CALL TO ORDER,
DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT
Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order at 1:16 p.m.
in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student
Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He welcomed everyone to
the meeting, especially members of Rutgers governing boards and new
Senators. He asked all Senators to attend their standing-committee
meetings, and to be attentive to the executive secretary's
emails. Panayotatos's chairperson's report included
INTRODUCTION OF STANDING COMMITTEES
AND THEIR CHAIRS, PARLIAMENTARIAN, AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, AND
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF NEWLY TENURED FACULTY
- a special welcome to Senator Robert L. Barchi, the new
Rutgers University President, with whom he has interacted and
established what he called "an excellent working relationship";
- unprecedented opportunities for Rutgers with the medical
- the format for the remainder of the Senate meeting, which
would include a brief recess after President Barchi's administrative
report, during which non-senators who wished to do so could leave the
- his previous terms as Senate chairperson, particularly
during a previous governor's proposal to restructure higher education
in New Jersey, which the Senate opposed;
- acknowledgment of the importance of grassroots movements of
faculty, students and others at Rutgers in advocating change to the
current restructuring plans, which is much improved over the original
- the many other achievements of the University Senate.
Chairperson Panayotatos introduced the standing committees and their
chairs, who then spoke briefly about their committees' activities and
plans. He also introduced Senate Parliamentarian Victor Greenhut, and
Senate Executive Secretary Ken Swalagin. Noting that the Faculty Caucus
that day had included a reception for newly tenured faculty, and the
importance of service by faculty, Panayotatos asked the newly tenured
faculty present to rise and be congratulated.
- University President Robert L. Barchi
Chairpeson Panayotatos introduced President Barchi's first
administrative report to the Senate, and reminded those present that
the report and the subsequent question-and-answer period would be
streamed live and recorded.
President Barchi then presented an administrative report, which
comments on topics including:
- his working relationship with Senate Chairperson Panayotatos;
- the importance of shared governance and the University Senate
[Follow this link to read President
Barchi's Senate-specific comments.];
- enrollment statistics;
- new Livingston dormitories, which opened on time and on budget;
- Camden facilities and housing;
- opening of the Gateway building;
- plans to open a Rutgers facility at Atlantic Cape Community
- a solar array at Livingston Campus, which is expected to come
online in January;
- integration with UMDNJ;
- legislated changes in Rutgers administration, including
appointment of chancellors and provosts;
- a strategic plan for Rutgers, the success of which will require
participation from the Rutgers community;
- marketing, and projecting the Rutgers image; and
- fundraising, and the capital campaign.
President Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments,on
RECESS AND RECONVENE
- all-funds budgeting;
- the bond issue, and bonding capacity;
- the need to update the technology used as Rutgers' student record
- how students and others can be involved in promoting the bond
referendum and voter participation;
- expected changes to Rutgers' administrative personnel structure;
- opportunities for involvement in the strategic-planning process;
- EOF and financial aid; and
- the Livingston solar canopy, and green vehicles at Rutgers.
At 2:38 p.m., Chairperson Panayotatos announced that there would be a
seven-minute recess, after which the Senate meeting would continue. The
Senate meeting reconvened at 2:47 p.m.
- Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the Senate
ELECTION OF NEWARK STUDENT MEMBER OF
THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE,
AND GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- Agenda: The meeting's agenda,
including time limits, was approved as distributed by the executive
- Minutes: The Minutes of the
April 27, 2012 Senate Organizational/Election Meeting were
distributed and amended by the executive secretary.
- Communications: The
following communications were presented by the executive secretary:
- Administrative Responses to Senate Reports and Recommendations:
At the time of the organizational meeting in April, no eligible
candidates were nominated for the positions of Newark Student Member of
the Executive Committee, or Graduate Student Representative to the
Board of Trustees. The election for those positions was held at this
meeting, with the Senate electing:
Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response
to Charge S-0808A on Implementation of 2006 Senate Recommendations on
Availability of Syllabi
- Daniel Rosario, Newark Student Member of the Executive Committee
- Michael Haibach, Graduate Student Representative to the Board of
Borisovets, ICAC Chair,
her committee's report and recommendations on Implementation of 2006
Senate Recommendations on Availability of Syllabi. Senator Dan Schantz
proposed that the ICAC be charged with looking at enforcement and
monitoring issues related to availability of syllabi. Chairperson
Panayotatos said that the Executive Committee would issue a charge to
the ICAC to revisit the matter. Senator Leslie Fishbein proposed a
friendly amendment to change the report's second recommendations to
read, "If at the time of registration a current draft syllabus is not
yet available, a syllabus from the last time the course was offered by
the same instructor (with a disclaimer), should be available." The
amendment was accepted as friendly by Borisovets on behalf of the ICAC.
Senator Joel Shapiro moved a friendly amendment to add "if appropriate"
to the amended second recommendation. This amendment was also accepted
as friendly. [Note: Link above goes to the report as amended and
adopted.] Following additional discussion, the report, as amended, was
adopted by the Senate.
There was no old business.
There was no new
OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of
Governors, reported on recent Board of Governors meetings. Senator
Martha Cotter, Faculty Representative
to the Board of Trustees meeting, reported on recent Board
of Trustees meetings.
CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS:
Samuel Rabinowitz, a member of
the Camden faculty, reported that Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett
has encouraged the Camden faculty to form a campus faculty council, and
that the council should be in place by the end of this semester.
Rabinowitz also said that Pritchett had discussed Camden campus
strategic planning with faculty.
On motion and duly seconded, the meeting adjourned at 3:31 p.m.
Minutes Written and Submitted by:
Executive Secretary of the University Senate