RUTGERS, THE STATE
UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
Meeting of the University Senate
March 28, 2008
TIME AND PLACE 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose
Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College
Avenue Campus, New Brunswick
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adam, Allender, Ashraf, Baker, Barone, Barrett, Becker,
Bhuyan, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Boylan, Buckley, Bumby, Busia, Bynes,
Caprio, Cohick, Coit, Cooke, Cotter, Covey, Cowen, Creese, Diner, Dutta,
Edwards, Finegold, L. Fishbein, Foley, Friedrich, Furmanski, Galili, Gaunt,
Gillett, Gould, Greaux, Greenfeld, Greenhut, Halim, Hall, Heckscher, Holcomb, Hughes,
Janes, Johnson-Scott, Kalelkar, Kapoor, Kemeny, Kenfield, Kerkhof, Kind,
Kociol, Leath, Lemieux, Leonard, Li, Lomiguen, Maddison, Markert, Markowitz, D.
Marsh, McCormick, McKeever, Messer, J. Meyer, W. Meyer, Minsky, Mistry, Molloy,
Mulcahy, Mulvey, Ng, Niederman, Nolfi, Norville, Oren, Palmon, Prekopa, F.
Puniello, O. Puniello, Rabinowitz, Rankin, J. Robinson, Rockland, Rodgers,
Sangiamo, Schantz, Schein, R. Simmons, Slavin, Smith, Spiegel, Stein, Stone,
Szatrowski, K. Thompson, Tittler, Tomassone, Toney-Boss, Traxler, Vitello, Vodak,
M. Wagner, R. Wagner, Weinstock-Gallagher, Wild, Winterbauer
EXCUSED: Alger, Bubb, Cizewski, Cooper, DeLisi, Ellis, Gimenez,
Gonzalez-Palmer, Goodman, Gugig, Gunderson, Guo, Kanj, Keating, Kern, Kowler,
Laguna-Diaz, Marchetta, M. Marsh, McCoy-Carter, Muse, Nangle, Palis, Panayotatos,
Pottick, Sass, Sharp, Shivers, P. Simmons, Sofer, Tony, Wyhopen
ABSENT: Atzbi, Barbarese, Blimling, Butter, Chann,
Ciklamini, Coppolo, Cruzan, DeLisi, Diamond, M. Fishbein, Fowler, Gliserman,
Goldman, Graycar, Grant, Greene, Gutierrez, Habib, Holzer, Jackson, Khan,
Klein, Koza, Lashley, Lehne, Livingston, Lopez, McCall, Nakhaie, Patel,
Pedersen, M. Robinson, Schock, Shmulenson, Solomon, Sosa, Stauffer, Swisher, R.
Thompson, Van Til, Wang, Williams, Yares, Yeagle
ATTENDANCE Faculty: Of 86 total:
56 present (65%), 17 excused (20%), 13 absent (15%)
SUMMARY Students: Of 53 total: 27 present (51%), 5 excused (9%),
21 absent (40%)
Administrators: Of 30 total: 13 present (44%), 7 excused (23%),
10 absent (33%)
Alumni: Of 6 total:
4 present (67%), 2 excused (33%), 0 absent
Staff: Of 10 total:
7 present (70%), 2 excused (20%), 1 absent (10%)
Attendance Record for this year
OFFICER: Samuel Rabinowitz,
CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT - Samuel Rabinowitz, Chairperson
Chairperson Rabinowitz called the meeting to
order at 1:28 p.m. He thanked everyone for coming together as a community to
deal with the Middle States reaccreditation process, noting that the results
were very positive throughout. He said that the next large community issue
would be the upcoming budget discussions.
SECRETARY'S REPORT - Kenneth Swalagin, Executive Secretary
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - President Richard
- Agenda: The meeting's agenda, including time
limits, was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
- Minutes: The Minutes
of the January 25, 2008 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the executive
- Communications - The following communications were presented to the Senate:
Schedule of 2008-2009
Senate and Senate Executive Committee Meetings. Secretary Swalagin asked everyone to mark their calendars.
Nominations for 2008-2009 Senate Officers and Executive Committee Members,
and Representatives to the Boards of Governors and Trustees. Senators were asked to send nominations
to the Senate Secretary, who noted that, while unit elections for next year are pending,
Senators or those who are likely to be elected to the Senate may be nominated.
President McCormick presented
an administrative report which included comments on the following
McCormick then introduced Jeannine LaRue, Vice President for Public
Affairs, who spoke to the Senate about her background, experience,
contacts, responsibilities at Rutgers, and her plans for public affairs
at Rutgers. LaRue and McCormick both responded to questions from the
Senate on their comments and other issues.
- thanks to everyone who participated in the Middle States
reaccreditation process, in which the Rutgers community came together and
“presented an extraordinarily engaged, positive view of Rutgers”;
- a summary of the preliminary results of the reaccreditation
- the state budget;
- capital facilities, including intentions to proceed with the
- progress and continued planning for relandscaping six blocks
of the College Avenue Campus;
- other, mainly academic, facilities construction projects;
- students’ successful launching of the Rutgers University
Student Assembly in New Brunswick;
- the prominence of Rutgers’
women’s basketball team.
NEWARK CAMPUS REPORT - Newark Provost Steven J. Diner
Newark Provost Steven J. Diner presented the
Newark Campus Report. Follow this link to view the text of Provost Diner's Annual Address.
[At 3:15 p.m., Senator Jonathan Becker questioned the presence of a
quorum. Chairperson Rabinowitz, Parliamentarian Cooke, and Secretary
Swalagin counted Senators in the room, and confirmed that a quorum was
There was no old business.
There was no new business.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:
Vice Chairperson Paul Leath reported on the February 8, 2008
and March 7, 2008
Senate Executive Committee meetings.
REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
Cotter, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, with the
Senate's permission, deferred the February 28 Board of Governors
meeting report until the May Senate meeting. Senator Vodak,
Faculty Representative to the
Board of Trustees, reported that there had been no Board of Trustees meetings since the last Senate meeting
CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS:
Stan Hall reported on the recent activities and plans of the Newark Faculty Council.
The meeting adjourned at 3:24 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate