November 18, 2011

University Senate

MINUTES: FOURTH MEETING of the Executive Committee of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2010-11 on Thursday,
November 18, 2010 in BARTLEY HALL, Room 1063 at 9:30 a.m.

PRESENT: Dr. Robert Styer, Chairperson; Dr. Sohail Chaudhry; Mr. Bryan Kerns; Mr. Andrew Benenati;  Dr. Q. Chung; Ms. Meghan Mogan; Ms. Selma Koury Wunderlich; Rev. John Stack, OSA; Mrs. Mary Quilter; Dr. Barbara Wall; Ms. Bridget Halligan

Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

 

AGENDA:
I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 7, 2010 MEETING
II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
III. PREPARATION OF THE SENATE AGENDA FOR THE
DECEMBER 3, 2010 MEETING
IV. DISCUSSION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE’S FUTURE MEETING DATES AND TIMES FOR SECOND SEMESTER OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-11
V. REVIEW OF ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE
VI. BUDGET COMMITTEE EVALUATION
VII. MISSION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVALUATION
VIII. SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETINGS
IX. NEW BUSINESS
X. ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 9:30 a.m.  Dr. Styer began the meeting with a prayer.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the OCTOBER 7, 2010 meeting were moved for approval
as written by Ms. Koury Wunderlich; seconded by Ms. Mogan and subsequently
approved.

II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Dr. Beth Hassel, Executive Director of Campus Ministry, will read the names of deceased members of the Villanova University community during the past year as part of the annual ritual at the December Senate meeting. The names of alumni will be listed, but not read. This decision was based on time allotted and the large number of names currently included on the list.

 

Bob Styer stated they he would like to specifically ask Father Donohue about the new benefits study at the December meeting.

Q Chung suggested asking Father if the new recommendation is a good
reflection of the study results and how were they accepted by the employees.

Bob Styer will also be asking Father about admissions and how it will affect the
entire system.

The committee felt that the issue of football should be discussed at this meeting since many in the community are not aware of what is going on at this point in time. The question arose as to whether we are merely discussing these issues or should the Senate handle this as a motion that will be presented to the Board of Trustees. Everyone agreed this would be a good idea

Father Stack pointed out that the Faculty Congress had already put something forward regarding this issue.  He felt as though the students should give their view.  Bridget felt as though it would be irresponsible of the students to come up with an opinion since they do not know all of the facts.

Selma noted that it seems to be the older alumni that would like to see a change in the higher status of football.

Father Stack also noted that much of this depends on the results of the television contract.  He also said that there must be a significant amount of donors to take care of the start-up costs. His point is that we are already on an expensive program and if we are going to the next level will we be getting more results in terms of PR and television? 

Father stated that Father Donohue is looking for varied members of the community to come together for him to hear views from different people. At that point, they may have some more information in order to go one way or the other.

Bryan Kerns feels that we will not have enough information by the Senate meeting to proceed with anything.  His suggestion was to convene an extra session of the Senate in the middle of January solely for this topic.

Barbara Wall noted that Father has taken the time to gather the data because his main objective is the “good of the whole university” in this decision. She stated that it is coming at a time when the economy is bad, the academic strategic plan is being rolled out and the needs of the university and student life must be addressed.  All of which is very expensive. She noted that the Middle States we’re 85% dependent for incoming revenues annually on tuition, room and board.

She felt as though that was a very dangerous level to be at in any college management training program. Her question is where do we get the money?  The endowment is a paltry sum for a university that aspires to something bigger.   All of these things clouds the issue and makes it more difficult to come to the right decision for this community.

Q feels that we can become independent thinkers about our future such as finances.  He noted that the faculty always brought up the fact that they did not want to dilute the academic issue. Bryan responded by saying that if you put that option on the table, you do a disservice to the process that is already underway.  It could serve to be a distraction and end up with no answers.

Barbara Wall also wondered where the Big East will go.  Sohail remarked that there was a meeting earlier this month where the decision was going to be made.  Bob said that they are inviting two more teams.  Barbara asked if this is going to be a discussion in the Senate with Vince Nicastro offering his perspective.

Bob felt it would be best to begin with the discussion in hopes there may be some consensus that there would be a motion or not to have a special meeting to continue the discussion.  

Father Stack felt it was a good idea if we waited until the special  meeting on January 21st  to move forward with  a resolution. The committee agreed unanimously.

III. PREPARATION OF SENATE AGENDA FOR THE DECEMBER 3, 2010
MEETING

 

 

INVOCATION - Dr. Beth Hassel

READING OF NAMES OF DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY DURING THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR

ANNUAL ADDRESS BY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
REV. PETER M. DONOHUE, O.S.A.
*Followed by question and answer session

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF OCTOBER 22, 2010

II. POWER OF INTERPELLATION (if any)

III. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

           
IV. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

V. NEW BUSINESS

VI. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

IV. DISCUSSION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE’S FUTURE MEETING DATES AND TIMES FOR SECOND SEMESTER ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-11

The first meeting of the second semester will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Bartley Hall, Room 1063 at 9:30 a.m. Future dates will be discussed at this meeting.

V. REVIEW OF ACADEMIC POLICY COMMITTEE

VI. BUDGET COMMITTEE EVALUATION

VII. MISSION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVALUATION

  • Still in process

 
VIII. SUGGESTED FOR FUTURE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS AT SENATE
MEETINGS

  • Father Allan Fitzgerald - March Meeting
  • Dr. Ellen La Corte - Benefits and Performance Reviews

 IX.ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Sincerely,

Bryan Kerns
Executive Secretary
Villanova University
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