I. Eulogy for Robert N. Sollod (Psychology)
II. Approval of the Agenda
III.Approval of the Minutes of the September 14, 2005 Meeting
IV.University President's Report
V. Proposed Revised Implementation date of the Admissions Policy for Undergraduate Transfer Students (Report No. 1, 2005-2006)
VI. Proposed Revised Classical and Medieval Studies Major(Report No. 2, 2005-2006)
VII. New Business
PRESENT: Atherton, Barlow, A. Benander, Berlin Ray, Boyle, Dean, Dillard, Dobda, Doerder, Dougherty, Droney, Duffy, Ekelman, Gao, Gelman, George, Govea, Hanniford, Hoffman, Humer, Jeffres, S. Kaufman, LaGrange, Lehfeldt, Loovis, Mason, McCahon, Mills, Nelson, L. Patterson, Pereces, Poznanski, Rom, Sadlek, M. Saunders, M. Schwartz, A. Shah, Slane, M. Smith, Sparks , Steinberg, Weyman, Ziolek.
ABSENT: C. Alexander, Bauer, W. Bowen, Bufford, Falk, Forte, Gorla, Hansman, Heinrich, M. Kaufman, L. Keller, Kuo, Lopresti, Margolius, Martins, McClain, McLoughlin, Mearns, Mooney, Moore, Nuru-Holm, O'Neill, L. E. Reed, Rosentraub, Sawicki, Scherer, D. Shah, Spicer, Spiker, Thornton , Tumeo, Visocky-O'Grady, J. Webb.
ALSO PRESENT: Kahana, Meiksins, Sutton.
Senate President Sheldon Gelman called the meeting to order at 3:05 P.M.
Senate President Gelman stated that Professor Boaz Kahana will give a Eulogy for Dr. Robert N. Sollod.
Professor Boaz Kahana delivered the Eulogy for the late Professor Robert N. Sollod. His remarks follow.
“We mourn the loss of our dear colleague, Robert Sollod, but we celebrate his life. I am honored to be able to publicly remember him with you as someone who volunteered so often to contribute to the University, to our Department of Psychology, to his colleagues, and to his students, whom he considered as his intellectual children, or offspring.
“Bob was a very bright and talented individual who was trained by the leaders in the field of psychology at Harvard University , where he received his B.A. degree, and at Columbia University , where he received his Ph.D. He had a strong appreciation for the natural sciences, with an initial interest in medicine (his father was a physician). But Bob had to follow his own star, and his interests led him to psychology, the social sciences, philosophy, ethics, and spirituality.
“Bob's textbook on personality theories is a major contribution to the field, and is used in the United States and abroad. He includes theorists who may no longer be in vogue, but who have nevertheless expanded our understanding of personality. He shows the reader how the life experiences of these theorists have influenced their respective theories. He also described how he, as a student, reacted to these theories, as they were presented to him, thereby identifying with his students in their discovery of personality theories.
“Towards the latter part of his life, Bob was courageously battling his life threatening kidney illness. Nevertheless, his creative mind enabled him to turn his experiences, as a patient, into thoughtful treatises on illness, spirituality, and medical care. He succeeded in publishing a number of scholarly papers which reflected a synthesis of the illness experience with various aspects of psychology. One remarkable example is his paper entitled, “Integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy”, which appeared in the Handbook of Integrative Psychotherapy . This article discusses the use of spiritual foundations as treatment for behavioral disorders. He compares and contrasts his approach with non-spiritual scientific approaches of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Based on Bob's scholarly and creative approach, he was able to interpret nontraditional interventions in ways that make them meaningful to psychology colleagues. This is just one illustration of his many creative contributions.
“Bob has written several compelling articles relevant to health care policy, based on his own experiences as a dialysis patient. He understood the complex challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, as they have to navigate the often “inhospitable” mazes of health care. As a wonderful conceptualizer and writer, Bob was able to give voice to the plight of patients, in ways that sparked the interest of journalists and policymakers in Washington . But his advocacy did not remain isolate to academic or public advocacy. As a decent and courageous human being, Bob would regularly intervene on behalf of individual dialysis patients who were not getting the care they needed. He would also teach them how to advocate on their own behalf.
“Bob's advocacy and responsible citizenship have been a great benefit to our University, which was his professional home throughout the major part of his career. Bob enjoyed getting involved, and whenever he got involved, he made a difference. Many of you may recall his active participation in forming a union at CSU. Here he worked tirelessly to enhance the work environment and conditions for all faculty and staff. Within the Psychology Department, he directed the clinical program for many years. He also initiated our flourishing honors program. His caring and enthusiasm in these roles generated enthusiasm and caring for him by both colleagues and students. Since my office was next to his, students often came by to ask about Bob's well-being, during his hospitalizations over the yeas. Bob was an integral member of our department, always volunteering good ideas to promote the progress of the department.
“I think I speak for all of Bob's colleagues, both in Psychology and throughout the University, when I acknowledge his special contributions to all of us. His sense of humor, his “generosity of spirit”, and his scholarly temperament will be missed by all of us. Today, as we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and the many gifts that he shared with us, with his students, and with the broader scientific and professional community.”
At this point, Senate President Gelman welcomed two new corresponding student members of the Senate, Shannon Pereces and Ankish Shah.
Acceptance of the Agenda for November 9, 2005 was moved, seconded, and approved.
Senate President Gelman noted that there was an error on page 5, under IV Senate Nominating Committee. It should read: “… the Nominating Committee was composed of Professors Rodger Govea, chair, Peter Poznanski and Kenneth Sparks.”
Acceptance of the Minutes of the September 14, 2005 meeting as corrected was then moved, seconded, and approved.
President Michael Schwartz asked everyone to join him in a moment of silence in memory of our Trustee David Hill who died of a stroke several weeks ago.
President Schwartz noted that some of the Senate members may have noticed that we have not taken a resolution on the disposition of the PeopleSoft settlement money to the Board of Trustees yet. That will be done at the next meeting which is one week from this Friday, November 18, 2005 . The resolution that he will bring to the Board will be to put that money into the University Endowment Fund for scholarship aid for students in the Honors Program and to name a subset of those students as David Hill Scholars.
President Michael Schwartz reported very briefly on the Board of Trustees retreat last month. That retreat was led by Professor Emeritus Robert Birnbaum of the University of Maryland and it was a very interesting meeting. As a consequence of that meeting, President Schwartz thinks we will see some of the initiatives to organize the Board of Trustees differently. As you all know if you look at the current committee structure, the committees follow the functions of the administration so there is somebody watching Academic and Student Affairs and then there is another subset doing Finance and another subset doing all of these other things. The Trustees will probably want to initiate new committees which are policy oriented and oriented toward very practical issues that we are dealing with. For example, he would not be surprised if we were to see something like a committee on academic excellence and competitiveness. So there is a focus shift on the part of the members of the Board and President Schwartz feels that this is really worth a try. It gets them out of the mode of being second layer management and into the mode of worrying considerably about things that are critical policy matters for this institution. President Schwartz went on to say that he feels this is a major step ahead. We will see how that plays out at the time it comes up.
President Schwartz noted that last year's fundraising effort netted the University $16.5 million which was not bad in our scheme of things. The Moses Cleaveland Black- Tie Scholarship benefit held a couple of weeks ago sold out for the second year in a row at the Intercontinental and that was a very important event for us and we made some money there. It continues to be the case that the University is getting some pretty big grants coming in and major projects here. For example, in Health Sciences and Urban, collaborative intervention with regard to obesity in Cleveland 's Central neighborhood has brought a million dollar grant into this institution. That will prove to be one of the most interesting things we have seen here. In addition, President Schwartz reported that he just learned this afternoon that an earmark has been approved for the College of Engineering to the tune of a million dollars to create a research and educational program having to do with electric research and combining that with instruments, controls, and electronics. Speaking of that, with the passage of Issue #1, that will help us with a Wright Center proposal that we have had going in instruments, controls, and electronics for some time. He suspects that if we can nail that Wright Center here, that would do us a great deal of good. The Wright Center is collaboration between Cleveland State , Case Western Reserve, Akron and a number of corporations, etc. having to do with instruments and controls.
Next, President Michael Schwartz commented about Campus 411. We had some visitors who drove over from Montgomery County in Pennsylvania , which is the Philadelphia area, from the community college there because they had heard about our Campus 411 and wanted to see how it works. For those of you who have seen Vision 2009, we talk about world class student services being the norm and that we wanted to be copied. That has begun and he wanted everyone to know it. Not every student thinks that we are great and we probably do make some errors. But, typically the errors have to do with financial aid and we have to say “no” to people. That is not great service to people who want to hear “yes.” But for the most part, we have been getting compliments and copied and that is what we have been after.
President Schwartz noted that Professor Stephen Duffy did get a University transportation center because of his terrific efforts with Mr. George Palko and will be studying works on safety issues at this institution which is very important work and he did a great job on that.
Finally, President Schwartz reported that our enrollment did finish the year off by about a three to three and one-half percent decrease. Almost all of it was graduate enrollment and most of that in the College of Education . But when you slash that many teaching jobs around this region and the way they do it of course is to lay off the young ones first which are the people who would most likely be in the master's program. But, we did pretty well, all things considered. Our sister institutions – Kent and Akron had exactly the same thing happen to them. It was exactly the same pattern. We will do what we can to repair that. President Schwartz commented in that regard that the departments with graduate programs really do need to think about ways to speed up their admissions processes – they are very slow and a lot of students get very frustrated with us and go elsewhere. That is not something we can necessarily afford so we will be looking into that.
Professor Rosemary Sutton, chair of the Admissions and Standards Committee, noted that last year on April 6, 2005 , the Faculty Senate approved new admissions standards for new undergraduate transfer students which give them 30 transfer credits. This was to bring them in line with the standards for new freshmen. However, the implementation date that was approved was fall of 2008 and the standards for new freshmen will be implemented in fall 2006. It is clear by looking at the record that the intent of the Admissions and Standards Committee was to make it fall of 2006. So, all the committee is asking is a simple motion that changes the date of the implementation for transfer students from fall of 2008 to fall of 2006.
There being no questions or discussion, Senate President Sheldon Gelman noted that the motion is for a revised implementation date of the admissions policy for undergraduate transfer students. He then called for a vote on the proposal. The proposed revised implementation date for the admissions policy for undergraduate transfer students was approved unanimously.
Professor Peter Meiksins, chair of the University Curriculum Committee, reported that the UCC received and recommends approval of a major revision to the existing Classical and Medieval Studies program. The Committee is bringing this proposal to Senate because it was a significantly large modification and there was sufficient discussion in Steering that it was felt that it was at least important for informational purposes to make this known to Senate. The changes essentially boil down to three things: the number of credit hours required of students completing the major is reduced to 36 hours; the current language requirement that all students major in this program used to have to fulfill is eliminated and made an option which is keeping with the practice in Classical Studies programs in most universities around the country at this point. The curriculum is expanded to include not simply classical Greece and Rome and the European middle ages but also the Islamic world and Arabic is included as an option for the languages. The UCC felt this was all very good and reasonable and it may actually expand the audience for this major so the Committee recommends it to Senate.
Professor Stephen Duffy inquired what does CLAM stand for. Professor Meiksins responded that CLAM stands for Classical and Medieval Studies. Professor Duffy then asked, “What happened to the “S”? Should it be CLAMS? Professor Meiksins said that he would refer Professor Duffy's question to the program.
There being no further discussion, Senate President Gelman noted that the University Curriculum Committee has moved a revised Classical and Medieval Studies major. He then asked Senators to vote on the proposal. The proposed revised Classical and Medieval Studies major was approved unanimously.
Senate President Sheldon Gelman asked the Senate to please observe a moment of silence in memory of Professor Bob Sollod.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 P.M.
Teresa C. LaGrange
Faculty Senate Secretary Pro Tem
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