College Council Minutes of April 18, 2013

 Audio recording of the meeting available on iTunes U

PRESENT                                         ABSENT

Mr. James McMahon, Chair            Mr. Saleem Cheeks, excused
Ms. Darlene Baker                            Mr. Paul Culligan, excused
Mr. Richard Farfaglia                      Ms. Rebecca Witkin, excused
Mr. Michael Goldych
Mr. Baye Muhammad
Mr. William Scriber
Mr. Gary Sluzar

Ms. Deborah F. Stanley, President
Dr. Lorrie Clemo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Nicholas Lyons, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Ms. Kerry Dorsey, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Mr. Howard Gordon, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Kenneth J. Clough, Chief of Staff
Ms. Ellen McCloskey, Assistant to the President
Ms. Joan Carroll, Faculty Assembly Chair
Mr. Rick Yacobush, Oswego Alumni Association
Ms. Julie Harrison Blissert, Director of Public Affairs and College Council Recorder

1.  The chair called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. He welcomed new council member Baye Muhammad.

2.  The minutes of November 30, 2012, were unanimously approved.

3.  University Police: An Overview: John Rossi, acting chief of police at SUNY Oswego, gave a presentation on the college's police force and its place in the college community. He discussed emergency response planning and procedures. Discussion delved into the Rave Guardian system, use of the county radio channels, emergency communications, the college's tactical team and equipment, a recent Homeland Security course held on campus for the region, lessons from the recent Boston bombing, the reputation of the college's police force among local law enforcement, and ambulance service on campus. 

4.  Mentor-Scholar Program: Provost Clemo introduced Patti Waters, director of the Mentor-Scholar Program, and students Amanda Baumann and Tyler Tichenor. Ms. Waters discussed the program, which is a partnership with Oswego schools and Americorps Vista to address retention at the middle school level and encourage college awareness. College students are paired with secondary student mentees. Plans are to expand into the high school. Discussion touched on the effect of the sequester, middle school students' behavioral problems, the effect of public school success on the wider community and recruitment of college faculty, collaborating with athletics, how students are selected to participate, and expanding beyond Oswego to help meet massive needs. 

5.  Student Association Report: In the absence of Ms. Witkin, there was no Student Association report.

6.  Faculty Report: Ms. Carroll reported on approval of new minors in human development and technology, a co-op in mathematics/applied statistics, an upcoming MBA in health services administration, curricular revisions, and governance task force work. She reported that $1,600 was raised for the family of the construction worker who died on campus. Mr. Goldych noted that many accounting students consider Ms. Carroll their favorite professor.

7.  Alumni Report: Mr. Yacobush reported on Reunion set for June 6 to 9; the upcoming Torchlight Ceremony in May featuring Lou Borrelli; activity in the Alumni-in-Residence program; the success of Career Connections in New York City; and the new OswegoConnect online networking site. He directed members to a written report in their binders for additional information.

8.  President's Remarks: President Stanley reported on Governor Cuomo's visit to the college on the same day that the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council met on campus, spring enrollmnent, 40 new Korean students, applications for fall and the selectivity matrix, early decision commitments, international enrollments, the fundraising campaign, strategic planning and College Council's involvement through Mr. Farfaglia and surveys, recently hired faculty and staff and searches for additional hires, budget matters including a $300 increase in tuition, changes on residence hall capital funding, prospects for other capital funding, the effect of Downstate Medical Center's deficit on SUNY, Rice Creek and Shineman Center dedications in October, and Honors Convocation, Torchlight and Commencement speakers. She invited the provost to talk about the Global Laboratory and Research Experiences for undergraduates. The president introduced Ken Clough as the new chief of staff. Discussion involved arrangements for the Korean students, Canadian enrollments, cost to students of a Global Lab experience and scholarship support, endowment of the Possibility Scholarship, how to help Oswego amid the residence hall bonding changes, and demolition of Snygg Hall.

8.  Old Business: Mr. Goldych inquired about the GENIUS Olympiad. The provost described its continuing growth.

9.  New Business: Mr. Goldych moved that the council send a letter to Congressional representatives to urge them to hold interest rates down on federal student loans. Mr. Scriber seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.