Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Senate Minutes

Meeting of the Faculty Senate

April 18, 2000

Chairperson Joel Piperberg called the meeting to order at 4:10 PM in Chryst 210. All departments were represented with the exception of the following: Chemistry, Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Two corrections to the 4/4 Minutes

  1. The Minutes did not indicate that the proposal for allowing Honor Society members to wear stoles at graduation has been referred to the Joint Senate Conference Committee.
  2. One proposed new option that was introduced at the last meeting was inadvertently left off the list and has been added to the Minutes: the Bachelor of Arts in Physics with an Emphasis in Meteorology.

Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson


  1. On the table, are revised copies of the Undergraduate and Graduate Course proposal forms that are used as cover sheets for all course proposals. They have been altered to include a section for Distance Learning proposals. The dates have been altered as well. The revised forms will be placed on the agenda for the May 2 meeting.
  2. Seeing no objections, Chairperson Piperberg moved Item VIII (Proposed Courses & Programs) up in the Agenda so that we would make sure it was addressed due to the early adjournment for the Assessment Forum.
  3. Since Item XII on the Agenda (Motion from the Psychology Department) had been discussed at the April 4 meeting and required no further attention at the April 18 meeting, it was stricken from the Agenda. The proposal to change the description of the membership of the Faculty Student Athletic Committee will be placed on the Agenda for the May 2 meeting. Chairperson Piperberg commented that he had intended to do the same for the proposal to change the name of the Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management (OSHM) program to Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH). He was, however, asked to allow consideration of this motion during today's meeting by D. Anna, the senator from the Department of Industry and Technology. Consequently, the proposal was moved to position VIII on the Agenda to replace the Proposed Courses & Programs item.

Proposed Courses & Programs

    Bachelor of Arts in Physics with an Emphasis in Meteorology. Effective Fall 2000.
    Bachelor of Arts in Physics with an Emphasis in Philosophy. Effective Fall 2000.
    PSCI 314 - Judicial Process. Addition of General education (G3) label to the course.
    CSCI 101 - Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers. Increase in credits from 3 credits to 4 credits. Effective Spring 2001.
    ESCI 321 - Structural Geology. Addition of "W" designation. Effective retroactive to Fall 1999.
    Art History Minor. Repackaging of the Minor sheet to clarify the requirements for students and advisors. Effective Spring 2000.
    Studio Art Minor. Repackaging of the Studio Art Minor sheet to clarify the requirements for students and advisors. Effective Spring 2000.
    Bachelor of Fine Arts: Certification. Effective Spring 2000.

All of the above proposals were approved.

Report of the Student Senate President

Student Senate President Baker reported that elections for Student Senate officers were held last week, and that he (current President Baker) had been re-elected to serve another term. Other officers elected were Adam Shoffner (Vice President), Shayla Gordon (Treasurer), Shannon Myers (Corresponding Secretary) and Todd Mealy (Recording Secretary). President Baker noted that there was a shish kabob dinner following the determination of the results of the election. He also reported that the Conestoga Club had visited the campus.

Report of the Graduate Student Organization President None.

Report of Administrative Officers

President Caputo reported that the Board of Governors met last week and that F. Eugene Dixon had announced his retirement from the Board. President Caputo added that he would be sorely missed as he had been a supporter of higher education throughout the years and a "true friend to the faculty." After a discussion of the Associate Degree in Technology proposal, the Board approved the proposal despite concerns that HACC offers a similar program.

Dr. Stager reported no significant problems with registration so far. However, some Faculty Senate members did voice concern over the decrease in visits by advisees. Some members said they had received complaints from students that it was very difficult to "get" or "stay" connected to the new phone registration system.

Reports of Faculty Senate Standing Committees

Dr. Jim Fenwick presented a new undergraduate course ART 327 (Art for the Exceptional Child), an elective in the B. S. E. Art program effective in the Fall 2000 semester. He pointed out that a correction to the proposal's cover page is necessary; the course number should be ART 327 not ART 127 as seen on the cover page. The higher course number more accurately reflects the rigor and sophistication of the course content.

The Graduate Course and Program Review Committee also introduced a new graduate course, NURS 530 (Medically Vulnerable Populations and the Health Care System) to be effective Fall 2000.

Dr. Bill Dorman from of the Cooperative Education Committee reported that there had been a "Brown Bag" lunch at Adams House.

Reports of Faculty Senate Special Committees None.

Proposal to Change the Name of the Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management (OSHM) Program to Occupational Hygiene & Environmental Safety (OSEH)

The Faculty Senate passed a motion to approve the change of name of the Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management program to Occupational Safety and Environmental Health.

Faculty Emeritus None.

Elections: Ad Hoc Honor Code Committee Members

Jane Rudden (ELED) & Sandra Hoffman (ELED) were elected to the School of Education seats on the Honor Code Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 4:37 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Jen Miller

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