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Sep 21st
1:10 pm

September 21, 2018 – President’s Address

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

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Friday, September 21, 2018, 
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

ELECTION OF RBHS STUDENT MEMBER OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – This election is being held at this meeting because no eligible candidates were nominated during the April 2018 election. Self-nominations have been solicited from eligible RBHS student 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 students.


  • Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee – Robert Schwartz and Regina Masiello
  • Budget and Finance Committee – Menahem Spiegel and Cecelia Kane
  • 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 and Julieline Serrano
  • University Structure and Governance Committee – Jon Oliver

COMMITTEE REPORTS: Each report will be presented/summarized by the committee chairs, then will be discussed and acted upon by the Senate.

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1501 on Eligibility, Nomination, and Election of Senate Leadership and Board Representatives – Jon Oliver, USGC Chair

The USGC was charged as follows: Consider and make recommendations on the eligibility of candidates, and the nomination process and schedule for election of Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives.

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 2018-19 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 19, 2018
November 16, 2018 (in 
December 7, 2018
January 25, 2019
February 15, 2019 (in 
March 29, 2019
May 3, 2019
 (The May 3 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 2018.)



MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: September 21, 2018

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Acosta, Ahmed, Alexander-Floyd, Alizadeh, Ardeshna, Atkins, Aubert, Avallone, Awan, Balaguru, Barbarese, Barchi, Bekdash, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bora, Borisovets, Brewster-Bauzyk, Bridgeman, Bugel, Butler, Chunn, Cole, Cotter, Craig, Cummings J., Cummings M., D’Anna, Dasari, DeFabiis, Denham-Barrett, Dettloff, DiLalo, Dowlin, Dreyer,  Ebert, Emmons, Everett, Fagan, Fellenz, Field, Fratzola, Gillett, Giraud, Goldfarb, Gonzalez, Goodman, Gould, Gower, Graber, Guo, Gursoy, Han, Hanna, Hartman, Hunter, Jarrin, Joergensen, Junboonta, Kabia, Kaminskas, Kane C., Kane E., Kelly, Kettle, Kurtas, Kustka, Langer, Langsam, LaPointe, Lee, Lewis, Lindboe, Little, LoGrippo, Lombardi, Lutz, Maglione-Rico, Mahajan-Cusack, Mammis, Mancini, Mansukhani, Marchetta, Markert, Marsic, Masiello, Matto, Mazurek, Mckeever, Mena-Segovia, Miller, Murphy B., Murphy K., Nickitas, Norris, Norville, O’Connor, Oleske, Oliver, O’Neill, Pandey, Pappas, Parrish, Parsa, Paskhover, Patel B., Patel M., Patel S., Patton, Perez, Pichugin, Pinto-Figueroa, Piotrowski, Ponzio, Powell, Pradhan, Puar, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Ravichandran, Raza, Rivera, Saltzman, Sanchez, Serrano, Sesti, Shah A., Shah C., Shapses, Shinbrot, Silver, Soto, Steinberg, Szatrowski, Tharney, Thompson K., Thompson B., Thuravil, Tracey, Trees, Van Stine, Wilde, Williams, Yang, Zhang, Ziessler.

EXCUSED: Carson, Dane, Esposito, Estriplet, Gross, Honeycutt, Johnson, Lema, Maloney, Owens, Rajan, Rosen, Schneider, Schwarts, Sen, Tsakalakos, Vidal

ABSENT: Alidou, Artun, Barone, Brundon, Bubb, Butterfield, Cahill, Cantor, Carty, Carvajal, Chinn, Collins, Conway, Covington, DeFilippis, Eastman, Eaton, Einstein, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Filippelli, Gabriel, Ganesh, Ghesani, Greenberg, Haddon, Halkitis, Hatefi, Heckscher, Holzemer, Iannini, Kutor, Lei Lei, Lindenmeyer, Lopez, Lugg, Mahon, March, Menifield, Malloy, O’Brassill, Pagan, Pardlo, Patel A., Porumbescu, Potter C., Potter J., Rothplets-Puglia, Schiavo, Sheridan, Song, Spiegel, Stauffer, Strom, Takhistov, White.

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 107 total: 65 present (61%), 20 excused (18%), 22 absent (20%); Students: Of 32 total: 24 present (75%), 3 excused (9%), 5 absent (16%); Administrators: Of 39 total: 3 present (8%), 2 excused (5%), 35 absent (90%); Staff: Of 19 total: 17 present (90%), 1 excused (5%), 1 absent (5%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 6 present (100%), 0 excused (0%), 0 absent (0%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this year


Senate Chair Peter Gillett called the meeting to order at 1:15 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 2018-2019 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. Gillett then introduced himself, Senate Vice Chair and Parliamentarian Jon Oliver, Senate Executive Secretary Mary Mickelsen, and Senate Administrative Assistant Morgan Nemes. 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. Gillett 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

Gillett summarized the format and time limits for President Barchi’s administrative report. University President Robert Barchi presented an administrative report, summarizing a full-text version which has been posted online here. Gillett 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:

  • Gender and race equality issues as it relates to equal pay for equal work;
  • Tuition rate increases, particularly for RBHS students;
  • Reinvigorating current union negotiations;
  • Issues related to mentally ill students, specifically in regards to housing;
  • Newly instituted background check policy;
  • The possibility for student involvement in the free speech and academic freedom Advisory Panel;
  • Cornerstone functionality;
  • Conflicting visions of the former-NB Chancellor and the search for his permanent replacement;
  • The under-compensation and over-utilization of PTL’s; and
  • Wage increases for student workers on campus.

ELECTION OF RBHS STUDENT MEMBER OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – Because no eligible candidates for RBHS student member of the Senate Executive Committee were nominated during the April 2018 election, an election to fill that position was conducted at this meeting. Mickelsen conducted the election. There was one (1) nominee – Marc Henry Estriplet, NJMS (S). Senator Estriplet was elected by acclamation.


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

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1501: Eligibility, Nomination, and Election of Senate Leadership and Board Representatives – Jon Oliver, USGC Chair

Gillett noted that, in accordance with parliamentary procedure and established Senate practice regarding proposed changes to Senate bylaws, this item was docketed for introduction and discussion today, but would be voted on at the next Senate meeting. USGC Chair Jon Oliver presented and summarized the USGC’s Response to Charge S-1501 on Eligibility, Nomination, and Election of Senate Leadership and Board Representatives. Oliver then read the related resolutions. The floor was opened to discussion, but there was none..

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Jon Oliver reported on the September 7, 2018 [link goes to draft meeting minutes] Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the July 18, July 24, and September 12 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 Julie Serrano reported on recent plans and activities of New Brunswick student governing associations indicating RUSA’s fall elections will take place the first week of October. Faculty Senator Sanjib Bhuyan, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair, reported that the New Brunswick Faculty Council would meet the following week.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m.

Present Senators

Jeykid Acosta Nikol Alexander-Floyd Farid Alizadeh Anil Ardeshna Rahshida Atkins Anne-Catherine Aubert Margaret Avallone Muhammad Ibrahim Awan Perumalsam Balaguru Joseph Barbarese Robert L. Barchi Rola Bekdash Sanjib Bhuyan Robert Boikess Irfan Bora Natalie Borisovets Erin Brewster-Bauzyk Mary Bridgeman Mary Jo Bugel Christine Chunn Ashley Cole Martha Cotter Vicki Craig James Cummings Michael Cummings Suzanne D'Anna Perry Dane Babu Dasari William DeFabiis Misty Denham-Barrett Kathy Detloff Gregory DiLalo Kevin Dowlin William Dreyer Gary Ebert Robert Emmons Brian Everett Julie Fagan Chazz Fellenz William Field Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Sally Goldfarb Carlos Gonzalez Robert Goodman Ann Gould Michael Gower Judith Graber Grace Guo Kemal Gursoy Zheng-Chao Han Jean Marie Hartman Arlene Hunter Christine Hunter-Fratzola Olga Jarrín Montaner John Joergensen Nattawan Junboonta Fatmata Kabia Lauren Kaminskas Emily Kane Cecelia Kane Michael Kelly John Kettle Courtland Kurtas Adam Kustka Eleanor LaPointe Jerome Langer Julie Langsam Barbara Lee Brian Lewis Dominique Little Maria LoGrippo Antonios Mammis Michael Mancini Rupal Mansukhani Josephine Marchetta Joseph Markert Ivan Marsic Regina Masiello Elizabeth Matto Monica Mazurek Kenneth McKeever Juan Mena-Segovia Mary Mickelsen Kenneth Miller Kyle Murphy Brian Murphy Donna Nickitas Kaylah Norris William Norville James O'Connor Karen O'Neill James Oleske Jon Oliver Virendra Pandey Tina Pappas Kathleen Parrish Houshang Parsa Boris Paskhover Bhavin Patel Meet Patel Suja Patel Charles Patton Ilce Perez Alexander Pichugin Nicholas Ponzio Kristen Powell Archana Pradhan Jasbir Puar Robert Puhak Sam Rabinowitz Maya Ravichandran Mustafa Raza Alicia Rivera Cynthia Saltzman Karen Sanchez Julie Serrano Federico Sesti Anush Shah Chirag Shah Sue Shapses Troy Shinbrot Deborah Silver Morgan Smith Marc Steinberg Ted Szatrowski Paul Takhistov Nicholas Tharney Karen Thompson Barbara Thomson Neeharika Thuravil Debora Tracey Frances Trees Michael Van Stine Tyler Wilde Willie Ray Williams Chung Yang Zefu "Jeffrey" Zhang Paul Ziessler

Excused Senators

Tyler Carson Adrienne Esposito Juliane Gross Nathan Honeycutt Antoinette Johnson Nicole Lema Krisellen Maloney Gregory Porumbescu Julie Rajan Robert Rosen Robert Schwartz Meheli Sen Thomas Tsakalakos Erich Vidal

Absent Senators

Ousseina Alidou Melissa Alvarez Tuna Artun Joseph Barone Rodney Brunson Daniel Bubb Sherri-Ann Butterfield Michael Cahill Nancy Cantor Kenneth Carty Ronald Chen Clark Chinn Theresa Collins Francine Conway James DeFilippis Wayne Eastman Adrienne Eaton Robert Eisenstein Marc Henry Estriplet Kyle Farmbry Thomas Farris Cecile Feldman Anthony Filippelli Sherine Gabriel Jaishankar Ganesh Nasrin Ghesani Michael Greenberg Phoebe Haddon Perry Halkitis Jeffrey Hanna Arash Hatefi Charles Heckscher William Holzemer Christopher Iannini Robert Johnson Jerome Kukor Lei Lei Theresa Lindboe Kriste Lindenmeyer Marina Lombardi Catherine Lugg Carol Lutz Valerie Maglione Rico Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Gwendolyn Mahon Peter March Howard Marchitello Charles Menifield Christopher Molloy Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan Jennie Owens Kevin Pagan Gregory Pardlo Cathryn Potter Jonathan Potter Harry Raval Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia Joe Sanders Laura Schneider Michael Shapiro John Sheridan Weijie Song Martha Soto Menahem Spiegel George Stauffer Brian Strom James White Samantha Young

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