Steering Committee Minutes

May 2019

In the absence of President Lynch, Joel Kuszai, Chair of the Steering Committee called the eighth regularly scheduled meeting of the Academic Senate to order at 3:13 PM.

I. Attendance:

63 votes were recorded at the time attendance was taken; 65 members of the Academic Senate were present during the meeting.

II. Approval of the Agenda:

A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 62-0-0 to approve the May 14, 2019 Agenda, as presented.

III. Consideration of minutes of the April 9, 2019 meeting of the Academic Senate:

A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 64-0-0 to approve the April 9, 2019 minutes as presented (Attachment A of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

IV. Communications from:

  1. President's Report
    The Senate received President Lynch's May 2019 Report (Attachment B of the May14, 2019 Agenda.) To see the full report, visit the Academic Senate website.

  2. Communications from the University Faculty Senate Liaison to the College

  3. Senate Steering Committee Report
    Vice Chair Steven Dahlke referred to the written report (Attachment C of the May 14, 2019 Agenda). For the full report, visit the Academic Senate website.

Vice Chair Dahlke introduced, welcomed and recognized the new Senators of the Academic Senate:

Professor Rezan Akpinar, Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance;

Dr. Trikartikaningsih Byas, Associate Professor, Department of English;

Dr. Jeff Jankowski, Professor, Department of Social Sciences;

Dr. Zivah Perel Katz, Associate Professor, Department of English;

Dr. Jean Murley, Associate Professor, Department of English;

Professor Barbara Rome, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing;

Dr. Vazgen Shekoyan, Associate Professor, Department of Physics; and

Dr. Kersha Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences

V. Elections

Helmut Loeffler, Chair of the Committee on Committees, led the following elections:

Steering Committee Members

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.

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

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.

Senate Parliamentarian

Nomination for Parliamentarian: Leslie Francis (Business). Since Dr. Francis ran unopposed, a motion was made and accepted to elect Leslie Francis as Parliamentarian by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of Academic Senate.

Senate Technology Officer

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

Committee on Committees

Three seats have expired and needed to be filled. The following three individuals were nominated: Dr. Julia Rothenburg (Social Sciences), Dr. Clara Wajngurt (Mathematics and Computer Sciences), and Vikki Terrile (Library).

Since there were three nominees for three positions, a motion was made and accepted to elect Julia Rothenburg, Clara Wajngurt, and Vikki Terrile to the Committee on Committees by a single vote cast by the Secretary of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Academic Senate.

VI. List of Potential Graduates

June 2019

A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 62-0-0 to approve the list of June 2019 Candidates for Graduation (Attachment D of the May 14, 2019 Agenda). Note: student senators not eligible to vote.

August 2019

(Pending)

VII. Monthly Reports of the Committees of the Academic Senate

  1. Committee on Bylaws: The Academic Senate received the Monthly Report for Bylaws April/May 2019 (Attachment F of the May 14, 2019 Agenda) and acted on the following 4 items:

    1. A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 65-0-0 to approve changes to Academic Development & Elective Academic Programs Committee charges (Attachment F of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    2. A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 61-2-1 to approve an amendment to the Agenda order of the Academic Senate to include Approval of the Agenda and Communications from the University Faculty Senate Liaison to the College (Attachment F of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    3. A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 61-1-1 to approve an amendment concerning Administrative Support for the operations of the Academic Senate (Attachment F of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    4. A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 62-0-1 to approve an inconsistency in two different parts of the Bylaws (Attachment F of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

  2. Committee on Curriculum: The Academic Senate received the Monthly Report for May 2019 (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda) and acted on the following items:

    1. Course Revisions

      1. Business Department

        BU 111 Computer Applications in Accounting

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 64-0-0 to approve changes to BU 111 in the Business Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

      2. Biological Sciences and Geology Department

        BI 340 Assisting in the Medical Office: Clinical Testing Procedures,
        BI 341 Assisting in the Medical Office: Medical Assisting Procedures,
        BI 451 Phlebotomy Technology,
        BI 961 Phlebotomy Practice

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 64-0-0 to approve changes to BI 340, Bi 341, BI 451, BI 961 in the Biological Sciences and Geology Department. (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

      3. Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department

        MA 10 ALP Elementary Algebra,
        MA 10 Elementary Algebra,
        MA 114 College Algebra and Trigonometry for Technical Students,
        MA 119 College Algebra,
        MA 128 Calculus for Technical and Business Students,
        MA 321 Mathematics in Contemporary Society,
        CS 100 Introduction to Computers and Programming,
        MA 121 Elementary Trigonometry,
        MA 301 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 64-0-0 to approve changes to MA 10 ALP, MA 10, MA 114, MA 119, MA 128, MA 321, CS 100, MA121, MA 301 in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

      4. English Department

        EN 311 Journalism II: Feature and Magazine Article Writing,
        EN 102 English Composition II: Introduction to Literature,
        EN 103 Writing for New Media,
        EN 202 Readings in Poetry,
        EN 203 Readings in Drama,
        EN 204 Readings in Prose Fiction,
        EN 211 English Literature I: Anglo-Saxon Period through the Eighteen Century,
        EN 212 English Literature II: Nineteenth Century to Present,
        EN 213 World Literature I: Ancient through Renaissance,
        EN 214 World Literature II: Masterpieces from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries,
        EN 215 American Literature I: Colonial Period to American Renaissance,
        EN 216 American Literature II: Civil War to Present,
        EN 217 Contemporary Literature in English,
        EN 220 Introduction to Creative Writing,
        EN 221 Creative Writing: Fiction,
        EN 222 Creative Writing: Poetry,
        EN 231/232 Special Topics in Writing Studies,
        EN 241 Introduction to Journalism: Editing Principles and Practices,
        EN 242 Documentary Film: The New Journalism,
        EN 252 Film and Literature,
        EN 262 New York,
        EN 501 The Novel,
        EN 502Modern Drama,
        EN 503 Shakespeare in Elizabethan Drama,
        EN 504 The Bible as Literature,
        EN 505 Children's Literature,
        EN 591/592 Special Topics in Literature

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 64-0-0 to approve changes to EN 311, 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 221, 222, 231/232, 241, 242, 252, 262, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 591/592 in the English Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    2. Program Revisions

      1. Business Department

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 62-0-0 to consider and approve A.A.S in Management-Marketing concentration program revisions simultaneously in the Business Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

      2. Social Sciences Department

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 63-0-0 to consider and approve Dual-Joint A.S./B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice with John Jay College of Criminal Justice program revisions simultaneously in the Social Sciences Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

      3. Social Sciences Department

        A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 63-0-0 to consider and approve Liberal Arts and Sciences A.A. Degree – Education Concentration program revisions simultaneously in the Social Sciences Department (Attachment G of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    3. New Program

      Department of Biology

      A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 63-0-1 to approve new Biology program in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology (Attachment GG of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

  3. Committee on Committees: The Academic Senate received the Monthly Report for May 2019 (Attachment H of the May 14, 2019 Agenda) as an information item.

  4. Committee on Student Activities: The Academic Senate received the Monthly Report for May 2019 (Attachment I of the May 14, 2019 Agenda) as an information item.

VIII. Old Business

  1. For the revised proposal on Electronic Communications (Attachment J of the May 14, 2019 Agenda), Senator Pecorino stated that the FEC asked to withdraw this proposal for two reasons: insights from SVP Newcomb and from fear of retaliation or voting against the administration. More work will be done to edit this proposal.

  2. Provost Sandra Palmer presented an amendment to the recently approved Grade Change Policy (see attachment K of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 63-0-0 to approve the amendment to the Grade Change Policy (Attachment K of the May 14, 2019 Agenda, as presented).

  3. Senator Dahlke presented the three recommendations to consider regarding the Religious Observance Policy (Attachment L of the May 14, 2019 Agenda).

    After some questions and issues raised, it was suggested to refer these recommendations back to the committee for further revisions (Including striking information that may cause confusion for students).

    A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 58-0-0 to refer the editing of these recommendations back to the committee (see attachment L of the May 14, 2019 Agenda, as presented).

IX. New Business

  1. Senator Kip Montgomery asked the Senate to provide unanimous support in recognizing Bob Rogers as having effective remarkable work for the past 12 years as Chair of the Department of Art.

    A motion was made, seconded, and adopted 57-0-0 to recognize Bob Rogers as having effective remarkable work for the past 12 years as Chair of the Department of Art and Design.

  2. Vice President Brian Kerr announced to support the Academic Advisors on campus by asking students to see them for advisement and for assistance with registration.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:13 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jannette Alejandra Urciuoli
Secretary, Steering Committee of the Academic Senate

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