Provost's Council
Minutes for September 1, 2010

Attending: Lorrie Clemo (presiding), Michael Ameigh (recording), Mehran Nojan, Yvonne Petrella, Shashi Kanbur, Linda Rae Markert, Rhonda Mandel, Fritz Messere, Mary Beth Bell, Cathy Santos, Richard Skolnik, Rameen Mohammadi, Tim Nekritz.

President’s Faculty Fellow:
The Council welcomed Shashi Kanbur, Physics, newly appointed President's Faculty Fellow.  Shashi will report to the President, will attend President's Council meetings as well as Provost's Council as his schedule permits.

Faculty Travel:
The Council discussed funding of faculty travel during the current academic year.  Travel expenditures by faculty during 2009-2010 were reduced due to budget cutbacks.  The Council will explore options for increasing the amount of travel funds at its next meeting.

Action Item:
The Council will finalize a travel budget for faculty at its next regular meeting. The Provost’s Office will begin to construct a ‘one-stop-shop’ web page for all faculty travel funding opportunities.

Academic Affairs Council:
The Council discussed a draft agenda for the Academic Affairs Council meeting to be held September 17th.

Small Class Initiative:

Lorrie thanked everyone for their contributions to the successful push to add additional sections to the fall schedule, thereby raising the percentage of small classes available to students. This is particularly important for retention efforts in the fall semester as students begin their academic experience.  We will work to raise the percentage of small classes in spring beginning Spring 2011.

Research Grants:
Lorrie asked the deans to work with chairs and faculty to prioritize grant projects in their areas that require assistance from the Research Office.  The Council will discuss these at a future meeting.

Graduate Programs:
The Council reviewed the latest revised list of potential graduate programs assembled by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Action Item:
-The deans will review the list, pare it down to a manageable number of programs.

New Website Platform:
Tim Nekritz, Director of Web Communication, demonstrated a prototype of the new website platform, Ingeniux, which will replace the current system in the months ahead.  He indicated that website analysis indicates 54 percent of traffic to the the campus website is to access academic content.  He further indicated that while in the past a significant proportion of web pages were accessed from the campus home page, half of all 'hits' now come from search engines, suggesting that new design strategies are needed to maximize the 'user friendliness' of the college website.

Summer Sessions Calendar:
Yvonne presented a proposal to change the summer session calendar to avoid overlaps in course schedules.

Action Item:
- The proposal will be presented at Faculty Assembly since it is a change in the academic calendar.

Classroom presentation technology:
Lorrie indicated classroom technology is being assembled this week in classrooms where it had not been installed previously.  Plans are underway for additional installations in temporary quarters as needed while campus construction of the new science building is underway and the elevator in Sheldon Hall is being repaired.

Middle States:
Lorrie asked the deans to thank faculty and staff who have agreed to serve on work groups for the Middle States review.  She reiterated that participation is considered vital service to the College and is greatly appreciated.

Joint Chairs/College Council:
Lorrie asked the Council to submit a list of accomplishments to be highlighted in the President's message at the Joint Chairs meeting later this month.


  • Opening reception at the Tyler Art Gallery for artists Yvonne Buchanan and Dorene Quinn of the "One and One" exhibition and the Sister Corita exhibition "The Joyous Revolutionary." A gallery talk will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Penfield Library is planning its annual ‘Display to Archives’ reception to be held in November.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • Free appointment calendars are available from the American Management Association student group in Rich Hall.  Faculty and students are invited to pick one up at the display table on the main level.
  • Chip Kidd, author of the ORI reading selection ‘The Learners’ will be on campus on the Wednesday, September 15th participating in a number of events.  See the campus news events calendar for details.
  • Friday is Green and Gold Day.  All members of the SUNY Oswego community are invited to wear green and gold.  An Ice cream social will begin at 12:40PM in the quad followed by group pictures.
  • A call will go out this week to departments to propose courses to be taught during WinterSession.
  • The annual College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reception will be held this afternoon from 4-6 in the Hewitt Ballroom.
  • A fleet of Xerox ColorQube multifunction document imaging devices has arrived on campus, will be deployed throughout the Academic Division in coming days.  These machines will replace aging copiers, printers, duplicators, fax machines, scanners, and other imaging devices.  All staff and faculty will be able to access one or another via the campus network.  Additional information will be distributed to the division as the deployments roll out.

- adjourned

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