MINUTES    Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE    December 7, 2007
TIME AND PLACE    1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT:  Adam, Atzbi, Becker, Bhuyan, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bubb, Bumby, Busia, Bynes, Chann, Chiesa, Ciklamini, Cohick, Cooke, Coppolo, Cotter, DeLisi, Dutta, Ellis, Fishbein, Foley, Friedrich, Furmanski, Galili, Gaunt, Gillett, Gliserman, Gould, Greaux, Greenfeld, Greenhut, Gugig, Guo, Gutierrez, Halim, Hall, Heckscher, Hyman, Johnson-Scott, Kalelkar, Keating, Kerkhof, Khan, Kind, Kowler, Lashley, Leath, Lehne, Lemieux, Leonard, Li, Livingston, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, McCormick, McCoy-Carter, McKeever, J. Meyer, W. Meyer, Molloy, Mulcahy, Mulvey, Nangle, Ng, Niederman, Nolfi, Norville, Oren, Palmon, Prekopa, F. Puniello, O. Puniello, Rabinowitz, Rockland, Rodgers, Sangiamo, Sass, Schantz, Sharp, Shmulenson, P. Simmons, Slavin, Spiegel, Stein, Stone, Szatrowski, K. Thompson, Tomassone, Toney-Boss, Traxler, Van Til, Vodak, M. Wagner, R. Wagner, Wang, Wild, Winterbauer, Wyhopen, Yares
EXCUSED:  Alger, Allender, Barrett, Boylan, Cizewski, Coit, Covey, Cowen, Creese, Edwards, Finegold, Gimenez, Gonzalez-Palmer, Goodman, Hughes, Kemeny, Lomiguen, Maddison, Messer, Mistry, Palis, Panayotatos, J. Robinson, Schein, Schock, Shivers, R. Simmons, Tittler, Yeagle
ABSENT:  Adams, Amirahmadi, Barbarese, Barone, Butter, Caprio, Colin, Cooper, Cruzan, Deutsch, Diamond, Dienst, Diner, Fowler, Goldman, Graycar, Grant, Greene, Gunderson, Habib, Holzer, Jackson, Janes, Kapoor, Kanj, Kenfield, Kern, Klein, Kociol, Koza, Laguna-Diaz, Lopez, Marsh, McCall, Nakhaie, Patel, Pedersen, Pottick, Rankin, M. Robinson, Schumacher, Smith, Sofer, Solomon, Sosa, Stauffer, Swisher, R. Thompson, Tony, Wallace, Williams
ATTENDANCE                        Faculty:  Of 84 total:  55 present (66%), 12 excused (14%), 17 absent (20%)
SUMMARY                              Students:  Of 53 total: 26 present (49%), 6 excused (11%), 21 absent (40%)
                                                   Administrators:  Of 30 total: 10 present (33%), 9 excused (30%), 11 absent (37%)
                                                   Alumni:  Of 6 total:  5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%), 0 absent
                                                   Staff:  Of 10 total:  7 present (70%), 1 excused (10%), 2 absent (20%)

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PRESIDING OFFICER:   Samuel Rabinowitz, Chairperson

Chairperson Rabinowitz called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m., welcoming all present to the last Senate meeting of the 2007 calendar year.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Kenneth Swalagin, Executive Secretary
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - President Richard L. McCormick 

President McCormick presented an administrative report which included comments on the following topics:
President McCormick then responded to questions on the above topics, as well as:


Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Report on Charge S-0607, Sale of Examination and Desk Copies of Textbooks [Now posted as Amended and Adopted 12/7/07 by the University Senate] - Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair
Senator Borisovets, chair of the Senate's Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, summarized her committee's response and recommendations on Charge S-0607, on sale of examination and desk copies of textbooks. Senator Gillett proposed two amendments: to change an occurrence of the word "unsolicited" to "complimentary" (which amendment was accepted as friendly by Borisovets and the ICAC members present); and to delete the recommendation that faculty may donate complimentary copies of textbooks to students. The second proposed amendment was discussed at some length, and eventually failed by a narrow margin. Senator Nolfi moved to amend the recommendation that Rutgers post its solicitation policy to stipulate that "appropriate portions" be posted (which amendment was accepted as friendly by Borisovets and the ICAC members present). Senator Wild moved to change the site of the policy posting from "academic buildings" to "academic departments." This amendment was not accepted as friendly by the committee, was thereafter discussed briefly, and carried on card vote. Senator Markowitz then called the main question, on adoption of the report, as amended. The Senate adopted the report and its recommendations, as amended.

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Second-Draft Report on Charge S-0603, Senate Membership, New Brunswick (Part 2, Faculty) - Tricia Nolfi, USGC Chair.
Senator Nolfi, chair of the University Structure and Governance Committee, summarized her committee's response and recommendations on Charge S-0603, on Senate Membership, New Brunswick. This was the second part of the USGC response to the charge, and focused on changes in the Senate's faculty membership from the recently reconfigured School of Arts and Sciences-New Brunswick. The recommendations in this report included a change to Senate Bylaws/University Regulations. Therefore, in accordance with established parliamentary procedure, introduction of the proposed amendment to Senate Bylaws at this meeting constituted notice that the Senate would be asked to adopt the change at the January 25, 2008 Senate meeting. The report was duly noted by the Senate.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Paul Leath reported on the November 30, 2007 Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Coppolo, Student Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the December 6, 2007 Board of Governors meeting, noting that President McCormick had gone over much of that meeting's events in his administrative report. Senator Vodak, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, said there had been no Board of Trustees meetings since the previous Senate meeting.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Gliserman, who is also chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on that group's recent and planned activities. Senator Stan Hall reported similarly for the Newark Faculty Council.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 2:51 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate