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Academic Senate: MINUTES 10/23/2001
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Thompson Faller, Chair
Members present: Dr. Rich Christen, Dr. Michael Connolly, Dr. Thompson Faller, Dr. Moira Fallon, Dr. Terry Favero, Dr. Laure Genik, Dr. Tom Hosinski, Dr. Mark Kennedy, Dr. Jack Kondrasuk, Dr. Gary Malecha, Dr. Terry Misener, Dr. Marlene Moore, Dr. Steve Royce, Dr. John Schouten, Ms. Heidi Senior, Dr. David Sherrer, Mr. Ron Smit, Br. Donald Stabrowski, Dr. Agnes Tenney, Rev. David Tyson, Dr. Mark Utlaut, Dr. Anita Wynne, Dr. Zia Yamayee, Ms. Theresa Abbene.
Members absent: Mr. Chris Meyer (proxy was Sarah Lynch)
The invocation was given by Michael Connolly.
The minutes from the September 18, 2001 meeting were approved as written.
Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee: Dr. Faller reported that the Executive Board met on October 2, 2001.He said that the Executive Board is still considering the proposed changes to the Senate Constitution submitted in April, of 2001 by Dr. Deming’s subcommittee.
Committee on Committees: No report
Committee on Rank and Tenure: Dr. Utlaut reported that the committee is meeting on a regular basis in order to complete their work.
Committee on Teaching and Scholarship: Dr. Favero reported that the committee has met frequently to rewrite the guidelines for Butine funds. Their proposal is being submitted later in this meeting as new business.
Committee on Faculty Welfare: Dr. Tenney reported that the Faculty Welfare committee is meeting on the first Fridays of each month at 3:45 in Swindell’s Room 308. She announced that the committee has invited Jim Kuffner to their December meeting. All interested faculty are welcome to join them.
Committee on Curriculum and Academic Regulations: Dr. Kennedy reported that the committees’ first meeting is to be October 30, 2001. Several proposals from the School of Nursing are to be addressed in this meeting.
Presidential Advisory Committee Reports
Committee on Student Media: Dr. Christen reported that the committees’ first meeting would be November 2, 2001.
Committee on Athletics: Ron Smit reported that the committee met on October 19th and invited guests were Sr. Mary Kay Lambert, Academic Advisor, and Tony DiSpigno. The committee discussed practice times for athletes and the NCAA certification issues.
Committee on Health and Safety: Dr. Wynne reports that the committee has not yet met due to conflicts in schedules.
Committee on Computing and Telecommunications: Dr. Misener reported that the committee has several issues they are working on for this year. They are developing a policy on ethical practices in telecommunications. The committee plans to survey faculty on their use of technology in teaching. He announced that the campus pipeline people will be back on campus during the week of November 12th. Some questions were posed regarding the speed of Internet access and the coming implementation of the pipeline in November.
Student-Faculty Court: Dr. Genik reported that the committee has not met.
Dean’s Meetings: Br. Donald reported that due to the accreditation visit the dean’s meeting was not held as usually scheduled, but would take place on October 24, 2001.
ASUP: Teresa Abbene reported ASUP had heard from a number of students who want to limit the use of search engines that are taking up to 74% of the Internet connection on campus. ASUP voted unanimously to limit the use during 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. coinciding with library hours. This was being forwarded to the Committee on Computing and Telecommunications.
Butine Guidelines: Dr. Favero and the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship presented a motion to adopt the revised guidelines for Butine Funds. Dr. Favero stated that the committee has three purposes for the revisions. One purpose was to make clear the guidelines under which the committee would award funds. Another purpose was to clarify the purpose and priorities for summer stipends. The last purpose was to help faculty to know why they received an award of funds or did not receive an award. After some discussion the proposal was amended to change “Funding Priorities” to “Other Funding Considerations”, and to strike the words “Projects that meet the criteria above.” The bullets would then be reordered within the section on “Other Funding Considerations”. This amendment passed with a majority vote after discussion. The proposal was further amended to strike “Catholic” from “Mission of the University.”The second amendment passed with a majority of the vote. The proposal as amended twice was then passed unanimously.
Adjournment: Dr. Faller adjourned the meeting at 5:40.
Respectfully submitted by Moira Fallon, Secretary for Academic Senate