|Bulletin 10 |
5 November 1999
| ||Call for Nominations|
|186||Harter Mentoring Award, President's Advising Award, O'Brien Teaching Award|
| ||Budget Presentation at Next College Senate Meeting|
| ||Congratulations to Senate Small Grant Awardees|
| ||Upcoming Committee Meeting|
|187-188||Message from Chair|
| ||Be Sure to Vote!|
| ||Report on University Faculty Senate Meeting (14-16 October)|
| ||Presidential Approval|
|188-193||Executive Committee (29 October)|
|193-194||FAC Subcommittee on Student Evaluations (26 October)|
|194-196||Student Affairs Committee (26 October)|
|196-200||Graduate Academic Affairs Committee (26 October)|
|201-253||Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (26 October)|
Vote for FPC and NomCom members!
Correspondence: Becky L. Glass, Department of Sociology, Sturges 122C
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 245-5336
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now being accepted for two supported professorships:
Lockhart Professor and
Geneseo Foundation Professor
Deadline for nominations is Monday, November 15
See Bulletin p. 149 for details._________________________________________
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.
Budget Presentation at College Senate Meeting
At the November 16 College Senate Meeting, Pres. Dahl will present the current budget situation.
All are invited to attend at 4:00 pm in Newton 204.
Congratulations to the Senate Small Grant Awardees
Steve Derne', Associate Professor of Sociology, for "Preparing Camera-Ready Copy of Movies, Masculinity and Modernity: Transliteration Software."
Ren Vasiliev, Associate Professor of Geography, for "Civic Art and Changing Landscapes Photographs."
Upcoming Committee Meeting
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet Tues, Nov. 7, at 4:00 pm in Sturges 209.
MESSAGES FROM THE CHAIR
Be Sure to Vote!
Ballots for electing members to the Committee on Nominations and the Faculty Personnel Committee were distributed Nov. 1 and 2, and should be returned to department secretaries by November 10.
If you have not received your ballots yet, please let the Senate Chair know immediately!
Please follow the directions on the ballots. If your ballot is collected without a signature envelope, it cannot be counted.
To help inform your voting decisions, there are summaries of the duties of the Nominations Committee and the Faculty Personnel Committee on pp. 182-183 of the Bulletin, and on the senate website in the Oct. 29 Bulletin.
University Faculty Senate Report
The following documents from the October 14-16 University Faculty Senate Plenary Meeting have been placed on file in Milne:
President Dahl informed the Senate Chair that he approves the recommendations resulting from the College Senate actions on October 19, 1999.
Present: B. Glass, C. Leary, J. Ballard, M. Mohan, A. Gridley, N. Schiavetti, B. Gohlman, J. Bushnell, T. Bazzett, E. Crosby, K. Cylke, C. Dahl, B. Dixon.
Call To Order: Chair B. Glass called the meeting to order at 2:50 pm.
Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was moved, seconded, and approved as printed.
President’s Report (C. Dahl):
In the discussion that followed, all agreed that it was too late to withdraw officially from the election, given that the ballots have already been printed and are ready for distribution on Monday. The person who wishes to withdraw could send out an informal request that others not vote for them.
In the discussion that followed, C. Dahl noted that the document seems to have both positive and negative aspects. The positive aspect is that it supports the view that student organizations in a liberal arts college are places where students learn through participation (as in Senate, public service organizations, and cultural/ethnic groups). A. Gridley noted that members of the Student Association did not find the document particularly representative of the college’s mission statement regarding development of the well "integrated" student. A. Gridley will bring up the topic again at the next caucus to determine whether student senators would like to help devise a new resolution. N. Schiavetti suggested that a re-wording of the document with a more positive tone could include an indication that important time-management skills can be learned by students who assume responsibility for organizing their time for involvement in both classes and extracurricular activities. A. Gridley interjected an apology for the minutes of last Wednesday’s Student Association meeting, which misrepresented her comments about the focus of the next Executive Committee meeting.
In discussion, B. Gohlman noted that some of the concerns may involve bringing practice and policy in line with each other (by changing either the policy or the practices). Only the policy changes would require constitutional amendments. T. Bazzett suggested that Executive Committee could examine the concerns, when more information is made available, and could then decide whether to act, to send the discussion to FAC, or to appoint an ad hoc committee. N. Schiavetti agreed that Executive Committee should examine the issues and propose constitutional amendments if they appear to involve only editorial or wording changes; however, if substantive policy changes are needed, the usual procedures should be used (discussions by FAC and Policy committees, first and second readings in Senate). It was agreed that B. Glass will provide additional information to the members of the Executive Committee and the issue will be on the agenda for the next Executive committee meeting.
Treasurer’s Report (M. Mohan):
The College Senate Fund Campaign has received $325.00 from 15 donors. The allocations of the total include $270.00 to the General Senate Fund, and $55.00 to the Roark Fund.
University Faculty Senator’s Report (M. Mohan reporting for J. Bulsys): A summary of the 123rd Plenary Meeting of the University Faculty Senate was presented at the College Senate Meeting on October 19, 1999. J. Bulsys has submitted several official documents from the Plenary Meeting to B. Glass, Geneseo College Senate Chair, for the local archives. [Ed. Note: See p. 187 of this Bulletin]
Central Council (A. Gridley):
The Student Senator WebPage and e-mail addresses are now working. The addresses are:
www.geneseo.edu/~senators and email@example.com
Faculty Affairs Committee (N. Schiavetti):
Subcommittees are meeting and have begun the process of gathering information and interviewing pertinent individuals. The Provost came on Tuesday to talk to the Evaluation Committee, and many others will be interviewed at future meetings.
Graduate Academic Affairs (J. Bushnell): GAC met and discussed graduate proposals that will be presented at the next Senate meeting. These include proposals from the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department and from the History Department.
Policy Committee (B. Gohlman): The Policy Committee will meet soon.
Student Affairs (E. Crosby): Subcommittees are working on several issues:
C. Dahl noted that the Annual Safety Walk held by the Personal Safety Committee has been helpful in identifying locations needing additional lighting, as well as other lighting concerns. Partially as a result of the work of this committee, the maintenance department has initiated a rotating system of light bulb replacements. In addition, more blue light telephones have been installed.
Undergraduate Curriculum (T. Bazzett): Grouping the curriculum proposals at the last Senate meeting appeared to work well. UCC will use the same procedure at the next meeting.
1) A. Gridley raised a concern about the apparent brevity and incompleteness of some committee or subcommittee minutes. These minutes sometimes seem abbreviated, without a description of the discussion involved. A. Gridley noted that such incompleteness may make it difficult in the future to determine the basis for any decisions made by a committee. She suggested that it is also difficult for a committee chair to take notes while running a meeting, and that it may be useful for committees to assign minute-taking duties to a different person at each meeting.
T. Bazzett noted that UCC assigns minute-taking in this way, but the content and style of the minutes often varies greatly as a result. J. Bushnell stated that Senate work-study students used to be assigned to help take minutes in UCC, because that committee often had more business to conduct each year. K. Cylke noted that this arrangement can work well, but depends on the experience of the work-study students. B. Glass noted that the students this year could handle the assignment. T. Bazzett cautioned that sometimes students don’t quite understand the issues involved in the discussion, and their minutes may reflect this misunderstanding. K. Cylke pointed out that minutes should reflect what was done rather than what was said. Others agreed, noting that the minutes should not be word-for-word transcript. A. Gridley indicated that her concern was more focused on subcommittees than on standing committees. B. Glass added that subcommittees are presently providing minutes of their meetings so that the Bulletin will not suddenly include a motion for a resolution, with no history of the discussion. B. Glass suggested that the new clerical assistant for the Senate may be able to help with the minute-taking for the UCC.
T. Bazzett returned to the earlier discussion about persons who wish to withdraw from an FPC election. He raised the concern that the person withdrawing might also recommend votes for other nominee. All agreed that nominees for positions on FPC do not usually "campaign" for these positions. Someone who wished to withdraw could send a notice to that effect, but, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, should not name or endorse others.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 pm.
Joan C. Ballard
Secretary of the College Senate