RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE

 

MINUTES - Regular Meeting of the University Senate
September 22, 2000

TIME AND PLACE:  1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamcik, Axelrod, Barone, Bhoj, Borisovets, Boylan, Burdea, Bushnell, Caprio, Connell, Cotter, Cowley, Cragin, Davidson, DeCarlo, DeGloma, E. Dennis, Deutsch, Diner, Dress, Eramian, Esser, Falk, Fechter, Finne, Flanagan, Forman, Friedrich, Gehrmann, Goldmark, Harris, Haugerud, Hillman, Hirsh, Hitchner, Hughes, Hyndman, Janes, Kalafat, Keating, Kelly, Kennedy, Killingsworth, Kim, Kleinman, Klein, Kuenyehia, Laguna-Diaz, Lattimer, Lawrence, Lee, Li, Manganaro, Manhoff, Marcone, Markowitz, Marszalowicz, Martinez-Fernandez, Massachaele, McCloughan, McKay, McNeal, James Miller, Jason Miller, Monfils, Moore, Morehead, Naus, Nordstrom, O’Connor, Panayotatos, Parikh, Parker, Penfield, Perlman, Pina, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Redd, Robertson, Rohr, Saidel, Samuels, Scott, Seneca, Seplaki, Sheikh, Silver, Simmons, Singer, Singh, Sparano, Spencer, Stahley, St. John, Stauffer, Stein, Sumner, Swenson, Tallau, Tello, Tripolitis, Vershon, Vodak, Wadia, Walker-Andrews, Wasserman, Wilkinson, Winterbauer, Wozniak, Zaborszky, Zelensky, Zucker
EXCUSED: Alm, Bell, Blasi, Carlton, Colaizzi, R. Dennis, E. Diamond, M. Diamond, Gary, Griffith, Hamm, M. Jackson, Kirschner, Koehler, Lang, Leath, Leontiades, Maradonna, Marsh, McKeever, Oren, Regulska, Schlegel, Shailor, Solomon, Strom, Szatrowski, Tuckman, Znayenko
ABSENT: Adelson, Andalia, Bay, Beck, Boucher, Busia, Cizewski, Darkenwald, Farooqi, Felson, Goodman, Gross, Hall, Hartman, Haska, Jesse, Kenfield, Kenney, Krueckeberg, Lehman, Matsuda, Padgett, Roth, Scheinbeim, Snyder, Webb
NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:  Hamilton, Ishayik, Wright
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY:  Faculty: Of 84 total: 50 present (60%), 16 excused (19%), 18 absent (21%); Students: Of 42 total: 38 present (90.5%), 1 excused (2.4%), 3 absent (7.1%); Administrators: Of 37 total: 22 present (60%), 12 excused (32%), 3 absent (8%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 3 present (50%), 1 excused (17%), 2 absent (33%)

PRESIDING OFFICER: Kathleen Scott, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT:  Chairperson Scott welcomed all present, and thanked the Senators for their involvement with the University Senate. She then introduced herself, Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz, Parliamentarian Goldmark, Secretary Swalagin, and Linda Mickelsen of the Senate office. She then reviewed the Senate’s charge and responsibilities, reviewing the recent efforts of the Senate Revitalization Committee in redefining the Senate as the voice of the Rutgers University community, as well as the newly instituted standing-committee structure. She asked everyone to be aware of standing and pending charges to committees (available on the Senate’s website), of the information available on the Senate website (http://senate.rutgers.edu), and of the activities of the Executive Committee (through the Vice Chair’s reports at Senate meetings, as well as draft minutes posted on the Senate website). She reminded the Senate that the President is advised not only by the Senate’s resolutions, but by its discussions. Chairperson Scott also urged faculty and student Senators to attend their respective Caucuses, which will resume on October 27. She then summarized a handout, distributed at the meeting, from the Rutgers Division of Student Judicial Affairs, which asks for volunteers for the University’s hearing boards, and encouraged Senators to participate in those boards.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: On motion and duly seconded, the agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of April 28,2000 were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Communications: A May 4, 2000 memorandum from President Lawrence acknowledging the Senate’s advice on the TZ-grade and NG resolution was noted.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:   Chairperson Scott introduced President Lawrence, who took the lectern. President Lawrence presented his annual State of the University Address.

A question-and-answer period followed, during which President Lawrence responded to questions on issues which included: increased enrollment and support services; faculty and staff minority recruitment and retention (UVP Seneca will report on the actual numbers at a subsequent Senate meeting); housing, parking, and scheduling; loss and replacement of faculty; weekend courses; funding, and the University budget; transfer credits and course equivalents; student evaluations, and the balance of teaching and research; and availability of teaching assistants.

NEW BUSINESS: Senator Parikh asked for Senate endorsement of Vote NJ Coalition’s voter-registration efforts. His motion was seconded by Senator Markowitz, and carried unanimously on a voice vote.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Standing Committee chairs commented on committee charges, activities and plans.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported on the June 2, 2000 and September 8, 2000  Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator Janes reported on the June 9, 2000 and July 14, 2000 Board of Governors meetings, which included: a resolution honoring the basketball team, a report on RUTV, curricular items, faculty honors, Douglass Developmental Disability Center expansion, induction of new members/officers, and discussion of state appropriations.

REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Senator Panayotatos reported on recent activities and plans of the New Brunswick Faculty Council.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business before the University Senate, Chairperson Scott declared the meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate