DRAFT- Minutes

Wednesday, March 1

Building 25 Conference Room

3:00-4:30 p.m.




Senate Representatives:  Lottie Bain, Kay Harrison, Alan Kirshner, Bunny Klopping, Victoria Loukianoff, Susan Myers, Nancy Pauliukonis, George Rodgers, Marge Segraves, Heidi Story, Carolyn Strickler, Teresa Sutowski, Janel Tomblin-Brown, and Barbara Tull.


Others present:  Deb Parziale, Ron Travenick.


1. Announcements



2. Approval of Minutes

No corrections to minutes.  Minutes approved.


3. Title III Update – Parziale


It is planned that 10 learning communities will be offered in fall, 2006.  The president has $10K funding available to support these Learning Communities from the Ohlone for Kids money.  Some of this money will be used to fund a retreat this spring for faculty involved in learning communities.  This money can also be used for speakers or other things.  There is a Title III Learning Community Proposal and Request for Funding form that Deb distributed.  They are also looking for faculty mentors for learning communities.  We will be getting more information on this as it develops.


Recently, a group from Ohlone visited the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning.  The visit was particularly valuable in generating ideas for the redesign of classroom space, particularly in the redesign of Rooms 1402 and 1406 in Building 1.  We need to start moving on these ideas, as the bond money available for this purpose must be spent within two years.  If we have any ideas, email Deb.  Rob Smedfjeld took a lot of photos at Stanford.  These will soon be posted online for faculty to view. 


Condensed Calendar Implications -

Item tabled.


Commencement date Spring 2007

Item tabled.


President’s Update – Tull

College council wants to change their meeting schedule so that they meet just before the Board meetings, not after.  Last week’s Council meeting was cancelled and rescheduled for this week.  Barbara will be attending the Cal State East Bay meeting this Friday and will not be able to attend this meeting.  Barbara asked if someone can attend in her place.  Some of the agenda items are Intersession, Facilities Planning and Processes, and the Mission Statement.  Heidi Story volunteered.  Barbara brought up that Tom Holcomb is no longer able to attend Council meetings.  He appointed Claire Ellis as his replacement.  She has been attending College Council in his place.   Since committee membership is officially the responsibility of the Senate, Barbara asked the Senate to make a formal motion to accept Claire as Tom's replacement.


Motion:  The Senate moves to accept Claire Ellis as an appointee to College Council. Klopping (M) Story (S). All in favor.  Motion passed.


Next week’s Board meeting is Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 in the cafeteria.  All faculty are highly encouraged to attend. 


Jim encouraged the Senate to engage in a faculty dialogue over the next year regarding the new standards.  This will be particularly helpful when it is time for our accreditation self-study next spring.


Barbara passed out a memo from Jim regarding final exams.  He researched the language of final exams in the Faculty Handbook.  In the handbook, Final Exams are required for all sections, following the final exam schedule.  There is no mention of final exams in Board policies or regulations.  Since some faculty are not following the guidelines in the handbook, Jim is suggesting revised language for section on final exams.  He outlined these proposed changes in his handout.  He asked Senate for input on these changes.  We will include this item on the agenda at a future Senate meeting.


Outstanding Alumni  - Tull


There are three candidates nominated.  The candidate information was presented.   


Motion:  To put forward name of outstanding alumni.  Approved unanimously. Motion passed.


Title V changes regarding labs – Tull


Barbara distributed documents outlining changes to Title V (Ed Code).  Many of these changes to Title V will be concerns for administration.  This information was just presented at the dean’s meeting this morning.  Some of these changes, however, will affect faculty.  For instance, a change to Section 58170 on Apportionment for Tutoring will require a change to the registration procedures for students taking Supervised tutoring.  Ron Travenick explained that this is a minor change.  A concern was brought up regarding the section on Grade Changes (55760).  It states that the review process must not be restricted to the sole judgment of the instructor who gave the grade in the first place.


Motion:  We recommend to the administration that a committee of faculty, students, and administrators be created to develop a process dealing with grade challenges under Title V section 55760 (M) Kirshner (S) Myers.  All in favor.  Motion passed.


Shared Governance review – Tull


We need to continue the discussion of shared governance on campus and the structure of the Senate.  Due to time constraints, this item will be tabled until the next meeting.


Meeting adjourned 4:40.


Senators for 2005 - 2006

Building 1 & 5                                                 Bunny Klopping

Building 2 & Hyman Hall                                Kay Harrison - Committees Chair

Building 4 & Smith Center                               Teresa Sutowski

Building 6 & 7                                                 Marge Segraves

Building 8                                                        Carolyn Strickler       Rep to CCLC

Building 9 & NOC                                           vacant                      

Counseling and LR&IT                                    Susan Myers             Secretary

Deaf Studies & Special Services                      Nancy Pauliukonis   

Exercise Science & Wellness                           Lottie Bain                Treasurer

Fine Arts, Business, & Broadcasting                Janel Tomblin-Brown/Tim Roberts

Health Sciences                                               Heidi Story

Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (English & ESL)           Barbara Tull              President

Lang. Arts & Soc. Sci. (other depts.)                Alan Kirshner

Math, Sci., & Tech. (ASTR, BIOL, BIOT,

CAOT, CHEM, CS, & PHYS)                          Richard Grotegut/George Rodgers

Math, Sci., & Tech. (other depts.)                    Victoria Loukianoff