Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: October 22, 2004
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Atmeh, Axelrod, Baro, Barone, Bell, Bellany, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bravo, Bucko, Caprio, Cerulo, Chabal, Chen, Chernin, Colaizzi, A. Cooper, K. Cooper, Cotter, Cronk, Curry, Curtis, Darien, Dellane, R. Dennis, Dess, Dholandas, Diner, DiVito, Dutta, Dupersoy, C. Ellis, N. Ellis, Evans, Fahim, Farney, Feinberg, Ferguson, Fishbein, Forero, Friedrich, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gillett, Goldin, Gould, Greenhut, Guo, Hall, Hanna, Herbst, Hmelo-Silver, Holmes, Hoover, Hornichter, Hughes, Jackson, Jessen, V. Johnson, R. Jones, Kagan, Kauffman, Kavanagh, Kennedy, Kirschner, Krenos, Krucher, Laguna-Diaz, Lake, LaSala, Leath, Liepmann, Maher, Mangin, Markert, Markowitz, Marsh, McCabe, McCormick, Messer, Miller, Nerurkar, Nichols, Niederman, Obayashi, Ocone, O’Connell, O’Connor, Odutola, Oren, Puniello, Rabii, Rabiner, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Raykar, Reed, Rubin, Schaich, Schock, Shahrokh, Sherman, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, H. Smith, N. Smith, Spero, Spierer, Szatrowski, Tittler, Tuckman, Turner, Turvey, Venuto, Vodak, Volk, Wang, Whang, Winterbauer, Woolley, Zolad
EXCUSED: Abaskharon, Apfel, Banerjee, Blasi, Blimling, Boylan, Chism, Davidson, DeLisi, Deutsch, Freeman, Gigliotti, Hallmark, Hirsh, Hodgson, Hoekzema, Hyndman, Jesse, Kirby, Kressel, Lashley, Leustek, Manhoff, McKay, McKeever, Panayotatos, Potenza, Schorr, Scott, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Spellmeyer, Stark, Worrall, Zaborszky
ABSENT: Ambar, Bay, Bilodeau, Brazier, Breton, Buckley, Butler, Cannon, Chambers, Crockford, E. Dennis, Desposito, Diamond, Donsky, Ezendokwere, Ezgilioglu, Farrell, Huang, W. Johnson, J. Jones, Klein, Kokini, Lee, Leontiades, Maradonna, More, Norville, Ogwu, Ozbay, Pangilinan, Perlman, Phillips, Philps, Simon, Solomon, Stauffer, Tinglin, Tsurumi, Turpin, Webb
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty:
Of 95 total: 61 present (64%), 21 excused (22%) 13 absent (14%);
Students: Of 55 total: 37 present (67%), 3 excused
(6%), 15 absent (27%); Administrators: Of 39 total:
20 present (51%), 9 excused (23%), 10 absent (26%); Alumni:
Of 6 total: 4 present (67%), 1 excused (16.5%), 1 absent (16.5%)
View Senate Attendance Record for the year.
NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: Innerfield, Seto
PRESIDING OFFICER: Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter convened the meeting at 1:22 p.m. She announced that Senator Andrew Bucko, student member of the Senate Executive Committee, has resigned effective immediately after this meeting. A special election for a replacement on the Executive Committee will be conducted at the November Senate meeting. Nominations must be made by current Senators, and only current student Senators will be eligible for this position. Nominations should be sent to Secretary Swalagin.
Chairperson Cotter enumerated her goals for this year for the Senate, as follows:
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed by the Secretary. Minutes: On motion and duly seconded, the Minutes of the April 23, 2004 Senate Organizational meeting and September 10, 2004 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.
Communications: The following communications were presented by the Secretary:
Letters from President McCormick, dated August 16, 2004, acknowledging Senate action, reports and/or advice on the following issues approved by the Senate on April 23, 2004:
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS: Senator Adam Cooper introduced the following resolution, which had not come from any Senate committee:
Whereas, Governor James E. McGreevey has recently nominated
George Zoffinger to the Rutgers University Board of Governors; and
Whereas, George Zoffinger is currently the chair of the New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco); and
Whereas, Rutgers and Devco are currently involved in a number of construction projects together, and the two will be working together more often on construction and development projects in the years to come; and
Whereas, the Rutgers University Board of Governors has significant influence over new construction projects at Rutgers; and
Whereas, Mr. Zoffinger’s position as chair of Devco would constitute a major conflict of interest should Mr. Zoffinger become a member of the Board of Governors; therefore
Be it resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate opposes the nomination of George Zoffinger to the Rutgers Board of Governors as a result of this inherent conflict of interest; and
Be it further resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate encourages the New Jersey State Senate to reject the confirmation of George Zoffinger to the Rutgers Board of Governors.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported on the September 3, 2004 and October 1, 2004 Senate Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Leath reported on the June 10, 2004 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Dholandas reported on the October 7, 2004 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Innerfield reported on the October 21, 2004 Board of Trustees meeting.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator James Miller, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), reported on recent activities and plans of the NBFC.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:40
Secretary of the University Senate