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Sep 20th
1:10 pm

Senate Meeting – President’s Address

College Avenue Student Center
Multipurpose Room
126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Agenda Distributed On
Saturday, September 14th 2019



Friday, September 20, 2019, 
1:10 p.m.
College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room
College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick


REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the Senate

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Robert L. Barchi, University President

  • Administrative Report
  • Questions and Answers

PARLIAMENTARIAN REPORT – Peter Gillett, Parliamentarian

  • Report on Turning Point Clickers
  • Questions and Answers

ELECTION OF RBHS FACULTY MEMBER OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – This election is being held at this meeting because the elected candidate will be retiring from Rutgers effective November 1. Self-nominations have been solicited from eligible RBHS faculty Senators, and a ballot showing those names, if any, will be distributed at the Senate meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor during this meeting. Candidates are eligible only if they are currently certified as University Senators representing RBHS faculty.


  • Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee – Robert Schwartz and Regina Masiello
  • Budget and Finance Committee – Menahem Spiegel
  • Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee – Farid Alizadeh and Joseph Markert
  • Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee – Natalie Borisovets
  • Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee – Adam Kustka
  • Student Affairs Committee – Elizabeth Matto
  • University Structure and Governance Committee – Jon Oliver and Peter Gillett

NEW BUSINESS  [Note: Article IV.A. of the Senate Bylaws states, “All new matters shall be referred to committee before coming to the Senate (unless extenuating circumstances apply, as indicated under section C.4…” Also, the Senate Executive Committee has authorized committee-of-the-whole discussions under New Business as appropriate, and time permitting.]






*Note: Addition of items to the Agenda requires a two-thirds vote. There is an overall time limit of 2-1/2 hours for Senate meetings. Specific time limits are set for questions and debate, not for presentation of reports. After approval, extension of time limits requires a two-thirds vote.

Remaining 2019-20 University Senate Meetings
[Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held on Fridays in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick.]

October 18, 2019
November 15, 2019 (in Newark)
December 13, 2019
January 24, 2020
February 21, 2020 
(in Camden)
March 27, 2020
May 1, 2020
 (The May 1 meeting may convene at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. This meeting is the last of this year’s Senate, but will begin with the first meeting of next year’s Senate, at which Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives will be elected. The start time will be determined by the Senate Executive Committee in April 2020.)



MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: September 20, 2019

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Acosta Agboste, Albert, Alizadeh, Altman, Aubert, Avallone, Bachmann, Barbarese, Barchi, Bekdash, Bembry, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bora, Borisovets, Brewster-Bauzyk, Bridgeman, Britton, Bugel, Buyske, Chaudhary, Coleman, Colley, Cotter, Crews, D’Anna, Dasari, DiLalo, Dool, Doumit, Dowlin, Dreyer, Ebert, Everett, Felder, Fischer, Fox, Giacobbe, Gillett, Giraud, Goodman, Gould, Gower, Graber, Guo, Hara, Hsueh, Hunter, Hunter Fratzola, Jarrin, Joergenson, Johnson, Kane, Kashalikar, Kaye, Kosar, Kustka, Lamar, Langer, LaPointe, Lee, Lutz, Maglione Rico, Mahajan-Cusack, Mammis, Marchetta, Markert, Matto, Mazurek, McKeever, Mena-Segovia, Menifield, Miranti, Mitra, Moomjy, Murphy, Nath, O’Brassill-Kulfan, O’Connor, Oleske, Oliver, Omotoso, Oukil, Ozel, Pandey, Pappas, Parsa, Paskhover, Patel, Perez, Pinto-Figueroa, Powell, Pradhan, Rabinowitz, Ravichandran, Rivera, Robbins, Roth, Saltzman, Sanchez, Schwartz, Schwartz, Sesti, Shapiro, Silver, Simonds, Song, Speigel, Steinberg, Stephenson, Sztatrowski, Takhistov, Tan, Tharney, Thompson, Thuravil, Tomasko, Torres, Tracey, Tsakalakos, Van Stine, Vargas, Volino, C. Wang, X. Wang, White, Willett, Wirtenberg, Zheng, Sass, Struble

EXCUSED: Ardeshna, Emmons, Figueira, Haley, Kane, Kettle, Maloney, Marsic, Nickitas, Puar, Schneider, Sen, Shapses, Shinbrot, Sinnott, Trees, Vidal

ABSENT: Alexander-Floyd, Alidou, Atkins, Barone, Bator, Beegan, Blanchett, Brunson, Cahill, Cantor, Cohen, Conway, DeFilippis, Detloff, Eaton, Esposito, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Ganesh, Goldfarb, Goonetilleke, Gursoy, Haddon, Halkitis, Hartman, Hatefi, Holzemer, Huang, Johnson, Kaul, Kovacs, Kukor, Lei, Lewis, Lindboe, Lopez, Maddox Douglas, Mahon, Mansukhani, March, Marchitello, Markowitz, Masiello, Mayes, McKeon, Molloy, Murphy, Norris, O’Rourke, Padovano, Pardlo, Patel, Patton, Paul, Ponzio, Porumbescu, Potter, Potter, Rajan, Romanko, Russomagno, Schiavo, Shah, Sheridan, Sridar, Stoprya, Strom, Thakuriah, Tyson

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 116 total: 79 present (68%), 12 excused (10%), 25 absent (22%); Students: Of 41 total: 25 present (61%), 2 excused (5%), 14 absent (34%); Administrators: Of 38 total: 6 present (16%), 1 excused (3%), 31 absent (82%); Staff: Of 18 total: 15 present (83%), 1 excused (6%),  2 absent (11%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 2 present (40%), 0 excused (0%), 4 absent (80%)


Senate Chair Jon Oliver called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He welcomed all present to the first Senate meeting of the 2019-2020 academic year, especially those present for the first time. He thanked all Senators for their service to shared governance at Rutgers, and noted that the highlight of the meeting would be President Barchi’s administrative report. Oliver then introduced himself, Senate Vice Chair and Parliamentarian Peter Gillett, and Senate Executive Secretary Mary Mickelsen. He then spoke about his role as Chair, the roles of the Senate Executive Committee and standing committees, as well as the University Commencement Panel and Chancellors’ Commencement Committees. He briefly reviewed the procedures on how Senators and guests are to speak during meetings and that shouting from seats is not allowed. Oliver also explained how senators are asked to propose charges to the Executive Committee and reminded all in attendance that he is committed to starting Senate meetings on time, exactly 1:10 p.m.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Robert L. Barchi, University President

Oliver summarized the format and time limits for President Barchi’s administrative report. University President Robert Barchi presented his administrative report. Oliver then expounded on the format and process for the question-and-answer period. President Barchi then responded to questions from his report and other Rutgers-community issues such as:

  • Rutgers role in assisting students and faculty who wish to obtain Green Cards;
  • the shutting down of Campus Pharmacies;
  • the affect the RU/UMDNJ integration had on the BOG at the campus level;
  • the role of the Senate in University Presidential searches;
  • the ranking of the School of Engineering as compared to other schools in the university;
  • Rutgers commitment to going Carbon Neutral;
  • the underpayment of graduate workers and union negotiations surrounding it;
  • the engagement of students post-Honor’s College residency;
  • the increase in student tuition of 2.5%;
  • the issue of a course release or monetary stipend for PTLs engaged in shared governance.


Senate Parliamentarian Peter Gillett conducted an overview of the clicker voting system now being utilized by the Senate. He made a point to explain that all clickers are the property of the University Senate and are to be returned prior to exiting the meeting room. He then entertained questions surrounding counting abstentions, if votes will be published on the Senate website and what happens to the records of the votes.

ELECTION OF RBHS FACULTY MEMBER OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – The current RBHS Faculty Member of the Executive Committee has announced his retirement effective November 1, an election to fill that position was conducted at this meeting. Mickelsen conducted the election. There were two (2) nominees – Gloria Bachmann, RWJMS (F) and Robert Schwartz, NJMS (F). Senator Bachmann was declared the winner.

INTRODUCTION OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND THEIR CHAIRS – Oliver introduced the standing committee chairs, who then spoke briefly about their committees’ activities and plans.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

Motion to extend the meeting by 15 minutes was moved and passed.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the September 6, 2019 Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Rachel Kaye, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the July 23 Board of Governors meetings. The Board of Trustees had not met since the last senate meeting.

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: Camden Student Senator Michael Van Stine reported on recent plans and activities of Camden student governing associations. New Brunswick Student Senator Emily Kane reported on recent plans and activities of New Brunswick student governing associations. Faculty Senator Tugrul Ozel, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair, reported that the New Brunswick Faculty Council would meet the following week. Sabrina Ahmed, Newark Student Governing Association President reported on the recent activities of the Newark students. There was no faculty representative from Newark nor a faculty or student representative from RBHS present.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 4:01 p.m.

Minutes prepared by:

Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the University Senate

Present Senators

Jeykid Acosta Ann Albert Farid Alizadeh Austin Altman Anne-Catherine Aubert Margaret Avallone Gloria Bachmann Joseph Barbarese Robert L. Barchi Rola Bekdash Larry Bembry Sanjib Bhuyan Robert Boikess Irfan Bora Natalie Borisovets Erin Brewster-Bauzyk Mary Bridgeman Dana Britton Mary Jo Bugel Steve Buyske Abha Chaudhary Tynisha Coleman Gabriel Colley Russell Crews Suzanne D'Anna Babu Dasari Gregory DiLalo Rick Dool Hala Doumit Kevin Dowlin William Dreyer Gary Ebert Brian Everett Frank Felder Christiane Fischer Daniel Fox Sandy Giacobbe Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Robert Goodman Ann Gould Michael Gower Judith Graber Grace Guo Kemal Gursoy Masanori Hara Wayne Hsueh Arlene Hunter Christine Hunter-Fratzola Olga Jarrín Montaner John Joergensen Sydney Johnson Emily Kane Abhishek Kashalikar Rachel Kaye Luz Kosar Kathryn Kovacs Adam Kustka Eleanor LaPointe Valentine Lamar Jerome Langer Barbara Lee Carol Lutz Valerie Maglione Rico Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Antonios Mammis Josephine Marchetta Joseph Markert Elizabeth Matto Monica Mazurek Kenneth McKeever Juan Mena-Segovia Charles Menifield Mary Mickelsen Paul Miranti Shuvangi Mitra Christopher Molloy Thomas Moomjy Badri Nath Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan James O'Connor Jon Oliver Oluwatobi Omotoso Monsef Oukil Virendra Pandey Tina Pappas Houshang Parsa Boris Paskhover Suja Patel Ilce Perez Sofia Pinto-Figueroa Kristen Powell Archana Pradhan Sam Rabinowitz Maya Ravichandran Alicia Rivera Andrew Robbins Monica Roth Cynthia Saltzman Karen Sanchez Louis Sass Stacy Schwartz Robert Schwartz Federico Sesti Michael Shapiro Deborah Silver Adrienne Simonds Morgan Smith Weijie Song Menahem Spiegel Marc Steinberg Johanna Stephenson Thomas Struble Ted Szatrowski Paul Takhistov Zhiqiang Tan Nicholas Tharney Karen Thompson Neeharika Thuravil Emily Tomasko Jose Torres Debora Tracey Thomas Tsakalakos Michael Van Stine Cecilia Vargas Lucio Volino Chen Wang Xiangyue "Max" Wang Carolyne White Laura Willett Jeana Wirtenberg Doris Zheng Tuğrul Özel

Excused Senators

Anil Ardeshna Robert Emmons Thomas Figueira Anna Haley Cecelia Kane John Kettle Krisellen Maloney Ivan Marsic Jasbir Puar Noah Schneider Meheli Sen Sue Shapses Troy Shinbrot Randy Sinnott Chase Stoprya Frances Trees Erich Vidal

Absent Senators

Anna Agboste Nikol Alexander-Floyd Ousseina Alidou Carolyn Assaf Rahshida Atkins Joseph Barone Christine Bator Gerald Beegan Wanda Blanchett Rodney Brunson Nancy Cantor Ricky Castaneda Donald Cohen Francine Conway James DeFilippis Adrienne Eaton Adrienne Esposito Thomas Farris Cecile Feldman Sally Goldfarb Iveth Gonzales Lasantha Goonetilleke Krishna Gotur Phoebe Haddon Perry Halkitis Jean Marie Hartman Arash Hatefi Taja-Nia Henderson William Holzemer Bingru Huang Robert Johnson Eshan Kaul Sungsoo Kim Jerome Kukor Lei Lei Brian Lewis Liping Liu David Lopez Lisa Maddox Douglas Steve Madsen Gwendolyn Mahon Varshipna Mandalapu Meet Harish Manek Rupal Mansukhani Peter March Howard Marchitello Norman Markowitz Regina Masiello Gavin Mayes David Moore Brian Murphy Kyle Murphy Kimberly Mutcherson Donna Nickitas Kaylah Norris Kevin O'Rourke James Oleske Cara Padovano Gregory Pardlo Charles Patton Moses Paul Alexander Pichugin Nicholas Ponzio Gregory Porumbescu Jeremy Posluszny Cathryn Potter Jonathan Potter Julie Rajan Michael Romanko Andrew Russomagno Chirag Shah Nikita Shankar Barbara Sinacori Vignesh Sridar Brian Strom Piyushimita Thakuriah Amir Umarov Bonita Veysey James Walkup Amy Wang

Committee Meetings

Academic Standards, Regulations & Admissions Committee Meeting

CASC Room 413 @ 10:30 am

Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

CASC, Atrium Conference Room @ 10:00 am

Faculty Affairs & Personnel Committee Meeting

CASC Room 411 @ 10:00 am

Instruction, Curricula & Advising Committee Meeting

Alexander Library, University Librarian's Conference Room, 3rd Fl @ 10:00 am

Research, Graduate & Professional Education Committee Meeting

CASC, Room 109 @ 10:00 am

Student Affairs Committee Meeting

CASC, Graduate Student Lounge @ 10:30 am

University Structure & Governance Committee

CASC, Room 115 @ 10:00 am

Caucus Meetings

Faculty Caucus Meeting

CASC, Red Lion Cafe @ 11:45 am

Student Caucus Meeting

CASC, Graduate Student Lounge @ 12:00 pm

Alumni Caucus Meeting

CASC Room 413 @ 12:00 pm

Staff Caucus Meeting

CASC, Atrium Conference Room @ 12:00 pm