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Faculty Senate Bullet Points

By Ruth Bruno

  • Simms Sonnet, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), encouraged members of the Faculty Senate to participate in the city-wide food drive, Competition for a Cause. Boxes with the lettering “competition for a cause” will be dispersed around the campus. Sonnet emphasized that any department that wishes to participate should contact the SGA office and he will arrange for a box to be delivered to the appropriate department.
  • CCSU-AAUP announced replacement Communications Director, Ellen Benson, is leaving her position at CCSU. The AAUP is looking for a recent graduate to replace her.
  • Nominations for the Vance Lecture, which will take place in the spring of 2015, were announced by the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Vance Lecture. The nominees are as follows:
    • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN
    • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
    • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    • Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium
  • Faculty Senate approved a resolution to adopt an academic imperative for Transform CSCU 2020. The imperative stresses are that Connecticut state universities are underfunded and, as a result, cannot offer the appropriate number of classes needed by their students. Consequently, the infrequency of certain classes means students need to expand the number of years they are enrolled in a Connecticut State University. The imperative outlines possible obstacles that could contribute to the said problem and proposes that CSU schools prioritize the hiring of more full-time faculty members and provide the funds to recruit “exceptional faculty.”
  • The Faculty Senate passed a resolution proposed by The Community Engagement Committee to change a phrase in the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. The phrase, “Presentations and papers on teaching” will be changed to “Presentations and papers on teaching or community engagement.” Reginald Simmons, chair of the Faculty Senate Community Engagement Committee, addressed the senate, saying that the change in wording would allow faculty members to submit community service in the dossier they are to present to the Tenure and Promotion Committee.