MINUTES: Organizational Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: May 3, 2019

TIME AND PLACE: 10:00 a.m., Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT: Albert, Alexander-Floyd, Ardeshna, Atkins, Avallone, Barbarese, Bekdash, Bhuyan, Boikess, Bora, Borisovets, Brewster-Bauzyk, Bridgeman, Bugel, Chaudhary, Cole, Coleman, Colley, Crews, D'Anna, Dasari, DiLalo, Dool, Dowlin, Ebert, Emmons, Everett, Felder, Fellenz, Fox, Giacobbe, Gillett, Gould, Gower, Graber, Guo, Hunter, Hunter Fratzola, Jarrin, Jorgenson, C. Kane, E. Kane, Kashalikar, Kelly, Langer, LaPointe, Lutz, Maddox Douglas, Maglione Rico, Mahajan-Cusack, Mammis, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Masiello, Matto, Mayes, McKeever, Miranti, Nickitas, Norris, O'Brassill-Kulfan, O'Connor, O'Rourke, O'Rourke, Oleske, Oliver, Omotoso, Oukil, Padovano, Pandey, Parsa, Paskhover, S. Patel, Perez, Pichugin, Ponzio, Powell, Rabinowitz, Roth, Saltzman, Sanchez, Schwartz, Shapses, Sinnott, Steinberg, Stephenson, Stoprya, Sztatrowski, Tan, Tharney, Thelma, Thompson, Torres, Tracey, Tsakalakos, Van Stine, Vargas, Wang, White, Wirtenberg, Younker, Zheng

EXCUSED:   Aubert, Barchi, Giraud, Kettle, Lamar, Mena-Segovia, Nath, Pappas, Pradhan, Rajan, Silver, Sridar, Takhistov

ABSENT:  Acosta, Alidou, Alizadeh, Altman, Bachmann, Barone, Bembry, Brunson, Cahill, Cantor, Chinn, Conway, Cotter, DeFilippis, Detloff, Dreyer, Eaton, Esposito, Farmbry, Farris, Feldman, Figueira, Ganesh, Goldfarb, Goodman, Goonetilleke, Greenberg, Gursoy, Haddon, Halkitis, Hartman, Hatefi, Holzemer, Hsueh, Johnson, Johnson, Kaul, Kaye, Kosar, Kovacs, Kukor, Kutska, Lee, Lei, Lewis, Lopez, Mahon, Maloney, Mansukhani, March, Marchitello, Mazurek, McKeon, Menifield, Mitra, Molloy, Moomjy, B. Murphy, K. Murphy, Pardlo, B. Patel, Patton, Paul, Pinto-Figueroa, Porumbescu, C. Potter, J. Potter, Prime, Puar, Ravichandran, Rivera, Romanko, Russomagno, Schiavo, Schneider, Schwartz, Sen, Sesti, Shah, Shapiro, Sheridan, Shinbrot, Song, Speigel, Stauffer, Strom, Thuravil, Trees, Tyson, Vanveldhuisen, Vidal, Walkup, Willett

ATTENDANCE  SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 108 total: 63 present (58%), 9 excused (8%), 36 absent (33%); Students: Of 38 total: 20 present (53%), 2 excused (5%), 16 absent (42%); Administrators: Of 38 total: 2 present (5%), 1 excused (3%), 35 absent (92%); Staff: Of 19 total: 14 present (74%), 1 excused (5%), 4 absent (21%); Alumni: Of 5 total: 4 present (80%), 0 excused (0%), 1 absent (20%)

PRESIDING OFFICER: Peter Gillett, Chairperson

CALL TO ORDER AND DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM: Chairperson Gillett called the first meeting of the 2019-20 Rutgers University Senate to order at 10:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room,  College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He welcomed all attendees and extended a special welcome to new Senators.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY - Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the University Senate
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR: Privilege of the floor was granted to Nominating Panel Chair Ann Gould, a member of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Senates. 
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING PANEL: Nominating Panel Chair Ann Gould presented the report of the Nominating Panel. 
Senator Gould gave a brief overview of the nominating and election process, as well as the runoff procedure for at-large faculty Executive Committee member elections. Gould said that any candidates nominated from the floor must be certified on the Senate roster in order to be added to the ballot. 
Gould announced candidates for all positions, calling for nominations from the floor in each category. 
The nominations completed, including those made from the floor, the resultant slate of candidates was: 
Chair (who serves ex officio as Representative to the Board of Governors): Jon Oliver, Staff-New Brunswick (Staff)
Vice Chair: Peter Gillett, RBS:UNB (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, Camden: Babu Dasari, UC-Camden (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, Newark: Natalie Borisovets, Libraries, Newark (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, New Brunswick: Robert Boikess, At-Large NB (Faculty); Ann Gould, SEBS (Faculty); Norman Markowitz, SAS-NB (Faculty); Elizabeth Matto, NB-Other Centers (Faculty)
Faculty Members of the Executive Committee, RBHS: Anil Ardeshna, RSDM (Faculty); James Oleske, RBHS-CBI (Faculty)
Part-Time Lecturer/Annual Appointee Faculty Member of the Executive Committee: Karen Thompson, PTL-NB (Faculty); Jose Torres, PTL-C (Faculty) 
Camden Student Member of the Executive Committee: Sydney Johnson, CCAS (Student); Michael Van Stine, Graduate School - Camden (Student)
Newark Student Member of the Executive Committee: [There was no nominee for this position. An election will be conducted at the September 2019 Senate meeting.]
New Brunswick Student Member of the Executive Committee: Emily Kane, SAS-NB (Student); Nicholas Tharney, RBS:UNB (Student)
RBHS Student Member of the Executive Committee: Chase Stopyra, SHP (Student)
Alumnus Member of the Executive Committee: Houshang Parsa, Alumni Association
Staff Senator Member of the Executive Committee: Adrienne Esposito, Staff-New Brunswick; Arlene Hunter, Staff-New Brunswick; Luz Kosar, Staff-Newark
Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors: Rachel Kaye, NJMS (Faculty); Samuel Rabinowitz, SB-C (Faculty)
Student Representative to the Board of Governors: Abhishek Kashalikar, SEBS (Student); Ilce Perez, SAS-NB (Student)
Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees: Boris Paskhover, NJMS (Faculty); Robert Schwartz, NJMS (Faculty); Menahem Spiegel, RBS: N/NB (Faculty)
Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees: Ann Albert, SAS-NB (Student); Mousef Oukil, SAS-NB (Student)
Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees: [There was no nominee for this position. An election will be conducted at the September 2019 Senate meeting.]

Candidates who wished to do so were given time to make statements in support of their candidacy.

A runoff election was conducted for all full-time faculty members of the Executive Committee based on the above slate so that those nominees who did not prevail in the contested New Brunswick, Newark, and RBHS Faculty EC categories could be placed in the at-large category.
VOTING AND COLLECTION OF BALLOTS: Voting was done on paper ballots prepared by the executive secretary and distributed at sign-in only to voting members of the 2019-20 Senate. Morgan Nemes, Senate Administrative Assistant and Enidyaj Turner, Senate Work/Study Student collected and tabulated the ballots.
[Secretary’s Note: Election results were announced during the subsequent Senate regular meeting, and posted on the Senate website Monday, May 6, as follows:]
Chair: Jon Oliver, Staff - New Brunswick Staff
Vice Chair: Peter Gillett, RBS:UNB (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Camden: Babu Dasari, UC-Camden (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Newark: Natalie Borisovets, Libraries, Newark (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, New Brunswick: Ann Gould, SEBS (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: James Oleske, RBHS-CBI (Faculty)
Executive Committee Full-Time Faculty, At-Large: Robert Boikess, At-Large NB (Faculty)Elizabeth Matto, NB-Other Centers (Faculty)
Executive Committee Student, Camden: Michael Van Stine, Graduate School - Camden (Student)
Executive Committee Student, Newark: [There was no nominee for this position. An election will be conducted at the September 2019 Senate meeting.]
Executive Committee Student, New Brunswick: Emily Kane, SAS-NB (Student)
Executive Committee Student, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:  Chase Stopyra, SHP (Student)
Executive Committee Alumnus: Houshang Parsa, Alumni Association
Executive Committee Part-Time Lecturer/Adjunct Faculty: Karen Thompson, PTL-New Brunswick (Faculty)
Executive Committee Staff Member: Arlene Hunter, New Brunswick Staff
Board of Governors Faculty Representative: Rachel Kaye, NJMS (Faculty)
Board of Governors Student Representative: Ilce Perez, SAS-NB (Student)
Board of Trustees Faculty Representatives: Boris Paskhover, NJMS (Faculty); Menahem Spiegel, RBS: N/NB (Faculty)
Board of Trustees Undergraduate Student Representative: Ann Albert, SAS-NB (Student)
Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representative:  [There was no nominee for this position. An election will be conducted at the September 2019 Senate meeting.]

 Chairperson Gillett adjourned the Organizational Meeting at 11:32 p.m. 
Minutes Written and Submitted by:
Mary MickelsenExecutive Secretary of the University Senate