How might responsibilities of senators be structured to encourage more active communication between the Senate and the senators' constituencies? Regarding Faculty-at-Large: Who do these Senators represent?

• How might the Senate Meeting Agenda be structured to allow more time for discussion of key issues?

Standing Committee Reports

Purpose of governance and the Senate:
Chair Dennis Showers asked EC members to consider the role Senate plays in the SUNY Geneseo community and how to increase communication between senators and their constituencies. Members commented on ways to make the roles of senators more active

Old Business

New Business

Adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Cheryl A. Kreutter

Research Council Minutes

09 September 2011, 3:00 pm-4:15 pm

Members Present: Paul Pacheco, Anne Baldwin, Kazushige Yokoyama, Dave Parfitt, Doug Baldwin, Betsy Colon, Chris Leary, Justin Behrend, Ted Everett, Michael Lynch, Farooq Sheikh, Leigh O'Brien, Jennifer Rogalsky, George Marcus, Jenny Apple, Doug MacKenzie, Eugene Stelzig, and Traci Phillips
1. There was a brief discussion about the School of the Arts breaking into separate departments: Dance and Theater, Music, Studio Art, and possibly Art History. Each of these departments will be offered representation on the Research Council.

2. Paul reported to the group that everyone was ok with their subcommittee assignments, so subcommittee work can commence. Traci Phillips will help the subcommittee chairs with scheduling their meetings.

3. Scheduling of future Research Council meetings:
• There needs to be a total of six meetings throughout the academic year including the meeting today.
• The group agreed that Friday afternoons work for scheduling of meetings.
• A new start time was decided on for the meetings - they will now start at 3:30pm.
• Paul will send out dates in advance for the next 5 meetings.

4. Anne passed out and reviewed The Research Council Program budget for 2011-2012.
• There will be carryover money from The Geneseo Foundation from the 2010-11 allocation.
• The carryover funds will be allocated to the programs from which they came (but may be reallocated as needed).
• Anne also told the group we'll be moving to My Courses submission process for Student Research and Travel grants. We want to be ready for the first round of spring submissions (November 11th)

5. Discussion on the external funding working group recommendations from our last meeting - May 2011.
• Jennifer Rogalsky reviewed and gave updates from the last meeting of the working group. There are two areas of discussion - (1) a Faculty Mentoring Position and (2) Grant Writing Course Release.
i. Faculty Mentor Position: Went over responsibilities of this position which brought up questions and discussions from the group including:
1. Is a course release enough incentive for a position that could last indefinitely depending on the number of faculty members that are applying for a particular grant?
2. Are funds available for this?
3. TLC is developing a mentoring program - is this similar? Dave Parfitt reported that the TLC mentoring program is different and is focused on developing new faculty members.
4. Is Fulbright the best program to start with? There are no indirects from the program and does not involve undergraduate students.
ii. Because of timing of the spring course release and that Jennifer would need to submit her classes for Spring 2012 as soon as possible, the motion was made to vote on having Jennifer start this position next semester on a trial basis and be granted a course release for Spring 2012. The motion passed but is contingent on approval from the Provost.
iii. The council made general recommendations to Jennifer and the external funding working group that they will take back and review.
iv. Grant Writing Course Release: Jennifer also went over the recommendations the working group has on the current course release program. The suggestion was that the program could be modified to allow faculty to receive a course release retroactively (after the proposal is submitted). There was a brief discussion on this and the working group will continue to discuss this.

6. Dave Parfitt reminded the group about the upcoming Faculty Colloquiums which highlight faculty research and is an opportunity for to learn and exchange ideas with colleagues.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15pm.
Submitted by Traci Phillips and Paul Pacheco

College Senate Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2011

J. Aimers, J. Allen, T. Bowersox, R. Coloccia, C. Dahl, L. Dougherty, A. Eisenberg, B. Evans, V. Farmer, K. Fletcher, K. Gentry, J. Giorgione, D. Granger, C. Haddad, K. Hannam, G. Hartvigsen, A. Heap, T. Ingram, S. Iyer,H. Jeong, J. Katz, J. Kernan, J. Kirkwood, C. Kreutter, M. Lima, C. Long, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, T. Macula, S. Malone, V. Markowski, R. McKnight, P. McLaughlin, J. McLean, D. McPherson, J. Miller, M. Mitschow, M. Mooney, L. O'Brien, T. Ocon, J. Over, P. Pacheco, E. Pogozelski, D. Repinski, S. Russell, S. Salmon, E. Savellos, A. Sheldon, D. Showers (Chair), A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, M. Sullivan, A. Tajima, D. Tamarin, R. Vasiliev, H. Waddy, B. Weigman, J. Williams

Bob Wayland-Smith, Chair College Council

Call to order
Dennis Showers (Chair) called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.

Adoption of Agenda
The agenda of September 13, 2011 was adopted from the floor.

Adoption of Minutes
No minutes

Guest: Bob Wayland-Smith
Mr. Wayland-Smith thanked the Chair for inviting him to attend the Senate meeting and see first-hand how it operates. He briefly described the role of the College Council and the importance of participatory governance.

Senate Reports

President's Report - Christopher Dahl
• The budget situation should provide a predictable flow of money this year.
• The National kickoff for the capital campaign will be this week and the faculty/staff portion will kick off next week.
• The SPG has approved the diversity plan and we will now move to implement it.
• We know the chair for the Middle States team who has a good background to guide the review.

President Dahl also reported on the "Shared Services Alliance" movement in SUNY. We are a part of an "archipelago" of SUNY units in western New York. The emphasis is to cut administrative costs to protect the educational mission. Dahl will keep the campus informed about proposed ideas and Senate will be involved in implementation.

Provost's Report - Carol Long
• Ten departments are working on the Curriculum Innovation Grants they received over the summer
• A group attended the AAC&U General Education Summer Institute. Gary Towsley and the General Education Committee will be leading in this area.
• Provost Long is serving on the Board of the Knightly project that supports liberal arts colleges in technology for pedagogy.
• We are participating in COPLAC initiatives to support member institutions through collaboration.

Chair's Report - Dennis Showers
Report circulated prior to Senate meeting.

Vice Chair's Report - Jim Williams
No report

Past Chair - David Granger
No report

Secretary Report - Cheryl Kreutter
No report

Treasurer Report - Aaron Steinhauer
No report

University Faculty Senate Report - Gregg Hartvigsen
No report

Student Association Report - Tyler Ocon
No report

Undergraduate Curricula Committee Report - Ren Vasiliev
No report

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core and Review - Jeff Over
No report

Graduate Academic Affairs - Susan Salmon
No report

Student Affairs - Dan Repinski
No report
Faculty Affairs - James McLean
No report

Old Business
No report

New Business
Discussion of restructuring the Senate and faculty governance

Chair Showers opened floor to questions and comments regarding clarifying the role of various faculty governance bodies. These questions include "What is the role of a senator?" "Should we maintain the size of the faculty senate or reduce size through eliminating number of elected senators?" "Are at-large senators necessary? Who is their constituency?"

Questions and comments from floor:

Maria Lima: "Why do we need to shrink?"
Ren Vasiliev: "What is role of senators?"
Leigh O'Brien: Argues for keeping at-large senators for they offer access to ideas, people, and challenges across the college.
Mark Mitschow : If we are to institute changes, do we have a timeline?
Meg Stolee : At-large senators are a way of keeping more experienced faculty involved in college senate.
Amy Sheldon: Notes that at-large senators take their responsibilities seriously.


5:00 PM