September 13, 2011

MINUTES: SECOND MEETING of the Executive Committee of the Villanova University Senate for Academic Year 2011-2012 on Thursday, September 13, 2011 in  BARTLEY HALL, Room 1063, 3:00 p.m.

                                                                                                 

PRESENT:  Ms. Kathleen Carden; Mrs. Mary Quilter; Mr. Andrew Benenati, Executive Secretary; Fr. John P. Stack, OSA; Dr. Robert Styer, Chairperson; Ms. Selma Koury-Wunderlich; Mr. George Soussou; Dr. Q. B. Chung; Dr. Barbara Wall; Dr. Sohail Chaudhry


ABSENT: Kevin Noller (NIA)

Ms. Helen Heron, Recording Secretary

 

AGENDA:

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 26, 2011 MEETING

II. ANNOUNCEMENTS & CORRESPONDENCE

III. DISCUSSION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE'S FUTURE MEETING DATES AND TIMES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012

IV. POWER OF INTERPELLATION QUESTION

V. RESOLUTION FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY TO BE PRESENTED AT THE NEXT SENATE MEETING

VI. REVISION OF SENATE MEETING DATES

VII. PREPARATION OF THE AGENDA FOR THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 SENATE MEETING

VIII SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE SPEAKERS

IX. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

X. NEW BUSINESS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

 

Invocation - Dr. Q.B. Chung

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 26, 2010 MEETING

Dr. Styer made a motion to accept the minutes of the April 26, 2011 meeting. They were unanimously approved by the committee as recorded.

New members please note that all minutes from previous meetings will be posted on the web at www.unisenate.villanova.edu for your review.

II. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Congratulations to Bob Styer on his appointment to the position of Director of the BSC Program George Soussou presented revisions to the full Senate list

III. SCHEDULE DATES AND TIMES FOR MEETINGS OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN THE FIRST SEMESTER 2011-2012

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3:45 p.m. - Bryn Mawr Room

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 3:45 p.m. - TBA

IV. POWER OF INTERPELLATION QUESTION

When World Travel became the official Villanova University travel agent, the reasoning was that it would add convenience and the University would save money. 

1.  Has the University conducted a formal study to see if the World Travel arrangements have saved the University significant funds?  What were the results of any such study? 

2.  Are there plans to survey the University community to ascertain the helpfulness of the World Travel website and office to the users of the service? 

V. RESOLUTION FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY TO BE PRESENTED AT THE NEXT SENATE MEETING

As the Committee on Faculty considers issues related to salary, benefits, and the operating budget, faculty members understandably have a stakeholder position in the strategic allocation of university resources. Therefore, the Committee on Faculty formally requests that the University Budget Committee present to the Senate, each spring, not only the proposed annual budget for the coming academic year, but also the difference between the proposed and actual budget for the previous five years, to provide context.

Under preliminary discussions

Patterns of surplus in the budget

Where is surplus going?

Budget variance

Done by the time it reaches the committee

Actual vs. plan budget

2 year surplus - skipped salary increase – first time in 25 years

i. No people cut

ii. No program cut

iii. Endowment down but still surplus

Father Stack asked what the words “provide context” mean in the resolution. Q

explained that CoF is saying that the budget presentation was only verbal with the   exception of last year when Ken and Neil provided a formal hand-out.  They would like to know what has happened over the last five year’s budget variances.

VI. PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL ADDRESS

  • Changed format -  received a positive reaction

  • Should it be Senate sponsored in the future?

  • No, time to let the Senate part go

  • Should be a speech to all (because it is State of the University)

VII      SENATE MEETING LOCATIONS and DATES

Dates for Senate Meetings for Academic Year 2011-2012

Friday, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011             
Friday, FEBRUARY 3, 2012      
Friday, OCTOBER 21, 2011 (Budget)  
Friday, MARCH 16, 2012
Friday, DECEMBER 2, 2011
Friday, APRIL 13, 2012

 

All meetings will be held in Bartley Hall, Room 2010 at 3:30 p.m.            

VIII. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE SPEAKERS

  • Nancy Dudak – Career Services – October meeting

  • Tim Dietzler – Dining Services - December meeting

  • Dave Tedjeske – Public Safety

  • Suggestions

  • Bob Byrnes – Alumni Association, President

  • Gary Olsen – Alumni Association, Associate Vice President

  • Member from the Board of Directors - idea rejected

  • Mike O’Neill – VP of University Advancement

            Bob Styer may give a presentation on history of Senate if no other speaker is available.

Barbara Wall suggested that someone on the committee present a rotation of speakers. Mary Quilter volunteered to review the recent years to see which speakers were involved.

IX        PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

Bob Styer’s vision for the Senate

Two meetings a semester instead of three

1.September – review /overview of committees

2. Special speaker (was Presidential Address)

3. Budget meeting

4. Committees report back

Mary Quilter remarked that one issue is the election of the Staff Senators.

Selma commented that she noticed on the last Executive Committee meeting’s minutes

that Rules and Review Committee must consider if they are going to be put into the

Constitution. 

PREPARATION OF THE SENATE AGENDA FOR THE SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 MEETING

 

AGENDA

SENATE SOCIAL - 3:00 P.M.

 

Friday, September 23, 2011

BARTLEY HALL-ROOM 2010 AT 3:30 PM

Please silence all cell phones.  Please put your nameplate at your place for attendance purposes

 

INVOCATION - Dr. Chiji Akoma

I.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES of the April 26, 2011 Meeting

II.        POWER OF INTERPELLATION              

Mr. Kenneth Valosky, Vice President, Administration and Finance

When World Travel became the official Villanova University travel agent, the reasoning was that it would add convenience and the University would save money. 

1.  Has the University conducted a formal study to see if the World Travel arrangements have saved the University significant funds?  What were the results of any such study? 

2.  Are there plans to survey the University community to ascertain the helpfulness of the World Travel website and office to the users of the service?               

III. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

a. Welcome to all the new Senators

b. Please note that the March 9, 2012 meeting has been changed to March 2, 2012

c. The Senate requests that each member read Article VII in the Constitution regarding the absences 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.

IV.      RESOLUTION FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY TO BE PRESENTED AT THE NEXT SENATE MEETING

As the Committee on Faculty considers issues related to salary, benefits, and the operating budget, faculty members understandably have a stakeholder position in the strategic allocation of university resources. Therefore, the Committee on Faculty formally requests that the University Budget Committee present to the Senate, each spring, not only the proposed annual budget for the coming academic year, but also the difference between the proposed and actual budget for the previous five years, to provide context.

V. REPORT FROM FACULTY CONGRESS ON 2011-2012 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES-Dr. Q.B. Chung, Chair

VI. REPORT FROM STUDENT GOVERNMENT ON 2011-2012 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES – Mr. George Soussou, Student President

VII. REPORT FROM UNIVERSITY STAFF COUNCIL ON 2011-2012 GOALS AND      

           OBJECTIVES – Mr. Kevin Noller, Chair

VIII. REPORT FROM GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT ON 2011-1012 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES - Ms. Emily Morse, President

IX. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS AND FUTURE GUEST SPEAKERS

X. NEW BUSINESS

XI. ADJOURNMENT

The scheduled meetings for FIRST SEMESTER Academic Year 2011-2012 are:   

Friday, October 21, 2011 – Bartley 2010 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, December 2, 2011 Bartley 2010- 3:30 p.m.

XI. NEW BUSINESS

XII. ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Sincerely,

Andrew Benenati Executive Secretary