Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:  May 1, 1998

TIME AND PLACE:  During recess of 1:10 p.m. Annual Meeting, Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Adamcik, Bailey, Barone, Bathory, Bell, Bhoj, Blair, Boikess, Borisovets, Boylan, Burton, Caprio, Carey, Carlson, Carlton, Clarke, Colaizzi, Cooney, Crew, Crozier, Crystal, Davenport, Decker, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Dickson, Dill, DiTomaso, D’Jamoos, Doshna, Drewes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Foley, Forman, Gary, Griffith, Haidet, Hall, Harris, Haska, Hosford, Hunt, Hyndman, Italiano, Janes, Kaplowitz, Kirschner, Krantz, Kubey, Lattimer, Lawrence, Levinson, Li, Lucas, Manhoff, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, McLoof, Medeiros, Molnar, Narvaez, Nash, Naus, Parikh, Pifer, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Rosen, Ruvolo, Sass, Scott, Seneca, Shapiro, Shappell, Sigel, Simmons, Stojsin, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Taghon, Tangri, Tortajada, Toth, Tripolitis, Van Til, Wadia, A. Watts, Whipple, Wilkinson, R. Wilson, Winterbauer, Znayenko

EXCUSED:  Aisenbrey, Bagnell, Belton, Benson, Berman, Davidson, Evans, Feighn, Finstein, Flanagan, Frenkel, Gaunt, Gilchrist, Jacobs, Koehler, Lang, Lees, Marlys, McManus, Pomper, Rabin, Smouse, Tao, Tomie, Vodak, T. Watts, Webb

ABSENT:  Abrams, Anderson, Appleton, Barber, Bartkowski, Bartov, Beatty, Blumenschine, Bottega, Bruner, Burger, Calabrese, Crupi, Douriet, Feinman, Fischetti, Fitzgerald, Gang, George, Goodman, Greven, Gross, Hughes, Idler, Jarvis, Jones, Jussim, Kaplan, Kenfield, Krueckeberg, Laskaris, LeBaron, Lehman, Leontiades, Lesser, Liivak, McAfee, Mccloskey, McCoy, Miller, Monaco, O’Donnell, Orenstein, Panayotatos, Pederson, Pelaez, Perney, Poole, Rainey, Rockland, Rodriguez, Roth, Rothberg, Rotker, Samuels, Scheinbeim, Shafer, Shailor, Snyder, Solimine, Somville, Srinidhi, Staton, Vasconcelos, Williams, M. Wilson,Young

NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:  Benevento, Cortese, Salpas

PRESIDING OFFICER:  Louie Crew, Chairperson

Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order at 2:20 and declared that there was a quorum.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: The Minutes of March 13, 1998 as distributed by the Secretary were approved, with opposition by Senator Manhoff. Senator Manhoff asked why the Rutgers Alumni Association resolution on ROTC, which he read into the record at the March 13 meeting, had not been included in the minutes. Chairperson Crew explained that the resolution had been ruled out of order at the time it was presented. [Note: The RAA resolution, as given to the Secretary by Senator Manhoff, is attached to these minutes.]

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President Lawrence announced that Ellis Dill and David Hosford were stepping down from their deanships, and acknowledged their years of service as deans. He said that Margaret Marsh has accepted the deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences, University College and the Graduate School at Rutgers Camden; and he reiterated that Michael Klein would become dean of the College of Engineering on September 1, 1998. President Lawrence said that deans searches were nearing their final stages for FAS Newark and Criminal Justice in Newark, and that searches for other deans were progressing.

On the Middle States reaccreditation review, President Lawrence said that he could not comment on the specific provisions of the report until Middle States approves it in June or July. He thanked all those who participated in the enormous effort that went into producing the exemplary report, particularly Barry Qualls, who chaired the committee, University Vice President Seneca, and Vice President Haska.

President Lawrence reported on his recent and planned activities, including: another trip to Washington, DC during which he met with legislators to discuss funding for higher education and testified on behalf of the AAU, NASULGC, and the American Council on Education on behalf of the National Science Foundation; and upcoming testimony before the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Education Committee. He thanked the Senate for writing letters to legislators to support Rutgers funding issues, urged all to continue those efforts, and commented on the funding levels, particularly with respect to the need for full salary and fringe-benefits funding.

President Lawrence reported on the events celebrating the Paul Robeson Centennial, including the April 5 opening of the “Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen” exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum, and a visit by Paul Robeson, Jr. to Camden on April 6.

President Lawrence presented an extensive summary of undergraduate education at Rutgers, which included comments on: the latest Carnegie Report’s attack on undergraduate education; an upcoming report on the graduating senior survey, and the strong, positive changes since the 1992 report; Rutgers’ leadership in scientific research, technological innovation, and undergraduate participation in research; recent Undergraduate Research Weeks sponsored by Susan Forman and her group; the substantial number of students involved in research activities through independent study and honors programs; funding of fifty projects by corporate partners for the 1998-99 Rutgers Research Fellows Program; New Brunswick Teaching Excellence Center symposia on how research methods and findings inform class content and content presentation; internal grant programs to support undergraduate research and curriculum; new programs at Rutgers; as well as Kellogg Commission and Strategic Plan provisions and activities.

Senator George asked President Lawrence, in light of proposed Affirmative Action legislation, what Rutgers is doing to encourage minority enrollment and to support minority students and faculty. President Lawrence responded that, while a 62-institution bloc of AAU institutions was responding to the legislation, Rutgers is at the very highest level of diversity in student body enrollment, as exemplified by the recognition of the Newark Campus as the most diverse in the United States. He said that University Vice President Seneca, Provost Samuels, and Provost Dennis are working with deans on their respective campuses and are committed to promoting diversity, and that part of the reinvestments funds of last fall were in this particular area. He concluded by saying that, on this issue, Rutgers is aggressive and positive, and is moving forward, and that this is part of Rutgers’ culture.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator Janes reported on the March 24, 1998 Board of Governors meeting, which included: approval of promotions, appointments, and reappointments; appointment of Professors T. J. Jackson Lears and Steven Stich as BOG Professors in History and Philosophy, respectively; discussion of Center for Math, Science and Computer Education initiatives; presentation for approval of documents outlining expansion of a laboratory for the Cancer Research facility on Busch Campus, as well as an addition to the Waksman Institute; approval of a motion to vacate a Newark land parcel to make way for a pedestrian gateway as part of Newark’s master plan; refinancing of the Easton Avenue University Center bonds; passage of resolutions acknowledging the achievements of the Rutgers Dance Team, the women’s basketball team, and Coach C. Vivian Stringer, as well as women’s basketball team members Natasha Pointer, Linda Miles and Tomora Young. Senator Janes was joined by the Senate in acknowledging and thanking graduating student Senator McLoof for her fine representation of the University Senate on the Board of Governors.

Senator Boikess reported on the April 16, 1998 Board of Trustees meeting, which was held in Newark, and which included: induction of a new trustee, Ernest C. Mueller; memorial minutes for Robert Boutillier and Edward Lipman, late members of the Board of Trustees; discussion of bond refinancing; introduction of, and a speech by, Robert Mulcahy, new Rutgers athletics director, and appointment of Joe Quinlan as an assistant athletics director; a presentation on diversity at Rutgers; announcement of an upcoming television program from Rutgers called “Academic Challenge”; participation of trustees in the Outstanding Student Recruitment Program; a treasurer’s report on Rutgers’ investment performance; discussion of trustees’ efforts in encouraging legislators to support the Rutgers budget; and a number of advisory committee reports.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Senator Znayenko reported on the March 9 and April 13, 1998 Newark Faculty Council meetings, which included discussions of the Middle States Self-Study and deans searches, as well as a report to the faculty on the Presidential Advisory Committee, and a report by Vice President Nancy Winterbauer on a state budget proposal. The next meeting of the Newark Faculty Council is scheduled for May 11, 1998.

Senator Blair reported on the March and April 1998 New Brunswick Faculty Council meetings, which included: discussion of faculty governance in New Brunswick and at Rutgers; Middle States reaccreditation discussions; committee reports; and adoption of a resolution on operations of commercial note-taking services. Next year’s New Brunswick Faculty Council chair will be Marc Manganaro of the New Brunswick English Department.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Scott reported on the April 17, 1998 Executive Committee meeting, the minutes of which are attached to these minutes.


Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee: Chairperson Rabinowitz presented The 1999- 2000 Academic Calendar, noting that it incorporates various concerns expressed during committee and Senate meetings. He said that, in order to incorporate a two-day reading period, the commencement date falls about five days after it typically would, resulting in approximately $230,000 in additional housing and dining costs, which would affect approximately 1,500 students (about $75 per student). Those numbers do not include other program costs, nor do they take into account any impact on students’ ability to find summer jobs. Senator Rabinowitz moved the 1999-2000 Academic Calendar for Senate approval.

At this point, Senator Shapiro asked if a quorum was present. Chairperson Crew called for a quorum count, and a show of hands yielded no quorum. Senator Bailey called for a roll call. Secretary Swalagin called the roll. The following Senators responded to the roll call: Adamcik, Bailey, Bell, Boikess, Borisovets, Burton, Carey, Carlson, Cooney, Crew, Crozier, Davenport, DiTomaso, D’Jamoos, Doshna, Drewes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Forman, Griffith, Hall, Janes, Kaplowitz, Kirschner, Krantz, Kubey, Levinson, Li, Lucas, Manhoff, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, McLoof, Medeiros, Molnar, Naus, Parikh, Pifer, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Rosen, Ruvolo, Sass, Scott, Seneca, Shapiro, Shappell, Sigel, Simmons, Stojsin, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Taghon, Tangri, Toth, Tripolitis, Wadia, A. Watts, Whipple, R. Wilson, Znayenko. The 62 Senators present did not constitute a quorum.

ADJOURNMENT: The University Senate being unable to conduct business in the absence of a quorum, the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate