RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES

October 31, 1997

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Crew (Chairperson), Evans, Mayer, Scott (Vice Chairperson), Sigel, Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Tripolitis (Immediate Past Chairperson), Znayenko

EXCUSED:  Evans, Rodriguez, Shapiro

ALSO ATTENDING:  Blair (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), Boikess (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Janes (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Laguna-Diaz (Newark Faculty Liaison), Lawrence (Administrative Liaison), McLoof (Student Representative to the Board of Governors), Puniello (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Rabinowitz (Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee Chair), Seneca (Administrative Liaison)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, October 31, 1997, at 1:10 p.m. in Room 413 of the Rutgers Student Center, the Chair and Secretary being present.

Chairperson’s Report:   Chairperson Crew welcomed the committee, pointed out that there were many items on the agenda, and began the meeting.

Secretary's Report:  Secretary Swalagin explained that a Revised Agenda had been distributed to accommodate several items which had been added to the agenda after the meeting packet had been mailed. Minutes of the October 9, 1997 Executive Committee meeting were approved.

Secretary Swalagin presented the following communications:  memorandum from Senator Peter Simmons regarding Senate Practices and Procedures; e-mail from Senator Edward Boylan regarding a request that the Senate consider recommending to the Board of Governors that the board set aside time at each of its meetings for comments to the board from members of the Rutgers community. The Executive Committee voted to take up both communications under New Business.

Secretary Swalagin informed the Executive Committee that the following committee appointments had been made since October 9:  Kyle Haidet, GS-NB (S), Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate; Jennifer Jones, FAS-NB (F), Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee; Carlos Narvaez, FAS-NB (F), Equal Opportunity Committee; Stanley Nash, UC-NB (F), Equal Opportunity Committee; James O’Donnell, SB-NB (S), Academic Personnel Committee; Ruth Orenstein, GSAPP (S), Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate. The Executive Committee approved the appointments.

Administrative Liaison:  President Lawrence said that he had covered most of his points during the State of the University Address at the October 24 Senate meeting in Camden. He commented on a recent meeting of the Carr Scholars in Newark, which was an orientation, celebration, and meeting with faculty to discuss majors. President Lawrence said that the University is moving forward with the process of “Reinvesting in Rutgers,” the initiatives of which he had presented during the October 24 Senate meeting, and said that Vice President Seneca is currently working with the Newark and Camden Provosts on those initiatives.

Vice President Seneca spoke about the opportunities the reinvestment initiatives provide to put resources into the academic areas, including technology, classrooms, laboratories, infrastructure, libraries, and others. He acknowledged the significant efforts of President Lawrence and other members of the University community which led to the availability of the funding for the initiatives. He also emphasized the importance of the context in which the initiatives exist, including elements of state government, tuition, contracts, appropriations and other needs of the university, all of which must be balanced.

President Lawrence commented on: his plans to spend more time in Washington, DC speaking with legislators on key issues, particularly as they relate to the University’s Strategic Plan, and to work at improving the already good relationships with many of those legislators; and on current and long-term strategies to set and achieve University fundraising goals.

Campus Faculty Liaisons:  Senator Blair reported on the activities of and October 17, 1997 meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, including completion of reorganization efforts and elections, approval of bylaws, continuing discussions with Corinne Webb on the University’s marketing efforts and increasing faculty participation in those efforts, and a presentation and follow-up by Richard Foley on issues raised in the Pomper Report. The next meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council will be on November 14.

Professor Asela Laguna Diaz, Newark Faculty Liaison, reported on the activities of and October 20, 1997 meeting of the Newark Faculty Council, including the search for a new Dean of Arts and Sciences, a report by Associate Provost Ray Smith on student services and new personnel, a presentation on the opening of the Performing Arts Center, and plans to meet to discuss campus security, student services and other issues. The next meeting of the Newark Faculty Council will be on November 17.

Reports of Representatives to Board of Governors and Board of Trustees:  Senator Janes, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the October 10, 1997 meeting of the Board of Governors, which included:  naming of a Board of Governors Professor of Computer Science; approval of a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience Engineering to be offered jointly by FAS-Newark and NJIT; approval of selection of an architectural firm for the Zimmerli Museum expansion and renovation; naming of the Bauer Track and Field Complex on Livingston Campus; and approval of the working budget for 1997-98.

Senator Puniello, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on the October 23, 1997 meeting of the Board of Trustees, which included: introduction of new board members; a committee report on athletics initiatives; presentation by Vice President Whiteside of a resolution on certain University bonds; a presentation by Vice President Winterbauer on the enrollment management program; a report by President Lawrence regarding the Scholarly Communications Center dedication, groundbreaking of the Newark Center for Law and Justice, new initiatives in athletics, NASULGC and AAU meetings, and lifelong learning; and a multimedia presentation by Executive Director of Quality and Communication Improvement Brent Rubin on Rutgers QCI progress.

Report of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee:  Senator Rabinowitz, Chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, presented the revised Academic Calendar for 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. The Executive Committee placed the Academic Calendar on the November 21 Senate meeting agenda for consideration by the full Senate.

NJPIRG 1998 Concept Plan:  The Executive Committee discussed the NJPIRG Student Chapters’ 1998 Concept Plan, which had been submitted relative to a planned Fall 1998 referendum. The committee moved to have Secretary Swalagin prepare correspondence to NJPIRG Student Chapters requesting clarification on several areas of the Concept Plan, and to resubmit the revised Concept Plan for Executive Committee consideration at its January 23, 1998 meeting.

Targum 1998 Concept Plan:  The Executive Committee discussed The Targum’s 1998 Concept Plan relative to a planned Spring 1998 referendum. The Concept Plan had been submitted late, and without some essential documentation, and was therefore remanded to a subcommittee of the Executive Committee which was formed to evaluate the Concept Plan and report its findings to the Executive Committee and/or Senate as soon as possible.

November 21 Senate Meeting Agenda:  An administrative report on the progress and prospects of Affirmative Action, having previously been docketed by the Executive Committee for the November 21 Senate meeting in Camden, was then removed from the agenda and postponed until the administration could make a preliminary presentation to the Executive Committee on the topic, after which the Executive Committee could decide if, when, and how, to present the report to the Senate.

[The 1998-2001, Three-Year Academic Calendar was placed on the November 21 Senate agenda earlier in the meeting.]

New Business:  Senator Simmons’ correspondence on Senate Practices and Procedures was referred for consideration and report to the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate, and will constitute Charge S-9709.

Action on Senator Boylan’s correspondence on recommending to the Board of Governors that the board set aside time at each of its meetings for comments to the board from members of the Rutgers community was postponed until the January 23, 1998 Executive Committee meeting.

Adjournment:  There was no old business. There being no further business before the Executive Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate

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