CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—October 1, 2001

VAC 105  3:00 PM

Members Present: Abadiano, Altieri, Austad, Baratta, Benfield, Best, Blatz, Blitz, Braverman, Calvert, Capitao, Carter-Lowery, Cassela, Cohen, Crundwell, Flood, Fried, Garcia, Gilmore, Halkin, Halloran, Hicks, Johnson, Jones, Kaplan, Kim, Kjell, Lapuerta, Larose, Leake, Lemaire, Martin, Martin-Troy, Odesina, O’Connell, Osterreich, Phillips, Ritzenhoff, Rodrigues, Stoneback, Thornton, Terezakis, Wolff.

 

Ex‑Officio Members Present: V.P and Provost Bartelt, Deans Whitford, Miller, Lemma (who finally signed the sheet), Higgins and E. Demos (Senior V.P.), L. Deane (Univ. Council). Dick McCallum, Associate VP for Administrative Affairs

 

Guests: Liz Aaronsohn, Barbara Nicholson, Awilda Reasco, Harry Pacheco and Dennis Mink.

 

Meeting was called to order by President Best at 3.05 p.m. in Vance 105.

 

A minute of silence was observed by all members in remembrance of our dear colleague Dr Stanislaus Blejwas, Department of History who passed away September23,2001.

  

I.                    Approval of Minutes of 09/17/01 

Motion to accept.

Phillips/Crundwell

Carried Unanimously

 

II.                 Announcements 

 

a.       AAUP Report. Sen. Austad

There is no change in status since our previous meeting

October 10 there is a welcome back social at which the National President Jane Buck will speak on the issue of excessive use of part-time faculty

 

b.       Pre-Collegiate and Access Services programs. Awilda Reasco, Harry Pacheco and Dennis Mink.

 

Located in Copernicus 205, the pre-Collegiate and access services Department has two programs of interest to faculty, the EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and the Conn CAP/Upward bound programs. The individual directors of those programs addressed the faculty

The EOP (Harry Pacheco) has been in existence for 33 years and is a five week, summer long academic program to recruit and prepare students who have potential but have not met the academic admission standards. The results are that retention is high and graduation rates are high also.

The CAP/Upward bound is specifically targeted at students from New Britain and Bristol, has 50 students in the program and, much like the CAP program has need of faculty and students (both undergrad and Graduate) to act as resource persons/mentors for this successful and worthwhile program. Thus all are encouraged to contact Awilda and her colleagues in Copernicus to build and strengthen this program.

 

c.       Results of CCSU-AAUP Fitness/Wellness Facilities Survey. Dr. Barbara Nicholson, Biological Sciences and Dr. Michael Terezakis, Prevention and Counseling.

 

Dr Terezakis presented the report (attached to agenda) that pointed out serious deficiencies in the currently available facilities for faculty (and students). He thus requested a faculty senate resolution for the president to address these issues.

Sen. Halkin: Is Dr Terezakis desiring a recommendation or just consideration?

Pres. Best: We can send either a letter or a resolution but what Dr. Terezakis desires is a resolution.

Sen. Fried. She was not happy to support such a resolution as she considered it inappropriate. It should instead be sent to the President under the auspices of the committee that undertook the survey.

Sen. Crundwell: Filled it out on the basis of the one occasion since coming to Central on which he was exercising and he found the facilities sadly lacking. The issue surely is “Do we back the report” and when asked in this fashion he supported the resolution.

Sen. Wolff: What was the response rate? And was it sent to all faculty?

Dr Nicholson: 44 respondents out of 400 faculty or 10% +. And it was sent to AAUP members only.

Sen. Capataio: As the senator intimately involved over the years with this issue he wanted the senate to be aware of the issues involved. In particular Carroll facilities have been in sad shape for a long time and this appears to have worsened since it was policy to make them self-supporting. The Athletic Department has responsibility for upkeep of the facilities but they have lost the recreation director who over saw the facilities, there is a lack of coordination (for faculty and students) and in the process all has lost.

Sen. Blitz: Pointed out the survey there were in fact 58 respondents or closer to a 20% response rate and moreover it was an excellent survey.

Sen. Crundwell: the resolution should thus enunciate our support of the committee and its recommendations:

Resolution: For the Faculty Senate to support the recommendations of the CCSU-AAUP Fitness/Wellness Facilities Survey

Terazakis/Crundwell

CARRIED

4 abstentions

d.       Liz Aaronsohn

 

Distributed flyers on Teach-in to be held October 18,2001 . There are additional resource persons to be added to the program but it is important to get the flyer out now. All Senators to deliver the flyers to their respective departments.

          e.      Technology representative to the P and T committee. President Best

          Members will recall the issue of there being no P & T rep from the School of Technology.  This has been referred to the Committee on Committee’s to review. In the interim he has appointed Dr Perrault from the School of Technology to represent the interests of the school during the meetings of the P & T committee.

 III.               Elections

    There was no elections business

 

IV.              Senate Committee Reports

There were no senate committee reports.

V.                 Old Business

 

a. Resolution: Part-Time Faculty. Sen. Jones. (Attached)

Sen. Jones has spoken with Mr. Moser since the last meeting and indicated that the resolution was all encompassing in its initial form but changes and specific needs could be addressed and should be addressed.

Sen. Halkin: The issue raised by Sen. Crundwell was still there namely part-timers conducting research. And resolution should read “…and/or conduct research activity…”

Sen. Phillips noted that the inclusion and issue of prison labor was still present.

Sen. Crundwell: The term “university community” in section 2 covered that; indeed section 6 was superfluous and should be deleted.

Sen. Jones: The tern adjunct will be changed to Part-time and Graduate deleted as it includes all students.

Motion: to adopt the Fair Labor University Code of Conduct as amended. See attached.

Jones/Fried

CARRIED

2 abstentions.

VI.              New Business

 

Secretary Benfield indicated that there were still a number of new/replacement members. They should indicate on the sign in sheet that they are new and to check the web site soon to ensure they are recorded correctly. This information will be also communicated to Ms. Wilton in the Presidents office.

 

VII.            Adjournment

Motion to adjourn

Wolff/Baretta

Carried Unanimously

The meeting adjourned at 3.30. p.m.

Next Meeting is October 15 at 3.00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard W. Benfield

Faculty Senate Secretary