September 12, 2008

University Senate

MINUTES: SECOND Meeting of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2008-2009 in Bartley Hall 2001 on Friday, SEPTEMBER 12, 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; Mr. Robert J. Capone `62; Dr. Sohail Chaudhry; Mr. Ryan Conway; Mr. Richard Cullen; Mr. Obinna Eboh; Fr. Kail Ellis, OSA; Dr. Louise Fitzpatrick; Mr. Stephen Fugale; Dr. Gary Gabriele; Ms. Lauren Glossy; Dr. Beth Hassel; Ms. Nicole Harmuth; Ms. Latishia James; Dr. John R. Johannes; Mrs. Selma Koury-Wunderlich `58 (representing Alumni Association President, Mr. Paul Tufano) Dr. Sarvesh Kulkarni; Dr. Gerald Long; Ms. Anna Menard; Ms. Dorothy Malloy; Ms. Kelly Rose Maguire; Mr. Robert Nashak `96; Mr. Vincent Nicastro; Mrs. Mary Quilter; Mr. Tahir Qadeer; Dr. Donna Shai; Mr. Kenneth Valosky; Dr. Fayette Veverka; Dr. Barbara Wall; Mr. Bryan Wagner; Dr. Thomas Way; Dr. Joyce Willens
Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

ABSENT: Mr. James Danko (Notified In Advance-Unable to Attend); Dr. R. Emmet McLaughlin (NIA); Mr. Luke Perez; Rev. John Stack, OSA (NIA)


ANNUAL SENATE SOCIAL
Invocation – Ms. Kelly Rose Maguire
Please silence all cell phones. Please put your nameplate at your place for attendance purposes


AGENDA

  • CONSIDERATION OF THE MINUTES of the MAY 2, 2008 MEETING
  • POWER OF INTERPELLATION
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
  • REPORT FROM FACULTY CONGRESS ON 2008-2009 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES– Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel
  • REPORT FROM STUDENT GOVERNMENT on 2008-2009 GOALS and OBJECTIVES- Mr. Bryan Wagner
  • GUEST SPEAKER- Paul Tufano, Esq., President of VUAA
  • PRESENTATION FROM THE NEWLY APPOINTED ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES – Dr. Ellen LaCorte
  • REPORT FROM RULES and REVIEW COMMITTEE REGARDING STAFF INPUT INTO GOVERNANCE- Dr. Robert Styer
  • SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR FUTURE SENATE MEETING AGENDAS AND BLUEPRINT ARTICLES
  • NEW BUSINESS

INVOCATION

Lord, as we enter this new academic year, we return to our work as leaders in our community .We are trusted by the community and must make and execute our decisions accordingly. We pray for understanding and insight as we recommit ourselves to this endeavor and ask for You to guide us in all our deliberations and decisions. Let us be compassionate as we interact with each other and seek inspiration from You as we strive to better our community and our University.
With this semester comes a new opportunity to work together and we ask You, Oh Lord, to instill within each of us the wisdom to be effective and compassionate leaders. We also pray for patience and the strength to continue in our efforts in the University Senate as we pray in the serenity prayer, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

I. The MINUTES of the May 2, 2008 Senate meeting were moved for approval as written by Senator Quilter; seconded by Senator Styer and unanimously approved as submitted.

II. POWER OF INTERPELLATION

III. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
a. The Senate requests that each member read Article VII in the Constitution regarding the Absence of Senators at Senate meetings.
 

ARTICLE VII

After a Senator misses more than two consecutive and/or more than three total meetings during the academic year, the Chairperson of the Senate shall direct a letter of inquiry to the specific Senator involved, requesting information about said Senator’s ability to serve and his/her intentions regarding attendance at future meetings.

b. The Chair announced that the December meeting of the University Senate will not be held in Bartley Hall as previously scheduled, but in Driscoll Hall. At this meeting, Father Peter Donohue will be presenting his annual address.
c. The Chair welcomed all new senators.
d. At the meeting of June 3, 2008, Reverend Peter M. Donohue and the Board of Trustees approved Resolutions US 0408-7-1 and US 0408-7-2
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 18                   OPPOSED 6                  ABSTAIN 0 + 1


US 0408-7-2: RESOLVED: That the University Senate adopt the following changes in the Constitutional language:
 
Issue regarding Graduate Student Senator: The Rules and Review Committee made a motion to remove the words “graduate school” to be replaced by “a graduate student” in the Constitution, Article V, Section 3. 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 r VSB graduate programs, but not the Law School, as the Law School already has a Senate student representative.
Replacement of Position of University Vice President: The Rules and Review Committee passed the motion as follows:
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 was needed to reflect this change. It was also noted 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.


ALL IN FAVOR 24            OPPOSED 0            ABSTAIN 0 + 1

A vote was taken with a unanimous decision

IV. REPORT FROM FACULTY CONGRESS ON 2008/2009 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES – Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel

 
As in all kinds of governance, there is a reason to have multiple points of view. The faculty see a university in a way that is somewhat blind to some concerns, and it needs to be balanced by other perspectives. However, the faculty are daily at the heart of what a university is about – about the creation and dissemination of knowledge. It is the job of the faculty congress to keep those aspects of the university clearly involved in the many decisions that must be made to keep the organization working. There is no question that basic issues related to budgets, legal issues, student activities outside their academic role, building and maintaining our spaces, and a host of other issues are critical to the mission of the university. It is easy for faculty members to forget about those issues until something happens that impacts them directly. We appreciate the importance of these other roles, and are glad for the breadth of input to the Senate and to the other offices of the University. We will focus on the things that most directly impact the faculty and our ability to play our role.


The Faculty Congress includes The Committee on Faculty (which also reports directly to the Senate), the Academic Policy Committee, a committee on Salary, Benefits and Terms of Employment, and a committee on Elections and Credentials. We represent every part of the university faculty.


Among the issues before us at the present time, mostly within one or more of the committees:
• The role of the Full Time Non Tenure Track Faculty
• Parental Leave policy
• Retirement policy
• Appointment and review policies for Department Chairs
• Review policies for College Deans
• The Faculty Handbook (including the speaker’s policy)
• The Structure and use of CATs and the larger issue of meaningful evaluation of teaching
• The realistic implementation of true interdisciplinary scholarship and learning
• The role of faculty in university strategic planning
• Implications of any change in the nature of the classification of Villanova University (from Masters to Doctoral)
• The implications of class size
• Faculty representation in light of changes in university departments
• Documenting the structure and traditions of the Faculty Congress

Several of these issues are continuations from work begun in previous sessions and we expect them to be concluded successfully in the near future.

In addition, we hope to be able to work with the Senate to co-sponsor a forum on an issue of importance to the university from time to time. We will be glad to discuss appropriate topics and to collaborate on arrangements for something of interest to our communities.
We also stand ready to give attention to any issue that is primarily the responsibility of the faculty or which impacts faculty roles. We serve as partners in the worthy cause of making Villanova a world class place of scholarship and learning.

V. REPORT FROM STUDENT GOVERNMENT ON 2008-2009 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES – Mr. Bryan Wagner, Student President

“I would like to thank Dr. Styer and the rest of the University Senate for giving me this opportunity to speak briefly about the Student Government Association here at Villanova University. SGA is one of the largest student organizations on campus and constantly faces the challenge of being effective as the representatives of the Student Body. Last spring, when Rob Dormish and I ran for Student Body President and Vice-President, we made many appearances around campus at various club’s meetings and events. While speaking to these different organizations, one thing was made clear – there is much to learn. We ran and focused on a slogan of “Working for EVERY Villanovan” and have decided to adopt that slogan for SGA as ours this year because it perfectly exemplifies our main goal.
Student Government is comprised of 8 committees distributed through 3 departments. Our Administrative Relations Department houses our Campus Improvements, Concerns & Issues and Judicial Affairs Committees. Campus Improvements focuses on the physical structures on campus and making improvements students see necessary. They will be starting off the year looking at the final edition of the Campus Master Plan to offer criticism and start the implementation of its suggestions. Concerns & Issues handles non-tangible and policy matters. Throughout last semester and over the summer, this committee worked with UNIT to create the On-Line Ride Board, which was featured in yesterday’s Villanovan. Now, they are focusing on publicizing it and having students try it out. Judicial Affairs works to educate students about University policies, rules and regulations. In the upcoming weeks, they will be publishing and distributing a condensed version of the Blue Book to Freshman Students.

The Community Relations Department consists of External Affairs, Nova Nation and SGA Service. External Affairs focuses on building relationships with Radnor Township and the surrounding community. At the end of last year, SGA hosted a Community Summit, which brought together campus leaders and Radnor officials to have an open discussion. It was met with very positive reviews and will be the starting point of this year’s committee. Nova Nation is responsible for instilling school spirit in every sport on campus. Aside from their usual help at basketball and football games, this year’s Nova Nation will focus on practicing good sportsmanship and extending a welcoming hand to visiting schools. SGA Service is a new committee on SGA and will be focusing on working with established projects, such as Special Olympics and the Day of Service, while coming up with new service opportunities on campus and off too.
The Student Relations department focuses on the students here on campus and connecting with them. The committees in this department include: SGA Ambassadors, Outreach and Recruitment & Development. SGA Ambassadors recently organized the Leadership Dinner, which SGA co-sponsored with the President’s Office. This was a wonderful opportunity for the leaders across campus to come together, make connections and work with one another to create a better Villanova. Outreach is the advertising and marketing portion of SGA and works to publicize not only our events and news, but that of any organization that asks for help. R&D is in the middle of their interviewing process and is working hard to select and train new members of SGA.

Now that I have looked at each committee, I would like to highlight a few major projects and our main goal of this year. The presidential campaign has not only been a very heated topic across our country, but has been a highly debated subject on our campus. Last spring, SGA ran a shuttle to polling locations, providing students without cars an opportunity to cast their vote. However, over the summer, SGA detailed a plan to get students across campus registered to vote in PA or made aware of how to obtain an absentee ballot. Going even further, SGA will be coordinating a large number of shuttles for the actual Election Day to get people to the polls. While SGA is leading the charge on this effort, we are working hand-in-hand with the political organizations on campus to educate voters.
As I mentioned earlier, SGA hosted a Leadership Networking Dinner at the start of the semester. This was the kick off event for our main goal this year – breaking apathy across campus. At Villanova, we pride ourselves on our sense of community, but we constantly operate in our own bubbles. Our mission is to stop this mindset and encourage students to start working with other organizations. It is our distinct belief in SGA that the resource we can all be to each other far surpasses what any one organization can do alone.
With only a few weeks of school behind us, SGA has already made great strides to serve the Villanova community. With a clear mission and set of goals in focus, we are excited for the rest of the year that lies ahead. Thank you for this opportunity to speak and I look forward to working with all of you this year.”

VI. GUEST SPEAKER – Paul Tufano, Esq., President of VUAA
Mr. Tufano preceded his speech by presenting a resolution to the University
Senate in recognizing Mrs. Selma Koury-Wunderlich `58 and her fifty years of
service and dedication to Villanova University. The resolution reads as follows:
 

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Selma Koury-Wunderlich has served with distinction as a member of the Villanova University Senate since 2000, representing all of Villanova's alumni around the world; and
WHEREAS, Selma Wunderlich has helped to lead the Villanova University Alumni Association as a former member of its Board of Directors, and played an important role in developing its current strategic plan and direction; and
WHEREAS, Selma Wunderlich, in the tradition of St. Augustine, has demonstrated through her intellect, her faith, her integrity, and her devotion to the community, that she embodies what it means to be a Villanovan: and
WHEREAS, Selma Wunderlich, Class of 1958, is celebrating 50 years as a graduate of Villanova University; THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Villanova University Senate, on the occasion of Selma Koury-Wunderlich's 50th year as an alumnus of our great university congratulates her and thanks her for her ongoing leadership, dedication and support for the entire university community.

Senator Styer moved to approve this resolution. Senator Malloy seconded the motion. The motion was voted on unanimously.
Mr. Tufano continued by stating that his connection with Villanova University began when he was a student at the university serving on the Senate and Budget Committee to becoming the Student Government President. He remarked that he brought the issue of Fall Break before the Senate which was approved. He encouraged the new student senators to take advantage of the Senate body.
In his role as President of the Alumni Association he feels as though he has a unique role at this time because he is also on the Board of Trustees. He feels that both of these groups are very much aligned in as much as they all want what is best for Villanova.
He commented that the Alumni Association has come a long way in so much as they are coming to the same crossroads as the university itself. The last two decades has brought nothing but steady progress in terms of the critical acclaim it has received and the increasing caliber of the students and faculty. They are now embarking on the Strategic Plan and the Campus Master Plan. He stated that the 92,000 members of the alumni can play a very crucial part in this plan. He stated that his goal this year is to engage the alumni around the world in a conversation about Villanova University.

Mr. Tufano remarked that recently, at his class reunion, he spoke about the challenges that Villanova faces such as the endowment. He feels the alumni was not aware of many issues and are extremely willing to get involved. As a result, he sent an email to every alumni/ae, addressing it as a “Call to Action”. The response was amazing. They are now in the process of coordinating these people who are willing to help. Mr. Tufano made it clear that they are here to serve and to help the university get to the next level.
VII. PRESENTATION FROM THE NEWLY APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES- Dr. Ellen LaCorte Senator Valosky took the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the role that Mr. Jim Kane, Associate Director for Human Resources, played in the development of this Compensation Study. He remarked that Jim’s leadership was a crucial part of this department. Mr. Kane will be moving on to join Academic Affairs as Director of Continuing Studies. He thanked him for his 13 years of distinguished service to Human Resources.
Senator Valosky then introduced Dr. LaCorte to the University Senate to discuss the Staff Compensation Program.

Dr. LaCorte began her presentation by pointing out that when she took over her new position as Vice President of Human Resources, the study was well on its way to completion. She commented about the excellent work accomplished by Jim Kane and the rest of the HR staff on the new compensation program.

Dr. LaCorte stated that much of the material that she was reviewing today had already been published in the latest issue of Blueprints and most recently in the President’s letter. She reviewed the goals of the project, the process steps that were taken and the comparison institutions that were identified. In addition, Dr. LaCorte reviewed with the group the structure of the ten new bands and the salaries within each band. Finally she discussed the implementation plans for this program.
The Chair thanked Dr. LaCorte for her presentation. He also thanked Jim Kane for his continuous help and support to the Villanova community.

VIII. RECOMMENDATION OF AMENDMENTS to the UNIVERSITY SENATE CONSTITUTION – presented by Dr. Robert Styer
The Chair, Dr. Styer, explained that this was the result of lengthy discussion on the role of staff within the University government system. After many iterations, the President has approved the new University Staff Council. The main item with respect to the Senate is to take the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the University Staff Council and place them on the Senate ex-officio. This would allow for two more staff members. This council would provide a direct input to the Senate on issues that would be relevant to the entire university.
He also stated that in 2000, when the constitution of the Senate was revised, there were two staff and two alumni. At that time, there was a discussion as to whether the alumni would get more votes than the staff. The compromise was that the President of the Alumni Association representative not have a vote. Senator Styer stated that now we will have two more staff members so there is no reason why the VUAA President should not have a note.

Dr. Styer also wanted to clarify the issue regarding the Director level. He stated that there was really no consistency with the title of Director. After much discussion, the decision was made that everyone should be allowed to serve in a specific capacity either as a staff or administrator.

The following proposed amendments from the Rules & Review Committee were read at the April 18, 2008 meeting, and are now ready to be voted upon. 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 officio member…

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.

A vote was taken with a unanimous decision
• SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS and BLUEPRINTS ARTICLES AND FUTURE GUEST SPEAKERS
• NEW BUSINESS

A Resolution was presented by Paul Tufano, Esq. honoring Mrs. Selma Koury-Wunderlich `58 for her many years of dedicated service to Villanova University
There being no further business, a motion To Adjourn was made by the Senator Wall and seconded by Senator Styer. Adjournment took place at 4:22 P.M. The next Senate meeting is to be held Friday, October 24, 2008 at 3:30 PM in Bartley Hall, Room 2001.


Respectfully submitted,

Walter Smith-Randolph
Executive Secretary
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SENATE

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