Wednesday
Nov202013

Senate Meeting Minutes for May 8, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –3:59 PM

Officers Present:              Paul Olson, President              Doug Jeppesen, Vice President              Cliff Luxion, Treasurer             

                                          Amy Powers, Secretary              Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

Senators Present:              Keith Bickley               (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

                                          Pat de Boom              (Health and Life Sciences)

Adam Burke              (Counselors and Librarians—alternate)

Cathy Collins              (Business and Information Systems)

Amy Del Medico              (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)

Tim Draper              (Social Science and Education­­alternate)                                         

Ellen Field              (Learning Enhancement)

Todd Laufenberg              (Communications and Library Services)

Mark Popowitch              (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

Officer Absent:                           

Senator(s) Absent:              Jamey DiVietro              (Counselors and Librarians­­alternate)

Guests:                                         

Lisa Fozio­Thielk              (Social Science and Education—alternate)

Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:31.

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

Secretary:  Acceptance of the April 10, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

Treasurer: Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account balance is $24,976.78 and the checking account balance is

President:  President Olson discussed concerns about the new system of administering evaluations in online courses.  Since the

evaluations will be sent to students’ emails, we do not have the ability to control the dates of availability.  This will be especially

problematic for classes shorter than 16 weeks.  Faculty are also concerned that students will be able to access evaluations after

final grades are posted in Blackboard.

President Olson also mentioned concerns about the creation of the questions for the evaluations.  In the past, faculty have been

involved in the creation of evaluations—their questions, format, etc.

He also discussed the importance of faculty responsibilities.  He is concerned that faculty have not followed proper procedures

when taking time off or missing office hours and stresses the importance of faculty learning and following the contract.  He wants

to address this issue in the fall.

Local 604 Update:  Senator Kiefer provided an update on pension legislation.  He told that senate that the IFT has been meeting

with State Senator Cullerton about creating a bill.  In the meantime SB1 was passed in the house.  The IFT is opposed to this bill.

He mentioned that we should have received an email from the IFT asking us to contact our state senators.

Scholarship: The committee is in process of negotiating an endowment contract.  It also needs to finalize the new scholarships

and come up with names for each one.  The four $350 scholarships are for students who are in programs that do not qualify for

financial aid and for those students who are ineligible for financial aid.  The committee plans to talk with counselors so that they

can make this group of students aware of these scholarships.  We need to promote these scholarships otherwise students will not

Sunshine Committee: Amy Del Medico received a thank you card from Leatha Ware.

A.  Negotiations Update

Vice President Jeppesen reminded everyone to check their personal emails for updates.  The negotiating team would like to

update the faculty before we leave for the summer and will hold meetings on Monday, May 13

next negotiation meeting with administration will be held on May 17

been going well and that the dialogue between the faculty and administration has been very productive.

B.  Faculty Responsibilities

See the above President’s report.

A.  Reorganization Meeting

The officers gave a summary of the meeting they had with Dr. Lovingood on April 25

Jeppesen had collected comments and suggestions from the faculty pertaining to the reorganization and presented the list to Dr.

Lovingood.  A few of the issues that surfaced during the meeting were:

The creation of department chairs,

The evaluation of adjuncts,

The increasing use of adjuncts given the new health care requirements.

Vice President Jeppesen encouraged everyone to attend the Council meeting that will take place during fall orientation.

The senate discussed plans for the fall meeting, including holding another school supply drive for the East Aurora School

District.  The motion to hold the school supply drive was seconded and approved.

Faculty brought up concerns about the lack of air conditioning in buildings, especially buildings with classrooms.  VP Jeppesen

had talked to Dr. Lovingood about trying to address this issue.  Faculty can request fans for their classrooms and offices through

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 3:59 PM.

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Jun052013

Senate Meeting Minutes for April 10, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

APC 170

Called to Order –3:31 PM

Adjourned –4:16 PM

 

 

Officers Present:                Doug Jeppesen, Vice President         Cliff Luxion, Treasurer        

                                                Amy Powers, Secretary                       Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

 

Senators Present:               Keith Bickley        (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

                                                Pat de Boom          (Health and Life Sciences)

Cathy Collins        (Business and Information Systems)

Amy Del Medico  (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)

                                                Jamey DiVietro     (Counselors and Librarians)

                                                Lisa Fozio-Thielk  (Social Science and Education)

Ellen Field              (Learning Enhancement)

Todd Laufenberg (Communications and Library Services)

Mark Popowitch   (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

 

 

 

Officer Absent:                    Paul Olson, President

 

Senator(s) Absent:              Tim Draper            (Social Science and Education—alternate)

 

               

Guests:                  Tracey Dosch       Mark Lathan

 

Call to Order/Roll Call

 

Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:31.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:

 

Acceptance of the March 13, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.

 

Treasurer:

 

Treasurer Luxion reported that the savings account balance is $22,883.89 and the checking account balance is $100.00.  He also noted that the audit has been completed.

 

President:                 

President Olson was not present.

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Kiefer informed the Senate that the Illinois State Senate and House passed a number of bills regarding pensions.  The next Local 604 meeting is Wednesday and he will report their reaction to this legislation at our next Senate meeting.

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship: Chairperson Luxion provided an update on the status of the endowment.  The committee has decided to endow the scholarship funds at $25,000, not $50,000 so that we can free up some of our funds to provide more scholarships. 

He also told the Senate that the committee plans to offer three $1000 scholarships and three $350 scholarships next year. 

 

He also mentioned that we would like to have a representative from the Faculty Council on the Foundation Committee.  VP Jeppesen said that he will talk to Kathy Richardson.

 

Sunshine Committee: Vice President Jeppesen received a thank-you letter from Jerri Wills.

 

 

Old Business

 

 

  1. Article X Section 3 Review

As agreed at the last meeting, we will address this issue in the Fall.

 

  1. Negotiations Update

VP Jeppesen told the Senate that negotiations are progressing well and that the next meeting will be held on April 19th

 

 

New Business

 

  1. Faculty Responsibilities

VP Jeppesen stressed that faculty understand their responsibilities and obligations as per the contract.  He reminded everyone to follow correct procedures when taking time off or missing office hours.

 

  1. Hiring Practices

VP Jeppesen mentioned that Dr. Lovingood’s office had sent an email to faculty and staff asking for input about the reorganization process that will occur when a number of administrators retire this year. The Senate drafted an email to Dr. Lovingood thanking her for this opportunity and requesting a meeting with her.  The Senate approved the wording of the email.

 

Open Discussion

 

The Senate discussed the results from the Employee Engagement Survey, which faculty received in an email today. The election results from yesterday were also discussed.

 

The Senate decided not to sponsor a hole for the golf outing this year. 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:16 PM. The Senate will next meet on May 8th.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Jun052013

Senate Meeting Minutes for March 13, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

APC 170

Called to Order –3:30 PM

Adjourned –4:18 PM

 

 

Officers Present:                Paul Olson, President                          Doug Jeppesen, Vice President                        

                                                Amy Powers, Secretary                       Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

 

Senators Present:               Keith Bickley        (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

                                                Pat de Boom          (Health and Life Sciences)

Cathy Collins        (Business and Information Systems)

Amy Del Medico  (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)

                                                Jamey DiVietro     (Counselors and Librarians)

                                                Tim Draper            (Social Science and Education)

Ellen Field              (Learning Enhancement)

Todd Laufenberg (Communications and Library Services)

 

 

Officer Absent:                    Cliff Luxion, Treasurer

 

Senator(s) Absent:              Mark Popowitch   (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages--alternate)

 

Guests:                  Adam Burke          Tom Pulver

 

 

Call to Order/Roll Call

 

Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:30.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:

 

Acceptance of the February 13, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

 

Treasurer:

 

Treasurer Luxion was not present.   

 

President:                 

President Olson did not have anything to report at this time.

 

 

 

 

Local 604 Update:  Senator Kiefer reported on the meeting he attended on February 20th.   The main focus of the meeting was the state pensions.  He told the Senate that there is nothing new to report in terms of legislation, but that the ITF is concerned that it has not been involved in the discussion.

 

Committee Reports

 

Membership Committee: President Olson mentioned that he has talked with Scott Hollenback, who is working hard to contact non-members.

 

Sunshine Committee: Kathy Randall dropped off a card and gift certificate to Jerri Wills.

 

Old Business

 

  1. Article IV Section 2 Amendment

The Faculty Council membership voted in favor of the proposed language changes to this section of the Constitution.  The changes will be made to the constitution as soon as possible.

 

  1. Article X Section 3 Review

Senator Kiefer discussed possible changes to our elections process.  He told the Senate that he talked to previous and current elections committee members and came up with some items for the Senate to consider.

 

He has found four main issues that we could address:

  1. Scenario where a candidate runs unopposed, but still does not receive a majority of votes
  2. Question of majority support versus plurality of support
  3. Issue of runoff elections
  4. Time factor, with January 1 deadline looming for new officers

 

He also presented some suggestions from the elections committee:

  1. Changes to the look of ballot/format
  2. Delivery of ballot—electronic ballot in the future?
  3. Requirement of participation in a candidates forum
  4. Requirement of written statement by candidates
  5. Nomination process (including a limit on nominations by one person, and self-nomination)

 

Senator Kiefer recommends that we return in the fall of 2013 with a list of suggested changes to Article X for Senate feedback/approval.

 

New Business

 

  1. Negotiations Update

 

VP Jeppesen told the Senate that the negotiations team had another productive session with administration last Friday.  The next session will be held this Friday, March 15th. 

 

The negotiations committee met with the individuals who had gone through the training on Wednesday.

 

Negotiators fielded questions from the Senate about their progress.  The negotiators stressed that there has been much communication and discussion with administration.  The process is still in its beginning stages, but is moving forward.  VP Jeppesen asks that the membership trust the negotiators and thanks everyone for their support.  He stressed that our negotiations team is determined to have the process complete as soon as possible.

 

  1. Faculty Updates

Vice President Jeppesen provided the Senate with updates about a number of faculty members.  He also announced that Dave Heiss’s basketball team won its 11th Skyway Collegiate Conference Title.

 

 

Open Discussion

 

President Olson recommends that members check out the IFT AFT website for information about pension issues.  The site contains a blog, which has useful information about bills and discussions.

 

VP Jeppesen made an announcement about the 2013 WCC Foundation golf outing.  There might be an opportunity for the FC to be a sponsor for the event.

A motion was made to sponsor a hole at the foundation outing (pending approval from the treasurer).  The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

 

Amy Del Medico was pleased to announce that all five faculty members who were up for tenure received tenure last month.

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:18 PM. The Senate will next meet on April 10th.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Jun052013

Senate Meeting Minutes for February 13, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

APC 170

Called to Order –3:30 PM

Adjourned –4:06 PM

 

 

Officers Present:                Paul Olson, President                          Doug Jeppesen, Vice President                        

                                                Cliff Luxion, Treasurer                         Amy Powers, Secretary       Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604

 

Senators Present:               Keith Bickley        (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

                                                Pat de Boom          (Health and Life Sciences)

Amy Del Medico  (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)

                                                Jamey DiVietro     (Counselors and Librarians)

                                                Tim Draper            (Social Science and Education)

Ellen Field              (Learning Enhancement)

Todd Laufenberg (Communications and Library Services)

Mark Popowitch   (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)

 

 

Officer Absent:                    None

 

 

Senator(s) Absent:              Cathy Collins        (Business and Information Systems)

 

Guests:                  Jerri Wills              Adam Burke          Dan Portincaso

 

 

Call to Order/Roll Call

 

Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:30.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:

 

Acceptance of the January 30, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.

 

Treasurer:

 

Treasurer Luxion reported that as of today the Council has $24,221.80 in savings and  $100 in checking.

 

 

 

President:                 

 

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Local 604 Update:

604 Senator Kiefer informed the Senate that he will be attending the IFT Senate meeting next week (Wednesday, February 20th) and will provide us with an update at our next meeting in March.

 

 

 

Committee Reports

 

Scholarship: 

Chair Luxion told the Senate that the scholarship foundation is in the process of reviewing applications.  He has not received any news about applicants for the Faculty Council’s AFL-CIO scholarship.  He recommended that we advertise this scholarship in future years so that people who qualify are aware of it.

 

Affiliation and Academic Freedom Committees:

Chair Draper reminded the Senate that these ad hoc committees have expired and asked if the Senate should vote to renew them. The Senate decided to address this issue after negotiations are finished.

 

Sunshine:

Dani DuCharme sent the Senate a note thanking Amy Del Medico for her visit.

 

 

 

 

Old Business

 

  1. Article IV Section 2 Amendment

The Senate voted to propose language changes to this part of the Faculty Council Constitution.  The Elections Committee is in the process of organizing a vote on this change, which will go out to the entire membership.

 

 

 

New Business

  1. Negotiations Update
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  1. Article X Section 3 Review

 

The senate discussed revising this article at the December meeting.  Several questions arose over the language in this section:

  1. Another concern dealt with the amount time the Constitution allows for the election process to take place:  Does the December 7th deadline give the Elections Committee enough time to hold a candidate forum and do a run-off election, if necessary?  Should we begin the elections process earlier in the Fall Semester so as to give the Committee enough time to meet the December 7th deadline?

Senator Draper suggested that we create an ad hoc committee to discuss these election issues since they are so complex.  President Olson moved to make such a committee and recommended that Rich Kiefer chair it.   Senator Kiefer agreed to seek out suggestions and make recommendations to the Senate at the next meeting.

 

A motion to create a committee was seconded and approved.

 

 

 

Open Discussion

 

Treasurer Luxion asked the Senate if anyone had heard about plans to have full-time faculty evaluate part-time faculty.  No one had heard of this specifically, but Senator de Boom mentioned that a Foundations of Excellence committee met yesterday to discuss how to improve communication between full- and part-time faculty.

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:06 PM. The Senate will next meet on March 13th.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary

Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday
Mar132013

Minutes from the November 14, 2012 senate meeting

Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

APC 170

Called to Order – 3:32

Adjourned – 4:29

 

Officers Present:                Tom Pulver, President                         Doug Jeppesen, Vice President                        

                                                Cliff Luxion, Treasurer                         Tim Draper, Secretary

 

Senators Present:               Amy Powers         Jamey DiVietro     Todd Laufenberg                 Ellen Field

                                                Amy Gregory        Cathy Collins        Pat de Boom

 

Officer Absent:                    None

 

 

Senator(s) Absent:              Mark Popowitch                                                 

 

Guests:                                  None

 

Call to Order/Roll Call

 

Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:33 p.m.

 

Approval of Agenda

 

Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.

 

Roll Call

 

Attendance was verified.

 

Officer Reports

 

Secretary:

 

Acceptance of September 19, 2012 minutes was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously. All previously approved minutes have been submitted to Adam Burke for posting on Council website.

 

Treasurer:

 

Treasurer Luxion reported that as of today the Council has $22,656.19 in savings and $100.00 in checking. The report was moved, seconded, and approved unanimously.

 

President:                 

 

President Pulver deferred his report to New Business.

 

Committee Reports

 

None.

 

Old Business

 

  1. Election Report:

Candidate statements and biographies will be made available to the membership by the Election Committee.

 

New Business

 

  1. Interest-Based Bargaining:

 

The Senate asks that everyone who participated in the training attend the next Senate meeting on December 5th.

 

Open Discussion

 

Amy Del Medico and Tom Pulver just returned from a national conference that discussed the nature of proctored tests for distance-learning students.  The concern is that sites used for proctoring exams may not be adequate in terms of security.  Another concern raised at the conference was whether or not distance-learning students should be required to take tests only at proctored sites.  

 

Treasurer Luxion had asked in a previous meeting about whether or not the faculty is happy with the performance of Blackboard.  He mentioned that he has continued to hear frustrations and complaints from fellow faculty members.  He asked if anyone had gotten a chance to ask their constituents about Blackboard.  One senator mentioned that her constituents were confused about when Blackboard shells would be available—and for how long they would be available—given that we will using a new server in the Spring.  Amy Del Medico informed the Senate that if they decide to work on their shells for the Spring, they will have to export the course in the Spring.  We will not be able to do a course copy in this case.  Ellen Field has been in contact with Guy Starner, who will help her to export her courses for Spring.  Members recommended that any faculty who is concerned should contact Guy for help. 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at  4:29 p.m. The Senate will next meet on December 5th.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Timothy Dean Draper, WCCFC Secretary

Associate Professor of History

December 5, 2012

 

Amy Powers, Interim Secretary

Assistant Professor History