Senate Steering Committee
February 1, 2007
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Rebecca Pauly
Danaya Wright Bernie Machen
Rick Yost Pradeep Kumar
Chris Snodgrass Janie Fouke
Barbara Wingo Amelia Hugus
Mary Ann Burg Guests:
Sandra Chance John Boyles
Kim Tanzer John Leavey
Peggy Carr Carol Kem
The meeting was called to order at 3:03 PM.
The January 4, 2007 minutes were approved.
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Danaya Wright reported that a request for council and committee reports has been sent to
all chairs. Reports are due in March and April. The climate survey should be distributed on
February 12th. The BOG is proposing legislation to allow one opportunity to buy back into
the Florida State Plan for SUS employees. The April Senate meeting will not be held in the
Cultural Plaza but will be held in the Constans Theater.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen discussed how the county extension agent issue evolved. Dr. Machen reported
that there is opposition to the Academic Enhancement Program from some of the Florida
Request for Student Participation on Councils
John Boyles, Student Body President
John Boyles presented a request to include student members on the Senate policy councils.
The issue was forwarded to the Committee on Committees. The COC will look also review
past committee structures to determine if any students were removed from committees in
the process of revising bylaws.
Resolution on Academic Enhancement Program Danaya Wright, Chair
The committee discussed the resolution on the AEP. The steering committee will approve
the resolution via e-mail once more suggestions for revisions have been made.
* Open Discussion on Union/Senate relations
Danaya Wright, Chair
Chris Snodgrass reported that the Board of Trustees filed a petition, in the Summer of 2006
to PERC requesting that the number of people covered by the contract be reduced by
removing certain groups of faculty. Among the groups of faculty requested to be removed
are Senators. A ruling will be finalized approximately 45 days from the hearing which was
held on January 16 and 17, 2007. The Steering committee had concerns with the petition but
will await the results of the hearing before taking any official action.
County Extension Agents Rebecca Pauly, Welfare Council Chair
The Welfare council discussed this issue and feels that the local governance levels
understand these groups of faculty better than the APB. Rebecca Pauly presented the
council's recommendations to establish a pilot program.
Academic Infrastructure Council 5 min Peggy Carr, Chair
The infrastructure council will bring a resolution to support the technology fee forward in
March. The Steering committee does not want the technology fee resolution to compete
with the AEP resolution.
There were no other council reports.
(this item was added to the agenda during the meeting) Dr. Wright suggested to the ACFS
that they develop a system to create a statewide Senate, which would need approval of the
BOG. The ACFS has not yet decided to have a conversation about this issue. Drs. Wright
and Yost will keep the Steering committee posted if this issue develops.
Research and Education Subcommittee reports regarding LBR, mini-grants
and Focus the Nation project
Eva Czarnecka-Verner, Chair Sustainability Committee
Eva Czamecka-Vemer presented an information item on the Sustainability sub-committee
on research and education. This will be an information item at the February Senate meeting
along with a resolution supporting the Focus the Nation project. The Steering committee
determined that it was not necessary to seek Senate approval for the legislative budget
The February 15, 2007 Senate agenda was approved with the addition of an information
item from Rebecca Pauly regarding the County Extension Agents.
The meeting adjourned at 5:03 PM