Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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)
Senator(s) Absent: Jamey DiVietro (Counselors and Librariansalternate)
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