CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—October 26, 2009

VAC 105   3:00 PM

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Next Meeting of the Faculty Senate is on November 9, 2009, 3pm, Vance.

Present: Abadiano, H., Alewitz, M., Al-Masoud, N., Ayalon, A., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bernstein, S., Berry, G., Bigelow, L., Bigley, M.P., Button, C., Czyrnik, K., DelAma, J., Dziuda, D., Forte- Dobson, R., Foshay, J., Gigliotti, G., Glagovich, N., Hermes, K., Hicks, L., Iglesias, E., Jarmoszko, T., Kapper, M., Karpuk, P., Larsen, K., Latour, F., Love, K., Mamed, O., McKenna, S., Ball, K., Mendez-Mendez, S., Mitchell, M., Mulrooney, J., O’Connor, J., Osoba, B., Percy, V., Pirog, K., Poirier, K., Poppe, K., Ratansi, S., Reagan, T., Reasco, A., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Sikorski, J., Sims, D., Spector, D., Tomoda, S., Trieu, V., Vincenti, M., Wang, W., Warshauer, M. Wood, R., Zidani-Eroglu, L.

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

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

Guests: Jones, J., Hosch, B., Alling, A.

1. Announcements:

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

  • President Jones made the following announcements:
    • Campus Equity Week 10/26 – 10/30. Peter Brown will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday;
    • Chapter Meeting and Social  November 5th to include an assessment discussion;
    • Upcoming topics for the  spring semester will include equity and diversity and retirement.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (F.  Bonvicini)

  • No announcements.

c. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

  • President Barrington announced the following:

2. Minutes of 10/12/09

  • Senator Karpuk moved to amend the minutes of October 12, 2009 to clarify the action of the Senate relating to the Curriculum Committee Report. The amended number 3. a reads as follows:  
    • a. Curriculum Committee:
      • Senator Karpuk moved to separate the report into two parts: (A) II. through IV. of the Consent Agenda plus items II. through IV. of the non-Consent Agenda and (B) Item V. of the non-Consent Agenda (Late additions to the agenda) to be considered separately. (Passed) After reviewing the changes and items included in Part I. through IV. with the Senate, Senator Reagan moved to approve. (Passed)
      • Senator Karpuk presented Part V. of the non-Consent Agenda and moved to separate Section C.  from consideration and remand back to the Curriculum Committee., where he would recommend that the Committee rescind it.
      • After a period of discussion, Senator Reagan called the question on the motion to separate. The call was successful, two thirds approved, two opposed. The original motion to remove Section C. was considered and (Passed).
      • Senator Blitz requested a point of personal privilege. After consultation with Senate Parliamentarian, President Barrington determined that the request was not on topic and Senator Blitz announced the availability of a handout he had prepared to address his concerns.
      • Discussion returned to Section B of Part V. Senator Karpuk reviewed briefly the history of the “D” Designator and recent considerations by the Curriculum Committee.
      • Senator Mulrooney moved to approve Part V. B. of the non-Consent Agenda as an editorial change of legislation passed at the 27 April Senate meeting.
      • After considerable discussion by Senators, President Miller read his memo regarding the disapproval of the Designator of 5/20/09 and clarified concerns in relation to class size limitations.
      • Members of the Diversity Committee, who were present, suggested that the Committee would be willing to delete the line in Section B, which referenced the class size limitation. Senator Mulrooney moved to revise his motion to remove the cap line from Section B. (Passed) unanimously.
      • Consideration returned to Part V. “D” Designator. President Barrington requested a straw vote to determine the sense of the Senate on continued discussion of the history of the Designator. The vote indicated the Senate wished to move on.
      • Discussion and questions continued on Senator Mulrooney’s amended motion. Senator Reagan called the question. (Passed).
      • A vote was taken on the motion to approved Part V., as amended. The motion (Passed) with 2 opposed and 2 abstentions.
  • Senator Reagan moved to approve the amended Minutes from the meeting of October 12, 2009. (Passed)

3. Reports:

a. Elections Committee:

  • Senator Foshay announced that voting was extended until midnight Wednesday and the Committee will meet on Thursday to review the results.

b. Committee on Appointments and Personnel:

  • Senator Hicks reported that the Committee is reviewing the searches for Athletic Director and Vice President for Student Affairs

c.  UPBC:ITBD Recommendation:

  • Richard Mullins, Managing Director of the ITBD gave a   brief description of the program, answered questions from the Senate and asked for Faculty Senate support of the proposed resolution. Senator Sarisley moved to approve. (Passed).

4. Unfinished Business:

a. Advisory Committee on Advising Membership:

  • President Barrington stated that faculty members to this committee were being elected in the current election. She asked Senator Mulrooney to organize the first meeting of the committee, to develop by-laws and to determine who will be voting and non-voting members of the committee.

5. New Business:

a. Constitution and By-Laws Committee Update:

  • Senator Spector reviewed the proposed Senate Constitution and By-Law amendments and asked for the Senate to evaluate the proposed changes and discuss with their departments. This item will be placed on later agendas for future consideration.

b. Proposed Resolution: Shankar:

  • Senator Spector presented the proposed resolution and suggested that if approved, the Senate President send a letter and the resolution to the Mayor of New York City.
  • Senator Bernstein moved to add the word “alleged” to the resolution.
    • Senator Glagovich moved to remand the resolution to the Steering Committee to make editorial changes and bring back to the Senate at a future meeting.
    • After considerable discussion, Senator Glagovich called the question on the “remand”, 36 for calling the question, 5 opposed, 1 abstention. (Passed)
    • The vote on remanding, 16 for remanding, 27 opposed, 1 abstention. (Failed).
  • The discussion returned to the proposal of adding the term “alleged”. The vote on adding the term “alleged”, 8 for adding “alleged”, 31 opposed, 6 abstentions. (Failed)
  • Senator Alewitz called the question on the original proposed resolution: 1 abstention, no opposed. (Passed).
  • A vote was taken on the original proposed resolution: 3 opposed, 8 abstentions. The resolution (Passed) as originally proposed.

6. Adjournment:

  • Senator Glagovich moved to adjourn. (Passed)