May 2, 2008

MINUTES: ORGANIZATIONAL Meeting of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2008-2009 in Bartley Hall, Room 2001 on Friday, MAY 2, 2008 at 3:00 P.M.

PRESENT:

Mr. Robert J. Capone ‘62; Dr. Sohail C. Chaudhry; Mr. Robert Dormish; Mr. James Danko; Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick; Mr. Stephen Fugale; Dr. Gary Gabriele; Dr. Beth Hassel; Dr. John Johannes; Dr. Gerald Long; Ms. Anna Menard; Dr. Emmet McLaughlin; Mrs. Mary C. Quilter; Mr. Walter Smith-Randolph; Fr. John P. Stack, OSA; Dr. Robert Styer; Mr. Kenneth Valosky; Mrs. Selma Koury-Wunderlich ’58  (non-voting, representing the Alumni Association President)

Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

 

AGENDA:


INVOCATION – Vice-President of SGA- Robert Dormish

I. TRADITIONAL TEMPORARY CHAIRPERSON - Senator Bryan Wagner, 2008-2009 SGA President - INTRODUCTION OF NEW STUDENT SENATORS 
II. ELECTION OF A CHAIRPERSON FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009
III. ELECTION OF AN EXECUTIVE SECRETARY FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009
IV. ELECTION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009:

A. TWO ADMINISTRATORS
B. TWO FACULTY MEMBERS
C. TWO STUDENT MEMBERS
D. ONE STAFF MEMBER 

V. BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE PRESENTED BY 
DR. ROBERT LANGRAN-Former Chairperson of the commission which devised the
Senate

VI. CONSIDERATION OF THE MINUTES OF APRIL 18, 2008

VII. LISTING OF APPROVED MEETING DATES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009

VIII. SHALL THE FOLLOWING BE ADOPTED AS AN OPERATING RULE
"New Agenda items may not be introduced in the Senate after 5:00 P.M.; no Senate debate will take place beyond 5:30 P.M.  These rules may be overturned by a majority of those present and voting at 5:00 P.M."

IX. RULES OF PARLIAMENTARY MOTION

X. NEW BUSINESS

I. TEMPORARY CHAIRPERSON

The Temporary Chairperson for today’s meeting, Senator Bryan Wagner, 2008-2009, Student Body President of Villanova University, called the meeting to order at 3:05 P.M. 

The Invocation was given by Vice President Robert Dormish

Senator Wagner thanked Vice President Dormish for his prayer and introduced the new Student Senators to the assembly requesting that each Student Senator stand as his/her name was called.

ARTS                                                                    VSB

Ms. Lauren Glozzy ‘09                                              Mr. Tahir Qadeer ‘10 
Ms. Latisha James ‘10                                              Mr. Ryan Conway ‘11
Mr. Walter Smith-Randolph ‘09                                 Ms. Kelly Maguire ‘10                                               

ENGINEERING                                                      NURSING

Mr. Obinna Eboh ‘09                                                 Ms. Anna Menard ‘09

SCIENCES                                                             LAW SCHOOL

Ms. Nicole Harmuth ‘10                                             TBD

GRADUATE                                                            PART-TIME STUDIES

Mr. Luke Perez                                                           Mr. Richard M. Cullen

II. ELECTION OF A CHAIRPERSON FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009

Senator Wagner requested nominations from the floor for the office of Senate Chairperson for 2008-2009.  Senator Quilter nominated:

DR. ROBERT STYER Seconded by Senator Chaudhry

There being no further nominations, Senator Wagner declared nominations closed.  Senator Styer was elected as the 2008-2009 Chairperson by unanimous vote.  Senator Styer took the chairperson’s seat and received applause from the University Senate and congratulations from the Temporary Chairperson.

III. ELECTION OF AN EXECUTIVE SECRETARY FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009

Nominations for an Executive Secretary were opened.  Senator Wagner nominated:

MR. WALTER SMITH-RANDOLPH   Seconded by Senator Maguire

There being no further nominations, Chairperson Styer declared the nominations closed and announced that Senator Smith-Randolph was elected by unanimous vote.  Congratulations were offered to the 2008-2009Executive Secretary of the Senate.

IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

A.  Administrative Members – The following names were put into nomination by Senator      
Styer:

DR. BARBARA WALL Seconded by Senator Stack

REV. JOHN P. STACK, OSA   Seconded by Senator Styer

There being no further nominations, the nominations for administrative members of the Executive Committee were closed.  Senators Wall and Stack were declared elected to the Executive Committee by unanimousvote.  The Chair thanked these members for their willingness to serve.

B.  Faculty Members –the following names were put into nomination by Senator Quilter:

DR. SOHAIL C. CHAUDHRY    Seconded by Senator Wall

DR. LILLIAN CASSEL   Seconded by Senator Chaudhry

There being no further nominations, the nominations for faculty members of the Executive Committee were closed.  Senators Chaudhry and Cassell were declared elected to the 2008-2009 Executive Committee byunanimous vote.  The Chair thanked these members for their willingness to serve.

C.  Student Members – Senator Maguire nominated:

                              MR. BRYAN W. WAGNER   Seconded by Senator Qadeer

                                      Senator Wagner nominated:

                        MS. KELLY MAGUIRE   Seconded by Senator Qadeer

There being no further nominations, the nominations for student members of the Executive Committee were closed.  Senators Wagner and Maguire were declared elected to the Executive Committee by unanimousvote.  The Chair congratulated the elected student members.

D.  Staff Member – Senator Chaudry nominated:

                                MRS. MARY C. QUILTER   Seconded by Senator Fitzpatrick

There being no further nominations, the nominations for staff member of the Executive Committee were closed.  Senator Quilter was declared elected to the Executive Committee by unanimous vote.  The Chair congratulated the elected staff member.

 

The Chair, Senator Styer, announced the addition of the following faculty members to the University Senate:

                                    DR. CHIJI AKOMA, ARTS & SCIENCES
                                    
                                    DR. DONNA SHAI, ARTS
                                    
                                    DR. THOMAS WAY, SCIENCES
                                    
                                    DR. KEVIN BUCKLEY, ENGINEERING

V.  Senator Wagner invited Dr. Robert Langran, one of the founders of the University Senate, to present a brief history of the Senate.

Dr. Langran began by explaining how the Senate operated in the early days. He stated that decisions were made by the Administration.  Things were done in those days in a hierarchal manner. He noted that in the spring semester of 1969 the University had initiated a tuition raise for the next fall semester.   Many of the students complained that the notice came so late in the semester and that the increase was so high that they were unable to return and it made it difficult to get into other schools.  The students decided to protest by going on strike.  A compromise was reached stating that the tuition raise would be rescinded for the fall and would be re-examined.  In the interim, an organization would be formed to start university wide governance at Villanova.  This group of twenty-three people from the various constituencies met during the summer to come up with a University governing body.  These many viewpoints were meshed into a constitution and by-laws.  Since this carried over into the fall semester the name of the group was then changed from the Summer Commission on University Governance to the Special Commission on University Governance.  In the spring of 1970, the Board of Trustees approved the constitution and by-laws and the University Senate began the next September.

Dr. Langran stated that their goal was to make a body that has substance that can do some things, but not everything.  One of their main issues was the principal of subsidiary.  By that, he meant that if something can be accomplished on a lower level then it should be. He went on to say that not everything should come to the University Senate.

Another point that Dr. Langran stressed was that the Senate should not be involved with items that belong mainly to one college.  They wanted to portray the body that would be a university wide group.  He also stated that this does not mean that the Senate is not the only body that can legislate. The President can legislate as can the Vice Presidents in their own areas.  He clarified that the Senate legislates by recommending.  He noted that the President or the Board has veto power with no one over-riding either of their vetoes.

Dr. Langran noted that at times, in those early days of the Senate, it could prove very frustrating because they had a very conservative president who did not always agree with the Senate’s actions. 

He also feels as though the formation of the Senate ushered in some other areas of governments.  The faculty was able to form a Faculty Assembly. Even though they did not have legislative power, they could express their feelings. Also, the faculty in the Senate would all meet as a group to discuss an issue.  Therefore, they could go in with one faculty voice.  They would then “politic” amongst the students and administrators and discuss a particular proposal.  By getting a consensus, they knew they would get it passed.  He noticed that the idea of caucusing is rarely used today.

The faculty then suggested that they have a more representative body.  This is where the Faculty Council came into effect. Today it has evolved into a Faculty Congress.  The final result was that the Senate came into existence because something happened and was met with opposition.

He reminded everyone that this is a very unique senate in it is a tripartite. They found that no other schools had a tripartite governing body.  Villanova made a tripartite, plus alumni and staff. Tripartite in the original Senate meant twelve faculty, twelve students, twelve administrators plus two alumni and alumni.  He also noted that the Law School felt that if they were going to be part of this, then they must have a special status because of the different Law school rules.  This is the reason why, in the constitution, it has a unique status.

He finished his presentation by reminding all that they should be very proud to be a member of a group such as this and that it will take hard work to live up to what the role of the senate should be.

Senator Quilter invited Dr. Langran to address the Organizational Senate meetings in the future.

VI. CONSIDERATION OF THE MINUTES

The MINUTES of the April 18, 2008 meeting were moved for approval as written by Senator Capone; seconded by Senator Wagner and unanimously approved as written.

VII. APPROVAL OF TENTATIVE MEETING DATES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-20091

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

 

The planned dates were moved for approval; seconded and approved.  The meetings are scheduled for 3:30 P.M.in BARTLEY HALL, Room 2001 for the next Academic Year.

VIII.    The Operating Rule, US 7879-2-4 was considered by the Villanova University Senate.      
“THAT new Agenda items may not be introduced in the Senate after 5:00 P.M.; no           Senate debate will take place beyond 5:30 P.M.  These rules may be overturned by a    majority of those present and voting.”

 

There being no objections, the operating rule was adopted for the next academic year by unanimous vote.

IX. RULES OF PARLIAMENTARY MOTION

            The Chair, Dr. Robert Styer, brought up the subject of why we use formal rules of 
Parliamentary procedures.  Dr. Styer read the following excerpts from Standard Code of   
Parliamentary Procedure (third edition, by Alice Sturgis, McGraw Hill Publishers, pages 7-10):

  • The purpose of Parliamentary procedure is to facilitate the transaction of business and to promote cooperation and harmony.

He explained that the real reason for formal procedures is to allow people to express themselves in a fair and reasonable manner.

  • All members have equal rights, privileges and obligations.

Every Senator should be considered on an equal basis, symbolized by using the      
word “Senator” when addressing members.

  • The Majority Vote decides.  On the other hand, The rights of the minority must be protected.

While we should continually move the decision process forward, while providing every opportunity for the minority to fully express their viewpoint.  Motions require
a “second the motion” to make sure there are at least two persons who want to discuss a new idea, but note, it only takes two persons to make a minority viewpoint worth debating.

  • Full and free discussion of every proposition presented for decision is an established right of members.

The Senate Chairperson is obligated to recognize Senators who wish to speak, normally alternating pro and con when possible, and not allowing another Senator to interrupt the Senator who “has the floor” to guarantee that each person has a rightto debate and present their full viewpoint in a reasonable parliamentary debate.

  • Every member has the right to know the meaning of the question before the assembly and what its effect will be.

We make formal motions so everyone knows precisely what they are voting on.  An amendment to a motion is debated separately so that the various options are not 
conflated or confused.  Normally, amendments are “friendly”, meaning the original person making the amendment simply accepts the new wording, but we do not want to force any changes, even minor ones, on someone without allowing opportunity for debate on the precise change being recommended.

Dr. Styer promised that he will try to follow Robert’s Rules of Orders solely for the purpose of encouraging us to be full and fair in our debate.

X.     NEW BUSINESS

There being no further business before the body, a motion To Adjourn was made by Senator Fitzpatrick and seconded by Senator Koury-Wunderlich.  Adjournment took place at 4:10 P.M.  The next Senate meeting will be held on Friday, September 12, 2008 in Bartley Hall, Room 2001 at 3:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted by,

                                                                        
Walter T. Smith-Randolph

Executive Secretary
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SENATE

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