|University's Forensics Initiative:
Dr. D'Elia gave a brief overview of the University's Forensics Initiative:
Over the past four years the University has been developing a Master's
and undergraduate program in Forensic Chemistry in partnership with the
NYS Police Forensics Investigation Center. There is a large student pool
available, including existing employees of the NYS Police Laboratory.
The Chemistry Department is scheduled to receive a $1.5 million grant
for this activity from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The teaching
and training activities will remain on the Academic Podium, and the NIJ
award will focus the on rehabilitation of classrooms. The teaching departments
involved in the forensic degree programs are Biology and Chemistry.
Professor John Welch spoke about the Revised Letter of Intent for the
MS in Applied Chemistry. He explained that this is a professional Master's
degree focused on continuing education and it will require an internship.
This is an applied degree in Chemistry and the department would like it
approved with two tracks, Organic Chemistry and Forensics.
There was a question regarding students already enrolled in the organic
track. Professor Welch said the Revised Letter of Intent would not delay
organic track students already in the program; indeed, students are taking
core courses now. Further, if EPC supports the Forensics track, System
Administration SUNY will review it promptly. There are faculty available
to teach, in addition to several Ph.D. adjuncts from the Forensics Center.
There will be personnel costs that will not be covered by the NIJ grant,
and the Departments are thus seeking additional sources of funding.
A motion was made that EPC approve the Revised Letter of Intent. It was
seconded and the revised motion was approved unanimously. The Letter of
Intent will go to SUNY, as only the proposal will later have to be approved
by the full Senate.
Approval of Minutes:
The September 12, 2003, minutes were approved as amended.
The September 26, 2003, minutes were approved as amended.
Provost Santiago reported for the President. He had no news to report;
he entertained questions from the Council members.
It was asked if there is any update or news on a mid-year budget cut
and Provost Santiago said there is nothing definite as of yet. He assured
the Council that the University is as prepared as it can be at this time,
and that URPAC will discuss the consequences of a mid-year cut at its
initial meeting in November.
Chair Wulfert had no news to report.
- Rotating EPC representatives to URPAC: Chair Wulfert explained that
at the last Council meeting the issue of rotating the Council's representatives
to URPAC had been raised. To ensure continuity, URPAC representatives
will normally serve three-year overlapping terms. As both current representatives
started at the same time, it would either be necessary for one representative
to be replaced now or, if both continued to serve, for one to serve
an additional year beyond 2003-04 to ensure continuity. Professor McCaffrey
said that he would step down if someone else wanted to volunteer; Professor
Logan said if Professor McCaffrey was replaced this year, he would step
down next year.
Chair Wulfert noted that Professor Hoff (absent with cause) informed
her prior to the meeting that he would like to volunteer. She asked
if anyone else was willing to serve, and Professor Logan nominated Professor
Jean-François Brière, who accepted the nomination.
Because not all members were present, Chair Wulfert said she would conduct
a confidential vote by email ballot within the next three days.
- Bylaws Committee: Professor Carolyn MacDonald represented the Bylaws
Committee, comprised of Professors Donna Armstrong, Bruce Dudek, John
Pipkin, David McCaffrey, Richard Collier, Carolyn MacDonald (Chair),
Marjorie Pryse, and Edelgard Wulfert. She noted that the Bylaws Revisions
Bill would go to the Senate on October 27th and, if passed, will be
voted on by the faculty at a special faculty meeting to be called before
the end of the fall semester. The Bylaws Committee's goal is to have
the revised Bylaws passed by the spring. Professor MacDonald noted that
only the Bylaws, not the Charter, will have to be approved by faculty
vote; the Charter only requires approval by the Senate and can be changed
at any time by the Senate.
The Council discussed the contents of the Bylaws Revisions and made
some minor suggestions. Professor MacDonald noted that the Bylaws Committee
had discussed the revisions with the President who will ultimately sign
off on them, and that the President fully supports the Bylaws revision.
Letter of Intent: Certificate Program in Public Health: Fundamentals
and Principles: Professor Shadi Saleh and Carol Young, Director of the
Center of Continuing Education from the School of Public Health spoke
about the Letter of Intent. Professor Saleh gave a brief introduction
of the Certificate Program, noting that this Certificate is primarily
intended to target working public health professionals so they can obtain
a certificate, and also with the hope of getting them interested in
the MPH Degree. The targeted students typically hold BA degrees in Science
and Nursing or are professionals in the fields of Health Education.
This Certificate Program is patterned after other accredited schools
and meets core standards recognized at the national and state level.
Part of the Certificate Program can be completed online; currently there
are two online courses available and two more are planned for the spring
and fall semesters. It was noted that of five online students last semester,
one did apply for the MPH.
Chair Wulfert asked if the proposal was discussed at GAC. Professor
Saleh said that indeed it was.
Chair Wulfert asked for a motion to approve
the Certificate Program. The motion was made and seconded, and was passed
The meeting was adjourned 11:55 a.m.
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder