Academic Senate Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2021

Steering Committee Chairperson Dr. Steven Dahlke called the eighth regularly scheduled meeting of the Academic Senate to order at 3:13 PM. The meeting was held through the Zoom platform.

I.             Attendance

55 votes were recorded at the time attendance was taken; 62 members of the Academic Senate were present during the meeting.

II.           Approval of the agenda

Chairperson Dahlke used unanimous consent to approve the agenda. There were no objections.

III.         Consideration of the minutes from the April 13, 2021 meeting

Chairperson Dahlke used unanimous consent to approve the minutes (Attachment A). There were no objections.

IV.         Communications from:

A.           President Christine Mangino

The Senate received President Mangino’s May 2021 report.

President Mangino thanked the QCC community for a great year, even though it was a difficult one. She expressed excitement about the strategic plan and its guidance for the next five years of work. President Mangino addressed the new directives to increase in-person and hybrid classes and will keep students notified about any changes. COVID vaccines are also now mandatory for any students attending in-person classes; President Mangino reminded everyone that the students do not need appointments to receive the vaccine on campus. The college will also begin to figure out how to bring staff back on campus safely, mostly likely with flexible schedules.

Graduation will be on June 4th virtually and President Mangino is working with the college to find a way for students to come to campus for photographs with their diplomas.

President Mangino also announced the upcoming food drive and an update on the VP search, which she hopes will have a strong candidate by the summer. She also shared a video about the virtual gala, which is an important fundraiser to support students.

B.           University Faculty Senate

Senator Tai wished the Senate a happy summer. The next plenary is scheduled for the evening after Senate so she had no new updates.

C.           Steering Committee

The Senate received the Steering Committee’s report for May 2021.

Chairperson Dahlke welcomed reelected and new senators to the Senate. A thank you also goes to: Doreen Fox-Herron in the Registrar’s Office for providing the list of candidates for graduation to the Senate; Amaris Matos for her work on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the college; the Office of Academic Affairs for providing support for online teaching; and Interim Vice President Hartigan and the staff at Student Affairs work their work with and support of students. He announced the upcoming food distribution at the food pantry and updated the Senate as to the definition of instructional staff (includes teaching and non-teaching faculty, HEO’s, and CLT’s). Chairperson Dahlke ended by thanking President Mangino for her first year of leadership.

V.          Elections

A.           Faculty Member-At-Large (Chairperson of Committee on Committees Stephen Hammel explained that there is one available seat as Faculty Member-At-Large and another to fill the vacancy of Senator Edlin who will be moving to her role as Chairperson of English. Therefore, the winner of the election gets the FAL seat and the remaining candidate fills Senator Edlin’s vacant seat.) 

Ronald Van-Cleef (History) was elected to the position of Faculty Member-At-Large and Reuvain Zahavy (Mathematics and Computer Science) will fill Senator Edlin’s vacant seat (also a Faculty Member-At-Large seat) for the remainder of her term).

B.           Steering Committee

1.            Nomination for Chair: Steven Dahlke (Music). Since Dr. Dahlke ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect Steven Dahlke as Chair of the Steering Committee by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Academic Senate.

2.            Nomination for Vice Chair: Jannette Urciuoli (Counseling). Since Dr. Urciuoli ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect Jannette as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Academic Senate.

3.            Nomination for Secretary: Zivah Perel Katz (English). Since Dr. Katz ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect Zivah Perel Katz as Secretary of the Steering Committee by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Academic Senate.

C.           Parliamentarian

Nomination for Parliamentarian: Pete Hayes (Art and Design). Since Dr. Hayes ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect Pete Hayes as Parliamentarian of the Academic Senate by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Academic Senate.  

D.           Senate Technology Officer

Nomination for Senate Technology Officer: David Moretti (Office of Marketing and Communications). Since Senator Moretti ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect David Moretti as Senate Technology Officer of the Academic Senate by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Academic Senate. 

E.           Committee on Committees (3 new members)

Chairperson of the Committee on Committees, Stephen Hammel, reported that there are three open positions on the Committee, each for three-year terms. He called for floor nominations to fill those positions. Dr. Tony Monahan (Health, Physical Education and Dance), Professor Christine Mooney (Business), Professor Sue Riekert (Nursing), and Dr. Paul Sideris (Chemistry) were nominated.

Senators elected three of the four candidates. Elected: Christine Mooney, Sue Riekert, and Paul Sideris.

VI.         List of Candidates for Graduation

A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 58-0-1 to approve the list of June 2021 candidates for graduation (Attachment B).

Abstained: Arnab Sharma

VII.       Monthly Reports of the Committees of the Academic Senate

A.           Committee on Committees

Chairperson Hammel offered a quick update on Senate elections: David Moretti and Renee Rhodd were reelected as HEO representatives to the Senate.

B.           Committee on Continuing Education

The Committee submitted an information item to the Senate.

C.           Committee on Curriculum

There were four votes taken on the materials from the Committee on Curriculum (Attachment C).

1.            A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 61-0-0 to approve five new courses (ET-726, ET-754, ET- 760, ET-757, ET-758).

2.            A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 61-0-1 to approve 21 course revisions (ET-704; ET-705; ET-725; ET-502; ET-575; MP-101; MP-102; MUS-101; MUS-121; MUS-122; MUS-123; MUS-124; MUS-132; MUS-168, 169, 268, 269; MUS-178,179,278,279; MUS-180,181, 280, 281; MUS-184, 185,284, 285; MUS-221; MUS-222; MUS-225; MUS-226).

3.            A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 60-0-2 to approve seven program revisions (A.A.S., Electronic Engineering Technology; A.A.S., Computer Engineering Technology ; A.A.S., Telecommunications Technology; A.A.S., Internet and Information Technology ; Medical Assistant A.A.S. Program ; Associate in Science A.S. Degree ; A.A.S. Music Production).

4.            A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 63-0-1 to approve one department name change (from Speech Communication and Theatre Arts to Communication. Theatre, & Media Production).

D.           Committee on Pre-College

The Committee offered an informational item informing Senate of their suggestions to Academic Affairs to help enhance and support the CLIP program. Academic Affairs will act on one proposal already.

VIII.     Old Business

Dean Hsu updated the Senate about the very successful micro-credentials software engineering boot camp; more sections will be offered. There are over 500 students enrolled in the cloud computing certifications. Other programs include certified recovery peer advocate (CRPA) program, certified hemodialysis technician (CHT) training program, and certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program.

IX.         New Business

A.           Dean Corradetti presented the Senate with two documents (Attachments D and E) for endorsement related to the five-year strategic plan. A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 60-0-0-to endorse the work of the task force thus far (with the idea that in the fall the Senate will approve operation plans that draw from the master plan and feedback).

B.           Senator Pecorino offered a statement on the occasion of Senator Alexandra Tarasko’s retirement. Senator Menendez added to it and Senator Tarasko offered her reflections.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:14 PM.

 

Zivah Perel Katz, Secretary

Academic Senate Steering Committee

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