Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
April 5, 2017
Called to Order – 3:30 p.m. Adjourned – 5:00 p.m.
Officers Present: Nancy Christensen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Officers Absent: Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Heidy Kindelin, Local 604
Kathy Westman, Secretary
Senators Present: Amy Chaaban (Business and Career Technologies
Catherine Collins (Business and Career Technologies)
Marilee Stach (Counselors and Librarians)
Todd Laufenberg (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Jeanne McDonald (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Lenice Abbott (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
Ellen Field (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
Denise Nakaji (Health Professions and Public Service)
Tracey Dosch (Mathematics and Sciences)
Karl Schulze (Mathematics and Sciences)
Scott Hollenback (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)
Senators Absent: David Barreto (Counselors and Librarians)
Laurel Krueger (Health Professions and Public Service)
Tim Draper (Social Sciences, Education and World Languages)
Guest: Dani DuCharme (Mathematics and Sciences)
Call to Order:
Keith Bickley, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
Approval of Agenda:
The agenda for today’s meeting approved as submitted.
Attendance for the meeting was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the March 2017 minutes was motioned for, seconded and approved.
Treasurer: Nancy Christensen reported in Treasurer Moriarty’s absence a current balance of $31,799 and no anticipated significant expenditures at this time.
· Nancy attended Higher Education Constituency Council meeting on 03/02 and 03/03. Most schools in the state are financial straits due to lack of state budget.
· Teach Out on 04/27 in Springfield being suggested by the larger union entities.
· 291 days of sick time donated by members of the faculty to support Billy Clem. He will be speaking to Human Resources ASAP in order to determine options.
· Class Size Committee has recently met and will be sending out an e-mail to the personal e-mail accounts of the membership with a survey.
Local 604 Report: No report was provided.
Social: Scott Hollenback reported on poker tournament. $720 was raised for scholarship fund. Looking into a Kane County Cougars game this summer. Interest in developing a potluck meal for the faculty to be held between the two graduation ceremonies.
Sabbatical: Keith Bickley reported that the committee had met and the rubric for this year’s applicants was developed/implemented. Two names will be forwarded to Dr. Sobek for consideration. Dr. Nyhammer will be eventually involved with this committee upon settling in to her new position. Changes expected for future application and evaluation processes.
Online Classes: Catherine Collins spoke on behalf of Steven Skaggs related to recent events of this committee. Agreement was reached on several issues during 02/28 meeting. Date for this week changed and several additional items appear to have been slipped in agenda. Next meeting to be held on 04/17/17 at 3:00 p.m. in APC Building, Room 158. Membership is encouraged to attend to show our concern. Also suggested Steven Skaggs send e-mail to the faculty using our work e-mails about the concerns and cc’d to the new VP according to the CBA to show our concerns as early as possible in her role at the college as Chief Learning Officer.
· New VP hired. Letter sent to Dr. Sobek related to our thoughts on the characteristics important to this role were heard.
· HLC report was released last week to the college for review. College’s stance is that things are fine. Report shows that there are still significant concerns related to teaching/learning and the top-down method of decision-making.
· Teach Out considered for the end of the month. Our stance is to consider a day of civic engagement for students on campus.
· Meetings occurring with the new VP and the members of the Faculty Council on 4/11 and 4/25. Encouraged to get her stance on the areas of remedial education and shared governance. Additional questions to be sought by the members through their senators and forwarded to Nancy and Keith.
· Many questions unanswered related to “alleged campus shooting” on 04/04/17. Council leadership to send a letter to Dr. Sobek. Focus on poor dissemination of information to employees/students and inadequate training via orientation.
· Concern related to need for faculty to use college approved travel agency at a charge of $40 will eat into the money allocated for travel/conferences. To be looked into.
A motion for adjournment was made, seconded, and approved at 5:00 p.m.
Scott Hollenback, Senator for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages