April 18, 2008

University Senate

Minutes of the Seventh Meeting for Academic Year 2007-2008
Bartley Hall, Room 2001 on Friday, APRIL 18, 2008 at 3:30 P. M.


PRESENT: Dr.  Susan Mackey-Kallis, Chair; Dr.  Jospeh Dellapenna, Parliamentarian, Mr.  Brian M.  Murray, Executive Secretary
Dr.  Sohail Chaudhry; Mr.  Robert B.  Dormish; Fr.  Kail Ellis, OSA; Mr.  Stephen Fugale; Dr.  Lowell S. Gustafson; Fr.  Richard M.  Jacobs, OSA; Mr. Nicholas Irion; Dr.  Gerald M.  Long;  Dr.  Emmet McLaughlin; Ms.  Kelly Maguire; Dorothy Malloy, J. D. ; Mr.  Michael Powers; Mrs.  Mary C.  Quilter; Mrs. Sally J.  Scholz; Mr.  Deepak Sharma; Mr.  Walter Smith-Randolph; Fr.  John P.  Stack, OSA; Dr.  Robert Styer; Mr.  Kenneth Valosky; Mr.  John Von Euw; Dr.  Barbara Wall; Mrs.  Selma Koury Wunderlich (non-voting, representing the Alumni Association President)
 
Ms.  Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

ABSENT: Mr.  Robert Capone (Notified In Advance-Unable to Attend); Mr.  Richard Cullen, (NIA); Mr.  James Danko (NIA); Mr.  Matthew DeSanctis; Fr. John Farrell, OSA (NIA); Dr.  M.  Louise Fitzpatrick (NIA); Ms.  Stephanie Ficiak (NIA); Mr.  Gary Gabrielle (NIA); Dr.  Beth Hassel (NIA); Dr.  John Johannes (NIA); Dr.  Sarvesh Kulkarni (NIA); Ms.  Anna Menard; Dr.  Bijan Mobasseri (NIA); Ms.  Anna McLaughlin; Mr.  Thomas Nardi; Mr.  Vincent Nicastro (NIA); Ms.  Sandra Toslosky-Patterer ’93 (NIA); Dr.  Mark Sullivan; Dr.  Joyce Willens (NIA)
 
AGENDA:
INVOCATION – Senator Michael Powers

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the MARCH 14, 2008 MEETING 
II. POWER OF INTERPELLATION (if any)
III. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE


IV. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS


V. AMENDMENT REGARDING A CHANGE IN THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE
VI.  RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGING CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE
VII. FAREWELL ADDRESS OF THE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT,SENATOR JOHN VON EUW and ANNOUNCEMENT of NAMES of NEW STUDENT SENATORS


VIII. FAREWELL ADDRESS OF THE FACULTY CONGRESS CHAIRPERSON


IX. FAREWELL ADDRESS OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE CHAIRPERSON


X. SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETING AGENDAS AND ARTICLES FOR THE SENATE BLUEPRINTS PAGE
XI. NEW BUSINESS

 


The Chair, Dr.  Susan Mackey-Kallis called the meeting to order at 3:35 P. M.   The Invocation was presented by Senator Michael Powers:

In our tormented and endangered world, few things, I imagine, could be more pleasing to God than for people of all faiths to join together in pledging allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports; one planet, indivisible with clean air, soil, and water, with liberty, and justice and peace for all. 
 
You have given us the earth, the sky and the seas. 
Show us the way to care for the earth, not just for today but for ages to come. 
Let no plan or work of ours damage or destroy the beauty of your creation. 
Send forth your spirit to direct us, to care for the earth and all creation. Amen

 
The Chair thanked Senator Powers for his prayer. 

I.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF MARCH 14, 2008 MEETING
The minutes of the March 14, 2008 meeting were moved for approval and unanimously 
approved as submitted

II.  POWER OF INTERPELLATION 
 

III.  ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

a) The date for the ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING of the Senate for the 2008-2009  Academic Year is Friday, May 2, 2008 at 3:00 P. M. , Bartley Hall, Room 2001.   The  Chair encouraged all to attend this meeting as Dr.  Robert Langran, who was one ofthe founders of the University Senate, will be the guest speaker at that meeting. 
b) Dates for Senate Meetings for Academic Year 2008-2009:

2008 2009
Friday, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 Friday, FEBRUARY 6, 2009 (Budget)
Friday, OCTOBER 24, 2008 Friday, MARCH 13, 2009
Friday, DECEMBER 5, 20008 Friday, APRIL 17, 2009
  (President’s Annual Address)


All meetings will be held in Bartley Hall in Room 2001 at 3:30 PM

c) The following proposed amendments from the Rules & Review Committee regarding changes in the Constitution will be voted upon at the first Senate meeting in the Fall.  They are as follows:

Current Article V Section 1
The University Senate shall be composed of thirteen faculty members, thirteen administrators, thirteen students, two staff, two alumni and the President of the Alumni Association serving as an ex officio, non-voting member. . . . 
 
Proposed Article V Section 1
The University Senate shall be composed of thirteen faculty members, thirteen administrators, thirteen students, four staff, two alumni and the President of the Alumni Association serving as an ex officiomember…
 
Current Article V Section 5
The alumni representation shall consist of the President of the Alumni Association or, if delegated by the Alumni Association President, one of the elected members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, ex officio, non-voting member , and two alumni representatives elected from the membership of the alumni from all class years.  Each shall be elected for a two year term.  Elections will be administered by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association. 

Proposed Article V, Section 5
The alumni representation shall consist of the President of the Alumni Association or, if delegated by the Alumni Association President, one of the elected members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, ex officio ,and two alumni representatives elected from the membership of the alumni from all class years.  Each shall be elected for a two year term.  Elections will be administered by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association
 
Current Article V Section 6 
The staff representation shall be apportioned as follows: two representatives shall be elected, one from the exempt staff and one from the non-exempt/non-represented staff:
 
Proposed Article V Section 6
The staff representation shall be apportioned as follows: the Chair and Vice-Chair of the University Staff Council, ex-officio, plus two elected representatives, one from the exempt staff and one from the non-exempt/non-represented staff
 
Current Article VI Section 6
The staff members shall be elected by their respective constituencies for two year terms.  Any member of either constituency may nominate a member of that constituency, and self-nomination will be permissible.  A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to win, and members may be re-elected. Nominees must have completed three years of service at the University to be eligible and must demonstrate an interest in contributing to the mission of the University and support for the Constitution of the Villanova University Senate.  No one at the Director level or above shall be eligible.  The Executive Committee of the Senate, with the help of the Department of Human Resources, will oversee the election process. 

Proposed Article VI Section 6
The exempt and non-exempt staff members shall be elected by their respective constituencies for two year terms.  Any member of either constituency may nominate a member of that constituency, and self-nomination will be permissible.  A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to win, and members may be re-elected.  Nominees must have completed three years of service at the University to be eligible and must demonstrate an interest in contributing to the mission of the University and support for the Constitution of the Villanova University Senate.  The Executive Committee of the Senate, with the help of the Department of Human Resources, will oversee the election process. 


d) The Intranet is now available for viewing on the Senate Homepage.   Questions from the Villanova community along with the appropriate responses will be posted on this site.   This resource will be used for posting other topics of interest as well. 

IV. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Student Life/Student Government Report:  Father John P.  Stack, O. S. A.  gave the following report:

The committee is comprised of 18 people of the University community and met FIVE times during the 2007-2008 school year. 

Each meeting provided the opportunity for the SGA President, the leaders of major student organizations and the Vice President for Student Life to give an update and note issues from their respective areas. 

In addition, the following guest presenters shared information with the committee.

  • David Tedjeske, Director of Public Safety
  • Frank Henninger, University Shop

Some of the topics discussed at the meetings were:

  • Cable services offered on campus (digital, premium channels)
  • Opening of new Fitness Center
  • Master Plan and possibility for additional beds/residence hall(s) on campus
  • Housing needs of Seniors and resources offered by Villanova to Juniors looking for off campus housing
  • Concerns regarding some of the local landlords
  • New “Second Sense” initiative and opportunities on campus to discuss issues of race
  • Leadership in a multicultural world
  • Parents’ Weekend and Ring Ceremony
  • Public Safety and overview of department by new director
  • Shooting in campus parking lot
  • Social policies and monitoring outside guests at Villanova events
  • Basketball lottery
  • University Shop and possibility of including cost of text books in tuition
  • Housing Lottery
  • Student leadership on campus and students holding multiple leadership positions
  • New Villanova commercial: The Power of Villanova University
  • Wildcat Cove: programming space available in Good Counsel
  • Greek 101: new member education program

Rules & Review Committee Report: Dr.  Robert Styer, Chair, gave the following report:

The Rules and Review Committee has had an active and productive year, due to the input of its many dedicated and knowledgeable committee members.   
The best way to expand the role of staff in the Senate occupied much of R&R’s agenda this year. The role of staff in university decision making became an issue after the 2006 climate survey and Fr.  Donohue's visits to various staff groups on campus. Over the summer of 2007, Rules and Review sponsored an ad-hoc committee composed mostly of staff who developed a variety of ideas, including ways to continue the best features of VQI while recognizing a need to move on beyond VQI. Their report was considered by Fr.  President, who then formed a blue ribbon committee composed mostly of staff.   This second committee further refined the concept of staff input to the University. Their report led to the staff-related amendments now before the Senate. 

Rules and Review has also considered amendments to help the Senate function more smoothly.   A question about the meaning of the phrase “Graduate School” led to an amendment clarifying this, plus we also submitted several amendments to align the Senate’s constitutional language to the new administrative positions under Fr.  Donahue.   We recommended more flexibility in the faculty Senators choosing to serve on the Academic Policy Committee or the Committee on Faculty.   We also recommended that the deans, who serve ex-officio on the Academic Policy Committee, be allowed to send associate deans in their place.   We are continuing discussion of other matters such as term limits, the legislative structure of the Senate meetings, the definition of administrator, the composition of the Executive Committee, etc. , all with a view of improving the Senate’s functioning.   

Finally, we are reviewing the Student Life / Student Government Committee and hope to have a final report ready for the Senate this fall. 

V. AMENDMENT REGARDING A CHANGE IN THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE

US 0408-7-1: RESOLVED: Rules and Review recommends the following amendment concerning the Academic Policy Committee in Article VIII, Section 2 that a sentence may be added directly after the first sentence which lists the APC membership.  The new sentence should read as follows: “A dean  may designate an associate or assistant academic dean in his or her  stead with full voting authority of the dean. ”
 
A vote was taken on US 0408-7-1 with the following favorable result:

All in Favor Opposed Abstain
18 6 0+1


VI.  RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGING CONSTITUTIONAL LANGUAGE

a) Issue regarding Graduate Student Senator. The Rules and Review Committee made a motionto remove the words “graduate school” to be replaced by “a graduate student” in the Constitution, Article 5, Section III. 

The phrase “graduate school” has been interpreted in the past to mean a graduate student from the Arts and Science “graduate school. ” The new language makes it clear that the graduate student representative could potentially come from the Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, or VSB graduate programs, but not the Law School, as the Law School already has a Senate student representative. 

b) Replacement of Position of University Vice President.   The Rules and Review Committee 
passed motion as follows: in Article V Section 4, replace the phrase "University Vice President” with "Special Assistant to the President for Mission Effectiveness”.   Since the University Vice President position has been eliminated by the President, and the President has decided to change the Special Assistant to the President for Mission Effectiveness to one of the President’s five standing administrative appointments to the Senate, the Constitutional language needed to reflect this change.   

It was also noted the change to amend the wording from “Vice President of Finance” to “Vice President for Administration and Finance” to reflect the new title associated with this position.  

US 0408-7-2: RESOLVED: That the University Senate adopt the changes in the Constitutional language: 
ALL IN  FAVOR 24OPPOSED 0ABSTAIN 0+1
 
A vote was taken with a unanimous decision
 
These resolutions will be forwarded to Father Peter Donohue for his consideration. 
 
VII. FAREWELL ADDRESS OF THE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENTSENATOR JOHN VON EUW

Senator Von Euw thanked the current student senators for their time and effort. 
He stated that he and his constituents have accomplished much over the past two years.   He noted that their focus was more tangible objectives that affect the daily lives of our fellow students.   

He stated that some of their minor projects that may have floated under the radar are
extending the time the common doors are open, working to improve security in the library and their hours of service, continuing to work with food services to improve food services on campus and insuring the leadership is maintained.   They have also worked to improve relations with Radnor Township.  He felt that one of the most challenging aspects of his terms was the situation regarding the distribution of Men’s Basketball tickets. 

ANNOUNCEMENT of NAMES of NEW STUDENT SENATORS
Obinna Eboh – Engineering, Nicole Harmuth – Arts & Sciences, Lauren Glozzy- Arts, Latishia James –Arts, Tahir Qadeer – VSB, Ryan Conway - VSB, Walter Smith-Randolph – Arts & Sciences, Anna Menard – Nursing, Kelly Maguire – VSB
Senator Von Euw congratulated Bryan Wagner and Robert Dormish on their election to Student Body President and Vice President
 

VIII.  FAREWELL ADDRESS OF FACULTY CONGRESS CHAIRPERSON- Dr.  Lowell Gustafson
First of all, congratulations to John VonEuw and all of the Student Government officers and representatives on their successful year. And many c C Congratulations to Dr.  Susan Mackey-Kallis for a decade of leadership and service in the University Senate. Susan exemplifies the values of community and participation that this body pursues. I am also particularly anxious to thank all of the faculty members of the Faculty Congress and other important committees that participate in university governance.   It is their skills and insights, and their willingness to expend consistently their time and effort, that so enhances the conditions that affect our professional lives together.

 
I would very much like to express my own appreciation to all of you for the opportunity that I too have enjoyed here to participate in the life of this community as together we have sought to strengthen and develop and enrich our relationships in ways that value the dignity of each one of us and the good for all of us. It has been my honor to be a member of the University Senate due to my being chair of the Faculty Congress. I am especially pleased now by the outstanding faculty who will be serving as officers and members of the Faculty Congress in the next two years. The Faculty Congress is in the good hands that assure continued successes. The Faculty Congress gives faculty from each of our colleges at Villanova University the opportunity to discuss our mutual concerns. The Adjunct Faculty Committee has continued to work effectively in the Faculty Congress. We were pleased to have welcomed the Full Time, non Tenure Track Faculty Association into the Faculty Congress this year. With a grant announced by Fr.  Peter and working with Dr.  Johannes, we were pleased to have established new teaching awards for the adjunct and full time faculty. We have worked with the Academic Policy Committee, the Committee on Faculty, and the VPAA regarding revisions of the Faculty Handbook and establishing a new events policy. The details of these and other efforts are recorded in the minutes on our website: http://www3. villanova. edu/facultycongress/ . The faculty seeks to affirm its distinct role in the university while we foster the relationships that we value throughout the community. This Senate provides an important setting in which we can engage in dialogue with our friends who are administrators, students, staff, and alumni and alumnae. It is here where all these groups seek to coordinate their views. It is here - in our Congress, Senate, and other Governments – where we seek to govern ourselves and live in liberty - as free people committed to each other. I look forward to the accomplishments of the next sessions of the University Senate. Thank you. 
 
IX.  FAREWELL ADDRESS FROM THE UNIVERSITY SENATE CHAIR- Dr.  Susan Mackey-Kallis
 
I have certainly been privileged to be a part of this body for 15 years, 8 of those last as chair, serving over the past decade from 1997-2008.   Boy does that make me feel old!So maybe you’ll forgive me, since I’m admittedly “long in tooth,” for taking the “long view” of the work of the Senate.   Rather than talking about specific initiatives that we’ve passed over the years, (which probably would take even longer than the long view since there’s been quite a few, so take heart!) I’d like to talk a bit about the spirit of the Senate and what that means and can mean to Villanova in the future. 

I read in today’s New York Times online about the serious and growing food shortage being experienced around the world.   “The worse crisis of its kind in more than 30 years” said Jeffery Sachs, economist and special advisor to UN secretary general.   The Times reported that the military in Cairo is being put to work baking bread because rising food prices there might spark riots that could threaten Egypt’s national security.   Although I must admit that I find the metaphorically biblical image of soldiers beating swords into plowshares quite attractive, it’s an image that in this context seems somehow deeply unsettling.   Food riots are also breaking out as never before in part of Sub-Saharan Africa.   In Thailand, which is actually a major exporter of rice, supermarkets have placed signs on shelves limiting the amount of rice locals can buy.   “This is a perfect storm” said President Elias Antonio Saca of El Salvador “This scandalous storm might become a hurricane that could upset not only our economies but also the stability of our countries. ” 

The Times reporter also notes that “There are no scripts on how to handle the crisis either.  .  .  there are few quick fixes to a crisis tied to so many factors, from strong demand for food from emerging economies like China’s to rising oil prices to the diversion of food resources to make biofuels. ”

But, you are already thinking, what does NAFTA, or China’s economic development, or rising oil prices, or global warming or world food crises have to do with us on this lovely spring day? Here at Villanova, where students, understandable at this time of year are focused on job interviews, on internships on finals, where faculty are focused on grading, on writing letter of recommendation, on preparing summer research plans, where administrators and staff are already deep into the planning for the next academic year.   Isn’t it just more pictures of starving children in Africa? We’ve had our consciousness raised before.   Villanova is particularly good at consciousness raising and service to the poor and those less fortunate than every one of us sitting in this room right now.   

So what does this all have to do with us?

We’ve often debated back and forth in the Executive Committee and in the full Senate on our role.   Are we a legislative body since every motion we pass can potentially be overturned by the President with no veto-override power as exists in the U. S.  Senate and Congress? Are we a deliberative body, a think tank if you will for generating new policy initiatives that gets the Administration’s juices flowing (creative and otherwise)? Or are we an open forum for discussing interesting Villanova programs in order to keep people informed via our meetings, our website, or our pages in “Blueprints?” I don’t have the answer to this question, but what I do know is that thankfully we are not responsible for the day to day operations of Villanova, we are not the ones charged with figuring out how to put various initiatives and programs into operation.   What this means is that although we might sometimes be accused of “pie in the sky” thinking, it means that we can be bold, we can engage in the “vision thing,” we can take leadership on sometimes difficult issues like the genocide in Darfur, the impact of Villanova’s investing in companies that support terrorism or repressive governments around the world.   We can support childcare programs that improve the quality of life of our faculty and staff and their families.   In short, we can be a beacon light on the shining city on the hill that is Villanova.   

And no, of course we cannot solve the world hunger crisis, but what we can do is realize that the world is deeply in need of new democratic leadership, a new global perspective, and although we may think that what we do in Bartley 2001 late on a Friday afternoon a few times a year doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in terms of it’s impact on the big picture, I’d like to briefly convince you otherwise, and that it does make a difference in at least two ways.   

First, I believe that the Senate develops in our students the belief that democratic deliberation matters, and that the Senate represent the ideal of community governance, if not always the reality of its practice.   Look at these amazing future leaders of America! I recently attended a meeting in my school district.  As I sat listening to an eloquent and persuasive presentation by the Assistant Superintendant of schools on why our district was supporting and fundraising for a world language program in the elementary schools, I thought, boy what a bold, globally-thinking initiative for our children and, boy, this guy speaking sure looks familiar.   After the meeting, the Assistant Superintendant came up to me and we both did the “don’t I know you from somewhere conversation. ” Well, it turns out that he was Ken Bachelor, a 1992 graduate of Villanova, a student in one of my classes, a former SGA president, and an active member of the University Senate during his time here.   He talked with great fondness not only of his time at Villanova, but also in the Senate, and all of the things with which the Senate was involved during his tenure.   And I thought later, here’s one more Villanovan making an important impact in the world, and how proud I felt to have even had one small part, as a teacher and fellow Senate member, in his vocation and his leadership. 

Secondly, I believe that the Senate makes a difference when we lead with the heart in addressing faculty, staff, student, and alumni concerns.   Yes, leading with the heart, we are always told, can be dangerous; don’t let your emotions get the better of you, think about the bottom line, how are we going to pay for this? (That’s actually my husband’s favorite line, sorry, wrong context).   But as I mentioned to you before, although strategic planning eventually has to be tied to dollar figures, although bold and innovative programs always have price tags, although limited resources can limit impact, they don’t have to limit vision.   I think of the lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If;” “If you can dream, and not make dreams your master/ If you can think, and not make intellect your king .  .  .   If you can force your heart, and nerve, and sinew, to serve you after all of them are gone/ And so hold on when there is nothing in you, nothing, but the will that’s telling you to hold on. ” 

Before I close I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my thanks to all of the people that made my job as chair such a pleasure.   The current Senate Parliamentarian, Joseph Dellapenna, the former Parliamentarian Michael Mulroney, members of the Executive Committee that served during my tenure, which have included many Student Government officers, including the current officers, Brian Murray, Rob Dormish and John von Euw, as well as various administrators, faculty and staff, Helen Lafferty, Barbara Wall, Rich Neville, John Stack, Walt Tymon, Lowell Gustafson, Harry Strack, Sohail Chaudry, Bob Styer, Rich Jacobs, Mary Quilter, and last, but certainly not least, the Senate secretaries, retired secretary Carolyn Lea, Barbara Nolan, and our current secretary Helen Heron.   Thank you Helen for always making me look good! You are a gem! And, thank you, to the Senate for offering me the privilege to serve lo these many years, in a position of servant leadership as chair of the Senate.  

And so, in closing, my charge to you is this, to lead with your hearts, to be bold in your protection of democratic deliberation, to be fearless in serving this community, even when it means thinking outside of the box when exploring new initiatives, or when righting intolerable wrongs, or when speaking clearly and wisely for unserved or under-served constituencies. You all epitomize Villanova’s commitment to service and leadership by your presence and your participation.   Be bold, be diligent, be visionary.   Thank you.  

X. SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETING AGENDAS AND ARTICLES FOR THE SENATE BLUEPRINTS PAGE
 
XI. NEW BUSINESS

There being no New Business, a motion To Adjourn was made by Senator Wall and seconded by Senator Long.   Adjournment took place at 4:10 P. M.   

Respectfully submitted,


Brian M.  Murray
 Executive Secretary 
 VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SENATE
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