CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—February 8, 2010

VAC 105   3:00 PM

Note: Senate Constitution, Bylaws, Meeting Dates, Agenda and Minutes are posted on the CCSU Pipeline under Faculty Resources/Faculty Senate.

Next Meeting of the Faculty Senate is on February 22, 2010, 3pm, Vance.

Present: Abadiano, H., Alewitz, M., Al-Masoud, N., Ayalon, A., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Bigley, M.P., Bonvicini, F., Cohen, S., Crespi, C., Czyrnik, K., DelAma, J., Delventhal, T., Dobler, E., Dziuda, D., Eustis, K., Foshay, J., Glagovich, N., Hicks, L., Horan, M., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, T., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Koh, K., Kurkjian, K., Larsen, K., Latour, F., Leake, M., Love, K., Mamed, O., McCleary, B., Mendez-Mendez, S., Mione, T., Mitchell, M., Mulrooney, J., O’Connor,  J., Osoba, B., Percy, V., Pirog, K., Poirier, K., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Sianez, D., Sikorski, J., Sims, D., Stankewicz, K.,  Tomoda, S., Trieu, V., Warshauer, M. Wood,    R., Woronecki, S., Wright, E.,

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C., Shojai, S., Sakofs, M., Pease, S., Kremens, Z., Lemma, P.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Jones, J., Barto, K.,  Hosch, B., Weiss, K., Spector, D.

1. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

  • President Jones announced the following:
    • Friday, February 12 representatives from the four CSU AAUP will meet at the system office to discuss state budget deficits;
    • Thursday, March 4 is the AAUP breakfast with state legislators.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F.  Bonvicini)

  • Senator Bonvincini reported:
    • Representatives from SUOAF-AFSCME will also attend the meeting at the systems office on February 12;
    • A Brown bag session is scheduled for February 10 in Memorial Hall.

c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

  • President Barrington made the following announcements:
    • I’m turning over the first segment of my announcement to Senator Jason Sikorski for a very brief announcement.
      • J. Sikorski of the Psychology Department announced a project in conjunction with the Counseling Center. Faculty would like to visit classrooms to conduct a survey on alcohol awareness, March 8 through March 19. Any interested faculty should sign up.
    • Currently, two campus-wide open forums concerning the New Time Blocks for Spring 2011 are scheduled for Tuesday, 2 March 10:00-10:45 and Wednesday 3 March 4:00-4:45. If you represent a department or division with continuing concerns about the schedule, please make certain someone represents those concerns at one of these two forums.
    • Please note that the Board of Trustees’s next meeting will be held our campus, Wednesday, 10 February 2010, in Alumni Hall.  An open forum with faculty is scheduled for 11:20.  Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
    • President Miller and I will continue the Presidential Open Forums this spring.  The first is set for Wednesday, 24 February at 11:00 am; the second is set for Tuesday, 6 April 2010 at 3:30 pm.   Both will be held in the Connecticut Dining Room.

2. Minutes of 1/25/09 were moved for approval by Senator Abadiano. (Passed)

3. Reports:

*a. Graduate Studies Committee:

  • K. Weiss reviewed details of the report. (Passed)

b. Excellence in Teaching Committee:

  • O. Petkova discussed the process used in 2009, problems encountered and possible solutions to committee work. Suggestions were made regarding committee by-laws. These issues were referred to the Senate Committee on Committees and the Elections Committee for analysis and resolution.

4. Unfinished Business:

a. Constitution and By-Laws Committee:

  • D. Spector discussed proposed changes and recommendations and answered questions from the floor.
  • *Senator Mulrooney moved to accept the changes to the By-Laws.(Passed)
  • *The vote on the Constitution changes will  be scheduled 2 weeks before the next university wide committee elections.

b. Resolution to the Board of Trustees:

  • President Barrington discussed the proposed                   resolution to members of the BOT:
    • "The CCSU Faculty Senate resolves that, because too much power in the hands of the Chancellor harms the individual CSU universities, the CCSU Faculty Senate urges;  (1) the BOT reverse its October 2009 policy so that the full Board shall initiate and be fully involved in decisions of non-continuation of university Presidents, and (2) the BOT ensure the independence of the four universities by resisting further efforts to centralize decision making in the System Office."
  • Modifications were taken from the floor.
  • It was suggested that “the CCSU Faculty Senate urges” be added before (1). 
    • Senator Wood moved to postpone.
    • After some discussion the question was called. (Passed) 
    • The vote on the move to postpone with 2 in favor was defeated.
  • Senator Karpuk moved to amend by substitution to go back to the original wording, with the  “the CCSU Faculty Senate urges” added. The vote: 4 abstentions, 1 against, (Passed)
  • Senator Glagovich called the  question, (Passed)
  • The vote on the resolution as amended: 51 in favor, 2 abstentions. (Passed)

5. New Business:

  • None

6. Adjournment:  

  • Senator Glagovich moved to adjourn. (Passed)