Academic Assembly Update

May 08, 2018 Edition

Meeting Agenda

Table of Content

Chair's Report

V Academic Assembly

Elected Committees of the Assembly

X Executive Committee
V Academic Standards Committee
X Curriculum Committee
V Technology Committee

Volunteer Committees of the Assembly

X Campus Life Committee
X Committee to Oversee the Nature Preserve
X Committee for Serving the Needs of Persons with Disabilities
X Community Relations Committee
X FOCUS Committee
X Honors Advisory Committee
V Pedagogy Committee
X Physical Development Committee
V Scholarship Committee

Ad-Hoc Committees of the Assembly

X Emerging Education Issues Committee

Exploratory Committees of the Assembly

V Exploratory Group on Open Education

Reports from Assembly Representatives on College-Wide Committees

X Governance Task Force
V Academic Standards Committee
X Academic Integrity Committee
X Computing Council
X Curriculum Committee
X General Studies Committee
X Academic Calendar Committee
X Applied Learning Committee
V Assessment Advisory Council
! Banner Users Group
X Bookstore Advisory Committee
X Class Size Committee
V Developmental Studies Advisory Committee
X Distance Education Committee
X Food Service Committee
V College Seminar Advisory Committee
X Commencement Committee
! College Honors Advisory Committee
X Institutional Review Board
X Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee
V Scholarship Committee
X Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Committee
V Strategic Planning Council
X Student Publication Board
X Undocumented Students Task Force
X Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding

National and State-wide Organizations

X American Association of University Professors
V Faculty Council on Community Colleges

Departments and Programs

X Library
V Communication and the Arts

Student Organizations

X Theatre Club
X Women's Club
X Take Back the Night Planning Committee
V COL 295 Class
X English Honors Society

Chair's Report

Grant Campus

College-wide Governance

The College Governance Task Force presented a proposal for a renewed college-wide governance. Thus it is incumbent upon the Ammerman Senate, the Eastern Congress, and the Grant Assembly to initiate the proper review of that proposal by ther respective campus constituencies.

The President of the Senate Paul Basileo, the Chair of the Congress Laurey Buckley and the Chair of the Assembly Alexander Kasiukov seek the approval of their respective governance bodies to begin that work. A Resolution 2018-09-[1] Approving the Renewed College-wide Shared Governance Process will be put up for a vote at the first Assembly meeting of 2018-2019 academic year.

College-wide Governance Calendar

The Chair of the College-wide Curriculum Committee Janet Simpson and the three governance leaders have finalized the 2018-2019 Calendar. In addition to governance meetings, it includes suggested dates for departmental meetings. We ask the department chairs to use these dates to help aviod scheduling conflicts.

ADA Compliance

The policies regarding Americans with Disabilities Act are becoming more strict in response to the recent court decisions. I would like to express my gratitude to Ms. Ashley Pope, Deputy General Counsel, for helping me understand the relevant regulatory framework.

Please don't forget to use the Syllabus Statement on Accommodating Students with Disabilities. It is included in my February 20 Chair's Report.

In addition to adopting and implementing college-wide policies that enforce ADA compliance, we as an institution will need to develop internal culture of inclusivity that would allow more people make good use of what we have to offer.

Elected Committees of the Assembly

Grant Campus
Grant Campus
Karen Dovell (co-chair), Jill Malik (co-chair)

The Committee met on April 5, 2018.

Academic Integrity Subcommittee reported, that events scheduled for Professional Development Day were postponed. There may be some momentum regarding an online reporting form.

The Proposal to Change the 30 Credit Minimum for Certificate Programs was revised and approved by the College-wide Academic Standards Committee, and will now be sent to the campus governance bodies for further voting.

The Faculty-Authored Textbook Subcommittee is temporarily on hold. It will be gathering feedback on current suggestions.

Karen Dovell (co-chair)
Grant Campus
Jason Ramirez (co-chair), Janet Simpson (co-chair)
Grant Campus
Kerry Carlson (co-chair), Davorin Dujmovic (co-chair)

The Technology Committee met on April 10, 2018.

The Committee discussed old issues regarding Blackboard and tab access to student portal. The solutions were found through direct contact to SUNY Blackboard Help Desk and through direct request to registrar.

The committee informed on the new IT Security officer Jason Fried and the upcoming IT security workshop. The Committee introduced 2018 annual IT survey for college employees with the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFLWCM9 and asked the members to share this with their departments.

After the meeting, the committee agreed to organize IT Security workshop in Grant Campus during Fall 2018 semester. It was decided to have the workshop on 09/26/2018 during Common Hour in LRCG 103. College's IT security officer, Jason Fried, agreed to give this workshop and the reservation has been made.

Davorin Dujmovic (co-chair)

Volunteer Committees of the Assembly

Grant Campus
Lisa Hamilton (co-chair), Joy Mahabir (co-chair)
Grant Campus
Jeff Epstein (co-chair), Louis Roccanova (co-chair)
Grant Campus
Tara Fagan (co-chair), Colleen Liccione (co-chair)
Grant Campus
Grant Campus
Grant Campus
Grant Campus
Gregory Ryan (chair)

The Committee is inviting applications for the Excellence in Teaching Grant. Please contact Dr. Greg Ryan with any questions. Completed applications must be received by Professor Ryan by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.


The Pedagogy Committee met for the final time this academic year on 5/14/18 @11:00 am in the Teaching and Learning Center.

The committee:

Gregory Ryan (chair)
Grant Campus
Grant Campus
Adrienne Chu (co-chair), Theresa Donnell (co-chair)

There is an upcoming scholarship workshop for students: Tuesday 5/15/18 from 11 AM – 12 noon in Captree 113.

The deadline to apply for Grant campus Fall 2018 scholarships is Tuesday, May 29. Please encourage students to apply. Scholarship information can be obtained from the SCCC home page > Quick Links > Scholarships > AcademicWorks web site

Adrienne Chu (co-chair)

Ad-Hoc Committees of the Assembly

Grant Campus
Gregory Ryan (chair)

Exploratory Committees of the Assembly

Grant Campus
Exploratory Group on Open Education

The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously adopted the Resolution on Campus Open Access Policies and System Repository at its March meeting. The Resolution calls for the collaborative development of campus-specific open access policies for the scholarship and creative works of faculty, students, and staff, as well as the creation of searchable repositories, by March 2020.

SUNY will host an informational webinar to review the new policy on April 24, 2018, from 12PM – 12:45 p.m. Please see details in the Memorandum.

Reports from Assembly Representatives on College-Wide Committees

College-wide
Governance Task Force
Virginia Horan (representative), John Jerome (representative), Bruce Seger (representative)
College-wide
Academic Standards Committee
Karen Dovell (representative), Nancy Ellis (representative), Jeff Epstein (representative), Alyssa Kauffman (representative), Arthur Lundahl (chair), Jill Malik (representative), Zhong Wang (representative)

On Thursday, April 5, the Committee approved(15-0-0) the Proposal to Change the 30 Credit Minimum for Certificate Programs. The proposal will be forwarded to the campus governance bodies to be voted on.

College-wide
Alyssa Kauffman (representative)
College-wide
Kerry Carlson (representative), Davorin Dujmovic (representative)
College-wide
Curriculum Committee
Joseph Gatti (representative), Jason Ramirez (representative), Bruce Seger (representative), Janet Simpson (representative)
College-wide
General Studies Committee
John Cyr (representative), Marc Fellenz (representative), James Remsen (representative), Daniel Wishnoff (representative)
College-wide
Academic Calendar Committee
Joy Borrero (representative)
College-wide
Applied Learning Committee
June Ohrnberger (representative)
College-wide
Alexander Kasiukov (representative)

The Council met on April 26. Vice President Pedersen summarized the outcome of the Middle States visit and the report of the Visiting Team. (The report is submitted by the Team, but is yet to be accepted by the Commission on Higher Education.) The Middle States report is exceptionally positive: 14 of its findings are categorized as commendations, 13 as suggestions, 4 as recommendations (which is a subset of the 8 that were part of our own self-study), and none - as requirements.

There was a change in leadership of the Council. Professor Jean Anastasia stepped down from her co-chair position, and Professor Jill Thornton was appointed by the President as a replacement.

The Council will use the results of the Middle States process for introspection and improvement of its own operations. This development is a part of the larger effort to chart future plans of the College and create a new Strategic Plan.

Alexander Kasiukov (representative)
College-wide
Banner Users Group
Michele Gentile (representative)
BUG has not met since December.
Michele Gentile (representative)
College-wide
Bookstore Advisory Committee
Kathryn O'Donoghue (representative)
College-wide
Class Size Committee
Jaclyn Labozzetta (representative), Hope Sasway (representative), Scott Votke (representative)
College-wide
Developmental Studies Advisory Committee
Maria Alzugaray (representative)

At our last meeting on April 12th VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Beaudin described the new initiative Guided Pathways designed to improve student retention. There were also discussions about holistic approach during placements of incoming students taking into account the Regents taken and Regents scores. The Committee has decided to do some research into how students that would have been placed higher in a holistic way performed in our Fall semester classes. Reps were asked to ask in their departments about what faculty thought of a more holistic placement. The Committee decided to meet again this Thursday, May 10th at 3:45pm. I will report as soon as the meeting takes place so the Assembly has the info before the summer.

Maria Alzugaray (representative)
College-wide
Distance Education Committee
Scott Votke (representative), Eric Weinstein (representative)
College-wide
Food Service Committee
Joshua Wolfson (representative)
College-wide
College Seminar Advisory Committee
Lauren Sollazzo (representative), Dawn Tracy-Hanley (representative)

College-wide Freshman Seminar Advisory Committee met on May 3.

Lauren Sollazzo (representative)
College-wide
Commencement Committee
Elisa Mancuso (representative)
College-wide
College Honors Advisory Committee
Adrienne Chu (representative), David Marshall (representative)

The committee has not met since the last Assembly meeting.

Adrienne Chu (representative)
College-wide
Institutional Review Board
Gregory Ryan (representative)
College-wide
Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee
Daniel Linker (co-chair), Lauren Tacke-Cushing (co-chair)
College-wide
Scholarship Committee
Adrienne Chu (representative), Theresa Donnell (representative)

The deadline to apply for college-wide Fall 2018 scholarships is Tuesday, May 29. Please encourage students to apply. Scholarship information can be obtained from the SCCC home page > Quick Links > Scholarships > AcademicWorks web site

Adrienne Chu (representative)
College-wide
Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Committee
Andrea Macari (representative)
College-wide
Kathleen Ayers-Lanzilotta (representative), Janet Haff (representative), Joshua Wolfson (representative)

The Council met on April 5. The main focus of the meeting was environmental scan in the context of working on the new edition of the College's Strategic Plan. The members participated in brainstorming session identifying strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The Council will form four subcommittees over the course of the next month to facilitate the work of creating the next Strategic Plan. These are:

  1. Strategic Planning Engagement: supervise campaigns and activities, communication strategies, ambassadors of strategic planning;
  2. Survey and Focus Group: decide on the questions, recommend survey schedule, interface with internal and external constituents, conduct focus groups
  3. Mission and Vision: form the basis of the College Mission and Vision
  4. Writing
Alexander Kasiukov (as Chair of the Assembly)
College-wide
Student Publication Board
Joseph Gatti (representative)
College-wide
Undocumented Students Task Force
Patty Munsch (chair)
College-wide
Susan DeMasi (representative)

National and State-wide Organizations

National
American Association of University Professors
Marc Fellenz (representative)
SUNY
Faculty Council on Community Colleges
Danna Prather Davis (representative)

April 5-7, I attended the Spring plenary at Mohawk Valley CC. Attached is a report outlining the major discussions that were held. Please review the information and let me know if you'd like me to give additional information on any of the topics to you.

We passed three resolutions:

  1. Resolution in Support of Undocumented Students and Support Services
  2. Resolution in Support of the UFS's Resolution on Verification of Campus Governance Consultation on Academic Program Actions
  3. Resolution on Governance Involvement in New Initiatives

None of these resolutions need campus endorsement.

See also the Guided Pathways Resources.

Danna Prather Davis (representative)

Departments and Programs

Grant Campus
Library
Grant Campus
Communication and the Arts
Jason Ramirez (co-chair)

In collaboration with Campus Activities, Diversity Committee, Multicultural Affairs, and Student Organizations: APA, CARES, QUASU, SGA, SVA, #watchyourstep-Step Up Dance Club, the department is sponsoring the First Annual Art for Social Change Festival, which is taking place at the Grant Campus April 23-27. Please see the program of the Festival for details.

Student Organizations

Grant Campus
Theatre Club
Grant Campus
Women's Club
Grant Campus
Take Back the Night Planning Committee
Grant Campus
COL 295 Class

You are cordially invited to attend Stuck in Traffick: The Facts About Human Trafficking, April 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Sagtikos Building, Room 259/260.

COL 295 Class along with Professor DiMauro-Brooks is proud to present a panel presentation to educate and raise awareness in our community about human trafficking and how common it is on Long Island.

There will be FREE FOOD and GIVEWAYS!!!

The mission of the COL 295 blue campaign is to educate and raise awareness in our community about human trafficking and how common it is on Long Island. I have attached a copy of the invite.

Panel participants include:

For more information, please contact Professor DiMauro-Brooks at <dimaurd@sunysuffolk.edu>


COL 295 class presents their Red Sand Project's sidewalk interventions.

Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all invited to join on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m., between the Captree and Sagtikos Buildings.

Red Sand Project is a participatory artwork that uses sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations, and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, to connect and to take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation.

Red Sand Project installations and events have taken place in all 50 United States and in more than 70 countries around the world.

Overlooked populations – refugees, immigrants, girls, and others – are most at risk of being enslaved, spending their lives being exploited for the profit of others. To recognize the overlooked, Red Sand Project's sidewalk interventions invite you to take the time to find and fill a sidewalk crack with red sand and to then document your sidewalk transformation on social media using #RedSandProject.

These interventions remind us that we can't merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric crack. The sand acts as a metaphor, representing victims of human trafficking who are overlooked.


On May 16 during 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Common Hour, COL 295 will host an event to raise awareness about the reality of drug use, misuse and abuse. The event will take place in Captree Commons, Room 113.

There will be three speakers sharing their experiences on drug and alcohol dependency and recovery.

Grant Campus
English Honors Society