Delhi College Senate Minutes September 24, 2007
Meeting called to order by Presider Julee Miller
Quorum established at 4:20 p.m.
Guests: Dr. Candace Vancko, Brian Hutzley, Rick Golding, Pam Peters
Senators: Kathryn DeZur, Steve Dixon, Donna Dougherty, Joan Erickson, Terry Hamblin, Ursula Herz, Kim MacLeod, Leslie Mokay, Kathleen Ogborn, Jeff Stedman, Marsha Stock, Mary Wake, Linda Weinberg, John Taylor, Sean Babcock, Linnea Burwood, Carolyn Tolley, Jack Tessier
Absent: Joan Erickson, Kim MacLeod, Lori Osterhoudt, Douglas Dune, Robert Fisher, Mike Spisto
- BSN has been approved by SUNY. An accelerated formula will be available so that a student taking 2 courses every 7 weeks could finish the degree in 1 year.
- Enrollment numbers are "eye-popping": 2778 total and withdrawal numbers about the same as last year.
- River View Residence is scheduled to open next fall. Updated plans are available from the President's office.
- More parking is being created:
- The turn at North Hall needs to be widened.
- Ursula Herz noted that the curve near the Applied Technologies building is narrow and some tires have been blown when cars attempt to get over.
- In response to a question about Thurston: We will be keeping the building. Improvements such as a new roof are underway, but the future use is undecided.
The minutes from the September 10th meeting were approved.
Annual Budget and Planning Committee Membership:
- Brian Hutzley, Pam Peters, Linnea Burwood, and Rick Golding were present to address issues concerning the membership of this committee.
- This committee reviews Unit Plans (which are due September 30th) and then teams of two members interview each unit and put together a report for the entire committee. These reports are reviewed by the unit heads to insure accuracy.
- There are 29 Units
- The committee members look for common threads and trends.
- Their report is attached to the Unit Plans.
- These reports are distilled into one document which emphasizes key issues and problems and suggests priorities. This document is presented to the President's Cabinet for their consideration.
- The committee's process needs to be more transparent.
- Currently the Senate Bylaws state that there be 10 members who are "broadly representative" of the College.
- It was suggested that there be a total of 11 members representing each of the following areas:
- Cabinet (a Cabinet Liason)
- Campus Budget (someone from Brian Hutzley's office)
- Student Life
- 1 from each Division
- Election terms should be for 2 and 3 years so that memberships overlap yielding continuity.
- NOTE by M. Stock -- was there a motion that the by-laws be changed to reflect these recommendations????
Senate Nomination of a Replacement for the seat vacated by Manly Shults's Retirement:
- Jack Tessier's nomination was approved unanimously.
Academic Policies Committee:
- Peter Clement, Mike Branigan, Peter Paluch, and Alan Franks were approved. Leslie Mokay is interim Professional staff representative since Dick Nabinger's retirement.
- The major issue concerning the current attendance policy is that since athletic events for each sport are scheduled for a specific day of the week, and some student athletes have classes scheduled on those days, they miss an excessive number of classes.
- It was suggested hat student athletes need to be sure that their class schedules to not conflict with sporting events. It may be necessary for them to register ahead of other students.
- Athletic schedules could be staggered so that students would not be scheduled for games every Tuesday, for example.
- Terry Hamblin agreed to bring up this issue at the next meeting of the Athletic Review Board and report back to Senate.
Syllabus Rollover Discussion was tabled for another meeting.
XF Grade Discussion:
- Leslie Mokay reported that an XF grade can be used.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 PM.
Next Meeting: Monday October 22nd.