College Senate Meeting: November 21 at 2:30 in HE 4510

Hello Everyone!

This is a gentle reminder that the next College Senate meeting is Tuesday, November 21 at 2:30 in HE 4510.

If you can’t attend in person, please be sure to send a proxy.

The following items are on the agenda:

Welcome / Announcements (2:30-2:45)
Minutes from October (these are posted with the meeting request).
Constitution changes update
Digital Content update
Focus Friday: Jennifer Perkins

Guest: eLearning: Laurie Necasek & Luvon Hudson  (2:45-3:00ish)
If you have questions for eLearning, please send them to Carolyn or just ask at the meeting.

Faculty Welfare Committee Resolution Proposal: George Wightman (3:00-3:15)
View the proposal here

Solutions Forum (3:15-3:30)

I look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday.  Best wishes on wrapping up a successful semester!

Carolyn Jacobs
College Senate President, 2017-18

 

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Follow-up on the October Senate Meeting

Hello!

I’d like to take a moment to follow-up on some items of interest in October’s Senate meeting:

Innovation Cafe: For those who wanted an Innovation Cafe flyer, you’ll find it here: Innovation Cafe Flyer  Contact Shantell Strickland-Davis with any questions.

Focus Friday: Be sure to sign up for Focus Friday in LearnerWeb.  For more info, please contact Jennifer Perkins. 

ADA Compliance:  Here’s a link to the ADA_3-year-plan. Check it out.

Please note that the latest version of Panapto comes with automatic captioning and transcription.  Jeff Jarvis has created a tutorial to help you: http://tinyurl.com/yc2k2rxg   Thank you Jeff!

NCCCS Accountability Measures: Here’s the link mentioned in Senate.

Bookstore/Digital Content: The Learning office hasn’t determined when digital content options will be adopted more widely.  If you are interested in adopting digital content in your course, please contact Amy Bruining.

Employee Recognition Awards: Here’s the link to nominate your colleagues for recognition.

Have a great Halloween and see you at the next Senate meeting.  eLearning will be our guest.

Carolyn Jacobs

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October College Senate Meeting

Greetings!

Senators, this is a gentle reminder to attend the next College Senate meeting on Tuesday, October 17 at 2:30pm in HE 4510.

If you cannot attend, be sure to send a proxy. We will be voting on the constitutional changes presented at the September Senate meeting. Please inform your proxy about how to vote on your behalf.  

Please note the following important information about the October meeting:

Agenda

Welcome / Announcements (2:30-2:45)
Reminder to attend Dr. Dietemeyer Inauguration, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at 10:30am, Halton Theatre
Committee Announcements
Be sure to nominate your colleagues for Employee Recognition Awards

Guest: Shantell Strickland Davis, Director, Online Employee Learning and Development (2:45-3:00)

Constitution Changes Vote(3:00-3:15)

To ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the proposed constitutional updates, please note the following:

I think most senators associate the Credentials Committee with faculty titles, and we all appreciate the great work Mona and her committee have done. However, this charge is not actually mentioned in the Constitution. Per the Senate Constitution, the Credentials Committee is charged with overseeing senate membership.  So, we are trying to align what we’re doing with the constitution and vice versa. Currently, the charge encompases only faculty membership; the proposed change would include both faculty and professional staff membership—-full senate membership.

After our last Senate meeting, Denise and I met with the current Credentials Committee and came up with a plan:

This is a great time to take a look at formalizing some guidelines for elections of both faculty and professional staff, with this in mind, I am appointing a faculty senator, Emily Nelson, and a professional staff senator, Kelly Wilson, to co-chair the Credentials Committee and make recommendations on elections and membership.

Mona Yektaparast and Steppen Murphy will chair an ad hoc committee on Faculty Titles.  I think we should discuss at a later date if this committee should continue as an ad hoc committee, be folded into the Faculty Welfare Committee or become and stand alone committee in the future. However, this does not affect our current constitutional update.

Please review all proposed changes here.

Solutions Forum (3:15-3:30)

Please note that eLearning will be presenting at 2:45 on  November 21, and welcome your questions.

If you have items for the agenda, please contact me or Denise Keating, President-elect.

Carolyn Jacobs

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September College Senate Meeting

Senators, this is a gentle reminder to attend the next College Senate meeting on September 19 at 2:30pm in HE 4510.

Following is some important information for our September meeting:

The agenda includes:
1. Welcome / Announcements (2:30-2:45)
Approve minutes
Please review minutes from 2017 here. We need to approve ALL of these, if possible.
Update on Strategic Planning Council
First Fridays: Jennifer Perkins

2. Guest: Disability Services (Serena Johnson) and Learning Technology (Gary Ritter) (2:45-3:00)

3. Constitutional changes: (3:00-3:15)
Review proposed changes here.

4. Solutions Forum (3:15-3:30)

Follow-up: During our August Solutions Forum, some questions were raised regarding Disability Services and eLearning.  Professional Staff Welfare Chair Laurie Necasek has generously provided us with some helpful information:

Please visit the Disability Services website to find the direct link to the Disability Services Online Training in Learner Web to earn PD credit. This on-demand training is for faculty and staff to learn their role in working with Disability Services to accommodate CPCC students.

There is also a training called Animals on Campus: Understanding Policy 6.26 for employees to learn about the policy around service animals and their role in working with students who use service animals.

Please note that Disability Services will be presenting at 2:45 September 19, and welcome your questions.

It is important to note that eLearning’s role in our institution has evolved over the past few years, and the staff are here work with faculty in a variety of ways. Please visit the eLearning website to learn more about the  role of eLearning and how eLearning and faculty can work together to provide students with high quality courses.

Also, eLearning welcome requests for new trainings that the faculty see a need for, so please contact them if you wish to make any new training requests. Current offered trainings and workshops are also listed on our website.

Please note that eLearning will be presenting at 2:45 November 21, and welcome your questions.

Please subscribe to the College Senate blog today!

If you have items for the agenda, please contact me or Denise Keating, President-elect.

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Welcome Back!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to get busy! The dog days of summer are beginning to fade, and the 2017-18 academic year is upon us!

headshot of Carolyn Jacobs,President-elect

Carolyn Jacobs
President, 2017-18

College Senate will be gearing up in August as well:

  • The Senate Executive Committee will meet at 2:30pm on August 8.  We potentially have some open chairs, so if you are interested in contributing to Senate leadership, please contact carolyn.jacobs@cpcc.edu.  We’d love to have your energy and insight this academic year!
  • College Senate meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month (though we don’t meet in December) at 2:30pm in the Allied Health Building, Room 4510.  Meetings last up to 1.5 hours.  Interested faculty and professional staff are invited to attend—you don’t have to be a senator to participate, but senators do receive professional development credit for attending. Put us on your calendar for August 15 at 2:30pm!

    I encourage you to bring your concerns and your potential solutions to Senate meetings. Let’s focus on being a proactive body that can truly be a voice for the the faculty and professional staff at CPCC.

    Have a great 2017-18 academic year!

    Carolyn Jacobs,
    President 2017-18

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Denise Keating, College Senate President-elect, 2017-18

Congratulations to Denise Keating, College Senate President-elect 2017-18!

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Denise Keating

Ms. Keating’s candidate statement:

Bio
As a librarian and library manager at the Harper Campus Library for 5 years, I understand the importance of collaboration to provide the best possible outcome for students and the college community as a whole. My position has afforded me the opportunity to partner with faculty from various programs to design and implement library instruction focused on critical thinking and research skills meeting Critical Core objectives. I also work with students every day and see how each of us can have a positive impact on a student’s life. I have served on College Senate for 3 years and was voted 2015-16 Outstanding Senator by my fellow senators. As chair of the Professional Staff Welfare Committee (PSWC), we have worked to increase senate participation and awareness of College Senate initiatives.

 Candidate Statement

 Student Success
Student success is dependent on faculty and staff working closely together to provide high quality instruction and support services. College Senate is the voice that ensures that faculty and staff are valued and given the tools and resources to do their jobs, resulting in an engaged community committed to innovation and student success.

Knowledge Sharing
In the age of information overload, let us come together as a community to harness our internal knowledge to spur innovation, engagement and student success. One of the ways to bring forth improved communication, accelerated innovation and strategic learning within our community is to develop a culture of knowledge sharing. Let’s create knowledge sharing solutions where we can easily connect people to information, people to process, and people to people. 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Respect
I am committed to fostering a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and respect where everyone feels they have an opportunity to make a difference. We must be committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community of employees that reflects the students that we serve and ensuring that all of our community members feel they have a voice.

I take this opportunity to serve as President-Elect seriously, and I promise to listen, ask questions, and advocate for our community.

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College Senate Elections for President-Elect: April 25-29

College Senate will hold an election for President-Elect 2017-18 beginning April 25-29 with two candidates competing for the position: Denise Keating and Keith Powell.

Visit https://services.cpcc.edu/elections/ to vote April 25-April 29! *

Take a moment to learn about both candidates:

Candidate: Denise Keating

Headshot of candidate Denise Keating

Denise Keating

Bio
As a librarian and library manager at the Harper Campus Library for 5 years, I understand the importance of collaboration to provide the best possible outcome for students and the college community as a whole. My position has afforded me the opportunity to partner with faculty from various programs to design and implement library instruction focused on critical thinking and research skills meeting Critical Core objectives. I also work with students every day and see how each of us can have a positive impact on a student’s life. I have served on College Senate for 3 years and was voted 2015-16 Outstanding Senator by my fellow senators. As chair of the Professional Staff Welfare Committee (PSWC), we have worked to increase senate participation and awareness of College Senate initiatives.

 Candidate Statement

 Student Success
Student success is dependent on faculty and staff working closely together to provide high quality instruction and support services. College Senate is the voice that ensures that faculty and staff are valued and given the tools and resources to do their jobs, resulting in an engaged community committed to innovation and student success.

Knowledge Sharing
In the age of information overload, let us come together as a community to harness our internal knowledge to spur innovation, engagement and student success. One of the ways to bring forth improved communication, accelerated innovation and strategic learning within our community is to develop a culture of knowledge sharing. Let’s create knowledge sharing solutions where we can easily connect people to information, people to process, and people to people. 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Respect
I am committed to fostering a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and respect where everyone feels they have an opportunity to make a difference. We must be committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community of employees that reflects the students that we serve and ensuring that all of our community members feel they have a voice.

I am asking for your vote in this coming election. I take this opportunity to serve as President-Elect seriously, and I promise to listen, ask questions, and advocate for our community.

________________________________________________________

Candidate: Keith Powell

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Keith Powell

During my tenure as Senate president we have faced several difficult issues related to the quality of life for faculty and professional staff. Under my leadership we were able to constructively forestall the new class size limit expansion (33 student rule), eliminating the additional work load on faculty and any deterioration in the quality of instruction. We were also instrumental in ongoing discussions that promoted the review and eventual changes to the jumbo class size rules related to on-line instruction. I also created a new membership committee AND advocated for and received approval to increase Professional Development credit hours from 3 to 5 hours for everyone. I’m sure both of these advances will continue to strengthen the Senate at large and helps everyone with PD hours.

During these processes I stressed the importance of communication, articulation, and teamwork to promote our faculty and professional staff needs. I am proud we continue to reach milestones in our empowerment without the need for formal proclamations or adversarial positions. I continue to believe our success will continue through mutual problem solving with administration and working as a team; not an adversary to administration and leadership.

I am asking for your vote to continue working for everyone and indeed, the CPCC community at large. My goals to keep reaching out to each campus will be realized as we move forward, further empowering the Senate at large and making our voice united and strong. Again, I ask for your vote and continued support, but in any case, please vote and support your own voice and that of the Senate at large.

*For the College Senate election, eligibility is based on the employee’s position code in colleague (FEP indicates full-time professional staff, FEF indicates full-time faculty) as well as excluding employees with the word ‘Director’ in their official title (as this indicates administrative responsibilities). If you attempt to vote, and the system deems you ineligible, but you feel that you should be considered eligible, please submit a paper ballot to carolyn.jacobs@cpcc.edu before the election deadline of 4/29/17 11:59am. Your eligibility will be verified and ballot counted.

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Virtual Learning Community Offers Free PD courses

Hand holding a 3d Distance Learning Sphere on white background.

Free professional development courses pertaining to online learning are available to all through the Virtual Learning Community of the NC Community College System.  https://vlc.configio.com/

 

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Dr. Deitemeyer to visit College Senate today

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer began her presidency at CPCC on January 2, 2017 and will visit College Senate on January 17 at 2:30pm.  All College faculty and staff are invited to attend this working session in HE 4510.

CPCC President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer

CPCC President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer

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Quorum Quandary

Senators,

If you are unable to attend our regular Senate meetings at 2:30 on the third Tuesday of the month, please take the time to designate a proxy, and ask someone to attend in your stead. Meetings are held in HE4510.

Why is this important?

A quorum is the minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.  If we don’t have a quorum, we can’t vote on recommendations, etc.

Your voice and your presence is vitally important! We need two-thirds of current senators to attend meetings in order to have a quorum, and that is not happening presently.

If you do not wish to be a senator or do not have time to be one, please contact your supervisor so that arrangements can be made for someone else to take your place. If you are a senator, please make every effort to attend Senate meetings in the future.

Thank you,
Carolyn Jacobs
President-elect

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