College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 7
2 Dec. 2001

Page Topic
133 Contents
134 Fall 2001 College Senate and Senate Committee MeetingSchedule
134 Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee MeetingSchedule
134 Senate Bulletin Mailing List
134 Executive Committee meeting 20 November, 2001
136 Calls for MacVittie, Roemer, and new Lockhart SupportedProfessorships
141 Funding/Tuition Resolutions passed by the FredoniaCollege Senate Nov. 12, 2001
142 Minutes for the Policies, Core and Review CommitteeMeeting, 13 November, 2001
145 Minutes of the Undergraduate Curriculum CommitteeMeeting, 27 November, 2001
157 Agenda for the College Senate Meeting, 6 December, 2001

Correspondence: Janice A. Lovett, Departmentof Biology,
Bailey 210; e-mail:; phone: 245-5413

Fall 2001 College Senate and Senate Committee MeetingSchedule
December 4 College Senate Meeting

Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate CommitteeMeetingSchedule
February 5 Executive Committee Meeting
February 12 College Senate Meeting
February 26 Executive Committee Meeting
March 5 College Senate Meeting and All-College Meeting
April 2 Executive Committee Meeting
April 9 College Senate Meeting
April 23 Executive Committee Meeting
April 30 College Senate Meeting

Senate Bulletin Mailing List
Any member of the College Community may receive an individual copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receivea copy please send your name as you would like it to appear onthe mailing label and your campus address to the Senate Chair,Janice Lovett, or 210 Bailey.


CollegeSenate Executive Committee
20 November 2001
Wadsworth 204

Present: J. Bushnell, G. Drake (Secretary), C. Filice,C. Freeman (Treasurer), B. Gohlman, C. Leary (Former Chair); J.Lovett (Chair), J. McLean, D. McPherson, D. Metz

Minutes of the last two meetings were approved unanimously

Chair's Report

Chair Lovett announced that therecent Senate election went smoothly, mostly. There was a problemwith voters caused by their own web browsers; if they had triedto get into the online ballot after caching a file of the closedwebsite, they needed to reload. The returns were less than 50%,but enough to meet the Senate Constitution’s requirementof at least one-third of eligible voters.

Leary asked who won. The winners were as follows:

For Faculty Personnel Committee: Donald Marozas, Becky Glass,and Margaret Matlin

For Nominations Committee: Kathryn Rommel-Esham, Edward Pogozelski,and Anne Eisenberg

The nominees had all been contactedover the weekend and Casey Bickle would send out the officialvote results to candidates.

Lovett suggested that futureballots include a statement from candidates about their platformsor qualifications, rather than just name and department. PerhapsFaculty Affairs could discuss this matter.

President's Report

No report.
Provost’s Report

Provost Dixon announced that President Dahl was attending a national meeting of college presidentsin New Orleans.

The Provost shared with the Executive Committee a fax which PresidentHefner of SUNY-Fredonia sent to President Dahl and others. Thefax contained several resolutions from Fredonia’s CollegeSenate concerning the SUNY budget. Dixon recommended a similarresolution for our own Senate. The resolution does include a proposalfor a small tuition increase, the first since 1995-96.

The second resolution from Fredonia called for establishing arational tuition policy—i.e., one that allows for increasestied to the current rate of inflation or some gradual increaserather than sudden, large increases.

The third resolution, from SUNY-Fredonia’s College Council,reveals that New York State ranks 49th out of 50th “in the change in state higher education appropriations over thepast five years;” it ranks last among the states intax appropriations for operating expenses in higher education;and “SUNY’s non-personnel inflationary costshave not been fully covered by either state appropriations ortuition increases in any year since 1988-89.” The resolutioncalls for the Chancellor, SUNY Board of Trustees, Governor andState Legislature to cooperate in its approach to the SUNY budget,that it cover collective bargaining costs, raise tuition modestly,and create a multi-year tuition policy.

President Dahl will likely take a similar resolution to the nextCollege Council Meeting on 30 November. He believes the CollegeCouncil has the authority to pass a resolution on its own withoutprior Senate action.

C. Leary asked whether the College Council had been polled onthis issue yet. Dixon said that the College Council had not yetbeen presented with the Fredonia documents, but in the past, theCouncil has discussed the need for a rational tuition policy.W. Gohlman wondered if it would be possible to solicit supportfrom students and parents; does the Fredonia Senate include studentrepresentatives? Dixon did not know about the representation inFredonia’s Senate; nevertheless, she felt that the Administrationcould certainly present the matter to student government here.

Gohlman quickly calculated that a $200 tuition increase couldbring an extra $1 million to Geneseo. D. McPherson agreed thatit is rational to have some kind of increase as costs go up. Withouta rational increase, the people hit hardest will be parents whodon’t have children in college yet but who might well behit with a sudden $1000 increase at some point in their children’s college years.

Chair Lovett asked whether the Senate would want to consider bothresolutions about immediate funding for next year and long-termfunding. The consensus of the Executive Committee was for both.They could then go under new business. Dixon said that the Senatecould proceed that way or set aside its agenda to consider a specialresolution to send to the Board of Trustees. Gohlman thought thatthe resolutions could form part of the Chair’s Report;J. Bushnell thought Gohlman’s suggestion would work best.

Leary maintained that reports should be reports and business shouldbe business. Lovett thought that the Senate could take care ofits routine business quickly.

Lovett wondered whether Geneseo should use the same wording onits resolutions (with references to Fredonia changed). Dixonthought the third resolution was informative but too long. Bushnelladded that we didn't actually have direct sources cited for thefacts in the third resolution. Lovett suggested that PresidentDahl move the two resolutions when new business comes up.

Dixon informed the Committee that on the day of the Senate meetingshe would be attending the Performance-Based Budget Advisory Committee(PBBAC) in Albany. The committee is charged with making recommendationson the implementation of the BAP in light of the current budgetprojections for next year. Connected with this discussion, C.Filice argued for clarifying the notion “rational tuitionplan” as a “gradual tuition increase.” Bushnell agreed, noting that a “rational” tuition plan could mean decreases in tuition.

Leary suggested that the Chair ask for volunteers to rewrite theresolutions and circulate them among the Committee before theyare presented to the Senate. Leary and Filice subsequently volunteeredfor this task. Lovett asked them to include the goal of gradualtuition increases in the revision.

On another subject, Dixon distributed the following calls fornominations for supported professorships.

MacVittie and Roemer
Supported Professorships


(Rights and Responsibilities)

1) A $6000 annual grant from the Geneseo Foundation for theterm of the appointment.

2) The privilege, as a part of their normal teaching load,to design and teach one course of their choosing during one yearof the Professorship. This course will be designated as a Lockhartor Geneseo Foundation course.

3) The responsibility of delivering one College-wide lectureon a topic of their choice during the third year of their Professorship.

4) Individuals selected for either Professorship must committo continuous service, uninterrupted by leaves of absence otherthan an approved sabbatical, for the duration of the appointment.

1) Rank of at least Associate Professor with continuingappointment;

2) A demonstrated record of superior teaching and involvementof students in the learning process;

3) A demonstrated record of superior advisement, both formaland informal;

4) A visible and meaningful involvement in campus life; and

5) An active scholarly life.


Nominations will be acceptedfrom faculty and students, and should consist of a narrative ofno more than two pages describing the nominee’s fulfillmentof the aforementioned criteria.

Nominations should be submitted to the Campus Awards SelectionCommittee, c/o Provost’s Office, Erwin 205, by 4:15 p.m.on Friday, December 14, 2001.


Lockhart Supported Research/Creative Endeavors Professorship

New - To Be Awarded Fall 2002


1) A $6000 annual grant from the Geneseo Foundation for theterm of the appointment.

2) The privilege, as a part of their normal teaching load,to supervise/involve students in research/creative projects asequivalent of one course for one semester during the term of theirappointment. Students involved in this research will be designatedas Lockhart Student Research Fellows

3) The responsibility of delivering a College-wide lectureon a topic of their choice during the last year of their appointment.

1) Rank of at least Associate Professor with continuing appointment;

2) A demonstrated record of a minimum of 10 years of superiorresearch and/or creative accomplishments;

3) A demonstrated record of mentoring students outside of theclassroom in research, directed studies, and/or creative works;

4) A demonstrated record of effective teaching; and

5) A meaningful involvement in campus life.


Nominations will be acceptedfrom faculty, staff, and students, and should consist of a narrativeof no more than two pages describing the nominee’s fulfillmentof the aforementioned criteria.

Nominations should be submitted to the Campus Awards SelectionCommittee, c/o Provost’s Office, Erwin 205, by 4:15 p.m.on Friday, December 14, 2001.

Past Chair’s Report
No report.

Vice-Chair’s Report
No report.

Treasurer’s Report
No report.

University Faculty Senator
No report.

Central Council
No report

Faculty Affairs Committee

J. McLean reported on theupcoming brown-bag discussions sponsored by his Committee; thefirst will be a presentation on ESL students by Irene Belyakovon 29 November. Beyond the discussions, the Committee will lookagain at the organization of the Professional Leave Review Committee.Finally, Faculty Affairs is anticipating the Association of AmericanCollege and Universities group’s agenda.

Lovett said that the Professional Leave Review Committee wantedto consider changing the rotation of the committee—three-yearterms instead of two-year. Dixon said she supported this movevery strongly. The goal of the changes proposed by the committeeitself would be to create more continuity.

Graduate Affairs Committee
No report.

Policy Committee

C. Filice said that the Committeehad met this past Tuesday to discuss distance learning. No suggestions,proposals or revisions were made, since this all has to do withsummer distance learning. The Committee’s sense is notto do anything about summer distance learning because, if thereare faculty members who want to teach this way in summer, theycould do so through an experimental course. There is no clearobjection right now to offering such courses; the Committee willpostpone further discussion until it has more data.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

J. Bushnell said that the Committeewould meet on 27 November at 2PM with a light agenda on tap. Theywill discuss items for the December College Senate meeting forwhich the Committee will ask for a waiver of first readings.

Student Affairs Committee
No report.

There was no old business.

1. The Executive Committee discussed course proposals on theSenate website. At the moment, the file format looks strange.For now, only summaries for minor changes will be published inthe Bulletin, with full proposals for new courses and major changesto be published in the Bulletin.

2. The Senate website is behind schedule right now. CaseyBickle is trying to work on the website during the time she hasallotted for working with the Senate. Lovett will talk to CITabout obtaining a permanent webmaster so that in future yearsthe website does not depend on editing by the Chair. Dixon remindedthe Committee that the College pays for Computer-Based Training—self-instruction modules on all of the College’s softwareprograms. They are easy to use.

3. The Chair thought it would be helpful to create a handouton parliamentary procedure for members who might not have experiencewith it. Parliamentary handout. Bushnell suggested looking atone that Nancy Kliniewski prepared when she was Senate Chair.

Mclean asked whether everyonewas aware that Senate had a student Parliamentarian and whetherthis should be announced. Lovett said she would announce this.McPherson wanted to know if the senate was required to have aParliamentarian? It does, and Dixon confirmed that the Parliamentariancan be cast into a consulting role? Mclean did not think thisnecessary; he felt that the present Parliamentarian is open tosuggestions.

Dixon thought that the Parliamentarian should speak to Lovettduring the Senate meetings about anything going awry and adviseher directly rather than stepping between the Chair and the Senate.The Parliamentarian should sit in front near the Chair.

W. Gohlman noted that, in other organizations, the Parliamentarianis not a member of the body; partisan Parliamentarians are problematic.Lovett replied that the Senate Constitution requires selectinga Parliamentarian from among senate members. Gohlman still believedthat the Parliamentarian should not introduce motions in orderto remain disinterested.

Gohlman received negative comments about the Parliamentarian inthe last meeting; this position should not be intrusive. The pointof Robert’s Rules of Order, for which the Parliamentarianis the resource person, is to make things move smoothly.

Dixon remembered that when she was a Academic Senate Chair atanother institution, she had a parliamentary “cheatsheet” near her. Attention to Robert’s Rulescan make a discussion richer and more focused.

4. The Executive Committee agreed on the following schedulefor Spring 2002:

Executive Committee Meetings:
5 February
26 February
2 April
23 April

College Senate Meetings:
12 February
5 March (including All-College Meeting)
9 April
30 April

5. Finally, Leary asked Dixon about the replacement for DeanGreenfield’s position. Dixon said that no search had startedyet. The Administration cannot She is reluctant to start a nation-widesearch for that position until the Budget comes in. The Constitutionsays that the College Senate has input on certain levels of searches,and Dixon assured the Committee that the Senate will be consultedwhen the search takes place.

The Committee moved to adjourn at 1.39PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Graham N Drake
Senate Secretary