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Notes - November 3, 2003

De Anza Academic Senate
Approved Notes for the meeting of
November 3rd, 2003

Senators and Officers present: Annen, Araki, Bryant, Castaño, Cordero, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Kline, Logvinenko, Mitchell, Olson, Salah, Setziol, Tavernetti, Tipton, Weisner, and Winters
Senators and Officers absent: Cole, Dolen, Hertler, Joplin, Lopez-Morgan, Rashall, Schafer-Braun, and Sheirich
DASB Student Representatives:
Classified Senate: Cyndy Dowling
Administrative Liaison:
Guests: Marcos Cicerone, Mary Kay Englen, Joey Chopra, and Karl Schaffer

[NOTE: Item numbers are reflective of agenda numbers in the order they are actually taken up at the meeting.]

The meeting was called to order in the Don Bautista Room A at 2:30 p.m., a quorum being present.

I. Approval of Agenda and Notes: The agenda was approved with the following changes: The listed Item III (Academic Senate Membership) was held over and replaced by Senate A+B Budget; Item VII was to be taken up before Item VI. The notes of October 27th were approved with minor corrections.

II. Needs and Confirmations: Illowsky introduced and Mitchell emphasized the needs, especially for a faculty member to serve on the Finance and College Services Planning and Budgeting Team. Mitchellís name was added as proposed for service on the ETAC Committee. All those proposed for confirmation in the agenda materials were confirmed plus Mitchell for ETAC and Vicky Moreno for the SSPBT.

III. Senate A+B Budget: Illowsky presented a request from Christina Espinosa-Pieb for the Senate to tentatively reduce the budget under its purview by 10%. Illowsky and Mitchell both explained that the work of the officers was a responsibility by law and the released time for it should not be cut further given that the work would not go away. The same could not be said for the other positions under its purview. It was the sense of the Senate that the officers should not offer up the released time, although Hearn asked for an accounting of what all has been done by all of the positions in questions and what would be lost. Additionally, it was suggested that the Senate should be posing alternatives beyond its own budget area, including explorations of administrative restructuring, etc.

V. Staff Development: Marcos Cicerone and Mary Kay Englen were present to present the current status of staff development at De Anza and to ask for the groupís assistance in getting a sense from faculty as to what kinds of staff development activities they would plan to attend and about when they could attend those activities.

Cyndy Dowling told the group about the Classified Senateís plan to schedule morale boosting activities on campus like having a popcorn day or a chocolate day.

IV. Spring/Summer Break Proposal: Illowsky gave the group a status report on the initiative begun in the Senate last year to incorporate a one week break between the Spring and Summer terms into the academic calendar. Students surveyed were reported to be overwhelmingly in favor of the idea. At that time, only Physical Education objected because faculty who teach in Summer who also coach a Fall sport would be left with little vacation. Salah reported that, at this time, the Business/CIS division faculty are unanimously opposed to the idea. A concern was expressed for foreign students and their prospects for returning to their native countries between the summer and fall terms. Illowsky and Mitchell will continue to pursue the initiative.

VII. Plus/Minus Grading: Setziol presented a new version of the introduction/frequently asked questions document devised and approved by the District Academic Senate. The biggest changes were 1) a change in the implementation date from fall, 2004 to fall, 2005 and 2) the inclusion of three additional questions stemming from the De Anza Senate discussion October 27th. There were no objections to the document. Senators were asked to sign up for the all faculty referendum on +/- slated for November 18th and 19th. By the time the sign up sheet went around the table, most of the slots had been filled. Mitchell will bring the list back November 17th as a reminder and to give one more chance for signing up.

VI. State Senate Report: Mitchell, Illowsky, and Setziol presented brief reports. More in depth reports will follow.

VIII. Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:

  • Mitchell distributed a handout from the Classified Senate detailing that groupís plans to raise funds for the Red Cross Southern California fire victims relief fund.
  • A brief report on the COCAL hearing last weekend was given. Included was the idea of the importance of an articulate unified position coming from community college people.
  • Araki introduced the group to Nurse Practitioners Week.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35
 Updated Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 4:48:42 PM by Academic Senate -
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