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Volume 38-----March 15, 2005-----Number 5

 

The Senate Record is the official publication of the University Faculty Senate of The Pennsylvania State University, as provided for in Article I, Section 9 of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and contained in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the University Faculty Senate, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004-2005.

 

The publication is issued by the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building, University Park, PA 16802 (telephone 814-863-0221). The Senate Record is distributed to all libraries across Penn State and is posted on the Web at http://www.senate.psu.edu/ at “Publications and Resources.” Print copies are made available to faculty and other University personnel on request.

 

Except for items specified in the applicable Standing Rules, decisions on the responsibility for inclusion of matters in the publication are those of the Chair of the University Faculty Senate.

 

When existing communication channels seem inappropriate, senators are encouraged to submit brief letters relevant to the Senate's function as a legislative, advisory, and forensic body to the Chair for possible inclusion in The Senate Record.

 

Reports that have appeared in the Agenda for the meeting are not included in The Senate Record unless they have been changed substantially during the meeting, or are considered to be of major importance. Remarks and discussions are abbreviated in most instances. A complete transcript and tape of the meeting is on file. Individuals with questions may contact Dr. Susan C. Youtz, Executive Secretary, University Faculty Senate.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

I.          Final Agenda for March 15, 2005                                                                        Pages ii-iii

 

II.         Minutes and Summaries of Remarks                                                                    Page 1-11

 

III.       Appendices

                     A.  Attendance                                                                                          Appendix I

 

 

FINAL AGENDA FOR MARCH 15, 2005

 

A.        MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING                                                       Page 1

 

            Minutes of the February 1, 2005, meeting in The Senate Record 38:4

            [www.senate.psu.edu/record/index.html]

 

B.         COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

 

            Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs

 

                     Senate Curriculum Report of March 1, 2005                                                   Page 1

                     [www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum_resources/bluesheet/bluex.html]

 

                     Elections Commission Revised Census

 

C.        REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL – Meeting of March 1, 2005                            Page 1

 

D.        ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR                                                           Pages 1-3

 

E.         COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY                         Pages 4-8

 

F.         FORENSIC BUSINESS                                                                                         Page 8

 

G.        UNFINISHED BUSINESS                                                                                     Page 8

 

H.        LEGISLATIVE REPORTS                                                                                     Page 8

 

I.          ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS                                                           Page 8

 

J.          INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

 

                     Elections Commission                                                                                      Page 8

 

                           Roster of Senators by Voting Units for 2005-2006

 

                     Committee on Committees and Rules                                                               Page 9

 

                           Nominating Report for 2005-2006

 

                     Senate Council Nominating Committee Report for 2005-2006                         Page 9

 

                           Chair-Elect

                           Secretary

                           Faculty Advisory Committee to the President

 

 

 

                     University Planning                                                                                          Page 9

 

                           University Long-Term Borrowing

 

                     Outreach Activities                                                                                          Page 9

 

                           Changes in the Outreach Organization

 

                     Undergraduate Education                                                                                Page 9

 

                           Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit

 

                     Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid                                   Pages 9-10

 

                           Report on Enrollments and Admissions

 

                           Report on Faculty Senate Scholarship Awards

                           to Undergraduates

 

                     Faculty Benefits                                                                                             Page 10

 

                           University Travel Task Force Report

 

                           Faculty Salaries, Academic Year 2004-2005

 

                     Libraries                                                                                                       Page 10

 

                           Serials and Scholarly Communication

 

                     Senate Council Page 10

 

                           Summary of Spring 2005 Officers’ Visits to University

                           Park Units

 

K.        NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS                                                                        Page 10

 

L.         COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE

            GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY                                                                            Page 10

 

M.        ADJOURNMENT                                                                                         Pages 10-11

 

NOTE: The next regular meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be held on Tuesday,

             April 26, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. in room 112 Kern Graduate Building

 

 

 

            The University Faulty Senate met on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. in room 112 Kern Graduate Building with Kim C. Steiner, Chair, presiding. There were 197 senators who signed the attendance sheet and/or were noted as having attended the meeting.

 

            Chair Steiner: Take a moment to think whether you have a cell phone in your pocket and whether it is turned on, and turn it off. We have a fairly full Agenda today, but I think we are going to make it by 4:00 p.m.

 

MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

 

            Chair Steiner: The February 1, 2005, Senate Record, was sent to all University Libraries and is posted on the Faculty Senate Web site. Are there any corrections or additions to this document? May I have a motion to accept?

 

            Senators: So moved.

 

            Chair Steiner: Seconded?

 

            Chair Steiner: All in favor of accepting the minutes of February 1, 2005, please say, “aye.”

 

            Senators: Aye.

 

            Chair Steiner: Opposed, “nay?” The ayes have it. The motion carries, the minutes have been approved.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

 

            Chair Steiner: Agenda Item B, Communications to the Senate: the Senate Curriculum Report, is posted on the University Faculty Senate Web site, and in Appendix B of today’s Agenda you will find a revised Faculty Census Report with Senate seats by unit for the coming academic year.

 

 

REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL

 

            Chair Steiner: Agenda Item C is the report of Senate Council. Inclement weather forced us to cancel the last meeting of Senate Council, but I had prepared some announcements for that meeting. Having prepared them, I did not want to lose them entirely, and they may be of general interest to this group, so you will find those near the back of your Agenda

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ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

 

            Chair Steiner: Agenda Item D is announcements by the Chair. Among the ongoing items of activity within the Senate, I only wish to comment on the work of the Joint Committee on Curricular Integrity, because there is considerable interest in the work of this committee, and we have said nothing about it since the fall when it was originally announced. The co-chairs have kept their committee on a rigorous schedule of meetings and they have gathered a great deal of information from testimony and other sources. At this point, the committee members are working in small teams to develop draft recommendations that address the charge of the committee. The co-chairs, Rob Pangborn and John Nichols, hope to have a forensic discussion of the committee’s consensus recommendations this fall, probably at the September Senate meeting, and with any luck they will be able to move quickly after that toward a final report. We expect that many of their recommendations will have to be implemented through Senate committee action.

 

            The committee preference request form for the 2005-2006 Senate year was sent to elected senators yesterday. We request that you complete this form through the online process by March 28. I also want to encourage senators to indicate their interest in serving as a committee Chair or Vice-Chair.

 

            The Senate elections will occur in early April and you will receive an e-mail ballot when the online polls are open. As most of you know, our online balloting system is very simple and fast to use. I encourage you to jump on this task as soon as you get a few free moments when that e-mail arrives. I know many of you have used this, but some of you may not have. This is a lot easier than voting in a presidential election. Not only is it fairly fool-proof, but the candidates are more uniformly palatable, and it is quick. So I encourage you to go through with this. I have personally tried to beat the system, and I cannot do it, so I doubt that you can either, although Susan tells me many other people have tried. Please inform yourself and vote.

 

            Every year around this time the University announces the recipients of the Faculty/Staff Achievement Awards for the current year. Three of our senators will be receiving one of these prestigious awards at a special luncheon next Monday at the Nittany Lion Inn. I would like these three persons to stand when I read their names, and I ask the audience to hold its applause until all three have been recognized:

 

            The McKay Donkin Award recognizes full-time members of the faculty, staff, or retirees who have contributed most to the economic, physical, mental, or social welfare of the faculty at Penn State. This year’s recipient is John Moore, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the College of the Liberal Arts. John has been a Penn State faculty member for 38 years. He is known as an advocate for quality teaching and a champion of diversity. A member of the University Faculty Senate for 12 years, John served as Senate Chair in 2002-2003. One colleague noted, “the intelligence, integrity and fair-mindedness that he brought to his many Faculty Senate committee positions led to leadership assignments on some of the most sensitive ad hoc committees created to deal with difficult and significant issues within the University.” John is standing in the back of the room. (applause)

 

            The Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching was created to underscore the importance of undergraduate education at Penn State. Award winners must be full-time faculty members who have been at the University for a minimum of five years, and who have undergraduate education as a major responsibility. One of this year’s recipients is K. Robert Bridges. Rob is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State New Kensington. He has taught at Penn State for 33 years and is recognized for being an exemplary teacher, leader, and mentor. Rob has served as a New Kensington senator for nine years. Rob is also standing in the back. Congratulations. (applause)

 

            The Award for Administrative Excellence is presented annually to a member of the staff whose performance and achievements exemplify administrative excellence. Eric R. White, Executive Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, is this year’s recipient. Eric has been at Penn State for more than 25 years and has served as an ex officio senator continuously since 1986-1987. In his Division of Undergraduate Studies position, Eric has helped Penn State become a nationally recognized leader in the field of academic advising, the use of technology in advising, and the advancement of advising best practices. Eric has also been a significant resource to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education. Eric is standing in the middle of the room. (applause)

 

            Congratulations to all three senators. I think we are all pleased when members of the University Faculty Senate receive these awards.

 

            I have just one more thing I want to convey. Later this afternoon, we have a report prepared by Bonnie MacEwan on the escalating price of scholarly journals. I want to tell you I am going to be on a soapbox for the next couple of minutes. I want to say that I think this is an issue the Senate could do something about. I want to say this in advance of Bonnie’s report, so you can be thinking about these things as she presents it. I have watched during my career as the number of journals and research papers in my field has grown at a geometric pace over the last 30 years. When I say geometric, at least in my field, I think it really has been geometric. I think that your experiences are similar. I have published my share of those papers, but frankly I believe that this profusion of publication, which our libraries must pay for to stay current, has been out of proportion to the actual progress of science and scholarship over that period. I think we can attribute much of this to the emergence of the very peculiar idea that virtually every faculty member, at every American university, should be publishing. That to me is a strange idea. What can we do?

 

            The Senate defeated an Advisory/Consultative report four years ago this month that would have very subtly tipped the balance in Promotion and Tenure decisions toward quality, and very subtly away from quantity. We would have done this through some modest additions to the administrative guidelines for HR-23. Part of the reason I am on this soapbox is that I presented that report that was defeated on the floor of the Senate exactly four years ago and I am a sore loser. I still think it was the right thing to do, and maybe it was not exactly the right thing to do, but I think the Senate can figure out the right thing to do with the same aim in mind. I have often said that there is something wrong with a system that would not have given tenure to Charles Darwin —28 years and one lousy book! Now maybe we cannot come up with something that would have given tenure to Charles Darwin, and maybe we should not, but that should give us pause to think about what we are doing is really the right way to do it. We need to have some special guidelines in the Promotion and Tenure administrative guidelines that will address this.

 

            Bonnie will also discuss digital publication as an antidote to the current stranglehold that the publishing industry seems to have on scholarly publications. We have not yet completely figured out how to handle electronic publication of research in a way that ensures quality. I think this is another area where the Senate could help by providing special guidelines for properly crediting, and perhaps encouraging, electronic publication in Promotion and Tenure decisions. That is all the comments that I have.

 

 

 

COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

 

            Chair Steiner: Agenda Item E is comments by the President of the University. President Spanier is with us today and I would like him to come forward and address the Senate.

 

            President Spanier: Thank you very much. I hope you all had a wonderful spring break. Penn State is a member of something called the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). How many of you are familiar on some level with that? That is great. We have partner universities in China, Europe, the United States, and most notably in England, where there are six partner universities. I was on a goodwill tour to these universities accompanied by 15 of Penn State’s most talented students, members of the Musical Theater Program of the University. They did eight performances starting in New York City to a large group of Penn State Alumni—donors, and about 300 prospective students and their families from New York. Next, we did performances throughout Great Britain. We were wonderfully received, and there are great opportunities ahead for us in collaboration with our partner universities in the WUN. I also had the opportunity to be the warm-up act each evening for the students. I think that you all know that I do magic, but I also had my debut doing three nights of stand-up comedy, which I do not get to do at Senate meetings. Generally, things are not as funny here on campus, but we had a great, great time doing that. Sometime outside of State College you can hear me do that.

 

            Now it is time for the serious stuff. I think we have mentioned on a couple of occasions that we are looking at the organizational structure of the University—ways to be more efficient, maybe redefine some things; look at changes we might make to better position Penn State for the future; and we are busy at work on that. I expect that about this time next week, we will be in a position to make some announcements, specifically, about what we are doing. What has been very interesting is to follow the rumor mill on all of this. I have to tell you, you are a creative bunch, coming up with all kinds of wild ideas. I can assure you that this is not as dramatic as it might seem. We are not closing any campuses; we are not putting people out of work; we are not doing any of the more extreme things that I think people are worried about. This really focuses on day-to-day administrative and structural issues of the University, and as I have said, how we can best position ourselves for the future. We will want to continue to fine-tune our plans. We will be able to talk to you about this in some detail at the next opportunity. I think we have a meeting scheduled next week with the leadership of the Faculty Senate to brief them. We will be talking to the members of the Board of Trustees between now and then. We will also be meeting with deans, vice presidents, and vice provosts along the way as well. So stay tuned to that, but I think everybody here, who is a member of the Senate, and is familiar with the inner workings of the University, will see these very positive changes ahead will be very good for Penn State.

 

            Recently, I had my hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate hearing was cancelled due to the weather and I did not beg them to reinstate it. I thought we could probably get by without that. I was given my full three hours at the House Appropriations meeting, so I think we had a chance to say most of what we wanted to say. Of course, we will be following up individually with legislative leaders. We have been in touch with members of the Governor’s staff on a number of issues. Was it on TV this year? Did anybody see it? High ratings, I am sure.

 

            I want to give you just a brief update with regard to our plans for The Dickinson School of Law. We are moving ahead on all fronts. What you tend to read about in the newspapers is some of the stuff around the edges, like the lawsuit. Three of the disgruntled members of the Board of Governors, who were on the losing side of the vote to move ahead with the plan, filed suit against us. It is very unfortunate, because it is expensive to defend lawsuits. The bill is high. It is very distracting; it puts doubt in people’s mind and there is a lot of nasty stuff being said. The lawsuit names Lucifer himself, me, as a defendant. I have given my deposition for several hours and will be back in court for that in awhile. I think there is very little merit in the lawsuit. We do expect to go ahead and people are very excited: the students at the Law School; some of the future prospective students; the faculty; the staff; members of our Board of Trustees; all the members of the Board of Governors, who are very supportive of moving ahead with this. I think this is going to be great as we move ahead with the dual campus approach to the Law School. On this campus, we have heard from many faculty who are excited about having a presence of a law school here, as well as the Law School that will continue to be in Carlisle.

 

            Probably the most serious accusation that the plaintiffs made against me is that I had engaged in a program of mind-control to affect the outcome of all of this. I admit I do some magic here-and-there, so, if any of you see your arms going up when we re-vote on the physical education requirement, that is probably the force at work.

 

            I am very proud of what has evolved in the work of the faculty, administrators, and then the Faculty Senate, in our efforts to start a new academic program in the area of forensic science. I think maybe most, but not all of you, are aware that the Senate has approved this new program. We think there will be strong student interest. It will be a multi-disciplinary program involving a lot of different departments, but administratively led through the Eberly College of Science. We think this is going to be fantastic. We have every reason to believe that we are putting pieces in place that will make it the top program of its kind in the country. We are not in a position to announce it yet, but we are working toward having one of the most eminent people in the United States head up that program. It will be a very positive thing for Penn State, as soon as we get all of the pieces in place.

 

            I have seen the latest report on applications and potential enrollments for next year. In the flow of applications, we are somewhere around two and one-half percent ahead. Overall, that is quite strong. Again, we expect to have 80,000 applications for all campuses at all levels. That is very positive. There is softness in the level of interest at some of our campuses, so it is not uniform across the University, but overall it continues to be a pretty good story to tell. We are working very hard this year to try to keep our tuition increase to a level that is more moderate than it has been in recent years. This is a very high priority for us, to the point where if we do not receive the requested appropriation, and it looks like we will not receive the requested appropriation, we are willing to go a smidgen higher on tuition, but probably not enough to make up the whole difference; which means that we might not be able to be quite as ambitious as we have been in the last few years in salary increases. We will still have an increase and it will be a reasonable increase, but it will not be as generous as it has been in the last few years.

 

            We are in a very direct trade-off these days between salaries, employee benefits, and tuition. Tuition is the single largest source of income. Salaries and employee benefits are the single largest source of expenditures. So those two things are a pretty direct trade-off. The only way to offset it is if we get the kind of appropriation we are trying to get. It looks like the Commonwealth is not going to be able to do that for us. You need not be too concerned, but we might have to back off a half percent or so from where we had hoped to be. Last year for the first time, and it will be the case again this year, we are putting more money into increases in employee benefits than we are putting into increases in salaries. It is taking that much every year now to keep up with the University’s contribution to employee benefits. It will not be long before that seems to dwarf the salaries, principally because of the rising cost of health care, and because we continue to maintain the same formulas that we have for employer contribution to TIAA-CREF and, of course, the State Employee Retirement system. Our level of contribution is not determined by us, but by the Commonwealth actuary, and because of their investment performance we pretty much have to put into that whatever they tell us to put in. Those numbers are expected to go up. That is a little bit about where we are on things. Nothing to be concerned about, but things that we are continuing to monitor very closely, and it probably will not be until June that we get that all sorted out. Those are my announcements, and now time for your questions.

 

            Winston Richards, Capital College: President Spanier, over the spring break we received a special communication saying, “Penn State announces its new financial and compliance hotline. If you know or suspect someone of fraud or other financial misconduct involving University assets, etc., please call this number.” Some of my faculty is very bothered by this, particularly the word “suspect.” Could you please clarify this situation for us?

 

            President Spanier: It sounds a little like “feel free to turn in your friends and colleagues,” but nobody should be worried about it if they are not stealing money from the University. Having said that, it is unfortunate that we are in an era where we have to do something like this. This is not some wild and crazy idea that we came up with. I think most of you have heard of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. It is an act of Congress that is imposed on all kinds of businesses and corporations—a responsibility to tighten up everything they are doing in terms of monitoring abuses; establishment of internal audit committees; review of finances; CEO’s having to sign off on all kinds of financial things that they use to let people like Gary Schultz just worry about. It developed out of the scandals involving Adelphia, WorldCom, and Enron. Our government said, “that is it, we have had enough of that behavior,” so they put these new laws in place. While the Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not explicitly relate to universities, like ours, the flavor of Sarbanes-Oxley Act has permeated the non-profit sector as well. The expectations by every governing board in the country—directors; trustees; and others—have to exercise a greater level of fiduciary responsibility, question the administrators, and be able to prove to them at anytime that we are in compliance.

 

            The Penn State Board of Trustees has now established an audit committee, and we never had that before. This is one of the initiatives that is out there. It comes out of discussions within the last year as the audit committee was set up, and our own Board of Trustees’ interest in a sense is being in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act, with the spirit of Sarbanes-Oxley, if not the letter of the law in every respect. We have contracted with an outside company that does this for lots and lots of companies. When you call the 800 number, they have operators doing this for many companies, and they submit a report back to us. So we do not know who is saying what about anything. I do not think we are going to get very many calls. This is Penn State and we have a pretty clean operation. It is very rare that we come up with wrong doing of the sort that has been seen in the corporate world. I do not think much is going to happen, but it was our obligation to tell employees that they could call this number, that we would get a report, and yes, we will follow-up. I hope people do not see this as intrusive. Believe me, this is not something that is heavy on my radar screen. When the report comes in it goes to the internal audit department. We have always had an internal audit department and it operates under Ken Babe. He is sitting here with his arms folded watching everything that we do. Our system of checks and balances, our system of financial officers that work out there in the colleges and campuses, all report to the corporate controller of the University. It works very, very well. I am proud of what we do at Penn State. Do not worry about it. It is just a sign of the times that we have been sucked into.

 

            Tramble Turner, Abington: Good afternoon, President Spanier. From recent news reports, in fact I believe it is today, a group of Penn State students are in Harrisburg lobbying. I wonder if you could speak how this initiative might have an even more fruitful outcome in terms of state budgeting and the impact on tuition.

 

            President Spanier: I wish the students well and I think it is marvelous that they are doing this. I think our student leaders are at a point where they understand that the administration is not the enemy. We are just not making up some arbitrarily large tuition increase to put the money in our own pockets, or do something frivolous with it. They understand the very direct connection between the legislative appropriation and tuition, and they are trying to be part of the solution. They know they need to talk to their legislators in their own districts, and make a statement in the Capitol, just like any other advocacy group does. So I think it is great they are doing that. They are doing that with the consent and advice of our Governmental Affairs offices. We have students from campuses all around the state participating. The legislators receive them very warmly. They are happy to have them there, and happy to have their interest. Also, it parallels our efforts with the Penn State Grass Roots Network that some of you are familiar with.

 

            The Penn State Grass Roots Network is an initiative that comes out of the Penn State Alumni Association. I think we have 30,000 individuals signed up as advocates. We give them information about what we are up to, why, and what we need. We ask them to be in contact with their legislators. Does it make any difference in the end? It certainly cannot hurt. Does it make much of a difference? I would say probably not a huge difference, because the Governor has already put his budget out there. The final budget is usually just the Governor’s budget, with some modest changes around the edges. We will be making repeat visits back to Harrisburg. At this point, the budget starts to be more heavily influenced by the legislative leaders in their negotiations with the Governor. We try to get involved in that, as well as we can, to influence the process. So we know where we are now, and we know a few things that are a little problematic for us that we have to fix. Of course, we are trying to get that overall number up a little bit.

 

            Right now, we are working on a few things in the Governor’s budget that are disappointing to me. We have to give the Governor credit for a few things. Remember, we had three years where there were five budget cuts including two mid-year cuts. I believe Governor Rendell really does care about the welfare of this University and about higher education. At least he has us in there for a basic increase, but it is quite modest. I know he is trying to help us with the Medical Center budget, but there is a little problem there. He has proposed to help us by using Medicaid funds, which are on shaky ground to begin with. So while his heart is really in the right place on that, we think we will be able to work through the legislative session to find a way to have that help us in the end. We do have to monitor it. We are a little worried about the particular plan to get from here to there.

 

            We are very disappointed that the budgets for the agricultural research line item, and for the cooperative extension line item were at zero. That is very hard for us to contemplate given that the education and general part of the budget is at two percent, and there is no offsetting tuition possibility for those two line items to make up the difference. We have to do something about that or we are talking about real serious cuts in actual positions that people now occupy, and why we would want to do that. It makes no sense.

 

            Probably the most curious anomaly is that the Governor, being an advocate for certain areas of higher education, wants very much to improve the status of our community colleges, open the doors widely, and promote people obtaining associate degrees. He has proposed a ten percent increase in the budget for the community colleges, but at the same time he put Penn College in there for no increase. News flash everyone: Penn State University is the single largest producer of associate degrees in the state of Pennsylvania, and Penn College is responsible for a majority of those degrees. If anything, they should have been singled out for a ten percent increase even if Penn State was going to get two percent everywhere else; instead, they are at zero. It does not make sense and we have pointed that out a few times already. We will try to do something about that as well. So those are some things we are working on.

 

            Chair Steiner: Are there any other questions or comments?

 

            Cynthia Mara, Capital College: Just a clarification. Just now, when you were talking you said, the level of employer contribution to TIAA-CREF has not been changed. Are there any plans to change that level of contribution?

 

            President Spanier: I believe we have held the percentage of employer contribution at 9.29 percent, and it has been that way for a very long time. No, we do not have plans to decrease or increase it. I do not know how we ended up at that percentage (Billie Willits stated that it is determined legislatively). Then that makes it even more unlikely that we would change the contribution. Thank you all very much. As they say in England, “carry on.”

 

FORENSIC BUSINESS

None.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

None.

 

ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

None.

 

            Chair Steiner:  That brings us to Informational Reports and we do have some.

 

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

 

ELECTIONS COMMISSION

 

            Roster of Senators by Voting Units for 2005-2006, Appendix C. This annual report gives the names of new, continuing, ex officio, and appointed senators.

 

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

 

            Nominating Report for 2005-2006, Appendix D. Pamela P. Hufnagel, Chair, Senate Committee on Committees and Rules presented the slate of nominations for Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, Standing Joint Committee on Tenure, and University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. The floor was open for additional nominations for these committees. On behalf of Committee on Committees and Rules, Deidre Jago presented two additional nominations for the Standing Joint Committee on Tenure: Gordon W. Blood, Department Head, Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health and Human Development; Constance A. Flanagan, Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education, College of Agricultural Sciences. No additional nominations were made.

 

SENATE COUNCIL NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 2005-2006

 

            Nominating Report for 2005-2006, Appendix E. Christopher J. Bise, Chair, presented the slate of nominations for the positions of Chair-Elect, Secretary, and the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President. The floor was open for additional nominations for these positions. No additional nominations were made.

 

UNIVERSITY PLANNING

 

            University Long-Term Borrowing, Appendix F. Senior Vice-President for Finance and Business and Treasurer, Gary Schultz, gave a presentation on the University’s borrowing patterns; debt policy principles; measures of credit ratings; sources of capital funds; and upcoming capital projects.

 

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

 

            Changes in the Outreach Organization, Appendix G. Vice-President for Outreach, Craig Weidemann, presented the new outreach initiatives focused on increasing coherence, improving access and viability, and articulating a vision for Outreach.

 

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

            Summary of Petitions by College, Campus, and Unit, Appendix H. This annual report gives an overview of student petitions for exception to University policy by type of petition and college/campus. Committee Chair, Arthur C. Miller, stood for questions.

 

ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID

 

            Report on Enrollments and Admissions, Appendix I. Vice Provost for Enrollment Managements and Administration, John Romano, gave a report on issues facing the University in enrollments and admissions.

 

            Report on Faculty Senate Scholarship Awards to Undergraduates, Appendix J. Lynda R. Goldstein, Chair, provided an overview of the 254 Faculty Senate Scholarship Awards given to undergraduate students during 2003-2004 year. Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Aid, Anna Griswold, stood for questions.

 

FACULTY BENEFITS

 

            University Travel Task Force Report, Appendix K. Cathy Shannon, Office of Business Services, presented the report. This report focused on changes to the University’s travel policies and procedures, and contrasts current practices with proposed revisions. Representatives from the Travel Task Force, and the Technology and Implementation Team, responded to questions.

 

            Faculty Salaries, Academic Year 2004-2005, Appendix L. This annual report focuses on comparisons internally among units at Penn State and externally among peer institutions. Vice-Chair Tom Frank, who chaired the subcommittee, stood for questions.

 

LIBRARIES

 

            Serials and Scholarly Communication, Appendix M. Richard Barshinger, Vice-Chair, introduced the report. Assistant Dean for Collections in the University Libraries, Bonnie MacEwan, presented a report focusing on price increases in libraries and how these increases are affecting acquisitions. In addition, she gave examples of cost-containment strategies.

 

SENATE COUNCIL

 

            Summary of Spring 2005 Officers’ Visits to University Park Units, Appendix N. The Senate officers visited the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Business, the School of Information Sciences and Technology, the University Libraries, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. This report summarized the meetings with students, faculty, and unit administrators.

 

 

NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

None.

 

 

COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

None.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

            Chair Steiner: May I have a motion to adjourn?

 

            Senators: So moved.

 

            Chair Steiner: All in favor, please say, “aye.”

 

            Senators: Aye.

 

            Chair Steiner: Motion carries. The March 15, 2005, meeting of the University Faculty Senate was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

 

            Please note the next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will be on April 26, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. in room 112 Kern Graduate Building.

 

 

 

The following senators signed the attendance sheet and/or were noted as having attended the March 15, 2005 Senate meeting.

                 Abdalla, Charles                                                                 Cheney, Debora

                 Alcock, James                                                                    Chorney, Michael

                 Althouse, P. Richard                                                           Clark, Paul

                 Ambrose, Anthony                                                             Cohen, Jeremy

                 Anderson, Douglas                                                             Cole, Milton

                 Ansari, Mohamad                                                               Conklin, Martha

                 Atwater, Deborah                                                               Conti, Delia

                 Bagby, John                                                                       Coraor, Lee

                 Baggett, Connie                                                                  Costantino, Roselyn

                 Barbato, Guy                                                                      Curtis, Wayne

                 Barnes, David                                                                     Das, Rishi

                 Barshinger, Richard                                                            Davis, Dwight

                 Becker, Paul                                                                       Disney, Diane

                 Benson, Thomas                                                                 Donovan, James

                 Berkowitz, Leonard                                                            Du, Qiang

                 Bernhard, Michael                                                              Eckhardt, Caroline

                 Bise, Christopher                                                                Elder, James

                 Bittner, Edward                                                                  Engelder, Terry

                 Blasko, Dawn                                                                     Erickson, Rodney

                 Blood, Ingrid                                                                      Evensen, Dorothy

                 Blumberg, Melvin                                                               Falzone, Christopher

                 Boehmer, John                                                                   Feigelson, Eric

                 Boland, Donald                                                                  Feldman, Harvey

                 Boothby, Thomas                                                               Fernandez-Jimenez, Juan

                 Bowen, Blannie                                                                  Formanek, Edward

                 Breakey, Laurie                                                                  Frank, Thomas

                 Brewer, Cynthia                                                                 Frank, Russell

                 Bridges, K. Robert                                                             Franz, George

                 Brittingham-Brant, Margaret                                               Freedman, Debra

                 Brockman, William                                                             Gates, Zachary

                 Brown, Douglas                                                                  Geiger, Roger

                 Browne, Stephen                                                                Glumac, Thomas

                 Browning, Barton                                                               Goldstein, Lynda

                 Brunsden, Victor                                                                Gorby, Christine

                 Cameron, Craig                                                                  Gouran, Dennis

                 Cardamone, Michael                                                          Griswold, Anna

                 Carpenter, Lynn                                                                 Hagen, Daniel

                 Casteel, Mark                                                                    Hanes, Madlyn

                 Challis, John                                                                       Hannan, John

 

 


                 Harmonosky, Catherine                                                      Miller, Arthur

                 Harris, Ashley                                                                     Miller, Gary

                 Harrison, Terry                                                                   Moore, John

                 Harwood, John                                                                   Moses, Wilson

                 Heinsohn, Robert                                                                Mueller, Alfred

                 Hellmann, John                                                                   Myers, Jamie

                 Hester, Anne                                                                      Namasivayam, Karthik

                 High, Kane                                                                         Naydan, Michael

                 Hilton, James                                                                      Neiderer, Catherine

                 Holcomb, E. Jay                                                                 Novack, Robert

                 Holen, Dale                                                                        Osagie, Sylvester

                 Horwitz, Alan                                                                     Osagie, Iyunolu

                 Hudson, Benjamin                                                              Page, B. Richard

                 Hufnagel, Pamela                                                                Pangborn, Robert

                 Hupcey, Judith                                                                    Patchcoski, Justin

                 Irwin, Zachary                                                                    Perrine, Joy

                 Jago, Deidre                                                                       Petersen, Gary

                 Johnson, Ernest                                                                  Pietrucha, Martin

                 Johnson, John                                                                     Puzycki, Joseph

                 Kamp, Marie                                                                      Pytel, Jean Landa

                 Kane, Eileen                                                                       Rebane, P. Peter

                 Kephart, Kenneth                                                               Richards, David

                 Khalilollahi, Amir                                                                Richards, Winston

                 Kline, Michelle                                                                   Ricketts, Robert

                 Koul, Ravinder                                                                   Romano, John

                 Kump, Lee                                                                         Romberger, Andrew

                 Kunze, Donald                                                                   Rosson, Mary Beth

                 Le, Binh                                                                             Roth, Gregory

                 Lee, Sukyoung                                                                   Salvia, A. David

                 Leto, Dara                                                                          Sandmeyer, Louise

                 Levin, Deborah                                                                   Scaduto, Russell

                 Love, Nancy                                                                      Scaroni, Alan

                 Lundegren, Herberta                                                           Schaeffer, Stephen

                 Lynch, Christopher                                                             Schengrund, Cara-Lynne

                 MacCarthy, Stephen                                                           Schmiedekamp, Ann

                 Macdonald, Digby                                                              Selzer, John

                 Mara, Cynthia                                                                    Semali, Ladislaus

                 Mason, John                                                                       Shantz, Lisa

                 Maxwell, Kevin                                                                  Simmonds, Patience

                 McCarty, Ronald                                                                Singh, Harjit

                 McGinnis, Michael                                                              Smith, Nadine

                 Middlemiss, Kenneth                                                          Sommese, Kristin

 

 


                 Spanier, Graham

                 Spector, David

                 Spychalski, John

                 Steiner, Kim

                 Stoffels, Shelley

                 Strauss, James

                 Su, Mila

                 Szczygiel, Bonj

                 Tellep, Andrew

                 Tempelman, Arkady

                 Thomas, Steven

                 Tormey, Brian

                 Troester, Rodney

                 Turner, Tramble

                 Vandiver, Beverly

                 Vary, Thomas

                 Ventrella, Matthew

                 Vickers, Anita

                 Voigt, Robert

                 Wager, J. James

                 Wake, Warren

                 Weidemann, Craig

                 Welch, Susan

                 Wheeler, Eileen

                 White, Eric

                 Wiens-Tuers, Barbara

                 Willits, Billie

                 Wilson, Matthew

                 Wrzos, Helena

                 Yerger, Sara                                                                              Total Elected:      178

                 Yoder, Edgar                                                                         Total Ex Officio:          5

                 Youmans, Charles                                                                 Total Appointed:        14

                 Zambanini, Robert                                                                  Total Attending:      197

                 Zervanos, Stamatis

                 Ziegler, Gregory