February 2, 2009
I. Approval of Tentative Agenda: approved.
II. Approval of minutes from December 1, 2008: approved
III. President Report (written report)
- Dan Melucci spoke in place of President Kenny who was not able to attend.
- Completed a thorough budget reduction with the allocation of specific cuts averaging 10% to senior management leaders.
- Campus Administrative VP’s are taking cuts anywhere from 10-15% so that we could keep cuts to the Provost’s area to a minimum 6.5% this year and 8% for 09/10.
- The Governor has proposed a $116 million in broad-based cuts to SUNY which we are petitioning the legislature to restore.
- $22 million has been cut from university-wide programs that will cost Stony Brook an additional $3.7 million.
- The Governor issued the Executive Budget Proposal for 09/10.
- Dr. Norman Goodman suggested that we have a town hall meeting this spring.
V. Provost’s Report (see written report).
VI. Second Reading of Proposed Constitutional Amendment (R. Ben-Zvi)
- Dr. Ruth Ben-Zvi read the proposed amendment to the Constitution (both the old version and the proposed)
- It was suggested that we add “upon approval by the University Senate” to the end of the paragraph.
VII. Campus Energy Conservation (A. Provenzano)
- We spent almost $57 millions on energy costs in 2007. Fifty percent was spend on electricity alone. Seventy percent is state-funded, twenty percent paid by the hospital and ten percent paid by dorms.
- Energy Conservation task force will meet to find other ways to save.
- Compared utility costs for the past seven years.
- We are replacing miles of pipes for hot water.
- In the early stages of replacing the West Campus heating system.
- Developing green house reduction strategies.
VIII. Election of Senate President (E. Feldman)
- We received 65 votes with one abstention. Dr. Michael Schwartz received the most votes and is now President of the University Senate.
- Dr. Feldman thanked Dr. Bernie Lane for his service as President of the Senate.
- Dr. Lane thanked the senate and the administration.
IX. Old Business: No old business.
X. New Business: Find new venue for the University Senate meetings. One possibility is a Wang Center Lecture Hall. Will look into booking at least one this semester.
Meeting Adjourned at 4:36
Submitted by Laurie Theobalt, Secretary