MINUTES: Organizational Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: April 28, 2017

TIME AND PLACE: 10:00 a.m., Multipurpose Room, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Anaele, Artun, Balaguru, Barbarese, Bekdash, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borisovets, Bugel, Chulak, Collins, Craig, Cummings, Dalton, Dana, Dasari, Denda, Denham-Barrett, Deshpande, DiVito, Dixon, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Esposito, Fagan, Fellenz, Field, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Fletcher, Fox, Ghate, Ghesani, Gillett, Gonzalez, Gould, Gross, Hartman, Hatefi, Joergensen, A. Johnson, Joseph, Kabia, Kane, Kasichainula, Kelly, Kettle, Koelb, Krapivin, Kustka, Langer, Lasala, C. Lee, Lindboe, Linz, LoGrippo, Lugg, Lulla, Lutz, Mammis, Manyaga, Marchetta, Marchick, Markert, Masiello, Mazurek, McKeever, Miller, Minsky, Naqvi, Nitzsche, Norville, Novelli, O'Brassill-Kulfan, Oliver, O'Neill, Pandey, Pantazis, Pappas, Parsa, A. Patel, Shivane Patel, Suja Patel, Patrick, Phadke, Pichugin, Pradhan, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Resnick, Rivera, Rothpletz-Puglia, Salazar, Saltzman, Sanchez, Schwartz, Scoloveno, Sen, Serrano, Settles, Shah, Shapses, Sheflin, Shinn, Soto, Spiegel, Szatrowski, Thompson, Thomson, Toney-Boss, Tracey, Tsakalakos, Van Stine, Walters, Wilde, Winkler 

EXCUSED:  Barchi, Booth, Bora, Brunson, Burley, Chayko, Coyne, Davis, DeFilippis, Dettloff, Filippelli, Graber, Heckscher, Hernandez,  Kothari, LaPointe,  Leavy, Levy, Maloney, Mun, Murphy, Okada, Oleske, Owens, Pagan, Parvathaneni, Ponzio, Powell, Reinfelder, Schneider, Scott, Shinbrot, Siddiqui, Steinberg, Takhistov, Zurlo

ABSENT:  Alidou, Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Barone, Benford, Blanchett, Boruchoff, Bridgeman, Bubb, Butterfield, Cahill, Cantor, Chen, Coiro, Conway, Covington, Dane, Delnevo, Drachtman, Eastman, Edwards, Eng, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Gabriel, Ganesh, Goh, Goodman, Gower, Haddon, Holzemer,  Hughes, Iannini, R. Johnson, Khattab, Kukor, Kuzma, B. Lee, Lei, Lewis, Lindenmeyer, Mahon, March, Molello, Moran, Patton, Petrucci, Pintar, C. Potter, J. Potter, Robinson, Ross, Salmond, Samant, Schiavo, Scotto, Settimo, Stauffer, Strom, Thomas, Van Ryzin, Warburton

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 107 total: 68 present (63%), 21 excused (20%), 18 absent (17%); Students: Of 42 total: 26 present (62%), 8 excused (19%), 8 absent (19%);    Administrators: Of 42 total: 0 present (0%), 4 excused (9.5%), 38 absent (90%); Staff: Of 17 total: 15 present (88%), 2 excused (12%), 0 absent (0%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%), 0 absent (0%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this year

PRESIDING OFFICER: Peter Gillett, Chairperson

CALL TO ORDER AND DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM: Chairperson Gillett called the first meeting of the 2017-2018 Rutgers University Senate to order at 10:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Busch Student Center, Busch Campus, Piscataway. He welcomed all attendees, and extended a special welcome to new Senators.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the University Senate was not present at the beginning of the meeting. The following items appeared on the agenda as being presented by the secretary:
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR: Privilege of the floor was granted to Nominating Panel Chair Ann Gould, a member of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Senates.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING PANEL: Nominating Panel Chair Ann Gould presented the report of the Nominating Panel.
Senator Gould gave a brief overview of the nominating and election process, as well as the runoff procedure for at-large faculty Executive Committee member elections. Gould said that any candidates nominated from the floor must be certified on the Senate roster in order to be added to the ballot.
Gould announced candidates for all positions, calling for nominations from the floor in each category.
The nominations completed, including those made from the floor, the resultant slate of candidates was:
Chair (who serves ex officio as Representative to the Board of Governors): Peter Gillett, RBS:UNB (Faculty)
Vice Chair: Jon Oliver, Staff-New Brunswick (Staff); Robert Puhak, FAS-Newark (Faculty) - (Senator Puhak later withdrew his candidacy from the floor.)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, Camden: Robert Scoloveno, Nursing-Camden (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, Newark: Natalie Borisovets, Libraries, Newark (Faculty); Alexander Settles, RBS:N/NB (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, New Brunswick: Robert Boikess, At-Large NB (Faculty); Ann Gould, SEBS (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, RBHS: Michael Kelly, RWJMS (Faculty)
Part-Time Lecturer/Annual Appointee Faculty Member of the Executive Committee: Karen Thompson, PTL-NB
Camden Student Member of the Executive Committee: Michael Van Stine, Graduate School - Camden (Student)
Newark Student Member of the Executive Committee: [There was no nominee for this position. An election will be conducted at the September 2017 Senate meeting.]
New Brunswick Student Member of the Executive Committee: Viktor Krapivin, SAS-NB (Student)
RBHS Student Member of the Executive Committee: Chelsea Walters, RSDM (Student)
Alumnus Member of the Executive Committee: Houshang Parsa, Alumni Association
Staff Senator Member of the Executive Committee: Adrienne Esposito, Staff-New Brunswick
Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors: Samuel Rabinowitz, SB-C (Faculty)
Student Representative to the Board of Governors: Akeen Anaele, RBS:UNB (Student); Anish Patel, SAS-NB (Student)
Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees: Asha Samant, RSDM (Faculty); Robert Schwartz, NJMS (Faculty); Menahem Spiegel, RBS-N/NB (Faculty)
Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees: Julieline Serrano, SAS-NB (Student)
Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees: Jonathan Gonzalez, Law-N (Graduate Student), Natasha Marchick, SMLR (Graduate Student)

Candidates who wished to do so were given time to make statements in support of their candidacy.

A runoff election was conducted for all full-time faculty members of the Executive Committee based on the above slate so that those nominees who did not prevail in the contested New Brunswick, Newark, and RBHS Faculty EC categories could be placed in the at-large category.
VOTING AND COLLECTION OF BALLOTS: Voting was done on paper ballots prepared by the executive secretary and distributed at sign-in only to voting members of the 2017-18 Senate. Mary Mickelsen of the Senate Office collected and tabulated the ballots, with the help of the Senate's Work/Study Student Enidyaj Turner.
[Secretary’s Note: Election results were announced during the subsequent Senate regular meeting, and posted on the Senate website that evening, as follows:]
Chair: Peter Gillett, RBS:UNB (Faculty)
Vice Chair: Jon Oliver, Staff - New Brunswick (Staff)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Camden: Robert Scoloveno, Nursing-Camden (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Newark: Natalie Borisovets, Libraries, Newark (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, New Brunswick: Ann Gould, SEBS (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: Michael Kelly, RWJMS (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, At-Large: Robert Boikess, At-Large NB (Faculty)Alexander Settles, RBS:N/NB (Faculty)
Executive Committee Student, Camden: Michael Van Stine, Graduate School - Camden (Student)
Executive Committee Student, Newark: 
Executive Committee Student, New Brunswick: Viktor Krapivin, SAS-NB (Student)
Executive Committee Student, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: Chelsea Walters, RSDM (Student)
Executive Committee Alumnus: Houshang Parsa, Alumni Association
Executive Committee Part-Time Lecturer/Adjunct Faculty: Karen Thompson, Part-Time Lecturer-New Brunswick (Faculty/PTL)
Executive Committee Staff Member: Adrienne Esposito, New Brunswick Staff (Staff)
Board of Governors Faculty Representative: Samuel Rabinowitz, School of Business-Camden (Faculty)
Board of Governors Student Representative: Anish Patel, SAS-NB (Student)
Board of Trustees Faculty Representatives: Robert Schwartz, NJMS (Faculty); Menahem Spiegel, RBS:N/NB (Faculty)
Board of Trustees Undergraduate Student Representative: Julieline Serrano, SAS-NB (Student)
Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representative: Jonathan Gonzalez, Law-N (Graduate Student)

Chairperson Gould adjourned the Organizational Meeting at 12:40 p.m.
Minutes Written and Submitted by:
Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the University Senate