Notes - June 7, 2004
De Anza Academic Senate
Senators and Officers present:
Araki, Bresnan, Bryant, Clavijo, Cole, Cordero, Dolen, Fisher, Goodwin, Guitron, Hearn, Illowsky, Joplin, Kline, Logvinenko, Lopez-Morgan, Linthicum, Mitchell, Mujal, Pierce, Salah, Setziol, Singh, Tavernetti, Tipton, and Winters
Approved Notes for the meeting of
June 7th, 2004
Senators and Officers absent:
Olsen, Rashall, Sheirich, and Weisner
DASB Student Representatives: Anthony Choice
Tim Shively, Karl Schaffer, Anne Argyriou, Elizabeth Mjelde
[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 at 2:35
I. Approval of Agenda and Notes:
The Agenda was approved as distributed with the move of item III to 4:00 p.m. The notes of May 24th were approved as distributed.
II. Needs and Confirmations:
Illowsky reiterated the need for alternates to the Professional relations Committee. Lena Chang was approved to serve as Division representative on the Tom Dolen Tenure Review Committee. Senators were asked to give their term expiration dates to Illowsky and to inform the group next week of replacements if known.
IV. By Laws Revisions:
Mitchell walked the group through proposed changes. Illowsky reminded the group that almost everything in the proposed changes came from previous Senate action (e.g. the famous Linthicum food for scholarships motion). Senators were asked to remember bring their copies to the June 14th meeting. A vote is to take place at that meeting.
V. Senate Computer Purchase:
Mitchell presented, on behalf of the officers, a proposal to purchase a new Senate computer, probably a laptop in light of the fact that the Senate office has one usable computer with predictable unproductive competition for its use.
VI. Curriculum Institute Attendance:
Mitchell announced that the Curriculum Institute would accept another attendee or two but that, according to Mike Gough, Curriculum Committee Chair, no one from that committee had both time and interest enough to go. This was immediately disputed by several Senators. The matter of who besides Illowsky will go is to be decided by the end of the June 14th meeting.
VII. Owners Group/Green Building:
Mitchell reported that the problem may have been slightly misstated at the May 24th meeting in that the problem of lack of faculty oversight has been occurring first at the stage just before the "Owners Group" review. Although it has not yet been definitively resolved, Mitchell hopes to be able to announce a successful resolution by the June 14th meeting.
VIII. Student Fees:
Setziol spoke to a sample letter to legislators against student fees, especially the proposed "differential fee", distributed names and addresses of local legislators, and urged everyone to write at least one letter, preferably hand written. The Senators were reminded that this needed to take place right away. Anthony Choice mentioned a similar student effort and distributed a flyer on the subject.
IX: Textbook Policies:
After a very slow start during which several complaints about the way the topic was being handled were voiced, the group took on the most controversial section of the document, that of textbook choice. Mitchell took detailed notes during the discussion. After the discussion he announced that most of the opinions expressed combined a preference for what was termed "option one" in the draft document plus some addition or merging with the sequential courses considerations of "option two".
III: Creative Arts Division Equity Report:
Elizabeth Mjelde presented and focused on the 50,000 slide collection, its prospects for being made more diverse, and the desirability to make it available to the larger campus community. She also stated a general need for accountability campus wide, expressed thanks for the pressure applied by the Senate in asking for the reports, and recommended that they be annual.
X: Brief Update on De Anza Mission and Goals:
Mitchell distributed a new, more succinct version of a proposed Mission and Goals statement and asked for feedback prior to Thursday's College Council meeting.
XI: Other Stuff for the Good of the Order:
The meeting was adjourned at 4: 37 p.m.
- Mitchell advised faculty about the status of Trustee Hal Plotkin's public domain proposal.
- A ceremony honoring incoming college president Brian Murphy is to be held November 12th.
- Concerns were repeated about changes in service for faculty at the print shop. Mitchell reminded that group that, at this stage, what could be done was monitoring the effectiveness of the new approach.
- The ESL department and the college will host a CaTESoL (??) conference at De Anza in November.