Minutes of the

MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE

May 12, 2003

 

APPROVED

 

PRESENT:                             Bill Bedford, Judy Cater, Judy Dolan, Bonnie Ann Dowd, MaryAnn Drinan, Martha Evans, Brent Gowen, Barb Neault Kelber, Teresa Laughlin, Dennis Lutz, Maria Miller, Marilee Nebelsick-Tagg, Sue Norton, Perry Snyder, Dan Sourbeer, Steve Spear, Joe Stanford, Fari Towfiq, Katie Townsend-Merino, Anne Voth, Tamara Weintraub

 

ABSENT:                               Chris Barkley, Stan Levy, Sara Thompson,

 

GUESTS:                                Sherrill Amador, Mike Arguello, Alexis Ciurczak, Daniel Finkenthal, Shannon Lienhart, Haryo Praborro, Jose Rangel, Susan Snow, Telescope Rep.

                                               

CALL TO ORDER:               The meeting was called to order by the vice president, Mario Mendez, at 2:00 p.m., in Room SU-30.

 

Approval of Minutes:         The minutes of May 5, 2003, were approved as amended.

 

Proxy Votes:                          Bonnie Ann Dowd announced the following proxy votes:

                                                Anne Voth holding a proxy for Chris Barkley

                                                Dan Sourbeer holding a proxy for Sara Thompson

                                                Steve Spear holding a proxy for Stan Levy

 

Election Results:                  The following faculty members were welcomed as new and returning Senators:

 

                                                Judy Cater

                                                Martha Evans

                                                Brent Gowen

                                                Barb Neault Kelber

                                                Stan Levy

                                                Perry Snyder

                                                Fari Towfiq

                                                Katie Townsend-Merino

                                                Anne Voth

                                                Tamara Weintraub

 

Faculty Poll Results:            Alexis Ciurczak reported on the following poll recently sent out to contract faculty:

 

                _____      Yes, the following letter should be sent to the Palomar College Board of Trustees.

 

_____      No, the following letter should not be sent to the Palomar College Board of Trustees.

 

                                                “Because of the terrible results of the full-time faculty evaluation of the present President/Superintendent,

                                                Because of the full-time faculty’s overwhelming vote of no confidence in the present President/Superintendent,

 

                                                Because a random poll of the classified staff reveals an overwhelming vote of no confidence in the present President/Superintendent,

 

                                                Because the present President/Superintendent has attempted to expand the unneeded, bloated, superfluous, over-supplied and over-traveled administrative staff,

 

                                                And because of the present President/Superintendent’s unwillingness to negotiate with faculty’s representatives, (negotiations are now in their 20th month)

 

                                                We the full-time faculty request you, the Board of Trustees, to immediately start looking for a replacement for the present President/Superintendent.

 

Respectfully yours,

The Full-time Faculty”

 

150 Faculty members voted in favor of sending the letter.

28 Faculty members voted against sending the letter.

 

A total of 14 polls were declared invalid: 10 with votes in favor, and 4 against sending the letter.

 

She added that the poll recently distributed to adjunct faculty members would be tallied by the members of the Elections Committee on Tuesday, May 13th.

 

Officer Elections:                  Nominations were accepted for Faculty Senate President.

 

                                                Steve Spear was nominated.

                                                Katie Townsend-Merino was nominated.

 

                                                A brief statement was given by each candidate.

 

                                                Ballots were distributed to Senators for voting.

 

Motion 1                                MSC Dowd, Cater: The Faculty Senate accepts the results of the ballot electing Steve Spear as Faculty Senate President.

 

                                                Nominations were accepted for Faculty Senate Vice President.

               

                                                Dan Sourbeer was nominated but declined the nomination.

                                                Sara Thompson was nominated.

                                                Katie Townsend-Merino was nominated.

 

Ballots were distributed to Senators for voting. Due to a tie, a second ballot was distributed.

 

Motion 2                                MSC Stanford, Dowd: The Faculty Senate accepts the results of the ballot electing Sara Thompson as Faculty Senate Vice President.

 

                                                Nominations were accepted for Faculty Senate Secretary.

 

                                                Bonnie Dowd was nominated.

 

Motion 3                                MSC Stanford, Dolan: The Faculty Senate elects Bonnie Ann Dowd as Faculty Senate Secretary by acclamation.

 

Committee

Appointments:                     None

 

Committee Placement:         Susan Snow addressed the Senate on her term as a member of the Instructional Planning Council. Elections were recently held to replace her term and she believes she was elected to serve until 2004. Anne Voth indicated that she was elected to replace a faculty member serving until 2003. Because there is some discrepancy on the length of the term, Anne indicated that she would look through her records to verify the terms of the faculty members appointed on this committee.

 

Motion 4                                MSC Dowd, Sourbeer: That the Faculty Senate discuss the issue of committee appointments.

 

                                                There was some discussion on the current procedure used by the Senate to confirm faculty members to committees.

 

Motion 5                                MSF Stanford, Cater: Move the order of the day. Motion failed.

 

                                                Since this matter cannot be resolved without doing some research, it was recommended that this issue be forwarded to the Personnel Standards and Practices Committee.

 

Motion 6                                MSC Bedford, Sourbeer: That Susan Snow’s question regarding her term appointment on the Instructional Planning Council be forwarded to the Personnel Standards and Practices Committee.

 

                                                Shannon Lienhart voiced concern with regard to the Senate’s practice of electronic voting for committee appointments. Discussion followed on the Senate‘s previous discussions and decision in the fall 2002 to confirm committee appointments electronically.  It was also noted that Chris Norcross came to a Senate meeting (March 3rd) to address the integrity of the electronic process and the Senate decided to continue committee appointments electronically.  Shannon requested that the Senate reconsider and discontinue the current electronic practice and return to the procedure of electing committee members using a paper ballot system. She added that secret ballots are prohibited by The Brown Act as outlined in section 54953c.

 

Motion 7                                MSC Dowd, Laughlin: To suspend the Agenda to address Action Item N, “Other” and discuss committee appointment procedures.

 

                                                Discussion occurred on past as well as current procedures used in making committee appointments.

 

                                                Daniel Finkenthal stated that some faculty members become discouraged to serve on committees because although they continually submit their name for consideration the Senate never appoints them. 

 

Motion 8                                MSC Sourbeer, Gowen: That committee appointments be done at Faculty Senate meetings by using a paper ballot rather than electronic voting.

 

Motion 9                                MSC Dowd, Cater: To extend the meeting.

 

Senate/PFF Agreement:

 

Motion 10                              MSC Dolan, Cater: To Table the Agenda item, “Senate/PFF Agreement.”

 

Student Services

Planning Council:                 This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 11                              MSC Miller, Towfiq: Faculty Senate approval of the Student Services Planning Council.

 

Financial Aid Advisory

& Appeals Committee:        This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 12                              MSC Dowd, Stanford: Faculty Senate approval of the Financial Aid Advisory & Appeals Committee.             

 

EOPS Advisory

Committee:                            This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 13                              MSC Dowd, Miller: Faculty Senate approval of the EOPS Advisory Committee.

 

International Education

Advisory Committee:          This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 14                              MSC Dowd, Dolan: Faculty Senate approval of the International Education Advisory Committee.

 

Scholarship Committee:      This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 15                              MSC Cater, Stanford: Faculty Senate approval of the Scholarship Committee.

 

VTEA Planning and

Advisory Committee:          This item was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003.

 

Motion 16                              MS Dowd, Dolan: Faculty Senate approval of the VTEA Planning and Advisory Committee.

 

Motion 16 amended             MSC Miller, Dowd: Faculty Senate approval of the VTEA Planning and Advisory Committee with a recommendation that one of the “required by law” representatives be a representative from the Career Center.

 

Academic Technology

Advisory Committee:          This was presented to the Senate for discussion on May 5, 2003. Bonnie Dowd reminded Senators that proposals for new committees are a change to the Constitution and therefore, need to be voted on by the Faculty. After brief

discussion, it was suggested that this be presented as a task force immediately and sunshined and voted on by contract faculty members in the fall semester.

 

Motion 17                              MSC Laughlin, Stanford: Faculty Senate approval of the creation of an Academic Technology Advisory Task Force.

 

Reinstatement of

Advertising:                          Rocco Versaci brought the issue of reinstatement of advertising in the schedules to the Senate last week, particularly for low enrollment courses.  It was reported at that time that the total number of pages in the schedule for advertising was only around 16.

 

                                                There was discussion that advertising costs include not only the cost of printing the extra pages in the schedule, but also the cost of putting the pages together for inclusion.

 

Motion 18                              MSC Laughlin, Stanford: The Faculty Senate requests that the Faculty Senate President report at the Strategic Planning Council that the Senate requests that the Superintendent/President assign a group of individuals to research the impact on instruction of discontinuing advertising in the class schedule.

 

Music Classes

Cancellation:                         Joe Stanford reported that he will meet with district members on Thursday, May 15th on the issue of whether or not some youth orchestra and chorale classes will be cancelled. They may be offered under Community Services, which will likely cause a financial hardship to many parents whose children are enrolled in these classes.

 

Motion 19                              MSC Stanford, Cater: The Faculty Senate requests that the Senate President voice the Senate’s concern with regard to the impact to students and parents of the cancellation or relocation of Youth Orchestra and Chorale Classes to Community Education and requests that the courses remain intact in the Performing Arts Department.

 

Proposed Student

Services Organizational

Chart:                                     Copies of the proposed Student Services Organizational Chart were provided for review. At the last Strategic Planning Council meeting Joe Madrigal announced that there was unanimous acceptance of the document from the members of the Student Services Planning Council.

 

Motion 20                              MSC Dowd, Miller: Faculty Senate approval of the Student Services Organizational Chart.

 

Faculty Center ATM:          Steve Spear announced that in its review of the budget, the members of the Revenue Allocation Committee discovered a fund titled, “Faculty Center ATM,” with $7,750 in it. This money was given to the Faculty Senate by Mission Federal Credit Union nearly ten years ago to be used to help finance a faculty center.  A center was never built and the funds are still in the budget as a designated account.

 

                                                Senate members discussed ways the money could be used to help the save jobs during the current fiscal crisis, or whether the Senate should use the money for supplies or equipment it may need.

 

Motion 21                              MSC Dowd, Nebelsick-Tagg: Move the issue of Faculty Center ATM to Action.

 

Motion 22                              MSC Dowd, Cater: The Faculty Senate donates the $7,750 in the Faculty Center ATM account to the General Fund to be used in an effort to save existing jobs.

 

Budget Review:

Reports from Strategic

Planning Council:                 Bonnie Ann Dowd reported that the members of the Strategic Planning Council (SPC) met on Tuesday, May 13th to complete the Annual Implementation Plan. Last week’s SPC meeting included the review of the various recommendations made by the planning councils, which will be brought forward to SPC at its May 20th meeting.  Such recommendations will be voted upon based upon the preliminary budget which is expected to be announced on May 14th.

 

Revenue Allocation

Committee:                            Steve Spear announced that a faculty member is needed to serve on the Revenue Allocation Committee as a designee for Faculty Vice President. This appointment will be temporary, until elections to fill the Faculty Vice President position is filled in the fall or the position is eliminated at the signing of a faculty contract. An announcement will be distributed via email to faculty members on this issue with the hope of identifying someone to attend the May 14th and all subsequent meetings throughout the month and summer as needed.

 

ADJOURNMENT:               The meeting was adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

 

                                                Respectfully submitted,

 

Bonnie Ann Dowd, Secretary