Regular Meeting of the University Senate 

DATEJanuary 20, 2006

TIME AND PLACE1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Adarkwa, Alger, Allender, Ambar, Apfel, Atmeh, Axelrod, Barone, Bell, Bellany, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Boylan, Bravo, Brazier, Cannon, Capuano, Chabal, Cohen, Coit, Colaizzi, Cole, Colin, Cooke, Cotter, Curtis, Darien, DeLisi, DeLuca, E. Dennis, Dent, Dhillon, Dutta, Edwards, Elkholy, C. Ellis, Feinberg, Finc, Fishbein, Friedrich, Furmanski, Gigliotti. Gillett, Gimbar, Goodman, Gould, Greenhut, Guo, Hall, Hart, Heckscher, Herrera, Hughes, Jackson, Johnson, Kagan, Kalelkar, Kanj, Kirby, Kirschner, Klepac, Kokini, Krenos, Laguna-Diaz, LaSala, Lashley, Leath, Lee, Liepmann, MacArthur, Maher, Mandelbaum, Markert, Markowitz, Martin, Mauroff, McCabe, McCormick, McKay, McKeever, Melwani, Meyer, Miller, Mohammed, Mulcahy, Muller, Ng, Niederman, Norville, Obayashi, Ocone, O’Connell, Oren, Ozbay, Palmon, Panayotatos, Pittman, Potenza, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Reed, Rubin, Schaich, Schein, Schorr, Scott, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, Simon, Smith, Spero, St. John, Stauffer, Sukhdeo, Tittler, Tuckman, Turpin, Van Til, Vera, Vodak, Volk, Wang, Whitfield, Williams, Winterbauer, Wyhopen, Young, Zhitkevich

EXCUSED:  Caprio, Carr, Downs, N. Ellis, Farrell, Gaunt, Hmelo-Silver, Kennedy, Marsh, Messer, O’Connor, Puniello, Rabiner, Schock, Spiegel

ABSENT:  Aladdin, Banerjee, Barbarese, Bartosek, Bernstein, Boehmer, Breton, Butler, R. Dennis, Deutsch, Diner, Fincher, Fleming, Gyenfie, Hallmark, Hankins, Hyndman, John, J. Jones, Kavanagh, Klein, Labib, Lipman, Livingston, Marchetta, Nelson, Poyznyer, Reynolds, Ruiz, Sherman, C. Simmons, Snyder, Solomon, Spat, Stroud, Turner, Whang, Zaborszky

ATTENDANCE SUMMARYFaculty:  Of 85 total:  66 present (78%), 8 excused (9%), 11 absent (13%); Students:  Of 55 total:  37 present (67%), 2 excused (4%), 16 absent (29%);  Administrators:  Of 37 total:  22 present (59%), 5 excused (14%), 10 absent (27%); Alumni:  Of 6 total:  5 present (83%), 0 excused, 1 absent (17%)

  View Senate attendance record for this year

PRESIDING OFFICE:  Martha Cotter, Chairperson

CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT:  Tally of Senators signed in having confirmed presence of a quorum, Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:20 p.m.  She welcomed all to the first spring semester Senate meeting, and offered best wishes for an enjoyable semester.  She explained that the agenda included two major items:  Senate recommendations in response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education (TFUE) Report, and Executive Vice President Furmanski's New Brunswick Campus Report.  She commented on the recent death of President McCormick's father, Richard P. McCormick, whom she called "One of the titans of history of New Brunswick.  Senator Rudy Bell eulogized Richard P. McCormick, after which the Senate observed a moment of silence in Dr. McCormick's memory.

The text of Senator Bell's eulogy of Richard P. McCormick is online at .

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:  Agenda:  The agenda was approved as distributed by the Secretary.
  On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the December 9, 2005 Senate special meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.  

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President McCormick thanked Senator Bell and all members of the Rutgers community for their condolences on the death of his father.

President McCormick's administrative report included comments on:


Chairperson Cotter relinquished the chair to Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz so she could present the Senate's first-phase response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education Report.  The Senate's response had been assembled from elements of Senate standing committee reports on the TFUE by a steering committee which consisted of the members of the Senate Executive Committee and co-chairs of its standing committees.  Cotter, as chair of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee, presented the report, noting that the issues to be addressed today were considered to be less complex or controversial than those which would be addressed at the Senate's February 24 meeting.

The report and its recommendations were discussed at length.  Numerous motions and amendments were made and either adopted or defeated, resulting in a revised first set of recommendations which will be incorporated into a full report and recommendations to be finalized at the February Senate meeting.  The report which was considered, amended, and adopted by the Senate during this meeting is posted online at

NEW BRUNSWICK CAMPUS REPORT - Philip Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Executive Vice President Furmanski delivered the New Brunswick Campus Report, which included comments on:

Executive Vice President Furmanski closed his report with thanks to all who help and work to move Rutgers forward.

ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 4:04 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate