Attending: Rick Scuderi, Marc Pracher, Joanne Kalter-Flink, Mark Kahn, Sonia Soto-Bair, Paul Kubicki, John Cantley, Mari Rettke, Leon Risemberg, Joyce Woodmansee, Alex Yguado, Gwen Walker, Dale Newman, Julie Ruelas, Dudley Foster

  1. The meeting was called to order at 1:50pm by President Dale Newman.
  2. Minutes of 4/96 were examined. MSP (Yes 11, No 1) to accept the minutes.
  3. Treasurer's Report. Currently the Senate accounts have the following balances:
      Faculty Scholarship (Sav)   0322-5350-89   $485.39
      Faculty Assoc. (Ck)         0311-0030-16   $877.34
      Gallagher Scholarship (Sav) 0322-5500-13   $765.17
      Moss Scholarship (Ck)       0311-5101-43   $3,094.59
      Bowman Scholarship (Sav)    0322-0001-26   $16,328.51
  4. Guests James Russell and Mr. Romo, the AGS President, discussed the AGS honors society and invoked the support of the AS. Instructors were invited to participate in the society. The Transfer Alliance Program at Valley College, the Pierce program, release time/additional pay and priority admission were all discussed. A committee composed of Joanne Kalter- Flink, Lee Risemberg, Marie Fenyes, and John Cantley was formed to look into the nuts and bolts of faculty participation. Richard Rains' name was also mentioned as a possible member.
  5. Public Address - no report. This agenda item required by the Brown Act.
  6. President's Report
    1. Dale Newman went to the state Academic Senate conference in Santa Clara. Officers were elected. Academic disciplines, affirmative action, and resolutions were also discussed, and tenure was supported. While the Senate voted in favor of plus and minus grades, it voted for doing away with the C- grade because many policies and prerequisites state the criteria of C or better. Dale has information on the meeting in the Senate Office if anyone wishes to look through it.
    2. The process for a governance agreement between the Board of Trustees and the DAS has begun. The presidents and Chancellor have one document which is different than our own. Negotiations are on-going.
    3. The graduation rehearsal and reception was discussed. Joanne Kalter-Flink is looking into options for refreshments. Alex Yguado and Gerald Sheib will be the LAMC Marshals and Sandy Mayo will carry the LAMC Mace. The Senate will distribute a letter encouraging faculty attendance at the graduation ceremony.
    4. Del Peterson is resigning from Staff Development. Three certificated faculty, three classified staff, and three administrative staff are on the committee. There is no ending date on membership. The committee elects a chairperson. The AS approves Mike Reynolds and Mari Rettke to be on the committee respectively replacing Del Peterson and Marc Pracher, the Instructional Improvement Coordinator, who also resigned.
    5. Regarding conference attendance monies, Dale needs documentation of attendance ASAP from faculty wishing to be reimbursed. Each eligible faculty can be given $150. There is currently $2000 available.
  7. Committee Reports
    1. Constitution Committee - no report.
    2. Regarding the Curriculum Committee reports, Dale has the minutes of the meetings for anyone interested. Suggestions were entertained concerning how to effectively distribute the minutes to interested parties. Dale will include these minutes in the agenda package and Julie Ruelas will include new courses approved by DAS. These decisions will be passed on to Enrique who is currently on jury duty.
    3. Hiring Committee - no report.
    4. Scholarship Committee - no report.
    5. Julie Ruelas reports that the Vice Chancellor met with the DAS to explain her position regarding a previous controversy. The Executive Committee composed a letter of reprimand to her.
    6. Academic Rank awards will be posted in the minutes as Dale Newman receives them from the committee.
  8. Old Business
    1. MSP with 2 abstentions on the resolution for filling vacant positions.
    2. The parliamentarian ruled that the Campus Security resolution would be beyond the bounds of the AS. A faculty oversight committee would be an intrusion of an already existing contractual arrangement with the District. The resolution is not appropriate as written.
    3. Questions regarding part-time issues were posted on the state-wide electronic bulletin board by David Jones and Mark Kahn. One response has already been received.
  9. New Business
    1. Ideas for next year included participation in the honors society, text books on reserve in the library for students, continuing work on the Wall of Honor, future scanning, and exploring on-line compositions on various subjects such as History, Geography and English.
    2. There was no other new business.

      MSP (Unanimous) to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 3:00pm.

      Respectfully submitted,
      Rick Scuderi, PhD
      Academic Senate Secretary