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Volume 34-----DECEMBER 5, 2000-----Number 3

 

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 2000-01.

 

The publication is issued by the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building, University Park, PA  16802 (Telephone 814-863-0221).  The Record is distributed to all Libraries across the Penn State system, and is posted on the Web at http://www.psu.edu/ufs under publications.  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 which have appeared in the Agenda of the meeting are not included in The Record unless they have been changed substantially during the meeting or are considered to be of major importance.  Remarks and discussion are abbreviated in most instances.  A complete transcript and tape of the meeting is on file.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

I.                    Final Agenda for December 5, 2000

 

A.     Summary of Agenda Actions

B.     Minutes and Summaries of Remarks

 

II.  Enumeration of Documents

 

      A.  Documents Distributed Prior to December 5, 2000

      B.  Attached

Door Handout – Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Commemoration 2001

            Attendance

 

III.  Tentative Agenda for January 30, 2001

FINAL AGENDA FOR DECEMBER 5, 2000

 

A.     MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -

      Minutes of the October 24, 2000, Meeting in The Senate Record 34:2

 

B.  COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report

                        (Blue Sheets) of November 21, 2000

 

C.  REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of November 14, 2000

 

D.  ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -

 

E.  COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -

F.      FORENSIC BUSINESS -

G.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS -

H.     LEGISLATIVE REPORTS –

 

Committees and Rules

 

Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership)

 

Revision of Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e)

 

Undergraduate Education

 

            Revision of Senate Policy 42-27: Class Attendance

 

I.        ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS –

 

University Planning

 

      Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University

 

J.       INFORMATIONAL REPORTS –

 

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

 

      Reserved Spaces Program

 

Faculty Affairs

 

      UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation

 

Undergraduate Education

 

            Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location

 

University Planning

 

      Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University

 

      A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign, Rodney Kirsch,

      Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

 

K.  NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS -

 

L.   COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY -

 

M.      ADJOURNMENT -

 

SUMMARY OF AGENDA ACTIONS

 

The Senate passed two Legislative Reports:

 

Committees and Rules - "Revision of Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e).”  This report placed a representative from the Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies on the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs as a member.  (See Record, page(s) 7-8 and Agenda Appendix "C.")

 

Undergraduate Education – “Revision of Senate Policy 42-27: Class Attendance.”   This report inserted the words “The Martin Luther King Day of Service” as an example of a University-approved extracurricular activity that students may be excused from class for.  (See Record, page(s) 8 and Agenda Appendix "D.")

 

 

One report must lie on the table until the January 30, 2001, meeting because it involves a constitutional change:

 

Committees and Rules – “Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership).”  See Record, page(s) 7 and Agenda Appendix “B.”)

 

The Senate meeting was adjourned at 2:30 PM.  The one Advisory/Consultative Report and the five Informational Reports that were not presented at the December 5, 2000, Senate Meeting, will be on the Agenda for the January 30, 20001, Senate Meeting.

 

The University Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, December 5, 2000, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building with Cara-Lynne Schengrund, Chair, presiding.  One hundred and sixty-eight Senators signed the roster.

 

Chair Schengrund:  It is time to begin.

 

MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING

 

Moving to the minutes of the preceding meeting, The Senate Record, providing a full transcription of the proceedings of the October 24, 2000 meeting, was sent to all University Libraries and posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page.  Are there any corrections or additions to this document?  All those in favor of accepting the minutes, please signify by saying, "aye."

 

Senators:  Aye.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Opposed?  The minutes are accepted.  Thank you.

 

COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE

 

You have received the Senate Curriculum Report for November 21, 2000.  This document is posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page.

 

Louis Geschwindner has also communicated to us that the U.S. Army is developing a new service, that will provide all soldiers with access to online certificate and degree programs from colleges and universities across the nation.  To participate in this program, an institution must join the Servicemembers Opportunity College and a related military education organization call SOCAD.  Penn State is planning to do this in a limited basis, and they will be limiting this application to cover programs offered online through the World Campus.  If you are interested in reading more about this, the full document is available for your perusal in the Senate Office.

           

REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL

 

Also, you should have received the Report of Senate Council for the meeting of November 14, 2000.  This is an attachment in The Senate Agenda for today's meeting.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

 

Chair Schengrund:  I have a number of announcements to make this afternoon, and the first one is that a former colleague and Senator Frederick W. Lampe died in November.  He was a Professor of Chemistry at Penn State, and he was a long time Senator, and I’d just like to ask for a moment of silence in remembrance of him.  Thank you.

 

One of the handouts you received today contains the list of events planned for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration week in 2001.  Those of you at University Park will see posters, you’ll see buttons, etc., advertising this week of activities.  Those of you who are not from University Park, might want to take the list of activities back to your campuses and post it someplace, and those students that are interested in attending one of those activities could then first of all be made aware of the fact that they are happening, and secondly make plans to come up here to participate in them.

 

The Faculty Advisory Committee met on Thursday, November 9, 2000, and discussed the following topics:  Campus climate; Hate mail; Labor Relations Board decision regarding unionization of graduate students at Temple and what effect this might have on Penn State; Status of the implementation of general education; Intellectual property update; Rules for faculty emeritus status; Legal representation for the university; the definition of residency for faculty; Dean search updates for Berks-Lehigh Valley College and the Commonwealth College; and Napster.  And those of you that have come in if you can find a vacant seat either on this side or on that side you’re welcome to fill in and I apologize but the rest of you will have to stand.  I would appreciate it if any Senators that are not sitting in their assigned seats could please move to their assigned seats that might make more seats available for our visitors.  Thank you.  I’ll finish my comments about the Faculty Advisory Committee, and then I’ll give you an explanation in a few minutes.  The next meeting of FAC will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2001.  If anyone has any items for FAC to address, please contact one of the Senate Officers, or one of the three elected FAC members; Peter Deines, Peter Rebane (Elizabeth Hanley is on sabbatical spring semester) and Gordon De Jong.

 

The Senate Officers concluded our fall trips to the various campuses with a visit to the Dickinson School of Law on October 31, 2000.  We then had a debriefing meeting with Provost Erickson and John Leathers on November 27, 2000.

           

Subsequently, George Bugyi, John Nichols and I attended a CIC Leadership Conference on November 3 and 4, 2000 at Purdue University.

 

The attendees included faculty governance leaders from University of Illinois-UC, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Purdue University and Penn State University.  We identified a list of issues that we face on our campuses and a number of them are common to all of the Big Ten schools.  One was the involvement of non-tenure track faculty and faculty governance, which is not an issue on this campus.  The role of faculty in diversity issues, and one of the comments made was the need to discuss tolerance without getting hostile.  Other issues included the university viewed as a business enterprise; termination of faculty for cause or neglect of duty, unfitness, post-tenure review.  How do you keep senior faculty engaged in a meaningful way and the need to set rules before you actually have cases coming up.  Intellectual property issues, especially as they relate to electronic instruction and that’s something I think we can feel very involved with.  Health care costs, the effect on faculty salaries, and other issues such as athletic governance; unionization of graduate students; electronic privacy; cost of library acquisitions.

 

Now before we continue on with the regular Senate meeting the Senate leadership has been having discussions with LaKeisha Wolf, who is chair of the Black Caucus and she has requested time to speak to the Senate.  She put this request in within the four days prior to Senate meeting as it should be done, and normally this request would be addressed by having her speak under Comments And Recommendations For The Good Of The University.  And as we all know that comes at the end of the Senate meeting, when a number of Senators may have chosen to depart to head home, perhaps before the snow gets too deep to get there.  What I would like to request is that someone move to suspend the rules.  This motion would require a two-thirds vote but would allow me to move the Comments And Recommendations For The Good Of The University from where they are normally presented at the end of a Senate meeting, to immediately following the legislative items that are on our Agenda.

 

Senators:  So moved.

 

Chair Schengrund:  I would like to finish my request and the motion…

 

Senators:  Laughter.

 

Chair Schengrund:  And included in that request is that it would be four separate students speaking for not more than a total of ten minutes for the four students.  That is the motion that I would like.

 

Senators:  So moved.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Thank you.  Is there any discussion?  Seeing none, all those in favor, please signify by saying, "aye."

 

Senators:  Aye.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Any opposed, "nay"?  The aye’s have it, the motion is carried.  Thank you.  Moving on then with our amended Agenda, I would like to ask President Spanier for his comments.

 

COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

 

Graham B. Spanier, President:  Thank you, and good afternoon.  I’d like to begin by commending the Senate and its committees for the good work that it has been doing in the area of intellectual property policy development.  Just to summarize some of the recent activities after the delivery of the report by the Task Force on Technology Transfer, the decision was made to have a small committee charged by the vice-president for research to draft a courseware policy.  A committee chaired by Thomas Jackson and including Shelton Alexander, Wayne Curtis, Gary Miller and Gary Weber has recently completed a draft version of this policy which today was to be reviewed by three Senate committees--those dealing with Research, Computing and Information Systems and Faculty Affairs.  The provost, the vice-president for research and I reviewed the draft and are very encouraged that this policy will encourage faculty to design and deliver courses using the latest in web technology while at the same time protecting the faculty’s interests.  Penn State strongly encourages university personnel involvement in computer based and computer assisted instruction and in the development of computer based instructional materials.  The purpose of this courseware policy is to provide strong incentives for university involvement in courseware and courseware module development, while also protecting the university’s interest in its educational programs and in controlling costs to students.  The policy will for example, provide mechanisms for the university to commission courseware and courseware modules, thus providing the resources to encourage faculty participation in web based instruction.  To provide mechanisms to allow university personnel to initiate development of courseware and courseware modules; provide opportunities where appropriate to share in royalty revenue and to clarify issues that relate to conflict of interest, conflict of commitment and association issues related to competition with the role of the university.  I think it is a significant step forward, and again I want to thank the Senate and its committees for their good work in this emerging area of intellectual property.

 

The second item I’d like to report on is the evolving tobacco settlement discussions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  As I think many of you know there were settlements across the country related to tobacco issues with each of the states including Pennsylvania.  This will result in a substantial sum of money coming to the commonwealth and through the commonwealth political process right now in Harrisburg where discussions are taking place over Penn State’s disposition of these funds.  The university is involved in the middle of these discussions in one important respect, namely that some portion of the funds are likely to be used for health related and prevention related research.  The governor has a proposal on the table.  There are other proposals emanating from members of the legislature and Darrell Kirch our Senior Vice-President for Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine, Eva Pell in her role as Vice-President for Research, Richard DiEugenio in Governmental Affairs and his staff, I and others are very involved in making sure that Penn State receives what we consider to be an equitable share of the funds in this tobacco settlement.  We will keep you posted along the way on how this might benefit the university.

 

I want to congratulate those of you associated with Penn State Abington College on the 50th anniversary celebration that’s occurring this coming Sunday in Abington.  I look forward to being there as a part of that.  We had a similar observance at the McKeesport Campus a few weeks ago which was a very pleasant event.

 

I want to say how pleased I am once again as we tend to be every year here with the latest findings coming out of the national reporting system tied to the NCAA concerning the graduation rates of our student athletes.  That Penn State again, is graduating its athletes at a rate substantially and vastly higher than that of other comparable universities is something we’re very proud of.  Now I’d like to open it up to your questions.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Are there any other questions for the president?  It’s your last chance until the next year.

 

Jacob Kosoff, Student Senator, Eberly College of Science:  One question I had was there has been an elimination of a lot of student parking especially in Lot 80.  The Daily Collegian reported that 193 spots were eliminated.  That’s not my question but that more students are parking out in Lot 83 by the flower gardens and they have to walk farther to get the Loop.  Is there a way you could expand the Loop or make a link for the students that now have to park in Lot 83 by the flower gardens a lot farther from campus as opposed to Lot 80 where they’re right there at East Halls to catch the Loop? 

 

President Spanier:  Well as a policy matter and based on long advice from my predecessors I’ve decided not to get involved in parking.

 

Senators:  Laughter.

 

President Spanier:  Now a lot of people haven’t gotten that message because I still receive several dozen emails a week from people outraged about parking.  But I do tend to forward those on to our parking coordinator.  The parking and transportation system is continuing to evolve, and the folks who are involved with parking are really quite open to any suggestions.  It will change every year because for every time there’s a new building or a new lot it takes the place of where a lot used to be, or the traffic patterns change in the community.  There are any one of a number of reasons why parking circumstances change.  Not only from time-to-time, but nowadays really at several points throughout the year so the Loop schedules and all those things are continuously adjusted.  So there will continue to be changes and I would say that the folks who are involved with parking are much more open to feedback than people might realize.  It’s good for them to have that feedback, and if you have some ideas about places where there should be bus stops, where bus stops now are clogging up traffic patterns and so on, feel free to send those along.  It’s very simple to write to Teresa Davis and her folks (tad6@psu.edu) I think is her email address and you don’t have to send along a nasty message with it though, she has plenty of those as it is.  But, yes they are open to that kind of feedback, and it will continue to evolve, and there will never be enough parking close enough to everyone’s final destination as they would like.  That’s about the only thing I can promise.

 

Tramble T. Turner, Penn State Abington:  President Spanier, at out last Senate meeting you had quite a few remarks, and got several questions about various acts of intolerance, etc.  I was wondering if you could provide us an update…you indicated you were going to be thinking further about the role of the university because of hate type crime.  Let’s say hate crime legislation, and since we are looking toward the new year what would you outline as the university’s involvement in the coming year?

 

President Spanier:  Thank you for the question.  I think there continues to be active discussion around these issues, and I think they’ve been pretty well covered in the media, so you know by-and-large what some of the activities are.  There have been several additional educational programs on campus.  Terrell Jones who’s our Vice Provost for Educational Equity, has the lead role on this within the university community, and he and members of his staff, along with members of the student affairs staff, continue to look for ways to deal with these issues from the standpoint of our educational programming.  Police Services of course, is very much involved to the extent that there are enforcement issues that are necessary.  We have expanded the discussion beyond the walls of the university into the community, and I’m very pleased to say that there has been a very good level of responsiveness from community leaders wanting to be helpful and wanting to participate.  The university’s Alumni Association has been very proactive, and has always had a history of being concerned.  You may have seen some advertising that they have placed in the papers in and around University Park to provide their messages of support.  We will hear from some students during the session here today, and I think they will be in a position to give you some of their thinking and their perspective.  There continues to be a very high level of concern among the university administration.  I’m not sure there is anything we spend more time talking about lately than this general issue.  So, I would continue to urge the faculty to think about ways in which they could be helpful.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Additional questions?

 

President Spanier:  Before I leave the podium, since this is our last Senate meeting before the holidays, let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy holiday.  I encourage all of you to have your final grades in on time, to give every student the very best grade and fairest grade you possibly can, and then to come ready to work back in January for a new semester.  So I hope you enjoy the holidays, and get all rested up during the time off.  Thank you.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Thank you.

 

FORENSIC BUSINESS

 

None

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

None

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

 

Chair Schengrund:  As we begin our discussion of reports, I will remind you to please stand and identify yourself and the unit you represent before addressing the Senate.  We have no forensic business, and there was no unfinished business from the last meeting, so we’ll move on to legislative reports.  The two legislative reports that we have today are coming from the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules, and Deidre Jago will present both of them.  The first one is on the Revision of the Constitution, Article II, Section 1(Membership), which defines the electorate of the Senate.     

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

 

Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1(Membership)

 

Deidre Jago, Chair, Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

 

Deidre E. Jago, Hazleton Campus:  Good afternoon, and thank you, Professor Schengrund.  Appendix “B” reflects the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules which would be a “Revision to our Constitution, Article II, Section 1(Membership)”.  The procedure that has been followed most recently reflects the change that we’re proposing in this legislation.  The legislation would strike “who are not candidates for degrees at Penn State,” and everything else would remain the same.  Under the rationale, I would like to give one editorial correction.  About half way down where it says, “Dickinson College of Law,” it should say “School of Law,” so cross out college, and replace college with school, it was just a misnomer under the rationale.  It does not change the effect of the proposed legislation.  Are there any questions about this legislation?

 

Chair Schengrund:  This is a constitutional change that’s being recommended so therefore this report will lay on the table for one month.  The vote on this report will be taken at the January 30, 2001 meeting.  Since there are no questions I’ll just say thank you, and we’ll move on to the next report from the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules which is the Revision of Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e), Appendix “C”.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

 

Revision of Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e)

 

Deidre Jago, Chair, Senate Committee on Committees and Rules

 

Deidre E. Jago:  Again, in Appendix “C,” the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules is recommending that the membership of the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs be increased to at least 20 elected Faculty Senators; and this would include a representative from Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  They have petitioned the Senate for membership in this committee, and the committee unanimously supports this recommendation.  Are there any questions?

 

Chair Schengrund:  Hearing none, all those in favor, please signify by saying, "aye."

 

Senators:  Aye.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Any opposed, "nay"?  The aye’s have it, the motion is carried.  Thank you, Deidre.  Our next legislative item is from the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education.  It’s a proposed Revision of Senate Policy 42-27, which deals with class attendance, and it’s Appendix “D” in your handout for today, and Jamie Myers will present it.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Revision of Senate Policy 42-27:  Class Attendance

Jamie M. Myers, Chair, Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education

 

Jamie M. Myers, College of Education:  Thank you.  I’d just like to recognize Tony Huang, would you please stand Tony?  He is the undergraduate student that directs that day of service on Martin Luther King Day, and he’s just done a phenomenal amount of work already in preparation.  There are already a little bit over 1,000 students committed to service on that day.

 

Senators:  Applause.

 

Jamie M. Myers:  I’m ready to answer any questions you have about the change.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Hearing none, all those in favor of the proposed change to Senate Policy 42-27, please signify by saying, "aye."

 

Senators:  Aye.

 

Chair Schengrund:  Any opposed, "nay"?  The aye’s have it, the motion is carried.  Thanks, Jamie.

 

ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University

Peter Deines, Chair, Senate Committee on University Planning

 

NOT ADDRESSED

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING AND STUDENT AID

Reserved Spaces Program

JoAnn Chirico, Chair, Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid

 

NOT ADDRESSED

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY AFFAIRS

 

UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation

 

Louis Milakofsky, Chair, Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs

 

NOT ADDRESSED

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location

Jamie M. Myers, Chair, Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education

 

NOT ADDRESSED

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University

Peter Deines, Chair, Senate Committee on University Planning

 

NOT ADDRESSED

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING

A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign

Peter Deines, Chair, Senate Committee on University Planning

 

NOT ADDRESSED

 

NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

 

None

 

BECAUSE THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED PRIOR TO DISCUSSION THE ABOVE PORTION OF THE AGENDA WAS NOT ADDRESSED

 

COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY

 

Chair Schengrund:  At this point we have suspended the rules by a two-thirds vote, and we will now have the Comments And Recommendations For The Good Of The University by LaKeisha Wolf plus three other students.  So if all four of you would please come down front.  I’d like to just remind you that there is a ten minute time limit for this, and LaKeisha I am going to ask that you introduce the other three speakers please.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  My name is LaKeisha Wolf.  I’m a senior majoring in broadcast journalism.  Starting over here to my right is Chenits Pettigrew, Alain Vaval and Gabriel Bryant.  Alain will be beginning our presentation.

 

Alain Vaval:  We come today, Black students of The Pennsylvania State University because we strongly believe that the university is failing to truly meet our academic, social and professional needs.  For decades, students of African descent at the university have incessantly worked to present these issues to the administration and propose feasible solutions, and cooperatively implement these changes.  However, ideologies of intolerance, oppression, and insensitivity are upheld by the administration’s lack of an appropriate and effective response.  The Pennsylvania State University acknowledges in its missions, values, vision and strategic goals that an education is the foundation of an enlightened and prosperous society.  This statement serves to totally support our view of the function and purpose of education and educational institutions.  This document goes on to say that the “single most important key to opening doors wider to all people is to create an environment in which students feel welcome”.  Unfortunately, an environment where students can receive degrading letters, emails, death threats and must contend with personal attacks on their physical safety simply because of the color of their skin, is far from welcoming.  Also an education that does not systematically address the concerns of African people, particularly of African American people is completely unacceptable.  In addition to these feelings of discomfort we also believe that the institution has continually failed to commit to its mission in its “Framework to Foster Diversity”.  This document clearly states that, “Education within a pluralistic society should affirm, and help students understand their home and community cultures.  However, it should also help free them from their cultural boundaries.  To create and maintain a civic community that works for the common good, and education in a democratic society, should help students acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they will need to participate in civic action to make society more equitable and just”.  As our community continues to be most affected by issues of poverty, education, health, incarceration and self-governance, it is apparent that The Pennsylvania State University is failing to empower students with the education needed to effectively combat these issues.  We are distraught with the fact that the one department, the African and African American Studies Department that was designed to strategically address these issues, is slowly being dissolved before our eyes.  As a credible research institution, the university has the resources and capabilities to lead the nation in producing individuals who are prepared to face the various issues that plague the Black community.  This will certainly bring about systemic and long lasting solutions that are needed to confront the root causes of racism.  Simply put, Black students here at the university will not rest until the university gives substance to the empty rhetoric.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  To add onto the points that Alain was making, I’m going to talk about the state of the Black community.  Before I begin though I have a question and it’s to the executive board of the Faculty Senate and to anybody else.  My question is, what are the leadership challenges that face the Black community?  Well let me tell you.  Like Alain said we are the population that has the highest poverty rates, we face so many different kinds of health problems that Penn State and other institutions and many research institutions are failing to even look into.  And so what we demand is that we have courses, that we have teachers who are able to educate students on how to go back into communities that face these problems with applicable skills to help solve these problems.  At this time Penn State is not doing that, and so that is what we are demanding.  Our AAAS department is shrinking and it makes no sense whatsoever.  According to the Strategic Plan for Diversity of Penn State it articulates a goal to become “a caring university community that provides leadership for constructive participation in a diverse and multicultural world”.  It then goes on to pose the question, “where will leadership for constructive participation in a diverse and multicultural world be cultivated if not the academy”?  If not Penn State, who is going to do it?  So what we are demanding is that we set up a work group made up of students, faculty and staff, that will reexamine what Penn State offers and compare it to what issues our communities are facing and see if there is some inconsistency with that, and I do believe we’ll find that there is, as we found that there is.  And we as Black students are not content with the education that we are receiving.  I can’t go back to Pittsburgh where I’m from and deal with the fact that there’s crack in my ghetto and I don’t know how to address those concerns.  Because at Penn State the place where I’m working hard, and receiving death threats is not teaching me how to do that, and so we are demanding that we receive our just and equitable education.

 

Gabriel Bryant:  I’m going to speak for a few minutes about the foundations of the African and African American Studies Department in general.  As declared in the mission statement, the African and African American Studies program was designed to and I quote, “provide students with the opportunity to explore the experiences of African Americans using theories and methods originating in the field along with those various disciplines.  Students apply these theories and methods to better understand the social, political and economic problems facing African American communities.  The curriculum also promotes greater understanding to the relationship between African Americans and other ethnic groups”.  The Penn State Coalition of Students recognizes this department as an integral part of our education due to the fact that it is the one department at Penn State that specifically works around building up extensive knowledge of our community, our overall experience, and our society.  Many of us enter Penn State coming from a secondary level education that has not informed us correctly of our community and, of our history, so it is essential that we have our African and African American Studies Department here as strong and autonomous, so that it can serve our social and educational development.  In 1988, the concerned African Americans at Penn State another group of Black students worked intensely to ensure that this department was founded, and that it would in fact function autonomously while providing graduate programs, tenured faculty appointments at senior ranks, and increased budget funds for operations and research programs.  Currently I have a copy of the 1988 initiative, and I’d just like to highlight a couple of the facts that were looked at that were also spoken with then President Bryce Jordan.  Two points are that we demand an increase in the number of full time professors, assistants, associates and full professors to eight percent.  Further, while fulfilling this we demand that the university follow the hiring methods of other premier universities, specifically when hiring persons in at the senior rank with tenure.  As well, enhancement of existing programs, bring on ten new faculty appointments at senior ranks, and increase budget funds for operations for research towards programs for facilities and for the aforementioned programs.  The fact of the matter is, twelve years later none of these have been met.  As well we can make a distinction towards our other peers in the Big Ten conference:  Indiana State University currently has nine core faculty and 42 affiliate faculty; The University of Michigan currently has 14 core faculty, 15 affiliate faculty and 41 other African Scholars; Ohio State University currently has 15 core faculty and eight affiliate faculty; The University of Wisconsin-Madison currently has 16 core faculty and 50 plus affiliate or consulting faculty; The University of Iowa has 17 core faculty; The University of Illinois has 35 core faculty and 25 affiliate faculty; Michigan State University has 75 plus core faculty and 38 affiliate or consulting faculty; and here at The Pennsylvania State University, we have only five core faculty and only 14 affiliate or consulting faculty, and two with tenure out of the five.  In all we’re basically just asking for the strengthening and the autonomy of this department.  What we demand is that we work with the necessary administrators to ensure that increased faculty will be brought into AAAS to expand the department, also while being selected to serve dual appointments.  These faculty members will teach courses in the various disciplines offering an African and African American perspective.

 

Chenits Pettigrew:  Good afternoon all.  I’m going to be brief in conclusion. The Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution and any land grant institution functions to serve the sons and daughters of its commonwealth.  The individuals you see standing in the back of this room are sons and daughters of this commonwealth.  They come from communities of this commonwealth and they are not being equipped to deal with the issues that are plaguing those communities.  Very simply put all of the university’s rhetoric if you go on Penn State’s web page; it extensively details ways in which Penn State is trying to attack these problems and deal with them.  I as a student at Penn State, have been here…this is my fourth year here, and I can tell you that none of these things are being done.  My needs are not being adequately met.  I wasn’t consulted on how my needs should be met either.  In American society beyond capitalism, beyond the democracy that we learn about, beyond the jobs that many of your students are going to receive in corporate America, what issue is at the center of all of these things?  What issue captures the inception of America?  Race.  Why is it that at an institution of higher education, race is a taboo?  Race is an issue that we don’t want to deal with when race is the foremost issue in our society.  At a practical institution, which is what a land grant institution is an institution that deals with pragmatism and practical application of skills in communities, in the societies of the commonwealth.  Why isn’t race being dealt with at all?  All of the issues that we talked about and dealt with that are going on in communities that I’m from, that many of these people are from are not being dealt with.  Those issues are at the center of race.  In conclusion what I’d like to say is we are not asking for any of these issues to be brought up for institutional review.  We’re not asking for that at all.  We’re not asking for the Faculty Senate to say, “these things may be feasible or may not be feasible”.  What we are doing is we are affirming our right to have our needs met, and we’d like to have the Faculty Senate along with us in that process.  We have a contract that we’d also like to be signed for your commitment to help us with these issues in dealing with them.  Hopefully our presentation was clear enough for you to understand where we stand, and why we stand where we stand.

 

Senators:  Applause.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  At this time, I’m not sure how much time we do have left.  We do have a commitment that we’re asking the Faculty Senate to sign today.  That was our reason for coming here.  It is a commitment to work with us to solve these problems and there shouldn’t be any reason why this contract should not be signed because our needs are justifiable, our demands are justifiable.  I don’t even have to read the entire contract but I think it is necessary and I would like everybody here to understand what we are asking for.  “American institutions of higher education…face the challenge of preparing students to live and work in an increasingly diverse society in which cultural knowledge and understanding are more important than ever before.  To meet this challenge, the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation must educate students from all segments of society and must provide those students with a meaningful exposure to cultures other than their own.”  This is a quote from A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State:  1998-2003.

 

In 1998, the University Planning Council (UPC) commissioned the Vice Provost for Educational Equity to develop a university-wide diversity plan.  The Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State, 1998-2003 suggested seven challenges that must be met to fulfill The Pennsylvania State University’s obligation to prepare students for life and work in a civil democracy in the twenty-first century.  Several of the specific challenges discussed in the document were (1) Developing a Shared and Inclusive Understanding of Diversity; (2) Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body; and (3) Developing a Curriculum that Supports the Goals of Our New General Education Plan.  Penn State has strived to be a caring university community that “provides leadership for constructive participation in a diverse, multicultural world”.  Several boards and commissions have reaffirmed this commitment to Penn State’s existing diversity through the adoption of a formal resolution of support.  The university has a commitment to accomplishing this initiative, however it has fallen short in the completion of these goals.  This institution must be held accountable in its efforts to promote and foster diversity within its campus and its curriculum.  Penn State can accomplish its goals as a university of higher learning, by institutionalizing curriculum that can serve to eradicate years of systemic racism, which has plagued students of African descent.

 

Penn State’s commitments reflect internal decisions regarding the requisites for excellence, in part because these efforts are legally required.  Public institutions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have a special responsibility in this regard related to ongoing efforts to comply with desegregation mandates from the U.S. Department of Education.  No determination has yet been made as to whether the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has fulfilled the requirements of its previous (1983-88) desegregation plan.

 

Now this is the part that we are asking the Faculty Senate to sign.  It says, “We, the Faculty Senate have read the above statement and recognize that the overall Pennsylvania State University curriculum does not meet the initiatives as stated in the Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State:  1998-2003 commissioned by the Department of Educational Equity.  We agree that not meeting these initiatives is unacceptable and is currently damaging the academic development of the entire Penn State student body which further contributes to the contentious racial climate at Penn State.  In not meeting these initiatives, we the Faculty Senate will mandate a university-wide curriculum evaluation to document how those diversity initiatives are not being met.

 

In addition we, the Faculty Senate agree to provide the Penn State Coalition of Students with support and encouragement in their development of a plan to meet these diversity initiatives.  We acknowledge that giving our support is in accordance with Federal Law Civil Rights Act of 1964 and with State Law The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Desegregation Plan of 1983-1988.

 

Furthermore, we the Faculty Senate agree to give our support only on the condition that the plans to meet those initiatives is developed by the Penn State Coalition of Students, and a group of faculty members selected by the Penn State Coalition of Students from every department where curriculum changes will occur.

 

Upon signing this contract, we the Faculty Senate agree to schedule a meeting with the Penn State Coalition of Students to discuss their proposal and future actions.  This meeting will be scheduled to occur prior to the dismissal of this semester.

 

In signing this document, we the Faculty Senate will adhere to the above statement.

 

At this time I am submitting the proposal that we presented points from and the contact.

 

Senators:  Applause.

 

Chair Schengrund:  At this time I’d like to thank the students for taking the time to come.  This is a document that I think we’re going to have to read because I know you read it to us but I think we need to read it so we can actually absorb everything that’s in it.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  I’d just like to ask you based upon our presentation do you find any objection to the fact that you shouldn’t sign that document today?

 

Chair Schengrund:  Well, the first thing is I need to have a vote of my colleagues before I could even consider it because I don’t speak for the Senate.  The Senate discusses things and comes to a consensus.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  Could they come to a two-thirds vote right now based upon…

 

Chair Schengrund:  One of the things that we do not do and this is something that we don’t do and I blew it once and tried to get this body to do such a thing.  And that is I made a motion and I wanted the Senate to vote on it that day and they very politely told me they do not vote on anything the day it is presented.  They like to be able to read the issue, think about it, talk about it and then come to a consensus and take a vote.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  So, what your saying is that…

 

Chair Schengrund:  So, what I’m saying is…

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  Your saying that you have to think about committing to address our needs?

 

Chair Schengrund:  There were several points in here about addressing your needs.  One of them involved a program.  We do not have control over programs.  We have control over courses.  The college and the college dean have responsibility for the program, and I tried to explain this before.

 

LaKeisha Wolf:  I totally understand that, but what…for the commitment is to sit down with us, and work out a plan to address those things that you do have control over.

 

Chair Schengrund:  We can sit down with you.  But we need to discuss this and think about it before we take a vote.  Because there was more than just meeting with you in this document.  I will be happy to discuss it with you after the Senate meeting, but at this point in order for the Senators to finish what was scheduled on their Agenda and what they knew about, I need to just say thank you and we will discuss this, believe me.  It will not just go in the desk, it will not be ignored.  It will be discussed because the Senate has a long standing record of actually promoting things to try to enhance collegiality amongst all the people in the university and we did that today actually passing the Martin Luther King Day of Service legislation which was what we did immediately before you spoke.  We have done it by our statement about hate mail and the fact that we condemn that and the fact that you had our support for whatever that might be worth.

 

Chenits Pettigrew:  With all due respect, I can’t imagine any issue that the Faculty Senate can address today that is more pertinent, more pressing and more urgent than the issues that we have addressed today.

 

Chair Schengrund:  And as I said we will discuss it, and I thank you for coming but we have to finish now with our regularly scheduled material.  That was one of the comments when we gave you this time.  We were giving you ten minutes and then we would finish our meeting and then we can discuss the items that you have raised.  But I think that what we need to do is let everybody actually read this.  We heard you read it very quickly but we now need time to read it ourselves.  We will get it xeroxed, the Senators will have a copy, and we will follow our normal procedures to deal with this and it will be dealt with.  If you cannot accept that I don’t know how else to answer you.  But as Chair of the Senate one of my duties is to try to abide by the Senate guidelines and the rules that we operate under.

 

Chenits Pettigrew:  And there are times in life when guidelines and rules do not apply and this is one of those instances.

 

Chair Schengrund:  I would like to say again, thank you for coming and we will address your concerns.  We understand the urgency but we also understand the need to understand what we are voting on.  I cannot vote in good conscience…we do not know first of all whether someone from this university had anything to do with that.  I would like to say that we welcomed you very civilly, we have listened to what you have to say, we will consider it and I would like to ask you now to give us the courtesy of allowing us to finish our meeting.  Otherwise, I am going to adjourn the meeting now and everything else that is on the Agenda will be taken up in January.  The meeting is adjourned.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The Senate Chair adjourned the December 5, 2000 meeting of the University Faculty Senate at 2:25 PM.

 

DOCUMENTS DISTRIBUTED PRIOR TO DECEMBER 5, 2000

 

 

Committees and Rules – Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section 1 (Membership) (Legislative)

 

Committees and Rules – Revision of Standing Rules, Article II, Section 6(e)  (Legislative)

 

Undergraduate Education – Revision of Senate Policy 42-27: Class Attendance (Legislative)

 

Curricular Affairs - Curriculum Report of November 21, 2000

 

University Planning – Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University (Advisory/Consultative)

 

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid – Reserved Spaces Program (Informational)

 

Faculty Affairs – UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation (Informational)

 

Undergraduate Education – Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location (Informational)

 

University Planning – Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University (Informational)

 

University Planning – A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign (Informational)

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration 2001

Penn State, University Park

 

Jan. 12 & 13            7:00 pm                        Play:  The Meeting

                                                            Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

 

Jan. 14              7:00 pm                        Film World Premiere:  Surfacing

                                                            HUB-Robeson Center (specific location TBD)

 

Jan. 15              All Day                          PSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

                                                            Contact: Tony Huang, USG Day of Service Director, 235-2819

 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm            Continuous showings of the following films in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Room 19, HUB-Robeson Center:

 

                                                                        "In Remembrance of Martin"

                                                                        "The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr."

                                                                        "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - A Historical Perspective"

 

11:30 am                        Community Commemorative Bell Ringing Ceremony

                                                            Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

                                                            Contact: Lydia Abdullah, 865-7641

 

6:30 – 10:00 pm            MLK Day of Service Celebration                               

Recreation Hall

 

6:00 pm              Forum on Black Affairs M.L.K., Jr. Banquet

Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

For tickets contact Samuel Williams, svw6@psu.edu           

           

Jan. 16

9:00 am – 5:00 pm            Continuous showings of the following films in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Room 19, HUB-Robeson Center:

 

                                                                        "In Remembrance of Martin"

                                                                        "The Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr."

                                                                        "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - A Historical Perspective"

 

11:00 am - 3:00 pm            Volunteer Fair

                                                            Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

                                                            Contact: Sara Olson, 863-4624

 

Jan. 17                                                  Civil Rights Commemorative March

sponsored by Undergraduate Education

11:30 am                         Opening Ceremony, Old Main Steps

12:45 pm                        Closing Ceremony, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

                                                            Contact:  Rick Coons at rrc3@psu.edu.

 

Jan. 19 & 20            7:00 pm                        Play:  The Meeting

                                                            Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

 

Jan. 21              2:00 pm                        Play:  The Meeting

                                                            Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

 

http://www.equity.psu.edu/mlk

 

http://www.clubs.psu.edu/usg/mlk

 

THE FOLLOWING SENATORS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE

DECEMBER 5, 2000 SENATE MEETING

 

Achterberg, Cheryl L.
Adams, Phyllis F.
Alexander, Shelton S.
Althouse, P. Richard
Ambrose, Anthony
Ammon, Richard I.
Atkinson, Ann J.
Atwater, Deborah F.
Aydin, Kultegin
Balog, Theresa A.
Baratta, Anthony J.
Barbato, Guy F.
Barnes, David
Beaupied, Aida M.
Berkowitz, Leonard J.
Bettig, Ronald V.
Bise, Christopher J.
Blasko, Dawn G.
Blood, Ingrid M.
Blumberg, Melvin
Bollard, Edward R., Jr.
Bonneau, Robert H.
Book, Patricia A.
Bord, Richard J.
Borzellino, Joseph E.
Bower, Phillip R.
Bridges, K. Robert
Brown, Douglas K.
Browning, Barton W.
Burchard, Charles
Burkhart, Keith K.
Caldwell, Linda L.
Calvert, Clay
Campbell, William J.
Cardamone, Michael J.
Carpenter, Lynn A.
Carter, Arthur W.
Casteel, Mark A.
Cecere, Joseph J.
Cheesbrough, Kevin R.
Chellman, Alison C.
Chirico, JoAnn
Christy, David P.
Clariana, Roy B.
Clark, Paul F.
Coraor, Lee D.
Corwin, Rebecca L.
Crum, Robert P.
Curtis, Wayne R.
Davis, Dwight
DeCastro, W. Travis
Deines, Peter
DeJong, Gordon F.
DeRooy, Jacob
Diehl, Renee D.
Donovan, James M.
Eckhardt, Caroline D.
Elder, James T.
Engelder, Terry
Erickson, Rodney A.
Esposito, Jacqueline R.
Evensen, Dorothy H.
Everett, Peter B.
Fedeli, Marcus A.
Foti, Veronique M.
Frank, William M.
Franz, George W.
Gapinski, Andrzej J.
Georgopulos, Peter D.
Geschwindner, Louis F.
Gilmour, David S.
Goldman, Margaret B.
Gouran, Dennis S.
Green, David J.
Greene, Wallace H.
Gutgold, Nichola D.
Hanley, Elizabeth A.
Harrison, Terry P.
Harvey, Irene E.
Hewitt, Julia C.
High, Kane M.
Holen, Dale A.
Hudnall, Amanda
Hufnagel, Pamela P.
Hurson, Ali R.
Irwin, Zachary T.
Ivanov, Kostadin N.
Jackson, Thomas N.
Jacobs, Janis
Jago, Deidre E.
Johnson, Ernest W.
Jones, W. Terrell
Jurs, Peter C.
Kenney, W. Larry
Kiefer, Daniel G.
Kosoff, Jacob
Koul, Ravinder

Lakoski, Joan M.
LaPorte, Robert
Lesieutre, George A.
Lilley, John M
Lippert, John R.
Manbeck, Harvey B.
Marsico, Salvatore A.
May, James E.
McCarty, Ronald L.
McCorkle, Sallie M.
Milakofsky, Louis
Miller, Arthur C.
Minard, Robert D.
Moore, John W.
Morton, Quinn D.
Myers, David J.
Myers, Jamie M.
Navin, Michael J.
Nelson, Murry R.
Nichols, John S.
Olson, Jon
Ozment, Judy P.
Pangborn, Robert N.
Patterson, Henry O.
Pauley, Laura L.
Pell, Eva J.
Pietrucha, Martin T.
Power, Barbara L.
Prosek, Robert A.
Provenzano, Frank J.
Pytel, Jean Landa
Rebane, P. Peter
Richards, David R.
Richards, Winston A.
Richman, Irwin
Ricketts, Robert D.
Rogers, Gary W.
Romano, John J.
Romero, Victor C.
Rowe, William A.
Sachs, Howard
Sandler, Karen Wiley
Sandmeyer, Louise E.
Scaroni, Alan W.
Schengrund, Cara-Lynne
Schott, Adam
Secor, Robert
Seybert, Thomas A.
Simmonds, Patience L.
Slobounov, Semyon
Smith, Carol A.
Smith, Sandra R.
Spanier, Graham B.
Stace, Stephen W.
Steiner, Kim C.
Sternad, Dagmar
Stoffels, Shelley M.
Strasser, Gerhard F.
Stratton, Valerie N.
Strikman, Mark
Su, Mila C.
Sutton, Jane S.
Thomson, Joan S.
Tormey, Brian B.
Troester, Rodney L.
Turner, Tramble T.
Wager, J. James
Walters, Robert A.
Wanner, Adrian J.
Watkins, Marley W.
Willits, Billie S.

OTHERS ATTENDING
FROM SENATE OFFICE
Bugyi, George J.
Hockenberry, Betsy S.
Price, Vickie R.
Simpson, Linda A.
Walk, Sherry F.

151  Total Elected
    4 Total Ex Officio
  13  Total Appointed
168  Total Attending

TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR January 30, 2001

 

 

Committees and Rules - Revision of Constitution, Article II, Section l (Membership) (Legislative)

 

Committees and Rules – Revision to Bylaws, Article III, Section 4 (Legislative)

 

Faculty Affairs – Report on the Impact on Faculty Development of Hiring Faculty off the Tenure Track (Advisory/Consultative)

 

Faculty Affairs – Recommendations for Emeritus/Retired Faculty (Advisory/Consultative)

 

University Planning – Recommendation for Developing an Ecologically Sustainable University (Advisory/Consultative)

 

Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid – Reserved Spaces Program  (Informational)

 

Computing and Information Systems – Student Computing Initiative (Informational)

 

Faculty Affairs – UniSCOPE 2000 Presentation (Informational)

 

Senate Council – University Faculty Census Report – 2001-2002 (Informational)

 

Undergraduate Education – Summary of Student Petitions by College, Unit or Location (Informational)

 

Undergraduate Education – 1999-2000 First-Year Seminars: The Inaugural Year in Review (Informational)

 

Undergraduate Education – Non-Returning Students Report, Spring 1998 to Fall 1998 (Informational)

 

University Planning – Long-term Debt and Debt Service of the University (Informational)

 

University Planning – A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign (Informational)