Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #39 – April 29, 2011


1.   The meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 in the PresidentŐs Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding.  All members were present.


2.  The Executive Committee met from 11:00 a.m. to 11:35 with the following representatives of the Publications Department: Mr. Kolton, Ms. Edwards and Mr. Pickard.  Also attending was Mr. Cooper from Summer Session.  They discussed the possibility of moving to an online catalog without publishing any printed copies. They explained that they had been steadily reducing the number of printed catalogs and would like to stop printing the catalog this year.


The Executive Committee asked a number of questions related to feasibility of not having a paper document.  They also raised concerns related to academic advising and potential legal concerns.  The Executive Committee agreed that an online catalog is desirable but suggested that the Publications Office consult other major users, such as advisors and assistant and associate deans, before proceeding to a catalog that is entirely on the web.


When the guests from the Publications Office left the meeting, representatives from the Research Office and Council for Research joined the Executive Committee meeting.


3.  The Executive Committee met with Vice President Alfonso, Dr. Markin, Dr. Petell, Ms. DeMarco and Ms. DeRita from the Research Office and Dean Zawia and Professors Blanthorne, Seitzinger, Shaikh and Wood from the Council for Research from 11:40-12:30 to discuss the most recent draft of the proposed Intellectual Property Policy.  Vice President Alfonso noted that Professor Margaret Ordonez was in class and would probably not be able to join the discussion.


     Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that the revised draft is clear in meaning and the text and diagram are in agreement as to the distribution of royalties and could go on the Faculty Senate Agenda for May 12 with a few minor changes.  The Executive Committee urged that the Research Office hold at least one open forum for faculty and others more directly involved in the creation and dissemination of intellectual property before it is presented to the Faculty Senate.


            After the guests left the meeting, the Executive Committee discussed the strong opposition from the Student Senate leadership to the shortened drop period and the studentsŐ concerns that appeared in the 5 Cent Cigar. Chairperson Eaton reported that Vice Chairperson Larsen and she had discussed these matters with the President that week.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:45 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Sheila Black Grubman