October 6, 2008
I. Approval of tentative agenda: approved.
II. Approval of minutes from September 8, 2008: approved.
III. President’s Report (S. Kenny)
- In terms of the budget, we need to preserve jobs and to make sure that we do everything we can to protect both our academic programs and our research base.
- Governor Patterson called for a freeze on hiring.
- Extremely grateful to the budget committee for their hard work.
- Dan Melucci discussed the facts and figures. We have sustained a loss of $7.4M as our portion of the initial $50M cut in state support for SUNY. First cut of $7.4M was distributed to Campuses in July. In late July, all NY State agencies were cut a further 7% which resulted in a $96.3M reduction to SUNY. Stony Brook’s cut will be anywhere from $5 1/2M-$13M.
- There will be tuition increases. The last increase was five years ago.
- As positions become vacant through retirements, etc, they will not be filled. The freeze is applicable to state purpose funds, state funds and indirect cost return funds.
- Dr. Lawrence Martin suggested that a letter be crafted for new hires stating that new hires cannot move ahead.
IV. Provost’s Report: Space Survey (B. Lindquist)
- Old Chemistry will be rehabbed completely and will become a complete teaching building with three new lecture halls (capacity 250 seats each). The rest of the building will be devoted to classrooms (capacity 70 seats).
- Working to find space for displaced units.
- Harriman Hall will be gutted staring January 2011.
- Survey was done in 07/08 of all west campus buildings. All west campus building rooms were surveyed by location, user account and space type.
- Departments were vetted and they had to sign off on the survey for accuracy.
- Data analysis was discussed (see space survey)
V. Nomination of Senate Officers (A. De Chambeau)
- The nominees for the Executive Committee slate are Dr. Bernard Lane for President and Dr. Edward Feldman for Secretary.
- Additional senators can be nominated for the two offices by submission of a petition by ten senators. The petition must be submitted within 10 days. Additional Senators may nominated according to the University Senate by-laws.
- Nominations have to be received by Aimee De Chambeau by October 16th.
- Election will take place at the November 3rd University Senate meeting.
VI. President’s Report (B. Lane)
- The position of the University Senate President is important. We don’t have a separate Faculty Senate. So the University Senate President must represent the faculty at appropriate times.
- It would be beneficial if my replacement was a Sr. Faculty member.October 6, 2008
Adjourned 4:42 p.m.