CCSU Faculty Senate

Minutes—October 22, 2012

VAC 105   3:05 PM

Present: Alewitz, M.; Anderson, C.; Antonucci, C.; Arena, J.; Ayalon, A.; Bernstein, S.; Best, F.; Bilisoly, R.; Cohen, S.; Cox, S.; Delventhal, T.; Durant, M.; Farhat, J.; Foster, P.; Fothergill, W.; Garcia-Bowen, M.; Greenfield, B.; Hermes, K.; Hicks, E.; Hoopengardner, B.; Horowitz, S.; Hou, X.; Jackson, M.; Johnson, D.; Karpuk, P.; Kean, K.; Kershner, B.; Kovel, J.; Kullgren, A.; Larsen, K.; Latour, F.; Lisi, P.; Mamed, O.; McGuire, M.; Mejia, G.; Pancsofar, E.; Paolino, J.; Pearson, F.; Percy, V.; Perdue, L.; Poirier, K.; Raajpoot, N.; Ragusett, J.; Reasco, A.; Reska, J.; Santoro, K.; Sarisley, E.; Shen, X.; Snyder, J.; Tellier, A.; Tully, J.; Walsh, S.; White, C.; Williams, C.

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

Parliamentarian: Dimmick, C.

President of the Senate: Mulrooney, J.

Guests: Eric Bergenn (SGA President); David Blitz (Philosophy); Jason Jones (CCSU-AAUP President);  Simms Sonet (SGA Senator); Laura Tordenti (VP Student Affairs); many faculty members from the School of Education and Professional Studies

1. Approval of Minutes, October 8, 2012

Approved unanimously

2. Announcements

a.  Proclamation of Gratitude and Appreciation to Dr. Mitchell Sakofs (E. Pancsofar)

Explanation of Intent

Senator Best asked for this item to be moved from "New Business" to "Announcements", since it is not a Senate motion.

Senator Ayalon asked if it is the intent of the School of Education and Professional Studies Governance Council to have the proclamation read without action or discussion; President Mulrooney answered that this is the way it was presented to the Senate by SEPS-GC.

The Proclamation was read by Senator Pancsofar. The reading of the proclamation was followed by applause.

b.  AAUP President (J. Jones)

SEBAC Attorney Dan Livingston will be giving a presentation on the Hybrid Retirement Plan on Tuesday, October 23, from 3 to 5pm, in Vance 105.

Senator Cohen asked if it is correct that the Hybrid Retirement Plan is not the same thing as the option to completely move from ARP to SERS (it is indeed not the same thing).

Senator Ayalon stated that, according to an ING representative, the Hybrid Plan is a good thing, since it allows members to spread the risk.

c.  SUOAF-AFSCME President (L. Hicks)

SUOAF-AFSCME chapter election is delayed until BOR system office chapter is formed.

There will be a presentation on the SUOAF ARP Hybrid Plan at 8:30am on October 23, in the Constitution Room of Memorial Hall.

There will be a bus trip to New York City on December 1; details TBA.

d.  SGA (E. Bergenn and S. Sonet)

E. Bergenn: So far, the SGA has been successful in filling about half of the student seats on the various Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate.

S. Sonet (SGA Senator, Chair of the SGA Student Life Committee) announced Competition for a Cause, a charitable competition in which various clubs and departments at CCSU can participate. The goal of the competition is to collect food items and gift cards for food banks in the New Britain area. It will be held from November 1 to November 14.

He says that the idea came from a conference on student government, where he learned that the University of Alabama and Auburn University had used their football rivalry to raise money for a food drive.

More information about Competition for a Cause.

Senator Hermes asked if academic departments and students clubs in the same discipline can compete together as a unit; the answer is yes.

Senator White stated that the initiative is a great one and thanks Simms Sonet for bringing it to the Faculty Senate.

e.  FAC to the BOR (S. Adair)

No announcements.

f.  President of the Senate (J. Mulrooney)

Due to a calculation error, final grades are due December 26, not December 27 as previously announced.

It is now possible for Department Chairs to track how many students are applying to their program, and to see whether or not they are registering for courses. Chairs got their first Admissions Report last Monday.

The Midterm Grade tool will be open until November 9.

3. Committee Reports

a.  Elections Committee

The election to fill the one vacancy on the Grade Appeals Committee was held in the Senate. In the first round, Lauren Heller (Music) and John O'Connor (Sociology) were tied for first place. Thus, a runoff was held, and Lauren Heller was elected to the committee.

4. New Business

a.  (Item moved to Announcements)

b.  Resolution from the BOR - Strategic Plan for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

President Mulrooney stated that he would like to remove this item from the agenda, because of new information has been made available to him.

David Blitz asked about the nature and source of the new information; President Mulrooney stated that Stephen Adair of the Faculty Advisory to the Board of Regents told him that FAC should discuss the matter with the BOR before we discuss the Strategic Plan. In particular, the Strategic Plan seems at odds with the legislation (Public Act 11-48) that requires the BOR to develop a plan for maintaining the distinct missions of the CSUS, the Community Colleges and Charter Oak.

Senators Greenfield and Best asked if the BOR asked the Senate to discuss or endorse the Strategic Plan; President Mulrooney said no. The Strategic Plan was discussed by the Faculty Leadership group that meets on Saturdays, and at that group's last meeting, it was decided that the Plan should be discussed by the Faculty Senate.

David Blitz asked who wrote the proposed resolution of support for the Strategic Plan; President Mulrooney said that he did, and that the purpose was to generate discussion.

Senator Alewitz stated that the Senate Leadership should prepare a substantive agenda featuring discussion of important issues, especially in this time of crisis in Higher Education.

Senator Pancsofar reminded all Senators that they are encouraged to send items for discussion to the Steering Committee.

Motion to remove item 4b from the agenda approved unanimously

5. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:54.