College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 14
Pages 529 - 545
10 December 1999

Page  Topic
  Last Call for Nominations 
530 Harter Mentoring Award, President's Advising Award, O'Brien Teaching Award
530 Spring Senate Meetings
  Message from the Chair
530 Blessings on Joanie
531-540 College Senate Meeting (7 December)
540-543 Executive Committee (3 December)
544-545 FAC Subcommittee on Student Evaluations (30 November)

Happy Holidays!

Happy New Year!


Correspondence: Becky L. Glass, Department of Sociology, Sturges 122C
E-mail: Phone: 245-5336



Nominations are now being accepted for:

Harter Mentoring Award

President's Advising Award

President's Award for Excellence in Part-time Teaching

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, December15

See Bulletin p. 164-165 for details.

Letters of nomination for all the above awards should be addressed to the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o the Provost's Office, Erwin 205. Nominees will be contacted and told what supporting documentation to provide.




Spring College Senate Meetings

February 22
March 7 (All College Meeting)
March 28, if needed
April 11
May 2

All at 4:00 pm, Newton 204




Blessings on Senate Secretary Joanie Ballard

Many thanks to Joanie for her industrious production of pages and pages of Senate and
Executive Committee minutes this semester, especially at this busiest time of year when both sets of minutes fell into the same Bulletin! 

Minutes of College Senate Meeting
December 7, 1999

Present: Bailey, Ballard, Bandoni, Bazzett, Bonfiglio, Bosch, S., Bosch, L., Brennan, Broikou, Bushnell, Case, Cleeton, Crosby, Cylke, Dahl, Davies, Derne', Dixon, Farian, Feeley, Ferrell, Filice, Fletcher, Glass, Goeckel, Gohlman, Greenfield, Gridley, Gu, Hartvigsen, Hill, Hon, Howe, Jones, Joshi, Kirkwood, Kirsh, Koch, Leary, Levison, Lima, Lovett, Mason, McCoy, McEwen, Metz, Miller, Mohan, Morse, Pacheco, Sancilio, Schiavetti, Stolee, Sullivan, Teres, Vasiliev, Waddy, Watt, West, Barnes, Coleman, Emhoff, Falk, Hahn, Happ, Haskins, Henshaw, Kupper, Lee, Sander, Sapio, Spilman,
Guests: B. Howard, E. Kintz

Call To Order: Chair B. Glass called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m., and she invited all to enjoy cake as a celebration of the final Senate meeting of the1900’s.

Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was moved, seconded, and approved as printed on
p. 474-478 of the Senate Bulletin, with the addition to "Unfinished Business" of the Interim Report from the Joint Committee of Core Chairs and the General Education Committee.

Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the Senate Meeting held on November 16, 1999, were moved and seconded as printed on pp. 459-470 of the College Senate Bulletin. B. Glass noted that B. Joshi was incorrectly omitted from the list of senators present. Student Representative Bethany Haskins (FAC member) read the following statement:

I’m speaking in regards to some minutes that have been published in the recent Senate Bulletins which came from the Faculty Affairs Subcommittee on Evaluation of Teaching and the Executive Committee. I have been in contact with my entire subcommittee, and from the nature of some of the responses, I now know that there is a definite discrepancy. As many of you may know, a pilot project for an alternative student evaluation form has been implemented on campus. It’s important for everyone to realize that this pilot did not come from the Faculty Affairs subcommittee on Student Evaluation of Teaching. The minutes in your bulletins are incorrect and there has been a request for a correction, but the general appearance of the discussion still looks as if it came from our whole committee. Not only did the pilot not come from our committee, but it was not even discussed at our meetings. While the pilot study is a good idea, I thought it was important that you know that a decision was made without committee consent, and besides that, the decision was misrepresented in reports, as pertaining to discussions within the committee. The minutes of the Senate meeting of November 16, 1999, with the addition of B. Joshi’s name, were then approved unanimously.

Senate Reports

Chair’s Report (B. Glass): B. Glass brought to the attention of the Senate a series of press releases regarding the search for a new Chancellor for the SUNY system. A news report last week suggested that Robert King (former Monroe County Executive) was a frontrunner in the search process. On Saturday, Dec. 4, Joseph Flynn (UFS President) sent messages to the campuses indicating that this report was a breach of the confidentiality required of the search committee, and that the search process was expected to continue at least into January. Today, another press release indicated that the name of Robert King was being forwarded to the Board of Trustees after a unanimous vote by the Search Committee. B. Glass contacted J. Flynn (who is a member of the Search Committee) to ask him about these press releases, but she had not received a reply in time for today’s Senate meeting. The endorsement of King for the Chancellor position raises concerns, given that his background includes no training or experience in administering higher education. B. Glass will keep the Senate informed as she obtains additional information.

President’s Report (C. Dahl): President Dahl reported on two items:

1) The system-wide Task Force on General Education has been charged with examining the General Education reports from the campuses and determining whether they have met the BOT policies and requirements. A second committee, the system-wide Task Force on Teacher Education, has been charged with reporting to the System Provost (and Chancellor) with advice on policies and issues related to changes in the state-wide requirements for curriculum and other aspects of teacher education. Dr. B. Dixon will chair the General Education Task Force. Dr. C. Dahl is one of two campus presidents on the Teacher Education Task Force.

2) We are proceeding with tentative plans for the Integrated Sciences Building, and with efforts to obtain needed funding. Cost estimates will be prepared by architects, in consultation with science departments, and the administration will work to obtain funding for the difference between the needed amounts and the $22 million appropriated in the first year of the SUNY Construction Fund Capital Budget. We have been authorized by the Construction Fund to proceed with schematic designs, pending additional funding.

Discussion: S. Bailey noted that the appointment of our Provost and President to these Task Forces was good news. She asked whether the Teacher Education Task Force will review proposals from the individual campuses (as will the General Education Task Force). C. Dahl replied that it will not. The purpose of the Teacher Education Task Force will be to provide advice on general issues for the system. He also noted that Geneseo can do much to help improve teacher education state-wide by taking a leadership role, setting an example with proven excellence in teacher education, and offering suggestions for meeting challenges in diverse regions of the state.

Provost’s Report (B. Dixon): Provost Dixon reported on four items:

1) B. Dixon met yesterday with the State General Education Task Force. In this initial, organizational meeting, the Task Force developed guidelines for individual
campuses to help reduce any unnecessary paperwork and to streamline the process of submitting campus proposals to the committee. The Task Force includes three Vice-Presidents from the original Task Force (on implementing the BOT General Education requirements), two academic deans, and representatives from Community Colleges and the University Faculty Senate (UFS). B. Dixon will update us on the progress of this Task Force.

2) The process of program assessment is moving along, with departments working on assessments of their programs for the Middle States Accreditation process.

3) Searches for approximately 19 new faculty are proceeding.

4) Dr. Bruce Ristow, who has been a member of the Geneseo community since 1967, has decided to retire effective December 28, 1999. A reception is planned, and emails will be sent with details. In the meantime, we all wish him well.

Treasurer’s Report (M. Mohan): In the College Senate Fund drive, 35 donations totaling $770.00 have been received, with $607.50 earmarked for Senate Fund and $162.50 for the Roark fund. These contributions bring the totals to $4,725.51 in the Senate Fund and $1614.52 in the Roark fund. Donations are still being accepted.

University Faculty Senator’s Report (J. Bulsys): No report.

Central Council (A. Gridley): No report.

Reports of the Standing Committees

Undergraduate Curriculum (T. Bazzett): T. Bazzett expressed thanks to committee members for their hard work this semester. He also noted his gratitude to the help he had received from S. Bailey, K. Jones, and B. Glass during the semester’s voluminous curriculum revisions.

UCC then moved for approval of packaging of proposals by department. If approved, such "packaging" would still allow separate discussion of individual proposals in the package. The motion was seconded by J. Bushnell and passed unanimously. UCC moved the following:

Second Readings:

Philosophy: Addition to M/ Core of Phil 214 Chinese Philosophy (pp. 203-204) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

English: New course proposal for Engl 210 Elements of Screen Writing (pp. 205-206) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Political Science: Course revision for PlSc 140 International Politics (pp. 207-208) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Interdisciplinary: Revision of the Minor Program in International Relations (pp. 209-212) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Mathematics: The package was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously to include the new courses Math 332 Linear Programming and Operations Research (pp. 213-216) and Math 366 Mathematical Foundations of Actuarial Science (pp. 217-220).

History: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

New Courses:  Hist 166 African American History (pp. 221-224)

Hist 261 Native American History (pp. 227-233)

Hist 280 Topics in Global History: (subtitle) (pp. 235-240)

Hist 381 Traditional China (pp. 241-248)
Addition to M/Core: Hist 261 Native American History (p. 234)
Course Revision: Hist 265/366 African Americans in the Age of Jim Crow (pp. 225-226)

Interdisciplinary: New course proposal for Intd 200 Research in Washington DC (pp. 249-253) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Anthropology: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Revisions of Major Program: See below and pp. 264-268

Revisions of prerequisites (p. 280)
Course Revisions:  Anth 101 Exploration of Human Diversity (pp. 269-272)
  Anth 207 Prehistoric Cultures of North America (pp. 273-275)
  Anth 115/215 Ancient Civilization in the Old World (p. 276)
  Anth 306 Human Growth and Development (p. 277)
  Anth 310 Classical Anthropological theory (p. 278)
Course Deletions: Anth 102, 111, 116, 213, 217, 218, 219, 221, 227, 251, 303 (p. 279)
Additions to M/S/Core: Anth 202 Traditional Systems of Healing (pp. 281-283)
  Anth 216 Native Voices: Africa and the Caribbean (pp. 284-286)
  Anth 243 Women in Cross-cultural Perspective (pp. 287-289)
New Courses: Anth 228 Applied Anthropology (pp. 290-300)
  Anth 229 Ethnography and Film (pp. 301-308)
  Anth 231 Sociolinguistics (pp. 309-319)
  Anth 232 Chinese Ethnography (pp. 320-329)
  Anth 247 Cultural Resource Management (pp. 330-336)
  Anth 282 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (pp. 337-343)
  Anth 283 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (pp. 344-352)
  Anth 309 Topics in Primatology (pp. 353-359)
  Anth 321 Contemporary Theory in Anthropology (pp. 360-369)
  Anth 346 Topics in Archeology (pp. 370-378)

Biology: New course proposal for Biol 250 Biological Data Analysis (pp. 379-385) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Geography: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Course Revisions: New title for Geog 385 (p. 386)

Change number of Geog 285 to 295 (p. 387)
New Courses:  Geog 351 Environment and Development (pp. 388-395)

Geog 381 Economic Globalization (pp. 396-403)

School of Performing Arts: The package including the following proposals was moved and seconded:

Course Revisions: Changes in titles and course descriptions for Musc 140s, 240s, 340s (pp. 404-407)
  Changes in titles and course descriptions for Musc 331, 333, 335 (pp. 408-410)
  Change number of Thea 222 to Thea 311 (p. 411)
New Courses: M/ Thea 204 Asian Theatre Survey (pp. 412-421)
  Thea 270 Video Production (pp. 422-426)
  Thea 310 Playwriting (pp. 427-431)
Revision of Minor: Minor in Theatre (p. 432)

Note: T. Bazzett noted that the M/ designation for Thea 204 was inadvertently left off the list of agenda items on page 476 of the Bulletin. He also reminded Senators that at first reading, it was noted that the handwritten amendments on page 410 of the Bulletin are incorrect. The note that the courses Musc 331,333, and 335 can only be taken three times should read that the courses can only be taken two times under different subtitles.

The package of proposals was approved unanimously with the amendments noted by T. Bazzett.

Computer Science: The package including the following proposals was moved and seconded:

New Courses: Csci 119 Object Oriented Programming: Subtitle (pp. 433-442)
  Csci 120 Procedural Programming: Subtitle (pp. 443-450)
Course Deletions: Csci 121 C/ Scientific Programming I (p. 451)
  Csci 131 C/ Pascal Programming (p. 451)
Course Revisions: Change prerequisite for Csci 141 Intro. To Computer Science (p. 452)
  Change prerequisite for Csci 219 Object-Oriented Design and Programming (p. 453)

C. Dahl asked whether the problem regarding the CSCI requirements in the Business programs had been resolved. T. Bazzett replied that it had. G. Hartvigsen asked what the "Subtitle" means in CSCI 119 and 120. D. Baldwin (of the Computer Science department) replied that the subtitle will reflect the particular programming language to be used in the section (e.g., Pascal, Fortran, etc.)

 The package was then approved unanimously.

Business (postponed from Nov. 16 meeting): The following was moved by UCC:

Revision of Major Program in Accounting: Add CSCI 114, 119, 120 to Computer Science requirement (p.100) [Ed. Note: CSCI nos. changed from original proposal to correspond to above CSCI course changes]

Barbara Howard reported that the School of Business would like to withdraw the proposal at this time. The motion was withdrawn.

First Readings:

Business: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Course Deletion: Econ 261 Legal Environment of the Economy (course content remains under Mgmt 261) (p. 482)
Course Revision: Change prerequisite for Mgmt 390 Strategic Management (p. 483)

  Interdisciplinary: The following proposal was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Revision of Major Program: International Relations Major (pp. 484-488)

Several Departments: The following courses have not been offered for five years. The motion to delete the courses was seconded and approved unanimously.

Deletion of courses not offered for five years:  (All on p. 489)
  Bio 205 Principles of Evolution 
  Intd 206 Discovery of Language
  Intd 287 Comparative Labor Studies
  Mgmt 282 Public Events Management
  Mgmt 335 Consumer Behavior
  Mgmt 336 Marketing Channels & Logistics
  Mgmt 351 Operations Research
  Mgmt 380 Business Research Methods
  Plsc 321 Politics of Advanced Societies
  Plsc 339 Problems of American Political Thought
  Wrtg 100 Process of Writing

Sociology: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

New Course:  Socl 285 Sociology of Sex & Gender Diversity (pp. 490-502)
Course Deletion: Socl 221 Field Project on Social Inequality (p. 503)

Interdisciplinary: The following proposal was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Revision of Minor Program in Environmental Studies (pp. 504-507): Add Biol 311 Plant Taxonomy to third-level electives

Biology: The proposal for Revision of Major Program to delete Computer Science requirements (pp. 508-511) was tabled in UCC at its last meeting, and therefore was not moved for a vote before Senate today.

History: The package including the following proposals was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously:

Course Deletions: Hist 238 European Social History of 19th & 20th Centuries (p. 512)

Hist. 256 Youth in Early America (p. 512)

School of Performing Arts: The proposal for Course Revision in Danc 265 Dance Ensemble (p. 513, Add co-requisite) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Physics: The proposal for a New Course: Phys 314 Fluid Mechanics (pp. 514-517) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Interdisciplinary: The proposal for Revision of Minor Program in Linguistics (pp. 518-522) was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

Undergraduate Academic Policies, Core, and Review (B. Gohlman): No report.

Graduate Academic Affairs (J. Bushnell): GAAC moved for approval of the following graduate course proposals:

Second Readings:

Communicative Disorders & Sciences: Proposal for Revision of the Graduate Program in Speech Pathology (pp. 198-199 of the Senate Bulletin) was seconded and approved unanimously.

History: Proposal for Deletion of courses Hist 456, 457, 458, 463, 464, and 482 (p. 200 of the Senate Bulletin) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Faculty Affairs Committee (N. Schiavetti):

1) The Subcommittee on Promotion and Tenure has been researching the background of the issues presented last year, comparing promotion and tenure data from other SUNY and COPLAC colleges. They will meet in the spring to work on a report to the Senate Executive Committee summarizing these data and their possible implications.

2) The Subcommittee on Student Ratings of Teaching has been researching various methods of student ratings of faculty teaching, including both internal and external formats. The subcommittee will hold a series of forums for faculty and students early in the spring semester to discuss and get feedback on the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches before deliberating further and making recommendations regarding the continuation or modification of the current SOFI process.

N. Schiavetti added that no motions will be brought before Senate at this time because both subcommittees are still working to gather pertinent information. B. Glass encouraged faculty and students to attend the forums that will be scheduled by the subcommittees in the spring.

Student Affairs (E. Crosby): SAC will meet on Thursday, December 9, 1999, from 3:00 to 5:00 in Sturges 103. The committee will continue its work on developing weekend social activities for students that provide alternatives to alcohol use.

Unfinished Business

Dean T. Greenfield summarized the recommendations of the Joint Committee of General Education and Core Committee Chairs. This joint committee was charged with responding to the SUNY mandates on general education, as well as with considering issues of quality in our general education program. The committee’s report has been sent to the Provost and circulated to the faculty via email, and Central Council will receive the report tomorrow. Dean Greenfield noted that any proposed changes will not affect current students. The recommendations may be summarized as follows:

  1. Foreign Language Proficiency. The committee recommends that the standard of proficiency in foreign language should be defined minimally as: (a) Completion of four units (Level IV) of NYS high school foreign language or its out-of-state equivalent, or (b) Proficiency through the fourth semester (202) college level of a single language, or (c) Other appropriate performance or competence based equivalency as approved by the Foreign Language department or other appropriate body. The committee will recommend to the Provost a definition of an appropriate level of proficiency as well as a means to work toward achieving it. The committee recognizes that the required resources are not available to put this recommendation into effect in the 2000-2001 academic year.
  2. American History Requirement. The committee recommends accepting a satisfactory score on the New York State Regents Examination for United States History and Government as fulfillment of one portion of the requirement. In addition, the committee recommends requiring one course that addresses diversity in the United States (although this recommendation does not necessarily mean that a specific single course will be required).
  3. Oral Communications. The final report to the Provost in December, which will be circulated to faculty in January, will address the BOT mandate of Oral Competence in the college curriculum. The committee feels that this area has not been well addressed in the past. At present, the committee only has preliminary survey information from departments about their efforts in this area. The committee would like to obtain additional information before making recommendations.
  4. Research Skills and Computer Skills Outcomes. Additional comments will be made regarding these areas, although it appears that most Geneseo graduates gain experience in these skill areas.
R. McEwen (Foreign Languages) asked whether the recognized shortage of resources means that Fall 2001 would be the soonest the Foreign Language requirement could begin. T. Greenfield replied that, realistically, this is so. The committee will present its report and recommendations to the Provost, with hopes that serious work on implementing the recommendations would begin in the spring.

B. Goeckel (Political Science) asked what percent of our current students would meet these requirements. T. Greenfield replied that approximately 60% of incoming first-year students have four or more high school credits, leaving approximately 40% (400 to 500 students) who would still need at least one credit.

New Business

R. Vasiliev made a motion to provide cake at every Senate meeting. B. Gohlman seconded the motion, but for some reason B. Glass ignored the motion as if it were a joke. It is to be hoped (fervently) that she will reconsider before the start of the next millennium.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan C. Ballard, Secretary of the College Senate