MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: December 7, 2018

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: Acosta; Ahmed; Alizadeh; Ardeshna; Atkins; Aubert; Balaguru; Barbarese; Bhuyan; Boikess; Bora; Borisovets; Brewster-Bauzyk; Bridgeman; Bugel; Butler; Chunn; Collins; Craig; J. Cummings; M. Cummings; Dasari; DeFabiis; Denham-Barrett; DiLalo; Dowlin; Emmons; Everett; Field; Ghesani; Giraud; Gonzalez; Gould; Graber; Gursoy; Han; Hartman; Heckscher; Hunter; Hunter-Fratzola; Jarrin; Johnson; Junboonta; Kabia; Kane; Kane; Kashalikar; Kelly; Kettle; Kurtas; Kustka; LaPointe; Lee; LoGrippo; Lutz; Maglione-Rico; Mahajan-Cusack; Mammis; Markert; Marsic; Masiello; McKeever; Mena-Segovia; Menifield; Miller; Murphy; Norris; Norville; O'Connor; Oleske; O'Neill; Pappas; Parrish; Parsa; B. Patel; M. Patel; S. Patel; Perez; Peyrek; Pinto-Figueroa; Piotrowski; Powell; Puhak; Rabinowitz; Ravichandran; Rivera; Rosen; Rothpeltz-Puglia; Saltzman; Sanchez; Serrano; Sesti; Shah; Shapiro; Shapses; Silver; Strom; Szatrowski; Tharney; Thompson; Thompson; Tracey; Trees; White; Yang; Zhang; Ziessler

EXCUSED: Abbasi; Avallone; Awan; Bekdash; Cole; Dane; D'Anna; Dreyer; Esposito; Fagan; Fellenz; Goldfarb; Goodman; Gross; Guo; Honeycutt; Joergensen; Kaminskas; Langsam; Lema; Lindboe; Little; Maloney; Mancini; Matto; Nickitas; Pandey; Puar; Raza; Shinbrot; Soto; Spiegel; Steinberg; Struble; Thuravil; Van Stine; Vidal; Wilde; Williams

ABSENT:Alexander-Floyd; Alidou; Alvarez; Artun; Barchi; Barone; Brunson; Butterfield; Cahill; Cantor; Carson; Carty; Chinn; Conway; Cotter; Covington; DeFilippis; Dettloff; Eastman; Eaton; Ebert; Eisenstein; Estriplet; Farmbry; Farris; Feldman; Filippelli; Ganesh; Gillett; Gower; Greenberg; Haddon; Halkitis; Hatefi; Holzemer; Iannini; Johnson; Kukor; Langer; Lei; Lewis; Lindenmeyer; Lombardi; Lopez; Lugg; Mahon; Mansukhani; March; Marchetta; Mazurek; Molloy; Murphy; O'Brassill-Kulfan; Oliver; Pagan; Pardlo; Paskhover; Patton; Pichugin; Ponzio; Porumbescu; C. Potter; J. Potter; Pradhan; Rajan; Raval; Schiavo; Schneider; Schwartz; Sen; Shah; Sheridan; Song; Stauffer; Takhistov; Tsakalakos; Young

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY:   Faculty: Of 115 total: 65 present (57%), 21 excused (18%), 29 absent (25%); Students: Of 42 total: 20 present (48%), 11 excused (26%), 11 absent (26%); Administrators: Of 40 total: 3 present (8%), 3 excused (8%), 34 absent (85%); Staff: Of 19 total: 15 present (79%), 2 excused (11%), 2 absent (11%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 3 present (50%), 2 excused (33%), 1 absent (17%)
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Senate Chair Peter Gillett called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He welcomed all present to the meeting and highlighted reports by RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom, Senior Vice President for University Relations Kimberly Manning, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee, which were to happen later in the agenda. He also referred to Senator Perry Dane's email, linked in the Report of the Secretary, noting the Executive Committee, at their November 30 meeting, decided to schedule a Committee of the Whole Discussion on the topic at the January 2019 Senate meeting.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY - Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary 


RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom presented the RBHS Chancellor's Report. Strom then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues including:


University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1605: Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed - Jon Oliver, USGC Chair

The USGC has been charged as follows: As mandated in the December 2012 Senate Response to Charge S-1201, on Senate Size and Composition, reconsider the size and composition of the Senate. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by October 2018.

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-1605 on Size and Composition of the Senate, Reviewed. Oliver then read the related resolutions, then answered questions which included the following:

RUTGERS IDENTITY REPORT - Kimberly Manning, Senior Vice President for University Relations

SVP Manning then presented the Rutgers Identity Report and answered questions, or heard comments, on the report and related issues including: 

Motion to Extend the Meeting for 30 minutes was made my Senator Natalie Borisovets and subsequently approved by unanimous vote.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

SVP Lee then presented an Administrative Report that included comments on: 

Gillett summarized the format and time limits for Senior Vice President Lee's administrative report. There were no questions or comments.

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 November 30, 2018 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 November 6 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Robert Schwartz, Faculty Representative to The Board of Trustees, Mary Jo Bugel, Faculty Representative to The Board of Trustees, and Ilce Perez, Undergraduate Student to the Board of Trustees, reported on the November 6 Board of Trustees meeting.

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: New Brunswick Student Senator Julie Serrano reported on recent plans and activities of New Brunswick student governing associations. New Brunswick Faculty Senator Robert Boikess reported on the November 30 New Brunswick Faculty Council meeting. There were no faculty or student representatives available to report from Camden, Newark or RBHS.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:53 p.m.