September 4th, 2018



Tuesday, September 4, 2018



2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

OPEN FLOOR PERIOD:  2:00 - 2:10 p.m.

The Open Floor Period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to university administrators.  Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.




Albiniak, Teddy

Amjadi, Taghi

Bloom, Gilda

Barrera, Ana Maria

Bui, Yvonne

Brown, Elizabeth

Cheng, Chen

Chekuri, Chris

Damangir, Sina

Dariotis, Wei Ming

Fisher, Matt

Gerber, Nancy

Goldman, Michael

Gerber, Nancy

Harris, Andrew

Harris-Boundy, Jason




Hines, Ellen

Howell, Ryan

Kuchins, Noah

Kulik, Carole

Lee, Yeon-Shim

Luengo, Ana

Miller, Cori

Mooney, Dylan

Olsher, David

Pasion, Sally

Platas, Linda

Rubin, Jasper

Sanders, Alison

Schwartz, Kim

Scott, Michael

Shapiro, Jerry

Sinha, Dipendra



Small, Rachel

Soorapanth, Sada

Spencer, Dee

Stowers, Genie

Summit, Jennifer

Teh, Kwok-Siong

Thomas, Tom

Van Cleave, Kendra

Ward, Samantha

Way, Lori Beth

Weinberger, Chris

Wilczek, Cindy

Wilson, Jackson

Wong, President

Wong, Yutian

Zhou, Yi


Absences: Robert Collins (exc), Darlene Yee-Melichar (exc)  




CALL TO ORDER: 2:11 p.m.

  1. Approval of the Agenda for September 4, 2018
  • Approved as Submitted
  1. Approval of the Minutes for May 8, 2018
  • Approved as Submitted
  1. Announcements from the Floor
  • none
  1. Reports

    1. Chair
  • Thanks to everyone serving. Shared governance is so important
  • Senate Office Staff was introduced

    • Still looking to hire another part time person
  • We need to elect a new ExComm At Large member to replace Ellen Hines, so has agreed to serve as the chair of Student Affairs Committee. Thank you Ellen! Election will be held later in today’s meeting
  • Chair Gerber briefly went over the concept of a speaker’s list, how to get on the list, and a brief mention of how Robert’s Rules are utilized during plenary sessions.
  • Chair Gerber described the process that the plenary sessions will adhere to when items come to the floor. She clarified the meanings of first reading and second reading, in particular.
  • Questions:

    • Sen. Dariotis asked about if there were procedures in place to fill student vacancies
    • Sen. Gerber indicated that the process which was established last year, is to send nominations to the Senate office. Those nominations will be forwarded to ASI.

      • There is still work to be done to find ways to make this service a more academically rich experience for students, and more enticing to students, as their voice is an important part of the process. Perhaps offering units?
  • Sad news to report: a 2016 graduate, Shane Colombo, who majored in Psychology and minored in Holistic Health and Dance was shot and killed while he waited at a bus stop in Chicago during the Labor Day weekend.
  1. Standing Committees

    1. Academic Policies Committee
  • Sen. Wilson reported on APCs first meeting
  • Reviewed procedures
  • Set priorities – have some high impact issues to tackle

    • Syllabi
    • Time blocks
    • Finals week
    • Course withdrawal
  1. Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • Sen. Stowers reported on CRACs first meeting
  • Reviewed procedures and guidelines for curriculum approval
  • Talked about policy revisions – substantive vs. non-substantive
  1. Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Sen. Rubin reported on FACs first meeting
  • Lots of new members
  • Set priorities, in particular:

    • It’s been more than 10 yeas since RTP have been reviewed
    • Review and appeal process for sabbatical and leave without pay.
  1. Student Affairs Committee
  • Sen. Hines reported on SACs first meeting
  • Committee will be getting into some gnarly issues, such as:

    • Minimum wage
    • Wellness on campus
    • Project Rebound
    • Basic needs initiative
    • How do deported students finish their degrees?
    • International students EO 1110, does not address remedial English needs.
  1. Strategic Issues Committee
  • No report


  1. Election of at-large member to Senate Executive Committee
  • The following senators were nominated

    • Cindy Wilczak
    • Taghi Amjadi
    • Sally Pasion
    • Liz Brown
    • Dee Spencer
    • Rachel Small
    • Sada Sooradanthi
    • Chris Chekuri
    • Noah Kuchins
  • All declined their nomination except Cindy Wilczak and Rachel Small
  • Rachel Small was elected as the new ExComm At Large Member
  1. Senate Standing Committee Assignments
  • There are a few senate chairs open



  1. VP Luoluo Hong, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – Title IX/DHR Training for Academic Senate
  • Completed at 4:27pm
  1. Adjournment- 4:27 p.m.


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