CCSU Faculty Senate 


March 12, 2012

VAC 105   3:05 PM


Present: Alewitz. M., Alicandro, J., Anderson, C., Bantley, K., Barr, B., Barrington, C., Bigelow, L., Braverman, S., Christensen, S., Cohen, S., Corbitt, T., Delventhal, T., Diamond, C. , Durant, M., Dziuda, D., Farhat, J., Foster, P., Garcia-Bowen, M., Hoopengardner, B., Horan, M., Hou, X., Johnson, B., Kean, K., Kershner, B., Latour, F. , Mahony, M., Mejia, G., Menoche, C., Morano, P., Mulcahy, C., Mulrooney, J., O'Connor, J., Osoba, B., Pancsofar, E., Paolino, J., Pesino, S, Poirier, K., Reasco, A., Sadanand, N., Sanders, D., Sarisley, E., Shell, G., White, C., Wlodarska K., Wood, R.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C

Ex-Officio: Sakofs, M.

Guests: Bergenn, E., Jones, J., Tordenti, L., Valk, C.

The Senate unanimously accepted a Consent Agenda including the following items:

1. Minutes

4b. Fresh Start Policy

5a. Both items from Academic Standards

5b. Trustees Teaching Award Membership


1. Approval of Minutes, February 27, 2012 

Consent Agenda Item Passed

2. Announcements

a. AAUP President (J. Jones)

There is a chapter meeting tomorrow in Vance 105 at 3:10

We will deal with financial matters, updates on recent legislation and BOR, as well as the recent bias events.

On Thursday there will be an open forum in the CT room 3:15-5 regarding the security breach.

Dept. liaisons are working on handbook about a “search” manual. If your department is conducting a search, please work with us through your liaison.

b. SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)


c. SGA (E. Bergenn)

SGA President E. Bergenn indicated that the Fresh Start Policy and other Academic Standards items (see item 5) were well received by the SGA.

Beth Bye will be here to meet with students and others on Wed. March 14 concerning Gen Ed and other higher Ed matters.

Bergenn suggests that a comprehensive document with times/locations of committee meetings may be a useful document to help enlist student participation on committees, because scheduling conflicts often are part of the problem for staffing committees. Publishing such a list each semester might be a solution for increasing attendance from students on committees.

d. FAC to Board of Regents (S. Adair)


e. President of the Senate (C. Barrington)

Laura Tordenti spoke on the hate/bias events. In the course of 24 hours, there have been 4 threatening messages aimed at 2 students. There is a rally tomorrow at 5 pm outside of student center.

There are a number of other events and forums for students.

We are emphasizing again our Safe Zone program. We will move that program into the dorm halls. We want to get students involved. As a note, we do want more faculty and staff involved.

The term’s second Presidential Forum will be on Wednesday, 18 April at 1:40 in the Constitution Room. At that time, Sally Lesik and Carolyn Fallahi to present the 2nd half of their Gender and Equity Study.  

We’ve posted the Independent Auditors’ Report for CCSU Athletics to the Senate website.

The Sociology Department’s proposal for a revised major using 4-credit courses has been signed by President Miller.

HB 5030. A revised proposal responding to HB 5030 was submitted to the BOR last week. It included an opportunity for the BOT to reaffirm their need to support excellent General Education with adequate resources and full-time faculty.

I encourage you to attend the SGA’s Blue Devil social this Thursday afternoon at 4:00 in the Constitution Room. This social is a chance for students, faculty, staff, and administrators talk in a friendly and sociable environment. So please, come out and enjoy a quality dinner among friends, colleagues and fellow Blue Devils! Any questions or concerns feel free to contact SGA Student Life Committee Chair Ryan Baldassario at or at (860) 908 8219.


3. Reports

a. Curriculum Committee (D. Adams) FS 11.12.026B

1-5 passed unanimously

Last item – proposal for a yearly catalogue. Passed unanimously

b. Excellence in Teaching Committee (M. Collins)

This is a very joyful, but very complex committee. It is the most thorough, fair, and intensive process I’ve seen. Very labor intensive. It’s a good process, but it needs to be re-thought.

I suggest a whole new schedule.

The committee should be co-chaired. Or a single chair should receive course release.

Should the winner be on the committee? Why is this a requirement?

Maybe we shouldn’t have a winner, but a wall of honor.

Should there be a stronger connection between the revamped faculty center and the excellence in teaching award?

Forward suggestions you may have to Burl, Mary, or Candace

c. Sabbatical Leave Committee (K. Martin-Troy)

d. Distinguished Service Award Committee (C. Lovitt)

A Call for nominations went out on On 12/28. Nominations were closed on Feb. 3 There were 10 nominations. There will be a recommendation to the president in April.

e.  Elections Committee (J. Mulrooney) There are still many vacancies. Please nominate!

4. Unfinished Business

a. Ad Hoc Committee for Sabbatical Leave Reform FS 11.12.027B (vote on bill delayed)

After receiving feedback in the previous week, two simple changes were proposed by President Barrington. See attached document above.

Is #6 a requirement or an option? It’s an option.

Should the report include recommendations from last year’s sabbatical leave commmittee (from March 14 2011). These weren’t taken into consideration. Can we send these back to the ad hoc committee for possible inclusion? President Barrington said we could do.

Returned to committee by unanimous consent.

b. Academic Standards—Fresh Start Policy FS 11.12.028B Passed as Consent Agenda item

c. UPBC Discussion on Budgets and Athletics

   One Viewpoint (G. Crundwell)

   Schlickmann presentation

We have 18 sports at CCSU.

We are increasing our revenue streams and donors. This is part of a 5-year strategic plan for fundraising.

Q: What do we do for students who are injured and can no longer be student athletes. Do they have counseling? Yes. We help with the transition in any way they need.

Are the costs of facilities included in these financial figures? Yes. Many of these facilities are also shared with Physical Education and Rec Central.

How much of the university general fund is committed to athletics?
The fund is not broken out. We don’t know how that money is spent.

C. Valk (UPBC) stated that we have more transparency than people think. We need to educate people about where to find these data. We have made many data available. We absolutely support transparency.

C. Valk also suggested a change of minutes from a previous Faculty Senate meeting to correct erroneous reporting of a UPBC meeting.

There was some discussion of the NCAA initiative for the 2K stipend, which would allow div 1 students to receive up to 2K stipend for athletic scholarship students. Schlickmann stated that we voted to override this initiative. He wanted to see if the legislation can be improved. He is frankly opposed to it. Institutionally CCSU disagrees with this initiative.

There was also discussion of the multi-year scholarship. Schlickmann: We did not override that. Multi-year scholarships presently are not on the docket. These are discretionary. We don’t have to award them.

In light of this discussion, we need to think about what kind of instructions we want to pass on to the UPBC in terms of planning. Senators and members of all constituencies should think about that and we will revisit this issue.

5. New Business

a. Academic Standards (F. Latour)

    1. English Department pre-requisites for BS Sec Ed  FS 11.12.029B Passed as Consent Agenda item

    2. Abolish Transfer Fee for CIEE Affiliates  FS 11.12.030B Passed as Consent Agenda item

b. CSU Trustees Teaching Award membership FS 11.12.031B (F. Latour) Passed as Consent Agenda item

6. Adjournment
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