CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—February 25, 2013 

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Alewitz, M.; Anderson, C.; Antonucci, C.; Barr, B.; Bernstein, S.; Bigelow, L.; Bilisoly, R.; Bishop, R.; Blake, E.; Blitz, D.; Boscarino, N.; Braverman, S.; Cohen, S.; Cox, S.; Delventhal, T.; DeMichele, K.; Durant, M.; Farhat, J.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Greenfield, B.; Hicks, E.; Horowitz, S.; Hou, X.; Jackson, M.; Johnson, D.; Jones, C.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kershner, B.; Kovel, J.; Kullgren, A.; Latour, F.; Mamed, O.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; O'Connor, J.; Pancsofar, E.; Percy, V.; Perdue, L.; Poirier, K.; Raajpoot, N.; Ragusett, J.; Reska, J.; Sadanand, N.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Shen, X.; Slaga, S.; Snyder, J.; Sweeney, D.; Tafrate, R.; Tellier, A.; Walsh, S.; White, C.; Williams, C.

Ex-Officio: Lovitt, C.; Lemma, P.

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Mulrooney, J.

Guests: Stephen Adair (FAC to the BOR), Eric Bergenn (SGA President), Jason Jones (CCSU-AAUP President), Kathy Martin-Troy (Sabbatical Leave Committee Chair), Chris Marcelli (SGA), Laura Tordenti (VP Student Affairs)

1. Approval of Minutes, January 28, 2013

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  AAUP President (J. Jones)

On Thursday, February 28, at 5pm, there will be a "Defending Public Education K-16" event, in the 1849 room.

Contact Michelle Malinowski for information about the part-time faculty conference on Friday, March 1.

The student tuition protests on March 11, at 2pm, are supported by CCSU-AAUP.

This is the year when we elect new chapter officers. A call for nominations was sent, and nominations are open until Monday, March 15, 3pm. Jason Jones is not running for reelection as chapter president.

b.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (E. Hicks)

It has been a busy month for SUOAF.

A tentative accretion agreement with the new IT members has been signed and ratified paving the way for a constitutional amendment separating our chapters. New job descriptions are being prepared and reviewed.   The deadline for all of the new job descriptions is April 1st.

There have been glitches in established protocols for internal postings at the BOR. We are on it.

We have a new Memorandum of Understand with the BOR regarding the Minority Mentoring and Recruitment funds in our contract. Original language entitles minority employees in their first six years of employment to access professional development monies. The MOU expands eligibility to qualifying members in the first three years of a new job. Committee Chair is Ray Hernandez and grants are approved by both the SUOAF committee and The VP of Diversity and Equity. Please encourage use of the funds.

Nominations have closed for our representative to the FAC and the election is imminent we have 4 excellent candidates and I am proud to say that three of the four are from here.

Our social committee is working on an annual meeting which will be accompanied by a picnic again. The probable date is June 7th. Announcement forthcoming soon. Our brown bag lunch will be rescheduled soon.

Our election for statewide president was challenged and subsequently overturned by AFSCME International. (We were surprised to hear that the constitution of the international specifies paper ballots.) The full ruling was distributed to all members and a new election will take place within 45 days. Call for nominations is being mailed to voting members’ home addresses.

We acquired liability insurance for directors, officers and stewards.

We went through an internal audit of our books in anticipation of an outside audit of both our PAC and operating funds. Our meticulous treasurer, Janice Reska, deserves both our gratitude and our praise.

We have written new guidelines for charitable contributions pending the approval of the local executive board.

c.  SGA (E. Bergenn)

On March 5, at 3pm, there will be a panel discussion, "Is your degree worth what you're paying for?" The tuition increases will be one topic of conversation.

There will be a rally against tuition increases on March 11.

Students will be able to take buses to the attend the BOR meeting on March 21; this is when the tuition increases will be discussed.

SGA senator and Student Success Team member Chris Marcelli mentioned that letters have been sent to all department chairs who have not submitted their Academic Maps yet. The maps are a great tool for advising and will help students graduate in four years. You will be able to build your own department academic map at the workshop, on March 7 at 3:05pm.

d.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

State Senate bill SB-867 has been referred to the Joint Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement on February 8. It would make the chair and vice-chair of the FAC ex-officio, nonvoting members of the BOR, and allow the chair of the FAC to appoint two members of the FAC to serve on every standing and special committee of the BOR, except for those responsible for personnel matters. There is optimism that the bill will pass.

The appropriations committee of the state legislature met last week. There was little ConnSCU presence; this was a mistake!

The FAC will report to the Higher Education Committee of the legislature soon. They will have 50 minutes to tell the Higher Education Committee what they have been doing.

e.  Other announcements

Senator Greenfield: Encourages faculty to accomodate their students' participation in the rally on March 11.

Senator Hicks: CACE will sponsor a webinar on noncognitive factors affecting retention.

f.  President of the Senate (J. Mulrooney)

Students should be encouraged to complete the survey that has been sent to freshmen and seniors.

An ad hoc committee on 4-credit courses has been created, consisting of Lisa Frank (curriculum committee), Nelson Castañeda (academic standards), Sue Seider (graduate studies), Laura Bowman (psychological science), Kris Larsen (natural sciences), Beth Merenstein (sociology), Don Adams (philosophy).

Please complete the survey that was sent by BOR President Philip Austin. The deadline is Wednesday, February 27.

The President of the Senate is displeased with the lack of student or faculty input in the selection of Rudy Giuliani for the Vance Lecture Series. Another meeting with Chris Galligan has been planned.

3. Committee Reports

a.  Sabbatical Leave Committee (AAUP) (K. Martin-Troy, C. White)

The report was discussed.

Sabbatical Leave Committee member and Senator White made an impassioned plea for a larger number of sabbatical leaves in the future, as 24 sabbatical leaves for CCSU is not nearly enough for the number of qualified applicants. This is something that will have to be negociated in 2015, when we negociate our next Collective Bargaining Agreement (note to the next CCSU-AAUP president!) Senator White's plea was answered with applause.

b.  Academic Assessment Committee (J. Mulrooney)

The report was discussed.

4. Unfinished Business

a.  A Vision of Higher Education for Connecticut and the Nation (B. Greenfield)

Proposed amendment (Blitz/Foster): The following paragraph shall be added to the document, after the one beginning with "Quality education required fair working conditions for faculty and staff": "Quality higher education requires support for faculty research and creative activity. Our faculty members are actively engaged in research and creative activity. They make discoveries and conduct research that fuel their teaching and contribute to knowledge. Therefore, they must be actively supported in their endeavors, by means of time and resources necessary for effective research and creative activity."

Approved unanimously

Motion (Pancsofar/Cohen): The Faculty Senate approves the document "A Vision of Higher Education for Connecticut and the Nation". It shall be posted on the Faculty Senate website.

Approved, with 4 senators opposed

Motion (Karpuk/Greenfield): The document "A vision of Higher Education for Connecticut and the Nation" shall be sent to Stephen Adair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents.


5. New Business

a.  DEC Exceptions

Approved unanimously

b.  Discussion of recent actions of the Board of Regents

Teaching faculty members, administrative faculty members and students are concerned and unhappy with many recent actions of the Board of Regents. Senator Blitz suggested that we should try to use the media more effectively to convey the importance higher education and the strength of the CCSU faculty and community. An ad in the Hartford Courant signed by the faculty, especially by our CSU Professors, would be a great idea. The Connecticut Mirror might be interested in supporting our point of view.

6. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:26pm.