Faculty Senate Meeting

September 12, 2001

Original Minutes from 9-12-2001 

Attendees: Georges Belfort, Linnda Caporael (President), Don Drew, Mark Embrechts, Prabhat Hajela, Linda Layne, John Mitchell, Jon Newell, Ralph Noble, Bud Peterson (Provost), Mark Rea, Susan Sanderson, Don Steiner, Mary Anne Waltz, Bruce Watson



Moment of Silence

Welcome President Caporael

Statement by Provost Peterson

Survey Regarding Performance Plan Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Performance Plan Provost Peterson



Moment of Silence

President Linnda Caporael called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence in recognition of the tragic events that took place yesterday, September 11, 2001, with the devastating attack upon the World Trade Center and Pentagon.



President Caporael then welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the Faculty Senate for the 2001-2002 Academic Year. President Caporael reiterated the charge and purpose of the Faculty Senate including some of the issues raised for the Faculty Senate to address this year, including revisions to the language in the Faculty Handbook, the Provost's priorities, including his goal for improving the climate and culture of Rensselaer this coming year for faculty and students, and Rensselaer's Performance Plan and its ramifications.


Statement by Provost Peterson

Provost Bud Peterson thanked everyone in advance for the time that will they spend on the Senate and encouraged the faculty to pull together and participate as a community. Provost Peterson added that the Student Senate met last night after the services in regard to the diversity issue, and passed a resolution that will be posted to the web along with President Jackson's comments from the service. Provost Peterson felt extremely proud to be associated with the Student Senate, as the resolution is "absolutely wonderful."


Survey Regarding Performance Plan

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee put together a short survey in regard to the Performance Plan. Mark Rea shared the results of the survey, in which there was approximately a 10% response.


Performance Plan

Provost Peterson made a Performance Planning Presentation and focused on the six Institute-wide goals, the first-year highest priority initiatives, Institute portfolios, the Performance Planning Guidelines and timelines.


A motion to adjourn was made and seconded. The meeting adjourned at 4:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,


Mark S. Rea

September 19, 2001