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Archive Notes - November 2011
Fall is fully upon us and winter lurks around the corner. Life on
campus continues with its own momentum revolving around classes,
performances, sporting events, presentations and all the other
activities of the College.
Under the guidelines which I have established, each Vice President is
responsible for the budget of her/his own division. This summer each
division was notified of its new base budget, after the cuts of the last
few years had been made permanent and new allocations added. Within
the divisional budgets, vice presidents are able to make purchases,
allocate funds, and hire positions, without prior approval from the
President?s Council or me. Nevertheless, each vice president was
requested to consult with the President?s Council and me to ensure that
plans in one division would not create problems in another. In
accordance with this, we are now entering the hiring season for the
College. Below you will find the searches within each of the divisions
instituting hiring plans.
Arts and Sciences
Ten faculty searches
One search is just concluding with a second just beginning
Two faculty searches
Education & Prof. Studies
Three faculty searches
One librarian search is in progress with another yet to occur
Also within Academic Affairs, the Provost has approved, and I
support, a partial restoration of department chair stipends and some
released time considerations, as well as a small restoration of OTPS
funds for most departments.
Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management
One entry-level counselor
Due to much success in the area of fundraising, a reorganization within
the division has created the need for an additional position, the
specific duties of which are being developed.
At the most recent meeting of the Faculty Senate I shared two documents:
the revised Bicentennial Plan and the Biennial Goals for 2011-2013.
The Bicentennial Plan was originally drafted in 2007, based on many
years of strategic planning on campus, to reflect our goals for the ten
years leading up to the Bicentennial in 2016. Since that time,
conditions have changed dramatically and it became clear that we needed
to revisit the plan and make some minor mid-course revisions. The
President?s Council began the revision over the summer. At the fall
retreat with the leaders of the Faculty Senate, we further analyzed the
document and the proposed revisions. The final product from that
meeting is now available on the web at http://www.potsdam.edu/about/administration/president/draftdocs.cfm.
I hope that you take some time to consider the suggested revisions. An
anonymous web comment form is available for use if you wish to make
suggestions about the revisions, by November 15.
The Goals and Planning Committee of the Faculty Senate developed
biennial goals last spring for 2011-2013. Over the summer the
President?s Council also developed biennial goals and then sought to
integrate them into the framework provided by the Faculty Senate. At
the fall retreat, we considered the whole range of goals and prioritized
the resultant goals within each general category. The fruit of this
effort is also available on the web at http://www.potsdam.edu/about/administration/president/draftdocs.cfm.
I invite you to take a look and submit comments using the anonymous web
form, by November 15. Based on this consultation, I will finalize
these two documents and then share them broadly with the campus.
There is something that concerns me deeply. This semester, both here
on campus and in the village there has been an increase in the number of
racially charged incidents. As an institution of higher education, we
cannot, and will not, sit by and condone this through silence. SUNY
Potsdam is a diverse community celebrating our differences and learning
from our diversity, as well as a watchful community remaining alert to
the threats posed by hatred, intolerance and other injustices, and
ever-prepared to combat them, goals embodied in our Potsdam Pledge (The
Potsdam Pledge: http://www.potsdam.edu/about/).
A group of faculty and staff have been meeting to generate short- and
long-term responses, to include utilizing the Diversity In Action
Coalition (Bias Response Team Training and Bias Response Hotline, for
example), as well as creating civility programming to make our campus
culture of openness clear, and to remind students who use racially-based
slurs and insults that they can be charged through the Student Code of
Conduct with harassment and/or disruptive behavior. They may also be
subject to an Affirmative Action complaint by the peer who was targeted
by such action. Students who threaten violence in such situations may
face more serious charges.
Shared Service Alliance Update
Campus Events & Activities
We find ourselves now at perhaps the busiest time of the semester, when
so much is happening on campus. The fall sports teams are concluding
their seasons and the winter teams are just beginning to compete. There
are events on campus every night of the week, and many times more than
one event to which one can attend. Please remember to support our
students in all of their activities as best you can by checking the
events calendar at http://www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents/.