President Philip A. Glotzbach called the meeting to order at 3:35pm. President Glotzbach asked if there were any amendments to the March 30, 2007 Faculty Meeting minutes. Hearing none, he announced that the minutes were approved.
The President’s report included the following:
· He spoke briefly about the Virginia Tech situation and how this has affected everyone in the higher education community. He asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of those that died during this tragic event.
· He also mentioned the national news reports regarding NYS Attorney General Cuomo’s investigation into practices in admissions and financial aid offices dealing with student loans. He expressed his confidence in the ethical standards of our financial aid office and his confidence that Skidmore has no conflict of interest issues. We do have an opportunity fund that was provided to us by Citicorp, one of our preferred lenders; the fund is used for our international students. He made clear that Citicorp did not receive any special consideration from the College in exchange for this fund – i.e. Citigroup did not establish the fund in exchange for being listed as one of the College’s preferred lenders.
· He asked Penny Jolly to give a brief update on the Campus Campaign. Contributions may be made on line or by completing forms made available today. She encouraged everyone to participate in the campaign.
· He thanked the FDC for working with students to select this year’s faculty speaker at commencement: Professor Linda Hall from the English department.
· He announced the recipients of the four endowed chairs and gave a brief description of each chair.
o The Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts Chair: Professor Carolyn Anderson
o The Joseph C. Palamountain Chair in Government: Roy Ginsberg
o The Class of 1962 Term Professorship: Professor Ray Giguere
o The Class of 1967 Term Professorship: Professor Paty Rubio
The faculty congratulated those appointed to the endowed chairs.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS REPORT
Vice President Susan Kress thanked the two previous holders of the endowed chairs for their distinguished service– the Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts Chair is Penny Jolly and the Joseph C. Palamountain Chair is Steve Hoffmann. She called on Muriel Poston to give a report
DEAN OF THE FACULTY REPORT
Dean Muriel Poston gave the following report:
VP Kress thanked Dean Poston and Associate Dean Hofmann for their hard work in moving all of these initiatives forward this year.
VP Kress asked Kate Leavitt, on behalf of FDC to announce the 2007-08 Ralph Ciancio Award for Excellence in Teaching: this year’s prize was awarded to Giuseppe Faustini.
VP Kress, on behalf of Jeff Segrave of Special Programs who could not be present, thanked Ken Klotz (soon retiring) for his long and dedicated service to UWW. The faculty congratulated interim director Jim Kennelly—and Christopher Whann, who will step in as director for the period between Ken’s retirement and Jim’s taking up of the office.
CAPT – The retirement resolution concerning nine faculty members was read by John Berman, Chair of CAPT.
· Isabel Harper Brown, Department of Dance
· Paul Corr, Department of Management & Business
· Joan Douglas, Department of Psychology
· Gerry Erchak, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
· Ruth Andrea Levinson, Department of Education
· Murray Levith, Department of English
· Jill Sweet, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
· Margaret (Peg) Tacardon, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
· Joanna Zangrando, Department of American Studies
VP Kress asked the assembly to signal their acclimation by applause.
Recognition of Retirees: Citations for each of the retirees were printed in booklets distributed at the faculty meeting. VP Kress commented that the retirement of these colleagues represents a huge loss to the College and to our institutional memory. Collectively, they represent almost three centuries of service to the College. Each of them has made outstanding contributions. Toasts will follow at the reception. Each department chair or another colleague spoke on behalf of each retiree as follows:
Isabel (Baya) Harper Brown Mary DiSanto-Rose
Paul Corr Betty Balevic
Joan Douglas Mary Ann Foley
Gerry Erchak David Karp
Ruth Andrea Levinson Susan Lehr
Murray Levith Linda Simon
Jill Sweet David Karp
Margaret (Peg) Tacardon David Karp
Joanna Zangrando Mary Lynn
President Glotzbach congratulated the retirees on their service to the institution. He commented that junior colleagues in particular should pay attention to what was said about these colleagues today. They have left a rich legacy as teachers, as scholars, as researchers, and as citizens.
CEPP Motion – Dan Nathan introduced the motion on Proportional Tenure Track Lines (See attachment). One or two faculty raised concerns about recruitment and about the possible loss of lines to departments. CEPP accepted as a friendly amendment a change in the wording of the title in section C from “shared” to “apportioned.” A vote was taken and all but two faculty members voted in favor.
CAPT Motions – John Berman, CAPT Chair:
CEPP - Deb Hall spoke briefly about the National Student Exchange pilot program. Handouts were distributed.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.
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