Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Called to Order –3:31 PM
Adjourned –4:48 PM
Doug Jeppesen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
Cliff Luxion (Business and Career Technologies)
Denise Nakaji (Health Professions and Public Service)
David Barreto (Counselors and Librarians)
Jeanne McDonald (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Ellen Field (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Steven Skaggs, Lilia Mendoza, Randy Hines
Call to Order
Vice President Bickley called the meeting to order at 3:31.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted. Add a section on Senate meeting dates for the spring semester.
Attendance was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the November 2, 2016 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings and checking accounts have a combined balance of $32,032.20. He added that Nancy Christensen and Maya Tolappa completed the audit and sent it to Local 604. Thank you to Nancy and Maya. His plan is to complete taxes for previous fiscal year over winter break. This month he will pay the officers and negotiators.
President: President Jeppesen welcomed everyone and talked about the following issues:
· Thanked everyone for working together over the past three years. He appreciates the relationships that he has formed. He offered congratulations to the new officers who will begin their terms in January. He plans to set up a meeting with Dr. Sobek to introduce Nancy Christensen, our new president.
Local 604 Update: Senator Randall thanked everyone for their hard work. The next 604 meeting will be on Wednesday. A party will follow.
Scholarship: Chair Luxion provided a financial report containing fundraising status. By the end of January, the endowment will be over $111,000. In the spring, the committee will award $10,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. He noted that the committee is having trouble raising new funds since publishers are sending out fewer textbooks. The committee will try to find new avenues for fund raising.
A. Academic Freedom (Kathy Westman)
Nothing to report
B. Mandatory Meetings (Ellen Field)
Follow up: President Jeppesen said that there are not any mandatory meetings. He talked to AVP Jonathan Paver about the matter.
C. Upcoming Elections and Amendment to the Constitution
See New Business
A. Election Results
Nancy Christensen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Kathy Westman, Secretary
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Heidy Kindelin, Senator to Local 604
B. Contract Ratification
84 ballots were cast: 75 (in favor of ratification) 9 (opposed to ratification)
C. Constitution Amendment
The amendment also passed:
Article VI Section 1 item b: TWO representatives from each of the teaching divisions of the college and TWO representatives from the counseling/librarian staff to be elected to one-year terms.
President-elect Christensen thanked everyone and said she is looking forward to working with the Faculty Council.
Amy Powers discussed a number of items at Kathy Westman’s request:
· Sanctuary Schools—see Northern Illinois’s petition to Douglas Baker, President
· Citizenship status of students in Banner—see U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement memorandum from October 24, 2011
· Vandalism to the Sociology board on the second floor of APC
Members discussed these concerns and suggested organizations ways to help undocumented students:
· Family Focus
· Our scholarships that help students that do not qualify for financial aid (i.e. undocumented students)—perhaps add more
Randy Hines shared faculty concerns about Campus Operations, especially in CTE areas that are in need of renovation or repair. He was told that projects are not being completed until after the space utilization study. Doug added concerns about floors not being cleaned, dangerous materials, and electrical problems. The therapeutic massage rooms have loose carpets and dim lighting, both of which are a hazard to clients and students. Senators mentioned other problems including locked doors, unlighted stairwells, and alarms.
A member proposed forming a committee to collect these instances and share them with administration.
A motion was made to create a Council Facilities Committee to collect and aggregate information on issues related to campus operations. Seconded. Approved.
Randy volunteered to collect the information. Tim Moriarty and Ellen Field volunteered to serve on the committee, too.
Randy also mentioned NASEP, a Dual Credit national organization that provides guidelines to member schools.
Steven said that the college had looked into NASEP in the past. He added that the Dual Credit Committee was working well with Jonathan Paver and thanked the negotiating team for getting language in the contract pertaining to Dual Credit.
Tim Moriarty suggested establishing an ongoing update in the Senate on Outcomes and Assessment. One of the most pressing issues is a lack of a data policy. This concern had been discussed at yesterday’s Outcomes Advisory Council meeting and needs to be addressed.
A motion for adjournment was made, seconded and approved at 4:48 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Associate Professor of History