October 24, 2008

University Senate

Minutes: THIRD Meeting of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2008-2009 in Bartley Hall, Room 2001 on Friday, OCTOBER 24, 2008 at 3:30 P.M.

PRESENT: Dr. Robert Styer, Chairperson; Mr. Walter Smith-Randolph, Executive Secretary; Dr. Joseph Dellapenna, Parliamentarian Dr. Chiji Akoma; Dr. Kevin Buckley; Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel; Dr. Sohail Chaudhry; Mr. Ryan Conway; Mr. James Danko; Mr. Obinna Eboh; Fr. Kail Ellis, OSA; Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick; Mr. Stephen Fugale; Dr. Gary Gabriele; Ms. Lauren Glossy; Dr. Beth Hassel; Ms. Nicole Harmuth; Ms. Latishia James; Dr. John R. Johannes; Dr. Gerald Long; Mrs. Selma Koury-Wunderlich ’58 (representing Alumni Association President, Mr. Paul Tufano) Dr. Sarvesh Kulkarni; Dr. Gerald Long; Dr. Victoria McWilliams; Ms. Anna Menard; Ms. Kelly Rose Maguire; Mr. Robert Nashak ’96 ; Mr. Vincent Nicastro; Mrs. Mary Quilter; Mr. Tahir Qadeer; Dr. Donna Shai; Mr. Kenneth Valosky; Dr. Barbara Wall; Mr. Bryan Wagner; Dr. Thomas Way; Dr. Joyce Willens

Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

ABSENT: Mr. Robert Capone ’62 (Notified In Advance -Unable to Attend); Mr. Richard F. Cullen (NIA); Ms. Dorothy Malloy (NIA); Dr. R. Emmet McLaughlin (NIA); Mr. Luke Perez (NIA); Dr. Fayette Veverka



PLEASE SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES. PLEASE PICK UP YOUR NAMEPLATE.


INVOCATION - Senator Joyce Willens

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 MEETING

II. POWER OF INTERPELLATION (if any)

III. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

a) For attendance purposes it is very important to have your name plate at
your place and then returned at the end of the meeting
b) A notice was sent via Campus Currents soliciting questions from the
Villanova University community as possible topics of discussion for the meeting between the Executive Committee of the University Senate and the Board of Trustees and the President which has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM in Picotte Hall at Dundale. Please send any questions to robert.styer@villanova.edu or helen.heron@villanova.edu for review by the Executive Committee
c) At the May 2005 meeting, the Senate voted to investigate the unexpected increase in the parking fees. At the April 2006 meeting, the Senate voted the following:

US 0506-7-1: RESOLVED: The 2007 Budget has been constructed and approved. This committee recommends that the University maintain the currently stated parking fees for a five year period and that during Year Three an ad hoc committee be appointed to consider whether an increase is appropriate or not at that point in time.

We are now going into year three and so need to establish this parking committee. Furthermore, parking is a critical element of the new Campus Master Plan. If you wish to volunteer for this committee or to nominate someone else who would be appropriate on this committee, please send an email to the Senate secretary Helen Heron.


IV. OVERVIEW OF UNIVERSITY BUDGET FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-09

Kenneth Valosky, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Neil Horgan, Budget, Controller


V. GUEST SPEAKER—John Cacciola, Director of Engineering and Construction, will speak on the Campus Master Plan.
The Plan can be viewed at http://www.villanova.edu/president/masterplan. Discussion to follow.

VI. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS and BLUEPRINT ARTICLES

VII. NEW BUSINESS

The last scheduled Senate Meeting for the FIRST SEMESTER Academic Year 2008/2009 is:

Friday, DECEMBER 5, 2008 in DRISCOLL HALL, Room 134, at 3:30 PM

(President’s Annual Address to the Senate)

The Chair called upon Senator Joyce Willens for the Invocation:

Dear Lord,
Please help this body to forward the mission and new strategic plan of the university. Guide us as we go through our life journey and help us to make good decisions. Continue to protect the members of the armed forces and those who are serving abroad. Please bring them home safely. In your name we pray. Amen


I APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 MEETING There being no corrections or additions, the Minutes of the September 12, 2008 meeting of the Senate were approved as submitted

II POWER OF INTERPELLATION

III ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

a) For attendance purposes it is very important to have your name plate at
your place and then returned at the end of the meeting
b) A notice was sent via Campus Currents soliciting questions from the
Villanova University community as possible topics of discussion for the meeting between the Executive Committee of the University Senate and the Board of Trustees and the President which has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM in Picotte Hall at Dundale. Please send any questions to robert.styer@villanova.edu or helen.heron@villanova.edu for review by the Executive Committee
c) At the May 2005 meeting, the Senate voted to investigate the unexpected increase in the parking fees. At the April 2006 meeting, the Senate voted the following:

US 0506-7-1: RESOLVED: The 2007 Budget has been constructed and approved. This committee recommends that the University maintain the currently stated parking fees for a five year period and that during Year Three an ad hoc committee be appointed to consider whether an increase is appropriate or not at that point in time.

We are now going into year three and so need to establish this parking committee. Furthermore, parking is a critical element of the new Campus Master Plan. If you wish to volunteer for this committee or to nominate someone else who would be appropriate on this committee, please send an email to the Senate secretary Helen Heron.

IV OVERVIEW OF UNIVERSITY BUDGET FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009

Senator Valosky took this opportunity to discuss the current economic situation and the impact that it may have on the Villanova University community. He stated clearly that the university is well-positioned financially to meet the economic conditions that we currently face.

Senator Valosky stated that Villanova has employed very prudent budget practices over the years. This has resulted in a favorable budget surplus, as well as the opportunity to build up ample cash reserves. He assured the Senate that there are sufficient funds on hand to meet our obligations such as the payroll, accounts payable and the construction project. He also added that the endowment will provide long term support to the university’s operations and strategic initiatives. He noted that their primary concern is the impact the economy would have on the Villanova University families and students.

Senator Valosky ended by reflecting on Father Donohue’s recent email address to the community expressing his confidence that Villanova will weather these economic times and emerge a stronger community prepared to face the challenges of the future.

V GUEST SPEAKER: MR. JOHN CACCIOLA, Director of Engineering and Construction spoke on the Campus Master Plan. The Plan can be viewed at the following web site http://www.villanova.edu/president/masterplan

Although the Plan includes a tentative timetable and budget for the building
projects, Mr. Cacciola emphasized that the Plan is flexible, and the actual
implementation will depend on the economy, donor wishes, Radnor
township approval, and future needs.

VI SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS and BLUEPRINT ARTICLES

VII NEW BUSINESS

Senator Styer stated that the Adjunct Faculty Committee requested that they be eligible to buy into the health care program. He reminded the senate that at one time Villanova did provide this benefit, but not since the 1990’s. They wanted to know if this issue could be implemented as part of the benefit’s review. Senator

Styer felt this would be an appropriate question for the meeting with the Board of Trustees.

There being no further business, the Senate adjourned at 5:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Walter Smith-Randolph
Executive Secretary
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SENATE
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