October 4, 2011

MINUTES: THIRD MEETING of the Executive Committee of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2011-12 on Tuesday October 4, 2011 in the Bryn Mawr Room
at 3:45 p.m.

PRESENT: Dr. Robert Styer, Chairperson: Dr. Sohail Chaudhry; Mrs. Mary Quilter; Rev. John Stack, OSA; Dr. Q. Chung; Ms. Selma Koury Wunderlich (representing the VUAA President); Mr. Kevin Noller

ABSENT: Dr. Barbara Wall (NIA); Mr. Andrew Benenati, Executive Secretary;  Mr. George Soussou

Recording Secretary, Helen Heron

 

Invocation - Dr. Bob Styer

AGENDA:
I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 MEETING
II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
III. PREPARATION OF SENATE AGENDA FOR THE OCTOBER 21, 2011 MEETING
IV. REVIEW OF QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY THE VILLANOVA COMMUNITY
V. DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
VI. NEW BUSINESS

 

Bob Styer began the meeting with a short prayer.

I. APROVAL OF MINUTES
Selma pointed that in Item IX the last two sentences are reversed. This will be adjusted in the minutes. The Minutes of the September 13, 2011 meeting were
unanimously approved, as submitted.

II. ANNOUNCEMENTS & CORRESPONDENCE

  • A notice has been sent via Campus Currents soliciting questions from the Villanova University community to be submitted to the Executive Committee
  • Selma Koury Wunderlich said that she had gotten in touch with Bob Byrnes, VUAA President and he will be speaking at the next Senate meeting
  • Bob Styer thought it would be a good idea if Dan Regan spoke at the meeting regarding the football issue. Mary Quilter remarked that Dan did not have any information at this time. It was then suggested that Vince Nicastro give a short update.
  • Bob stated that at a meeting of the Faculty Congress that the Resolution from the last meeting will be tabled.
  • Kevin Noller announced that they filled the positions on the Budget Committee and the Rules and Review Committee. Steve Sheridan will be the Budget representative. The Committee approved of the recommendations from the USC unanimously.
  • A decision was made to ask Student Outreach to speak at the December or Spring meeting.

III. PREPARATION OF SENATE AGENDA FOR THE OCTOBER 21, 2011 MEETING

 

Invocation ~ Senator Robert Capone

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

1.  APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 MEETING
2.  POWER OF INTERPELLATION (if any)
3.  ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

a) For attendance purposes, it is very important that you have your nameplate at your place and then return it 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 Executive Committee of the University Senate.

4. GUEST SPEAKERS
Mr. Bob Byrnes, President, VUAA 
Goals and Accomplishments of the Alumni Association
Ms. Nancy Dudak – Director of Career Services
Update on Career Services and Student Job Prospects
5. READING OF AMENDMENT FROM THE RULES AND REVIEW COMMITTEE
6. OVERVIEW OF UNIVERSITY BUDGET FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-12
Ken Valosky, Vice President for Administration and Finance
7. BRIEF UPDATE ON THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE
Mr. Vince Nicastro, Director of Athletics
8. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS AND SPEAKERS
9.NEW BUSINESS
10. ADJOURNMENT

 

IV. REVIEW OF QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY THE VILLANOVA COMMUNITY

  • Would it be possible to allow all campus employees a campus perimeter road that will allow egress onto Ithan Avenue?  Lancaster Avenue and Spring Mill Roads are congested and, at times, gridlocked.  The Spring Mill exit is dangerous, with Rt. 320 traffic speeding up the hill and short sight distance.  It’s a matter of time before a nasty crash occurs there.

2. Is it possible to reduce the price for parking in the West Main lot?
I understand that the price for parking in the Main lot is discounted  already, which probably accounts for the inconvenience compared to parking on-campus or near your place of work, and also for the compromised safety of parking with students (honestly, most of them are not very cautious about parking next to other cars). 
However, whenever there is a large gathering scheduled for the campus, it is always the West Main lot that is closed & we need to find parking elsewhere.  I have only been here for 3 months and I've been displaced three times.  Also, when there is a public event on campus, like a Career Fair, the parking lot fills up & we spend much of our (should be) productive time searching for parking.
I would really like free parking available in the West Main lot, with a hang tag, for staff & faculty.  However, at the very least, waive the parking fee for the week of the closure of the parking lot.

A decision was made to submit the questions to Bob Morro and Ken Valosky with a copy to Fr. Donohue.

Kevin Noller remarked that there is not a central place for parking-related issues; they can involve career fair, graduations, campus tour days or sporting events.  He would like to be able to check each week to see if there would be updates on parking.  

Bob Styer suggested asking Dave Tedjeske on ways of communicating more clearing regarding this issue.

V. DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Bob felt it easier if we approach these amendments individually. 
He felt that the term limit should be discussed at the October meeting because of the upcoming elections.  He thinks a ten-year limit would be appropriate. Q felt that if we have a term limit in place then someone will have to be groomed to take that position.

The next issue would be adding the Vice President of the Faculty Congress and the Vice President of the SGA ex-officio on to the Senate and the Executive Committee.

He asked if anyone had any other suggestions, please feel free to let him know.

VI. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE SPEAKERS
Lance Kenny – International Studies

VII. NEW BUSINESS

VIII. ADJOURNMENT

The next scheduled Executive Committee meeting for the FIRST SEMESTER Academic
Year 2011-2012 is Thursday, November 15, 2011 at 3:45 p.m. in Bartley Hall, Room 1063

Respectfully submitted,

Andrew Benenati
Executive Secretary
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