Minutes of the March 1st, 1995 Meeting
Attending: Gerald Scheib, Yolanda Ramil, Dudley Foster,
Ben Lopez, Jan Silver, Sonia Soto- Bair, Ed Raskin, Mari Rettke,
Alex Yguado, Sally Silvers, Joanne Kalter-Flink, Gwen Walker,
Enrique Gonzales, Julie Ruelas, Dale Newman, Rick Scuderi.
- The meeting was called to order at 1:45pm by President
- MSP (Ruelas, Foster - Unanimous) to approve minutes of
- Treasurer's Report. Currently the Senate accounts
have the following balances:
Faculty Association $ 816.13
Faculty Scholarship $ 337.53
Gallagher Scholarship $ 11.93
Moss Scholarship $3,166.32
Bowman Scholarship $6,117.88
- Guest - Mike Woodward from FACCC. Mr. Woodward
announced a recruiting drive for FACC membership stating
it was a crucial time especially with the possible State
budget short- fall and the Governor talking about doing
away with tenure. The fee is $12 per month or $120 per
year. Pat McCollum, a "bright, forceful person who
worked on AB1725 and was associated with Vasconcellos, is
the FACC lobbyist.
- President's Report
- Report from the District Academic Senate.
Dale will notify disciples currently without
minimum qualifications . Minimum qualifications
are necessary for disciplines to hire.
- The Sexual Harassment document was passed by the
Board of Trustees after last minute
recommendations by the Chancellor's Office. The
DAS did not have an opportunity to review it.
This is in direct violation of AB 1725, Shared
Governance, and Title V. As a result, a
resolution will be submitted at the next DAS
meeting to express our disapproval.
areas of concern are the Revised Student
Grievance Procedures, the Student Discipline
Procedures, and the Admission of Young Students
Procedures. Dale asked for faculty input on the
current proposed document.
- Some Upcoming Conferences. The Info Tech
Conference. November 5 - 8, 1995, Hyatt Regency
and Westin Crown Center Hotels, Kansas City,
Missouri. Cost: $350 plus $104 per night plus tax
for hotel accommodations. The California
Community Colleges 1995 Mega Conference. April 4
- 7, 1995, Doubletree Hotel, Los Angeles. Cost:
$175 pre- registration by March 10, 1995.
- Ad Hoc Personnel Staffing Committee. The
Committee will meet soon. Mark Pracher will
report back to us regarding issues raised.
- Project Match. Dale asked for volunteers
for Project Match. Mari Rettke, who participated
in the project last semester, said it was a
worthwhile experience. Dale will put a notice in
the President's Bulletin.
- Committee Reports
- Curriculum Committee. Enrique Gonzales
reported that the districtwide minimum
requirements for reading and written expression
are ready for approval. The DAS will vote March
9th to accept these requirements.
- Workshops will be held to work on validating
prerequisites and co-requisites . A sub-
committee is working to correct errors in the
catalog and proposed a more clarifying layout for
academic programs leading to certificates and
degrees. Computer Science and Legal Assisting
were mentioned as exemplary models.
Mckenna proposed a 6 semester option to
completing academic programs. However, a
guarantee would be needed that the planned
classes would not be canceled due to low
More classes need to be offered to accommodate
placement results. Last semester 498 new students
placed under English 21, but only 2 sections were
afforded to accommodate them! Dale reports that
the Developmental Communications and English
disciplines are meeting to make Dev Com l a
prerequisite to English 21. Three sections of Dev
Comm 1 were submitted for Fall,'95.
Enrique emphasized that test anxiety problems
during placement tests can lower the placement
score beneath the actual skill level of the new
student. Because of this there is an appeal
Enrique and David Jones will look into an open
entry class to up-grade student skills in
- Hiring Committee. Gerald Sheib indicated
that a new prioritized hiring list is being
prepared. The Hiring Committee, which is composed
of the cluster chairs, Mark Pracher, and Lee
Risemberg, asked to have a filing cabinet be
situated in the Faculty Lounge.
- A memo will be sent to faculty departments to
indicate, full-time needed positions. It is
especially important to keep our numbers up as a
result of up-coming retirements.
- District Academic Senate. Julie Ruelas
reports on motions carried at DAS on the February
9th meeting (see attached).
- Election Committee. The Committee composed
of Julie Ruelas, Geri Paredes, and Joyce
Woodmansee announced that the new Profession
Studies candidate for senator is Louis
Zandalusini. There is no one yet as a candidate
for the Math/Science Cluster.
- MSP (Yguado, Lopez - Unanimous) to approve Louis
Zandalusini for Professional Studies Cluster
- Old Business
- Distribution of Left Over Conference Monies.
Sally Silvers reports that unspent funds will be
distributed in proportion to out of pocket
balances. Documentation of expenditures will have
to be presented however. Dale will send a memo to
the faculty announcing this toward the end of the
- Faculty Storage Space. Alex Yguado
reported that the Work Environment Committee
approved the new facilities building as a site
for faculty storage space. The designated space
will be used to keep materials upon which student
grades are based. The materials will be disposed
of after an as-yet-to-be decided termination
- Academic Issues and Pace. Alex Yguado
reported that a consensus was reached by the task
force (Alex Yguado, Ed Raskin, Gwen Walker, and
Dale Newman, ex officio Bill Norlund) examining
the process of PACE accountability. John Cantley,
PACE Director, was invited to be a part of the
task force but declined. A list of questions
which arose are being sent to Dr. Norlund for a
- Paid Additional Assignments for
Administrators. The memo stating the Academic
Senate's disapproval of these proposed
assignments was hand delivered to Dr. Norlund. He
consulted with Lucian Carter and Dr. Standen at
the District. They saw no objection to these
assignments being paid and Dr. Norlund sees no
legal reason to refuse payment. The assignments
will now go to the Ad Hoc Personnel Staffing
Committee for consideration because currently
there is no budget line items for these
- 20th Anniversary Celebrations. Dale
reported that a "good time was had by
all" during both the luncheon and dinner
celebrations. There are still more funds to
further celebrate. Alex Yguado recommends that 20
year pins be given to appropriate part-time
faculty. Dale will follow up.
- Alternative Use of Laboratory Classrooms.
The task force of Lee Risemberg, Jan Silver, and
Sally Silvers concluded that labs should not be
used for other classes because of lack of
- Academic Dishonesty. An explanation was
handed out. David Jones reported that the focus
of this information is on cheating on tests and
falsification of reports. Since we are asking
students to conform to ethics, we need to think
about faculty ethics. A committee was formed
consisting of Dale, David Jones, Mari Rettke, and
Julie Ruelas to come up with a faculty ethics
statement. A draft will be brought to the Senate
- New Business
- Excessive Papers in Mailboxes. A letter
from an anonymous part-time employee was written
complaining about too great a volume of unneeded
mail being put in faculty mailboxes. The group
felt that the need for communication may
overshadow this concern.
- Commencement Date. Carlos Nava suggested
Thursday, May 25th as a better date that Friday,
May 26th because of the long Memorial Day week
end. A Graduation Committee to help with the
planning of the ceremonies was formed and is
composed of Sonia Soto-Bair, Enrique Gonzales,
Joanne Kalter- Flink, and Sandi Lampert. Dale
will inform Carlos Nava of the Senate's approval
of the new commencement date and of the faculty
volunteers for the graduation committee.
- MSP (Yguado, Gonzales - Unanimous) to adjourn the
meeting. Meeting adjourned at 2:55pm.
Rick Scuderi, PhD
Academic Senate Secretary