Notes - May 9, 2005

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
May 9th, 2005

Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Bresnan, Bryant, Castaño, Chenoweth, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Goodwin, Guevara, Illowsky, Jensen Sullivan, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Mitchell, Mosh, Setziol, Sheirich, and Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Clavijo, Dunn, Fritz, Hearn, Joplin, Moreno, and Winters
DASB: Alex Candia
Classified Senate:
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Ed Quevedo and Karl Schaffer

[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]

Shortly before the meeting began, trustee Betsy Bechtel came in to meet and greet a number of the Senators.

The meeting was called to order at 3:02, a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The notes of the meeting of May 2nd were approved as distributed. The agenda was approved with the holding over of item VII, Accreditation Draft Documents.

II. Needs and Confirmations: We still have the same damned needs. There were no confirmations brought forward in time for distribution prior to the meeting. However, at the meeting, Lena Chang and Judy Mowrey were approved for service on the Alex Swanner Tenure Review Committee.

III. Environmental Management Planning: Ed Quevedo was introduced. This introduction included mention of Mr. Quevedo's legal background representing academic and business institutions in environment matters such as hazardous materials violations responses. He has an extensive background in California and has done significant work nationally and internationally.

His address was no less than a call to action. He used the fact that what he introduced as a major document (The Millenium Ecological Assessment) and a major international agreement (The Talloires Declaration) were unknown to nearly everyone in the room as an indicator of both the nature and the seriousness of the situation. He explained that this was by no means unique to De Anza due to a great shortage of reporting on major environmental developments in this country. He then proceeded to use several other examples to show how we might reorient the college community towards being a more environmentally sustainable community, avoiding hazardous materials and other environmental regulation liability along the way.

He urged the teaching of environmentalism across the curriculum. He said that we could be a model for higher education everywhere. He then told the group that energy use reduction alone could pay for all we would need to get started.

IV. Senate Dues Increase: It was MSCU(Shierich/Castaño) to recommend to the Senate as a whole, an increase in the monthly dues from $3.00 to $5.00 with a stipulation that the additional funds not be used to supplant funds normally coming from College or District sources. This will be put to the Senate as a whole on the same ballot with the officer election. After further discussion, it was agreed that Senators working the polling station should be prepared to answer questions about uses for the increased revenue. In addition, it was suggested that specific discussion of earmarking funds be held subsequent to the election and that earmarking be put in terms of proportions rather than specific dollar amounts.

V. Senate Election Update: The polling station sign up sheet was again passed around in hopes of filling the remaining time slots. Setziol and Mitchell will share the responsibility to ensure that polling materials be accessible (in the Senate office) to the person with the first morning timeslot. Bryant will be responsible for retrieving all materials at the end of both days. The group was told that the candidates for both open positions will be unopposed on the printed ballot. Ben Kline is the only declared candidate for Vice President and Lydia Hearn is the only declared candidate for President.

VI. Textbook Policy: It was MSCU(Bryant/Shierich) to accept the Library section distributed at the meeting with the change of the word "forms" to "formats" in the last line.

It was the sense of the Senate that the redraft of the Printing Services section was headed in the right direction. Mitchell will make further changes in consultation with whoever is willing to help and bring a new draft to the group.

VII. Accreditation Draft Documents: HELD OVER

VIII. Good of the Order:

    The 36th annual Duel at De Anza Motocross is to be held Sunday, May 15th. All are invited to attend and participate.
  • The officers will be proposing that Mitchell be the next District Senate President. After consultation with the Foothill officers, the proposal will be put on a Senate agenda, perhaps as early as May16th

The meeting was adjourned at 4:29

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