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FACULTY MEETING

May 16, 2007
Gannett Auditorium

MINUTES

President Philip A. Glotzbach called the meeting to order at 10:10 am. President Glotzbach asked if there were any amendments to the April 27, 2007 Faculty Meeting minutes. Hearing none, he announced that the minutes were approved.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President’s report included the following:

DEAN OF THE FACULTY REPORT

Dean Muriel Poston gave the following report:

OLD BUSINESS

CEC Motion – Sue Van Hook – Resolution for Double-Sided Printing (See Attachment) All voted in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

Conferral of Degrees

President Glotzbach introduced Ann Henderson, Registrar and Director of Registrar and Institutional Research to read the following resolutions into the record:

RESOLVED, that the faculty of Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree to 383 students of the Class of 2007 to be awarded on May 19, 2007.

RESOLVED, that the Faculty of Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Science degree to 190 students of the Class of 2007 to be awarded on May 19, 2007.

RESOLVED, that the Faculty of Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree to 23 students of the Class of 2007 upon satisfactory completion of the degree requirements by August 31, 2007.

RESOLVED, that the Faculty of Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Science degree to 5 students of the Class of 2007 upon satisfactory completion of the degree requirements by August 31, 2007.
The total number of graduates is 573 for May completion and 28 for August.

The motion was voted on and passed with all in favor. (See attachment)

President Glotzbach introduced Mary DiSanto-Rose on behalf of the University Without Walls Committee to present the following resolution (See Attachment):

RESOLVED, that the Faculty at Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree to 13 students and the Bachelor of Science degree to 20 students.
The motion was voted on and passed with all in favor.

President Glotzbach introduced Debra Fernandez on behalf of the external Master of Arts Committee to present the following resolution (See attachment):

RESOLVED, that the faculty at Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Masters of Arts degree to 9 students. Of these, 5 students receiving the Master of Arts degree will do so contingent upon completion of all degree requirements by August 31, 2007.
Dean of Studies, Michael Ennis-McMillan read the following resolutions regarding all-college and departmental honors. He thanked everyone for their assistance, especially Pat Choukeir, the new Senior Administrative Assistant in his office. He noted that one name was removed from the Cum Laude list.

RESOLVED, that the Faculty at Skidmore College approve 3 students from the Class of 2006 and 169 students from the Class of 2007 for cum laude distinction: for magna cum laude distinction, 1 student from the Class of 2006 and 68 students from the Class of 2007; and for summa cum laude distinction, 37 students from the class of 2007 as presented at the May 16, 2007 Faculty meeting.

The motion was voted on and passed with all in favor. (See Attachment)

RESOLVED that the Faculty of Skidmore College approve Departmental and Program Honors for 4 students from the Class of 2006 and 165 students from the Class of 2007 as presented at the May 16, 2007 Faculty meeting.

A long discussion ensued, concerning whether a student majoring in Art History, who had been involved in the embezzlement of funds belonging to the Cycling Club, should receive Departmental Honors. Faculty members in Art History were divided as to whether they wished to propose the student for honors, but the Program Director had submitted the formal recommendation and had not withdrawn it. Michael Ennis-McMillan pointed out that, according to our current policies, we check for academic integrity violations, but not for social integrity violations; consequently, there may be other students on the honors list who have been charged with social integrity violations; the Committee on Academic Standing had determined that under current policy this student would qualify for honors.

President Glotzbach commented that we need to review our policies on integrity violations to determine whether we wish social integrity violations to be taken into account with regard to honors. Dean Ennis-McMillan pointed out that social integrity violations range broadly, and we would need to consider that in any future policy. Dean of Student Affairs Pat Oles remarked that most of the students with social integrity violations have returned to good standing in the college community and completed whatever sanctions were required of them. The President indicated that the students involved in the embezzlement will not receive degrees until they have completed any sanction requirements. It was recommended that we should consider implementing a new policy next year and not vote against honors for this particular student.

The President commented that we have a motion on the floor to approve the list and asked if anyone wished to make an amendment. Penny Jolly made a motion to remove the student from the honors list. Various faculty members were concerned about the precedent this would set. The motion did not carry, and the amendment was defeated.

The original motion was voted on and passed, with a few faculty members voting against it.

REPORTS

Dan Moran of SGA gave a brief year end report on SGA this year.

President Glotzbach thanked Dan for his outstanding leadership this year.

Committee of Committees Report – Dan Curley read this report (see report attached). The FEC is charged with convening the Committee of Committees (COC) which comprises faculty members from FEC, IPPC, CAPT, CAFR, CEPP, Curriculum Committee, FDC, the Athletic Council, and any current Ad-Hoc committees who FEC believes will be helpful.

VP Kress thanked Dan Curley for his Committee of Committees report and responded as follows:

VP Kress said, in reviewing the work of committees this year, she has been impressed by the dedication and hard work of this faculty and their commitment to the institution, adding that the annual committee reports will go some way towards revealing how much has been accomplished. She said members of the administration have brought many problems, questions, and projects to a variety of task forces and committees. She said that we need to find better ways to recognize this essential institutional work. In closing, she expressed her gratitude for all the contributions to shared governance.

Mike West – Report of the Vice President for Finance & Administration (see report attached).

ANNOUNCEMENT

Ian Berry announced the upcoming Tang Museum events.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00pm

 

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ellen Kokoletsos
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

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