College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences


Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C,, 245-5264

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


Bulletin No. 4

Bulletin No. 4

Pages 36-58

January 21, 2009



Page Topic

37 Minutes, All-College Meeting, 21 October 2008

37 Minutes, College Senate, 21 October 2008

42 Minutes, Faculty Affairs Committee, 28 October 2008

43 Minutes, Student Affairs, 28 October 2008

44 Minutes, Executive Committee, 4 November 2008

48 Minutes, Senate, 18 November 2008

54 Minutes, Undergraduate Policy, 2 December 2008

55 Minutes, Student Affairs Committee, 2 December 2008

56 Minutes, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 20 January 2009

58 Agenda, College Senate Meeting, 27 January 2009


All College Meeting


21 October 2008


Present: C. Adams, J. Allen, D. Baldwin, A. Barbarello, T. Bazzett, J. Bearden, B. Bonfiglio, D. Brown, D. Campbell, R. Coloccia, K. Conway-Turner, K. Cylke, President Dahl, K. Davies-Hoffman, D. DeZarn, J. Elmore, W. Eng, V. Farmer, C. Filice, C. Freeman, C. Geiger, K. Gentry, B. Gohlman, J. Gonder, D. Granger, A. Gu, K. Hannam, M. Harrigan, W. Harrison, G. Hartvigsen, A. Herman, M. Jensen, J. Johannes, K. Keegan, T. Kenney, C. Kreutter, R. Lang, K. Lemischak, K. Levison, M. Lima, J. Lovett, D. Mackenzie, C. Matthews, S. McDonald, D. McGee, B. McIntyre, J. McLean, B. Morgan, J. Morse, L. O’Brien, P. Pacheco, T. Paradis, J. Parent, S. Peck, P. Radosh, D. Raynor, D. Robertson, C. Rowley, S. Salmon, S. Schwartz, Chair D. Showers, D. Simmons, A. Stanley, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, C.M. Tang, W. Vasiliev, M. Whitt


Call to Order


Chair Showers called the All College Meeting to order at 4:09 PM


Adoption of the Agenda (Bulletin #2, pg. 7)


The agenda was adopted without corrections or additions


Approval of Minutes (Bulletin #9, pg. 117-119)


The minutes were approved as written.


A motion was made to waive the requirement in the The Constitution of the Faculty of State University of New York at Geneseo, article 3, section 3.b.4 “..the Nominations Committee shall compile nominations from the departments and create a slate for presentation to the Chair by the Wednesday prior to the All College meeting for inclusion in the bulletin.” This is a requirement we were unable to meet with the nominations process. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Nominations Committee Report


Jan Lovett presented a list of candidates which were received from departments. Each department was asked to nominate people from within their own department. Additional nominations were due back by last Wednesday. There are four (4) openings on the Faculty Personnel Committee and three (3) openings on the Nominations Committee. With no additions, the nominations were closed. The nominations will now go to Chair Showers for the voting process.

Old Business - There was no old business.

New Business – There was no new business.

Adjournment: 4:14 pm


College Senate Meeting

21 October 2008


Call to Order

Chair Showers called the Senate to order at 4:14 PM.


Adoption of the agenda (Bulletin #2, pg. 7)

The agenda was adopted without corrections or additions.


Adoption of the Minutes

The minutes of the previous meetings will be presented at the next Senate Meeting.


D. Showers mentioned that he will be inviting chairs of campus committees to Senate to communicate their charge. With that said, he then introduced the first guest speaker, Paul Schacht, General Education Committee.


Schacht thanked Chair Showers for his invitation to talk about the General Education Committee. The website is The current committee members are chairs of the various general education area committees; five elected faculty members representing the various major disciplines; one representative from student life; and two student members. The website lists the current membership as well as the charge of the committee.


The job of the General Education Committee is two-fold: Oversight and Development.

  • Oversight – articulates to current students and other constituents what the purpose of general education at Geneseo is. It also reviews the assessment reports from the various general education areas to see if students are meeting the learning outcomes, all of which have been developed by each Gen. Ed. area.

  • Development – makes recommendations based on the information they receive as they look at learning outcomes as to how to enhance programs to help them achieve their goals.

The Gen. Ed. Committee has been working with the Provost’s Task Force on Curriculum Review and are discussing broader changes to general education to better fit the curriculum at Geneseo.

Senate Reports

President’s Report

President Dahl recognized the enthusiasm and hard work of Chip Matthews, who is chairing the

SEFA campaign this year.

President Dahl announced that Irene Belyakov has agreed to co-chair the college’s Commission on Diversity and Community. Last year’s Commission has provided an outstanding report on the vital and exciting work that will be going on this year. Progress on this work will be shared with Senate on a regular basis.

October 20, 2008 was the Annual President’s Safety Walk. The Personal Safety Committee, the official college committee that reports annually to the SUNY administration, is charged with looking at safety for students and faculty across campus. Last year they were also charged with exploring what might be done to assist temporarily disabled students on campus. In response to this new charge, the 2007-08 committee provided a very thorough set of suggestions. This year’s walk was a very productive, and the President was pleased with the improvements to campus lighting, and better navigation. A series of recommendations for building accessibility and signage and web-based maps are being implemented. Because of the importance of the issues, President Dahl will appoint a campus-wide committee on accessibility and disability services to advise Tabitha Buggy-Hunt. He invited individuals interested in serving on such a committee to contact his office.

The process for selecting the Provost Search Committee is almost complete. M/C representatives and UUP professionals will be selected shortly. Showers and President Dahl will notify the campus of the committee membership later this week. The College plans to engage the services of a national higher education search firm to assist in recruiting strong candidates.

Definite changes on the state budget since the last Senate meeting are minimal, but there are two items worthy of note:

The proposed $96 million cut been allocated in a preliminary fashion, with some $72 million meted out to campuses and the remaining $24 million being handled centrally. We now have a sense of the additional numbers we may be dealing with – between $846,000 and $1,200,000, on top of the previous shortfall of $2.4 million.

Because of the financial crisis, the New York State budget is experiencing shortfalls and the Governor has called the Legislature back for a special session after the election on November 18, 2008 to look at ways to cut an additional $1.2 billion out of the State budget.


Geneseo needs some $43.8 million to carry out all of its obligations. We received $41.4 million, leaving a $2.4 million budget gap. We handled this gap with a 4% cut in all of the PSR (salary) accounts and a 12% cut to OTPS (supplies and equipment) accounts. At this point, however, we estimate that we are facing a further new shortfall that includes the $846,000 to $1.2 million and about $400,000 of the $2.4 million that we were not able to come up with. We are looking at an additional $2.3 million in shortfalls to this year’s budget. If you take these shortfalls, and nothing is done, and we are still prevented from using funds in our revenue accounts, we have a further $2.3 billion in savings to find. If we were to go forward with no access to those funds or any funds that carry over into the 2009-10 budget year, we would be faced with $4.2 million in shortfall. Dahl is reasonably confident, but not certain that we will have access to those revenue accounts to solve some of this year’s problems.

The Campus Budget Priorities Committee met and had a very productive meeting as they talked about ways to solve problems. They also recommended that we hold panels and public hearings on the budget as the semester goes on. This Committee is co-chaired by Vice President Levison and the Past Chair of Senate, David Granger. Although this situation is serious, this campus has had a long tradition of collegial budget preparation and a solid tradition of no retrenchments and protection of what is vital.

Advocacy Campaign on SUNY Budget – Dahl feels it is time to put out a very simple message.

No more cuts to SUNY

A rational tuition policy that allows for regular increases in tuition

Governance reform so that SUNY can achieve independence from certain kinds of state regulations that tie our hands.

The College Council adopted a resolution to send a letter to the Governor and legislators saying:

No additional cuts to SUNY
Move to a predictable flexible tuition policy
Take tuition out of the political arena
Provide additional operating flexibility for the SUNY system

ITwo initiatives from Students:

local students pledged their support to do whatever it takes to assist in advocacy
state-wide student assembly passed a resolution in favor of a rational tuition policy and have started an advocacy campaign


SUNY is starting an advocacy campaign and a prototype of the website will be up by this weekend.

We have revised the schedule for Family Weekend—a change that has met with great approval from parents. We expect more than 700 parents to be on campus for the weekend. President Dahl’s presentation on the State of the College to the parents will go over the budget advocacy points mentioned above and begin our own advocacy efforts with them.

In addressing the current budget crisis, sharing information is important and garnering ideas from the widest possible group of members of the college community is important.



Provost’s Report

The Curriculum Task Force is meeting October 22, 2008 and she thanked everyone for their comments and suggestions which will be helpful as the committee moves forward.

October 15, 2008 was the date faculty were able to go online and order books through the online application process. Feedback from faculty has been positive. If you have not provided feedback please feel free to do so. The book lists will be released to students on Dec. 1st. If faculty members need to make changes to their book list afterward, they can do so between December 1– 15, 2008. After the change has been made, an email with the changes will be sent to the students registered in the faculty member’s class as well as to Sundance.

Chair’s Report


Chair Showers attended the Campus Governance Leaders meeting at the University Faculty Senate meeting last week and the one thing discussed was how the budget situation was affecting their particular campuses. One of the things everyone agreed on was that they feel there is no information about the budget being passed on to faculty. Showers was pleased to know that our efforts to share and hear information about the budget are going forward.


And an amendment to the chair’s report regarding the email last week about having access to the Parliamentary Procedure Introduction Workshop run by University Faculty Senate, we will be receiving a DVD of the presentation if you are interested in this resource.


Vice-Chair’s Report

No report.


Past-Chair’s Report


D. Granger reported that things are moving along smoothly for the voting application for Senate. He expects to have it up and running for the spring elections.

Treasurer’s Report – G. Hartvigsen reported that there is $740.00 in the account.


University Faculty Senator’s Report – M. Lima said they discussed at the Saturday meeting that state aid is not being cut to private institutions, so this needs to be broadcast when doing our advocacy.


Three resolutions were brought up.

  1. Motion failed: Resolution to hold multiple faculty ranks. This was in effect before 2005, and the Awards Committee now wants to reinstate. After much discussion, the resolution failed for the main reason that a rank is not an award but to be distinguished in that category. They plan to bring it back next year.

  2. Motion passed: Mission and Leadership of the Office for Diversity and Equity

  3. Motion passed: Transfer and Articulation (deals with the disconnect between community colleges and 4- year institutions). See Bulletin for full explanation.


Provost Conway-Turner talked about a program audit for assessment of majors. This will be an audit to see that departments and schools have an assessment plan in place. This is a procedural review, not a substantive review. Not all SUNY schools will be chosen, but some will.


The Senators received an Ethics Committee Survey to make sure we ask our campuses if we have procedures in place. Currently there are no clear guidelines or procedures for questions concerning faculty and administration. Lima will pass this information on to the campus if as it develops.


The man in charge of SUNY Retirees Service Corps. wants to find out if every campus has a branch, which Geneseo does not.


Lima nominated President Dahl for a panel of university presidents addressing the issue of shared governance. The meeting is on May 1, 2009. The criteria for nomination: A SUNY President that is a role model in terms of authentic support of shared governance.


In terms of advocacy, Levison stressed the fact that we cannot use state resources to promote advocacy. This means we cannot use college letterhead, college emails and we cannot use the college postal meter to send out letters.

Student Association Vice-President’s Report – D. McGee noted that students voted to advocate a rational tuition increase in small increments. Students said they are willing to do their part in helping with advocacy.


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee – B. Owens



UCC Proposes for First Reading:

New Course

COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

COMN 277, Online Journalism

INTD 205, Business Communications

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Revision

COMN 275, News and Specialized Writing

COMN 367, Television News

399 clarification:

399(L), Lab Assistant

399(T), Teaching Assistant

399(R), Research

No discussion – unanimously approved


Major Revision

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration

B.A. in Economics

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Deletion

COMN 105, Introduction to Journalism

COMN 261, Radio and Television Newswriting

COMN 274, Electronic Publishing

No discussion – unanimously approved


Undergraduate Policies Committee - No report.


Graduate Academic Affairs Committee - No report.


Student Affairs Committee – C. Geiger mentioned that at their meeting on October 8, 2008 there was discussion about student housing and specialty housing on campus as well as CAS food quality and pricing. They are in the process of gathering more information and doing some research on both of these topics.


Faculty Affairs Committee – J. McLean said the Faculty Affairs committee reviewed and supported the current college policy regarding academic impact of observance of religious holidays. They met with the Director of The Learning Center and discussed a possible faculty mentoring program; we expect to put out a survey to gauge interest. Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 28, 2008 in Fraser 202A to continue work on revising the Faculty Personnel Evaluation Forms. 


Old Business

There was no old business.


New Business

Chip Matthews spoke briefly about the importance of the role that SEFA plays in the needs of the community. The campaign has raised $20,000 thus far and will end on November 5, 2008. If you go to the Big Tree Inn, please identify yourself as a State employee and they will donate $1.00 for each entrée. At the end of the campaign, CAS will match this amount up to $1,000.




Chair Showers adjourned the Senate at 5:13PM



Respectfully submitted,

Terry Holbrook

Recording College Senate Secretary


Minutes of the Faculty Affairs Committee

October 28, 2008


Present: J. McLean (Chair), J. Allen, J. Bearden, B. Colon, K. Keegan, K. Kirkman, J. Lovett, J. Morse.

Excused: C. Adams (ill), S. Derne (class conflict), F. Sheikh (previous appointment), A. Sheldon (sabbatical)


Call to Order


James McLean called the meeting to order at 3:45 PM.


Chair’s Report:


James reminded the committee about the “excused” category on the sign-in sheet. Any member sending him a reason for their absence will be listed as excused.

Old Business:

H Form Revision



We started with a review of previous versions of the revised H Form that the committee developed last spring. A major question was the role of service on the form. Major changes from the traditional form used at Geneseo included abandoning numerical weights for each area of performance (i.e., teaching 50%, contributions to the discipline 35%, and service 15%) and abandoning numerical ratings in each area of performance. Another change involved the determination that less than acceptable performance in any one area constitutes grounds for denial of Continuing Appointment.

The current committee briefly discussed these issues. We also discussed the decision categories developed by the committee last spring. Specifically, whether these decision categories (exceeds expectations, meets expectations, does not meet expectations) are appropriate for both Term Renewal and Continuing Appointment decisions. Perhaps Term Renewal decisions require another category suggesting the candidate deserves renewal, but also needs to improve (e.g., “needs improvement”)? There was a brief discussion of whether two forms were necessary: Term Renewal, including the additional decision category (needs improvement); Continuing Appointment which would not include this decision category.


We also discussed some general issues concerning the purpose of the H form. One idea is that a primary purpose of this form is to provide feedback to new faculty about their performance. Thus, the form functions as much as a coaching tool as an evaluative tool. There was also concern that, given that the three areas (teaching, etc.) are no longer weighted, it is difficult to communicate the relative importance that Geneseo places on teaching.


A motion was made by J. Morse (see below). However, because we had lost a quorum, no vote was taken.



Use a single form for both Term Renewal and Continuing Appointment.

Adopt the Performance rating scale from the PER form suggested by FAC last spring with the change:

Change the third rating to “Needs Improvement,” removing the restriction of using that rating for Term Renewal only. This makes the four ratings Exceeds expectations, Meets expectations, Needs improvement, and Unacceptable;


Revise the NOTE immediately preceding the Summary Decision to read: “NOTE: It would be unusual for a rating of “Unacceptable” in any area to result in a Summary Decision of “Recommended”.”


New Business




James McLean adjourned the meeting at 4:45 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Jim Allen


Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

October 28, 2008


Present: J. Behrend, J. Elmore, W. Eng, V. Farmer, C. Geiger (chair), K. Gentry, A. Herman, C. Matthews, J. Parent, C. Ross, D. Simmons, M. Witt.

Guests: Mark Scott, executive director, CAS; Ginni Geer-Mentry,

Call to Order

C. Geiger called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM.

M. Scott provided a brief description of his role and invited questions.
Geermentry noted that this is the first time CAS has been invited to SAC
Geer-Mentry and Scott overview
CAS is 501c3 – are mandated by law to make money
Get no money/support from State; all income comes from on-campus sources, primarily from food sales
All expenses must be covered by CAS (e.g., purchases of food, equipment, rent, refurbishing)
General campus perception that CAS raised all their prices this year. Not generally true – prices went up on some items: water, soda and a few food items, but not key food items
CAS pricing plans are typically 3-5% less than the industry standard (e.g., plan increases: Cortland increased 8% this year, Geneseo up 3%)

Question raised about misperceptions that exist

CAS is working to develop ways to provide more clear information about CAS and how it operates. Working on “Mythbusters” to highlight key misunderstandings among students and then state reality

What happens to the profit that CAS must make each year? Why are things so much more expensive than the grocery store?

All the profits stay within Geneseo. Some profits are budgeted toward future purchases, upgrades. Geneseo also does not have as much buying power compared to a major grocery store so CAS doesn’t have the ability to set prices like a major store. CAS is also working to reduce overhead. Are now working with just one food supplier alongside other purchasers to create a larger buying group.

The split of campus housing also creates an inefficiency, especially on weekends. The two main dining halls are not fully utilized all the time, but it is unreasonable to close one of the dining halls on slower times. There are also 9 different eating locations students can access which creates further overhead costs

Also, as a service agency, CAS purposefully keeps dining areas open when it is losing money to provide a service to students even if it is not making money

Many people are unaware that CAS provides $600,000 of funding back into campus programming (controlled by administration)

Numerous examples provided – events during WOW, energy saving contest, etc. Key point is these are unrestricted funds independent of State control

Some concerns about drop in quality of food from last year

There have been no significant changes from last year (chefs and other staffing, food, etc.)

In general, CAS has assigned the executive chef to focus on food procurement, preparation and presentation. Food quality is in many ways better than last year.

Why can’t organizations make food and serve it on campus?

It is not a CAS directive that this cannot happen – NYS law does not allow this. Health codes oversee this. Problems can occur is someone does get sick from food. It is uncertain if the source of illness came from CAS food or any non-CAS food. There are some instances where a person can be brought onto campus for specific meetings where the public is not involved. There could be more information provided about what is able to be done.

Could you talk more about the $300 withdrawn from each student account?

There are other options available but CAS feels this is the most flexible option to meet CAS needs as well as provide students the most flexibility

Also raised issue of not rolling funds/points over to next semester, which is not allowed by NYS.

More discussion about food quality at MJ

Numerous changes were made this fall because MJ is most expensive dining hall on campus. CAS is making further changes in response to student comments to get it better, more efficient and serving student needs.

Some suggestions were discussed for CAS to consider

  • Open forums in dorms as well as smaller meetings with students
  • Orientation is already being used but is probably not very effective
  • General discussion of effective ways to get information out to the campus community
  • C. Geiger thanked guests for their time and information. There is a clear consensus that getting this information out to students in general would be very beneficial to show that CAS is a concerned member of the community.
  • Discussion time with CAS
  • Does CAS monies go back into State budgets?
  • Not typically – some funds go to President/administration for their discretion, most stays in control of CAS for dealing with their expenses and following budgeting rules (e.g., for equipment replacement)


Other agenda items moved to next meeting.



C. Geiger adjourned the meeting at 5:00 PM.


Respectfully submitted

C. Geiger


Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

4 November 2008


Present: K. Conway-Turner, President Dahl, C. Geiger, D. Granger, G. Hartvigsen, D. McGee, J. McLean, B. Morgan, L. O’Brien, B. Owens, S. Salmon, D. Showers (Chair)

Call to Order

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

Adoption of the Agenda

The November 4, 2008 meeting agenda was unanimously adopted.


President – Christopher Dahl


1. Provost Search Process: President Dahl reported that in consultation with College Senate and in accordance the procedures outlined in the College By-Laws, the Provost search committee has been constituted. Dahl thanked Professor Showers for his assistance in the process. The Committee consists of:

Wendy Pogozelski (Chemistry), Chair, Michael Catillaz (Advancement), Jordan Daniel (student- Business/Spanish), Celia Easton (Residence Life), Anne Eisenberg (Sociology), Danielle Forrest (student-CDSC), Calvin Gantt (Access Opportunity Programs), Dennis Showers (Education), Eugene Stelzig (English), and Lori Morsch (classified staff).

The search consultants, R.H. Perry and Associates, have been engaged to assist in this process. Their senior partner, Dr. Allen Koenig, former president of Emerson College will visit campus in the near future. Dahl encouraged Senate Executive Committee members to attend a session with him and provide information about Geneseo – including needs of the campus, academic community and a sense of the campus culture. Dahl acknowledged that the current budget situation may be a negative factor in attracting candidates, but the search consultant believes that Geneseo is an appealing opportunity nonetheless. Showers encouraged members to go to an open meeting and to share their concept of shared governance on the campus.

2. State Budget Update:

System level: Dahl noted that there has been considerable discussion of how precisely to allocate the July 2008 $96 million budget cuts. SUNY Presidents and Provosts have been talking about this process, and he promised to keep everyone apprised of developments.

Tuition Increases: Dahl noted that the key in terms of looking at the budget for next year is a mid-year tuition increase. SUNY Presidents will be strongly advocating for such an increase at the November 10, 2008, meeting of the SUNY Trustees’ Finance Committee and the subsequent meeting of the full Board. They will continue working to ensure campus and presidential input in the SUNY budget process. He noted that the situation will be perilous next year if we don’t have a significant tuition increase this year and a further increase for next year. Dahl expects that budget issues will be clearer after the November 18th Board meeting.

Advocacy Website ( President Dahl shared the new Geneseo advocacy website which has recently been launched, but is still under development. He noted that there are four major advocacy points. This site was first announced to an audience of 500 parents on Parent’s Weekend. Dahl anticipates that it should provide us with email addresses of families, etc., for quick communication as we proceed in these difficult budget times.

The Geneseo website has links to a SUNY-wide advocacy cite and a special link to Chairman Hayden’s speech about investing in higher education in hard economic times. It may also link to the UUP site in the future.

J. McLean asked Dahl about the target use of the advocacy website. President Dahl responded that as the budget situation becomes clearer the site will provide:

  • letter templates

  • appropriate addresses.

  • links to Dahl’s long budget memo

  • links to Dahl’s fall convocation address

  • links to Chairman Hayden’s speech

  • SUNY website


Provost – Kate Conway-Turner


The Provost reported:

SUNY Provosts’ across the system continue meeting and discussing budget concerns and to strategize how to meet the needs of academic affairs given these difficult times. She noted that budget discussion remains the topic priority and that they too await the outcome of the November 18th budget meeting, specifically the tuition increase proposal. The SUNY Provosts’ continue sharing strategies and ways to be creative while trying to maintain the best programs and services in their central mission as we move forward and they will continue to do so.

Advisement Task Force – Conway-Turner announced that the report is now available on the Provost website: She encouraged anyone interested to read the report. She also hopes the student committee will look at the report as it addresses student and faculty concerns regarding advisement. She suggested any comments or suggestions be sent to David Gordon. Later in the week she will be providing information to the deans and department chairs with applicable parts of the materials to the individual departments that will include comments from their students about particular majors. She noted that the comments vary across departments. She expects the report will stimulate conversation and help in enhancing the advisement efforts across campus.

The Curriculum Task Force continues to meet and look carefully at the current core requirements and how to improve the core in ways that will help provide the kind of education or students need now and in the future. The Task Force plans to make a report to Senate in the next few months.


Chair – Dennis Showers


Chair Showers reported:

Fall Senate elections will begin next week. The preparation of the materials and website are being done now.

After Nominations Committee is seated, Showers will meet with them to work on restructuring it to be a Nominations and Elections Committee empowering them to handle the whole process. Elections should be concluded by November 21, 2008 and the Nominations Committee is to take office on December 1, 2008.

Chair Showers asked if he had sent Executive Senate members a “my courses group”. It appears that it had been sent. University Faculty Senate Handbook has been scanned and put into the link.

Showers asked the Executive members if it would be possible to get a group together before the semester starts for a half day retreat to discuss governance issues. He suggested at least a couple of hours outside of an Executive Senate meeting. He will be sending out dates to see when would be compatible for most members.

Vice-Chair – Ed Wallace

Wallace was out sick but asked Chair Showers to report for him that the supporting documentation for the Excellence Awards have been moved to the Institutional Research Office for committee review. The committee is moving towards a selection date of December 1st.

Past-Chair – David Granger


Granger reported that on October 17th he attended the College Council meeting in place of Chair Showers.

Voting application work is continuing. They are still fine-tuning the process and he expects it will be up and running for the spring elections.

Secretary – Brian Morgan


No report.

Treasurer – Gregg Hartvigsen


Hartvigsen reported that the current balance in the Senate fund is $740.87.

University Faculty Senator – Maria Lima

Lima was absent – no report.


Vice President, Student Association – Dean McGee


McGee reported that Student Association continues to focus efforts on budget advocacy and in conjunction with the President’s Office, created a Geneseo student form letter. McGee reported that more than 100 students have signed and S.A. continues looking at different ways to advertise this effort. They will be sending letters to students encouraging them to become involved in the budget advocacy efforts.

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula – Bob Owens

Owens reported that the Dean’s Office is looking at research/service courses ending in “99, 199, 299.” Following a discussion with UCC, the Dean will revisit their request and then refer it back to UCC. Conway-Turner discussed how important the clarification of undergraduate research reporting is to the College. Showers also noted that “99” is used in education courses for service-learning.

Undergraduate Policies – Leigh O’Brien

O’Brien reported that at their November 7th meeting, her committee reviewed their mission as well as specific issues needing clarification.

Should the UPC review:

  • Class attendance being used in assigning grades?

    • Yes.

  • Laptop usage in class?

    • Following a discussion it was suggested that the committee develop a broader conversation prior to recommending a policy. The issue of a “policy” was questioned. Conway-Turner suggested bringing this issue to TLC.

  • International students being granted extra time on exams?

    • Owens noted that in about 1988-89 a policy was developed in Senate addressing these accommodations. Granger suggested that a UPC member look for a paper trail in the files located in the College Senate office.

  • Course registration concerns?

    • Review policies concerning course registration and the fairness in the way it is set up. Following discussion it was suggested that it is an administrative issue and students should make suggestions to the Dean of the College. Conway-Turner suggested inviting the Dean of the College to a meeting to discuss these concerns. Showers noted that the Student Affairs committee might be a better forum for such a discussion.

  • What is our mission and, can the committee change it’s title?

    • Following a discussion, Showers noted that any recommendation for such a change would need to be presented to Executive Senate of College Senate for review. Granger suggested that this would be a good topic to bring to the January retreat.


Graduate Academic Affairs – Susan Salmon

Salmon reported that her committee is eagerly awaiting the Science Project from the Dean’s Office.

Student Affairs – Cristina Geiger

Geiger reported the Student Affairs committee has similar concerns as UPC on the topics and progress of former SAC. So she met with Denise Scott (former chair) and discussed past years work. Marcus Scott and Ginny Geer-Mentry attended last SAC meeting and provided valuable information on pricing and other issues of interest. As a result of their presentation, SAC was so persuaded that they decided to advertise their support of CAS.

SAC will be meeting with Celia Easton, dean for residential living. Geiger will report at a later time on their discussion.

SAC will be developing a report documenting their efforts this academic year to shared with a future committee.

Faculty Affairs – James McLean

McLean reported that his committee has met with David Parfitt, director of TLC, discussing a mentoring program (i.e., what should be targeted and degree of involvement, etc.). Parfitt is assisting in developing a short survey to gage interest and McLean will share that information at a later time.

Faculty Affairs has also put together a list of categories and items their committee should work on this academic year and he plans to share outcomes at a future meeting.

FAC has begun their on-going review of the professional evaluation form and they continue working their way through this form. The committee expects to have a report available by the end of the academic year.

FAC will be looking at the Advisement Task Force webpage.

Old Business

Showers shared that the parent he had responded to with religious observance concerns, emailed him thanks for the way his concern was handled. The parent expressed his opinion that better communication on the policy between faculty and students and how the policy works would be helpful. Showers thanked McLean for taking this matter to the Faculty Affairs Committee and the good feedback they provided on how to structure his response.


New Business

The discussion of the article on governance – “Meeting Today’s Governance Challenges,” written by Adrianna Kezar and Peter D. Eckel, was tabled until the next meeting due to time.


Chair Showers adjourned the Executive Committee Senate Meeting at 5:02 pm


Respectfully submitted

Connie Hurlburt

Recording Secretary


College Senate Meeting

18 November 2008


Present: C. Adams, J. Allen, D. Baldwin, A. Barbarello, J. Behrend, D. Campbell, R. Coloccia, K. Conway-Turner, K. Cylke, K. Davies-Hoffman, B. DeGeorge, D. DeZarn, J. Dolce, W. Eng, V. Farmer, C. Filice, C. Geiger, K. Gentry, S. Giorgis, D. Granger, A. Gu, M. Harrigan, W. Harrison, G. Hartvigsen, A. Herman, M. Jensen, J. Johannes, A. Jung, K. Keegan, T. Kenney, K. Kirkman, C. Kreutter, J. Lewis, M. Lima, M. Lynch, G. Marcus, C. Matthews, S. McDonald, D. McGee, B. McIntyre, J. McLean, J. Morse, L. O’Brien, P. Pacheco, T. Paradis, J. Parent, P. Radosh, D. Raynor, D. Robertson, S. Salmon, F. Sheikh, Chair D. Showers, D. Simmons, A. Stanley, A. Steinhauer, M. Stolee, C.M. Tang, W. Vasiliev


Call to Order

Chair Showers called the College Senate meeting to order at 4:05 pm


Adoption of the Agenda (Bulletin #3, pg. 34)

Chair Showers noted that as permitted under the “Robert’s Rules of Order” the chair may approve the agenda and minutes as printed unless there is an objection from the floor. With the no objections or corrections from the floor the agenda was adopted.


Approval of Minutes of 23 September 2008 (Bulletin #3, pg. 19)

The minutes were approved as written by the chair with no objections or corrections from the floor. R. Vasiliev raised a question about the minutes of October 21, 2008 Senate meeting. Showers explained that prior to publishing the minutes they must be approved before being sent to the body of Senate.

Guest – Research Council, Jani Lewis

Lewis is chair of the Research Council serving a two-year term, through May 2009. Vice Chair Michael Lynch will serve as the next chair.  Paul Pacheco is the former chair. The Council consists of 12 voting members consisting of teaching faculty from 12 different departments.  At least six of the voting members must presently have or have had an externally funded grant or served as a principal investigator or program director on an outside grant.  The expectation is that these members will come to promote their knowledge about pursuing outside funding amongst their colleagues in their own and other departments.


The main role of the Research Council is to oversee the internal funding programs of the college.  There are approximately 14 faculty and student grants.  Lewis introduced Anne Baldwin, Director of Sponsored Research. She commended her for the incredible amount of work updating forms, getting the process on line, streamlining the application procedure limiting the number of copies needed by using a "pdf" format, and for her work with the Council.


Lewis reviewed the work of the committee and subcommittees.  The subcommittees meet to review the Student Research and Travel, and the Faculty Research, and Travel Grants.  The whole Council reviews the

larger grants (Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Student Summer Research Fellowship).  She noted that the Council continues working on possible policy changes.  One major change the council made concerned the merger of the Mid-Career Fellowship for Faculty with the Roemer Award.  The Council merged the grants in order to increase applications and awarding the grant but in keeping with the spirit of the award qualifications.  Lewis concluded her presentation by sharing that the larger goal of Council is disseminating information back to departments on research grants that may be available and developing more mentoring programs.


Senate Reports

President’s Report

Chair Showers announced that President Dahl was absent due to attending a Board of Trustees meeting to put pressure on them to fashion a more aggressive budget strategy beginning with enactment of a tuition increase.


Provost Conway-Turner announced for President Dahl (phone call just prior to Senate Meeting) that the Board of Trustees meeting had just concluded, with the following outcomes:

  • Interim Chancellor Clark resigning effective December 31, 2008.

  • The Trustees hope a new chancellor would be named by end of the year but no process has been put in place as of yet.

  • Trustees did approve a tuition increase of $310 for Spring Semester 2009 and $620 for the next academic year (2009-2010) but they would not approve anything beyond that.

  • Trustees have endorsed to vigorously fight the Governor’s plan for a tuition increase and then keep 90% of it.


Provost’s Report

  • Provost Conway-Turner began her report by stating that she finds the Governor’s plan to take back tuition dollars to be beyond ridiculous and she does not believe that the students and parents of New York will not stand for such a plan.

  • Curriculum Task Force – The Provost announced that once the Task Force recommendations are completed it would be forwarded to College Senate for discussion. Information will then go to Executive Senate and she anticipates it will then be forwarded to UCC for discussion or to the policy subcommittee. Once the report is approved by Senate, it will be sent to the President for final approval and then back to the Provost for implementation. She reiterated that there is still plenty of time to review and discuss recommendations. The committee continues to work hard on recommendations with their next meeting again on November 19, 2008.

  • Class Needs for Spring 2009 Courses – Conway-Turner shared that as one of the many consequences of the horrific budget in New York and the necessitated hiring freeze Geneseo now does not have enough class spaces for students and she has asked department chairs and deans to increase the caps on classes to accommodate students who have been unable to get courses they need for the Spring semester to complete course requirements. She noted it is not the direction the College wants to go in and hopes to get back to a smaller ratio in the near future. However, due to budget constraints this request was made and she asked everyone to work with their chairs and deans to accommodate students until we achieve a better budget time and she concluded her report by thanking everyone for helping in this difficult time.



  • R. Vasiliev (Geography) addressed the admission of new students and asked if Admissions could be held accountable for numbers? Conway-Turner noted that this process is not an exact science and continues to be carefully looked at and promised that it will continue to be a priority.

  • R. Vasiliev questioned the communication from within Admissions and asked if there was a way the administration could work with the Admissions area to improve the numbers? The Provost suggested that Chair Showers invite Admissions for a Senate presentation. Chair Showers has added them to his list of future presentations.

  • V. Farmer (Political Science): Inquired about the email sent concerning caps on classes and wondered if it had been sent to all faculty? Conway-Turner responded that the Dean of the College had sent an email to chairs and deans about looking at enrollment caps and she plans to send something a similar email to all faculty to reiterate what was said at the meeting so they everyone can understand.

  • J. Allan (Psychology): Noted that the appearance of an email to increase class caps appear that faculty are being asked to cover disproportionate amount of the budget burden. He suggested sharing some of the burden by cutting for example the travel budget in the Provost and Dean of the College areas and using that dollars to help to hire adjunct faculty. Conway-Turner noted that when OTPS budgets were reviewed the Provost’s and Dean’s area took a larger cut than any other area but it was not something that she advertised. She noted that there has been far less travel by her office than normal and assured everyone that she remains gravely concerned about the budget and is doing everything to curtail costs. She remains concerned about getting to the end of the year and having gaping holes in the budget.


  • G. Hartvigsen recognized that this was the last Senate meeting for Provost Conway-Turner. He shared that he was chair of Senate when she started and thanked her on behalf of Senate for her service. Conway –Turner received an ovation from the Senate floor.


Chair’s Report

Prior to Chair’s report, Chair Showers relinquished the chair to Vice-Chair Granger. Chair Granger recognized Showers.


In recognition of Provost Conway-Turner’s last Senate meeting, Showers presented a resolution:


November 18, 2008



In that Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner has served enthusiastically and devotedly as the Provost of SUNY Geneseo from July of 2004 until the present, and


In that Kate has effectively managed the Schools and academic departments of the College, the office of the Dean of the College, the Library, Computing and Information Technology, Sponsored and Institutional Research and Access Opportunity Programs, and


In that she has sought input from faculty, staff and students in her decision-making through various task forces, committees and the Senate, and


In that she has supported the role of the Senate in shared governance by her participation and commitment, and


In that she has demonstrated great energy, intelligence and charm as a teacher, scholar and academic leader,


The College Senate and the faculty, students, staff and administrators which it represents thanks her for her service to SUNY Geneseo and wishes her well in all of her future endeavors.


The resolution was unanimously approved and Showers presented Provost Conway-Turner with a bouquet of flowers and she again received a long ovation from the Senate body.


Conway-Turner expressed her pleasure to be here and related the experience of her first day at Geneseo. (Arrived on a cold day in December. She was picked up at the airport by Ron Herzman. She thought what a wonderful scholar and gentleman he is and she wondered if the people that she would meet on campus would be the kind of faculty that would really inspire her. She admitted that she has felt so inspired by everyone. She stated it has been such a wonderful pleasure and privilege to be the provost and she feels Geneseo has gotten a lot done and hope that everyone remains energized to continue as meeting the academic needs of our students. She thanked Senate members and once again received an ovation from the Senate body.


Chair Showers reported that the elections for the Nominations and Faculty Personnel committees have been delayed due to a problem with a server. Showers expects to resolve the server issue this week and notice will go out soon. He noted that last time for a paper notice with a user name and password to get into the system. Balloting will be open until December 1st.


Vice-Chair’s Report

No report.


Past-Chair’s Report

Granger reported that the new voting application is almost completed and he and Showers will be meeting with Kristin Shumway and Paul Jackson to follow-up on the process. A presentation on this process will occur at the next Senate meeting.

Granger will be and meeting with the budget committee and VP Levison on November 21, 2008 and he will report at next Senate meeting.

Secretary Report

Brian Morgan was unable to attend but he reported to Showers that he continues to work on the Senate website. Any corrections or changes should be sent to him via email at:


Treasurer’s Report

G. Hartvigsen announced that a $100 donation from College Senate was made to the Lindsay Matthews Memorial. If anyone would like to make a personal contribution, contact Hartvigsen for the address.


University Faculty Senator’s Report

M. Lima no report.


Student Association Vice-President’s Report

D. McGee reported thanks to work of a lot of the student senators in this room SA sent almost 1500 student petitions to the Governor’s office last week.


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

B. Owens presented:


UCC Proposes for First Reading:


New Course (CSB #2, p 31-32)

COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

COMN 277, Online Journalism

INTD 205, Business Communications

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Revision (CSB #2, p. 32)

COMN 275, News and Specialized Writing

COMN 367, Television News

No discussion – unanimously approved


Major Revision (CSB #2, p. 33)

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration

B.A. in Economics

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Deletion (CSB #2, p. 33)

COMN 105, Introduction to Journalism

COMN 261, Radio and Television Newswriting

COMN 274, Electronic Publishing

No discussion – unanimously approved


Second Reading

New Course (CSB #2, p. 12)

CHEM 119, Introductory Chemistry

No discussion – unanimously approved


New Course for General Education in Natural Science (CSB #2, p. 10)

CHEM 119, N/Introductory Chemistry

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Revision (CSB #2, p. 12-13)

PSYC 385, Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 395, Community Internship in Psychology

PSYC 396, Teaching Practicum in Psychology

PSYC 397, Undergraduate Research Seminar

SOCL 217, Urban Sociology

No discussion – unanimously approved


Major Revision (CSB #2, p. 13)

B.A. in Psychology

No discussion – unanimously approved


Course Deletion (CSB #2, p. 13)

SOCL 260, Population Studies

No discussion – unanimously approved


New Course CHEm 119 (Gen Ed requirement in Natural Science)

No discussion – unanimously approved


Owens made a brief announcement on the proposed revisions of the 399 (CSB #2, p.33 and 37) course numbers. The proposal was tabled and UCC plans to come forward with a proposal providing consistency in “399” courses as it is not (teaching assistants, lab assistants, research, etc.).


Owens also announced that due to his class schedule conflicting with meetings, he will no longer be able to serve as chair and introduced Meg Stolee as the new chair of UCC, or attend College Senate meeting for the Spring 2009 Semester.


As Chair of Senate, Showers thanked Owens for his willing to serve UCC, a task requiring someone who is very detail oriented. Owens was given an ovation from the floor of Senate.

Undergraduate Policies Committee

L. O’Brien reported on her meetings and reviewed the mission and membership of committee, etc. Following discussion, she took questions to the Executive Senate Committee meeting for clarification and UPC will meet on December 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm in South 209 to continue their discussion.


Graduate Academic Affairs Committee

S. Salmon absent. Chair Showers announced for her a meeting of GAA on December 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm in South 209.


Student Affairs Committee

C. Geiger announced that on October 22, 2008 the SAA met with CAS representatives (Scott and Geer-Mentry), pertaining to food quality, costs, etc. She commended their presentation. The committee decided to support CAS in disseminating information about the CAS operations and facilitating communication between CAS, faculty, staff and students.

Faculty Affairs Committee

J. McLean reported that next meeting of FAC is November 21, 2008 at 3:45 in Fraser 202.


Old Business

There was no old business.


New Business

Showers reviewed his email sent to members of the Senate, in the on-going conversation of Senate; he provided an open forum to talk about Senate:

  • Structure

  • Function

  • Things we do well

  • Things we can do better

  • Things we shouldn’t be doing

  • Things that we could be doing


  • V. Farmer suggested Senate needs more discussion, including forum time for issues of concern for faculty and clarification on how much discussion matters. For example, on the curriculum block issue, is that to come to Senate and would our votes have any impact?

Showers responded that to her given example the process is yes, it will come to Senate once it is a firm proposal once it goes through the process. He noted that any Senate action is advisory to the administration. For those of you that don’t understand the process, Showers shared that tomorrow he will send a memo to President Dahl advising him of the Senate recommendation and President Dahl will then decide to implement the recommendation or not and then Senate will be advised by return memo of his decision.

  • L. O’Brien – clarified that concern was a substance of faculty governance rather than performance things and moving them forward.

  • D. Baldwin stated his group came up was a sense that Senate’s role is under-understood and under-appreciated. He suggested that our Senate needs to do more self-publicity and possibly mentoring process for new senators to under the importance of our Senate body.

Showers found this recommendation interesting and shared he planned to bring such an idea to Senate because University Faculty Senate recently came up with the same idea and there will be an orientation for new Senators to the University Faculty Senate as well as an orientation for new campus governance leaders. So Senate chairs will be invited to come to University Faculty Senate meetings for an orientation program.

  • J. McLean suggested that part of the reason for that is that the definition is very unclear. Clarification needs to be made in support of any education.

  • R. Vasiliev added that many of us are here because no one else in our department wants to do it? If we dwindle away through apathy then we are not participating in shared governance and if no one knows we are shared governance then we can’t do it.

  • M. Stolee noted that her group got radical and not only should Senate’s purview be clarified but we should take back what Senate used to be. She cited her long tenure with the body and she stated that Senate actually had power and made decisions but since then there has been this task force (ization) and a lot of the work done by Senate has been farmed out to acquainted people rather than democratic elections. Her group suggested taking back some of the Senate powers and expand committees:

    • Parking

    • Library Advisement

    • Personal Safety Taskforce

Add Senate members to these committees and give Senate variety of things to do.

Showers noted that one of the things that he had pleasure of assigning reading to the President and Provost as part of the Senate Executive Committee and discussing and one of the points it raises that in the 90’s on nationally on most campuses the issues have become is the senate nimble and responsive enough to deal with on campuses. This is why many campuses have going to taskforces, etc. and so this is an issue that campus has to deal with and most committees…not just our campus but others seeking to do shared governance.

R. Vasiliev asked if the bibliography could be sent to everyone.

  • Showers will place the article [Kezar, A. & P. Eckel.  (2004).”Meeting today's governance challenges."  /The Journal of Higher Education/ Vol. 75, No 4 (July/August 2004)] in the Senate Outbox.

  • G. Hartvigsen moved that Senate be dissolved and the motion received a seconded to be dissolved. After a lively discussion Showers clarified that Senate is a non-binding body and requires a change in the faculty constitution to dissolve. Therefore such a motion would require a vote of faculty with 2/3 majority. Motion was dissolved.

  • F. Sheikh asked what is the value to the administration and the faculty of the Senate Advisory Board.

  • Showers noted that University Faculty Senate is putting together a handbook for orientation for new members, including statements from several campus presidents on why they value campus governance. Should Geneseo decide to put together orientation or materials for the use of our Senators, including a statement from President Dahl and the Provost stating what they feel the role of governance is and why they value it would be appropriate? Following a short discussion it was decided that these issues should continue to be discussed at length.

  • A. Herman asked what is next in the discussion of these important issues being raised.

  • Showers suggested we raise it at a future meeting ­ either a special meeting or a January retreat and discuss rather than trying to squeeze such a discussion in at the end of a business meeting

  • K. Kirman (student senator) shared his appreciation of hearing about democratizing of the Senate further and about the special models of shared governance. He shared that most of the students have no idea what student senators are and their advocacy program was highly successful. Discussion about student involvement and keeping them in touch and active.

  • Bob Owens suggested that Senate should reprioritize its announcements and discussions to provide issues of substance to chew on because there are a lot of things out there to discuss.


Showers will send out the notes from this discussion, without waiting for the approval of the whole minutes, and he will forward it to all senators and encouraged students to take it to student forums and faculty take to their departments and asked for suggestions of items to be discussed. He also has asked Executive Committee to have a retreat in January and if he has feedback before then on what issues to take on first, he would then present these issues for discussion at the first Senate meeting for the 2009 Spring Semester.


V. Farmer applauded the idea of having a mentoring … partnership for new senators and new student organizations and as new faculty senator she had learned more about College Senate in the last ten minutes than she had in the last 3 ½ months.



Chair Showers adjourned the Senate at 5:00 pm


Respectfully submitted,

Connie Hurlburt

College Senate Recording Secretary


Minutes of the UG Policy, Core and Review Committee

December 2, 2008


Present: O’Brien, L., Brown, C., Raynor, D., Lemischak, K., Scott Giorgis, S., Steinhauer, A., Freeman, C., Campbell, D.


Call to Order


L. O’Brien called the meeting to order at 4:14 PM.


  1. L. O’Brien announced that at the last Ex. Comm. Meeting there was a discussion about issues to be addressed by our committee and topics were identified.

  2. Attendance and grading policy

    • Decision: strike line from the bulletin that there is no attendance policy.

    • The two sides of the argument: Professors should have the ability to integrate attendance into grading and Students should be responsible for their attendance.

    • There was discussion about the difference between participation and attendance.

  3. Laptop usage in class policy

    • Should there be a policy?

    • Decision: there is no pressing need to have a policy on this time.

  4. Extra time for foreign students on exams?

    • L. O’Brien is going to look into the current policy and support for international students so we can determine if further discussion of this issue is needed.

  5. Fairness of course registration policy

    • Decision: Leave as is.

  6. Next meeting: Chair will send out e-mail message in January to figure out date and time of next meeting




L. O’Brien adjourned the meeting at 5:04 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Karen Lemischak, Student Senator


Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

December 2, 2008


Present: J. Behrend, J. Elmore, W. Eng, C. Geiger (chair), A. Herman, C. Matthews, D.

Simmons, M. Witt.


Guests: Celia Easton, Dean of Residential Living, Dyanjoule K. Valentine

Residence Director, Erie Hall


Call to Order


C. Geiger called the meeting to order at 4:05 PM in Erie Hall. Welcome Celia and thank her for meeting us. Geiger did an overview of our past agenda and offer to send out a summary of what has happened over course of semester for review before next meeting. Celia did an opening discussion of duties as Dean:


  • She is an English professor

  • The Job was created by Drs. Bonfiglio and Sancilio as a permanent, renewable position that would be filled by a faculty member.

  • High level of traditional students; very high percentage live on campus or within walking distance.

  • Want residential life to be more than just a place to sleep.

  • Like academics, res life has its own set of learning outcomes. A high focus on issues of ethics – issues of personal interactions, leadership, citizenship, programming worked out in a passive process as well as specific targeted programs with intentional outcomes (see website for specific goals and outcomes).

  • Works with the residential directors of each of the halls (then she introduced one of the RDs).

  • Overseeing development and implementation of new residential colleges.

  • Are placed within broader dorm – still assigned to regular rooms and intermingle with the other residents of the dorm. Why have them?

  • Have a specific faculty affiliation

  • Have a variety of student participants focused on a specific theme


Query: are students being forced to stay in these halls (specifically, first year Honors students must stay in Dante House)?


There was a lot of uproar last year about this decision. Thus far, everything seems to be going fine and there are no problems. There are no plans to change this policy at this point. The directors of the Honors Program want to continue to try this policy At the end of their first year, the Honors students then have a choice where they wish to live.


Specific rooms are now reserved for Honors students to guarantee them a double room as part of the housing process. Some expressed concern about this policy – it is now forcing others who may have gotten their deposit in earlier to live in a triple


Query: what about international students having to stay in Dante House?


This is not happening – they have been distributed across a number of dorms, especially older, non-traditional international students . A new house – Writer’s House is also developing


This is not a “major-specific” residence – you don’t have to be in a major that is typically associated with writing (e.g., English)


Working to find students who are interested in writing, regardless of their major and the type of writing they like


Will be a mix of students across class years


Developing an Artist in Residence concept for a visiting artist to stay in an apartment and work with students


Other ideas are being discussed with Theatre


Query: it is understood that the new College Houses aren’t going to be created immediately for all the dorms, but if they continue to progress, what about the people who aren’t interested or don’t fit into any house themes?


Committee member reinforced the common concern of not having residential colleges that are driven by majors only


Easton appreciated the reinforcement and reiterated that the colleges would not be created by major




C. Geiger adjourned the meeting at 5:05


Respectfully submitted


H. Cristina Geiger


Minutes UCC Meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Present: D. Baldwin, N. Lombardo, G. Marcus, A. Gu, T. Paradis


Guests: K. Fletcher, T. Bazzett.


Call to Order


D. Baldwin called the meeting to order at 4:03 PM.


K. Fletcher presented to explain the proposed changes. Restructure of 111/111L to 113/114 and 112/112L to 115/116. In creating this new sequence, the department will then offer the new 114 as a lab option for nonphysics majors taking 123 and will similarly offer the new 116 as a lab option to nonphysics majors taking 125. Course 111 and 112 will then be deleted from bulletin.


K. Fletcher reported that other departments that require 123 & 125 for their majors have agreed to allow the use of the new 114 & 116 (2 hour) labs for these students. By allowing these students to use 114 & 116, and by limiting enrollment in 124 & 126 (3 hour) labs to Physics majors, the Physics department will ease current staffing issues while effectively accommodating students.


The desire is to put these classes on the schedule for Fall 2009.


Some proposals to change affected majors have already been submitted to the Dean’s office, with the rest forthcoming. T. Bazzett asked that program proposals on the agenda be tabled at this time so that all programs can be considered together at a future meeting.


K. Fletcher also reported that the natural science core committee is aware of these proposed changes and will vote formally on the change this week.


New Business


New Courses


Phys 113, General Physics I
Phys 114, Physics I Lab
Phys 115, General Physics II
Phys 116, Physics II Lab


Course Revision


Phys 123, Analytical Physics I
Phys 125, Analytical Physics II



Major Revision


B.A. GSCI/CE (Five Year [3-2] Program)
B.A. Geochemistry
B.A. Geophysics


Course Deletion


Phys 111, General Physics I
Phys 112, General Physics II




D. Baldwin adjourned the meeting at 4:14 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Tracy Paradis


College Senate Agenda

27 January 2009


Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes

21 October 2008, pp. 37-41

18 November2008, pp. 48-54

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Interim Provost David Gordon

Chair Dennis Showers

Vice Chair Ed Wallace

Past-Chair David Granger

Treasurer Gregg Hartvigsen

University Faculty Senator Maria Lima

Vice President, Student Assoc. Dean McGee


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Meg Stolee

UCC Proposes for Second Reading:

New Course (CSB #2, p 31-32)

COMN 107, Foundations of Media Writing

COMN 277, Online Journalism

INTD 205, Business Communications


Course Revision (CSB #2, p. 32)

COMN 275, News and Specialized Writing

COMN 367, Television News


Major Revision (CSB #2, p. 33)

B.S. in Accounting

B.S. in Business Administration

B.A. in Economics


Course Deletion (CSB #2, p. 33)

COMN 105, Introduction to Journalism

COMN 261, Radio and Television Newswriting

COMN 274, Electronic Publishing


UCC Proposes for First Reading:

All course proposals are available at:


New Courses

Phys 113, General Physics I

Phys 114, Physics I Lab

Phys 115, General Physics II

Phys 116, Physics II Lab


Course Revisions

Phys 123, Analytical Physics I

Phys 125, Analytical Physics II


Course Deletion

Phys 111, General Physics I

Phys 112, General Physics II


Undergraduate Policies Leigh O’Brien

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Cristina Geiger

Faculty Affairs James McLean


Old Business

As time allows: continued discussion of the role/function of the Senate

New Business

Adjournment: 5:00 PM