Notes - March 6, 2006
Notes for the meeting of
March 6, 2006
Senators and Officers present: Argyriou, Barney, Capitolo, Chenoweth, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Dunn, Fritz, Goodwin, Guevara, Hearn, Jensen Sullivan, Joplin, Kramer, Logvinenko, Moreno, Mosh, Osborne, Setziol, Ujifusa, Winters, Zill
Senators and Officers absent: Annen, Bryant, Fox, Olsen, Rodriguez, Sheirich
Curriculum Cochair: Anu Khanna
DASB: Saleha Pirzada and Menglan Fan (Susan)
Classified Senate: Olivia Patlan
Administrative Liaison: Christina Espinosa-Pieb
Guests: Brian Murphy, Jacquelyn Reza, Cynthia Kaufman, Maumita Chakraborty, Robert Erdei, Ruth Tepper
The meeting was called to order at 2:32, a quorum being present.
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda and notes were approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations: Reversal of the appointment of A. Pierre to a committee; she is the EO representative and Senate delegates that appointment to the Office of the Diversity Coordinator.
Needs: two or more faculty for the Search and Selection Committee for the Coordinator of Distance Learning faculty position.
Confirmations: Janet Takahashi and Polly Waathiq were confirmed for service on the Search and Selection Committee for the Learning Disabilities Specialist position.
III. ETS Service Level Agreement: Hearn reported on feedback she has received from faculty in the development of this agreement. Suggestions were made by senators for a tiered agreement, recognizing the difference between non-working existing equipment and the installation of updated, new equipment. Suggestions were also made about training in use of new equipment, training for new faculty, telephone and email requests, and trouble-shooting procedures cards for smart classrooms and equipment.
IV. Civic Engagement Proposal: President Murphy introduced the proposal by outlining the process of its development over the past year, and said that it was his plan to take the task force recommendations through the normal PBT process of the College. He assured the Senate that he recognizes that this proposal would have to compete with other funding priorities, including the restitution of funds and positions lost throughout the College. At the same time he said that he would seek outside funding. Jacquelyn Reza and Cynthia Kaufman presented a powerpoint summary of the task force report and invited suggestions and comments from the floor. When asked about a possible timeline for beginning they responded that they hoped to have something by Fall 2006.
V. Centralization vs. Decentralization of Technology Staffing: Setziol and Hearn led the discussion of whether it is appropriate for divisions/departments to have their own tech support, since the College seems unable to provide timely help. It was the sense of the Senate that this was not a desirable thing, that the more desirable plan would be to strengthen the centralized campus support for technology, although recognizing that this is more of a long-term approach which will not address current needs. Others pointed out that several divisions already have instructional associates to maintain labs and division technology.
VI. Good of the Order:
• Winters gave senators a heads-up that the District Diversity Climate Survey will be happening again soon.
• Jensen Sullivan invited interested faculty to the Environmental Sustainability Committee meetings every other Tuesday 3:30-4:30.
• Hearn announced that the Teaching Conference needed to proceed as originally planned – April 28 from 8:30-12:30.
• Hearn reported that Matt Abrahams, Dan Salah, and Andrew LaManque will be presenting a Strategic Planning Initiative.
• Hearn reported that the URL link on the second email referencing the Public Domain Survey is correct.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:35.