Attending: Lorrie Clemo
(presiding); Michael Ameigh (recording). Yvonne Petrella, David King, Linda Rae
Markert, Mehran Nojan, Fritz Messere, Tim Nekritz, Rhonda Mandel, Cathy Santos,
Rameen Mohammadi, Mary Beth Bell, Joseph Moreau, Nick Lyons, Allen Bradberry.
Campus power outage:
Allen Bradberry, Facilities Design
and Construction, requested input from the Council regarding setting a
preferable date to connect electrical facilities at the new Village townhouses
to the campus electric system. This
switch will result in brief power outages in various locations on campus over
the course of one day. Options are
Thursday, September 30th or Wednesday, October 6th.
- Deans and directors alert department chairs, ask
them to report any concerns regarding events/activities that would be affected
to the Provost’s Office by next meeting of the Council on September 1st.
Joseph Moreau, Chief Technology
Officer, reported the campus has acquired two high definition videoconference
display systems on permanent loan from Cisco Systems. One will be installed at the Metro Center,
the other on campus. These devices make it possible to create a virtual space
known as telepresence where individuals on both sides of the display screen
appear to be in the same room. Joe asked
the Council to recommend locations on campus that may be appropriate for
installation of the second display system. He invited the deans to explore
possible uses of the system for delivery of instruction.
- Deans discuss this development with department
chairs, suggest possible campus locations for installation of one system.
Small Class initiative:
Lorrie indicated the percentage of
small sections– those with 19 or fewer students enrolled – is lower than
desired for high quality instruction.
That percentage is currently around 50 percent. We would like to see the percentage continue
to climb upwards.
- Deans will work with Rameen to increase the
number of sections where there is the opportunity to do so before classes begin
Lorrie announced the SUNY Board of
Trustees has passed a tuition increase for out-of-state residents and all
graduate students beginning in the current academic year.
- Mike will request an update from the Bursar on
how students will be notified and re-billed, will report to the Council at the
The Council discussed existing
policy regarding faculty travel to professional conferences and academic
meetings in light of the current budget situation. It was suggested the Council review that
policy for possible revision.
- The deans will consult with department chairs,
offer suggestions for allocating travel funds in the 2010-2011 academic year.
- Mike will report back to the Council next week
on travel expenditures for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Update on Graduate Programs:
David King, Dean of Graduate
Studies and Research, provided an update on graduate programs either currently
offered, in development or under consideration for development. Lorrie urged deans to encourage departments
to continue sending forward proposals for consideration as degree and
certificate programs. Attention to
various delivery formats and modes should also be encouraged. Examples might
include cohorts, accelerated instruction, and self-paced modules.
Branch Campus plan:
Yvonne Petrella, Dean of Extended
Learning, reminded the Council that deadlines are looming for the first phase
of drafting the application for Metro Center branch campus status. Deadline for preparing the application is
- Deans will propose by October degree and
certificate programs to be included in the application.
- Mehran noted that guidelines for cross-registration of
courses were sent to deans.
- Fritz mentioned that Step Africa will perform in the
Campus Arena on Monday night. Oswego students
in Phi Beta Sigma will perform with them.
- Mike announced a new initiative to replace aging
high-volume copiers and printers with a fleet of Xerox ColorQube multifunction
devices. These machines will be
connected to the campus network allowing faculty and staff to print, copy,
scan, and fax from their desktops.
- Tim announced website editors are beginning to train on
the new campus web platform, Ingeniux.