College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C, showers@geneseo.edu, 245-5264

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

 

Bulletin No.7

 


 

 

 

 

Bulletin No. 7

Pages 94-106

February 12, 2008

Contents

Page Topic

95 Agenda: All College Meeting of February 19, 2008

95 Agenda: Senate Meeting of February 19, 2008

97 GAA: Descriptions of Proposed Course Changes for Senate Consideration 2/19/08

97 Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting of February 5, 2008

99 Minutes of the Graduate Academic Affairs Meeting of February 12, 2008

99 University Faculty Senator’s Report

105 Campus Governance Leader’s Report

106 Call for Nominations for the Roark Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda for the All College Meeting of February 19, 2008

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Teach-In Presentation: Beth McCoy

Nomination Committee Report: Bill Gohlman

Presentation of Nominees for Senate Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary

Presentation of Nominees of Senate At-Large Representatives

Over 6 Years

1-6 Years

Presentation of Nominees for Senate Part-Time Representatives

Presentation of Nominees for the General Education Committee

Presentation of Nominees for the Professional Leave Review Committee

Presentation of Nominees for Committee on Nominations

Call for additional Nominations

Adjournment

 

 

Agenda for the Senate Meeting of February 19, 2008

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes of November 20, 2007 (Bulletin #6, pages 76-82)

Adoption of the Minutes of December 4, 2007 (Bulletin #6, pages 86-90)

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost Kate Conway-Turner

Chair David Granger

Vice Chair Dennis Showers

Past-Chair Dennis Showers

Treasurer Linda Ware

University Faculty Senator Maria Lima

Vice President, Student Assoc. Jarah Magan

 

Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Robert Owens

 

UCC Proposes for First Reading

New courses (Listed on page 96)

Anth 236, Forensic Anthropology

Psyc 278, Psychology of Happiness

Psyc 280, Sport and Exercise psychology

 

Course deletions (Listed on pages 96-97)

Acct 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Econ 105, S/Government & The Economy

Econ 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Educ 100, College Reading Techniques

Educ 305, Philosophy of Education

Educ 321, Audio-Visual Appr to Learning

Educ 322, Teaching of Elementary School Math

Educ 341, Methodological App-Soc Sci Educ

Educ 372, Educ Measurement & Evaluation

GSci 371, Geology Field Study

H&PE 102, Beginning Swimming

H&PE 133, Volleyball

H&PE 137, Water Polo

H&PE 139, Team Handball

H&PE 227, Advanced Golf

H&PE 244, Adv Figure Skating

H&PE 246, Adv Downhill Skiing

Hist 247, Fascism & World War II: 1919-45

Hist 283, US World & Vietnam:1954-75

Intd 225, Intro to Cognitive Science

Mgmt 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Sped 268, Manual Comm & Instr Strategies

 

Undergraduate Policies Ed Wallace

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Denise Scott

Faculty Affairs Joan Zook

 

Old Business

New Business

Adjournment

 


UCC Proposal Descriptions

New courses

Anth 236, Forensic Anthropology

This course provides an overview of the goals and methods of forensic anthropology, which is the study of human remains relating to matters of law. Students will learn how to valuate the forensic context as well as how to establish a iological profile of an individual (sex, age, ancestry and stature). Special attention will also be paid to determining pathological anomalies, evidence of trauma, and time since death, as well as learning crime scene investigation procedures. Credits: 3(3-0). Offered every spring.

 

Psyc 278, Psychology of Happiness

This course is an introduction to the empirical study of human happiness and well-being. Topics include how values, personality and social characteristics, attitudes, and cultural and evolutionary variables predict and potentially affect human happiness. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how and why these variables are related to happiness. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 or consent of instructor. Credits:3(3-0).

 

Psyc 280, Sport and Exercise psychology

Examines psychological theories and research applied to participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity. Topics include personality, motivation, arousal and stress, competition, leadership, communication, psychological skills training, epidemiology of physical activity, exercise and physical and mental well-being, exercise adherence, addictive and unhealthy behaviors, injuries and burnout, and development. Prerequisites: PSYC 100. Credits: 3(3-0)

 

Course deletions

Courses not offered in 5 years. Departments have concurred with the Office of the Dean recommendation for deletion.

Acct 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Econ 105, S/Government & The Economy

Econ 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Educ 100, College Reading Techniques

Educ 305, Philosophy of Education

Educ 321, Audio-Visual Appr to Learning

Educ 322, Teaching of Elementary School Math

Educ 341, Methodological App-Soc Sci Educ

Educ 372, Educ Measurement & Evaluation

GSci 371, Geology Field Study

H&PE 102, Beginning Swimming

H&PE 133, Volleyball

H&PE 137, Water Polo

H&PE 139, Team Handball

H&PE 227, Advanced Golf

H&PE 244, Adv Figure Skating

H&PE 246, Adv Downhill Skiing

Hist 247, Fascism & World War II: 1919-45

Hist 283, US World & Vietnam:1954-75

Intd 225, Intro to Cognitive Science

Mgmt 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Sped 268, Manual Comm & Instr Strategies


GAA Proposal Descriptions

New Course

CSCD 449: Speech and Language Disorders in Diverse Populations

Intervention with individuals with a variety of communication impairments varies with their linguistic and cultural background. The course targets learning strategies for various interventions and modifications needed based on culture, ethnicity and native language. Naturally, we will be concerned with providing services in an effective, ethical, legal, safe manner and reflecting Evidence-based Practice. Prerequisites: graduate or junior/senior status. Credits: 3 (3-0)

UCC Committee Meeting Minutes of February 5, 2008

Present: Bob Owens (chair), Rick Coloccia, Elizabeth Hall, Anneliese Weibel, Chris Leary, Meg Stolee, Jared Chester, Cassie Brown, Douglas Baldwin

 

Guests: Terry Bazzett, Jim Allen, Doug Raynor

 

Call to Order

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:01 pm.

 

Two announcements from Terry Bazzett, Office of the Dean:

In the Fall of 2004 a new major entitled "Engineering Physics" was proposed by the physics department and approved by both the UCC and the College Senate.  The State, however, failed to approve the proposal noting that the word "Engineering" should not be used in a major title by an institution that does not have a designated engineering program. 

As such, the physics department has asked that the Senate minutes reflect that this program proposal has now been officially withdrawn.

A unique proposed program from Department of Communication concerning a dual degree program with Moscow State University is forthcoming. UCC may need to have a separate meeting for this. It will come in hard copy; program looks great but will be in a format UCC members have not seen before. It will also require state approval.

 

Moved to approve agenda – yes.

 

Discussion of Course proposals:

New courses

Anth 236, Forensic Anthropology

Approved unanimously

 

Psyc 278, Psychology of Happiness

Approved unanimously

 

Psyc 280, Sport and Exercise psychology

Approved unanimously

 

Course revisions

Thea 220, Acting Techniques

Change title from Speech for the Theater

Change description to complement Thea 221, 320, 330, and 340 and to “May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.”

Moved to table – seconded and pass. Questions were the lack of a guide syllabus for the revised course and possible lack of grading procedures/criteria. No representative from SOTA was present to address these questions.

The committee briefly discussed the need to be clearer to proposal authors about what should be included in a guide syllabus. Is it enough to simply submit the existing syllabus? The Committee will look into this later this semester in an effort to clarify for departments.

 

Course deletion

Thea 240, Stage Movement

Tabled because of question about the proposed THEA 220.

 

Courses not offered in 5 years/ Course Deletions

Acct 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Econ 105, S/Government & The Economy

Econ 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Educ 100, College Reading Techniques

Educ 305, Philosophy of Education

Educ 321, Audio-Visual Appr to Learning

Educ 322, Teaching of Elementary School Math

Educ 341, Methodological App-Soc Sci Educ

Educ 372, Educ Measurement & Evaluation

GSci 371, Geology Field Study

H&PE 102, Beginning Swimming

H&PE 133, Volleyball

H&PE 137, Water Polo

H&PE 139, Team Handball

H&PE 227, Advanced Golf

H&PE 244, Adv Figure Skating

H&PE 246, Adv Downhill Skiing

Hist 100, 20thC War World Wide Persp

Hist 247, Fascism & World War II: 1919-45

Hist 283, US World & Vietnam: 1954-75

Intd 225, Intro to Cognitive Science

Mgmt 396, Small Business Institute Seminar

Sped 268, Manual Comm & Instr Strategies

 

At the request of the History Department, Hist 100 was removed from this list. All other courses were moved as a block; the deletions passed unanimously.

Major revision

BA in Theatre

From 42 to 43 credits.

Adds Thea 200, Thea 204, Engl 386, Engl 354, or Engl 381

Deletes Thea 399

Adds courses to list of electives from which students choose.

 

Tabled because of questions regarding previous THEA proposals.

Chair Owens will ask for a SOTA representative to attend next UCC meeting.

 

Old Business

 

None

 

New Business

 

None

 

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 4:22 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Meg Stolee

 

 

GAA Committee Meeting Minutes of February 12, 2008


Attendance: Susan Salmon, Shuo Chen, Doug Mackenzie, Sherry Schwarts, Gregg Hartvigsen, Colleen Garrity, Andrew Herman, Meredith Harrigan, Jeff Andrews

 

Susan Salmon moved the approval of CDSC 449: Speech & Language Disorders in Diverse Populations Course Proposal with the minor amendment of perquisite status of graduate or senior status ( rather than including junior status).

 

There was discussion about if this course could be used as an elective by School of Education candidates and it was decided they could ask for permission of instructor.

 

The proposal was approved with the minor amendment.

 

Susan Salmon moved approval of CDSC 449: Speech & Language Disorders in Diverse Populations course syllabus.

 

The syllabus has approved.

 

Thank you to Ed Wallace and the Mathematics Department for allowing us use of the room.


University Faculty Senator’s Report

February 1, 2008

The 148th Plenary Meeting

 

(1) President’s Report:

Carl Wiezalis reported on the formation of two new ad hoc committees, The Ethics Committee and the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee. Phillip Ortiz is going to chair the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee—he has an illustrious history in Science and Math work with under-represented students. The Committee will support Associate Provost Pedro Caban’s “ambitious agenda” (Carl’s words—not mine).

 

We are concerned about funding. There is a disconnect between the governor’s budget and SUNY’s budget. The Higher Education Report sounds too good, but it’s just the beginning—there’s no money for all that yet.

 

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton is also concerned with the future of adjunct faculty—what will happen to them when the new tenure-track hires come in? According to Carl, they will be dealt with the most respectful care—he did not elaborate.

 

SUNY History Project—the organizing committee has met on two occasions already. There will be first a Celebratory Dinner sometime during this academic year. Then a research conference related to the History of Public Education, particularly SUNY’s. All campuses have been asked to identify interested folk to write their own local histories. You need to remind me to ask the President who the Geneseo historians are.

 

Faculty Development Conference—March 13 and 14th in Syracuse—small campuses are just beginning to establish faculty development resources. Governance recognizes the importance of faculty development, but the issue has always been who is going to pay for it? Presidents on campuses have to be responsible for faculty development. This conference is intended to be the first of many—the purpose is to train trainers--both professional faculty developers and faculty interested in being trained. The focus this time is on identifying better practices in service learning. Carl urged university senators to encourage colleagues to attend.

 

(2) Joe Hildreth’s report focused on the Special Joint Committee on Articulation and Transfer, which he chairs. The CHE Report urged that transfer problems be addressed. Faculty will never be able to agree on transfer. First we tried to separate anecdotes from facts. Then we looked at what other state systems are doing with transfer. We constantly heard that regional articulation was not working. The goal for the committee, although it is very early in the process, is to suggest that all introductory courses for the major fulfill the requirements for the major—regardless of where they are taught. Discipline-based committees will look at courses that do not seem to fit. They will create rubrics—group- identified and approved—to identify courses and make them available on the SUNY webpage, with a single SUNY number. As you can imagine, there was a lot of discussion. The committee wants feedback from our campus. Timeframe for responses: preferably by March 1st. Joe’s guess is that there may be twenty or thirty of such universally transferable courses. 100 division courses initially. If we succeed, then some 200 level courses will be identified. This will never happen for 300-level courses.

 

The main concern for such one size-fits-all courses is the loss of academic freedom. It is our students who really want (demand?) easy articulation. The President of the Student Association is a member of the Committee. Although Joe Hildreth volunteered his email address, the consensus was to wait until he sends us something in writing to get local feedback. We should also look at the CHE Report section on transferability. One senator mentioned that this is work that Distance Learning Faculty has already done to identify such courses.

Joe.Hildreth@SUNY.edu

 

(3) Risa Palm, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Provost started her report emphasizing the importance of the CHE Report and their answer to the question of how we can advance SUNY. We need talented faculty. The quality of a university rests on the quality of its faculty. Looking at the Executive Budget, there is no money for 2,000 hires.

 

Provost Palm shared with us a hypothetical table, identifying various ways to calculate campuses’ needs. She emphasized that the table was NOT an allocation scheme for new faculty in all campuses although it felt good to see her use Geneseo to explain the chart (I’ll be glad to share a copy of the chart if you wish to see it). Looking at the number of full time faculty against aspirational peers and at the student to faculty ratio, Geneseo would need to hire 260 additional faculty. Provost Palm also mentioned that campuses will be getting help with salaries if hiring more diverse faculty. The 2008-09 State Budget Priorities List reads, under the enhance diversity category, “provide $2.2 million for the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity to strengthen the recruitment of diversity professors and provide academic programs for under-represented students.”

 

Apparently there has been some bad reporting on this issue because Senators got the following email from Carl Wiezalis: “It has come to my attention that some mis-information has been advanced to the campus level from Provost Risa Palm's Report to the Faculty Senate on February 1, 2008 . Dr. Palm presented some charts to illustrate / demonstrate "hypothetical" methods to justify the need for more faculty within SUNY. One of these charts compared our numbers with those of "Aspirational Peers," and the other page reviewed the age of faculty within SUNY. Provost Palm REPEATEDLY stated that the “Peers" chart was simply an example of how we may look differently at staffing considerations. She said over and over again that the charts were for illustration only, and were NOT, in any way, a suggestion or proposal.”

 

Next, the provost emphasized the importance of the SUNY HISTORY PROJECT and invited us to the celebratory dinner at the end of this year. Dates have been chosen for the Conference--April 5, 6, 7th at the U of Albany – the call for papers is forthcoming but the goal is for us to remember the system’s unique history. How to develop further as a system? Issues of racial/ethnic diversity/public versus private. Keeping archival records well.

 

Provost Palm mentioned that there are still grants available for the Course Redesign Process—the goal is to increase student performance. The mode of delivery will be different. The course will be the same.

 

About VSA (Voluntary System of Accountability), her personal position, “I’m neutral. If a campus wants to get involved, it’s their call. I have doubts about using a number to assess a whole campus. Let’s look at Purchase. It has a Conservatory. It also has a Liberal Arts Education component. One number would be miscommunication.

Of all the “volunteered” campuses, only Buff State is making it mandatory. She has no intention to make it mandatory. The system is neutral.

 

According to the University Senator from Buff State, the Buffalo State Faculty are not happy they have been signed on. It was the decision of the president alone.

 

Albany has also been entered in VSA without any consultation. Their Senator mentioned they are considering pulling Albany out of it before having a debate on campus. When asked what she suggested if they just pull the plug, Provost Palm answered that Albany’s website is theirs alone. The only campus connected nationally is Buff State.

 

Provost Palm believes in the importance of assessing Assessment Plans. She reminded us that a change of administration in D.C. is forthcoming and that private universities are not using CLA.

 

A Senator reminded us that faculty have contractual responsibility to set curricular goals—we need to maintain autonomy to do our job well (preserve quality of curriculum).

 

(3) Kim Cline, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, reported on the Budget. It will be her last report since she will be President of Mercy College, but she’s not leaving until April. We want to keep the trust going. We have a good budget, Cline claims.

She was successful adding a Faculty Senator to the Board.

 

The budget process this year has paid more attention to mandated costs and will fund them. What did not happen was enrolment growth. We should lobby to have that happen. In an election year, it will be really difficult to get tuition increase.

The concept of a predictable tuition is understood, but they will never agree on that to fund holes.

 

Answering a question from a Senator, if a campus defaults on a federal loan, it will not receive TAP.

 

EFFICIENCY PLAN

Looking at administrative positions first, to generate money for new faculty. Are there too many administrative positions? Should some be abolished to identify money for new hires.

 

How do we fund the green energy plan?

Training staff is needed.

 

(4) Nicholas Rostow—University Counsel & Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

We have only 18 lawyers. One of my goals is to re-structure this office to make evident that we are here to help you. For example, the Attorney General is on the lookout for credit card deals…

 

There is a bill concerning textbooks to create competition. What if professors assign their own books not because they wrote the best book on the subject?

 

CHE recommendations to liberate SUNY from micro-management.

 

We need a war chest to protect intellectual property by SUNY faculty—we have nothing. University of California has 30 million dollars.

 

We need a system-wide competitive fellowship to support junior faculty research.

 

Any student registered in SUNY should be able to take any course anywhere in SUNY. Distance Learning

 

We need a National Conference on conflicts of interest—we should have an interesting conversation on that. The most flagrant conflicts of interest identified concern HR.

 

 

Afternoon Session:

Michael Trunzo, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations

 

$2.2 million for the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity to strengthen the recruitment of diversity professors and provide academic programs for under-represented students

 

Addressing SUNY alumni in the state assembly for help in promoting SUNY (I have that list if you are interested). Many did not know they had SUNY in common.

 

Using the SUPPORT SUNY website—Five year capital campaign

 

Phil Wood—General Manager SUNY Construction Fund

Most of our educational facilities are 30 years old

Critical maintenance—updating what we already have: money in the governor’s budget

 

Lloyd Constantine—Senior Advisor to Governor Spitzer

All the governor’s transition committees talked about some aspect of education. Although Higher Ed cannot be a panacea, SUNY got the governor’s attention first.

CHE had its public hearings and produced an extraordinary report.

This administration is behind all the Commission’s recommendations.

 

Part of the task this year is to seize the moment—the year of higher education—disappointment when we saw the budget.

 

Proposal about using the lottery as endowment exclusively for public schools.

 

Sector Reports and Conversation with Chancellor Clark

about VSA: Clark will have consultation with presidents who offered no consultation—believes in shared governance.

 

about presidential searches or failures in governance: Clark relies on senior faculty for background and nature of the problem and to understand the culture of the institution. He did not address the question, “What if the problem is precisely the culture of the institution?”

 

Problems of articulation: why are the legislators so concerned with this? Sectors feel the problems are to be found in advisement—not in articulation.

 

Concerned how the system perceives the alliance between community colleges and private colleges—graduate programs

 

Lack of consultation

 

Conflict of interest—human resources officer is also executive assistant to the president !!!!

 

February 2, 2008

Faculty Council of Community Colleges—Milton Johnson

 

Two concerns: access and success

 

Tuition increase is also a concern

 

Need for open and frank conversations about cc and comprehensives: teachers in a CC are as capable and competent to teach

 

Also a conversation among disciplines: where should a student be at the end of a two- year program

Community colleges can become more accountable

 

We need to address VSA and lack of consultation

 

At the end of 07-08, community colleges have seen many changes: the one-third turnover in presidents is only the most visible

 

Student Assembly Report—Don Boyce, President

 

The Executive committee meets once a month—different campuses—and

we meet as a whole body twice a year.

 

Students are very happy with the fact that senate is addressing the issue of transferability—rather than waiting for legislators to take over like what happened in Florida

 

Choice of textbooks is also a concern—faculty who make us buy their books and they do not really seem to apply to the particular course he or she is teaching.

 

Some students now select a section because of the cost of the required books—not scheduling.

 

Executive Committee Report- Norm Goodman

Work on the Bulletin—we are to tell our campus about the new speak out section—issues that are of importance to the system

Discussion about VSA and the lack of governance consultation:

Purchase faculty has developed a tradition of leaving assessment matters to the administration; there’s a passive acceptance (if they don’t have to do anything, that’s ok).

 

It was a disaster at Maritime—fitting the VSA template resulted in errors (what are minors at Maritime were listed as majors for example).

At Oneonta, one of the volunteered campuses, the decision was made in December and nobody was around to be consulted (the answer the administration provided as to why no one in the faculty was consulted). On February 4th, students are bringing Pat Francis to campus to discuss GEAR and VSA.

 

Passive acceptance describes what is going on at Buff State.

Some campuses that are using standardized tests should be allowed, but we do not want to be compared to them.

 

Remember Barbara Lifton’s speech at the Cortland Plenary: the most powerful person in the world is a tenured professor. We have a responsibility to stand up and tell the truth. There’s no provision in VSA that it is for us to get better at what we do.

 

With regard to GEAR, there’s now a SUNY-wide Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness Committee that does NOT include any faculty. [ask Paul]

 

Before the General Education mandate, we had a conference on GenEd and all we said was ignored [ask Paul again].

 

The issue of articulation

 

Graduate and Research Committee—Peter Nickerson

Doing a survey on stipends

Awards committee

How to get your proposal funded—trying to reactivate GRI (graduate research initiative)

 

The exchange scholars program—search for records (ask Bill Gohlman and Chris’s office)

 

Governance Committee—Sharon Cramer

Governance Handbook is being updated

Examine recruitment and sustaining practices of governance members

Definition of courage=Willingness to risk failure without the loss of self-esteem

How can courage be the foundation of leadership?

 

Official leadership training

 

Undergraduate Committee (Pat Carey)

Review of SUNY policies regarding contact/credit hours

The committee finds the 30-year-old policy too rigid

Probably for the April Plenary we will have drafted a resolution

Awards Committee—Sandra Michael

CID calls for proposal—April 4th due date—Catherine Regan

Pavita Ward—liaison for excellence awards

Awards and privileges—University Faculty Fellow—senate’s highest award-passed unanimously

Student Life—Dave Feldman

We will have a resolution for the April Plenary addressing the issue of mental health counselors to student ratio. The current statewide ratio is about 1:1700, and the Critical Incident Task Force recommended mental health counselor to student ratio of 1:1000.

Service Learning Subcommittee will publish a “how to” guide

Operations Committee—Maureen Dolan

The success of the Sustainability Conference—newsletter with brief summary of each of the presentations and poster presentations is forthcoming. There will be a peer-reviewed SUNY Press publication after solicitation of papers.

Because of the success of the conference, the department of conservation asked Maureen Dolan to partner with them. Not in the near future.

The Senate President asked Maureen to lead a Task Force for Sustainability Curriculum. The goal is development of model curriculum for general education, perhaps a 3-credit course or a 1-credit course suitable for distance learning.

Longitudinal Study of Faculty Diversity by Rank, Gender and Ethnicity—are women faculty earning 66 cents to the male dollar?

Faculty Salaries vs. cost of living study: faculty salaries as a function of geographic differential and cost of living.

We should have a position statement on sustainability-

Professor from RIT who got a big grant and wants to work with SUNY faculty (?)

Campus Governance Leaders—Susan Camp

CGLs have modified how they meet—They’ve added informal breakfast meetings on both days—to have more time for development. In future plenaries, they are going to meet for a dinner on Thursday, starting at 5:30.

We’ll review SUNY Board of Trustees Policies regarding governance

They only had 16 CGLs at the Albany Plenary--Susan would like at least 25.

Resolution on Governance: passed without dissent [text to be provided at Senate meeting].

Call for Nominations for Secretary and Vice President: election will be held at the next plenary—only ONE candidate.

 


Campus Governance Leader’s Report

The Campus Governance Leaders met during the SUNY Faculty Senate Winter Plenary Meeting in Albany, NY February 1-2. The following Resolution was submitted to the SUNY Faculty Senate on February 2.

 

Resolution from SUNY Campus Governance Leaders submitted February 2, 2008 to the SUNY Faculty Senate

 

Whereas the SUNY Board of Trustees has entrusted faculty with responsibilities for curriculum, programming, and other matters which may be necessary for the performance of their duties;

 

Whereas the faculty take on many duties in regards to governance on their campuses; and

 

Whereas these governance duties require resources such as travel, clerical assistance, printing, supplies, space and faculty time;

 

Be it resolved that campus presidents and other administrators be encouraged by the Chancellor to engage with faculty governance leaders to establish a positive relationship that serves the campus;

 

Be it further resolved that campus presidents be encouraged by the Chancellor to establish a budget to support campus governance that is not limited to clerical support, assigned faculty time, travel, printing, supplies, space, and computer technology;

 

Be it further resolved that newly hired campus presidents are counseled by the Chancellor or Provost on the importance of a strong faculty/administrative partnership.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David Granger

Chair, College Senate 2007-2008

 

 

Call for Nominations for the Richard Roark Award, 2007-2008

Shortly after Richard Roark's untimely death in 1970, a group of his friends established an award to honor his memory. Richard's friends described him this way: "Richard was a special kind of human being who valued the humane and ethical above all else. He was a scholar and intellectual who treasured learning and especially books with which, he thought, every person could access the accumulated knowledge of all previous civilizations."

The Richard Roark Award is given to a graduating senior whose scholarship and community service exemplify the qualities that were so important to Richard. The recipient is given a stipend to purchase books, and the recipient's name will be inscribed on a plaque displayed in the MacVittie College Union. Please submit nominations by April 17, 2008 to David Granger, School of Education, South Hall 220c.