University Senate Meeting
October 5, 2015
I. Approval of Agenda
II. Approval August 31, 2015 minutes
III. Report of the President of the Senate (E. Feldman)
IV. Discussion the University President (S. Stanley)
V. Discussion the Provost (D. Assanis)
VI. Discussion with the Sr. Vice President for HSC and Dean, SOM (K. Kaushansky)
VII. Open SUNY and State Authorization (W. Tang)
VIII. Tabacco Free Campus (J. Greiman)
IX. UUP Report (A. Shertzer and C. Gizzi)
X. New Business
XI. Old Business
August 31, 2015
I. Approval of agenda: approved.
II. Approval of Minutes from May 4th, 2015: approved.
III. Senate President (E. Feldman)
- Professor Sanders presented a gavel to Dr. Feldman.
- Dr. Feldman reminded the body that Stony Brook’s governance structure is a University Senate not a just a faculty senate which has a broader base in representation including over 2200 faculty and 3300 professional staff as well as students. He invited volunteers to contact him to participate in a Standing Committee or as a Senator.
- The Executive Committee (EC) meets weekly throughout the year including the summer to conduct Senate business including individual meetings with the President, the Provost and Sr. VP for HSC. In addition, the EC meets with people outside the university such as Senator LaValle in order to advocate for the university on various issues.
- Thanked Bill Godfrey and Margaret Schedel for their work as co-chairs on an ad-hoc committee overseeing Club Red. Fred Friedberg from the department of psychiatry and Jennifer Adams from the Library will be the new co-chairs of the committee.
- Dr. Feldman pointed to his vision for his first year in office to improve the dialogue with the administration by having more discussions with our chief administrators during Senate meetings and seems to be moving forward.
- His second goal was to have more effective communication between the Executive Committee and the Standing Committees by assigning EC liaisons to each committee and this was accomplished.
- In addition, he wanted to highlight the work of these Standing Committees and this was accomplished by regular reports from Standing Committee Chairs to the Senate and providing awards to a member of each Standing Committee for Outstanding Service.
- For the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Feldman’s goal is to improve the visibility of the Senate to its constituents groups and the campus as a whole. He asked senators to regularly give reports to their departments and individual senates to improve communication.
- Dr. Feldman congratulated President Stanley and Charlie Robbins for their presentations at the new student convocation. They took a strong leadership role on changing the culture among the students at SBU including anti-bullying, sexual violence, and gender equality.
IV. Discussion with the President (S. Stanley)
- The President agreed with Dr. Feldman about changing the culture on campus and discussed the HeforShe Program as an example.
- Biggest enrollment for the fall: 25,210 students. Meeting SUNY 2020 goals. Opportunity to hire more faculty and are able to accommodate more students.
- This semester we will announce in a couple of months the official kick off of SBU’s fundraising campaign. The campaign is designed to help faculty in their pursuits and to help students with scholarship. Dexter Bailey will be coordinating all of the activities.
- In order to get more students to get involved in the decision making on the campus, he created a council of student advisors for the Office of the President. This is a group that was nominated by the faculty. Received 86 nominations and chose 12.
- Healthier U was started three years ago. It has not reached quite the scope I would like. I would like to revive and regenerate it this year under a new director, Brian Weiss, who will bring new energy to the program.
- Energy conservation: Pleased to announce that the NY Power Authority has officially singled out SBU among all state agencies as a state-wide leader for our efforts in complying with the Executive Order 88 which requires all state agencies to reduce their power consumption by 20% by 2020. Congratulations to people in Facilities who have been leading this effort.
- Economic Development: One aspect has been the CAT program (Center for Advanced Technology). For a number of years, SBU have been the only university with two CAT Centers. Now, SBU has a third centers which makes SBU the first of any school, private or public, to have three Centers for Advanced Technology. The new center is the Center for Integrative Electrical Energy Systems.
- Submitted proposals for SUNY’s new 2020 program. All campuses compete for this. In this proposal we put together some new pilot programs. One is an outreach program to work on change in the culture on campus. In addition, there is an initiative for students to be able to graduate in four years from the day they arrive. There are monetary savings associated with graduating in four years.
- When we go back to Albany in the next legislative session, there are three things we will be really pushing for. One is an extension of SUNY 2020, the second would be a new five-year Capital Plan and the third is restoration of critical maintenance dollars. The infrastructure is aging. The recent microburst storm caused $600K worth of significant damage on campus. There will be no FEMA money and were are not convinced there will be any state money. We are going to have to bear the cost.
- Will be renovating the Student Union in 2016.
Q. How active are we with institutional research in terms of monitoring outcomes?
A. Very active through Braden Hosch’s team. We are breaking things down according to subgroups of students to understand the finest level of detail we can.
V. Discussion with Provost Assanis (D. Assanis)
- Done well in the High Needs Program. Out of the nine proposals that were submitted, five were chosen by SUNY for funding. Two from nursing and three from West campus.
- The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has announced the Faculty Diversity Program for the 16-17 Academic year. Provides partial salary support to for new assistant professor level appointments.
- Dr. Wolf Shafer has been appointed Interim Dean of SBU’s International Academic Programs and Services.
- There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Computer Science Building.
- The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SBU is nationally recognized for the success of retaining and graduating academically and economically disadvantaged students. The EOP 2015/16 students will be given IPads through a new Mobile Digital Now (MDN) initiative to promote their success.
- On May 4th SBU held the first reception to honor current and past Fulbright recipients. There were four awardees this year.
- Five faculty members were chosen to offer online courses this summer through the Provost’s new 2015 Online Teaching Initiative.
- Have identified a new Dean for CEAS. Will be making an announcement.
Dr. Feldman introduced Judy Greinman, the new Chief Deputy to the President and Interim VP for Government and Community Relations.
VI. Discussion with the Sr. Vice President for HSC and Dean, SOM (K. Kaushansky)
- Medicaid redesign: SB Medicine including all the schools have begun to invest in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) is a large $8B program that is designed to improve the access of the Medicaid population to healthcare, improve the quality of the care delivered and to reduce the costs. SBU is leading this effort in NY.
- Jacqueline Mondros has been appointed the new Dean of the School of Social Welfare.
- Nine impressive candidates for the founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
- Family and Preventive Medicine Merger (which the Senate approved): Because of the savings that have been generated for administrative support, we are recruiting two new faculty members. There are plans to bring the two departments physically together.
- Final beam raising ceremony on the Children’s Hospital Tower. A number of elected officials were on hand.
- For the give basic science departments within the HSC: Is there a way for us to create an effective but somewhat streamlined administrative infrastructure to support the faculty in the technology, finance, grant writing, administrative needs, etc? We have actually created a model that is going to save about $800,000 a year. We are going to use that to re-invest money in new faculty hires.
- N. Goodman: Q: What about space for the new School of Pharmacy and where is the salary coming from? A: Housed in HSC. Interim solution. $3-3 ½M from loan from the President.
VII. HeForShe Program (C. Robbins)
- HeForShe is a UN women’s solidarity movement for gender equality founded in 2014.
- IMPACT 10x10x10 is a 3-5 year pilot effort to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment by galvanizing momentum among governments, corporations and universities.
- There are ten universities globally. Stony Brook University and Georgetown University are the only two IMPACT 10x10x10 champions in the U.S.
- There are a range of services that are available through the Dean of Students Office so that they can reach out to students all around campus and student have a place that they know they can go to and get the kinds of support and services they need.
- Would like to close the gap between men and women from matriculation to graduation. SBU’s graduation rate has risen more than ten percent in the last ten years. Women graduate at a rate nearly fifteen percent points higher than their male counterparts.
- Will use the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. It will serve as the knowledge hub for gender equality. Through the Center, SBU will work toward making gender equality and HeForShe a mainstream initiative across SUNY.
- Will integrate gender equality into the academic and social experience.
VIII. Graduate Council Report (M. Simon)
- The Graduate Council meets every other week.
- Their charge is to advise the Dean of the Graduate School, monitor all aspects of the University’s graduate program, evaluate all proposed new graduate programs and degrees and to participate in program reviews of existing graduate programs.
- There are five subcommittees: The Graduate Council Appeals Committee, the Graduate School Fellowships and Awards, Housing, OLEAG, and Budget and Finance.
- Most of the time was spent on the creation of new program proposals, creating new programs from existing programs and revisions to existing programs. A lot of the revisions to existing programs need SED approval.
- Additional topics being considered: Potential impact of the proposed merger of Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine on the Program in Public Health (MPH) and Academic honesty and scholarly misconduct - changes to bulletin, notifications to all relevant GPDs, reporting of incidents, etc.
X. UUP Report (A. Shertzer)
- Discussed the capital construction bill and hospital reimbursement. When the attorney general collects the money it doesn’t go to the hospital. Spent the entire year on that bill alone. Still in the Assembly.
- There will be a UUP BBQ on September 16th. The contract negotiators will be present.
XI. Old Business: no old business.
XII. New Business: no new business.