MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: December 11, 2015

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, New Brunswick Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Abacan, Ahmed, Aioub, Alder, Anaele, Anderson, Ardeshna, Asker, Avadhani, Balog, Barbarese, Barchi, Benford, Bhuyan, Boikess, Borden, Borisovets, Boruchoff, Bridgeman, Bugel, Butler, Chandler, Chau, Chayko, Cotter, Covello, Cruz, Dasari, Davis, Delnevo, DiVito, Dixon, Drachtman, Dreyer, Durham, Esposito, Faenza, Fagley, Fletcher, Gajic, Gillett, Goh, Gold, Gould, K. Gursoy, M. Gursoy, Heckscher, D. Hughes, Huselid, Israel, Jamknanawala, Janniger, Joo, Kantor, Kelshikar, Killingsworth, Kirna, Kolbaba, Lado, Langer, LaPointe, B. Lee, K. Lee, Jane Lewis, Mahtabfar, Maloney, Marcone, Martinez-San Miguel, Mazurek, McKeever, Messer, Miranti, Morrell, Mouradian, Murphy, Nissen, Norville, O'Connell, Okuwobi, Oleske, Oliver, Otto, Pandey, Pintar, Pirrello, Pitt, Ponzio, Portillo, C. Potter, Puhak, Pusukur, Rabinowitz, Roth, Ryan, Saltzman, Scheck, Schulberg, Scoloveno, K. Scott, Shapley, J. Shapiro, M. Shapiro, Sharp, Sheflin, Shinbrot, Singh, Spiegel, Strom, Szabo, Szatrowski, Takacs, Tamburello, Theiss, Thomson, Thompson, Torres, Wagner, Wakim, Wang, Wasserman, Winkler, Winterbauer, Wise, Zurlo

EXCUSED:  Fennell, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Gonzalez, Grant, Hayton, Kalan, Kressel, Kustka, Markert, McGinnis, Samant, C. Scott, Settles, Shaban, Stein, Struwe, Toney-Boss, Williams

ABSENT: Ahluwalia, Alizadeh, Anthony, Avakame, Barone, Barraco, Blanchett, Burley, Calabrese, Cantor, Capone, Charles, Chen, Cooper, Covington, Deans, A. Desai, R. Desai, D'Souza, Eastman, Edward, Edwards, Eisenstein, Farmbry, Farris, Fehn, Feldman, Gabriel, Ganesh, Gower, Gramieri, Grave, Haddon, Holzemer, Holzer, J. Hughes, Joergensen, Johnson, Kukor, Kuzma, LaBella, Lei, Jan Lewis, Lindenmeyer, Lu, Lynch, Mahon, March, Maruna, Meck, Meyer, Mhaske, Miller, Moran, Oberdiek, Palmer, Parisi, Patel, Pereira, J. Potter, Prestigiacomo, Ramsamy, Robinson, Salmond, Santana, Schiavo, Schwartz, K. Scotto, Stauffer, Stillwagon, Sung, Thomas, Toth, Trehan, White

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 106 total: 76 present (72%), 12 excused (11%), 18 absent (17%); Students: Of 45 total: 27 present (60%), 4 excused (9%), 14 absent (31%); Administrators: Of 43 total: 7 present (16%), 1 excused (2%), 35 absent (81%); Staff: Of 19 total: 9 present (50%), 2 excused (11%), 7 absent (39%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 4 present (67%), 0 excused (0%), 2 absent (33%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this academic year

PRESIDING OFFICER: Ann Gould, Chairperson


Senate Chairperson Ann Gould called the meeting to order at 1:20 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. She welcomed all attendees, and wished students good luck on their final exams.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary

SPECIAL ELECTION - A special election was held for a Camden Faculty Member of the Senate Executive Committee, to replace Yuchung Wang, who will be on sabbatical for the spring semester. Kwangwon Lee, a faculty Senator representing University College - Camden, was the sole nominee, and was elected by unanimous consent.


RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom presented the first RBHS Chancellor's Report, and responded to questions or heard comments from the Senate on his report and related subjects.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Robert Barchi, University President

President Barchi presented an administrative report, commenting on topics including:
Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above.


Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee (ICAC) Response to Charge S-1503 on Testing Facilities at Rutgers [Link goes to report as amended and adopted.] - Natalie Borisovets, ICAC Chair

Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee Chair Natalie Borisovets summarized the ICAC's report and recommendations on Charge S-1503 on Testing Facilities at Rutgers. The committee had been charged as follows:

The ICAC was charged as follows: Examine the state of testing facilities at Rutgers. Are there issues relating to facilities for both traditional and computer-assisted testing? Is there a need for a separate testing facility/facilities? Can existing space be better utilized? What is the availability and process for instructors in online courses to reserve physical spaces for their exams? 

On motion and duly seconded, the report's seventh recommendation was amended to add "and schools" to those that should not be charged for the use of testing facilities. The report and its resolution, so amended, were then adopted by the Senate.

Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) Annual Report on the Rutgers University Budget - Menahem Spiegel, BFC Chair

BFC Chair Menahem Spiegel, and BFC Member Charles Heckscher, presented the BFC's Annual Report on the Rutgers University Budget, as stipulated in the BFC's standing charge. [Note: The PowerPoint slides used in the presentation will be posted online as soon as they are available, with links to these minutes and the Senate's "Reports" webpage.] Spiegel and Heckscher then responded to questions, or heard comments, about their report.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT - Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the November 20, 2015 meeting and activities of the Senate Executive Committee.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the December 7, 2015 Board of Governors special meeting. There were no reports from Board of Trustees representatives.

CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, former Camden Faculty Council chairperson, reported on that group's recent plans and activities. Camden Student Senator Zachary Borden reported on recent Camden student plans and activities. Senator Mark Killingsworth, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chairperson, reported on that group's plans and recent meeting. Senator Justin Schulberg, New Brunswick Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on New Brunswick student governing association activities. Newark Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee Edmund Janniger  reported on Newark student activities.

ADJOURNMENT: Gould thanked the ICAC and BFC chairs for their work on the reports presented that day, and wished everyone happy holidays. The meeting adjourned at 3:36 p.m.

Minutes Written and Submitted by,
Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate