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Academic Senate Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 12 2006

12:45 -2:00 pm

Student Service Building,

Conference Rooms A & B

Senators Present: Yolanda Bellisimo, Barbara Bonander, Hank Fearnley, Theo Fung, Ron Gaiz, Deborah Graham, Patrick Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Radicia Portello, Ingrid Schreck, Blaze Woodlief, John Sutherland

<>Senators Absent: David Rollison, Sheri Rollison, Erika Harkins
Bernie Blackman, Linda Beam, V-Anne Chernock, Sara McKinnon  <>

Adoption of Agenda & Minutes       <>
Senator Kelly motioned to suspend the rules and change order of agenda—move  the referendum item first.
  • Motion adopted

Senator Lutz moved to suspend rules to address minutes first this week.

  • Motion fails

Senator Lutz requested that the order of adopting the minutes and agenda be addressed on a future agenda.

Motion to approve agenda

  • Agenda approved as amended

Senator Lutz moved to include the names of the Senators who abstained to vote in the minutes.

Senator Kelly moved to lay on the table the issue of including abstention votes in the minutes until next week.

  • Motion adopted

Senator Lutz requested that the discussion of abstention votes be placed on the agenda.

Senator Fearnley requested that the issue of the presentation before the board on September 19 be placed on the agenda.

Senator Lutz moved that “the AS direct the AS officers to make available to the public any and all recordings used in the preparation of Senate minutes as required by the Brown Act and the California Public Records Act.”

  • Motion adopted after debate and amendment

Senator Schreck made an objection to consideration of the question under the grounds that the assembly did not direct her to make the recording  that the recording and recorder are personal property.

  • Motion lost

Senator Kelly offered an amendment to the original motion to “purchase an audio recorder for under $100 for Senate use.”

  • Motion adopted after debate and amendment

Senator Fearnley offered an amendment to the original motion to “make the recordings of this session available  prior to the purchase of a tape recorder.”

  • Motion lost after debate

Senator Kelly made a motion to lay on the table approval of minutes.

  • Motion adopted

1.      Officers’ Reports

The President reported the following:

  • Ian Walton, President of California State Senate, will visit the AS and observe the meeting on November 2
  • Librarians, counselors and non-instructional faculty will be included in the computer upgrade plan; recycling and upgrade of computers will be available to part-timers.
  • The matriculation agreement was out of compliance putting the college at risk for losing categorical funds; the matriculation plan was finally written and was due on October 13; the plan will be vetted through the governance process and will be revised via the governance process. A copy of the plan is available upon request.
  • Board agreed on the modernization plan and discussed the issue of a student center. In a meeting with President White the following issues were discussed: WASC report, modernization issues, facilities planning committee and its purpose, and computer upgrades.

Senator Woodlief moved to suspend the rules and suspend the reports so we can move on to other important items on the agenda.

  • Motion adopted

Referendum Process Discussion

  • Senator Kelly requested that a vote on actual composition for the ballot and procedure for the election be an action item next week to be vetted by the Senate.
Future agenda items:
  • Procedure for special election
  • Advanced Placement Equivalency
  • Letter to WASC
  • Retreat Rights Policy
  • Abstention votes in minutes
  • Order of adoption of agenda and minutes
  •   Issue of the presentation before the board on September 19

Meeting adjourned at 2:00

Minutes submitted by Schreck

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