College Council Minutes of May 30, 2013

 Audio recording of the meeting available on iTunes U

PRESENT                                         ABSENT

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

Ms. Deborah F. Stanley, President
Dr. Lorrie Clemo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ms. Kerry Dorsey, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Mr. Howard Gordon, Executive Assistant to the President
Dr. 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.

2.  The minutes of April 18,2013, were unanimously approved.

3.  GENIUS Olympiad: Provost Clemo introduced Dr. Fehmi Damkaci, associate professor of chemistry and assistant dean of graduate studies, to talk about the GENIUS Olympiad program, which he founded two years ago for high school students from around the world to present science, art, writing and design projects on environmental issues. Dr. Damkaci introduced a Syracuse Academy of Science student who participated last year and a SUNY Oswego student who volunteered to help run the event for the first two summers to talk about their experience. Dr. Damkaci also talked about the new Oswego County version of the environmental fair. Mr. Goldych suggested scheduling College Council meetings in conjunction with the Olympiad and Quest. Discussion involved making all of the student projects public, funding for the students' participation, gender breakdown (60/40 female/male) and the popularity of Dr. Damkaci's classes.

4.    Student Association Report: Mr. Smith, the new Student Association president and a physics major from the Ithaca area, introduced himself and reported on SA efforts to integrate new students into the campus community and raise the visibility of and involvement in the Student Association. He noted the inception of Laker Life, an umbrella online tool for student organizations. President Stanley noted that Mr. Smith would be studying in Oswego's Global Laboratory in Taiwan this summer. Discussion involved Mr. Smith's major, the operation of student government, the slutwalk, budgeting, intramural sports, and how to found a new student organization.

5.  Faculty Report:  Ms. Carroll reported on the coming MBA in health services, psychology program revisions, ongoing governance review, and an upcoming workshop on shared governance. Discussion included program reviews and the relationship of faculty governance and the administration at Oswego and at other campuses.

6.  Alumni Report: Mr. Yacobush reported on Reunion set for June 6 to 9; the Torchlight Ceremony May 17; Return to Oz in the fall; developments with the new OswegoConnect online community; activity in the Alumni-in-Residence program; the regional alumni program; and social media communications and networking. He directed members to a written report in their binders for additional information. Discussion included inviting alumni to the Shineman Center opening.

7.  President's Remarks:  President Stanley invited Ms. Dorsey and Dr. Clemo to talk about the celebrations for the new Shineman Center and rebuilt Rice Creek Field Station from October 1 to 4. Dr. Clemo said mentors from Oswego's Global Laboratory sites around the world October 1 and 2 will present their research to the college community and each other and further develop collaborations. President Stanley reported on the robust incoming freshman class, the rise in business and STEM applications and decline in education applications, the rise in students from farther away and underrepresented students, steady acceptance rate of 49 percent, orientation, and Governor Cuomo's Tax-Free New York proposal and its opportunities for Oswego. Discussion included hiring of education graduates from Oswego's clinically rich program, STEM fluency for communications students, addressing needs of downstate students, including local history in orientation, the Tax-Free New York proposal, the city proposal for a floating incubation center, Albany's College of Nanoscience and Engineering, a future resolution on the Tax-Free New York proposal, and students involved with the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel in Oswego Harbor.

8.  Old Business: Mr. Goldych inquired about the letter proposed last meeting regarding student loan interest rates. President Stanley said it would be done before July 1.

9.  New Business: Mr. Scriber inquired about rental electric cars and public charging stations on campus. The chair invited members to join Mr. Scriber on the effort to prepare the College Council's annual report. The chair suggested the college's Storm Chasers speak at a future College Council meeting. Mr. Goldych recommended Dorothy Rogers' book on the college's first hundred years. Mr. Goldych suggested connecting the Korean students to Korean professionals in the area. Mr. Cheeks asked about residence life and housing changes as a subject for future presentation. Mr. Goldych noted the athletics department's award for community service. Mr. Goldych suggested a dialog with the city about safety around flat rock and the break wall. Mr. Scriber noted that the Coast Guard has a camera on the break wall and is responsible for rescue efforts and that the wall starts on NRG property. President Stanley directed Dr. Clough to follow up.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.