College Council meeting minutes for November 8, 2019

Ms. Darlene Baker (via phone)
Mr. Saleem Cheeks
Mr. Michael Goldych
Mr. Brian McGrath
Mr. James McMahon, chair
Ms. Takeena Strachan, SA President

Mr. Baye Muhammad, excused Mr. Richard Farfaglia, excused

College Council Meeting Minutes

November 8, 2019

Ms. Deborah F. Stanley, President
Ms. Mary Canale, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Dr. Scott Furlong, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Jerri Howland, Vice President for Students Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Nick Lyons, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ms. Kristi Eck, Chief of Staff
Dr. Lisa Glidden, Faculty Assembly Chair
Ms. Ellen McCloskey, Confidential Assistant to the President
Mr. Samuel Roberts, Special Advisor to the President, Neighborhood and Organizational Collaborations Mr. Wayne Westervelt, Chief Communication Officer and College Council Recorder

Mr. Joshua McKeown, Associate Provost for International Education

  1. Welcome and call to order: College Council chair James McMahon called the meeting to order in the Marano Campus Center (Room 114) at 1:04 p.m.

  2. International Education: Joshua McKeown, Associate Provost for International Education, presented on the current state of our international student population and the process associated with marketing, recruiting and enrolling students from outside the United States. McKeown shared that Oswego is doing well in a fairly challenging international student market and pointed out that international students make a positive impact on the enrollment at SUNY Oswego. He stressed that SUNY Oswego is proactive in recruiting, partnering, planning and diversifying its international student population and provides a welcoming, safe and supportive campus environment.

  3. Approval of minutes of April 16, 2019 Meeting: James McMahon asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the April 16, 2019 meeting. Michael Goldych made a motion to approve; seconded by Saleem Cheeks. The minutes of the April 16, 2019 meeting were approved by the Council.

  4. Student Association (SA) Report: Attending her first Council meeting as SA President, Takeena Strachan introduced herself as a senior Political Science major from Middletown, N.Y. President Strachan provided information on the following items: student organization funding matters, club manual, the development of a Free Speech program that seeks to support students and help them understand free speech, and the redesign of the SA website this coming year.

  5. Alumni Report: Vice President Mary Canale referred the Council members to the written report provided. She highlighted Homecoming Weekend, held this past October; the Scholars Brunch; the “Upskilling in a Digital World” event, and the Alumni in Residence program. Canale pointed out that Jennifer Warner Janes ’91 will be joining the College Council this year as the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors representative. She also shared that Al Roker ’76 has been coteaching a broadcasting/communications course this semester with two other faculty members (Michael Riecke and Vanessa Richards).

  6. Faculty Report: Faculty Assembly Chair Lisa Glidden reported on Faculty Assembly’s approval of a new BA in Music: Audio Recording and Production; the approval of a new track for the Art BA: Interaction Design (replacing the graphic design track); revision of the History minor; and revisions to the Criminal Justice programs. There are a number of items working their way through the Councils, including a new track in Biomedical and Health Informatics, and catalog language for offering micro-credentials (basically bundles of courses that are less than a minor that recognize a group of learning outcomes).

  7. President’s Remarks, Campus Update: President Stanley provided a comprehensive campus update, reporting on the following topics: fall 2019 enrollment; new faculty and professional staff hires; financial and capital plan update; the state of the College endowment and ongoing fundraising success; the new Advising Center established this fall; the accreditation of our engineering programs (Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering) by ABET; the beginning of our Middle States Self-Study preparation this year; and upcoming events.

  8. Old Business: There was no old business to discuss.

  9. New Business: There were no new business items raised by the council.

Motion to adjourn was made by Brian McGrath; seconded by Saleem Cheeks; and approved by all at 3:50 p.m.