COLLEGE OF MARIN
Thursday, August 23, 2007
12:45 -2:00 pm
Student Service Building,
Conference Rooms A & B
Senators Present: Carol Adair,
Yolanda Bellisimo, Michael
Dougan, Ron Gaiz, Erika Harkins, Patrick
Kelly, Arthur Lutz, Joe Mueller, Meg Pasquel, Radica Portello, Robert
Schreck, Blaze Woodlief, Derek Wilson
Senators Absent: Sherrie
Approval of Agenda & Minutes
Motion made to approve the agenda
Motion made to approve the
Hoa-Long Tam spoke on behalf
of the College of
Marin Student Senate to report on the goals of the Student Senate. A
written report was also submitted to be filed with the minutes.
The President reported the following:
The Vice President reported
- A written report was
- Issue with AP courses
and credits will be a future discussion item.
- The President asked the
Senate for consent
to invite the President of the Statewide Academic Senate in November
and for consent to invite our representative Area B to visit our Senate
- Joe Mueller invited the
Senators to his
property for a social event where we will not talk about Senate
business. A Friday in
suggested for the date.
The Treasurer reported the
- The Bolinas Task Force
has met over the
summer and Joe Mueller gave a passioned presentation to the group. The
group was positive about the direction. A tour will be given on Sat.
Thompson. The community has been responsive to the program, but is
reluctant to schedule classes and field trips and is reluctant to give
donations until CoM shows more support for the facility. There is
potential but we need the Board and Admin for support of the program in
order for the project to continue.
- President White
attended a meeting with the Bolinas task force
and was positive about the progress. One option is to lease the
property to a non-profit organization. The Task Force will likely
recommend this lease option with the assurance that CoM will have
access to the facility and hat CoM will be part of the lease contract.
- After Joe's
presentation, history lessons, and tours,
the community perception has shifted and they are excited about the
As a result, the Admin and Board seem to be responsive.
- A written report was
- The treasurer expressed
concern with the
monthly bank services charges on the account and plans to contact the
Bank about reversing these charges.
- A written report was submitted.
- AP Issue. Last semester
there were 5 new
credits CoM was hoping to add but the Board must still approve these
policies. Most are going to the Board next Tuesday for
- When a student
transfers they must file a
transfer agreement with the schools and the agreement is usually
- The problem is that UC
and CSUs and other
schools have no standard. But as long as CoM signs off on the transfer
agreement other schools will accept the transfer--even if the scores
are different for CoM and for other schools.
- An agenda item should
be to establish
criteria of which of these should be approved.
- Questions were raised
regarding Econ mainly
looks at core classes, Econ, English 150, etc. to make the decision. If
a student's score does not match Berkeley's cut off score, the student
may be in jeopardy of not being accepted.
- The Senate will ask the
Board to table the
discussion on the Econ classes until further questions are answered.
- Community Ed is in the
final phase of hiring
a permanent director of Community Ed.
- 60 candidates for the
- The position will be
filled by mid September
Full-Time Hires: Role of Senate
Requests to Address the
Senate on Non-Agenda
- Percentage of full time
teachers vs. part
time teaching is extremely
- Anthropology has no
full time faculty; the building where the
the rare collections are housed is being moved due to
modernization and no one is available
to oversee this move. Further, the program is in jeopardy due to no
- There will soon be a
rush to get full time hires
when legislation goes through so CoM needs to fill these positions now.
- There is a problem with
Article 16 in the
contract. This needs to be revised. The senate cannot create a new
policy because this issue is in the bargaining unit. The AS needs to
present a plan to the Union, defining a list of criteria to make sure
this is covered in the contract.
- There have been 18
retirements in the last 2
years and one hire in nursing. 14% of full-time faculty have retired
and not been replaced.
- The Senate should be
involved in the process
but the union should be in charge of protections and work issues.
- The Senate gives
consent to develop a plan
that would be brought back from Senate for review.
Meeting adjourned at 2:03
Minutes submitted by Schreck